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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

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...

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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...