Most New York residents skip the car note and rely on public transportation. As a visitor, you'll likely fall in the locals' footsteps, however, New York's transit system can seem overwhelming. Use this primer to acclimate yourself to the four most common transportation options before you experience them in person.
Riding the Rails
Grab a map of the New York City subway system to get oriented with the various stations, lines, and passenger tunnels. Before you board a car, check the blown-up maps displayed in each station to verify you've chosen the correct route to your destination.
Purchase a MetroCard if you plan to stay in New York City for more than a few days. You'll save money on fares and benefit from the card's ease of use. Standard fares are $2.75 per trip, and although the MetroCard costs $1 to purchase, you'll still pay less in the long run.
Calling for a Cab
Many New York City visitors feel more comfortable calling for a cab than hailing one on the street. These are actually called "livery" services rather than cabs, as yellow cabs only pick up passengers who hail them.
When hailing a cab, look at the center lights on the roof. If the middle numbers are lit up, but the off-duty light is off, the cab can accept fares. When all the lights are dark, the cab already has passengers, while all-lit lights indicate an off-duty cab.
Fares can become confusing for non-residents. On top of the flat fee and per-mile surcharge, your driver might add fees for tolls, taxes, late-night journeys, and other expenses. Passengers should tip 20-22 percent, though you might add extra for late-night or holiday rides.
Befriending the Buses
The letter system allows passengers to immediately determine which routes buses follow in New York City. A bus route marked with an M, for example, travels throughout Manhattan, while a Q bus takes passengers to Queens, and B stands for Brooklyn. BX buses travel to the Bronx and S buses head to Staten Island. If you see a bus route marked with an X by itself, it denotes an express bus route, which is more expensive ($6.50 compared to $2.75).
Subway tokens also work with bus routes. You'll board your bus at one of the blue and white stops, and you can transfer buses if the two routes intersect, which saves money.
Floating on the Ferry
Some New York City visitors never leave Manhattan, but a ride on the Staten Island Ferry offers stunning views and a chance to step outside that single borough. Best of all, you don't have to fork over any cash for a ride to the other side of the Upper New York Bay. Board the ferry in Manhattan at the Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal, then disembark on Staten Island at the St. George Ferry Terminal.
Whether you prefer the subway, bus, cab, or ferry, New York City's mass transit system offers a convenient way to get from Point A to Point B. The more you take advantage of these conveyances, the easier it will be to navigate their complex routes and systems.
Planning a vacation in the Big Apple, you already know all the tourist spots: Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, shopping on 5th Avenue. And these are worth seeing, once or twice. But if you've already done all that, or just aren't interested because you know there are so many other things to do—and other neighborhoods beyond midtown and downtown Manhattan—let these atypical guide books lead the way.
Not For Tourists Guide to New York City: Even though it's smaller and has a stylish black cover, you might still get pegged as a tourist if you walk around with your nose in this guide book. However, this little black book is more about living in NYC than it is about being a tourist. It covers 35 neighborhoods in detail, with maps and lists of local businesses: coffee shops, movie theaters, grocery stores, farmers markets, bike shops, drug stores. This way, you can get a feel for a variety of neighborhoods where New Yorkers go about their daily lives; plus, you can find out where to buy food to cook and get a bottle of wine to drink at "home," and generally settle into your rental apartment. If you're not staying in Manhattan, note that there are Brooklyn and Queens guides too. Beyond that, though, Not For Tourists can't help you.
Clean Plates: When you want to eat out and avoid the tourist traps or mediocre spots, you'll need some kind of guide. There are just too many restaurants in the city to know where to start. For those of you who are interested in healthy, local, organic, and simply high-quality food, this book will tell you where to go. The Clean Plates food critics and nutritionist have filtered through the massive restaurant scene to bring you options to meet your dietary restrictions (gluten free, vegetarian), health concerns (avoiding artificial sweeteners), and sustainable lifestyle. Suggested eateries range from fast food to fine dining, and you can choose between the Manhattan and Brooklyn guides (or try to work your way through both).
