You Need to Visit the Lewis Latimer House Museum in Queens ASAP!

On a relatively quiet street in Flushing, Queens, an adorable yellow and red Queen Anne-style house sits surrounded by nondescript low-to-mid-rise apartment buildings. You'd think the contrast between the house and its surroundings would bring it more attention, but the Lewis Latimer House Museum exists much in the same way its namesake did: humble and…

Here Are Some Unusual Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in NYC

Although NYC is home to hundreds of superb restaurants, don't wine and dine your sweetheart this Valentine's Day. That's so played out and you can do that any other date night. Instead, surprise them with one of these unusual ways to spend Valentine's Day in NYC. Take a romantic ferry "cruise" I know taking a…

Are These New York Christmas Traditions Worth Your Time?

Not to sound like a Scrooge, but some things about Christmas in New York are overrated (Looking at you, Union Square Holiday Market). As your friendly but jaded New Yorker, it's my civic duty to give you an honest evaluation of which New York Christmas traditions are worth your time. So if you're wondering which…

Shiloh’s Times Square Survival Guide: 10 Tips for Visiting Times Square

Despite me and countless other New Yorkers telling you that it's not worth it and how there are a million other things in NYC that are better to do, you're probably still going to go to the mother-of-all-tourist-traps, Times Square. But to tell you the truth, I don't blame you; you should do it at…

Times Square Beyond the Bright Lights: What to See When Your Done With the Tourist Traps

I went into this week really wanting to like Times Square. Broadway just reopened in NYC, so I figured that it would be the perfect time to see if I could have a Times Square experience that defied the typical New Yorker convention to avoid the area at all costs. Although I found some interesting…

The Top Things to Do in Flatbush, Brooklyn: A Neighborhood Guide

The neighborhood of Flatbush is the geographic heart of Brooklyn, and as far as I'm concerned it's the neighborhood with the most heart as well. Not to mention, it has the most energy, the greatest food, the most aesthetically pleasing homes, and the most vibrant Caribbean community outside the geographic Caribbean. (Before we go further with…

The Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Each NYC Borough

You don't have to be a heliologist to see how special sunsets are in New York City. It's as though nature puts a pair of rose-colored glasses on you, reminding you of the magic of New York, rather than how gross, lonely, and expensive it can be. Whether you want to admire the sunset or…

Where to Go to Learn About the Forgotten History of New York’s Waterfront

These days, New York City's waterfront is a maritime playground, but for most of the city's nearly 400-year existence, the waterfront used to be strictly business. Anyone who wasn't a dock worker or a passenger on a ship steered clear of the shoreline, as all the action we've come to associate with New York City…

NYC Summer Bucket List: Top Things to Do in NYC in the Summer

There's no denying that summer in NYC is humid, icky, and smelly. But once you get over that (or rather, once you learn to live with it), NYC summers can also be a lot of fun. A world of possibilities for exploring opens up to you in a city where you already can't run out…

An Unconventional NYC Boat Tour: The Soundview Ferry

This is not the first time I've written about the NYC Ferry system here on the blog, but it is such a fun experience that I have to tell you about it again. But don't click away! This is not the same post as last year. If you recall, last year I wrote about how…