Everything you’ve heard is true. It’s big, it’s busy, it’s frenetic, its “bright lights will inspire you”, and it’s not only survivable but enriching if you do it right. Sure, all the classic attractions – the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square – are there, but there’s lots more, and as locals we’re in the best position to recommend “off the beaten path” spots to check out.

We live here, but we’re going to write through the lens of someone on a short trip – a week max – and highlight just a few attractions you may not have heard of, but that you’ll definitely want to talk about.


Getting There


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The flat rate for a cab from JFK to Manhattan is $52. That’s a bad deal, especially since it doesn’t save you any time. Take the Air Train and LIRR instead….[read more]




Where to Stay


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The Palace, the Four Seasons, the Gansevoort, The Wellington, The Pod, The Chelsea –  NYC hotels can be an intimidating morass, where everything decent seems too expensive, and everything “budget” is regarded with suspicion. Unless you’ve physically set foot into a New York hotel, it’s difficulty to tell for sure what it’s like. That’s where we come in – we review them all, and suggest some better alternatives to some. […read more]


Where to Eat


Photo by Susan Sermoneta


Be honest – part of the allure of New York is its gastronomy. Home to storied restaurants like Per Se, Gramercy Tavern, and Eleven Madison Park, and proving ground for many-a-celebrity chef, NYC has one big thing going for it – thousands upon thousands of restaurants to choose from. Add the most discerning eaters in the world, and you’ve got the recipe for an adapt-or-die restaurant city. […read more]



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