Forgotten New York: This book by Kevin Walsh is a celebration of the obscure, historical, and way-off-the-beaten-path spots of NYC. The fact that the first section of the book is about the Bronx tells you that it's not for typical tourists. It's for savvy, adventurous, curious folks who are intrigued by details that others don't usually even notice, and who are willing to walk down alleyways and far away from subway stops to learn more about New York's quirky history. Using this guide book, you can track down colonial cemeteries, bizarre sculptures, rusting ruins, and practically unheard-of museums in all five boroughs.
Zinester's Guide to NYC: You don't have to know what a "zine" is to make use of this book by Ayun Halliday and her zine-making friends. You just have to be open to activities that are quirky, DIY, budget, participatory, irreverent, and non-touristy. The most lighthearted of all these alternative guide books, the Zinester's Guide suggests attending events with names like Nerd Nite, the No Pants Subway Ride, and Elephant Walk; and visiting unusual spots including a troll museum, a ship graveyard, and a room full of soil. It's also the only guide book that can tell you things like where to spot rats on the subway tracks, where to find black-and-white photo booths, and where to see the best bathroom graffiti. And at the bottom of the pages, you'll enjoy the handwritten list of books, movies, and songs about NYC, as well a silly Q&A and a scavenger hunt of sorts.
Joanna Eng is a New York-based writer and editor who covers travel, green living, food, careers, entrepreneurship, and more. Her travel experiences have ranged from hostel hopping in Mexico to staying with distant relatives in China to renting a beach apartment in New Jersey.
When an upcoming visit to New York City leaves you unsure about where to stay, a glimpse into the culture and contents of individual neighborhoods helps you pinpoint the ideal community. From the clean, family friendly Financial District to the quirky and contemporary nightlife of Chelsea, New York City has a neighborhood for everyone.
Upper West Side
The residential Upper West Side offers a more suburban home base than Midtown or Greenwich Village. Enjoy easy access to attractions like Central Park West and Lincoln Center, but avoid the hustle and bustle of busier New York neighborhoods. This community offers gorgeous architecture, cozy bistros, and plenty of performing arts, from the Beacon Theatre to the New York City ballet.
Families and business travelers appreciate the non-existent nightlife of the Financial District, home of the 9/11 Memorial Museum and restaurants featuring all types of cuisine. Budget-friendly hotels attract tourists and corporate travelers alike, and since the streets quiet down after 9 p.m., early risers enjoy a peaceful night's sleep. The only downside is a lack of quick access to public transportation, so plan to walk a few blocks from your hotel to visit other parts of the city.
The centrally-located Union Square neighborhood not only features the most walkable district in New York City, but also provides quick access to the subway. Step out of your hotel and onto bustling streets lined with farmer's markets, charming cafes, and shops of all types. Although Union Square lacks landmarks and tourist attractions, the subway access makes more tourist-friendly areas easy to visit.
Trendy and chic, Greenwich Village attracts younger tourists and night owls to its plethora of clubs, bars, and other venues. During the day, this New York neighborhood also features plenty of museums, shops, restaurants, and art galleries. The towering brownstones offer a hint of history during long walks through the community, and the rapid turnover of businesses ensures you'll find something new to see on each visit.
Known as the "Academic Acropolis" Morningside Heights contains several venerable educational institutions, including Columbia University and Barnard College. Visit the river promenade to view Grant's Tomb, or pay homage to "Seinfeld" at Tom's Restaurant. Most of the lodging in Morningside Heights is in quaint hotels and B&Bs, so visitors who prefer larger properties might want to stay in the nearby Upper West Side.
Leisure travelers who desire the quintessential New York experience should consider staying in the Times Square and Midtown West neighborhoods. From Rockefeller Center to MTV studios, this loud and bustling section of New York provides plenty of action. The close proximity to Broadway combined with abundant dining and shopping venues makes this neighborhood a must for inexhaustible visitors.
Before deciding on the best New York neighborhood to call home during your upcoming vacation, consider your priorities. Do you want to party until the wee hours of the morning, or tour as many museums as you can fit into your schedule? Knowing your itinerary helps you select an appropriate neighborhood.
