New York’s fascinating Tenement Museum

Inside the Tenement Museum

Our visit to the Chinatown Heritage Centre in Singapore, a museum that revealed much about the lives of the poorest of immigrants to the city state, prompted memories of my favourite museum in New York City. The Tenement Museum on the bustling and traditionally working class Lower East Side, explores the experiences of German, Irish […]


Approaching Alcatraz Island

Some tourist attractions are a class act, and others that really manage to screw up the experience. Alcatraz in San Francisco may be a tourist trap but it’s a winner from start to finish. It’s deluged with humanity, which is ironic for a place that many tried to flee during its time as a military […]

A walk around Brooklyn

Brooklyn promenade

On my trips to New York City, I’ve been drawn to Brooklyn. It offers something different to the manic streets of Manhattan and boasts some fine architecture and views. As one of NYC’s most exciting neighbourhoods, it also has some notable cultural institutions and lush green spaces. The district takes its name from the Dutch Breuckelen, which […]