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…

The Unusual Street Names of Inwood, Explained.

https://soundcloud.com/shiloh-frederick-718117019/the-unusual-street-names-of-inwood-explained Press play and I'll read this article to you! There are few things I take pride in more than knowing my way around Manhattan. I relish in knowing those little tips and tricks that lessen my reliance on Google Maps. But recently, I moved to Inwood, where everything I know about navigating Manhattan means…

The Rockefellers’ NYC: How One of the Richest Families Made Their Mark on the City

Don't feel like reading? No problem! Press play and I'll read this post to you! Let’s play the word association game. When I say “Rockefeller,” what do you think of? The annual Christmas tree lighting? Swimming pools of money? The robber barons of the late 19th century? These are all things you can rightfully associate…

Badass NYC Women and Where to Honor Them

Don't feel like reading? No problem! Press play and I'll read this post to you! Right off the bat, let me say that this is NOT a complete list of badass NYC women. If you want to dive deeply into the history of women who have contributed notably to New York City, I recommend cracking…

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,…

Read This Before You Visit Coney Island!

Coney Island has been delighting generations of visitors for almost 200 years. And in those 200 years, it has earned nicknames like “America’s Playground,” “Poor Man’s Paradise,” and “Sodom by the Sea.” Let’s find out why in this quick introduction to the history of Coney Island. What’s a Coney? As with many places in NYC,…

Your NYC Black Bucket List: 20 Black Sites You Must See

Don't feel like reading right now? Press play and I'll read this post to you! Make no misunderstanding: the following list is not the end-all be-all of black cultural and historic sites in NYC. In fact, you're more than welcome to suggest more places that should be added to what I'm calling the NYC Black…

Grant’s Tomb: An NYC Presidential Memorial that’s Full of Surprises

Don't feel like reading? Press play and I'll read this post to you! Several presidents have called NYC home at some point in their lives but only one has made the city his final resting place. General Ulysses S. Grant may not have had as strong a tie to the city as Theodore Roosevelt or…

Tricky NYC Names that Might Tongue Tie Tourists (and Locals)

https://soundcloud.com/shiloh-frederick-81684646/shiloh-in-the-city-tricky-nyc-names Don't feel like reading right now? Let me read it to you instead! Press play! It's easy to pick up the New Yorker fast walk, but can you master the way New Yorkers talk? Now, I'm not talking about putting on that classic "New Yawk" accent; unfortunately, finding New Yorkers that still talk like…