Times Square Beyond the Bright Lights: What to See When Your Done With the Tourist Traps

I went into this week really wanting to like Times Square. Broadway just reopened in NYC, so I figured that it would be the perfect time to see if I could have a Times Square experience that defied the typical New Yorker convention to avoid the area at all costs. Although I found some interesting…

Three Books to Help You Make Sense of the Twin Towers, 9/11, and the Freedom Tower

It's been 20 years since the day that changed New York City, the country, and even the world, but I still feel no closer to comprehending what happened on 9/11 than I could as a confused six-year-old wondering why our parents were picking us up from school so early in the day. As I was…

The Top Things to Do in Flatbush, Brooklyn: A Neighborhood Guide

The neighborhood of Flatbush is the geographic heart of Brooklyn, and as far as I'm concerned it's the neighborhood with the most heart as well. Not to mention, it has the most energy, the greatest food, the most aesthetically pleasing homes, and the most vibrant Caribbean community outside the geographic Caribbean. (Before we go further with…

The Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Each NYC Borough

You don't have to be a heliologist to see how special sunsets are in New York City. It's as though nature puts a pair of rose-colored glasses on you, reminding you of the magic of New York, rather than how gross, lonely, and expensive it can be. Whether you want to admire the sunset or…

Where to Go to Learn About the Forgotten History of New York’s Waterfront

These days, New York City's waterfront is a maritime playground, but for most of the city's nearly 400-year existence, the waterfront used to be strictly business. Anyone who wasn't a dock worker or a passenger on a ship steered clear of the shoreline, as all the action we've come to associate with New York City…

Dramatic NYC Beach Reads: Five Books for an Exciting Day at the Beach

You may want a relaxing beach day, but that doesn't mean your beach read has to be a snooze fest. Here are five NYC beach reads that will serve you big city drama while you are lounging beachside. The Pierre Hotel Affair by Daniel Simone Goody-two shoes, beware! This is a book that will have…

The NYC Summer Bucket List: How to Make the Most of Summer in the City

There's no denying that summer in NYC is humid, icky, and smelly. But once you get over that (or rather, once you learn to live with it), NYC summers can also be a lot of fun. A world of possibilities for exploring opens up to you in a city where you already can't run out…

An Unconventional NYC Boat Tour: The Soundview Ferry

This is not the first time I've written about the NYC Ferry system here on the blog, but it is such a fun experience that I have to tell you about it again. But don't click away! This is not the same post as last year. If you recall, last year I wrote about how…

NYC’s Surprising Presidential History and Where to Find It

Washington, D.C. is the seat of the U.S. national government, but it doesn’t have a monopoly on the country’s presidential history. Believe it or not, New York City is quite presidential if you look beyond the rats and the shoebox apartments. Keep reading and I’ll prove it to you! New York City was the first…

How to Explore Your New Neighborhood in NYC: A Guide for Old New Yorkers and Newbies

So you’ve gone through all the hassle of finding an apartment in NYC, moving into it, and setting it up. Now it’s time to shift your attention to the world outside of your apartment. It’s time to explore your new NYC neighborhood! Following this guide will help make your neighborhood feel like home in no…