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Haya Zoubi - who has written 567 posts on Swell City Guide.


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Objects, Faces & Places – My Visual Diary

Posted on 03 September 2014

Since early 2009, I have lived in constant motion traveling to and living in various cities around the world.  Sometimes I stay put in certain cities that I have an attraction towards, for up to a year at a time.  Some of the cities which I’ve stayed in for more extended periods include London, Los […]

Hempel Hotel – London

Posted on 25 June 2014

Review and Photos by The Cobrasnake

The Hempel is a really quiet hotel located in Paddington. It’s far away from everything. When you are inside it feels really relaxing. The reception is very quiet and clean -as is the rest of the hotel. The room was completely white. The bed was so big you could comfortably sleep 4 people.

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Langham Hotel – London

Posted on 23 June 2014

Old world charm meets new world decadence at the Langham hotel in London. Langham London is an icon among London hotels, and rightly so.  The legend of this hotel is true: impeccable service, restaurants, swimming pool and a full fitness center you won’t be disappointed. A walk through the lobby and halls will transform you […]

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Interview with the programming team at Nitehawk Cinema – NYC

Posted on 16 June 2014

1. Tell me your name, function at Nitehawk and how long you’ve been there: Caryn Coleman, Senior Film Programer/Communications: I’ve been part of the Nitehawk team since fall 2011. John Woods, Director of Programming and Acquisitions: I’ve been on board since the conceptual stages in January 2010. Max Cavanaugh, Technical Director / Film Programmer: I’ve […]

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Jamie Hince @ The Morrison Hotel Gallery – NYC

Posted on 16 June 2014

On Tuesday, June 10th 2014 Morrison Hotel Gallery and animal charity Rational Animal present ECHO HOME premiered the photography exhibition of The Kills’ guitarist Jamie Hince at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in Soho, NYC. English guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jamie Hince is a trendsetting musician with a signature sensibility that encompasses grit, humor, and sultry […]

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Alexandra Janelli – Theta Springs Hypnosis – NYC

Posted on 16 June 2014

I’ve generally been somewhat of a melancholic and anxious person, since my early twenties but the last two years have been particularly stressful for me.  Although I had seen different therapists over the years, and it did always feel good to walk out of a doctor’s office having gotten everything I was feeling off my […]

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The Wellesley Hotel – London

Posted on 15 June 2014

The Wellesley is a gorgeous luxury boutique hotel situated in London’s exclusive Knightsbridge area. What was formerly an iconic jazz bar in the 1920′s is now a beautifully art deco inspired hotel landmark. The hotel features an indoor/outdoor lounge, a restaurant and a very attentive staff. We spoke with the Wellesley’s Chief Concierge Jim Cameron: […]

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Hache Burger – London

Posted on 22 May 2014

Considered one of the best places to get an amazing burger in London, Hache Burger is the brainchild of husband and wife team, Suzie and Berry Casey. What started out as a family run creperie in Camden eventually evolved into Hache Burger, with the motivation being to offer Londoners a quality burger sourced from the […]

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Paris Perfect Rentals – Paris

Posted on 13 May 2014

During the planning phase before my recent trip to Paris, I decided that I wanted to find an alternative to a hotel stay by renting a luxury apartment. I discovered ParisPerfect.com also known as “the wine apartments”

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Coco – Brooklyn

Posted on 23 April 2014

Coco is a new Brooklyn bistro located in Greenpoint. The restaurant is the latest venture of Michael Callahan – whose resumé already boasts several successful Manhattan restaurants, namely Indochine, Bond St, Republic, and Kittichai. Former chef de cuisine Fat Radish, Joe Capozzi, leads the kitchen and its’ menu which puts focus on local, American food. […]

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3rd Annual Food Book Fair – Brooklyn

Posted on 23 April 2014

Each spring, the Food Book Fair brings together food enthusiasts, publishers, book collectors, chefs, artists, activists, scholars, and writers to explore the latest in food innovation and conversation at the fair. For more information and tickets for this year’s fair, please visit . For $225 you can purchase an “all access insider pass”, which gives […]

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Wallpaper by Arid Orozco

Posted on 21 April 2014

Tatiana Pagés, CEO/Chief Creative Officer of Greencard Creative, and Curator is excited to present “Wallpaper,” Arid Orozco’s first exhibit in New York City, on Monday, April 21, 2014. Orozco is a contemporary Latin American artist who has a passion for color and culture. The exhibition will take place at El Aripo Café, 172 Delancey Street, […]

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InterContinental – San Francisco

Posted on 03 April 2014

The drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco always seems a little shorter and a little easier. When I finally arrived there I was a little frazzled from the traffic and having anticipated a few less hours at the wheel. Making matters even more challenging was navigating downtown on a busy Saturday night before I […]

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St. James Hotel – Paris

Posted on 01 April 2014

Located in the 16th Arr., The St. James is the only château-style hôtel in Paris. Nestled in a lush green setting you would almost forget you’re right in the center of Paris and only a mere stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe and Avenue Victor Hugo. This stunning but small “mini château” only has […]

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Primp & Polish – Williamsburg

Posted on 31 March 2014

As soon as you walk into Primp & Polish, you know that you’re not walking into a typical nail salon.  Things can only get better with each step through the doors and into the back garden to escape the madness of Williamsburg’s Bedford avenue. I was greeted by the spa manager and led to the […]

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