Why are Timberlands So Popular in New York City? – The Story of How a Pair of Yellow Boots Won the Hearts and Feet of New Yorkers

On a recent day of subway rides through New York City, I counted no fewer than ten passengers (myself included) wearing Timberland boots, or as New Yorkers refer to them, Timbs. Along with the black puffer jacket, Timbs are part of the unofficial winter uniform of New Yorkers. On the 50th anniversary of the creation…

What was NYC Like 100 Years Ago? Notable Events from New York City in 1923

It's natural to be focused on the future at the start of the year, but as a history buff, I can't help but be curious about the past, specifically the distant past of 100 years ago. So after an afternoon of time traveling via the New York Times archives and the small collection of NYC…

New Year’s Resolutions for New Yorkers Who Want to Explore NYC More

Are you familiar with each paint chip flaking off the ceiling of your apartment, but not familiar with all the streets in your neighborhood? Do you catch yourself looking at the subway map longingly, wondering what you would see if you spontaneously decided to get off the train a few stops early instead of going…

NYC Organizations to Donate Your Time and/or Money to This Holiday Season

In a city/country/world with such an unfathomable amount of need, it's not surprising that New York City is home to at least 35,000 non-profit organizations. I actually thought that number would be a lot higher. Regardless, it doesn't make it any easier to decide which organizations you should donate to on Giving Tuesday (or any…

What to Know and Do in The Bronx’s Wealthiest Neighborhood: A Riverdale Neighborhood Guide

Known for its suburban vibes, elite private schools, and its persistent denial that it's part of the Bronx, Riverdale is the only wealthiest NYC neighborhoods that I've spent the day in that didn't put much of a dent in my wallet (see my Tribeca and Cobble Hill guides), partly because there isn't a lot to do…

5 NYC Things You’ve Probably Been Sleeping On This Past Month: NYC Monthly Favorites

At the end of each month, I depart from my usual content of sharing NYC tips and trivia to share some of my favorite New York things from the past month. I know it veers into lifestyle influencer territory, but don’t worry, everything I talk about will be related to New York City. So, if…

What to Know and Do in Brooklyn’s Most Expensive Neighborhood: A Cobble Hill Neighborhood Guide

Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo may be the Brooklyn's most visited neighborhoods, but Cobble Hill is constantly topping lists as the borough's most expensive neighborhood. Anyone have a spare $1.64 million? Because that's the median price people spent on property in the neighborhood in 2021, according to Property Club. Luckily, you don't need to have nearly that…

Everything This New Yorker Was Obsessed With This Past Month (NYC Monthly Favorites: August 2022)

https://youtu.be/KZ05buC9xOE At the end of each month (as of last month), I depart from my usual content of sharing NYC tips and trivia to share some of my favorite New York things from the past month. I know it veers into lifestyle influencer territory, but don't worry, everything I talk about will be related to…

Eight of the Most Unique Stores in NYC

I don't know who needs to hear this —maybe it's just me— but Target is not the end-all be-all of stores, especially if you're in New York City. NYC has over 200,000 small businesses fighting the good fight in this chain-store gentrification era the city's currently in, but you're missing out on seeing the unique…

Shiloh in the City’s NYC Monthly Favorites: July 2022

This is a departure from my usual content, and I'll admit it might be veering too much in the lifestyle influencer genre, but I thought it might be an interesting and perhaps useful exercise to share some of my favorite things from the past month. Of course, each thing I talk about in this NYC…