Bed-Stuy’s 18 Coolest Spots & Things to Do (by a Local)

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Welcome to one of Brooklyn’s greatest neighborhoods: Bedford–Stuyvesant (aka Bed-Stuy), where brownstone and tree-lined streets meet powerful history, black pride, and culture. We’ll explore the hidden gem spots and activities, from jazz venues to art clubs and beyond. As a local New Yorker, here are the coolest things to do in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn! I. What […]

The 24 Coolest Bookstores in NYC to Support

There are dozens of bookstores in New York City with their own mission, story, and personality. They’re also community third spaces, as they host events for people to connect. As a local New Yorker and bookworm, I want to encourage you to support your local NYC bookstore. Since, New York’s bookstores are actually disappearing! According […]

18 Uniquely Fun Things to Do in Bushwick, Brooklyn A Local’s Guide

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Welcome to my favorite neighborhood in Brooklyn: Bushwick! This hidden gem NYC neighborhood is bursting with art, culture, incredible food, nightlife, and endless creativity. The streets showcase vibrant murals by local artists, transforming them into outdoor art galleries. As a born-and-raised New Yorker, here are the coolest things to do in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  I. Why […]

34 Uniquely Best Restaurants in Upstate New York

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I’ve spent countless weekends exploring the culinary backroads of Upstate New York, and I’m thrilled to share my findings with you! In my quest for the best eats, I’ve discovered that Upstate NY is home to a treasure trove of dining experiences, from rustic farm-to-table bistros to innovative kitchens that are pushing the boundaries of […]

13 Beautiful Catskills Resorts For Your Next Getaway in New York

Looking for a vacation where all you need to decide is what to eat for dinner? Resorts may be the answer, offering everything from meals to comfy amenities, giving you a relaxing and low-effort escape. Perfect for couples, families, or a weekend away with the grandparents, these retreats provide peace of mind and convenience. And […]

18 Cute Towns in Western New York + Nearby Attractions

As a Western New Yorker, I’m here to guide you through the real gems of our area – the small, often overlooked towns each bursting with history, character, and charm. From the ski-friendly slopes of Ellicottville to the vineyards of Chautauqua, these are my favorite towns in Western New York.  18 Cute Small Towns in […]

32 Super Fun Things to Do in Rochester, NY

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As a local Western New Yorker, allow me to introduce you to the often underestimated city of Rochester, NY! Situated along the great Lake Ontario shores, this city boasts a diverse population of over 200,000, a rich history, and several universities/colleges! Once renowned for its industrial might (Rochester was the home of big companies like […]

14 Cutest Towns in the Finger Lakes + Hidden Gems

As a New Yorker, the towns in the Finger Lakes rank as some of my personal favorite getaways in the state! These majestic lake towns offer a special blend of tranquility, art, outdoors, farm life and a young population thanks to nearby universities like Cornell.  From the museums to wineries and cider houses to the […]

27 Gorgeous Winter Getaways in Upstate New York + Hidden Gems

A woman at Lake Clear Lodge in winter in Upstate New York

Although you may think of Upstate New York as a summer hiking destination or place to peep fall foliage, you’ll be surprised how many amazing winter activities it offers. Those who aren’t afraid of a little cold will be rewarded with many options for Upstate New York winter getaways that make a memorable trip. For […]

NYC in August: 34 Uniquely Fun Things to Do + Tips for Visiting

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August is the peak travel season in New York City! Summer activities are in full swing this month, with events like outdoor festivals and concerts taking over the city. The hot weather also makes August the perfect time to visit water attractions ranging from the best beaches in New York to sailing tours along the […]