Escape the heatwave

It’s a fact: 85° is the temperature beyond which it is not bearable to stay in Manhattan on the weekend. To escape the heatwave, we put together a special daytrip program upstate for you – a good alternative to the classic Rockaway beach or the (very) popular Hamptons. Take your car or the train at Grand Central. Make sure to sit on the left side to enjoy the Hudson River scenery as the train rolls north on its east bank during the 70 miles to…

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Beat the Sunday night blues

Sunday. 6:30pm. And the perpetual question: what will you do on Sunday night? Sunday is undeniably the least inspiring evening of the week. Whether or not you have fully recovered from your weekend parties, or you have been worn down by the prospect of work on Monday morning or simply just tired of the traditional combo of laundry/cleaning of the apartment (because, yeah, you’ve postponed it for the whole week) it is difficult to escape the Sunday night spleen. The solution is the film club at the Crosby Hotel. You probably know this cosy hotel in the heart of Soho,…

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Best kept secret in town – Brazenhead, the speakeasy library

It has been NY’s best kept secret for the past 8 years. It is difficult to describe Brazenhead properly: a bookstore? a speakeasy? a literary salon? a refuge for writers? This improvised bookstore hidden in an Upper East Side apartment is the most confidential literary rendez-vous in town. No sign, no label at the entrance. You can read about Brazenhead but none reveal its location. That’s the rule. Finding Brazenhead is something that has to be deserved! Michael Seidenberg, the tenant of the apartment and…

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Commandment #1: Thou shalt live in a cardboard box

“I have a co-op here. I have a place in the Hamptons, for Christ sakes.” The NY real estate paradox summarized by Bret Easton Ellis in American Psycho.   If, freshly arrived in NY, your references in terms of housing are the Valmont mansion on 5th avenue in Cruel Intentions or Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze’s Soho loft (in Ghost – come on!), you will have to overhaul your standards. One word to describe the real estate market in NY: a nightmare. But you will learn….

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Commandment #2: Thou shalt not go north of 14th street

We are (of course) teasing! If NY high society lives exclusively west of Lexington Avenue between 63rd and 94th Street, and if French expatriates only swear by downtown, what is amazing about NY is that everyone gets his share! Manifesto: My Secret NY is commited to sharing ALL tips: downtown, uptown, brooklyn, upstate, midtown (hmmm… don’t push it too far!) To show our good faith, here’s a tip 112 blocks north of 14th street. Yes, in Harlem. Red Rooster: a picturesque place for a festive group…

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Commandment #3: Thou shalt have the perfect blow-dry and manicure

One word to describe the New York girl: sophisticated. Two sacrosanct beauty rules to be taken seriously in NY: blow-dry and manicure. We’re not exactly sure how she does it, but the New York girl always has a flawless blow-dry and a perfect manicure. Makes you feel slightly guilty, as you still bite your nails and tied you hair back (again!) this morning because you didn’t have time to wash them… If you are totally clueless as to how the New York girl manages to keep…

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Commandment #4: Thou shalt date, casually

New York City, AKA Singles City, where everyone is looking for love. You will nevertheless have to adapt to the local customs of “dating”. A hobby made in NY, highly standardized and often frustrating. You have probably already tested the different dating apps: Tinder, Happn (a Frenchy!), Hinge, etc. We’ll let you manage. But once you have found your date, we can help with the date spot. One of our favorite dating places is 2nd Floor on Clinton. First, because it is a speakeasy. You…

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Commandment #5: Thou shalt take a cab to go 5 blocks

You’ll know you’re a real New Yorker when, in a cab, you have completed the below checklist: – repeated your destination address 8 times before your cabbie gets it – argued (fiercely) with your driver about the less-desired route he just took – cursed all cabbies who, at 4 pm during the shift change, refuse to take you because they are not going in your direction – got (surprinsingly quickly) intimate and discovered the incredible lives of your cabbies: an unhappy arranged marriage in India, a…

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Commandment #6: Thou shalt buy organic and become addicted to cold-pressed juices

New York girls are demanding: they want to eat well and on top of it, organic. Free-range, GMO-free, gluten-free, hormone-free… “-free” eating is the new snobbery in NY. There are countless organic supermarkets (Whole Foods, Union Market, Trader Joe’s …) and we are impressed both by the size and the diversity of gluten-free sections. It can be surprising to see so many stores specializing in fresh fruit juices popping up all over the city. Cold-pressed is the juice holy grail in NY. This method extracts juice…

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