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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Cocktail History Made in America

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 8 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 […]

One Day in NYC

October 13, 2015 8 Comments »

One day in NYC

I often wonder, what’s the point of all of these points? Every place you go someone wants to give you a card to start collecting points. I normally pass them up as I don’t want another thing to keep track of – or the reward really isn’t something I want or can use. However, thanks […]

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 […]

Week In-stagram Review Walks of New York

December 5, 2014 9 Comments »

lemon pasta pagani

I have a bad case of withdrawal from the warm beachy weather I left in Sri Lanka!  I’m back in NYC for a short time and decided my cure for chilly jet lag would be to hit the cold streets of New York head on. I had a friend in town who was a first […]

Eat With Locals While Traveling

May 27, 2014 10 Comments »

burek

“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 […]

Fall Colors in Hidden Manhattan

October 25, 2013 16 Comments »

When I used to live in NYC my day to day life confined me to a pretty small area of Manhattan – home, work, and play all occurred between 86th and Canal Street normally.  One of the great things about not having a home and having to rely on friends (and sometimes strangers) to stay […]

Exploring a Familiar City

October 25, 2012 2 Comments »

washington heights street art

I’m still amazed at how much fear enters into every little piece of my life. I’m not necessarily talking about terror or intense fear – but more like things that intimidate me and stop me from being curious and adventurous. It creeps inside me everyday no matter how many stamps I have on my passport. […]