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That place called New Amsterdam

Before New York was packed with people… before it was a global destination for fashion, music, and business… before it was home to the Mets, the Rangers, and the Yankees… before it was the place that Loyalists hid during the… Continue Reading →

Escape from New York

The day started just like any other day on the busy streets of New York: unseasonably warm, sunny, and generally pleasant. But, at some point I got an email simply titled, “the snow.” The request in the email was to… Continue Reading →

A soldier, a bear, a boy, and a book

While researching a post and sifting through newspapers, letters, and photos from World War I, I kept running into stories about Winnie the Bear, the mascot of the CEF Canadian Veterinary Corps. In 1914, Winnie was a young bear rescued… Continue Reading →

Behind the scenes glimpses of the Carton Hotel

After the bedbug experience at my previous hotel, myself and all my co-workers moved to a different location; one of the old New York beaux-arts hotels: the Carlton. This hotel has switched management and is currently being renovated. This means… Continue Reading →

The joys of travel

The most joyful part of the LaGuardia experience is the taxi queue. For the most part, I opt for taxis in NYC because it is nearly impossible to find your Uber (I’m always being asked to walk somewhere that I… Continue Reading →

Christmas trees kicked to the curb

The first week of travel in the new year is back to New York. In the pre-Christmas posts (48-hours in New York), there was a snippet about the trees that come from Québec. These trees are now sitting curbside waiting… Continue Reading →

Another 7-hours in NYC: train/bus terminals and travel confusion

Remember how I said in this post that it’s not uncommon to have flights to/from New York cancelled. Well… our flight was cancelled. And, then the flight we were rebooked on was cancelled. Luckily, as soon as I got the… Continue Reading →

48-hours in NYC: The Rockettes and the Rockefeller Center

Bistango We found Bistango by accident; and, this little Italian restaurant turned out to be a fantastic discovery. One flatbread pizza was all it took to become our favourite restaurant in the city. All flatbreads are made gluten-free and all… Continue Reading →

48-hours in NYC: Times Square, Macy’s, and Shopping

Deep breath… prepare oneself… the next day was about shopping and delving into everything that is touristy and cheesy about New York. Crowds… I *love* crowds (sarc)… It all started with the M&M store because La Niña was guiding the… Continue Reading →

48-hours in NYC: SantaCon, Greek food, and the theatre

It’s SantaCon in New York (and other cities), which makes Manhattan one of the craziest, busiest, obnoxious, most annoying places in the U.S. for a day. Basically, the SantaCon pub crawl is an excuse for people to head into the… Continue Reading →

48-hours in NYC: Midtown brunch and the Christmas market

Flights to New York are notoriously bad. The ever persistent wind makes landing difficult in the city and on multiple occasions I’ve been on NYC flights that are cancelled; I seem to have more luck with Newark than LaGuardia or… Continue Reading →

Radio Star Karaoke

Originally, I wasn’t going to post photos from the Delivery Summit social events. However, after merely uploading one photo of Jared and Chisa dancing on Instagram… not only did my site traffic quadruple, but I’ve been receiving endless emails (from… Continue Reading →

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