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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Why Brooklyn Botanic Garden is frankly rather awesome

brooklyn botanic garden

This picture is the lamest of introductions to the kind of stuff you'll see there

Me and plants don’t have a happy relationship because I accidentally kill them all. It’s usually through neglect (accidental), but sometimes through force-feeding (accidental) and occasionally through chucking them in the bin (part accidental, part because their neediness overwhelms me. Correct: children are a long way off). When it comes to simply looking at/admiring plants and flowers and things, I’m no better. I’m just not very impressed by them. Roses are quite nice, I guess. And daffodils – they’re quite pretty. Beyond that, I’m about as interested as a carnivore…

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10 things I now know about Coney Island, Brooklyn

Coney Island boardwalk

Want to find some natural shade to sit in? Yeah, good luck with that – the Native Americans who used to inhabit the area called it the “land without shadows” because the beach remains in sunlight all day. There’s now only one small amusement park, as many of the original pre-war amusements were declared ‘tawdry’ and have gradually been closed down. Donald Trump’s dad used to own an amusement park on Coney Island, and battled with the city for years to get permission to build luxury apartments in its place….

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