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Explore The City With Me: The Gems Of The East Village

The reason for my first trip to New York City in 2010 is a story in itself, for another time, but on that trip I was talking with a local who said, “you know, if you want the best coffee in the city, you need to go to Mud Spot in the East Village”. I made a mental note of …

5 Reasons Why NOW Is A Good Time To Travel To New York City

Beginning April 1st, domestic travelers to New York City will no longer be required to quarantine upon arrival. While travelers will still need to wear face masks and comply with local Covid protocols, they are welcome to engage in city life right away. This is a big win for American travelers and the tourism industry in New York City. Are …

The Doors To NYC Are Slowly Beginning to Open

Best news EVER. Beginning April 1st, domestic travelers into New York City will no longer have to quarantine for three days and have proof of a negative Covid test upon entry. Although this is still recommended, it will no longer be required to quarantine. Visitors will be welcome to immediately particpate in city life. In other good news, indoor dining …

The Vessel at Hudson Yards

It May Be Dark, But The Lights (And The Hope) Still Shine Bright

This year has been unlike anything we could have imagined. Exactly one year ago, I was in the final stages of creating this website and its related social media platforms. I was just a few weeks away from the official launch of Beyond the Square and excited for the upcoming year full of travel, writing, documenting, and planning. Eight weeks …

Columbus Circle Central Park

Visiting NYC During The Pandemic

I frequently get asked if it’s okay to visit New York City during the pandemic. The answer: it depends. Early in the pandemic, the answer was a hard “no”. But as the numbers have come down and the city and its residents have been diligent to consistently implement health and safety measures, the answer isn’t quite as hard and fast. …