My city: New York

Our ‘my city’ series puts a new perspective on some of our favourite places, as we catch up with creative residents, asking them to divulge their best kept secrets. For the Big Apple, we consult Secret Escapes’ former US Managing Editor and New York resident, Gina Volpe.

Secret guide: Queens & The Bronx

Manhattan may be seductively enthralling, but to miss Queens and the Bronx is to miss the real Big Apple. This is where New Yorkers live and any visit promises an authentic flavour of NYC life. Both are wildly diverse, with communities that create a rich tapestry of cultural delights. Discover down-to-earth diners and contemporary cool in a host of hip galleries, with a legacy that …

Secret guide: Brooklyn

Move over Manhattan; make way for Brooklyn – the isle’s hip, younger sibling. An influx of artists and creatives in search of more affordable rents turned this into a den of celebrated creativity, where hipster bars sit snug alongside age-old Mom & Pop diners. Galleries, live music, excellent river views and indie businesses make Brooklyn a truly unique neighbourhood where new ideas and artisan flair …

Secret guide: Manhattan

The epicentre of New York City is a magnificent collection of bucket-list topping icons. Immortalised on screen and in music the world over, Manhattan is uniquely familiar, yet offers constant surprises with each visit. It seamlessly mixes stalwart classics with burgeoning new scenes, constantly pushing boundaries and laying the standard for style and glamour across the world. Alight at coveted restaurants, world-leading museums, glamorous bars …