Should These NYC Mayors Have Places Named After Them?

NYC has been led by 110 mayors over its nearly 400-year history, but most of the men who have had the honor of being "hizzoner" have long-faded into obscurity. Only a select few mayors have been memorialized, mostly with places named after them in NYC. So in honor of the city's latest mayoral inauguration, let's…

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…

NYC Subway Tips for Every Season

You can expect the NYC subway to be gritty, complex, and probably running behind schedule all year round. But there are also some characteristics of the subway that are more seasonal. As the seasons change, don't be caught off guard. Here are NYC subway tips for every season. Summer Before you enter an underground subway…

NYC Nightmare Fuel: 3 Spooky Books Set in NYC

Disclaimer: My fear tolerance is like my spice tolerance: a cautious medium level -- somewhere between finding Scooby Doo villains to be amateurs while still second-guessing every sound in the house not caused by me after watching Paranormal Activity. That being said, the following books aren't for the faint of heart, but they won't leave…

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…

Three Books to Help You Make Sense of the Twin Towers, 9/11, and the Freedom Tower

It's been 20 years since the day that changed New York City, the country, and even the world, but I still feel no closer to comprehending what happened on 9/11 than I could as a confused six-year-old wondering why our parents were picking us up from school so early in the day. As I was…

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…