MONTREAL LIKE A LOCAL: LE PLATEAU DU MONT-ROYAL | PUBLISHED JANUARY 2017
One could accurately describe this arrondissement as a hip, vibrant section of Montreal, a place that stimulates and inspires. A mix of artists, young families, professionals, and students live in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, and locals insist the borough represents an accurate portrayal of the Montreal lifestyle. Ultimately, there’s no denying its “je ne sais quoi,” and for anyone visiting this French-Canadian city, exploring Le Plateau is inevitable.
LIKE A LOCAL: BEST WAFFLES IN BRUSSELS | PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2016
Compared to some other European destinations, Brussels tends to stay under the radar when it comes to culinary prowess. There is, however, an abundance of great food and drink to be had in this Belgian city. Meander the cobblestone alleys and browse the myriad shops surrounding Grand Place, because, within minutes, the aroma of waffles wafting through the air will surely arouse your appetite.
8 UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN VERO BEACH | PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2016
Unlike some other coastal destinations, Vero Beach has managed to preserve its charm and local flavor. Though celebrities frequent this Treasure Coast town, it stays just enough under the radar that it doesn’t attract a raucous, partying crowd. Rather, Vero draws vacationers looking for beautiful beaches, a vibrant food and culture scene, and most importantly, quiet.
NYC LIKE A LOCAL: BEST UPPER WEST SIDE DELIS | PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2016
Swanky restaurants continue to crop up in NYC, so there’s less demand for those old-school dishes that have defined the city’s culinary culture. Even As New York’s restaurant scene continues to evolve, however, a smattering of nostalgic spots serving delicacies like pastrami on rye, pickled herring, and matzo ball soup still endure.
EDITOR PICKS: BEST HOTELS NEAR TIMES SQUARE | PUBLISHED AUGUST 2016
Visitors from around the globe flock to Times Square for its bright lights and 24-hour hustle and bustle. This area of Manhattan is, after all, in close proximity to some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants, home to the Great White Way, and convenient to more than a dozen subway lines. Despite its frenetic disposition, however, this beating heart of NYC remains a favorite place for tourists to stay. Here are five of the best hotels in Times Square.
LIKE A LOCAL: BEST ARGENTINIAN RESTAURANTS IN NYC | PUBLISHED AUGUST 2016
It’s no surprise that New York City’s ethnic food scene is among the world’s most diverse. From the array of Asian eateries on Flushing’s main street to the mélange of restaurants serving global dishes on the Lower East Side, you can travel around the world and savor some of the finest international plates without ever stepping beyond the five boroughs. Here are some of the city’s best for Argentinian cuisine.
BARBADOS: LIKE A LOCAL | PUBLISHED JUNE 2016
Lauded for over 70 miles of bucolic coastline and friendly, down-to-earth locals, this Antillean island delivers far more than batches of the world’s finest rum. Replete with all-inclusive resorts like many of its Caribbean neighbors, Barbados also boasts a slew of little-known spots providing an opportunity to experience the Bajan lifestyle if you so choose.
LIKE A LOCAL: UNIQUE SHOPS IN THE WEST VILLAGE | PUBLISHED MAY 2016
Travel south of 14th Street, west of Sixth Avenue, and north of Houston, and you’ll land in the West Village, one of the most alluring areas of New York City. This once Bohemian enclave is known for its off-the-grid, tree-lined streets and arty, laid-back vibe. In spite of ongoing gentrification throughout the neighborhood, unique shops remain a quintessential aspect of West Village culture.
THE BEST BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN LOWER MANHATTAN | PUBLISHED APRIL 2016
Lower Manhattan attracts a wealth of visitors aiming to avoid the more touristy and crowded Times Square area and see a unique and often undiscovered side of New York……We sifted through the boutique hotels south of 14th Street, and these are our top picks.