With over 8 million inhabitants and a 24-hour lifestyle, finding creative ways to feed the entire city of New York is ever-changing. Whether it is a regularly scheduled lunch, a late night client dinner, or a extra late night snack after a night at the bars - finding food in New York isn't hard. Every single street has multiple restaurants inbetween blocks, ready for service. Unfortunately those aren't very useful for a quick, creative, and affordable meal on-the-go. For the busy New Yorker, or the tourist with things to do, food trucks are a much more sensible option. Ready for anything, and normally putting a unique twist on cuisine, food trucks have taken cities across the world by storm. New York has some of the finest food trucks around, and they ably feed the masses every single day.
The unbeatable food, the unparalleled service, and of course, the right location, put these businesses over the top and onto our list of the best food trucks in New York City:
Cool Haus: "Coolhaus co-founders Natasha Case and Freya Estreller started baking cookies, making ice cream, and combining them into "cool houses" in 2008. With mutual backgrounds in the design and real estate fields, they began naming their ice cream sandwiches after architects and architectural movements that inspired them - and eventually decided to take their newfound passion (dubbed "Farchitecture," or Food + Architecture) to their hometown streets in Los Angeles. So after a few days on Craigslist (and some time convincing their families they weren't crazy), they found and bought a beat-up old postal van, trekked out to the world-famous Coachella Valley Music Festival in April 2009 to make their debut, and, well...the rest is history."
Dub Pies: "Down Under Bakery (DUB) Pies, established 2003, is proud to be the first specialty bakery to bring the authentic New Zealand-Australian experience — the culturally iconic meat pie — to New York City."
El Olomega: "For over 20 years El Olomega The Original Red Hook Salvadoran Pupusas, formerly known as The Lainez Stand has been celebrating the art of gathering - every weekend from end of April to end of October (Starting dates varies) when people come together, wether in celebration of a wonderful and joyous soccer game, a birthday, or simply a nice day for a walk in the park, a good food ensues around Red Hook Park. Where authentic food is enjoyed with a layback “siesta” type attitude, a place where Pupusas is a thing of legend. From all five boroughs in New York City and nearest States people have come to identify El Olomega Mobile Food Truck, at Red Hook Park as the place for the best Salvadoran Pupusas and their other dishes as "Simple The Best."
Kelvin Natural Slush: "We are an all natural slush company and we use only the highest quality natural ingredients in our slush beverages. We like choice, and so each of our slushies is totally customizable with your favorite slush flavors and your choice of real fruit purées and other natural mix-ins like fresh chopped mint and basil. And yes, we serve them up from a big beautiful blue truck in NYC. Kelvin Natural Slush Co. opened for business in July 2010 with a food truck in New York City. We are the proud winner of the 2010 Vendy Award for Best Dessert and have been named one of America’s Top 20 Food Trucks by QSR Magazine, one of America’s Top 15 Street Food Vendors by Relish.com and Best NYC Food Truck in the About.com Reader’s Choice Awards. Our slush was also named one of the 100 Best Dishes and Drinks in New York City in 2012 by Time Out magazine."
Luke's Lobster: Customer Review - "This is just the second time I've been to this place and still the lobster rolls in here are awesome! On my first visit, I ordered the lobster roll but today an upgrade to Taste of Maine were it includes 1/2 lobster roll, 1/2 crab roll, 1/2 shrimp roll, 2 claws, a soda and chips. The meal also comes with a drink and I chose to try the spicy ginger brew."
Milk Truck: "Milk Truck got its start at the indoor Brooklyn Flea in January, 2010. Since then we’ve expanded into other Flea markets, put an actual truck on the road (we call her Bessie), licensed our menu to the folks at Houston Hall, started selling made-to-order mac & cheese from our Mac Bar (open Saturdays at Smorgasburg and rated #1 in the city by Village Voice in 2013), built a catering kitchen for our growing catering business and sponsored a little league team. We’ve been busy! But we still cut our bread by hand to get the right thickness for our bread slices. We still obsess about making sure that each ingredient is in a sandwich for one reason and one reason only: to make that sandwich delicious. And even though it’s slower, we still make every sandwich to order, by hand. Because we really believe that if we make and serve delicious things, it will make people happy."
