Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

HBO documentary reveals two very different sides of New York neighbourhood

Posted on October 31st, 2016 by Laura Byrne Paquet

On the weekend, I finally got the chance to watch a documentary I’d put on the PVR a few weeks ago—and I’m glad I did. “Class Divide” is an excellent one-hour doc examining the Manhattan neighbourhood of Chelsea, which has been gentrifying at a dizzying pace since the opening of the High Line elevated park […]

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iPhone apps put cities in your pocket

Posted on February 2nd, 2010 by Laura Byrne Paquet


Heading to London, New York or Chicago soon? Looking for travel tips about the Everglades or Napa? Check out Sutro Media Guides, iPhone and iPod Touch apps that serve as pocket travel guides to destinations in North America and the U.K. While there are a couple of comprehensive guides, billed as “Essential” guides to particular […]

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Insider tips on Brazil, New York and Montreal

Posted on October 8th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

I’ve just discovered three excellent blogs offering insider travel tips: Brazil for Insiders, Montreal for Insiders and New York for Insiders. When you’ve been there and seen that–or even if you haven’t–you’ll find inspiration for off-the-beaten path adventures. Sao Paulo by night. Creative Commons photo by Andre Deak. Brazilian-born, Montreal-based food and travel writer Alexandra […]

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Video: New York beyond Manhattan

Posted on February 22nd, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

So you’ve been to the Empire State Building, seen the Metropolitan Museum of Art and gone to Carnegie Hall. But you’ve just scratched the surface of everything New York has to offer–Manhattan is just one borough, after all! This video by Peter Greenberg offers good tips on some offbeat things to see and do, the […]

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Canadian films take Manhattan

Posted on February 18th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

It’s one of many weird things about the Great White North: we produce quite a few movies, but it can be devilishly hard to find them on Canadian movie screens. Mainly that’s because every jumbo-plex has multiple screens devoted to the latest Hollywood action flick or slasher movie; partly it’s because a disturbingly high percentage […]

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Check out NYC indie bands with a local

Posted on October 30th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Amsterdam-based Like-a-Local has added an insider’s tour of New York’s indie music scene. It doesn’t come at a typical indie price–42 euros per person, plus a 15-euro reservation fee–but Manhattan isn’t cheap. Also, if the quality matches that of a design tour I took with Like-a-Local in Amsterdam this spring, it will be well worth […]

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Roomorama expands

Posted on October 15th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet, the new peer-to-peer vacation rental and room sharing service, has expanded beyond New York City to Boston, Chicago and Toronto. Listings in my old hometown of Toronto are a bit meagre at the moment, with just 24 properties. As always with any rental or home-sharing site, it pays to ask lots of questions of the […]

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New website for NYC vacation rentals

Posted on September 4th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Looking for a studio in Midtown or a temporary pied-a-terre in the West Village? Try, a new peer-to-peer service that helps travellers find short-term apartment rentals and spare rooms in New York City. Properties include a Williamsburg house owned by an actor who appeared in “The Departed,” complete with its own Zen garden, for […]

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