The Dean

The Dean

The Dean – Old school meet new school

If walls could talk! Seedy strip club that also housed poor during Great Depression has been transformed into a stunning boutique hotel – The Dean in Providence on Rhode Island. The hotel mixes poise and continental old-school class with an air of college fun and a relaxed attitude.

Inspiring design that is modernist & contemporary with an easy elegance.
I like the fact they believe in local people, Artisans and Artists has created useful objects for the Dean.

Providence is a town with a rich and interesting past — and future. A place of history, culture, education, arts and design.

The Dean Hotel // $99-$200+ a night per room/

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NoMad – North of Madison Square Park

Modern Anthology

Modern Anthology in DUMBO

Modern Anthology

Be sure to check out the DUMBO area in Brooklyn while you are in New York. Really a must with great views of Manhattan, lot of small and independent cafes and shops and a fabulous picnic area under between Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge.
One shop to visit if you are into the wonderful world of interiors is Modern Anthology.

From really cool vintage furniture to all kinds of accessories. A great find for presents, patina and the odd chesterfield, Modern Anthologys curated collection includes delicate glassware & chic linens, vintage shears & durable duffels.

The shop is also a creative studio and a common platform for a small group of architects, filmmakers, designers and graphic artists, specializing in original design .

68 Jay street –

(DUMBO  =  Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass)

Modern Anthology.

Modern Anthology.

Modern Anthology.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
When you need a break from New Yorks hectic life head over to Brooklyn Botanic Garden and enjoy one of New York city´s most beautiful parks.

Its full of small ponds and hills where more than 12000 types of plants features on 52 acres right in the heart of Brooklyn.

Highlights include the serene Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Cherry Esplanade’s dazzling seasonal display of blossoms, the Lily Pool Terrace, featuring nearly one hundred varieties of water lilies, the Discovery Garden for families, the Steinhardt Conservatory’s lush exotic plants, and the famous C. V. Starr Bonsai Museum. No matter what the season, something is always in bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Tips for Visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Garden:
– Grab a map, it will help you plan your route and make the most of your visit. They’re available free at the entrance.
– Free admission on Tuesdays, other days – $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students; free for children 12 and under.

900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn –

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

West village | Meatpacking

W E S T  V I L L A G E is full of fun shops, bookstores, bars, restaurants, cozy cafes and unusual interior decorating stores and über cool hotel; The Standard, Gansevoort, The Jane and Soho House. Here are a colorful street system that lacks logic compared to the rest of Manhattan, with its straight streets. Beautiful facades and narrow shady streets make the West Village into a very cozy area to wander around in.

To the south lies Meatpacking, also known as Gansevoort Market, where it not too long ago was over 250 butchers and butcher shops. Nowadays, some of the world’s most famous designers have their showrooms in fancy renovated slaughterhouse premises. There are also many trendy bars, nightclubs and luxury restaurants.

The West Village begins at 6th and extends to Washington Street. Meatpacking begins at 9th Avenue and 14th Street while the West Village is more to the east at 14th Street and extends down toward 7th Avenue and Bleeker Street. Bleecker Street is the main road through the West Village so you can make detours from it.

Here are a small selection of places that we recommend:
Bistro Bagatelle
Do not miss their legendary party brunch which they have on Sundays. Until at. 15:00 it’s just an ordinary quiet brunch, then they pulled down the black curtains, the dj starts pumping up the volume, champagne flows and soon everybody is dancing on the tables until 18.00 when they close their brunch.
409 West 13th Street

Boom Boom Room -a popular and very cool rooftop bar at the top of The Standard Hotel. From here you have a magical view of the Hudson River through windows that goes from floor to ceiling and wall to wall.
13 St vid Washington Street

Christian Louboutin
Shoes to die for….. Sexy, high heels with the signature red sole.
59 Horatio Street

Cafe Gitane @ the Jane Hotel
Large and airy place with Moroccan inspired menu and with a charming and relaxing atmosphere. We like their stuffed crocodile on the wall.
Jane Hotel has tiny rooms that resemble ship cabins and is one of the better budget hotels on Manhattan.
113 Jane Street
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Flight 001
The shop for all aviation enthusiasts and travel gurus. You will find lots of fun travel accessories, guide books, briefcases and useful stuff for your travels.
96 Greenwhich Avenue

