So one question I get asked a LOT is: “How do you find all the cool stuff you do with your family?”

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So I thought I’d share with you how it is that I spend so much time in the city (and surrounds), with a seemingly never-ending list of “to-do’s”.

SO……. it comes down to this: I follow/read/subscribe to the right places. And I check in with them pretty religiously.

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Tacombi Fonda Nolita

So – without further ado – here are my “must-follows” (all photos from Instagram, which you can follow too!):

Untapped Cities Hands down my favorite site. Untapped Cities “unearths New York City’s most unique and surprising places, stories and events”. It is a must-read. Not only is the site a great resource for things to do, it publishes some of the most interesting articles. Here’s a sampling:

20 Abandoned Places in NYC: Asylums, Hospitals, Power Plants, Islands, Forts

The Top 10 Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

Our Top 10 Favorite Macaron Boutiques in NYC

15 Vintage NYC Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

underwest donuts

Underwest Donuts

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New York Magazine My parents subscribed while I was growing up, and I’ve been a faithful reader my entire adult life. Chock full of great articles and all the latest and greatest places to eat, as well as cool cultural happenings in and around the city. I still get the physical magazine delivered, but you can find them online too (Facebook, Twitter). I’m also a fan of Grub Street, the magazine’s blog covering the NYC restaurant scene.

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Brooklyn Magazine As the name implies. A GREAT resource for shopping, restaurants, bars and events (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

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Freeman’s Restaurant

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High Line

Gothamist As described on their Facebook page, Gothamist is “a website about New York City and everything that happens in it”. Loads of breaking stories throughout the day, as well as THE latest, must-try eateries, snackeries, etc. (Twitter).

dunwell doughnuts

Dun-well Doughnuts

the butcher's daughter

The Butcher’s Daughter

Time Out New York Kids  I honestly don’t know where I’d be without this site. I refer to it CONSTANTLY, for what I know will be great answers to the eternal “what’s there to do with Noah?” question. The weekly calendar is super handy, but there are great compilations, too – ranging from best kids’ beaches and playgrounds, to 1-day trip ideas and every splash park in NYC. And it’s been a life-saver over many school breaks, providing fabulous ideas for mini-camps, 1-day workshops and other kid-centric activities. You want to go to there (Facebook, Twitter).

no longer empty

No Longer Empty

DUMBO arts festival

DUMBO Arts Festival

The Infatuation I’d be remiss if I didn’t include my new favorite NYC-foodie site. The Infatuation is a website and mobile app started in 2009 by two guys who wanted to help their friends find great restaurants. They have a HUGE Instagram following, and if the name looks familiar it’s because these are the guys who hosted the bake sale that I made the cereal doughnuts for a few months back. Follow them (Facebook, Twitter).

city bakery

City Bakery

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Papabubble

ParkWhiz Though I love my NYC subways, and use them to get around once I’m in the city, I almost exclusively drive in from home. That said, over the last few years parking has become virtually impossible (and I pride myself on my ninja find-a-spot skills). So I’ve had to rely more and more on lots and garages – which can be a FORTUNE. There are plenty of apps and sites out there to assist in finding you the best lot at the best rate, but I’m a fan of ParkWhiz. Both a site and mobile app, it couldn’t be easier to use. Simply enter your time/date/location and all available parking facilities show up – with prices. You pre-book your reservation (and can cancel right up to the last minute), and your spot is waiting for you when you arrive. But here’s my favorite feature:

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The site tells you exactly where the garage is – the corner it’s closest too, which side of the street it’s on, and even which way the street runs. I love this.

I also love the fact that ParkWhiz is offering a 10% discount to my readers off your first booking! Simply enter the code “D3” at checkout to apply.

summer streets

Summer Streets

I hope you find these links helpful – are there any I missed? Let me know how you navigate NYC!

2 Comments

  1. Sara on July 30, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    i ADORE ParkWhiz! Wonderful customer service too

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