city dwellers: new york’s lower east side

It wasn’t too long into our New York lives before we admitted to ourselves that when it comes to street cred, we have none. While most of our peers longed to live downtown or across the bridge in Williamsburg, we were almost immediately content on the quieter Upper East Side. Sure, we had to deal with the occasional pity nod when we revealed our cross streets, but honestly? Rent was just cheaper in our ‘hood of choice, and sometimes a sacrifice must be made. Unfortunately, as our cool points diminished drastically over time, so, too, did our ability to blend in with the hipster kids. This is why, when we stepped out of our cab onto Allen St. during #LTnyc,…

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new york city’s best outdoor bars + restaurants

Call us predictable, but one of our favorite things about summer is drinking outdoors. Really, is there anything better than a cool drink under the hot sun? Our fair Irish skin may disagree with us, but we consider this perfection. New York City has no shortage of amazing restaurants and bars, but where in this concrete jungle can you enjoy the outdoors whilst getting your drink on? The Lazy Travelers investigate (aka, spent many summer months in the past getting drunk at these locales). The Standard Biergarten, 848 Washington Street // Ok, so techniiically this biergarten has a roof and is hidden away from the sunshine, but in the summer months it’s completely open air. Connected…

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city dwellers: new york’s midtown

Though most New Yorkers (and even some savvy travelers) tend to steer clear of our next City Dweller’s ‘hood, we’re letting it have the spotlight anyway. Here’s why: it’s convenient, it’s iconic, and there are plenty — and we mean plenty — of lesser-known gems. Most importantly, though… we want to (and we tend to do what we want). If that’s not introduction enough, then we don’t know what is. Midtown Midtown is freaking huge. Stretching from the Hudson River to the East River and running from the mid-thirties all the way to the southern border of Central Park, Midtown is home to some of New York’s must-see landmarks and busiest commercial hubs. MAJOR PRO: Because it’s…

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city dwellers: new york’s gramercy

Though a spacious loft in Soho or the West Village will always top our dream list of places to live in Manhattan, an apartment that comes complete with a key to the private Gramercy Park is a close second. It’s hard not to peer through the fence as you walk by, picturing a different life where you leave your front door every morning, key in hand (which, we’ve never seen, but we picture to be very ornate and made of heavy antique brass), and settle down on a bench in front of the fountain, reading The New York Times. In fact, our dreams of accessing the garden are so real that we almost used our…

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city dwellers: new york’s murray hill

When the romantic first declared her triumphant return to New York, our minds took a trip back the good old days: frolicking about the Upper East Side, hand in hand in hand in hand (our other halves belonging to the other two hands, natch). It seemed easy to resort to our safe space, our boozy comfort zone, our decidedly uncool highlands. Obviously, that changed. As we started to plan our weeklong rendezvous, we realized this was the perfect time to take advantage of all the Big Apple has to offer. With a little help from our friends at the Library Hotel Collection, we would kick our trip off in a neighborhood we know well, but rarely…

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