New York

As our second home, New York is a place we have explored and know like the back of our hands. In these posts we’ll share the expected, but also the unexpected things this crazy town has to offer.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Everybody’s favorite action hero and archeologist, Indiana Jones spent half of his movies exclaiming, “It belongs in a museum!”. But how many of the things you use on a daily basis would you expect to be found by the archaeologists of the future? Luckily you needn’t wait for posterity. There’s a museum made up of the now. The Cooper Hewitt is New York’s very own...

Dumbo, New York, NY

There are no flying elephants to be seen, but Dumbo is one of New York City’s buzz neighborhoods right now. Its name is an acronym for Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Dumbo was coined in the 1970s by locals, who wanted a silly name to throw off developers, who at the time were looking for the next potential zone of urban renewal. The area, formerly...

FAO Schwarz, New York

FAO Schwarz was a New York institution since 1862. With it gone, Santa’s work has become a lot harder. Remember Tom Hanks in the 80s hit, BIG? Well who’s showing their age now? Now rack that geriatric brain of yours. Do you remember him playing Chopsticks on a giant plastic piano? That happened at FAO Schwarz, the once great toy store that has since closed...

Catch some of the world’s greatest works of art at The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art), NYC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, known more commonly as The Met is one of the world’s great museums. The use of art in The Met’s title is loose. This is a serious museum. Sure it has an incredible collection of Van Goghs, rooms of Degas and many pieces that will have you thinking – wow, I didn’t even know that was in America! But this is place is palatial...

Little Italy, NYC

Just the name, Little Italy conjures up images of mafia Godfathers, bottles of vino, great food and Italian flags. In many ways, all of these things are true, albeit stereotypical. But the Little Italy of today is a shadow of its formal self. Now more of a tourist attraction than a community, the real Italian enclaves are to be found in places like Howard Beach...

Strawberry Fields & The Dakota Apartments, NY

For fans of the Beatles,  a short detour up the upper west side of Central Park will give you the chance to see not only where John and Yoko lived (and where she still does) as well as experiencing the Strawberry Fields memorial. The Dakota Apartments Across Central Park West on the corner of 72nd Street stands the iconic Dakota Apartments. Built in the 1880s, it is...

Street Art: Space Invader invades NYC

Space Invader, Paris’s pixel-punking street artist visited NYC for a brief sabbatical in 2015. Many of his pieces are still easily found around the city. Street art is synonymous with the streets of New York. What started in the 1960s and 70s as a form of protest has evolved from angsty self-expression to outright vandalism to what is now widely considered to...

Bedford Cheese Shop, Williamsburg, NY

There’s a strange, pungent odor wafting down Williamsburg’s main drag, Bedford. No, it’s not sun-baked urine, the crusty hippy busker or the college kids’ less-than-subtle marijuana intake. It’s coming from an Olde English-looking corner store – the Bedford Cheese Shop. The Bedford Cheese Shop is an anomaly in the modern retail landscape, where shops close faster...