Hotel Griffou
Fun decor with foxes on the walls and bookcases filled with books. Feels more like you are in England at a hunting dinner than in the middle of New York.
21 West 9th Street

Maison Martin Margiela
Dreamy and dangerously beautiful home furnishing, clothing and accessories.
803 Greenwich Street

Lifestyle products, travel gadgets and of course issues of the magazine Monocle’s in their little shop on Hudson Street.
535 Hudson Street


A true New Yorker with a nice ambiance and for sure some celebrity spotting.
9 9th Avenue

Spice Market

Exciting Asian and Thai food served in a fantastic oriental harem like setting. Try the tasting menu.
403 West 13th Street

Strip House
One of New York’s best steak house – big, dripping roasts and with an interior that is done in bordello shades of red and gold, with old burlesque photos on the wall
14 East 12th Street

The High Line

Do not miss the raised train tracks that has become a wonderful promenade path.
Milk, meat, and other goods were shipped in wartime to and from the Meatpacking District on the rail track. 1980 did the last train go, and now it is a promenade paradise that begins at the Standard hotel, Gansevoort Street and goes up to 30th Street.

The Spotted Pig
New Yorks first gastro and pub with a laid-back casual atmosphere. The fish mains are great, but that artery-clogging burger is so delicious and it comes served with chrunchy shoestring potatoes. The Spotted Pig looks more like an English pub and you will recognize it by the happy pig that hangs outside.
314 West 11th Street

Tortilla Flats

South Manhattan’s funniest eatery – on Monday and Tuesdays is bingo that rules and on Wednesday night, the Hula – hula hoop tournament. Sunday is the question time and slumber party. Dangerous good margaritas and lots of good tacos, burritos, enchiladas to choose from.
766 Washington Street

The Standard Grill
Located at the very cool The Standard Hotel and here you get good food that is really affordable with a great atmosphere. The Deal -Closer it´s a must for dessert – a bowl of bittersweet chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream.
848 Washington Street

Upper West Side

Upper West Side

Upper West Side

Upper West Side is an old solid neighbourhood in which it has always lived wealthy people. There are plenty of grand houses with huge stately apartments – many with lovely views of both Central Park and Manhattan.

Upper West Side has been called the ”real” New York – Woody Allen’s New York.
Amsterdam, Columbus Avenue and Broadway is full of shops, bars and restaurants, while Central Park West, West End Avenue and Riverside Drive most consist of sturdy homes of 15 – 20 floors.  There are many historical brown stone houses on the side streets.

Down by the Hudson River, the property tycoon Donald Trump has built a new neighbourhood near River Park.

Upper West Side begins at Columbus Circle at the corner of Central Park and ends up somewhere up at 125th street. The area stretches between Central Park West that goes along Central Park and the Henry Hudson Parkway at the Hudson River.

A small selection of places we would like to recommend:
Alice´s Tea Cup
At Ali’s you drink tea all day long. You get tea for breakfast, lunch and dinner and can choose from over 100 varieties, many organic and Chinese.
102 West 73rd Street

American Museum of Natural History/Rose Center for Earth & Space
One of the world’s top museum and it´s very popular among both children and adults. It´s was here the movie ”Night at the Museum” was produced. In the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life hangs a full-scale replica of a blue whale. There are 45 exhibition halls including meteorites, dinosaurs, fossils, a planetarium and an IMAX theater. Brave children can also spend the night at the museum.
Central Park West vid 79th Street.

Boat Basin Café
Here it´s the view that counts, especially when the sun sets over the Palisades. Full of grill smoke and dogs on leashes and babies in carriages. It’s loud, and the food is basic barbecue but it´s a nice place.
Closed during the winter
West 79th Street

H & H Bagels
What is a New York breakfast without a toasted bagel? H & H Bagels, is one of New York’s most popular bagel places and they have are lot of different varieties, ranging from ”plain” to ”everything on it” (my favorite).
2239 Broadway

John Lennons memorial
On December 8, 1980 John Lennon was shot outside his apartment at the grand Dakota Building located at 1 West 72 Street. Just across the street in Central Park is Strawberry Fields memorial.

