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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. …

Setting Sail

Signs of life are popping up all around New York City and it’s a breath of fresh air for weary residents. I wish I could say that tourism is coming back to life soon too, but realistically that’s not the case. The city is in recovery mode and will be for a while. For us travelers, we need to be …

A Taste Of The City At Home

Spring solo trip to New York City: Cancelled. Fall family trip to New York City: Suspended. These realities have been totally disappointing. Understandable, in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, but difficult nonetheless. One small consolation and a fun way to stay connected to the city that I love during this time has been through home delivery of some of …

Holding On To What We Know: New York City Will Rise.

The city that never sleeps has taken a deep exhale and is closing her eyes. Streets are nearly vacant, subway cars empty and many businesses shuttered. The rush of humanity has dispersed, hunkering down for the sake of selves and community. This forced slumber, though scary and unknown, is best characterized as a nap. It’s not the catnap that we’d …