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December 4, 2016

…stayed in a tiny house

Part of me laughs when New Yorkers lust after tiny houses (we already live in tiny houses), but another, larger part of me gets it. I get the desire to be snug, surrounded by the wilderness or mountains. I get wanting to scale back to only what you need. The sleekness, the simplifying. Getaway is now giving New Yorkers …

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April 2, 2016

1 Second Every Day

It’s been a while! I’ve wanted to get back to blogging for many months but, with long work weeks, it hasn’t been easy. But! I now have a very simple way to show you what I’ve been upto in New York (and beyond) for the past year. Between February 2015 and February 2016, I recorded a second of video …

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August 23, 2015

…assure you I am alive

Do you remember when I used to blog? No, neither do I. I’ve actually received concerned messages over the past month asking if I’m okay. Others have suggested there’s a glitch with my website, seeing as they haven’t been receiving any email updates. But no – the website is just fine. And yes, so am I. A couple …

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July 2, 2015

…went to a restaurant serving bugs

When people come to town, I usually have a few tips for things they should do, but when Adam was visiting last week, his suggestion was far more creative than anything I might have come up with. He wanted to head to Korea Town to eat bugs. Silk worm lava, to be exact. Adam and his wife …

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June 11, 2015

…met lots of cousins at the Global Family Reunion

Hello cousin! That’s right. You may not know it, but you’re my cousin… maybe my 19th cousin twice removed but still, my cousin. And while it means you owe me 29 birthday presents and 28 Christmas presents, I’ll overlook it because, well, we’re family. I actually only just realized that we’re cousins recently thanks to the Global Family …

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June 9, 2015

…saw New York City from One World Observatory

It’s here. For the first time in nearly 14 years, visitors can look over the city from a skyscraper in downtown Manhattan again. And not just any skyscraper – the tallest one in the entire Western Hemisphere. Finally, the One World Observatory is open – and of course, it’s incredible. I went on opening day about 10 days …

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June 7, 2015

Things I’ve loved about New York this week

The sun is back and sanity has been restored! How was your weekend? Here are some of the things I’ve enjoyed in and around New York this week: 1 :: My first visit to a beach this year (well, if you forget a quick visit to one while in Florida in January). It was a happy accidental …

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June 3, 2015

…ran 5k during a rave

I may not be a fan of running and I may not be a fan of Electronic Dance Music, but it turns out I quite like it when they’re mixed together. Last weekend, Ryan and I donned our running shoes – honestly the first time I have worn mine in many, many months years – and drove 40 …

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May 31, 2015

Things I’ve liked about New York this week

Well hello there, how was your week? Here are some of the highlights from mine: 1 :: Heading to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere! I visited the One World Observatory (at the top of that big shiny building pictured above) when it opened on Friday and it was incredible. (Blog post to …

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May 28, 2015

Lydia’s List: My favorite city spots for iced coffee

This warm weather means I’ve finally made the switch to iced coffee. Yesss. Since last summer, I’ve moved offices to Astor Place, giving me the chance to discover a few new places. So I thought I’d share a few of my top spots with you – near Astor Place and beyond – and ask for your tips on where I should …

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May 20, 2015

…visited Grant’s Tomb

If you jump on the subway and ride north to Morningside Heights, you’ll reach a very different part of the city. It’s quieter and greener, and has much more space. So much space in fact that it’s home to the world’s largest cathedral and North America’s largest mausoleum. Laid to rest in that mausoleum are President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, …

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May 17, 2015

…got tipsy on a cocktail tour of the East Village

By now you probably know that I am a walking tour fan. There’s no better way to see the city than on foot accompanied by someone who knows their stuff. And among the tour groups, Urban Adventures is one of my favorites thanks to their wealth of knowledge, small group sizes and choice of lesser-known locations. So when I …

