The insider’s guide to NYC

I’m not in love with New York.

This probably makes me different from most other Londoners I know who all seem to be enthralled with the Big Smoke.

I went there about 14 years ago so guess the joys of NYC are probably wasted on a kid but it just seemed so big and noisy and intense. I much prefer Miami Beach.

But the Village Voice’s Best of New York ’08 round-up has got me considering a trip. I adore the way that they have such random categories like,  Best Brooklyn Ruin, Best Dive for Holding a Conversation and Best Floral Jewellery:

Kristen “the Flower Lady”
Spring Street between Crosby and Broadway, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Soho is a real bloomer with Kristen “the Flower Lady” around. She’s a local vendor who usually stands next to a board tacked full of real flowers, seemingly frozen in time. But make no mistake about it: These aren’t lovely bouquets you put in a vase. They’re jewelry—earrings and necklaces made from real flowers encased in resin. Her biggest sellers are Dianthus (Sweet William), hydrangea, Scaevola (fan plant), and Queen Anne’s lace. Prices range from $20 to $60 for earrings and $30 to $150 for necklaces. As long as the weather’s good, expect her to be out and about and tell her we sent you.

Get your class war on

hate to rant on about the same thing but as I type news of the spectacular collapse of HBOS shares streams over the airways.

There’s an interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal analysing the effect that the financial crisis is having on the US election campaign.

The main line of argument is that : “There is simply no way to blame this disaster, as Republicans used to do, on labor unions or over-regulation. No, this is the conservatives’ beloved financial system doing what comes naturally.”

The question is, will Obama be ready to step to this financial challenge in a convincing manner? Guess it has similarities to New Labour, previously seen as the party of boom and bust, marketing itself as the party of the economy in the ’97 election campaign.