New York

As our second home, New York is a place we have explored and know like the back of our hands. In these posts we’ll share the expected, but also the unexpected things this crazy town has to offer.

Wine, witches and song at New Paltz, NY

New Paltz is an upstate college town in Ulster County, first settled by French Huguenots in 1678. A group escaping religious persecution, the Hugeuenots had escaped Germany (hence the Germanic name) and sought refuge in the new nation. For us, we’re seeking refuge from the big city and being only an hour and a half from Manhattan and easily accessible via a Trailways...

Racing history is made at the 150th Belmont stakes

The races – where the beautiful people go to get ugly. It’s never been truer than at the Annual Belmont Stakes and in its 150th iteration, the crowd is better looking and the worst behaved the track has probably ever seen. And by track we mean the train there. This section is a cautionary tale, so feel free to skip ahead The main access to Belmont Park is via...

Rock, surf and sand at Jones Beach, NY

Your summer of rock starts at Jones Beach. Some of Long Island’s best beaches and a 15,000-seat arena makes Jones Beach worthy of at least one summer trip a year. Surf’s Up! There are two main aspects of Jones Beach for a visitor: the beach and the venue. The beach is at a point in the island devoid of local shops and board walks providing an unspoiled natural...

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter arrives on New York’s Broadway Harry Potter on Broadway, Harry Potter and the Marathon Five Hour Session, Harry Potter With a Crippling Hangover, these were all potentially fitting names as we hit the box office to pick up our tickets that we won in Today Tix’ Friday 40 lottery which not only gave us access to the two-part play for $40 (instead of...

Discover NYC’s best view from Top of the Rock

Ignore the recommendations from friends, Top of the Rock is the view of Manhattan the Empire State Building will never be able to deliver. As it’s name would suggest, Top of the Rock can be found at the top of 30 Rock (30 Rockefeller Plaza) between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Rockefeller Plaza is a series of buildings housing high-end shops to legal offices, but as the...

Is it New York? Is it New Jersey? Explore Hoboken

Old cobblestone streets, hundred-year-old Irish bars and a strong Italian community, Hoboken adds another flavor to your Tri-state experience. Unofficially dubbed the sixth borough, New Jersey’s Hoboken and to a lesser extent, Jersey City are basically extensions of New York. The architectural styles are the same and the accents are pretty similar (apart from a...