Palm Angels: the losangeline subcultures reinterpreted in streetwear

Palm Angels, a streetwear brand founded by Francesco Ragazzi (formerly the artistic director of Moncler) and worn by the great American hip hop, has come to life from a photographic book on the Losangelini skaters.


He does not like clean colors or stringent definitions. Between white and black, Francesco Ragazzi moves there, on the border between two chromatic worlds that do not belong to him. And if sometimes he decides to mix them a bit, sometimes he simply chooses one and goes ahead with that. It would be useless to put it into a specific category. Artistic director of Moncler and founder of the streetwear brand Palm Angels , two different souls coexist in him, never really merging with each other.

The birth of Palm Angels

A soul is the one that has as its symbols the palms and golden sands of California, the other is the Italian one. Together they sculpt the personality of Palm Angels, the brand born in 2015 from a photographic project by the same Ragazzi. In just three years, he became one of the leading brands of American rappers , beloved by A $ AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Offset, Travis Scott and Pharrell Williams.

Just the latter wrote the preface of the book of the same name from which the idea of Palm Angels started: a 2014 publication that contains photographs taken by some skaters during a stay in Los Angeles. « Before arriving in California – says Ragazzi – I had a certain idea of LA . I imagined the palms, the blinding light and the skaters whizzing along the Venice Beach promenade. And so it was. I started taking some pictures and only later did I get the idea of making a book. At Pharrell Williams, with whom I had already become friends in Moncler, I asked to write the preface. His words were able to translate perfectly the spirit of the book and my intentions in making it. Being a skater himself, he knows how true a religion is. There is something in the way they deal with life and in relating to people that fascinate me a lot. “

In 2015 the first Palm Angels collection was launched in Paris : a unisex line of t-shirts, sweatshirts, cardigans and backpacks animated by palm trees, leaves of marijuana (“the smell of marijuana permeates the streets in Los Angeles”) and some shots taken from the book. With that first collection, Ragazzi gave a concrete and tangible form to the clash between cultures that had forged his aesthetic imagery: «In Milan I attended the American school and immediately I had to deal with a different world from mine. As an Italian who studies the culture and history of another country, I began to develop a sense of estrangement that led me to feel like an outsider wherever I was, in Italy as in America. Then I realized that this feeling could be turned into an opportunity and I translated it into Palm Angels. My collections look at the US and American subcultures through the lenses of an Italian “.

The symbiosis with the music

If the universe of the Los Angeles skaters started the project, it is the music that feeds it every day. « When I have to create a new drawing collection with the idea of ending up in a video or a concert . Music is a passion but above all an inspiration: it is very important for me that my clothes are worn by musicians. The first to do so was A $ AP Rocky and from then on it was a crescendo. My tracksuits are definitely the most loved head by rappers ».

To play them is also Playboi Carti

In addition to running for the brand in January 2018, she recently signed the “Die Punk” capsule collection for Palm Angels, composed of denim garments, sweatshirts and track pants. A collaboration born spontaneously after Playboi Carti contacted the brand on Instagram. “With the world of music there is a mutual attraction but it is not just the rap and hip hop that I address. In March, for example, I edited the looks and the staging of the Swedish House Mafia reunion concert at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Hence the inspiration for my latest S / S 2019 collection, which enriches the style of Palm Angels with rave quotes ».

Inspired by the clubbing scene is also the capsule created for Moncler’s Genius project, which has asked six international creatives – including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha and Craig Green – to rewrite the brand’s identity. Characterized by a nocturnal and futuristic flair , the collection mixes street garments like the track pants – on which stand phrases like “I’m so high” and “Make it rain” – to the reinterpretations of the brand’s historical duvet. Luxury and streetwear meet: once again, two distant worlds that Francesco Ragazzi has been able to bring closer.

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A Big Step Forward Against Parkinson's Disease Through Michael J. Fox | Forbes France

Cellular Waste



The mutation in the gene that makes LRRK2 is the most common genetic cause of Parkinson’s disease

This variation was discovered 15 years ago. Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google , carries a copy, and his company 23andMe, a start-up of genetics for the general public, studied it. Pfizer, Merck and Genentech have all been working on drugs targeting this gene, but it has been discovered that they appear to cause disturbing lung changes in animals and all studies have been halted. It seemed at that time that this genetic index possibly containing the key to a cure for Parkinson’s disease could never be studied.

