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Landmarks

10 Best Things to Do at Rockefeller Center in NYC

Rockefeller Center is one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks, drawing over 20 million visitors per year. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, this immense commercial complex opened in 1933 and spans 22 acres with 19 high-rise buildings. Known for the famous Christmas tree lighting ceremony and the iconic Top of the Rock…

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Planning

What to Do at the New Moynihan Train Hall in NYC

The Moynihan Train Hall is a transportation hub located in New York City, specifically in the Farley Post Office building across from Penn Station. It is an expansion of Penn Station and provides a new concourse for Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak passengers. The hall was named after Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who championed…

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Shopping

7 Best Shopping Districts in NYC

If you love fashion, clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, and beauty, New York City is one of the best shopping destinations for you to visit. The city has dozens of amazing fashion boutiques, from small independent shops with local designers to major department stores carrying international brands.  Here are my top recommendations for the best shopping…

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Landmarks

Is Visiting the Empire State Building Worth It?

The Empire State Building is one of the most famous landmarks in the world, drawing millions of visitors each year. The building’s design is considered a masterpiece of Art Deco architecture, which was popular in the 1930s. The building’s unique design and intricate details have made it a beloved symbol of New York City. It…

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Planning

15 Best Affordable Modern Hotels in NYC

In the city that never sleeps, finding a comfortable, stylish, and affordable place to rest can seem like a daunting task. New York City, renowned for its dazzling lights, iconic landmarks, and vibrant culture, is also famous for its often pricey accommodations. But don’t let this deter you from experiencing the Big Apple’s exhilarating charm….

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Shopping

Where to Shop in New York City: The Ultimate Guide

It’s a Shopaholic’s Dream: Navigating the Retail Wonderland of New York City! Welcome fellow travelers and shopping fanatics! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re planning a trip to the inimitable New York City, or you’re just daydreaming about the retail paradise that awaits within its bustling streets. Either way, you’re in for a treat!…

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Activities

The Edge NYC

On a Sunday morning, I decided to visit the famous “Edge” in Hudson Yards, western Manhattan. This NYC attraction draws thousands of people who want to catch a view of the New York skyline from the highest open observatory deck. The Edge observation deck is a public viewing area situated on the 100th floor of…

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Landmarks

Times Square

Either you love it or you hate it. Times Square in New York City is famous for its bright lights, large billboards, and annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Times Square has become a symbol of New York City and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. History Times Square was originally…

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Activities

The Vessel

The Vessel is a public art structure located in Hudson Yards in Manhattan, New York City. It is a 16-story interactive landmark consisting of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs made of a honeycomb of steel and glass that visitors can climb and explore. The structure was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, and it opened to the…

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Art & Culture

New York Public Library 

Many people pass by the historic New York Public Library (NYPL) every day. Its cultural references are numerous; for example, the NYTL was featured in the finale of the famous New York TV series Sex and the City. Do you know the history behind this storied New York library? The New York Public Library was founded…

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Planning

The Bowery Hotel – Suite & Standard Room

The Bowery Hotel is a luxury 5-star hotel in the East Village of New York City. It’s always been a favorite place of mine since I first moved to New York over a decade ago. The leather sofas and velvet chairs in the dimly lit lobby are the perfect place to convene over cocktails in…

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Art & Culture

15 Best Contemporary Art Galleries in NYC

While Manhattan is arguably the center of the art world, it’s harder than you might think to find the best contemporary art galleries in New York. There are over 300 contemporary art galleries in Chelsea alone! As someone formerly employed in the art industry, I had a running list of top art galleries I wanted…

Neighborhoods

15 Best New York City Neighborhoods to Visit

If you’re heading to New York City and wondering which neighborhoods you should stay in or visit, then check out this list of the best NYC neighborhoods to visit for first-timers. NYC is a diverse American city, and the 10 neighborhoods below will give you a great taste of the coolest places to see in…

Nature

Rockaway Beach & Fort Tilden

While “beach” and New York are not exactly synonymous, there are some great shorelines to discover nearby the largest metropolis in the United States (Pro tip: Coney Island is not one of them). I woke up early on a sweltering summer day in August to visit Rockaway Beach and Fort Tilden, two of the best…

