Smoove Grooves for the Recess Intermission Mix - May 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
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.
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.
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!