New York

The best places to stay in NYC

Choosing a neighborhood to stay in for your time in New York is intimidating. New York City is huge...and expensive. If you find a great deal on a room in Midtown, by all means, book it! But be warned that if it's cheap it's probably microscopic, time-worn, and facing...

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The toxic history of Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls has millions of visitors every year, yet the cities it connects are full of poverty, crime, and desperation. Most people want to hear about the falls themselves, death defying adventures and amazing engineering. Or they want to know the best spot to eat...

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Red Bank, NJ: A perfect day trip

So many of the things I thought were cool as a high schooler haven't aged so well. Just about everything. Somehow, Red Bank is still one of my favorite spots to spend a Saturday. https://www.instagram.com/p/BSM_mWIB09Z/ The tourism websites will compare Red Bank to...

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Baltimore in a day

Baltimore is a pretty unique city. It’s the last real affordable city in America. It’s got a fantastic walkable downtown core, a bustling streetscape, solid transit connections, and great architecture. They call it charm city for a reason. Except for when they don’t....

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Actually everything I’m packing for 52 days

Today we leave Toronto for 52 days in Europe and North America. We aim to travel as light as possible without suffering. Since we'll both be working, certain things aren't optional. I'm not bringing an external mouse, which I might regret. I grabbed a paperback for...

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The digital nomad guide to Buffalo

I didn’t have high expectations for Buffalo. Morbid curiosity, perhaps. And simply the desire to go somewhere and explore for a few days without having to get on a plane. Now that I’ve been there, I can tell you that Buffalo is way more than a stop on your way to...

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A remote workers guide to Yorkville, Manhattan

In the 1870’s, German immigrants flocked to Yorkville, a neighborhood on the Upper East Side. While the majority of Yorkville was German, there were plenty of families from Poland, Russia, the Ukraine, and Hungary. While the buildings were technically tenements, they...

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Rochester Public Market

Public markets are always fun to visit. They tell you so much about a city -- especially since it's nearly impossible to go and not end up chatting with a local. The Rochester Public Market has fed the city since 1827. You can get just about anything here and there...

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Abandoned Camp Evans, NJ

Growing up, everyone has that place they always wonder about. It lies unknown, forbidden, behind a stone wall or closed doors. Camp Evans was that place for me, a semi-abandoned military base behind a barbed wire fence and guards. There were signs warning of patrol...

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Abandoned trains in Albany

A few years ago we decided to go to Albany for Independence Day weekend. We booked tickets on Amtrak and decided to walk around and explore the capital city. On a whim, I did some preliminary googling to find out if there was anything out of the ordinary worth seeing....

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Abandoned Fort Tilden

If you're at the Flatbush Junction Target, you're right at the start of the Q35 bus route. Take it to the end and you'll find yourself at the entrance to what was once Fort Tilden. This old military base is now part of Gateway National Recreation Area. It may...

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Hudson River State Hospital

We went to Poughkeepsie to go to the Walkway Over the Hudson. That picture is from below because we never made it. Or, rather, we kept walking. While on the train up, we realized we would be so close to Hudson River State Hospital, so we may as well take a look. Even...

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Bannerman’s castle warehouse

If you’ve ever been hiking in the Hudson Highlands or taken a train along the Harlem River anywhere north of Beacon, you’ve probably noticed the old castle on Pollepel Island in the middle of the Hudson. Like me, you probably assumed it was the leftovers of a grand...

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Ocean Grove, Asbury Park & Bradley Beach

While the rest of the shore is known for partying, a la the MTV show, Ocean Grove is a community of tranquil Victorian homes. Asbury Park is (quite a bit) more hip. Bradley Beach is a quiet family town that still has plenty of stuff to do. The heart of Asbury Park is...

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Fort Totten, abandoned and forgotten

New York has its fair share of former military installations that are now public parks. Most of the former forts are in various states of abandonment and are only partially open to the public in spite of being part of national park land. Fort Totten is no exception.Of...

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Arthur Kill marine scrapyard

Chances are you've heard about the ship graveyard in Staten Island. It's officially known as the Donjon Iron and Metal Scrap Processing Facility where old boats are stored after being collected by the owners and salvaged for parts. The Arthur Kill is the titdal strait...

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Rainy day NYC

New York has its share of bad weather. Rain, snow, or heat, here’s how to keep yourself entertained. If you’re in denial about the weather The Butterfly Conservatory Sure, it’s disgusting outside, but if it’s between September and May, you can still find yourself in a...

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Jersey City

Not many New Yorkers venture on the PATH, but those who do are rewarded. We took the train over and explored that forgotten industrial zone between downtown Jersey City and Liberty Square...

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Bartow Station

Did you know there is an abandoned railroad station in Pelham Bay Park? Even better than that, it’s totally accessible so long as you don’t mind taking a long walk. By that I mean you don’t have to climb under, over, or through any fences or ignore any “No Trespassing...

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Obsession

When Casey and I met, I proposed we walk to all of the wastewater treatment plants in the five boroughs. She agreed for the novelty of it, but quickly became just as obsessed with it as I was. There aren't that many, but they're in...

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