Hi guys! Welcome to the second installment of “Ask Jess”, in which I publicly answer questions that I’ve received through the site!
Q: I’ve visited NYC several times and did most of the tourist activities. I would like to partake in activities and neighborhoods that natives are aware of and enjoy but the typical tourist does not. What do you suggest experiencing on my visit?
A: As far as “local living” experiences, I would absolutely recommend bringing your ipod and downloading a few of these Soundwalk walking tours. These will get you to the “off-beat” neighborhoods, while also storytelling and pointing out all the best places. Even as a New Yorker, I have learned so many cool things about different hoods, and discovered little gems I never would have known about. And for reference, I love these things so much that I did 2 while visiting Paris, too!
Q: I will be in town for the NY marathon. Looking for an italian restaurant that is not over the top expensive that my daughter can “pre-load” the night before. Any suggestions?
A: Yay, congrats on 26.2! There’s certainly no better way to see all of NYC! As far as Italian restaurants, here’s a few of my favorites: Eataly for it’s beautiful covered rooftop and authentic dishes, Carmine’s because it’s a NYC staple in the heart of the city with excellent food and HUGE portions, and Bottega Del Vino for its intimate atmosphere and the best lasagna and tiramisu you will ever have! Best of luck with the race, and bon appetit!:-)
Q: I’m spending Halloween in NYC. I have plans to go the the Halloween Parade in the Village. Also taking a six hour Halloween Bike tour the next evening. What other Halloween activities do you suggest? Haunted oases perhaps?
A: Such a fun time to visit the city! I would definitely suggest checking out Sleep No More, a spooky live theater event that allows you to wander through the McKittrick Hotel and witness the actors doing their magic! Or, if you’re into haunted houses, check out NYC’s very own haunted house. If “real” ghosts peak your interest, there’s a number of ghost tours in the city that are definitely worth checking out. And finally, don’t forget to stop by NYC’s many candy stores to really indulge in the Halloween spirit: Economy Candy on the Lower East Side is my favorite! Happy travels!:-)