March 30, 2014
A UK TV production is currently casting for a new series called ‘Taking New York’ It is a brand new constructed reality series set against the backdrop of New York. We are going to be filming it between April and the end of June and it will air in early 2015.  The series will focus on groups of ambitious young Brits who have taken a leap across the pond to the big apple. We will tell the story of the career highs and lows, loves, break ups and friendships,– all the real-life ingredients that make for the best-loved scripted US dramas. We will follow the lives and loves of these glamorous Brits and they attempt to make their mark in the most ruthless city in the world. Underneath it all, will their shared heritage as Brits abroad mean they ultimately look out for each other?

Email newyork@twofour.co.uk if interested.

A UK TV production is currently casting for a new series called ‘Taking New York’ It is a brand new constructed reality series set against the backdrop of New York. We are going to be filming it between April and the end of June and it will air in early 2015. The series will focus on groups of ambitious young Brits who have taken a leap across the pond to the big apple. We will tell the story of the career highs and lows, loves, break ups and friendships,– all the real-life ingredients that make for the best-loved scripted US dramas. We will follow the lives and loves of these glamorous Brits and they attempt to make their mark in the most ruthless city in the world. Underneath it all, will their shared heritage as Brits abroad mean they ultimately look out for each other?

Email newyork@twofour.co.uk if interested.

March 24, 2014
The Mose Socially Awkward Moments for a Brit living in New York

Us Brits and our pride and cultural differences, you can take us out of England but you can’t take the English awkwardness or our social cues out of us.

1. Tipping - Is this enough? Is it too much? I have to tip for EVERY drink? Truth is you have to tip everyone from your hairdresser, your shoe shiner to your smelly taxi driver. Even if the service sucked everyone gets tipped. Us Brits only believe in tipping for excellent service, this rule doesn’t really apply in NYC, you just leave a smaller tip for sucky service. Le Sigh!

2. Asking people to move when they’re standing on the left of an escalator. New Yorkers don’t know the rule of standing on your right.

3. When someone uses the word fanny, and you think they’re being terribly rude - for example a fanny pack is what Americans call a bum bag.

4. Most of Manhattan uses a one-way system, so you can never be sure whether you have to look right or left - true story, the safer option is to just look left and right while you cross the street.

5. When you’re speaking the Queen’s English and no one has any clue what you’re saying. I often get blank stares and sometimes the wrong drink order because I have completely thrown someone off guard, therefore causing total confusion.

6. When strangers smile at you - What do they want? Am I about to be mugged? What’s the number for 911?! Yes New Yorkers smile a lot and like to say ‘Hi! Have a nice day’ Us Brits are not too used to total strangers smiling and saying hello.

7. When you don’t give enough money because you forgot to add VAT to the bill. Le Sigh, can’t they just tell us the total amount in the first place?

8. Looking at the subway map and finally understanding how those confused tourists trying to use the tube feel.

9. When you try to order a cup of tea in a coffee shop. Are you kidding me!!!!!

10. When you go for drinks with Americans but drink like you’re still in Britain - You are in for a painful hangover. The drink units more liberal in New York, you always get double units in your drinks, and the goal is not to always get totally wasted.

Via Buzzfeed

December 23, 2013

Concept store Dover Street Market comes to NYC! - The epic Comme des Garçons Dover Street Market opened at the weekend smack dab in the middle of no man’s land: 160 Lexington Avenue in Murray Hill, with all its 7 stories glory, of multiple brands who each curated a space. Brands include: Comme Des Garcons, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Nike, Supreme and J.W. Anderson.

November 21, 2013
25 Things New Yorkers DO… and complain about.

After you have been living NYC for a long period of time, you become a New Yorker and do things that only New Yorkers do, like the following things below, and I totally agree,

