10 questions I’d ask New York if it could answer back

Serendipity 3, New York, grade pending

"Grade Pending": a wonderful euphemism

I adore New York to a degree that almost requires therapy. But thankfully I’m not completely blind to some of its failings and inconveniences. Here are the ten things that befuddled me most while I was living there – things I’d really like to ask New York if it could answer back.(Some questions might apply to the whole of the US, but most are NY-specific.) Do you think it’s time to upgrade the MetroCard to something more high-tech, which isn’t so fraudable and scammable? If a restaurant fails its hygiene inspection…

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Services that should exist for digital nomads

Camping with a laptop

Ever tried getting insured for this?

We digital nomads are a poorly understood bunch. Trying to explain to people at parties what you do for a living – or to your granny that you’re actually making a living – is about as easy as getting a smile out of an immigration officer. But we can live with that. The problems really start when our pretty niche lifestyle crashes into a system that’s set up for dealing with more typical cases. There are so many services that would make our lives vastly easier, but which don’t exist…

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Airbnb hosts – interview 4: Louis from the Lower East Side, Manhattan

Louis (Lower East Side): “I try to pick folks with a more detailed profile. Pictures and references help” We have a running series of interviews with our Airbnb hosts. Learn more about them here. We stayed in Louis’ Lower East Side apartment back in April. It had recently been completely renovated, and we were one of the first to experience the brand new bed, beautifully tiled bathroom and gorgeous new kitchen area. I need to mention the bed again (and poor Louis has heard me go on about it a few…

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Your really useful guide to New York neighbourhoods

Six months ago we moved to New York for six months, and in that time we lived in EIGHT different neighbourhoods. Here is a (hopefully) useful summary of them all. Park Slope Everyone (well, New York magazine in 2010, at least) considers Park Slope to be one of NYC’s most desirable locations. And I can see why: it’s pretty, for one thing – there are lots of brownstone houses and leafy streets. Then there’s all that green space in Prospect Park – actual green, regular, open space rather than carousels,…

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We review 47 cafes in NYC. Then feel a bit ashamed.

During our recent 150-day stay in New York City, we visited 47 cafes. Just to be clear, that’s 47 different cafes. We went back to our favourites multiple times. We spent roughly $120 per month on coffee, all in all. To be fair to ourselves, we do spend a lot of time working on laptops, and we need to take our work out into the world every so often to remind ourselves that other people exist. But what originally started as a quest for comfortable places with wifi soon became…

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