Museum of Arts & Design
Large permanent exhibition including porcelain by artist and photographer Cindy Sherman, painted glass from Judith Schaechters and ceramics by James Turrell. The museum shop is worth a stop. You’ll find funny little things, glass, ceramics and jewelry.  From their restaurant Robert you will get great views of Columbus Circle and Central Park.
2 Columbus Circle

Shake Shack
Legendary sausage – and hamburger kiosk in Madison Square Park, which now is also available on the Upper West Side. Shake Shack has several times been selected New York’s best burgers. Here is hopefully not as long queues at it´s at the Madison Square Park.
They have their own Beer – Shackmeister brewed by Brooklyn Brewery.
366 Columbus Avenue

Zabar´s Café
Typical American diner where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner,  accompanied by an eclectic mix of guests from the area. From students to parents to eccentric elderly Upper West Siders, you never quite know who you’ll get talking to at the large communal counter.
2245 Broadway


Upper East Side


Upper East Side is the area where you will find some of Manhattan’s best museum, The Metropolitan, the Guggenheim and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art are all here in this wealthy neighbourhood.

The area stretches from the 59th street and to the border of Midtown at around 96th street, the part that is bordering the Spanish Harlem. It also lies between Central Park and the East River.

It oozes old money over parts of the Upper East Side, especially at around the 5th avenue that follows the Central Park and Park Avenue between 60th street and 96th street which has some of New York’s finest residential addresses.
But there are other parts of the Upper East Side with more moderate prices and apartments.

Madison Avenue that runs between the two is the most exclusive shopping street.

A small selection of places that we recommend:
Barneys New York
9 floors of luxury and elegance. High-end fashion for both men and women. Take a shopping break and relax in the restaurant Fred’s at the top which is full of celebrities and chic Upper East girls.
660 Madison Avenue

A New York classic art-deco style that exudes luxury and quality. You will find a good collection of clothes, shoes, accessories as well as furniture and interior decoration things. They also have a large assortment of fine linen and bath towels.
Bloomingdale’s has been around since 1886.
1000 Third Ave

Central Park
Central Park it´s a must when you visit New York. A lush oasis in the chaos. The park is huge but it’s still easy to find your way around thanks to all maps of the area.
Take a lunch or coffee at the famous The Boat House and look at all the couples, who are out on a romantic boat ride on the lake. There is also a nice little zoo which is worth visiting.

Gagosian gallerystore
Fun pop art gallery selling expensive posters, art books and works of art including Damien Hirst, Marc Newson, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons among others.
980 Madison Avenue

Lexington Candy Shop
Here you won´t find any candy as you might think, but an old retro diner with leather booths and classic art deco bar stools. Lexington Candy Shop has been around since 1925. Eat your self full on burgers, salads, traditional bagels, club sandwiches and milkshakes.
1226 Lexington Avenue

Museum of the City of New York (MCNY)
If you are your curious on New York’s history, this is the museum for you. In the museum there are about 1.5 million things related to New York’s history, from the Dutch period to the present and the special exhibitions that are linked to the 5 different counties. Fun Museum shop with lots of New York stuff.
1220 Fifth Ave.

Neue Galerie & Cafe Sabarsky

A small compact museum situated in a beautiful house from 1914. The museum is dedicated to the 1900 century art from Germany and Austria. Do you need a rest, take a coffee or lunch in one of the two great cafées – Café Fledermus and Café Sabarsky.
1048 5th avenue

The Guggenheim
The world famous art museum in Central Park which you just have to experience. Just as exciting on the outside as it´s inside. The architect Frank Lloyd Wright created the unusual house that looks like a white spiral and it opened 1959. Modern art and a lot of fantastic rotating exhibitions + a great museum shop.
On Saturdays from 5.45 pm to 7.45 pm you pay what you wish in entrance fee. The rest of the time it cost us$79.
1071 5th avenue

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Often referred simply as the Met, is one of the largest and most important art museum. Here is a huge range of art from around the world and that extend over 5000 years. The permanent exhibition is divided into 19 departments, ranging from paintings and sculptures from nearly all European great painters, American, Asian and modern art, from the musical instruments, clothing to weapons, just to name a fraction.

