14 Facts That Show How Unusual NYC Really Is

NYC has many nicknames: the Big Apple, the City that Never Sleeps, the City of Dreams, but I'm surprised that there is no nickname highlighting how unusual this city is. How about the City of Oddballs or the Uncommon City? Why would I say that? Take a look at these unusual facts about NYC to…

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NYC 101: Essential Facts to Know About New York City

Whether you're in the city for a visit or you've been here your whole life, there are certain things you ought to know about New York City. I'm not talking about the social etiquette things like never stopping in the middle of the sidewalk or not hogging the entire pole in subway cars; I'm talking…

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6 Black New Yorkers You’ll Want to Know

You know Jay-Z and Biggie, Cardi and Nicki, Chris Rock and Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson and Al Sharpton, but can you recall any of the following influential black New Yorkers? via Wikimedia Commons ELIZABETH JENNINGS GRAHAM Elizabeth Jennings Graham was the OG Rosa Parks of the mid-1800s. Before Rosa Parks refused to give up her…

NYC Tourist Traps to Skip! (And What to Do Instead)

New York is the city with a million things to do, but not everything is worth your time and/or money. More often than not, guide books have been pointing people to the same played-out attractions that are far removed from the authentic New York experiences visitors (and locals) could be having instead. So it's time…

Remembering the Wildest Snowstorm in NYC History: The Blizzard of 1888

Over the weekend, while everyone was soaking up the sun, I was thinking about how we should be up to our knees in snow rather than baring our knees in shorts. In fact, there was one particular snowstorm on my mind: the Blizzard of 1888. To tell you the truth, the Blizzard of 1888, aka…

How to Buy Your Way Into High Society: the Dollar Princesses of New York

The Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey, was in New York for a few days this past weekend, spreading her Christmas cheer. Sitting on the throne set up at her Chelsea pop up shop reminded me of New York's "dollar princess" trend, where the city's financial elite were obsessed with marrying off their daughters into the…

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Before There was Thanksgiving, New Yorkers Celebrated This November Holiday

Allow me to take you back a few hundred years to the streets of New York, where anticipation and preparation were in the air, not for turkey and pumpkin pie, but for pole climbing and patriotic plays. For New Yorkers back then, this too was the beginning of the holiday season, but the holiday they…

These NYC Women Need Statues ASAP!

In a city full of statues and monuments, you might be surprised to learn that only five of these statues are of women. And no, I’m not counting the allegorical statues we have of women representing ideas like liberty and justice; those are nearly countless. But in terms of statues honoring flesh-and-blood women who walked…