Morris: "We believe that simple pleasures are the best. We want our food to be for everyone so we always start from an accessible base like the GRILLED CHEESE sandwich. But we are chefs and we believe that there is an amazing world of combinations and techniques and ingredients that most people haven't even dreamt of. We want to introduce our consumers to these wonders. We want to enrich their everyday eating."
Phil's Steaks: "Phil’s Steaks is NYC’s 1st Authentic Philly Cheesesteak Truck Jawn. For those that don’t know, the word “Jawn,” is Philly slang – a noun that can replace just about anything and everything. We at Phil’s use it mostly as a name for our huge truck that serves up hot Philly Cheesesteaks to the good people of NYC everyday. At Phil’s we serve up 100% premium loin-tail beef on Amoroso rolls direct from Philly, and we do it just like they do it in the city of brotherly love. Phil’s Steaks is the brainchild of Philly native Jim Drew, who had been dreaming about starting NYC’s first Philly Cheesesteak truck since he moved to NYC in 2000. In 2011, Drew partnered with friends J.J. Jensen, and husband-wife duo Kevin and Mia McConnell, to finally turn his dreams into a reality. The Jawn hit the streets in early 2012 and has been making a name for itself as one of the best cheesesteaks in the city. Come find the Jawn and experience the taste of Philly in NYC!"
Shorty's NYC: "For years now, SHORTY'S has been serving NYC's most authentic cheesesteaks. The debate rages on: what makes a cheesesteak authentic? Some people say it's the meat. Others say it's the cheese. Some people actually think a cheesesteak must be eaten in PHILADELPHIA! For us, it's all about the BREAD. Just like it's difficult to duplicate NYC pizza in Los Angeles or a Long Island bagel in Miami, we feel the same way about a Philadelphia cheesesteak outside of Philly. What makes Philly bread work so well? Is it the water? Who knows? All we know is that our bread is shipped in directly from the CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE and baked on the premises every hour in our own bread ovens at each location. Combining the finest ingredients on fresh Philly bread makes our cheesesteaks the real deal. Period."
Souvalki GR: "Often lovingly referred to as "the hamburger of Greece", souvlaki is undeniably the signature street food item in the country. With references of its preparation dating back to Ancient Greece, this perfect little sandwich has remained a constant in Greek food culture. The demand for souvlaki in Greece is such that one can find souvlakia on nearly every corner. Each one is different, but the sandwich remains the same. In America however, we’ve not been properly introduced and a true souvlaki is tough to find. In the past few decades certain sauces and unconventional ingredients have been introduced to its preparation, much in the way that Americans have done with their pizza. What we have for you is the authentic Greek souvlaki. A traditional combination of charcoal grilled meat, wrapped in a warm pita with the must-have accompaniment of tzatziki sauce, tomato, onion and french fries - just simple, fresh ingredients. Come visit our new restaurant or stop by our Souvlakitruck-- Soak in the ambiance, savor our flavors and see for yourself!"
The Taim Mobile: "The story of Taïm falafel and smoothie bar starts with husband and wife team Chef Einat Admony and Stefan Nafziger and a quiet street in the West Village. Relying on her years of international cooking experience as well as her roots, Einat created a menu centered on Tel Aviv street food with a gourmet twist. In 2011, together with the architect and event organizer Nektarios Ioannidis and former Wall Street broker David Shapiro, they created the Taïm Mobile. The freshness, quality and innovation of Taïm’s menu took to the streets. Now NYC’s best falafel is on the move and coming to a corner near you."
