The Curious Case of Marble Hill: A Neighborhood Caught Between Two Boroughs

If there was a competition for NYC neighborhoods with the weirdest backstories, Marble Hill would definitely be a strong contender for the top prize. Read about Marble Hill's neighborhood history below and then let me know which borough you think it should belong to. Marble Hill Neighborhood History Tiny by NYC standards, with around 10,000…

NYC Urban Legends That’ll Keep You Up at Night

Here are five NYC urban legends that will get you into the spooky season spirit. The Legend of Cropsey Beware, kiddos: if you don't behave, you'll be taken to Staten Island. Staten Islanders have long told tales of Cropsey, a bogeyman with a hook for a hand who kidnaps badly behaved children and takes them…

The Best Introductory Books to NYC History

Whether you are new to the city or have been living here for the majority of your life, it's important for all New Yorkers to have a grasp on the basics of the city's history. I know that every history teacher you've had from elementary school through high school has probably said that the past…

NYC Subway Facts from the Most Basic to the Fairly Obscure

NYC's subway system is a never-ending source of fascinating things, and I'm not just talking about all the stuff that is used as fodder for Subway Creatures. With over 100 years servicing the people of New York, the subway has racked up volumes worth of stats, facts, and trivia. Let's go over a few of…

How to Explore Inwood in a Day: An Inwood Neighborhood Guide

Inwood may be at the top of Manhattan island, but it's rarely top of mind when people think of Manhattan neighborhoods. So why are we talking about Inwood on the blog today? Well, to be honest, it is partly because sometimes I want to be a little self-indulgent. I've lived in the neighborhood for over…

These Books Will Show You What Life Was Like in Colonial NYC

Are you curious about New York's early days? These four books, fiction and non-fiction, will show you what life was like in colonial NYC. The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto New York City's colonial history didn't start…

The NYC Juneteenth Reading List

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Although the holiday originated in Galveston, Texas, it's important to remember that slavery wasn't only a Southern sin. The history of Northern states has also been tainted by slavery, especially New York State, which had the largest slaveholding population of all the Northern states and was among…

A (Bad) Catholic’s Guide to NYC

It's hard to think of NYC as a particularly religious city, let alone a Catholic one. But contrary to popular belief, plenty of New Yorkers worship the almighty God along with the almighty dollar, with Catholics making up the largest sect of the city's religious folk. According to data from the Pew Research Center, 33…

Five Surprising Connections Between MLK and NYC

Usually when we think of Martin Luther King, Jr., we picture him in the South in places like Birmingham and Montgomery, speaking out against the segregationist laws there. We don't normally picture him up north, although segregation and discrimination were also a fact of life for people of color in the northern states. Partly because…