Read This Before You Visit Coney Island!

Don't feel like reading? Press play and I'll read this post to you! 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…

From Brothels to Broadway: The Many Lives of Times Square

Don't feel like reading right now? Press the play button and I'll personally read this post to you! Imagine an area full of horse stables and carriages. Now picture an area full of peep shows, with pickpockets and drug dealers lurking around every corner. And finally, imagine an area illuminated by flashing neon signs, with…

If You Think Today’s New Yorkers are Obsessed with Speed Walking, Let’s Walk Back in Time

Today's New Yorkers have a reputation for being speed walkers, but nineteenth-century New Yorkers—and Americans in general—took it to the next level by making speed walking an extreme sport. People would gather en masse to watch a couple of folk try to outwalk each other. Competitive walkers would go round and round a dirt path…

Watch These NYC Documentaries Before Your New York Trip

Movies tend to be many people's first introduction to New York. Through Hollywood movie magic, the city seems loud, kooky, and larger than life. It's true that NYC is all of these things, but it's also a lot more, and luckily, there is an abundance of NYC documentaries to fill in the gaps that Hollywood…

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…

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…

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…

Shiloh in the City Podcasts to Understand New York

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,…