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May 14, 2015

…won at Brooklyn Bowl

If you’re looking for an easygoing night out, complete with live music and some finger-lickin’ good comfort food, I’ve found your place. Last weekend, I headed to Brooklyn Bowl, which is inside a Williamsburg warehouse, and it was a winner. (And as it turns out, so was I.) I was a fan of the huge space, which …

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May 10, 2015

Things I’ve loved about New York this week

Another busy week (hence the lack of posts… I’m rubbish, I know) and another busy one ahead of me, but I’m happy to say that it’s finally feeling like summer! As evidenced by an outdoor wedding, iced coffees and my first rooftop bar of the season… 1 :: Outdoor meals at Pazzi Pasta. I know, I …

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May 6, 2015

…explored Washington DC’s Union Market

Essex Street Market, Chelsea Market, Smorgasburg — New York knows how to do food markets. So this weekend, when I headed to Washington D.C. for my friend Kate’s bridal shower (you remember Kate!), I was happy to see how the city’s markets compared. And, ooh, I was impressed. She and her husband-to-be, Darius, took me to Union …

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April 26, 2015

Things I’ve loved about New York this week

I’ve been out of the city this weekend, which means that I’ve been looking back at photos from this week, and it seems like forever ago! But there were plenty of treats to be remembered… 1 :: Subway art I spotted as I changed at Jay Street Metrotech. There’s art in pretty much every subway station, and …

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April 5, 2015

Things I’ve loved about New York this week

Happy Easter/Passover! Let’s look at some of the things I’ve liked about this week (pictured above)… 1 :: My favorite view from the Promenade during a springtime walk with Georgia. 2 :: Crocuses in the garden. A week ago, there was snow on the ground so this is pretty miraculous. Not long until we’ll be …

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March 6, 2015

…toured New York’s top movie sites

Give me a decent science museum or a must-see art exhibit and I’m all for it, but I usually draw the line at super touristy activities (well, if you ignore this). That all changed last weekend when I had the joy – yes, joy – of being a tourist in my own city. On Location Tours …

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March 4, 2015

…discovered Shuffleboard at Royal Palms

If you want to take on Royal Palms‘ shuffleboard courts in Gowanus, not only do you need to be surprisingly agile and focused – you also have to be very, very prompt. Ryan and I headed there on Sunday at 1pm – just an hour after it opened – and there was already an hour’s wait. …

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March 2, 2015

…danced on the Big Piano at FAO Schwarz

This weekend I tried to re-create one of the best moments in New York movie history: The scene from ‘Big’ unfolds in New York’s top toy store, FAO Schwarz, just south of Central Park. I headed there this weekend and charged past Playmobil parties, bubble demonstrations and huge stuffed animals with even huger prices (like a $1,500 stuffed giraffe – no …

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February 25, 2015

…visited Dylan’s Candy Bar

It sounds so cliché, but Dylan’s Candy Bar on 60th Street took me right back to my childhood. The shop – which is owned by Ralph Lauren’s daughter, Dylan – may be very modern and a little flashy, but it reminded me of when I was little for three main reasons: 1 :: Because my brother …

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February 22, 2015

Things I’ve loved about New York this week

Last week was a little thrown because, for the first time in forever, I was ill. It might have got me a day of back-to-back Gilmore Girls episodes, but it generally wasn’t very fun. So I’ve not been having as many adventures as usual, but I still managed to appreciate some of New York’s treats, like: 1 …

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February 15, 2015

Things I’ve loved about New York this week

Blagh, is winter over yet? Before this week, the cold wasn’t bothering me much. But then on Thursday, it turned a little warmer, and I felt like spring was on its way and then… BAM, Friday was the coldest day ever. I felt duped. And now I’m done. Come on spring, where are you?! Thankfully …

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February 12, 2015

…ate gluten-free treats from Jennifer’s Way Bakery

Let’s start this off on the right foot. I’m not a gluten-free nut and I pretty much try to cram gluten and carbs into every meal possible. But even though it might seem like a hippy food fad to many, I appreciate that for others, a gluten-free diet has made a massive, life-changing difference. Plus, if I …

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