Don´t miss the rooftop terrace that offers a fantastic view of Central Park and all the grand houses around it.
1000 Fifth Ave

The Whitney Museum
Another excellent museum with a wonderful atmosphere. At Whitney you have seven floors filled with over 18 000 works of art, among others works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Charles Sheeler and Jackson Pollock. It is very popular so try to avoid coming on the weekends. Weekday afternoons seems best.
945 Madison Avenue

Viand Coffee Shop
Classic American diner that is famous for its legendary turkey sandwiches.
673 Madison Avenue




TriBeCa stands for ”Triangle Below Canal,” which refers to the area south of Canal Street. During the last ten years TriBeCa has grown in popularity. 20 years ago, it was a run down industrial backwater area with huge warehouses but today many of them are made ​​into luxury lofts.

Start at Canal Street and walk south to Chambers Street and you’ll find TriBeCa, between Broadway and Greenwich. It´s quite a small area and you can easily get around it on foot. 
 TriBeCa is famous for it´s film festival founded by Robert de Niro. He also owns the Greenwich Hotel, a nice luxury hotel situated in an ”old” building that you think has been there around there since the 1900s, but it´s actuallay brand new. The hotel is quite expensive but if it doesn`t match your budget have at least a coffee/drink in the lobby and soak up the atmosphere.

A small selection of places we recommend:
Issey Miyake
Issey Miyake’s flagship store houses collections all under one roof. A sculpture by Frank Gehry meanders through the room, which also features numerous art exhibitions and events.
119 Hudson Street

Greenwich Hotel
Sink into the comfortable sofas in the lobby and enjoy the beautiful decor. Rooms are  around usd 425.
377 Greenwich Street

Liquor store = JCrew
The previous owners lost their liquor license, due to the fact, among some  other reasons, that it was to close to the mosque next door. Nowadays, J. Crew’s first store for men has moved in with their stylish range of their own vintage preppy clothes, jackets from Barbour, boots from Red Wing, and much more.
235 West Broadway

Nobu/Nobu next door
At Nobu, I ate one of the absolutely most delicious meals I’ve ever eaten. Their restaurants  are extremely popular. Celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa is behind the success and Robert de Niro is one of the owners. Nobu Next Door is the slightly cheaper version and here it is easier to get a table.
105 Hudson Street

Tamarind Tribeca
Nice Indian restaurant that is bathed in natural light, thanks to the large windows throughout the restaurant. Menu includes modern versions of the Indian cuisine from various regions of India.
99 Hudson Street (in the corner of Franklin between Nobu)

Mondo Cane
Luxurious vintage furniture in a modern building. Perfect shop for collectors with many fine and well preserved furniture and decor items.
174 Duane Street

Santos Party House
With the classic disco ball hanging from the ceiling, it swings a lot at this nightclub that often hosts celebrities.
96 Lafayette Street

Steven Alan
Casual clothing with a twist and details that impress. Both clothes for men and women. At Steven Alan the most focus is on clothes but there are also some funky antique jewelry.
103 Franklin Street

Thom Browne
Fastidious men and women’s clothing with a uniform feel. Just the funky interior is worth a visit.
100 Hudson street


Soho & Nolita


SoHo is packed with luxury boutiques, galleries, bars and cozy cafes. Many of the major foreign designer brands have stores here. There are also many locally established designers. A heavenly mixture of fashion, cosmetics, interior design shops and art galleries. SoHo is a really fun place to do  some ”window shopping” or to do some serious shopping. You pick.

In SoHo there are also several luxury boutique hotels like the Mercer Hotel and the 60 Thompson Hotel. Sohotel has more moderate prices, and has recently undergone a complete renovation.