It was then that the Fox Foundation


joined the party, organizing meetings at which all companies involved in the study of treatments acting on the LRRK2 put their results together and tried to understand the origin of the problem. The Genentech team (now Denali’s) participated in these meetings and subsequently established a company and patented the Genentech molecule. It is this treatment whose data has been presented these days.

The current study does not include any patients with Parkinson’s disease, but it answers two questions: is the LRRK2 molecule able to block it enough to have an effect on Parkinson’s patients? And can she do it without serious side effects, especially in the lungs or blood pressure? It seems that the answer is yes.

There was a slight numerical difference between the placebo group and the groups receiving different doses of Denali’s drug, but the effects appear to have not worsened as doses increased, were not statistically significant, and did not seem to be of clinical importance. “The differences between the different assays are not clinically significant, and therefore not indicative of a dose-related effect,” says Carole Ho, Denali’s chief medical officer. Slight changes in blood pressure have been observed, but without researchers being able to match the drug.

Finally, genetic studies of individuals with mutations in the gene responsible for the synthesis of LRRK2 revealed no pulmonary problems.


Denali molecule 

The next step will be to test the Denali molecule in patients with Parkinson’s disease, both in those whose disease is caused by a mutation in the gene responsible for the production of LRRK2 and in those with Parkinson’s disease. is not related to this enzyme. Indeed, for researchers, such a drug could perhaps also have a positive effect on them. According to Ho, Denali intends to begin testing on the first patient of these studies by the end of the year. One of the biggest challenges will be finding people with Parkinson’s disease who have LRRK2.

Denali has partnered with Centagene, a genetic testing company, to find them more easily. GlaxoSmithKline, which also prepares an inhibitor of LRRK2, has partnered with 23andMe and will communicate with patients in the 23andMe database who carry the mutation.

” We find it both very important and promising to see the testing of an LRRK2 inhibitor begin in humans, ” said Brian Fiske, Vice President of the Fox Foundation. ” Of course, this is only the first stage of the trials, but it is for us one day to mark a milestone. “


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How to choose the best travel insurance for the United States

A few years ago, the market for travel policies in Italy included very few intermediaries and companies: there was little choice and almost no information about it.

I know it well because when I had to sign my first travel insurance for the United States I had found very little information and I had entered into a very expensive product that today does not even exist anymore (the brand was acquired and destroyed by one of the big ones).

Today the situation has changed, I was the first to want to find more information on this type of products, to try to collect the best and ask for discounts to companies and intermediaries: today they do my very same things many other sites but I have in the meanwhile I had the desire and the strength to specialize myself, becoming an insurance consultant registered in the single register of intermediaries held by IVASS.

  • 1 Too many travel insurance, so much confusion!
  • 2 Where to buy the best travel policies?
  • 3 Tips for choosing the best travel insurance
    • 3.1 Read the Information Package for travel insurance
      • 3.1.1 Exclusions and conditions of insurability
      • 3.1.2 Compensation ceilings
      • 3.1.3 Deductibles and overdrafts
    • 3.2 Glossary terms insurance
    • 3.3 Important information to be evaluated
      • 3.3.1 Pre-existing diseases
      • 3.3.2 Start and end of travel policy coverage
      • 3.3.3 Entrusted only to experts

Too many travel insurance, so much confusion!

Do you know how many travel insurance products can be found online right now? Really many, I would dare to say too many; so numerous that everyone gets confused. Precisely for this reason I decided to study them and collect those 3 or 4 that I consider the best.

In addition in this post I would give you some tools to make your choice consciously , mind that the policy travel policy is essential when you go to the United States, do not do it risk very stupidly because today with a few tens of euro you make sure for good!

Where to buy the best travel policies?


Click here to see the policies I have chosen and the discounts I have obtained for you!

Tips for choosing the best travel insurance

We assume that the products that I have chosen are valid, so remaining among these you can not be mistaken that much. But it is only right to understand and know the insurance policy before proceeding to a stipulation so that you know what you are buying and once you travel can understand (orientation) what you are entitled or not.

