Summer In The City: See NYC From The Water!

I’m a firm believer that in order to fully experience the magnitude of New York City you have to take it in from various vantage points: from the streets, from an elevated view, and also from the water. Cruises, sightseeing tours and ferries operate year-round but summer is the absolute BEST time to be out on the water. A champagne, …

Explore The City With Me: The Welcoming Upper West Side

The Upper West Side (UWS) has long been one of my favorite neighborhoods in New York City. If I’m honest, I think nostalgia plays a big part in that. I’ve travelled to NYC countless times with my husband and various friends but every solo trip I take, I rent a tiny studio apartment on West 69th Street just steps from …

Explore The City With Me: The Gorgeous Contrasts Of FiDi

Before I spent any time there, I thought the Financial District (or FiDi as it’s referred to by locals) was only a destination for tourists or professionals. FiDi is filled with skyscrapers and famous historical landmarks. I never would have classified it as a “neighborhood” which denotes that people actually live there and do regular daily life stuff like go …

Explore The City With Me: Vibrant Chinatown

I’ll admit it, my first visit to New York City’s Chinatown I felt overwhelmed. The sights, the sounds, the smells, all so unfamiliar. For first-timers, the fast-paced vibe of some parts of this neighborhood can translate as chaotic. Adding to the complexity is that most of the signs are in Mandarin. Chinatown is home to an estimated 100,000 people, the …

The East Village

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 …