It is walking distance to everything in SoHo so put on some comfortable shoes and hit the street. Do not forget to look up at the fascinating cast-iron facades. There are also many huge apartments (lofts) that you can get a glimpse of if you look up.

Do not miss the area around the streets of Spring and Prince Street and also down Greene  and Mercer Street and a bit further south to Grand and Howard Street. Continuing east on Spring or Prince and you will come to NoLita (North of Little Italy). Still farther east is the Lower East Side (LES). If you go west on Spring and Prince Street it will take you to the West Village. Head north on Broadway and you will end up in NoHo (north of Houston) and south to TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal Street).

A small selection of places we recommend:

A bathing ape or Bape – the pinnacle of street style for all true hipsters. The brand is characterized by a limited edition with hip-hop clothing. There are no mass-production items.
91 Greene Street

Agent Provocateur
Oozes luxury and sensuality, and has a hefty collection of underwear and other things nice for that special occasion …
133 Mercer Street

Dean & Deluca
Luxurious deli and a paradise for gourmets. Here you will enjoy an amazing food market and a small coffee bar. Sit a while at the bar in the window with a coffe and look out on Broadway and all the people that hurries past.
560 Broadway

Apple Store
This shop is in an old post house whish has nicely been renovated and should not be missed if you are in search of new PC, iPod, iPhone or other Apple accessories.
If you time you can can sit down and listen to one of the many free workshops – ideal when you want to learn something new in the Mac world. There is also a so-called Genius Bar, free WiFi and computers you can use free to check emails and more.
103 Prince Street

Legendary and popular French bistro in a relaxed environment with a lovely decor. Breakfast, lunch and dinner you can eat here. Don´t miss their bakery next door.
80 Spring Street


A smaller version of the popular department store lies here.
504 Broadway

Cafe Gitane

Perfect location in NoLita for a breakfast or lunch. Best couscous outside Marrakech.
242 Mott Street

Crosby Street Hotel
Located on a quiet cobblestone street in SoHo. Expensive but fabulous beautifully decorated rooms and they have even their own movie theater with red velvet chairs. The Crosby Street Bar serves afternoon tea all day. As an extra glamorous options, you can get champagne instead of tea and who can say no to that..?
79 Crosby Street

Deitch Gallery
Super trendy gallery with avant-garde art and regular happenings.
76 Grand Street

J Crew
Stylish American fashion at reasonable prices. Very casual clothes, a little like ”the American Dream” about it.
99 Prince Street

The owners are traveling around the world and buys funny, odd stuff. Constantly new things in the store.
95 Spring Street

MoMa Design Store

The Museum of Modern Arts shop – an exciting museum shop on two floors.
81 Spring Street

The New Museum of Contemporary Art
This shimmery building houses a theater, three full-floor exhibit spaces, and a glass gallery dedicated to founder Marcia Tucker. It is the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to presenting contemporary art from around the world.
Don´t miss the view from the 12th floor.
235 Bowery Street

Opening Ceremony
You can find both established and new designers, cool vintage clothes and things from second-hand markets worldwide. All from Alexander Wang to Swedish Fjällräven.
35 Howard Street

Simple Juice Bar
When you need to refill your energy this place is a perfect stop. Organic smoothies, wheat grass shots, vitamin injections in all possible variations.
203 Mott Street

The popular Japanese brand’s first store in the U.S.. Well organized big store with lots of stylish casual clothing to low prices.
546 Broadway

Sur la Table
This is one of many well stocked shops with everything that belongs to the kitchen for the serious cooking enthusiasts. From knives to Kitchen Aid, and of course lots of delicious cookbooks and everything in between.
75 Spring Street

Times Square

Midtown & Times Square

Times Square

T I M E S  S Q U A R E  / M I D T O WN

is New York’s theatre, hotel and tourist district number one. At Time Square you will experience hundreds of neon signs – together with an enormous amount of other tourists.

Around Times Square you will mostly find the big U.S. restaurant chains such as TGI Friday’s. Not very interesting, and certainly not particularly unique to New York.
There are, on the other hand, many luxury hotels to choose from; W Times Square, Paramount andThe Room Mate Grace, are some of the best. It may be an advantage to live here if your main focus is to attend some of the many excellent Broadways shows. It´s also close to Central Park.

