How to Explore “Old New York” in DUMBO

Old New York, or at least our preferred fantasy of old New York, can be found Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, in Brooklyn’s DUMBO.   Heart of Tea’s fantasy of old New York is cobblestoned, quiet.  There is a carousel.  There are corner pubs and soupy pizza by the pie.  You have to walk […]

Secrets of Chinatown

Chinatown, full of secrets.  Heart of Tea does not pretend to know them all. We are downtowners, located in the Bowery, but we are not Chinatowners. This means that, as outsiders, we cannot know this neighborhood from the inside out–only the outside in.  And, as far as this pocket of NYC is concerned, there is […]

In Defense of Union Square

Union Square deserves defending. Heart of Tea’s book of #real NYC pictures (as shot by the inspired Jackii Sovern) is currently at the printing press, and perhaps it is this final stage of production that has us in something of a nostalgic mood. We’ve been staring at pictures of New York City for weeks on […]

Real NYC — The Pictures, The Book

You read that right — real NYC, the book.   A Heart of Tea sponsored, New York lovin’ book!  Wherein we promise to give you an authentic, compelling glimpse of real NYC, as seen from the (iPhone) eyes of local artist about town, Jackii Sovern.   A preview:   Consider this the teaser trailer. Or, better […]

Get to Know: HoT’s Instagrammer in Residence

It’s been a real pleasure getting to know our Instagrammer in Residence, Jackii.  She’s the first recipient of Heart of Tea’s Creative Fund–our way of helping NYC’s budding creatives further their art and art projects–and we must say, we couldn’t be more thrilled with her work.  But, it dawned on us, while we’ve been able to […]