When’s the Best Time to Be in NYC? Here’s a Month-to-Month Guide!

The short answer: it's always the best time to be in NYC — if you know how to make the most of it. The long answer involves researching what usually happens in NYC weather-wise and event-wise month by month. Sounds tedious, right? I guess it's a good thing that I already did that work for…

Five Surprising Connections Between MLK and NYC

Usually when we think of Martin Luther King, Jr., we picture him in the South in places like Birmingham and Montgomery, speaking out against the segregationist laws there. We don't normally picture him up north, although segregation and discrimination were also a fact of life for people of color in the northern states. Partly because…

Should These NYC Mayors Have Places Named After Them?

NYC has been led by 110 mayors over its nearly 400-year history, but most of the men who have had the honor of being "hizzoner" have long-faded into obscurity. Only a select few mayors have been memorialized, mostly with places named after them in NYC. So in honor of the city's latest mayoral inauguration, let's…

Are These New York Christmas Traditions Worth Your Time?

Not to sound like a Scrooge, but some things about Christmas in New York are overrated (Looking at you, Union Square Holiday Market). As your friendly but jaded New Yorker, it's my civic duty to give you an honest evaluation of which New York Christmas traditions are worth your time. So if you're wondering which…

NYC Subway Tips for Every Season

You can expect the NYC subway to be gritty, complex, and probably running behind schedule all year round. But there are also some characteristics of the subway that are more seasonal. As the seasons change, don't be caught off guard. Here are NYC subway tips for every season. Summer Before you enter an underground subway…

NYC Nightmare Fuel: 3 Spooky Books Set in NYC

Disclaimer: My fear tolerance is like my spice tolerance: a cautious medium level -- somewhere between finding Scooby Doo villains to be amateurs while still second-guessing every sound in the house not caused by me after watching Paranormal Activity. That being said, the following books aren't for the faint of heart, but they won't leave…

Shiloh’s 10 Commandments for Surviving Times Square (a.k.a. the Times Square Survival Guide)

Despite me and countless other New Yorkers telling you that it's not worth it and how there are a million other things in NYC that are better to do, you're probably still going to go to the mother-of-all-tourist-traps, Times Square. But to tell you the truth, I don't blame you; you should do it at…

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…