Could you share a studio apartment with someone? In New York City, studio living is the norm for a lot of locals. One-room apartments are more affordable than one-bedrooms, so some New Yorkers are content to live in a single room. My friend Scott has lived in a 300-square foot studio for about 15 years. His apartment is one of… Read More
Our winter in New York has been pretty mild this year, but still, it does the soul good to escape the cold and get a dose of Vitamin D. I found a great flight deal out of Newark, so Mike and I decided to spend four days in Costa Rica – also our first trip to the country. We agreed that… Read More
We live in a world where free information is available at our fingertips. Literally, if you have internet access, you can learn almost anything you wish. Free education is even more magnified if you live in New York City, and you’ll find hands-on classes held year-round. And even though it’s expensive to live in the Big Apple, you can still… Read More
Starting over in New York City wasn’t easy. My first couple of years were a serious education. I eventually found my groove. Here’s my story…. At 25, I was experiencing a quarter life crisis. I had moved back home to Northwestern Pennsylvania two years earlier when I finished graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. I was mentally exhausted, needed to figure… Read More
New York is a cash city. There’s no doubt about it, so always carry cash. In this podcast episode, I talk about eating a delicious Saturday brunch, going to pay the check, and realizing that I was short by a dollar and some change. I’d say that’s an embarrassing moment! When I advise you to always have cash in your pocket, I speak from personal experience.
If you miss New York City’s grittier days, Hell’s Kitchen may be your kind of neighborhood. Of course, like the rest of NYC, the nabe has undergone some major gentrification since its decades as a community for immigrants and the working class. But if you take the time to explore this section of Midtown West – perhaps while visiting these… Read More
Yes, I love NY, and if you’re reading this blog, you might love New York too….. The official “I LOVE NY” campaign began in 1977 when New York was riddled with crime and in the midst of an economic decline. What’s more – a historic blackout came over the city that summer and led to more than 4,500 arrests. That year was not… Read More
Since the prohibition era, New York City has cultivated a cocktail culture beyond comparison. One of the best neighborhoods to enjoy a skillfully crafted libation is Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Here, you’ll find bars serving straight classics, modern twists on old favorites, and contemporary fusions. Whether you fancy the traditional or seek new adventure, there’s something for everyone, no matter your poison. One… Read More