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…

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NYC Stereotypes that are Actually True

Let's start by clearing some things up: not everything you've heard about New York City is true. No, New Yorkers aren't all mean people, who live in a closet-sized apartments with five roommates. And no, New York isn't a complete concrete jungle (We actually have way more green spaces than you'd think). Now, with that…

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…

All Your Questions About New Yorkers Answered

I'm starting to get the impression that people think New Yorkers are a strange breed. Why? Because it appears that people ask Google a lot of questions about us. Type in "why do New Yorkers" into the Google search box and a never-ending list appears. It seems that people want to know why New Yorkers…

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…

Read This Before You Visit Brooklyn

As a born-and-raised Brooklynite, I am tired of seeing travel guides overrating certain parts of my borough and devaluing other parts. Yes, Brooklyn is hip and cool but there is so much more to this borough than its hipster reputation. So if you value being an informed traveler/citizen, keep reading. Here is your basic Brooklyn…

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…

7 NYC Places You Can Visit Via Video

Who says you need to be in New York to get the New York experience? Ideally, it would be best to pound the pavement, taste the pizza, and smell New York's signature aroma of hot garbage/stale coffee/urine/roasted peanuts #5 in person, but that's not always possible. Fortunately, there are plenty of online resources to help…

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…

Songs about New York Shiloh in the City

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…