Happy Independence Day, New Yorkers! Are you interested in viewing the iconic fireworks in person tonight? We’ve got you covered!
Welcome back summertime! I am a big coffee drinker, but am not fond of sipping a hot cup of joe when it is 100 degrees out. Therefore, especially in the sweat-inducing heat, I cannot get enough of coffee’s latest trend, nitro cold brew coffee. First introduced to the world only a few years ago, nitro cold brew is, simply put, cold brew coffee infused with nitrogen. The result is a smooth, creamy, and less bitter coffee that resembles, and tastes a bit like, a stout (think Guinness). Nitro brew is also less acidic, hence easier on the belly, than a regular cup of joe. Additionally, on average, a cup has a higher caffeine content (at Starbucks, about twice as much as a regular iced coffee). And frankly, it is just freakin’ delicious, especially on a hot summer day.
Nitro cold brew is becoming more popular, in large part thanks to Starbucks’ recent decision to offer nitro cold brew at over 500 locations nationwide. While its becoming increasingly common, nitro cold brew is still not among the offerings at most coffee shops.
Since I discovered nitro brew, I have been on a personal mission to find the best Manhattan has to offer. These are some of my favorites so far:
Fall is right around the corner, which means the best running weather of the year is approaching fast. I am really excited to be able to run again soon without sweating bullets! But as any NYC runner can attest, running in Manhattan is quite challenging… At every juncture you are interrupted by traffic, stoplights, and never-ending hoards of pedestrians, bikes, and tourists. There are, however, a bunch of places in Manhattan where runners can escape the cars, the horns, and the crowds.
These are some of the better options for running in Manhattan:
Living in New York, you hear people complain about the New York City subway system on a regular basis. Some of the gripes are well-deserved. During the summer the stations are hot. In the winter they’re cold. There are frequent delays. Sometimes you get stuck on a train. Sometimes you have to wait for several packed trains to pass before you can squeeze yourself onto a car. And sometimes the trains are so crowded you are forced to be more intimate with strangers than you would otherwise like.
With food, shopping, nightlife, and unmatched views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the South Street Seaport is becoming the place to be. While it has always been one of the most historically important neighborhoods in New York City, a lot of New Yorkers had stopped going. Over the last several years, however, the Seaport has been undergoing a transformation that has brought more life to the neighborhood. As noted recently by the New York Times, developers have been remodeling the Seaport to cater to the growing residential population in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Owning a car in a big city is often nothing but an expensive aggravation. Car ownership has long been viewed as the ultimate form of independence and freedom. In reality, however, automobile ownership offers the opposite. The US is largely built around auto travel. As a result, we are forced to make substantial (and rapidly depreciating) “investments” in cars, sit in traffic every day, and pay for never ending maintenance, insurance, gas, tolls, parking, and other fees. We do all this just to get around. If the financial costs weren’t enough, we are also saddled with a number of health, safety, and environmental issues as a result of our reliance on cars.
While getting rid of the car may be practically impossible for most Americans, residents in many cities have the benefit of being able to get by on foot and with public transportation. These lucky city dwellers should consider their alternative options and lose the car!