1. Bitch about Time Warner
2. Talk about how disgusting the Hudson is.
3. Ask people at parties how much their rent is
4. Complain about brunch incessantly, but then still go to brunch.
5. Have unabashed crushes on Pat Kiernan
6. Look up real estate in your hometown, and get bummed when you realize you could buy a castle with a moat for what you pay in rent here
7. Curse a lot.
8. Pretend like crazy stuff isn’t happening while it’s happening
9. Get irrationally angry every time it rains.
10. Eat at food trucks, mostly because they’re everywhere.
11. Avoid eye contact at all costs.
12. Talk about how you can’t wait for winter during the summer…
13. …and then how you wish it were summer in the winter.
14. Stop and look at real estate ads in windows
15. Go to after-work happy hour on an empty stomach, then wolf three slices of pizza at 9:30 p.m.
16. Wear earbuds everywhere
17. Secretly fear that this guy is going to kick you in the face.
18. Take creepshots of people on the subway
19. Gawk at the cheap food/alcohol prices when you’re traveling out of state.
20. Eat bagels as drunk food
21. Gripe about the G train or C Train
22. Ignore every flyer or free newspaper that’s waved in your face
23. Look up at night to see what color the Empire State Building is
24. Get mad at movie sets for blocking your way to work/home.
25. Ride over a bridge on the subway or in a cab, look at the skyline, and remember why you live here in the first place - Because it never gets old!

Via Buzzfeed

November 15, 2013
lheartlondon:

Docklands

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Docklands

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November 14, 2013
NY-LON Q & A with Amanda Murray, a Londoner who had to toughen up after New York taught her some lessons. She managed to stick it out, and since then opportunities have been coming into alignment.

1. How long have you been in NYC?

2 1/2 years now. It feels like just six months ago though.

 2.    What inspired you to move here?

To put it simply a flagging relationship and the added bonus that the majority of my family lived here. I am one of those Londoners that’s really in love with London so it was hard for me to leave but sometimes when a relationship ends, new scenery is just what you need to ameliorate open wounds.

 
3. Where do you live?

I live in Crown Heights.When I moved here I remember wanting to live in the building that my Aunt used to live in, I had warm memories of visiting my cousins and sitting on the fire escape looking on at the Labor Day parade. Though my Aunt moved I wanted to be in that building, so I applied many times but there was never a vacancy, then one day I got a call that an apartment was available, I didn’t think twice, I ended the lease I had and moved within a week.

One day though I hope to be living in a condo in Dumbo with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Every time I’m on the Q train I look at those condos and dream. I’m just putting it out into the Universe.

4.    What keeps you busy in NYC?

When I first moved here I did tons of high profile internships within the fashion industry. But I fell out of love with the industry. Everywhere I went and everyone I met was a ‘stylist’ or something of the sort and after a while it was all a bit tedious to me. But in the way that only New York can be that concrete jungle where dreams are made of, I’ve been working on a TV project and its everything and more that I could have hoped for.


5. What do you miss about London?

Oh where shall I begin? I miss being able to go the Doctor’s office and knowing a huge looming bill isn’t waiting for me, damn I miss the NHS!  I miss the romanticism of the city, it’s no Paris but the grey skies coupled with the architecture of the city is something spectacular to me. I miss seeing Vivienne Westwood ride her bike through Clapham Common. I miss strolling through Carnaby St and Covent Garden and watching the individual eclecticism of the people. I miss Sundays at Portobello Market. I miss food shopping at Waitrose. I miss shopping for hair products in Brixton Market and catching an indie film at The Ritzy. I miss Pizza at Pizza Pomodoro in Knightsbridge. I miss Nando’s. I miss British TV and I miss marveling at Selfridge’s window. Oh and Walker’s Sweet Chili crisps!6. What do you love about New York?

I Love the palpable energy of the city. I love that anything…and I mean absolutely anything can happen in New York. I love that there is so much to do here. I LOVE Brooklyn and I love The Highline, to me The Highline is the true gem of New York. Who builds a park on an old railroad? Genius..

7. If there is a dose of Britishness you would like to inject into NYC, what would it be?

Free healthcare!

8. How are you adjusting to the New York lifestyle, culture, environment?

I don’t think I’ll ever be 100% adjusted to all of what New York embodies. But I have lots of hang ups about Public Transportation here. I try my best not to compare it to London but MTA really has to do better. For such a cosmopolitan city, public transportation lacks a lot here.

9. Complete this sentence, ‘You know you’re a New Yorker when…’

When you think of a quicker route than hopstop.com and when you’re totally desensitized to all of the train shenanigans.10. Survival tip to living in New York. 

