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It’s the middle of the workday and you’re fading fast. Your colleagues are staring zombielike at their work. If this were Sweden, you’d all need a fika. Since this is midtown Manhattan, you need FIKA. That’s the name of the Swedish-inspired café that has become one of my go-to spots for a coffee break — or what Swedes call a fika...

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Nowhere in New York is more fixated with split-personality spaces than the East Village and Lower East Side. It seems like everywhere you turn now there's a boutique-and-bar or hotdog-shop-cum-speakeasy. But my favorite mixed-use space is a barbershop with a twist...

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I'm interested in finding cool New York boutiques on the Upper East Side that still have some downtown edge — know any?

mtoska | Westchester, NY

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It’s true that my job has required me to track down eight cases of rare yellow dragon fruit for a Saudi princess without neglecting the daily itineraries I have been asked to design for another guest and her two kids. Juggling is what we do. But being a concierge is not just about fulfilling the cravings of the rich...

Directed and shot by: Thiago Da Costa. Edited by: Thiago Da Costa, Katie Ennis, Zack Wolder

When is a cuban sandwich shop more than just a place to grab a Sloppy Joe and a cup of coffee? When was the last time you needed to use a telephone booth? I'll answer these and other questions in my first video of the East Village, as I hit a couple of its most undercover bars and show you how to find your way in...

Directed and shot by: Thiago Da Costa. Edited by: Thiago Da Costa, Justin Schultz

I don't know about you, but when I'm on vacation, all bets are off when it comes to counting calories. I want to indulge in the best, most unique treats a city has to offer. In San Francisco, there are so many places where the experience is well worth the indulgence...

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One of the best ways to get to know Santa Monica is on two wheels — whether you want to pedal or you just want to cruise. Earlier this year Pedal or Not opened shop with a fleet of California-made Pedego electric bikes that they use to give small group tours of the area. The bikes have options for all riders: full electric motor power that you can switch on with a...

Directed and shot by: Thiago Da Costa. Edited by: Thiago Da Costa, Justin Schultz

New York is one of those rare cities where the name of a neighborhood can change within a generation. And Nolita is one of those neighborhoods. This little downtown plot — roughly south of Houston, west of the Bowery — is still considered part of Little Italy by the old-timers who live there (as opposed to “North of Little Italy”). But to the locals who pack its one-of-a-kind boutiques and watering holes, this hood is distinctly Nolita...

Tony Verri

By Tony Verri of Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel
October 11, 2010 | London
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The Wallace Collection

I love art, but hate crowds. Can you suggest some less trafficked museums in London that I can visit without someone violating my personal space?

dmiliano52 | Los Angeles, CA 

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I've always followed a rule my dad taught me that you should eat oysters in the months that have the letter "r." And so each year, as summer winds down and the leaves start to fall, I think about oysters. Salty and succulent, nothing tastes more like the place where they came from. Fortunately, I'm spoiled for choice when it comes to oyster haunts in and...