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream: "We launched our first two Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream scoop trucks in the Spring of 2008. We make our ice cream from scratch in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, using only fresh hormone and antibiotic free milk and cream, cane sugar, egg yolks and the best fruits, chocolates, spices and nuts from small producers locally and around the world. We celebrate ingredients perfected by nature, not science. We now have six trucks and three stores around Brooklyn and Manhattan serving our housemade ice creams, fresh pastries and Toby's Estate Coffee. In October 2012 we opened our Indonesian restaurant Selamat Pagi in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We apply the same dedication and commitment to quality in our savory kitchen. Check us out at www.selamatpagibrooklyn.com "
Wafels & Dinges: Customer Review - "Everyone speaks about how great the waffles are--and trust me they deserve the claim--but there's never enough credit given to the staff, who in all my times going have been nothing less than spectacularly friendly. The past time I went, the truck was just south of Washington Square Park, and everyone had coupons--except for me. The worker commented on this, and was nice enough to give me a free small waffle with toppings and speculoos ice cream. Of course the food is delicious, but the staff is truly something else."
New York City has endless attractions that have been written about ad nauseum. We could tell you about the Statue of Liberty, or the new Freedom Towers, or Times Square or the Brooklyn Bridge - but you can find that information on hundreds of websites. Since New York is so massive (you could frankly make a "best of" attractions list for all the boroughs) we wanted to offer up a list of things to do that are a bit less famous than the usual suspects. Avoid the crowds, save your wallet, and see some of the hidden gems in NYC on your next visit like:
Berlin Wall: A piece of the Berlin Wall made its way to the United States, specifically New York City in Paley Park on Madison Avenue. A 12 foot tall, 20 foot long block (5 sections in total) is available for public viewing. The east side remains a blank slab of concrete, while the west side of the wall showcases incredible artwork by German artists Thierry Noir and Kiddy Citny. This piece of history goes largely unnoticed.
Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Station: Psssstttt. Did you know that inside Grand Central Station is a whispering gallery (a phenomenon known in many areas around the world) where the architecture has been designed just-so that when two people stand at individual arches and whisper to each other, it can be heard clearly? A popular spot for marriage proposals and those passing through the station - the whispering gallery is a fun, quirky piece of design that you should try out if you're in the area.
Midtown East's Greenacre Park: The most impressive feature of the hidden, quaint Greenacre Park is the 25-foot waterfall that cascades a calming flow of water all day and night. This beautiful and tiny vest-pocket park on East 51st St was built in 1971 by Abby Rockefeller Mauzé to provide "some moments of serenity in this busy world". Since the park is only 60'x120' you could easily walk right by. With three levels of seating, it shouldn't be hard to find a comfortable place to relax.
Elevator Museum: Going up? Opened in 2011, the Elevator Historical Society & Museum on Long Island City mostly features the personal hoard of founder and curator Patrick Carrajat, an avid elevator memoribilia collector since 1955 when he was 11 years old. Packed into a single room resembling an elevator, over 2000 artifcats including the first ever push button and an early elevator hand brake. You might wonder, 'why visit an elevator museum?' Standing around NYC you can't help but marvel at how the elevator allowed citiies to build up, instead of out. They definitely deserve their own museum!
Hidden Cemetaries: Around New York City there are cemetries that deserve a respectful visit from tourists. The First Shearith Israel Graveyard in Chinatown on St. James Place belongs to the nation's oldest Jewish congregation. The East Village has two Gothic graveyards: New York Marble Cemetery on Bowery and New York City Marble Cemetery on East Second Street and First Avenue. Both contain underground vaults, and the one on First Avenue originally held President James Monroe when he died in New York. In the Trinity Church cemetary you can find famous gravestones of former Mayor Ed Koch and John Jacob Astor of Titanic fame.
Rooftop Gardens of Rockefeller Center: So many rooftop gardens or patios are private residences, so the regular tourists can't enjoy them. The gardens on the roof of Rockefeller Center buck that trend. Rockefeller Center maintains five spectacular roof gardens originally designed by English landscaper Ralph Hancock between 1933 and 1936.
