Is it ok if I get a bit melodramatic for a minute? It’s exactly a year since I left New Zealand. I just put on the playlist that I made on that day and it’s giving me all the feels. Just four songs, all with the words “home” or “goodbye” in the title, that I […]Read more "The Hard Thing"
It looks unassuming enough from the outside. It’s just Crif Dogs, the best hot dog joint in the East Village. And then you go inside, just below street level. It’s not that weird to have a phone booth, but why are so many people using it?Read more "New York’s Secret Speakeasy"
When I enter the corridor, she hands me a playing card and a white beaked mask. She looks at me with an enigmatic smile, then quietly whispers “Welcome to the McKittrick Hotel, Mr Allen”. Except we both know that I’m not checking in to a hotel.Read more "The World’s Most Interactive Play"
Let’s face it, nobody visits Niagara for the casino. If the thunderous falls are the only thing you want to see, it’s entirely possible to do without a guide – and you only need to allow a few hours.Read more "Niagara Falls on Foot"
Today I learned that you should always check the President’s schedule before booking a shuttle in New York City. Even if you think you’re being clever by making sure that you have door-to-door service (thereby not having to negotiate the subway in peak hour with 8 bags), you’re going to have to walk three blocks […]Read more "Life Lesson #14 – Presidential Treatment"
I love the Tony Awards. At this time of year, all the new shows are starting up, and it’s hard not to wonder which one will take the big prize. I couldn’t resist choosing my own winners! This isn’t so much a prediction, it’s just who I would give the award to. I couldn’t see […]Read more "My Tony Awards"
We woke up feeling bittersweet this morning. That’s a feeling I’m getting used to. I love New York and it feels weird to say that I’m ready to go. After checking out (and having one last lesson on spotting fakes from Snoring Lamp Man), we tool the subway to the Museum of Natural History. We […]Read more "Last Day in New York"
This morning we did the Circle Line, a 2 hour boat trip around Manhattan that has some great views of Lady Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey. I’ve started to get anxious about London and haven’t slept very well the past few nights. I’ve been doing research whenever I get the chance […]Read more "Day Seven in NY: The Circle Line"
Ground Zero affected me more than I thought it would. I came here five years ago, but things have changed a lot, mainly after a little museum opened late last year. We were both quite surprised at how it got under our skin. There was a school choir going through too, and when they finished […]Read more "Day Six in NY: Ground Zero & The Empire State Building"
You know those crazy old guys that stay in youth hostels? Meet Snoring Lamp Man. Snoring Lamp Man moved into our four bed dorm the same day we did. He’s from Birmingham. And he came here for a lamp. This lamp: You see, it’s the original Tiffany & Co lamp, and it’s really worth £20,000,000 (Tiffany’s […]Read more "Life Lesson #13 – Snoring Lamp Man"