In addition to my help, which I always provide for free and without any commitment (I am repaid by any commissions on products) [you can contact me via WhatsApp at 392 249 6806 or via email to], you will also have to learn to evaluate , at least roughly, a travel insurance product. How you do it? Simple:

Read the Information Package for travel insurance

I start by saying that unfortunately, multi-risk travel insurance is one of the most complex insurance products to understand: this is because, precisely, they ensure many different risks: assistance, medical expenses, baggage, accidents (understood as compensation), cancellation , rc, …

In the information package there is everything you need to know, except “how the company will handle the accident”. that unfortunately you find out later and that’s why it is good to rely on the best.
Returning to the file you will notice that this is less complicated than what you expected, is divided into sections (one for each coverage): then Assistance, Medical Expenses, Baggage, Cancellation … each usually corresponds to a section (A, B, C … ) sometimes two covers are included in the same.

Exclusions and conditions of insurance


One of the most important things to evaluate, if not probably the most important, concerns exclusions and conditions of insurability or the cases in which the coverage does not operate (exclusions) and who is insurable (conditions insurability).

The exclusions are both general, therefore they apply to all the sections, both particular and integrative for the specific section. Similar discourse for insurance conditions.

Always check this information well as they make the difference.

Compensation ceilings


The ceilings are important but it is useless to have super ceilings if the company does not compensate.
Who travels in the USA knows that in order to fit a policy must have a ceiling of at least 750.000-1.000.000 € for medical and health expenses: some policies have the “unlimited” ceiling which does not mean much because the maximum days of hospitalization, then over a certain amount the ceiling is ok. Unlimited is just marketing, it is not something that penalizes but it is not even a plus.

Deductible and uncovered


They are that portion of the risk that remains the responsibility of the insured. They have to be low, much better if they are not there, especially for medical expenses and assistance.

Glossary terms insurance


I leave you with a small review of insurance terms that you can find by reading a file (where among other things are always specified)

Maximum : the maximum obligation of the insurer for the claim of a specific guarantee

Deductible : amount deducted from the indemnifiable damage that remains the responsibility of the insured (therefore it will not be paid by the insurer)

Damage indemnifiable : damage determined according to the conditions of the policy, without considering any discoveries, deductibles and ceilings.

Prize : the price that the Contractor pays to purchase the guarantee offered by the insurer. The payment of the prize is
guarantee effectiveness condition.

Subrogation :: the right of the insurer who has paid the indemnity to replace the insured in the rights to the third party.responsible, if the
damage depends on the unlawful act of a third party.

Important information to be evaluated

Pre-existing diseases


The policies that I promote never cover any previous conditions, contact me for further information

Start and end of travel insurance coverage


All policies promised to be signed before the subject leaves Italy and coverage must begin the day you leave the country and finish when you return.
If you have already left, contact me to find an alternative solution.

Trust only experts


I see a lot of people online who become an insurance broker: as well as being a crime, it can also lead the customer to the stipulation of an inadequate product.
I am an insurance broker, registered in the RUI at number B000542111.


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Star Wars, The Sistine Music Chapel

As George Lucas once said, “there would be no Star Wars without the music of John Williams”. On May 4, Walt Disney Records released the first six soundtracks of the entirely remastered saga

The title of this article-tribute to one of the giants of film music , John Williams , and to the most famous sci-fi saga of the globe (thanks to his music), Star Wars , is taken from a quote by the film music critic Roberto Pugliese : some time ago he declared that the compositions of Star Wars are the “Music Sistine Chapel” of John Williams for the science-fiction story created by George Lucas. And the latter kept telling us, in an interview released “a long time ago in a distant far galaxy” (pass us the quote quote), that “there would be no Star Wars without the music of John Williams”. Sacrosanct truth.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi


On May 4, Walt Disney Records released the first six soundtracks of the space saga, entirely remastered , with a new look and a mini-poster collector. The “Original Soundtracks” have been “rebuilt” with new high resolution transfers (24 bit / 192 kHz), supervised by Shawn Murphy (sound engineer and Oscar winner) and Skywalker Sound (Lucas Digital).

