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 …

Pier 17 Brooklyn Bridge

Things to do FOR FREE in NYC! Part Four: Brooklyn Bridge

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is an unforgettable experience. Even if you’re only in the city for a short time, it is totally worth doing. Here’s why: The view of the Manhattan skyline. When you’re in the city it’s easy to lose your perspective surrounded by all the skyscrapers. But take the subway just a few stops away and you’re …