The following is a service piece I’ve written this semester, just a few weeks ago, tailored to TimeOut New York’s “Things To Do” section. They did not think it was the thing to do, or the way to go, but that’s what this blog is for, no?
Congratulations, you’re a New Yorker.
You waited a long time, your hard work had paid off, and you got relocated – whether for school, a job or pleasure. You’re at the top of the pyramid and everyone wants to be you, or at the very least be near you. In other words: expect numerous visitors. If your friends are coming the itinerary is fairly simple, on a budget and most likely drenched in booze. But what if it’s your parents?
In that case, you will want to impress and show them you know your way around. There are the obvious sites their friends, who last visited New York in the late 90s and think they’re experts, had sent them to: the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building. But you – their overachieving child making it in The Big Apple, know better. So take them on a tour on and off the island and show them the nooks and crannies reserved for those in-the-know. Read more…