Prequel scores – Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode 2: The Attack of the Clones (2002) and Episode 3: The Revenge of the Sith (2005) – and of the most important films born from the mind of Lucas – Episode 4: A New Hope (1977), Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Again (1980) and Episode 6: The Return of the Jedi (1983) – represent John Williams’ cine-musical opera.

Film franchise that goes to complete with the new trilogy, started in 2015 with Episode 7: The Force Awakens and continued with Episode 8: The Last Jedi in 2017, which will end with Episode 9 , still untitled, next year (first date expected exit, December 20, 2019 in the United States). Williams has already said that he will not dedicate himself to the umpteenth new trilogy that will be put in place since 2020 , after the official one of the nine chapters mentioned above, because, besides the venerable age (86 years), what he wanted to compose for Star Wars already done. He repeatedly stressed that he loves his compositional talent for the Lucas saga and above all – jokingly but with a touch of jealousy – no one else could write the theme of Rey (Daisy Ridley), the female character of the new trilogy, for which proves a considerable admiration. So the current generations of fellow composers are responsible for creating a new sound imprinting, logically always starting from the unavoidable original Williamsian material. Chicca: Williams has just written the new theme of Han Solo for the spin-off cycle A Star Wars Story , after Rogue One with Michael Giacchino score , Solo for the note, directed by his friend Ron Howard, with the original music by John Powell.

Now let’s take a look at the numbers : John Towner Williams won 5 Academy Awards ( The Roofing Violinist , The Shark , Star Wars , ET and Schindler’s List ), 4 Golden Globes, 7 British Academy Film Awards, 5 Emmys and 23 Grammy Awards, plus a multitude of other awards. With 51 Oscar nominations, the New York composer (Floral Park, 8 February 1932) is the most successful living person in the history of the Academy Awards and the second most nominated, only after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute asserted that the music of the first episode of Star Wars (1977) is “the greatest American soundtrack of all time”. In fact the scores containing the complete composition of Episode 4: A New Hope are kept by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry, because they are considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. Williams was included in the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, the National Medal of Arts in 2009 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. He wrote scores for 8 of the 20 films higher income at the American box office. Is the father of stunning and memorable scores, immensely iconic, such as those already mentioned for The Shark , ET the extraterrestere , as well as the saga of Indiana Jones, Superman , Close Encounters of the third type , the first three films of another saga of enormous success, (that of Harry Potter), Jurassic Park and the sequel The Lost World . His association with the great American director Steven Spielberg (29 films together with various TV productions) is one of the most relevant in the history of cinema, like those of Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann, Federico Fellini and Nino Rota, Robert Zemeckis and Alan Silvestri, Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone, Hayao Miyazaki and Joe Hisaishi. Let’s not forget that he has collaborated and wrote equally remarkable scores in the Seventh Art for directors such as Alfred Hitchcock ( Family Construct ), Robert Altman ( Images , The Long Goodbye ), Clint Eastwood ( Assassination on the Eiger ), Oliver Stone ( Born on July 4th , JFK – A case still open ), Ron Howard ( Hearts rebels ), Brian De Palma ( Fury ), Sydney Pollack ( Sabrina ) and Chris Columbus ( Mom I lost the plane , Enemies friends ).

His compositional style that travels between epic and intimism, inspired by the symphonic textures of authors such as C’aikovskij, Wagner, Holst, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov and Strauss, has an intricate and sometimes unattainable architecture, notoriously difficult to perform in concert and during his sessions if not by virtuous musicians and orchestral bands of high artistic level (see the famous London Symphony Orchestra or the Boston Pops).

For the eight Star Wars films, Williams, in over 40 years of career, has composed and directed a myriad of themes, ideas and impressions


– remember that the OSTs of the first historical trilogy and the first two of the current one have been nominated for the Oscar award, on the other hand, those of the prequels are totally ignored – creating a branched and solid musical framework. With his scores he becomes the co-author of the sci-fi cinematic universe of George Lucas and of all his correlations (videogames, animated TV series and video fan service ). None of the composers who had to deal with the Lucasian galaxy in all its forms was able to separate himself from his poetic cine-music. Because Williams is Star Wars and Star Wars is Williams.