Nature

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

On the north side of Prospect Park lies the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, an oasis of colorful tulips and cherry blossom trees in the heart of Brooklyn. I decided to visit the grounds on a Tuesday, when admission was free. The garden opens at 8am so I got up early to hop on the 4/5 train…

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Neighborhoods

Nolita Neighborhood Guide & Things to Do

Are you planning to explore Nolita in NYC? In case you didn’t know, Nolita stands for North of Little Italy. This adorable neighborhood is lined with brick-walled walk-ups behind black iron fire escapes. Don’t expect any super large stores around here, because there are mostly unique restaurants and small shops for fashion, jewelry, and fragrance……

Streets

Crosby Street

Every time I go to Soho, I have to visit the block where I used to live, near Crosby and Howard because for me, it’s one the most beautiful places in the world. On Sunday, I decided to walk straight down Crosby Street and shoot along the way. I shoot with a Nikon D5300. What…

Activities

What to Do in NYC When it Snows

After the messy piles of slush finally melted (thanks Blizzard Jonas), it seems we only had a few days of dry streets before another snowfall arrived in New York on Friday morning. Thankfully, this one was the kind of dream made of gently falling snowflakes and crisp windless air. About an inch of snow evenly covered…

Activities

How to Spend Christmas in NYC

Spending Christmas in New York City can be a magical experience. Here’s a concise guide to enjoying the holiday season in the city: Remember, the weather in NYC during Christmas can be quite cold, so pack warm clothing and be prepared for potential snow. It’s also wise to book tickets and make reservations in advance,…

Activities

10 Best Christmas Trees to See in NYC This Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas in New York City! The Big Apple really knows how to deck the halls, with gorgeous Christmas trees sparkling all throughout the city. If you’re looking for the prettiest trees to check out this holiday season, here are some of the best: Wondering where to…

Neighborhoods

7 Best Bakeries in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Known for its hipster vibe, art scene, and culinary delights, Williamsburg has become one of the top destinations in Brooklyn for both locals and visitors. Foodies flock to this neighborhood to check out some of the best bakeries in New York City, which churn out creative confections, classic breads, and Instagram-worthy sweets. I’ll share my…

Neighborhoods

Tribeca Neighborhood NYC

Tribeca is one of my favorite neighborhoods in New York City because it shares the architectural beauty of Soho without the crazy tourist crowds. It’s also considerably cleaner. Here’s a quick Tribeca travel guide with some things you can do in this upscale district. What Does Tribeca Stand For? TriBeCa stands for Triangle Below Canal,…

Neighborhoods

Flatiron District Guide & Things to Do

The Flatiron district is named after the iconic Flatiron Building, which has become a symbol of New York City. This neighborhood sits south of Midtown Manhattan and north of Union Square. It offers a more low-key vibe compared to busier Midtown but still packs in plenty of attractions. Madison Square Park is always a nice…

Nature

Elizabeth Street Garden

The Elizabeth Street Garden is a hidden gem in the middle of lower Manhattan. The garden is located just north of Little Italy, with entrances on Elizabeth and Mott Streets, between Prince and Spring Streets. The Elizabeth Street Garden was founded in 1991 by a local resident, Allan Reiver, as a community garden. The land…

Neighborhoods

NoHo Neighborhood Guide & Things to Do

NoHo, short for North of Houston Street, is an artsy enclave with a hip vibe and charming historic architecture. While Soho is known for its big brand-name shops, hordes of tourists, and lofted buildings, Noho is perhaps Soho’s cooler little sister. I love exploring this fashionable NYC area to find more off-beat spots, yet still…

Nature

Madison Square Park

Coming home to New York was one of the happiest days of my year. I arrived on an absolutely beautiful afternoon, dropped my suitcase and headed straight to the office. On my way, I had to admire the lush trees that flourished in Madison Square Park, each a different autumn hue of orange, yellow or…

Art & Culture

Frieze Art Fair New York

The 2015 New York edition of London’s famed Frieze Art Fair is unlike any other art fair I’ve been to. While most art fairs take place inside a poorly lit convention center with dark steel beams traversing the ceilings, Frieze was quite the opposite. Stepping into the translucent tent instantly relaxes the mind. The sunlight is…

Activities

Best NYC Skyline Views

The New York City skyline is one of the most iconic in the world, and there are several remarkable vantage points to view it. One of the top spots is the Empire State Building’s observatory, offering an unparalleled view of the city. The Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center provides a unique perspective, including…