Read This Before You Visit Coney Island!

Coney Island has been delighting generations of visitors for almost 200 years. And in those 200 years, it has earned nicknames like “America’s Playground,” “Poor Man’s Paradise,” and “Sodom by the Sea.” Let’s find out why in this quick introduction to the history of Coney Island. Coney Island History, Part 1: What’s a Coney? As…

Which NYC Beach is Best for You? Let’s Find Out!

You name an ecosystem and NYC has is: forests, marshlands, and of course, beaches! In NYC, there are at least 14 miles of public beaches spread across the five boroughs. Today, let’s pit them against each other and find out which NYC beach is best for you. Coney Island Beach What You’ll Like: Between being…

Read This Before You Cross the Brooklyn Bridge

Yeah, anyone can cross the Brooklyn Bridge, but I’m guessing you’re here because you want something more than a quick stroll over some random landmark. You’re here because you like being an informed explorer. You want to go beyond the superficial experiences and get to know New York on a deeper level. Let’s do that…

Four NYC Bridges You’ll Like More Than the Brooklyn Bridge

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is on everyone’s NYC bucket list, but it shouldn’t be the only bridge on your list. NYC has over 2,000 bridges, and many of them are pedestrian friendly. A few of them are even more enjoyable than the Brooklyn Bridge. (It sounds blasphemous, but I swear it’s true!) Take a walk…

The Oddest NYC Neighborhood Names Explained

Don't feel like reading right now? Press play and I'll read this post to you! Today when we hear the names of NYC neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Hell's Kitchen, we associated them with attractions. But have you ever stopped to think about how these neighborhoods ended up with their sometimes odd names? And it's…

Forget Your Summer Cruise! Take a Ride on the South Brooklyn Ferry!

Don't feel like reading? Press the play button and I'll read this post to you! I'm not going to bash Circle Line cruises or any of the companies that specialize in touting tourists along NYC's rivers. They have their perks. But today I'm going to tell you about the South Brooklyn Ferry, a cruise alternative…

5 Places to Go in New York If You Want to Avoid Crowds

We've been through a lot during past few months. I can't blame you if the thought of typical New York with its packed trains and congested sidewalks makes you a little nervous right now. But while crowds are one of the city's defining features, so is its ability to have something that suits everyone. That's…

The NYC Black Bucket List: 20 Black Cultural Sites in NYC

Make no misunderstanding: the following list is not the end-all be-all of black cultural and historic sites in NYC. In fact, you're more than welcome to suggest more places that should be added to what I'm calling the NYC Black Bucket List. With sites spanning all five boroughs, no matter who you are, you've got…

Marine Park Salt Marsh: Brooklyn’s Best-Kept Secret

Don't feel like reading right now? Press play and I'll read this post to you! Folks, I'm about to let you in on one of the best kept secrets in Brooklyn—something that's not known by many people outside of Brooklyn's most southeastern neighborhoods. I hope my fellow South Brooklynites can forgive me, but I've got…

The Ultimate Brooklyn Bucket List: 60 Things to Do in Brooklyn, NYC

Congrats! You've crossed the Brooklyn Bridge. So now you’re allowed to check Brooklyn off your itinerary, right? No way! Fuggedaboutit! In fact, your Brooklyn adventure has only just begun. Brooklyn is a huge borough with so much to offer both residents and tourists. Honestly, the writer Tom Wolfe was spot on when he said that…