Again quoting Pugliese and his dossier Star Wars: The Myth (and the Music) continues! , we can only agree with what he asserted: “One can not go with the mind to the inevitable parallelism with the Wagnerian enterprise of the Ring of the Nibelungo , both for the role of the Leitmotives and for the narrative assonances, but above all for the striking analogy between the chronological non-linearity of the two sagas: made in a creative arc of very long time and without following the chronological order of events “.

Leitmotives that have entered full merit in the collective imagination, including the neophytes of the Star Wars saga: the heraldic theme of Luke or fanfare of the rebellion; the loving motive of Leia; the evocative theme of the Force; the militaristic and obscure Imperial March (well known as the theme of Darth Vader); the touching and energetic Love Theme at the same time by Padme and Anakin titled Across the Stars . And off by listing.

“In the twentieth century, cinema took on the same degree of popularity that in the nineteenth century had the melodrama and we, composers of music for films, have an enormous opportunity and responsibility, knowing that our music will reach millions of people “. This is the consideration that John Williams made over thirty years ago about his work. We can say without a doubt that his music for Star Wars has reached this milestone fully. On the other hand the soundtrack of the first Star Wars is the only album of symphonic music that still today has sold more than 4 million copies. What Williams is with you!

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The best parks in East Coast USA: which to visit from north to south

Anyone who feels the need to travel to the United States of America to discover the natural wonders will end up planning an itinerary in the west of the USA, whether it is south, center or north.
There is not much to object, actually the western part of the States is the one that offers more from a naturalistic point of view, with a variety of extraordinary landscape: in a few miles it can really change everything.

In my travels in the USA in the end I’m convinced myself too, to the west of Chicago (just to draw a line) there are all the most beautiful parks in the United States , but if you decide to visit the east coast do not despair, because even here there are corners of paradise to discover!

I would like to clarify one thing, the eastern portion of the US really gives a lot but it is different landscapes than the west: the northern area has many great and wonderful cities like New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC and also the beautiful nature of New England. The southern part offers an almost tropical climate with amazing ecosystems such as the Everglades .
And what about the coastal towns of states like North and South Carolina or the old traditions of Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia or Alabama?

  • 1 The Parks of the Eastern United States
    • 1.1 Acadia National Park
    • 1.2 Shenandoah National Park
    • 1.3 Mammoth Cave National Park
    • 1.4 Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    • 1.5 Congaree National Park
    • 1.6 Everglades National Park

The parks of the eastern United States

There is so much to discover but today I want to talk about natural parks, because often those of these regions are taken very seriously. In order from north to south:

Acadia National Park

State: Maine

acadia national park

We are in the heart of New England , on the romantic coasts of the state of Maine (where you can eat lobsters at prices decidedly low) and more precisely on the island of Mount Desert .
Over the millennia, atmospheric agents have carved an amazing landscape, made of jagged cliffs, rocks that fall into the water, lakes and inlets.

Getting there is not difficult at all and you do not need to take ferries, just travel the Trenton Bridge . The park is not limitless and is easily traveled by car, along the scenic Loop Road that passes through many scenic spots: stop at the Visitor Center at the entrance to the park and let us give you map and some indication.
Do not miss the rocky expanse of Schoodic Point , the Somes Sound Fjord and Sand Beach!

Shenandoah National Park

State: Virginia

Shenandoah National Park

If you are in the vicinity of Washington DC it is worth considering a detour to this little known national park. I did not do trail but I got to appreciate a scenic road (the Skyline Drive) that goes through practically all of Shenandoah National Park: do not expect something, but if you’re heading south why not go here?

Mammoth Cave National Park

State: Kentucky

mammoth park usa

Mammoth Cave National Park is the largest cave system in the world. I’m not a lover of the genre, even if at the end when I find caves on my way I visit them always.
They are beautiful no doubt about it (not by chance UNESCO World Heritage Site) and are not the usual caves: in addition to internal routes there is much more to discover as Cedar Sink or Turnhole Bend .

If you go through these parts it is worth stopping, the rule is always the same: Visitor Center and ask for information and advice on what to do.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

State: North Carolina, Tennessee

parks east usa

A mountain park with incredible views , immersed in a rich and lush nature. We are in the Great Smoky Mountains (so called because of the characteristic mist that you can see very often when you see the horizon) and part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, both sections of the Appalachian Mountains.
There is so much to do and plenty of trail routes to choose from: for a break truly immersed in nature, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the ideal place.

