Bathtub Gin: Not Your Average NYC Bar

Bars in New York City
Inside Bathtub Gin in New York City

What’s better than going to a gin-based bar with some girlfriends in New York City? Going to a secret gin-based bar with some girlfriends in New York City.

My hostel dorm mate came back one evening and was talking about how she had gone to this really cool bar that served mainly gin-mixed drinks and could only be accessed through a secret door. Firstly, she had me at “gin”, as it’s my favourite spirit (Bombay Sapphire or Hendricks if you were wondering). Secondly, I was hooked when she uttered “secret”. I was so intrigued; I had to experience this bar! Read more “Bathtub Gin: Not Your Average NYC Bar”

Photo Essay: Street-Art in New York City

Street Art in New York City
Storage containers get an artsy make-over.

Earlier this week, I posted a write up about the street art scene in the East Village and the Lower East Side. I talked about the difference between graffiti (ego driven, inward thinking) and street-art (enhancing the vibrancy of an area, outward thinking), and how street-art has helped those two particular areas evolve into the trendy, hip neighbourhoods they are today. As I learned during my tour, not all street-art is easy to spot, but armed with an open mindset and a curiosity to explore, you’ll start to notice things you hadn’t before and you’ll begin see things in a new way.

Below are more photos from my time in the East Village and Lower East Side, plus two final photos from walking the Highline in Chelsea. Read more “Photo Essay: Street-Art in New York City”

New York City: Street-Art in the East Village & Lower East Side

Street Art in New York City, Veng
Street art on the corner of Avenue D and East 5th Street in the East Village. Artists: Veng & Sofia Maldonado

The Lower East Side of Manhattan is one of the oldest and most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods in the city, with Irish, Germans, Italians, Polish, Ukrainian and Jewish communities all having a sizeable population and presence in the area over the course of the last century. In the past few decades the area has seen a tremendous amount of change.

In the 1960s, the north-western part of the Lower East Side started attracting artists, musicians, and hippies, and was the centre of the punk-rock movement in the 70’s. As the area developed a more distinct and art-based community it became known as the East Village. Due to it’s close proximity, a trickle down effect started happening into the Lower East Side and over the course of the past 10 years, both neighbourhoods have undergone a rapid gentrification process. What was once home to immigrant, lower working-class citizens crammed into tiny apartments, has now become an area with trendy cafes, boutique shops, and multi-million dollar apartments.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this change started to occur, but the catalyst can be attributed to the street-art that populates the neighbourhoods. Read more “New York City: Street-Art in the East Village & Lower East Side”

New York City: A Recap

Visting New York City
The highlight of the trip, walking the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle. It doesn’t matter what you call it, New York City is spectacular. I still remember my first visit to the city back in 2002 and how magical it was. I couldn’t believe I was in the city that I had seen on TV and in movies countless of times. I was so excited about visiting New York City and my experience completely lived up to my expectations. During that trip I decided that at some point in my life I wanted to live in New York and that feeling hasn’t changed. In fact, I think I want to move to New York City more than ever after this last trip. Read more “New York City: A Recap”