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.

Mermaid Inn, Greenwich Village, NY

If you’re a fan of fresh seafood, the Mermaid Inn Oyster Bar in Greenwich Village really delivers. It’s home of the Sunday Lobsterpalooza (it tastes as amazing as it sounds) and the legendary Oyster happy hour.   Coming from Australia’s east coast, we were brought up on prawns and tropical and reef fish. Lobsters and shellfish were a rarity – definitely available...

Christmas in New York

There’s no place as magical at Christmas as New York. The city has been in a festive state since Halloween and there’s no reason to stop, with the one-two hit of Thanksgiving and then the cold change of early December, where the mercury plummets and the thick coats come out of the mothballs. Pumpkins on stoops and dried corn cobs are replaced with boughs of holly and...

Cutting edge meets timeless at 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...

Cross the Brooklyn Bridge to hip enclave, 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...

Remembering the original FAO Schwarz Toy Store, 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 without the Godfathers

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...

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...