Why I Love New York Right Now and Always

Don't feel like reading? No problem! Press play and I'll read this post to you! Contrary to the impression I give off here, I don’t constantly walk around New York all starry-eyed, ooh-ing and aah-ing at tall buildings and pigeons, while wearing an “I ❤️ NY” shirt (although I’ve been meaning to get one for…

Walk With Me Down Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NYC!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRQU1WkJTh0 For New Yorkers of past and present, Eastern Parkway has always been more than a roadway. It’s a street full of history, culture, and believe it or not, relaxation. A few days ago, I walked the length of the parkway to film what makes it so special. You can come along for that walk…

Badass NYC Women and Where to Honor Them

Don't feel like reading? No problem! Press play and I'll read this post to you! Right off the bat, let me say that this is NOT a complete list of badass NYC women. If you want to dive deeply into the history of women who have contributed notably to New York City, I recommend cracking…

NYC’s Wildlife and Where to Find Them

Don't feel like reading? No problem! Press play and I'll read this post to you! NYC may be the natural habitat of hipsters, hustlers, and dreamers, but have you ever thought of its connection with the natural world? Despite being a concrete jungle, this city is an ecosystem made up of all kinds of critters,…

Read This Before You Visit Coney Island!

Don't feel like reading? Press play and I'll read this post to you! 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…

Read This Before You Cross the Brooklyn Bridge

Don't feel like reading? Press play and I'll read this post to you! 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…

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…

Grant’s Tomb: An NYC Presidential Memorial that’s Full of Surprises

Don't feel like reading? Press play and I'll read this post to you! Several presidents have called NYC home at some point in their lives but only one has made the city his final resting place. General Ulysses S. Grant may not have had as strong a tie to the city as Theodore Roosevelt or…

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…

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…