Fort Tryon Park: Located alongside the Hudson River, Fort Tryon Park was a gift from John D. Rockefeller to New York City in 1917. Head into the nearby Cloisters area of the Met to see 5000 medieval works of art. The pristine view of the river makes the park the perfect setting for outdoor lunches, bike rides, dog walks, and family strolls. Walk through beautiful Heather Garden for three acres of flowers. With quiet nooks and benches, yoga classes, and a delicious restaurant - Fort Tryon Park is worth a trip to the top of Manhattan.
Korea Town: One of the lesser known neighborhoods of New York is Little Seoul. Although Little Italy, Chinatown, and Harlem get most of the visitors, you can experience all things Korean in this charming area near 32nd Street. You should absolutely stop and try some of the food and local wares. If you're not familiar with Korean culture, it will be a positive learning experience.
Brooklyn Flea Market: Since 2008 Brooklyn Flea has blossomed into one of the biggest flea markets in New York. Operating every weekend of the year, Brooklyn Flea has local vendors selling vintage clothing, furniture, jewelry, arts, and crafts. Travel + Leisure, Country Living, Budget Travel, and Fodor's have ranked the Flea one of the best markets in the U.S. and the world. Fort Greene and Williamsburg share hosting duties. The sister flea market focusing on food, known as Smorgasburg, showcases the best of Brooklyn's artisinal food scene.
Spa Castle: In Queens you'll find Spa Castle spread over 5 floors and 100,000 square feet offering every Asian and European inspired spa treatment available. Take a swim, a sauna, or enjoy a therapuetic massage. There is also a bar, grill, and food court.
The city that never sleeps breeds talented writers - the energy, the passion, the chaos of New York City allows itself to be captured by many mediums. Via online text, print, or camera lens - the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the big city demands to be reported and examined. Wrtiers and bloggers who live in and around NYC can't help but talk about their bustling metropolis, but they also have a thrist for travel and blog about many other areas too. Please do yourself a favor and follow these New York City-based travel bloggers to learn more about the area they live in, as well as places all over the globe.
Aviators and a Camera: "Kirsten blogs about NYC in between her adventures around the world. Whether she's exploring the city solo, or going on a date with her sweetie, she explores the five boroughs with the knowledge of a local and the eye of a photographer. You'll find unusual and luxurious stories that aren't in Top 10 lists or guidebooks."
Bare Feet: "The Bare Feet blog, web series, and TV series offer insight on the best cultural experiences to find not just in New York City but around the world, with a focus on music and dance. From dance classes at the Ailey Extension to local neighborhood festivals to everything in between, I love sharing what I find to be the most fun in this diverse city – dance!"
Bionic Bites: "Restaurants, taco trucks, Halal carts, and beyond, follow Bionic Bites for a New Yorker's quest for adventurous eats."
C'est Christine: "C'est Christine is where I share the best local finds in New York City: the tourist spots that are worth checking out, as well as hidden gems of cafes, gardens and libraries."
Chekmark Eats: "People should read Chekmark Eats because it's a fair view of dining in the city from first hand experience. Each restaurant includes details that ever diner is interested in learning beforehand such as what to order, when to go, who to go with and why it's a great option. You can also make reservations directly from the site and see photos of some of the best dishes."
City Gal on the Go: "I’m Koren, blogger at City Gal on the go. I’m a web developer, former trial lawyer and lover of all things travel. I started City Gal in 2012 as a way to share travel stories and photographs, and to connect with the travel community."
Food in Mouth: "I love eating and shoving food into my mouth. Sometimes I like to cook at home, sometimes it's cheap take-out from Chinatown, and sometimes it's something fancier from one of those places I read about on other food blogs."
Food Mayhem: "In the chaotic kitchen of a recipe developer, you get a food blog called FoodMayhem. I'm Jessica, an Asian-American, born and raised in NYC, and that's Lon, my Jewish, white husband. While professionally trained as a French culinary- and pastry chef, many of FoodMayhem recipes are my attempt to preserve and share authentic Chinese and Taiwanese recipes learned from my mom. We don't eat Chinese food every day, so you'll get a little bit of anything we find delicious enough to share: from our Eastern European side; recipes and techniques learned from my restaurant days; restaurant reviews, food travel tips; and a few other juicy bits along the way. Welcome to FoodMayhem!"