Tips for kids: At Times Square you will find the world’s largest toy store, Toys R Us.

Midtown stretches from 5th Avenue over to 7th Avenue at 42nd Street and up at 59th Street.

A small selection of places we recommend:
Apple Store 5th Avenue
Only the glass cube above the shop (which is a one floor down) is worth a visit.
This Apple store is open 365 days a year, 24 hours/day! You will be assisted by extremely helpful and talented assistants.
767 5th Avenue

If you are longing for well-cooked Scandinavian food head over to Aquavit, a favorite who has been running since 1987. The interior is classic Danish designers like Arne Jacobsen, Paul Kjaerholm and Verner Panton.
65 East 55th Street

B & H Photo
One of the world’s largest camera shops and a attraction not to be missed during your visit to New York. They are usually much cheaper than anywhere else. There is also a huge range of video stuff, both for consumers and professionals.
420 9th Avenue

Bergdorf Goodman

This fine building belonged once to the very rich Vanderbilt family. Now it´s a luxury department store that has the best of everything. Eight floors of beautiful clothes from designers such as Narciso Rodriguez, Chloe, Jean Paul Gaultier and there are even affordable brands such as DKNY and Marc by Marc Jacobs.
754 5th Avenue

Burger Joint
This little burger place is tucked away in the lobby of the posh Le Parker Meridien Hotel and is an experience in itself. Reasonable prices and popular with New Yorkers.
Le Parker Meridien
118 West 57th Street

Bryant Park Grill
Lovely large place with huge windows out towards Bryant Park. It´s a nice spot for lunch. In summer time you can sit on their roof top.
25 West 40th Street

Grand Central Terminal

Don´t miss a visit to this beautiful train station of concrete, steel and limestone. It feels almost like a cathedral with its beautiful vault ceiling and large windows. From here 550 trains departs every day. A visit to the Oyster Bar & Restaurant is an experience in itself, specially if you like the combination of Champagne and oysters. They have over 30 varieties of oysters to choose from.
87 East 42nd Street

Empire State Building
One of New York’s most famous silhouettes and the view from here is something you have to experience. It´s best to get here early or late in the afternoon. At midday, there are  usually long queues. You can buy admission tickets online or if you plan to visit many attractions, get a NYC CityPass.
Admission Pass to New York’s ”Empire State Building Observatory” & 4 other attractions only at CityPass – $164.00 value
350 5th Avenue

F.A.O Schwartz
New York’s finest toy store. You’ll find exclusive toys and a big candy store.
767 5th Avenue

Kinokuniya Bookstore
A great bookstore. Huge selection of books and magazines. Very much focus on design, illustration, fashion and interior decoration.
1073 6th Avenue

MoMa – Museum of Modern Art
A must for anyone interested in modern art. You will find several permanent exhibitions with world-renowned works of art and there are also many temporary exhibitions by interesting artists.
Don´t miss a visit to MoMA design store across the street. They have a great selection of nice things.
11 West 53rd Street

New York Public Library
The city’s magnificent main library which often features in movies is definitely worth a visit. There is also a large bookstore.
Fifth Ave. vid 42nd St

Rockefellor Center
What would a winter in New York be without a ride on the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center?
30 Rockefeller Center

Nice and expensive but Saks is also one of the most famous department stores in New York. You’ll find brands from Prada, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Versace, Gucci, Christian Louboutin, Armani among others.
611 5th Avenue

The Plaza Hotel
It oozes luxury and glamor in this historic hotel . Plaza was refurbished in 2008 for the neat sum of us$ 400 million. Feel free to order a dry martini in their Rose Club and have a peek at all the snazzy dressed guests.
768 5th Avenue

Top of the Rock
On the 69th floor of Rockefeller Center you get a splendid view of Central Park in one direction and the Empire State Building on the other side. Statue of Liberty, can also be seen on a clear day. On the 70th floor, there are no glass walls, only an art deco fence and 360 degree view of New York.
30 Rockefeller Center