Yourtime industrial community. After hitting a post- war slump, it revived in the Eighties and Nineties with the influx of artists attracted by low rent and large loft spaces. Now its the most in-demand location outside Manhattan. No wonder Peaches Geldof moved here after her brief marriage to Max Drummey. Want to live like a local? New York Habitat (nyhabitat.com) lists holiday sublets such as a 1,400sq ft warehouse conver- sion (160 a day for four people). VINTAGESHOPPING First things first: some cool new clothes. Olivia and i walked to Peachess favourite vintage store, Beacons Closet (beaconscloset. myshopify.com), to search for second-hand threads. Back on Bedford Avenue, Williamsburgs main drag, we rummaged through the Mini Minimarket (minimini- market.myshopify.com), trying on somebody in Brooklyn Loves Me t-shirts. Next stop? Catbird S iNCE gentrification and rudy Giulianis zero tolerance policy swept through New York, Manhattan has become a vanilla version of its former gritty self. so, where should an NYC visitor go for a walk on the wild side? When my friend Olivia visited me in the Big Apple, i took her to Williamsburg in Brooklyn, which has all the culture, street- life, food, art and bars of the city, without the tourists and velvet rope attitude. With its converted warehouses and loft apartments, Williamsburg has become a byword for hipster chic: skinny jeans, geometric hair, and stylish girls and guys. LIVELIKEALOCAL Just one stop on the s u b w a y f r o m Manhattans East Village and Lower E a s t s i d e , Williamsburg used to be a thriving 14 Friday, 28 August 2009 London Lite manhattan has been cleaned Relaxed: Jay-Z and Beyonc Celebrity hotspot Korcula, Croatia 5 best... celebrity suites Low-rise Brooklyn hitsnew heights txt Pay As You Go Textmania rewards. Top-up FREE Texts. 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Call 0844 854 0823 or visit talkmobile.co.uk Also available at The Carphone Warehouse and local retailers. Free rewards on top of your credit 99.7% network coverage UK customer services WHO Beyonc and Jay-Z attempt to relax on the island of Korcula. WHY GO This peaceful idyll is perfect for a romantic getaway. BEST FOR Exploring medieval architecture, enjoying the seafood, visiting cypress-lined villages, messing about on boats. WHERE TO STAY The chic and luxurious Lesic Dimitri Palace (lesic-dimitri.com) is a restored 18th-century bishops palace. Rooms from 171 a night. WHERE TO EAT Gradski Podrum (00 385 20 711 222) serves up Dalmatian fish dishes Korcula style, with potatoes and tomato sauce. Dishes start at 5. WHAT TO DO Try Cocktail Bar Massimo (00 385 20 718 878), which is hidden in a turret thats accessible only by ladder. Drinks, from 7, are brought up by a pulley. SOMETHING DIFFERENT The traditional Moreska sword dance has been performed on Korcula since the 15th century. Its hard to miss if you visit from June to September. TOP TIP Stock up on the islands specialities, such as olive oil and white wine. HOW TO GET THERE easyJet (easyjet.com) flies from Gatwick to Split for 86 return. FOR MORE DETAILS korculainfo.com JennIFeR baRtOn Bedding in: John and Yoko at one of their love-ins in 1969 JOHN LENNON SUITE, FAIRMONT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH, MONTREAL tHis year marks the 40th anniversary of Lennon and Yoko Onos bed-ins. the Bed-in For Peace package includes a night in the suite where the protest took place. 450, fairmont.com JUDY GARLAND ROOM, THE GORE, LONDON WHEN performing in London, Judy Garland was a regular here. Stay in an opulent room featuring her bed. 280, gorehotel.com EVANGELISTA SUITE, THE G, GALWAY iNsPirED by supermodel Linda Evangelista, its ornate oyster bed is said to be the one she wouldnt get out of for less than $10,000 a day. theghotel.ie LILLIE LANGTRY SUITE, LANGTRY MANOR, BOURNEMOUTH BUILT by Edward VII for his mistress, the suite boasts a four- poster bed and heart- shaped bath. 185, langtrymanor.co.uk CLIFF RICHARD ROOMS, ARORA INTERNATIONAL, MANCHESTER tHE Aroras five Cliff richard rooms have names such as summer Holiday and are decorated with memorabilia from sir Cliffs personal collection. 68, arorainternational.com eIleen stROnG Fashion fare: The Burg has style and attitude by luisa metcalfe index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html