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Mad Hatters NYC - What's This All About?

As we embark on a new year, we thought we'd remind everyone (and ourselves!) why we do this.

This is a love story. A story in which a man and a woman fall in love…with a city. But not just any city. The City. We’re often asked what it is, exactly, that engenders such extreme devotion. We might tell you that it represents the best and worst, the heart and bowels, the unvarnished truth about humanity every minute of every hour of every day, and that there is something beautiful and ugly, exhilarating and stifling, about it all at the same time. But that description, honest as it is, falls short. We cannot simply tell you. We must do our best to show you, and that’s precisely what we’ve set out to do here.

Thank you for joining us on our adventures!
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*5Pointz Resurrected: The Museum of Street Art (MoSA)
in New York City*

When we showed up at the new CitizenM Bowery Hotel for our tour of the Museum of Street Art, the chipper front desk clerk showing us the way asked, “Do you know about 5Pointz?” We excitedly proclaimed that we’d actually visited the original (which returned such a big WOW that we felt like we’d just confessed to being present when electricity was discovered). It shouldn't be surprising. The walls of 5Pointz were whitewashed less than five years ago, but its loss was felt amongst street art lovers worldwide. It’s a local legend, and treated as such.

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#nycstreetart #streetart #streetartnyc #urbanart #urbanartnyc #bowery #5pointz

https://madhattersnyc.com/2018/10/10/museum-of-street-art-mosa-bowery-new-york-city/
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Alright, so unless Google decides to pull an Airplane!-style "Juuuuust kidding!", it appears the end is nigh. But not to worry, if you'd like to continue following along with our adventures, you can find us here:

Our blog: https://madhattersnyc.com

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madhattersnyc

On Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/madhattersnyc

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madhattersnyc
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Death By Chocolate: A Visit to The Big Chocolate Show in New York City

In the earliest days of our relationship, food was common ground. And Lynn was far and away the more experienced gastronome. She turned me on to Malaysian cuisine. She explained that the Chinese food I had been eating–and genuinely liked–was, in fact, American food, promptly taking me out for the real thing. Lynn even gave me my first bites of sushi (or should I say “attempted” bites, as I struggled mightily with chopsticks back then). There was one food, however, that needed no cross-cultural exchange, clarification, or introduction: chocolate.

When it came to chocolate, we were on the same footing from the start. It’s the foodie version of a universal language, after all. And our mutual devotion to all things chocolate is what recently lead us to attend The Big Chocolate Show, an annual industry expo now in its second year.

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#thebigchocolateshow #chocolateexpo #thenewyorkerhotel #wyndhamhotel #chocolate #chocolates #chocolatey #chocolatelover #chocolatelovers #chocolatelove #chocolatebar #chocolateaddict #cacao #chocolatier #milkchocolate #darkchocolate #whitechocolate #bonbon #truffle #sweettooth #nycblog

https://madhattersnyc.com/2018/10/03/the-big-chocolate-show-new-york-city/
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More Than Meets The Eye: A Visit to the Museum of Illusions in New York City

Being duped isn’t generally what one considers a positive experience, but the Museum of Illusions might be able to convince you otherwise. Optical illusions play with motion, color, patterns and space to create images that, when processed by the brain, create a perception that doesn’t match the true image in reality. At the Museum of Illusions in New York City, you’ll find two floors of mind-bending fun.

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#travel #travelblog #nycblog #museumofillusions #nyc #newyorkcity #nycblogger
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Where to find the best street art in Washington DC

We do a lot of walking when we travel. And we do so with purpose. We love architecture, urban green spaces, and the serendipity of discovery, whether that’s a neighborhood coffee shop or a bistro at the end of a nondescript alleyway. But first and foremost, we’re on the hunt for street art. There’s no better way to get a finger on the pulse of a city.

So whether you’re looking for the perfect backdrop for your #OOTD or you’re looking to discover some great local artists, here are some of the best places to find street art in Washington DC.

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#washingtonDC #dupontunderground #mydccool #murals #muralsdc #streetart #streetartdc #graffiti #graffitidc #urbanart #urbanartdc #travel #travelblog #dcarts

https://madhattersnyc.com/2018/09/12/best-street-art-washington-dc/
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48 Hours in Washington DC: 5 Places A Travel Foodie Must Visit

Washington DC has been experiencing a kind of modern renaissance, from its burgeoning food scene to the uber-trendy exhibits at its plethora of acclaimed museums. The district and its suburbs rank 6th on the diversity scale of US metro areas. It’s also home to more than 200 foreign embassies, missions, and international organizations.

So what better place to explore global cuisine without the hassle of an international flight? Here are five places to eat in the nation’s capital that will make you feel like you just got off a plane, minus the swelling, dry skin and jet lag.

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#washingtondc #foodie #restaurants #spanishfood #eritreanfood #streetfood #mexicanfood #israelifood #weekendgetaway #travelblog

https://madhattersnyc.com/…/48-hours-washington-dc-5-place…/
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The Daily Grind: My Favorite Coffee Shops in Manhattan

I'm not a car guy. I don't collect watches or chase the newest technology. I'm not a smoker and a rare drinker. I only have one significant vice--if it even qualifies--and that's coffee. I have a deep, visceral, obsessive love for coffee.

New York City, particularly Manhattan, wasn't always the coffee mecca it is today. Still, most people end up sticking to the same drink at the same place. But that would be a mistake. With just a shred of effort, you can find coffee shops that elevate the game. Here are ten spots that serve consistently good coffee, but also offer something extra to make it special.

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#nyccoffee #nyccoffeeshop #manhattan #java #coffee #espresso #coffeeshop #cafe #frissonespresso #everymanespresso #cultureespresso #abraçoespressoandbakery #tobysestate #bibbleandsip #kopitiam #twohands #roundk #kabiserakape

https://madhattersnyc.com/2018/08/30/favorite-coffee-shops-manhattan/
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Through the Lens: Inside Brooklyn’s Photoville (Or How to Win at Date Night)

One of the unexpected happy side effects of starting a blog is that we get to go on a lot of dates. Coffee dates, museum dates, let’s-try-something-new dates. Dates where we jump in a car or hop on a plane. Some dates still end up being duds, but when an event is going to check off a lot of boxes, we know the odds we’ll have a good time improve significantly. And Photoville checks off a lot of boxes.

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#photoville #unitedphotoindustries #art #photography #festival #nycblog #brooklynny #dumbo #nyc #newyorkcity #nycblogger

http://madhattersnyc.com/2018/08/22/photoville-brooklyn-bridge-park/
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Two of the Best Museums in New York City Are In Astoria, Queens

When you think of museums in New York City, the usual Manhattan-centric suspects immediately come to mind: MoMA, The Gug, and The Met. If you’re a hardcore museum hound, two of our other favorites, The Whitney or The Frick, might dance their way onto your list. Or perhaps you have children, in which case you’ll think of The American Museum of Natural History, because you’ve seen Night at the Museum no less than a hundred times.

Now, what if we told you that two of the best museums in New York City aren’t even located in Manhattan? (Spoiler alert: They aren't.)

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#travel #travelblog #nycblog #astoriany #queensny #nyc #newyorkcity #nycblogger
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