New York to me is one of the greatest teachers I know. When you first move here, New York tests you to see what you’re made of, so many people move here every month with dreams of grandeur but so many move back home within six months. Everyone I know including myself has had those days of eating ramen noodles when funds are low but when you’ve passed New York’s test, the city smiles on you and doors that were once inconceivable are now very wide open. You need to have real strength of character, determination, real sense of who you are and be a real hustler to make it in this city. When I first moved here I thought I was so strong but New York sure showed me…broke me down completely but re-built me and I am so much better, so much stronger than I ever was before. Thank You New York.

And thank you for toughing it out Amanda. Keep up with Amanda and her life in New York on her blog LondongirlinNYC.com

NY-LON Q & A with Amanda Murray, a Londoner who had to toughen up after New York taught her some lessons. She managed to stick it out, and since then opportunities have been coming into alignment.

1. How long have you been in NYC?

2 1/2 years now. It feels like just six months ago though.


2. What inspired you to move here?

To put it simply a flagging relationship and the added bonus that the majority of my family lived here. I am one of those Londoners that’s really in love with London so it was hard for me to leave but sometimes when a relationship ends, new scenery is just what you need to ameliorate open wounds.



3. Where do you live?

I live in Crown Heights.When I moved here I remember wanting to live in the building that my Aunt used to live in, I had warm memories of visiting my cousins and sitting on the fire escape looking on at the Labor Day parade. Though my Aunt moved I wanted to be in that building, so I applied many times but there was never a vacancy, then one day I got a call that an apartment was available, I didn’t think twice, I ended the lease I had and moved within a week.

One day though I hope to be living in a condo in Dumbo with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Every time I’m on the Q train I look at those condos and dream. I’m just putting it out into the Universe.

4. What keeps you busy in NYC?

When I first moved here I did tons of high profile internships within the fashion industry. But I fell out of love with the industry. Everywhere I went and everyone I met was a ‘stylist’ or something of the sort and after a while it was all a bit tedious to me. But in the way that only New York can be that concrete jungle where dreams are made of, I’ve been working on a TV project and its everything and more that I could have hoped for.



5. What do you miss about London?

Oh where shall I begin? I miss being able to go the Doctor’s office and knowing a huge looming bill isn’t waiting for me, damn I miss the NHS! I miss the romanticism of the city, it’s no Paris but the grey skies coupled with the architecture of the city is something spectacular to me. I miss seeing Vivienne Westwood ride her bike through Clapham Common. I miss strolling through Carnaby St and Covent Garden and watching the individual eclecticism of the people. I miss Sundays at Portobello Market. I miss food shopping at Waitrose. I miss shopping for hair products in Brixton Market and catching an indie film at The Ritzy. I miss Pizza at Pizza Pomodoro in Knightsbridge. I miss Nando’s. I miss British TV and I miss marveling at Selfridge’s window. Oh and Walker’s Sweet Chili crisps!


6. What do you love about New York?

I Love the palpable energy of the city. I love that anything…and I mean absolutely anything can happen in New York. I love that there is so much to do here. I LOVE Brooklyn and I love The Highline, to me The Highline is the true gem of New York. Who builds a park on an old railroad? Genius..

7. If there is a dose of Britishness you would like to inject into NYC, what would it be?

Free healthcare!

8. How are you adjusting to the New York lifestyle, culture, environment?

I don’t think I’ll ever be 100% adjusted to all of what New York embodies. But I have lots of hang ups about Public Transportation here. I try my best not to compare it to London but MTA really has to do better. For such a cosmopolitan city, public transportation lacks a lot here.

9. Complete this sentence, ‘You know you’re a New Yorker when…’

When you think of a quicker route than hopstop.com and when you’re totally desensitized to all of the train shenanigans.

10. Survival tip to living in New York.

New York to me is one of the greatest teachers I know. When you first move here, New York tests you to see what you’re made of, so many people move here every month with dreams of grandeur but so many move back home within six months. Everyone I know including myself has had those days of eating ramen noodles when funds are low but when you’ve passed New York’s test, the city smiles on you and doors that were once inconceivable are now very wide open. You need to have real strength of character, determination, real sense of who you are and be a real hustler to make it in this city. When I first moved here I thought I was so strong but New York sure showed me…broke me down completely but re-built me and I am so much better, so much stronger than I ever was before. Thank You New York.

And thank you for toughing it out Amanda. Keep up with Amanda and her life in New York on her blog LondongirlinNYC.com

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