What was NYC Like 100 Years Ago? Notable Events from New York City in 1923

It's natural to be focused on the future at the start of the year, but as a history buff, I can't help but be curious about the past, specifically the distant past of 100 years ago. So after an afternoon of time traveling via the New York Times archives and the small collection of NYC…

New Year’s Resolutions for New Yorkers Who Want to Explore NYC More

Are you familiar with each paint chip flaking off the ceiling of your apartment, but not familiar with all the streets in your neighborhood? Do you catch yourself looking at the subway map longingly, wondering what you would see if you spontaneously decided to get off the train a few stops early instead of going…

An NYC Immersive Experience Done Right: The Art of Killin’ It

Note: This is sponsored post, but the opinions expressed in this article are entirely my own. In an era where companies think that an immersive experience means having people take selfies around a room with a few projectors aimed at the walls, this murder mystery comedy show in Bushwick has shown what it means to…

Three Christmas Things You Can Thank NYC For

With New York's history of being a cultural trendsetter both in the US and around the world, is it that surprising that the city has had an outsized effect on Christmas? Here are three things that New York has contributed to Christmas culture. "A Visit from Saint Nicholas" Poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas and…

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights: What to Know Before You Go

Every holiday season, an estimated 150,000 people make the journey to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Dyker Heights to admire its houses decked out with lights and holiday decorations. That number may not sound like a lot compared to the 6.5 million people who visit New York City overall during the holidays, but this is quite…

NYC Organizations to Donate Your Time and/or Money to This Holiday Season

In a city/country/world with such an unfathomable amount of need, it's not surprising that New York City is home to at least 35,000 non-profit organizations. I actually thought that number would be a lot higher. Regardless, it doesn't make it any easier to decide which organizations you should donate to on Giving Tuesday (or any…

A Slightly Snarky Tour of the Most Unusual Buildings Along the High Line

An article from Curbed once said that when taken as a whole, the buildings surrounding the High Line are what would happen if you invited too many historical figures to a dinner party. Their massive egos would get in the way and they'd all be shouting over each other. And that's what it feels like…

The Curious Case of Marble Hill: A Neighborhood Caught Between Two Boroughs

If there was a competition for NYC neighborhoods with the weirdest backstories, Marble Hill would definitely be a strong contender for the top prize. Read about Marble Hill's neighborhood history below and then let me know which borough you think it should belong to. Marble Hill Neighborhood History Tiny by NYC standards, with around 10,000…

What to Know and Do in The Bronx’s Wealthiest Neighborhood: A Riverdale Neighborhood Guide

Known for its suburban vibes, elite private schools, and its persistent denial that it's part of the Bronx, Riverdale is the only wealthiest NYC neighborhoods that I've spent the day in that didn't put much of a dent in my wallet (see my Tribeca and Cobble Hill guides), partly because there isn't a lot to do…

How to Spend a Spooktacular Halloween-Themed Day in NYC

Want to get into the spooky season spirit, but you don't know where to start? Then follow this guide on how to have a Halloween-themed day in NYC! The NYC Halloween activities I'll talk about don't get too scary, so this will be the perfect Halloween itinerary if you're an easily spooked scaredy-cat like me.…