Congaree National Park

State: South Carolina

congaree usa

More than an attraction to visit, the Congaree National Park is a real oasis of peace, a place that is at times fabulous and has managed to keep well away from urban development despite the proximity of the city of Columbia.
The area was once inhabited by the tribe of native Congaree who had settled here, attracted by a rich and lush land. Today, despite having in the past suffered a deforestation without rules, it hosts the largest broad-leaved forest in all of North America.

Everglades National Park

State: Florida

The true great park of the deep south of Florida is the Everglades , a vast marshy region that is home to innumerable plant and animal species. We are in the southern tip of Florida, close to the city of Miami.
The park is very vast and only a part can be reached by man: once you arrive you will find the opportunity to take part and many activities of excursion, on foot and by boat and you will meet many animal species including the famous alligators.


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NYC: Illegal drinks in speakeasy

In recent years New York has rediscovered the speakeasy : the fascinating secret rooms where alcohol was served during the years of prohibition . What differentiates these bars, in addition to the extravagant and hidden locations, is the atmosphere that intoxicates them: it seems to have been catapulted into the roaring ’20s and to live a real experience in style Grande Gatsby.

Needless to say, to venture into these places you need to be well informed. Not everyone allows easy access, some are very exclusive, others require reservations. Fortunately, today, many of the speakeasy have a website where you can understand how to enter.

Another thing to know is that prices are often slightly higher than normal and the recommended tip is 15-20%. This slight surcharge is, however, justified by the magnificent experience that this type of bar offers its customers and the impeccable quality of drinks. Recall also that in the States must have been 21 years to drink legally.

5 speakeasy to discover in New York City


1. Blind Barber

Address: 339 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10009


Certainly one of the most characteristic is the Blind Barber . This secret venue is hidden behind a barber shop, just like the one in the Great Gatsby; it was very common for barber shops to smuggle alcohol during Prohibition. At Blind Barber, you do not just drink good cocktails, you can even chill your hair during the daylight hours. Online booking is required.


2. Apotheke

Address: 9 Doyers St, New York, NY 10079

This Speakeasy is located in the meanders of Chinatown , in a hidden alley. The interior of this has nothing to do with its dirty and unkempt entrance: you will be delighted with the most unpredictable cocktails, served on ampoules and bizarre containers, as if you had stumbled into the ancient laboratory of an alchemist. The waiters are dressed in shirts and cocktails, with strange properties, they are called prescriptions . Precisely for this and its furnishings, the place is called Apotheke , from the German pharmacy. The ideal day for a visit is Wednesday , the prohibitionist theme night, in which a password is required to enter.


3. Please Do not Tell

Address: 113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009


More than the room itself, the peculiarity of the PDT is that of having to access from a telephone booth . Entering the Crif Dogs, a hot dog fastfood, and going up to reach the bottom you will find a phone booth. By dialing number 1 you can have access to the clandestine bar. The cocktails of the place are really special and unusual tastes. To try!


4. Death & Co

Address: 433 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10009

death and co

Located on the Lower East Side , it has like all other speakeasy an anonymous entrance with no signs. Inside the dark entrance you will find a porter who will inform you if you can enter or if the place is full. In the second case you can leave your number and be contacted in case you vacate a seat. Death & Co does not accept reservations.


5. The Back Room

Address: 102 Norfolk Street, New York, NY 10009

the back room

Perhaps one of the most complete experiences is offered by the Back Room , open since the days of prohibition, a meeting place for actors and celebrities of the roaring ’20s and even the most feared gangsters . The peculiarity of the restaurant is to serve alcohol in teacups, a tradition handed down for more than 80 years. The place is located behind a toy store and the entrance is the same since the first opening.


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The basic kit to survive in New York City: what to take on a trip to New York

Visiting New York is not complicated at all, certainly it is much easier than going to Rome.
The city is big, great and there are so many things to see and visit but with a little pre-start study and a little kit to survive once there, you will see that there will be no major problems.

