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…

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,…

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…

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…

What to Get the New Yorkers in Your Life: Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and I don’t know about you, but I’m nowhere near ready for the big day. Aside from all the cooking and cleaning that still needs to be done, it seems like every year I leave the gift shopping to last minute. I’ll admit that a lot of this has…

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…

Evacuation Day Pole, Shiloh in the City, Bowling Green, Charging Bull

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…

Here’s How To Make the Most of Your Life in NYC

I know, I know: After 8+ hours of soul-crushing, lifeforce-draining work, all you want to do is go home, kick your feet up, and spend the rest of the night in front of a screen. And I also know the shorter days and colder weather makes this especially more tempting. But I’m here to remind…

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…