48 Hours in New York City Solo – Vol. 3

Are you planning to visit New York City solo with only a couple of days to spare?  Don’t worry.  As a New Yorker, I know how overwhelming it can be to have a well-rounded experience in this vibrant town when you have limited time.  Below is the third installment of my new blog series, “48 Hours in New York City Solo” which offers my suggestions for enjoying The Big Apple from the historic to the trendy.  Don’t be shy about checking out these fabulous sites on your own because New Yorkers are much friendlier and kinder than the rumor mill would have you believe.  Take it from this local!

 Day 1 – 48 Hours in New York City Solo


New York City Solo Grand Central Station Market

Grand Central Station Market opens at 7 am.



What:  Grand Central Market is the perfect place to begin your two-day solo adventure in New York City because it’s located inside one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the U.S.  The market opens at 7 am on weekdays and at 10 am on weekends so soak up the pulse of Continue reading

48 Hours in New York City Solo (Vol. 2)

Welcome to the second installment of my new blog series, 48 Hours in New York City Solo.”  It is my firm belief that all of you should experience solo travel at least once in your life.  Some cities offer greater opportunities than others for exploring on your own using public transportation.  I put together this latest two-day itinerary to help you take the guesswork out of your next solo trip to NYC.  Time waits for no one and neither you should you.  Head out to these cool, New York City spots off the beaten path!



Day 1 – 48 Hours in New York City Solo


I cannot stress enough that New York City is more than just Manhattan.  There are five boroughs which have their own rich history.  Yet, most people never venture beyond Continue reading

48 Hours in New York City Solo – Vol. 1

One of the hardest things about visiting a city you’ve never been to before is deciding what sights to see.  This is especially true if you have limited time to spare.  Interestingly, I find that solo travel affords me more freedom to get off of the beaten path and discover places beyond the typical tourist traps, the type of places which are the fabric of a city but which many travelers don’t visit.  I’ve started a new blog series called 48 Hours in New York City Solo to help you take the guesswork out of how to spend a short amount of time in one of the world’s greatest towns.  Pack your bag and let’s get going!



Day 1 – 48 Hours in New York City Solo



Central Park is the crowning jewel of New York City with its Strawberry Fields, Great Lawn, and Bow Bridge  You should take your time meandering through this man-made wonder but also make sure to check out the often-overlooked Conservatory GardensThis my favorite part of Central Park with its three Continue reading

Aziz Ansari: Why Muddying #MeToo Dilutes Its Power

I read the New York Times article as well as the “babe” post about Aziz Ansari and the #metoo comparison. The young woman, “Grace,” was clearly star-struck meeting Aziz when she accepted his invitation for a date.  She willingly engaged in sexual activity with him, was less than impressed by his moves and disappointed by his attitude.


All that said, “Grace” had every opportunity to pick herself up and walk out of Aziz’s apartment. Instead, she stayed with him longer and longer, sending mixed signals as she played a game of cat and mouse.  “Grace” hoped that Aziz Ansari would eventually live up to the image of him which she created in her head.


There is an old saying that you should never meet your heroes.



Ultimately, “Grace” felt that Aziz was just another Continue reading

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48 Hours in Chicago Alone – Vol. 3

I’m excited to share the latest installment of my new blog series, 48 Hours in Chicago Alone which offers my picks for having a fun and diverse experience in The Windy City when you only have two days to explore on your own.  Don’t be shy because the good people of Chitown are amiable and they are ready to show you a great time even when you are flying solo.  Let’s head out!



Day 1 – 48 Hours in Chicago Alone – Vol. 3



Start your time in Chicago alone by grabbing breakfast or lunch at Eleven City Diner in the South Loop.  At this old-school Jewish deli you will enjoy huge omelets, excellent bagels, lox and much more.  In fact, breakfast is available all day, in addition to the superb matzo ball soup and burgers.  Sit at the counter at order an ice cream sundae or malted milkshake while taking in the kitschy memorabilia.




Chicago alone Eleven City Diner

Eleven City Diner in Chicago’s South Loop



Once you’re fat and happy, walk over to Continue reading