George and Amal Clooney Take Manhattan: Inside Their New Life

The newlyweds hit the town and are "happy and in love," says a source

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Since taking up residence in New York City earlier this year, Amal and George Clooney have navigated life in the Big Apple with glamorous aplomb. “They’re having a great time in New York, both working really hard but also having fun together,” a source who knows the couple tells PEOPLE in the magazine’s new issue.

While Amal is busy as a visiting faculty member at Columbia Law School this spring, and George is shooting Money Monster, a Jodie Foster-directed thriller costarring Julia Roberts, the powerhouse newlyweds have found downtime to enjoy the city – and each other’s company.

On Sunday, Amal, 37, and her brother Ziad Alameddine visited George, 53, on set as he filmed a scene involving “explosives” (thus the dangerous-looking vest). Amal watched the shoot on a monitor, and the couple were all smiles between takes as they held hands and walked their cocker spaniels, Einstein and Louie.

“Amal and George look happy and in love,” says a source in their New York social circle. “They’re spending time with other couples and friends who are bright and driven and interested in improving the world.”

The duo, who tied the knot in September, have enjoyed romantic date nights (an onlooker who spotted them enjoying black truffles at Café Boulud recently says, “They were laughing and talking the whole time”) and hit the town with an eclectic group of friends and family. On their social calendar in the last month alone: dinner at the home of Tina Brown and husband Sir Harold Evans, drinks with Justice Sonia Sotomayor at Cipriani and a fun-filled evening with George’s mom, Nina, over pasta and salad at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant.

“Amal’s very much in love and extremely busy,” says a source close to the lawyer, adding that she’s “not thinking about babies” at the moment.

George, too, has a full slate. In fact, the star will soon bid a temporary farewell to New York when he heads overseas to promote Tomorrowland, his Disney sci-fi action film out on May 22.

For more on George and Amal’s life in New York, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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