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. What’s a Coney? As with many places in NYC,…

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…

Your NYC Black Bucket List: 20 Black Sites You Must See

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

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…

The History of New York’s Obsession with Speed-Walking

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…

All Your Questions About New Yorkers Answered

I'm starting to get the impression that people think New Yorkers are a strange breed. Why? Because it appears that people ask Google a lot of questions about us. Type in "why do New Yorkers" into the Google search box and a never-ending list appears. It seems that people want to know why New Yorkers…

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NYC 101: Essential Facts to Know About New York City

Whether you're in the city for a visit or you've been here your whole life, there are certain things you ought to know about New York City. I'm not talking about the social etiquette things like never stopping in the middle of the sidewalk or not hogging the entire pole in subway cars; I'm talking…

Shiloh in the City Podcasts to Understand New York

Six Podcasts to Help You Understand New York

You could be in New York for days or for years and still not even scratch the surface of understanding this zany, bustling, diverse city. Besides exploring as much as you can in person and reading NYC-based books, to broaden your perspective of the city even further, I recommend listening to NYC-centric podcasts. Of course,…