New York City

Things to do in New York City :

  • Learn about the history, culture, music and food of Harlem with a Harlem New York Gospel Tour.
  • Take in the gorgeous fall colors in the “hidden” parks of Manhattan – Fort Tyron Park and Inwood Hill Park.
  • Take a walking tour through the Lower East Side and learn about the thriving merchant community and the city’s history of immigration.
  • Visit Lincoln Center and check out the fountain, outdoor space, wading pools and sculptures, cool hi-tech steps (my favorite!) and one of the coolest outdoor park spaces I’ve ever seen.

Food in New York City :

Share a meal with a local. EatWith is an online website promoting local food experiences and offering travelers a way to build connections with their hosts and immerse themselves in the culture of the destinations.

Explore the local food scene with a Foods of NY Tour. I have participated in my share of tours around the world and this one continues to impress me.

Pictures of New York City :

From unbelievably cool architecture to the weird, wild and wacky, the sights in New York City never fail to amaze. Check out my NYC photo gallery to view the city through the lens of a local.

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NYC Cocktail History and Prohibition Tour: Bottom’s Up

September 13, 2016 No Comments »

cocktail history

Let me just start with; there’s a lot of myth involved when it comes to the cocktail. Where it started, how it got its weird name, when it was created; it’s complicated. It’s complicated because most of what we know about cocktails and early saloon/tavern going was not written down – it’s an oral history. […]

Rediscovering New York City Neighborhoods

July 26, 2016 9 Comments »

NYC Neighborhoods

I’ve been walking the streets of New York City neighborhoods for the last 3 weeks.  I was hired to do a photo project capturing NYC neighborhoods, restaurants, parks, activities, and hotels for a new NYC Travel Website.  Every day I’d ride the subway to a new neighborhood and scour it.  It’s been 10 years since […]

3 Unusual Ways to Experience the NYC Art Scene

July 5, 2016 1 Comment »

New York City is one of the most artistic cities in the world, and I’m continuously amazed at all of the artistic events, places, and people the city is filled with. Prior to moving to New York City, I didn’t really have an intense appreciation for the arts, but it’s impossible not to get caught […]

A Museum Tour for Those Who Don’t Like Museums

April 21, 2016 5 Comments »

I gather in a circle of people with my hand placed in the middle on top of strangers’ hands. In unison we let out a group cheer “Mu—-Seum!” we yell in our soft ‘museum voices’ as we lift our hands in the air in unison. It’s a Friday night when I meet this group of […]

Can I get an AMEN?

January 27, 2015 5 Comments »

I remember holding the big red hymnal as a child in church, trying to follow along with the somber song. I was horrible at singing and therefore mainly just murmured the words and followed along the best I could equivalent to shuffling my feet and letting my mother pull me along when I didn’t want […]

Eat With Locals While Traveling

May 27, 2014 10 Comments »


“Beautiful things happen when you bring people together over food,” said Hila. We all sat at a long table with vases of fresh flowers, Billie Holiday playing in the background, and the room was softly glowing with votive candles. Another perfect foodie night out in New York City. However, I wasn’t at the latest Manhattan […]

We Met, Planned, and Went

October 18, 2012 4 Comments »

Meet Plan Go NYC

1 idea – A Career Break on every resume 3 people – Michael Bontempi, Michaela Potter, Sherry Ott 10 hosts around the country 25 sponsors 111 panelists 312 bottles of Estrella Spanish Beer in NYC 935 Attendees Infinite happiness that comes from doing something that is so core to your belief systems and makes your […]

Eating Local in NYC

February 16, 2012 12 Comments »


You are making your first trip to the Big Apple and are pouring through online websites and guide books about New York City. You plan on seeing a Broadway show, doing the museums, and maybe even going for a run in Central Park. You most definitely want to eat out at great restaurants while you […]

New York, New Eyes, New Year

December 30, 2011 2 Comments »

The last 5 days I’ve been playing tour guide of my favorite city in the US – New York City.  My old home still holds a very special place in my heart, especially for New Years.  My 15 year old niece has traveled with me to NYC for the first time and I’ve been putting […]

The Amazing People You Meet

March 21, 2011 4 Comments »


Meet Charles.  He lives in Taanayel Lebanon and serves as the Quality Control department (ok – there are only 2 people in the QA Department including Charles!) for Arcenciel Organization.  Arcenciel is a really cool NGO which I wrote all about on Briefcase to Backpack recently – click here and learn more. While I was […]