Hi, I'm Lora!

I’m the New York City expert and travel planner at Beyond the Square. I’ve been planning trips for NYC travelers ever since I retired from my first career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. For nearly 20 years I supported clients who felt overwhelmed and stuck, who needed someone to support them as they navigated difficult circumstances to find a way forward. These are skills I still use as I help travelers plan their trip to NYC!

Over the years I’ve found my passion and inspiration on the city streets of New York. I travel multiple times a year to the City to explore neighborhoods, discover new places and immerse myself in the vibrant culture. My frequent travels resulted in other people asking me for tips and ideas for their own trips…even asking me if I would plan their trips for them. That’s why I started Beyond The Square, a New York City travel planning service.

Whether you’re here to read my posts and source information to plan your own trip or you want to hire me for consultation or to create a custom itinerary for you, my desire is to help you feel confident as you navigate New York City. Of course, I want you to see and do the things that are most important to you but I also want to show you a few things that you might not even know about! And, it’s always my hope that you’ll leave wanting to come back again…and again.

Want to know my favorite neighborhoods? Click here and here.

  • Special Diet (ex.Vegan/GF)
  • Foodie
  • Large Travel Party
  • Family (Young Children/Teens)
  • Limited mobility
  • Celebrations
  • Holiday Travel
  • Adventure Focused
  • Budget Conscious
  • Layover
  • Luxury
  • Couples/Romance