New York City

How to ride a Citi Bike like a BMX Bandit

Or ‘Look Mum, No Hands!’ Following on the (w)heels of recent bike sharing schemes in Paris and London the city of New York has launched one of its own.  Bikes for sharing schemes are designed to last – sturdy and sensible but lacking in a little street cred. Except in the hands of an expert… BMX rider Tyrone Williams demonstrates how to convey that all important sense of effortless cool – even when riding a Mom bike around Williamsburg …

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Books, films, music, art and big ideas to get you into the New York City headspace...

Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York

The closest the average visitor will get to wild life in NYC is a bear market – or perhaps the Central Park crack possums that populate urban myths. However, one of the most densely populated cities in the planet (more than eight million people over 783.8 km sq and counting) was not always this way. Alphabet City once boasted fields populated by deer mice, Eastern chipmunks and black bears, Harlem was home to grasslands where you may have stumbled across a raccoon or bob cat… …

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A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times: It is a beautiful catastrophe. - Le Corbusier

The Sandpit

This tilt-shift stop motion animation about a day in the life of the city that never sleeps won a bunch of prizes and went viral on Vimeo. Directed by NY film maker Sam O’Hare.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Michael Chabon won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for this touching and frequently surreal novel of Jewish escape artist Joe Kavalier, of Prague, and his Brooklyn cousin, Sammy Clay, who dream of making it big in comics in the golden age of cartooning.

Street Art

NYC’s street art scene got it’s kick-start from the likes of graffiti legends Basquiat and Kieth Haring. For what’s happening with street art in New York City right now we recommend you check out Jonathan Levine Gallery in the Meatpacking district …

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The Tourist Lane

New Yorkers Vs Tourists. Urban pranksters Improv Everywhere propose a novel solution to the annoyances of co-habitation on 5th Avenue. Check their website for recent missions or register to become a beautiful agent of chaos.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

This beautiful book by Brooklyn-based writer Jonathan Safran Foer explores the aftermath of September 11 through the grief and puzzlement of a small boy. Like Foer’s previous novel, Everything Is Illuminated, the strength of the story telling is it’s wry mix of tragi-comic elements and playfulness with language.

There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless. - Simone De Beauvoir

Do the Right Thing

A hot afternoon and the tension boils over in this Spike Lee 80′s classic set in pre-hipster Brooklyn.  

Man on Wire

When French tightrope artist Philippe Petit danced across wires strung between the Twin Towers he created an event, as crazy as it was beautiful.

Hem, Tourniquet by Jordan Bruner

New York is for animals. Lovely animation by Greg Lytle for NY indie folk band Hem featuring hipster hotspot Brooklyn. Directed by Jordan Bruner.

Fifty People, One Question: New York

Make a wish.

The Catcher in the Rye

Books set in New York: Holden Caufield, one of literature’s most likeable unreliable witnesses, runs away from his phoney boarding school for an adventure in New York City. J.D Salinger’s somewhat troubled coming-of-age story has left us with a soft spot for the NYC’s American Museum of Natural History.