TREN ECUADOR: DISCOVERING ART AND CULTURE BEYOND QUITO’S CITY LIMITS | PUBLISHED APRIL 2016
Quito’s burgeoning food and culture scene often takes center stage, but, riding Tren Ecuador to Machachi, you find that within minutes of journeying beyond the city limits by train, Ecuador’s serene, artful side emerges.
NYC LIKE A LOCAL: THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE EAST VILLAGE | PUBLISHED MARCH 2016
Miles from the sketchy, drug-infested neighborhood it was in the 1980s, today’s East Village houses a swath of the city’s finest eateries. From David Chang’s Asian-fusion dishes, or the tangiest barbecue you’ll find anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon, this vibrant section of downtown Manhattan offers myriad choices sure to please your palate.
Before I moved to New York, I sat on my bungalow’s front porch and handed out candy to droves of kids in my Atlanta neighborhood on Halloween. While that was fun, my Halloweens in NYC are drastically different.
A NEW YORK CITY BACHELORETTE PARTY GUIDE | PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2015
Savoring your final days as a bachelorette? Rather than a one-night-only event that comes and goes in a New York minute, celebrate your once-in-a-lifetime occasion for an entire weekend.
10 MUST-TRY CLASSIC NEW YORK HAUNTS | PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2015
Classic New York haunts go against the city’s tide, managing to not just stick around but still draw crowds for decades. It’s an impressive trick, given how frequently bars and restaurants come and go in ever-changing NYC. Let’s face it, with a wealth of spots to dine and drink, if one place doesn’t measure up to a persnickety palate, there’s usually a plethora of options within a quick jaunt.
A NEW YORKER DREAMING OF PARIS | PUBLISHED AUGUST 2015
I’ve been infatuated with France for as long as I can remember, even though I spent only one short weekend in Paris about 20 years ago. Long before I landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport on that chilly March day, I was smitten with the very thought of being in Paris and immersing myself in French culture.
IS THAT OLIVE OIL IN YOUR COCKTAIL? | PUBLISHED JANUARY 15, 2015
Since the craft cocktail movement has been shaking up a storm, you’re about to notice olive oil creeping into barrooms if you haven’t already. The kitchen staple has been used for sautéing, frying, drizzling, baking, dipping and more, so why not mixology?
36 HOURS IN GREENWICH VILLAGE | PUBLISHED AUGUST 2014
Few areas of New York City captivate in the way that Greenwich Village does. Even if you’re just taking a quick weekend trip, you can hit the highlights without spreading yourself too thin, and get a sense of what makes one of Manhattan’s most sought-after neighbourhoods flourish.
A ROMANTIC TOUR OF DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN | PUBLISHED MAY 2014
New York is arguably one of the most romantic cities in the world. The statuesque skyline, vibrant culture, unstoppable energy, and charming green spaces draw millions of couples each year. In Manhattan, distinct neighborhoods ramble into one another, many of which are within walking distance of the next.
Although a large selection of New York’s popular attractions are in bustling midtown, many of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods lie downtown. Discover the enclaves below 23rd Street such as Bowery, the West Village, Chinatown, and Battery Park, to name a few. Each with its own character and joie de vivre, the diverse sections of NYC and the people who inhabit these areas make the city the true melting pot that it is.
New York’s Romantic Downtown Spots
Situated between 10th and 11th Avenues and beginning at Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, the High Line is a one-mile linear green space set on the defunct New York Central Railroad. Opened in 2009 after a decade of planning and design, the elevated park is a delightful stroll at any time of day, but evenings are particularly idyllic and serene. City lights and charming Chelsea serve as a backdrop while sculptural landscaping flanking the walkway sets the mood for a magical evening with that special someone. The High Line’s hours change by the season, but the park doesn’t stay open past 11 in the evening. Not to worry, that still leaves plenty of time for an after-dinner jaunt.
