From The Lips Of A Local

Each week we feature a different local, sharing their unique experiences on what makes NYC the best place, ever.  Hey, we never said New Yorkers weren’t cocky.  

This week we’re delighted to be chatting with travel blogger, Chanel!  She’s been to 19 countries and 17 states, and currently calls NYC home!



Name: Chanel

Occupation: Travel Blogger at

New Yorker since: 2004

What hood do you live in? Morningside Heights

Where do you get your morning coffee? Honestly I am not a huge fan of coffee, but I do really enjoy Starbuck’s flavored lattes.

Every tourist must visit: Downtown Brooklyn. Until a few years ago, I barely went to Brooklyn. These days, I go there very frequently. There are so many cultural events, food festivals, and activities going on throughout the year and they are definitely worth taking the short trip from Manhattan to attend. There are also a lot of great restaurants in Brooklyn as well!

NYC trend you’re currently loving/hating: Currently not loving the leather trim look. It is very hard to find regular leggings without leather on them this season.

Favorite way to while away a (non-workday!) NYC afternoon: Photographing, eating, and blogging! Yes, I am indeed one of those people who takes pictures of her food and Yelps about it.

NYC’s best kept secretJin Ramen, a Japanese restaurant in Harlem. It is definitely worth a trip uptown.

To connect with this awesome New Yorker, visit her on her blog, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.



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  • You always have great great interview. I find these posts particularly interesting!

    • Used York City says:

      Thanks Stevie! Everyone has such different NYC experiences, so it’s a nice way to reflect all the great stuff the city has to offer!

  • It’s been so long since I’ve been to NYC (2003 I believe). Wow – 10 years! Really?! It just hit me how long it’s been. But I’d love to just spend like 2 weeks in the city exploring all of the different neighborhoods and boroughs – including Brooklyn. I always hear great things about Brooklyn. My nephew is in college in upstate NY so I need to plan a trip that incorporates a visit to the city soon. Nice interview!

    • Used York City says:

      Great idea to do an upstate/NYC trip! You will get a full dose of all NY State has to offer!:-)

  • memographer says:

    Love the photo of Chanel :)
    Good interview. Every tourist must visit Downtown Brooklyn was refreshing.

  • I love that joyous photo! Now that one is definitely NOT NYC:)

  • Kevin says:

    I haven’t gotten into Ramen noodles, besides the over processed variety as a child. Recently I peeked into the window of a Ramen restaurant, wondering if there’s much difference in the fresh stuff. I seem to think most has meat or meat broth. So I quickly dismiss the thought of trying it out.

    • Used York City says:

      Yeah I had a hard time when I was actually in Japan, as all the ramen (and most of their dishes in general!) seemed to have some kind of pork or fish in it…as a fellow vegetarian, I ended up eating A LOT of white rice and french fries (awful, I know!;-)

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