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…

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…

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…

Explore New York’s Food Scene with These 4 Books About Food in NYC

Don't feel like reading? No problem! Press play and I'll read this post to you. It's the most delicious time of the year! Let's kick off the food-centric holiday season by taking some time to appreciate New York City's fantastic food scene, from its upscale Michelin Star restaurants to its hidden hole-in-the-wall joints to its…

NYC’s Wildlife and Where to Find Them

Don't feel like reading? No problem! Press play and I'll read this post to you! NYC may be the natural habitat of hipsters, hustlers, and dreamers, but have you ever thought of its connection with the natural world? Despite being a concrete jungle, this city is an ecosystem made up of all kinds of critters,…

7 Books About Being Black in NYC That You Need to Read

Don't feel like reading? Press play and I'll read this post to you! New York City is the largest city in the USA, so it should come as no surprise that this city is also home to the nation's largest black population. Out of NYC's total population of 8.5 million, well over 2 million of…

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Explore New York With These 10 NYC Guide Books

As I was studying to get my NYC sightseeing guide's license back in 2018—yeah, I'm a licensed tour guide; hmu if you're interested in a tour—I devoured a TON of NYC guide books. From the conventional to the quirky, I've read almost every New York City guide there is and I've learned what makes a…

Your Eccentric Friend Shows You Around Town: A Review of “Awkwafina’s NYC”

In honor of Queens-born rapper/actress Awkwafina’s recent Golden Globe win and the upcoming premiere of her Comedy Central show “Nora from Queens,” I re-read “Awkwafina’s NYC”. Awkwafina, aka Nora Lum, released this NYC travel guide book in 2015, a time when she was best known for the bangers “My Vag” and “NYC Bitche$.” I wouldn’t…

A Native New Yorker Reads “Ask a Native New Yorker”

I’m not the target audience for Jake Dobkin’s new book “Ask a Native New Yorker.” As a fellow New York City native I’m probably the last type of person Dobkin would want to have picked up his book, as born-and-bred New Yorkers tend to viciously nitpick through advice anyone else offers about surviving in this…

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What Exists at the Ends of NYC Subway Lines? Check Out This Subway Adventure Guide!

There are mainly three ways New Yorkers think about the stops at the end of a subway line:1. As a blessing, because you can always get a seat when you board the train2. As a curse, because you have to endure every. single. stop. before the train gets to yours, or3. They don't think of…