Ride the J/M/Z subway line to Canal Street, venture south a few blocks, and you’ll be in the heart of Chinatown. Within moments, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported thousands of miles east without ever leaving Manhattan. Wander quintessential streets like Doyers and Pell, which feel alley-like with European flare, until you look at the storefronts and signage, most of which read in Chinese. Practically every nook and cranny of Chinatown is filled with markets and open-air shops. Share a dim sum meal at Ping’s Seafood on Mott Street. Visit the Mahayana Buddhist Temple on Canal Street. Explore Columbus Park and watch residents living life. Observe the fascinating culture of this unique Lower Manhattan locale.
New York has a plethora of nightlife establishments worth visiting, but a night out at Joe’s Pub promises to be one you will not soon forget. An intimate, modern cabaret/performance space, Joe’s has featured well-known artists such as Sandra Bernhardt, Adele, Lea Michele, Audra McDonald, Mos Def, Bono, and many others. Dim lighting, cozy tables and banquettes paired with a tasty menu and delicious cocktails, make an outing at Joe’s Pub the ultimate date night destination.
One of the city’s best-kept secrets, the Battery Park Esplanade is far removed from New York’s frenetic areas, and an excellent place to relax and regroup beyond your hotel. Pick up a Panini from Inatteso Café Cusano on West Street; grab a bench and gaze at the tranquil Hudson River while eating lunch. Afterward, take in the views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the New Jersey shoreline as you continue walking along the water. Make your way farther down the esplanade and explore various gardens, sculptures, and public art projects. Expect to see more locals in this bucolic haven on the water, as Battery Park City is a primarily residential area.
Brownstone-lined blocks, sidewalk cafes, and lovely pocket parks make the West Village an ideal neighborhood to spend a day or weekend. Be sure to pop into Café Angelique on Grove Street for an espresso and an almond chocolate croissant. Shoppers should browse Bleecker Street, which runs through the heart of the Village.
If you need to take a load off your feet and relax after shopping, stop by Tavern on Jane for a Bronx Pale Ale, or Vin Sur Vingt for a glass of Burgundy. After you’ve chilled for a short time, head back to the streets where you can witness city life at its best. Wander a bit further east to Father Demo Square, where you can hear live music on most any temperate evening. For dinner, head to Cornelia Street, one of the city’s most treasured spots boasting an array of eateries. Try the lamb at Le Gigot, the salmon at Cornelia Street Café, or the white bean ravioli at Pó. Your inner foodie will not be disappointed with any dining choice on this restaurant row.
The West Village is filled with fantastic shops and bistros, enchanting parks, and a thriving artist community. With just one short visit, you will understand why this is by far one of the most sought after neighborhoods in all of New York.
A REAL NEW YORKER’S GUIDE TO THE JERSEY SHORE | PUBLISHED JULY 15, 2015
New Jersey might get a bum rap, but I’ll be the first to defend our next-door neighbor and the many attractions the state has to offer. For one, Jersey boasts some of the cleanest, widest, sugar-sand beaches you’ll find anywhere, not to mention a host of quaint shore towns, each with its own unique identity.
10 FIRST-TIME MISTAKES EVEN NEW YORKERS MAKE … | PUBLISHED DECEMBER 24, 2013
Renovating anywhere –– let alone in New York City –– is certainly not easy, even for the seasoned pro. BrickUnderground has covered many of the mysteries and challenges you are likely to encounter–from the hidden costs of a NYC renovation, to how to get your punch list completed, to what, exactly, an expediter does (and does not), picking the best kitchen countertop material, and, of course, the special exceptions occasionally granted board members.
CAN’T FIND/AFFORD THE RIGHT ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT… | PUBLISHED DECEMBER 19, 2012
If you’re living in a one-bedroom apartment somewhere in New York City, you’d probably love to have an extra nook for the in-laws, occasional out-of-town guest, or a potential baby in the not-so-distant future. When my husband and I began shopping for our Upper West Side co-op, we were no different.
AN ELEVATOR VIEW OF THE NEW YORK SKYLINE | PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
Photographer Stewart Mader has an interesting perspective when it comes to his work. Unlike most camera aficionados who shoot at or below the horizon, Mader captures views from above.
