Need a Pick-me-up? Look at These Inspiring NYC Spots

As much as New York likes to tout itself as the greatest city in the world, it's one of the toughest places to craft a life. Between rent prices as high as the city's skyscrapers, soul-crushing day jobs with brutal hours, and competition for everything from school spots to subway seats, it's easy to feel…

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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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Party Big Apple-Style to These 12 Songs About New York

New York is a city that inspires people to create movies, write books, and, of course, make music. From hip hop artists to broadway stars, everyone has something to say about NYC, good, bad, but never indifferent. So in this time of limited travel, how about getting to know the Big Apple through the songs…

What to Expect When Riding NYC’s Buses: 17 Things that Will Irritate You

Last week we sounded off on NYC's subway; this week, we're going after NYC's buses. If you thought that taking the subway was God's way of testing your patience, you've never experienced the MTA bus. Waiting for, boarding, and even getting off the bus are all come with herculean tasks you'll have to endure before…

How NOT to Use the NYC Subway: Top Subway Pet Peeves

Let me preface this post with the things I love about the NYC subway: it's the great equalizer, where you'll find people from all walks of life. This is the place where you'll see New Yorkers at their best, because if you ever get lost, there's always a kind stranger willing to point you in…

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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 GRAHAMElizabeth Jennings Graham was the OG Rosa Parks of the mid-1800s. Before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat…

What You Should Skip When Visiting New York (And What You Should 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…

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Six Podcasts to Help You Understand New York

You could be in New York for days or for years and still not even scratch the surface of understanding this zany, bustling, diverse city. Besides exploring as much as you can in person and reading NYC-based books, to broaden your perspective of the city even further, I recommend listening to NYC-centric podcasts. Of course,…

New York Movies to Watch When You’re Stuck Indoors

I wish I could be out and about in the city tonight, but outside is colder than the city’s attitude toward NYCHA residents (oops) and I’m not trying to lose any fingers or toes this winter. Instead, I’m going to live vicariously through a movie set in NYC. And with NYC being the most popular…