24 Things to Do in NYC This December

1. Marvel at the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show Forget your preconceptions about model trains: this train show is far from nerdy. Aside from the trains, the display features 175 mini replicas of NYC landmarks, all crafted from pieces of plants. 2. Have dinner at Rolf’s Restaurant Rolf’s is what you wish your…

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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…

7 of NYC’s Cutest, Coziest New York Public Library Branches

The theme for the past couple of weeks has been “Don’t hole yourself up in your house just because it’s cold outside!” (Can you really blame me for harping on this? This is New York City, after all.) But if you do insist on hiding away all day, consider spending the day at the New…

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…

What to Do in New York at Night (for Non-Partiers)

Daylight Savings Time or not, now that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer, ‘tis the season to curl up under the covers and stream movies til our eyes bleed. NOT! While nothing’s wrong with the occasional steaming binge, longer nights mean that it’s time to embrace NYC’s nightlife! My clubbing days…

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…

Spending the Day at Green-Wood Cemetery: A Surprising NYC Fall Must-Do

This week I crossed off the first item on my Fall Bucket List: I visited Green-Wood Cemetery. Was it creepy? At times. Would I do it again? Definitely. First of all, why spend the day in Green-Wood Cemetery? Isn’t that disrespectful? Actually, no. Spending the day in Green-Wood is a NYC tradition which dates back…

How to Make the Most of Fall: An NYC Fall Bucket List

With the chill in the air, it’s finally beginning to feel like autumn in NYC! It’s tempting to take one long look at the leaves changing colors and then huddle in my room for the next six months but there’s so much more to autumn than that. So in the spirit of having one last…

A Native New Yorker Reads “Ask a Native New Yorker”

I’m not the target audience for Jake Dobkin’s new book “Ask a Native New Yorker.” As a fellow New York City native I’m probably the last type of person Dobkin would want to have picked up his book, as born-and-bred New Yorkers tend to viciously nitpick through advice anyone else offers about surviving in this…