A few days ago I came across a post that talked about a girl who had gone to New York to spend a few days and had decided to get lost , without planning anything. History probably invented but trying to leverage that feeling of freedom that typically goes with the concept of travel.
Being a free spirit “is definitely cool” but is it really so nice to wander randomly?

Planning a trip , as well as being a really interesting moment, also gives you the opportunity to understand what you want to see, no one forces you to climb the Top of the Rock, I foremost say that to visit Little Italy in Manhattan is definitely better if you go to Arthur Ave in the Bronx (and I doubt you get there without, where you find the real Italy.) It is not necessary to visit the most tourist attractions to appreciate New York, but spending 5 days wandering is lost for me.
Take a day of total freedom , lose yourself in a neighborhood but do not go to New York without having any idea what you are doing.

Obviously if you have one month available, the subject changes!

Sorry for this digression but read some bullshit, written most likely by someone who has never even been in New York a little ‘smile. So let’s go back to the survival kit for the most incredible city in the world.

  • 1 What to bring to visit New York efficiently?
    • 1.1 1) Sim Card USA (or data promo)
    • 1.2 2) Useful Apps
      • 1.2.1 Google Map
      • 1.2.2
      • 1.2.3 Cups
      • 1.2.4 Citibike
      • 1.2.5 New York Subway – Official MTA map of NYC
      • 1.2.6 Medygo Free
      • 1.2.7 OpenTable
    • 1.3 3) Power Bank
    • 1.4 4) The umbrella
    • 1.5 5) Comfortable shoes
    • 1.6 6) Adapter
    • 1.7 7) A paper map

What to bring to visit New York efficiently?


1) Sim Card USA (or promo data)

The smartphone is certainly one of your great traveling allies. Having access to an internet connection while you are around, so not only wifi that you can find around can be really useful, both to get oriented, to look for useful information (such as opening hours) and also to keep in touch with Italy.
The alternatives you have are basically two: either find a good promo for navigation (and maybe even calls) with your national telephone operator, or buy a data sim directly in the US.

There is the possibility to do it even before leaving, take a look here , but the prices are not always very advantageous.

new york travel kit

2) Useful App

You have a smartphone, you have the data connection, you just have to select the apps that will come back useful on the road. There are an avalanche, as you can imagine, but if I have to say what I usually use in New York I could not forget:

Google Map

The timeless google navigation app that always indicates the best way to travel on foot or by road. If you download the maps before you go it can also be used offline but it loses some of its effectiveness.

Another great app that I use to set routes: I show what to see and the app helps me to get there. It is necessary to download the map of the city of interest.


Having access to discounts on coffee and drinks around the city can be useful and fun too. I tried it and it works!


Bike sharing rages everywhere and New York is no exception: this can be a solution to rent the bike in a practical way and without cheating. Take care in the street!

New York Subway – Official MTA map of NYC

The official app of the New York subway, just an integration to Google Map.

Medygo Free

I would not do the paranoid but it can be useful (I hope not!), With this app find matches between the drugs of your country and those abroad.


OpenTable is now a must wherever you are, even in Italy. With this app you can know the restaurants that are close, look for those that could do for you or have heard of, have access to their reviews and finally book your table. Simple and fast!

3) Power Bank

With all these apps the battery of your smartphone or tablet does not have an easy life. It thus becomes essential to bring a good power bank to recharge as needed. Of course, do not forget the cable!

Here’s a good one , here another one!

4) The umbrella

Unfortunately, the rain is always lurking in New York, whatever the season you’re in. It can be so useful to bring those resealable umbrellas into the bag that take up little space and avoid the loss of time of having to look for it.
It happened to me last time in Las Vegas, rain all day and almost impossible search for an umbrella! In New York you will also find street vendors at the first raindrops.

5) Comfortable shoes

Unless you are indestructible, I would avoid walking all day with shoes that are not fit for purpose. I do not say you have to bring those for trekking but at least have a sort of shock on the heel. No to those flat converse style.

6) Adapter

Do not forget it because you need the adapter to use and charge your devices!
Here you find the single plug for the USA
Here the generic one

7) A paper map

I always love to shoot even with a paper map where I pinned here and what I would like to visit. In my basic kit never miss the map of New York and its streets but also that of the subway that uproarious to destruction.


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