Girl Gone Travel: "What so many people see as a destination, I embrace as my hometown. It is from this perspective that I like to share the travel highlights of my city, and how hope others will fall in love with it too."
Jessie on a Journey: "While I travel all over the world, New York City is a main destination covered on Jessie on a Journey. Born on Long Island and now based in Brooklyn, I'm very proud of where I'm from, and love sharing fun, offbeat and local experiences with my readers!"
Midtown Lunch: "So here’s the deal… if you work in an office, then you know how lazy people are when it comes to lunch. And nowhere is that more true than in Midtown Manhattan. One block in either direction is about as far as most people will go, and usually it’s just for a crappy, overpriced salad or sandwich. I’m not one of those people. To me, lunch hour is sacred- and I’m not going to waste it in some generic overpriced “deli” (unless it doubles as an all you can eat buffet.) This site will hopefully be a place for you to find the gems in a sea of duds, wherever it is your work."
Mom in the City: "For almost a decade, Mom in the City has been a popular NYC mom blog that showcases the best family-friendly activities, entertainment and events. Since food is such a large part of motherhood, the site also features easy recipes and some of the best NYC restaurant picks."
Monica Suma: "Romanian by birth, but New Yorker at heart, Monica feeds her thirst for discovery with extended stays abroad, as far flung as Papua New Guinea. She recently fell in love with the spirit of the Cuban people and learnt first-hand why Sri Lanka is the land of a thousand smiles. She was Skype’s featured #SkypeStar, showing a day in her life as a travel writer on the go. Social media is her best friend, and her camera her second. When traveling, she loves to dive deep into all aspects of cultural travel - historical landmarks, boutique hotels, eclectic décor, traditional clothing and customs - and to discover the off the beaten path of this world, be it a remote tribe or the undiscovered gem of a region. When home in New York, she doesn’t sleep, just as the city doesn’t either. She blogs in coffee shops and always rediscovers the city. She spends her time as Gogobot NYC’s Community Manager, hosting events in NYC’s most happening spots."
Nomadic Matt: "Nomadic Matt provides people with practical tips on how to travel anywhere in the world on a budget. The site is dedicated to saving people money and getting off the beaten path. If you're looking to do either (or both), this site is for you."
NY Through the Lens: "New York City photography and writing by Vivienne Gucwa featuring the landscapes, architecture and neighborhoods of New York City. I am endlessly haunted by a sense of saudade and sehnsucht as I travel around New York City: a deep longing for a place that is unidentifiable but somehow familiar and indicative of what could be identified as home. I am on a life-long quest to delve into this overwhelming sense of nostalgic longing while exploring the ever-changing urban landscapes of NYC via my photography and writing."
Restaurant Girl: "Restaurant Girl is an indispensable & hip guide to dining out in New York. We cover the most exciting openings, guide you through the most relevant menus and go behind kitchen doors with the city's best chefs."
Somewhere or Bust: "While I love travel, I always enjoy returning home to New York, where I was born and raised. On Somewhere Or Bust, I often write about how to experience the boroughs' best foods (like taco-touring Manhattan) and the state's best festivals. I deliver New York stories through the lens of a traveler, but with the eyes of a local."
Tracy's New York Life: "Tracy’s New York Life aims to bring the best of New York City lifestyle to our readers in the city and around the world."
Traveling Panties: "Travelingpanties is the brainchild of Katie Lara, travel correspondent/photographer for Fodor's, Fox News, U.S. News & World Report and The Huffington Post. After living in New York for over a decade, Katie has spent years exploring the best the city has to offer and discovering its hidden gems. Travelingpanties features Katie's personal recommendations and advice that only locals are privy to. Posts showcase everything from the best restaurants, bars, spas and festivals to luxury escapes in and around the city."
Travelogged: "If you travel with little kids in tow, then I hope you'll check out my Travelogged.com to learn useful tips and to feel inspired about how many great destinations you can enjoy with young children."
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