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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Back to (our version of) nature in Greenport, NY

Look – a deer – IN OUR FRICKIN’ BACKYARD! And a rabbit! And you can’t see it, but there’s another deer hiding behind the shed! And fireflies – LOADS of them… everywhere! We’ve only ever seen fake fireflies before – at the “Creatures of Light” exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History. Those ones were impressive enough but blimey, the real ones are incredible: they really do light up! And the noises! There’s proper, kick-arse birdsong stuff going on out there. As you might have guessed, we’re no longer…

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The best wifi coffee shops in Boulder, Colorado

This isn't one of them, but it illustrates the theme nicely

As digital nomads and people with few vices in life besides coffee, we take wifi coffee shops pretty seriously. We’re already rounded up our favourite spots in NYC, but we were nervous about Boulder: after all, no one’s heard of cold brew and they seem to have a bizarre fixation with chai. But we’re made of stern stuff, and as long as there’s a parking space immediately outside we’re willing to give anything a go (hey, it’s a novelty after a few months in NYC). So here’s our round up…

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10 things I now know about Astoria, Queens

It exists. For some reason, not many New Yorkers mention it or seem to know about it. If you like Greek food but are averse to budget deficits and dodgy politicians, Astoria is the place for you. It’s a doddle to get into Manhattan, thanks to the E, M, R, N and Q trains. Screw you, Greenpoint and your G train. You’ll keep your brain on its toes with the street grid system: the avenues go east to west and the streets go north to south (completely opposite and upside-down compared…

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