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SPONSOR APARTMENTS… | PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
(Original article published on BrickUnderground.com)
If you’re new to New York real estate and you’ve come across the term “sponsor listing” while scanning the ads, you may be wondering what it means. If you already know, you’re probably wondering how to find one. Here’s a guide to the ins and outs of sponsor apartments and what’s involved in buying one..
WHAT I LEARNED FROM 150 APARTMENTS BEFORE I FINALLY BOUGHT ONE | PUBLISHED AUGUST 8, 2012
Finding that perfect piece of Manhattan real estate is no small feat. When my husband and I relocated from Atlanta a few years ago, we thought the rental process was challenging. At that time, we had no idea what buying an apartment involved. We’d owned real estate before — how much different could it be?
I DON’T BELIEVE IN MR. RIGHT | PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 29, 2012
I’ve often questioned what life would be like as a single girl in New York City. I’ve been married so long that I may have forgotten what single life is like anywhere.
ONE IS NO LONGER THE LONELIEST NUMBER | PUBLISHED AUGUST 8, 2012
While living in New York, have you wondered what life would be like as a single — not just unattached — but living with no roommate, spouse or significant other? Would it be lonely and unaffordable over the long haul? You may already know. According to stats, 46 percent of Manhattanites are dwelling alone.
THE ‘AND GUEST’ AT TABLE 29 | PUBLISHED AUGUST 2, 2012
Just like other events in New York, weddings in the Big Apple bring together a diverse group of people and anything can happen. But with the expected updos, strappy sandals, and magnums of champagne, unexpected disasters may crash the party.
SUMMER IN THE CITY: A SCHVITZ IS A SCVHITZ | PUBLISHED JUNE 27, 2012
It hit 97 degrees in New York last week. That means the RealFeel was more than 100 and subway platforms were hotter. With minimal air circulation in high-rise apartments, and most lacking outdoor spaces, ‘sultry’ is a gentle word of description. At that temperature, expect to see New Yorkers ducking under a tree in Central Park, or sneaking into the Washington Square Park fountain for a quick dip.
LET’S TALK BOROUGHS, SHALL WE? | PUBLISHED MAY 10, 2012
Lately, I’m not sure what’s come over me. I’ve considered leaving the city. Perhaps it’s all the talk of tiny Manhattan from a few weeks ago. More square footage and the possibility of an outdoor space are enticing options, and all for a lower monthly payment? Saving money would be the icing on the cake, and a bigger bank account means two things: security and more shoes.
TINY MANHATTAN: WHO SAYS BIGGER IS BETTER? | PUBLISHED April 12, 2012
It’s no secret that I love New York, and like most others, I’ve made my own personal sacrifices to live here. But do I love this city enough to live in a closet? I am not referring to my current apartment, which by New York standards is large at 825 square feet. I am talking about the extreme and absurd, and walking outside to change my mind.
UPPER WEST SIDE ESSENTIAL EATS: ZABAR’S | PUBLISHED AUGUST 27, 2012
As I walk South on Broadway, I always know how many blocks I have left until I reach Zabar’s without ever looking at a street sign. I see the crowds of pedestrians ahead, the commotion and energy as I approach the store, and when I reach West 81st Street – the orange and white bags.
UPPER WEST SIDE ESSENTIAL EATS: BIG NICK’S | PUBLISHED APRIL 29, 2012
Thousands of restaurants have come and gone on the Upper West Side in the past fifty years since Big Nick’s first opened its doors. But few have won their way into the hearts of locals like the little greasy spoon on Broadway and 76th Street.
UPPER WEST SIDE ESSENTIAL EATS: BARNEY GREENGRASS | PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 05, 2012
More than a century after its opening, Barney Greengrass is still the go-to establishment for the freshest smoked and cured fish in New York City. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Gary Greengrass runs the show at the “Sturgeon King” six days a week on the Upper West Side.