It’s no Secret that I love New York, but most people are only referring to Manhattan when they make this statement. I’m going to tell you that I love each and every part of New York like a mother loves her child. I moved to another state for a couple of years and I literally felt like I was suffocating. I couldn’t breathe. I felt like I was dying. I realize this probably comes off as melodramatic, but it’s true and I’m not the only one. Robert DeNiro filmed a commercial for American Express that captures what most New Yorkers feel (with the exception of needing an Amex card)…

“My oldest friend
My first love
My East
My far East
My West Side
My private side
My heartbreak
My heartbeat
My life happens here
My card is American Express “

Yes, these statements are generally about New York City, but when he said “my heartbreak” I profoundly felt it. 9/11 left every New Yorker I know with a sense of victimization, pain, and loss which only goes to show how deep that wound goes. We ALL had a history with the Twin Towers. I didn’t lose a loved one; but my mother once worked there, my friends searched through the rubble, my daughter was held at school to ensure someone would be home for her at the end of the day, and I consoled several friends who had spouses working in the towers that fateful day. Thankfully they all made it home eventually by walking across the bridges in the debris filled air.

When the commercial aired I had been living temporarily in New England and traveling every week back to New York for work. Every time I crossed over the Throgs Neck Bridge returning to Long Island my eyes would well up and I would get a lump in my throat. It was a joy much like running into the arms of a long lost love.

You could argue that someone can’t love an inanimate object such as a city, mountain, beach or state; but New York is not simply places, but an energy and feeling. It has its own heartbeat and a pulse that you can feel within the different communities with all of their cultural offerings and historical significance. So yes, I love New York from her mountain tops to the Ocean; from her rural counties to her world renowned city; from her skyscrapers to her beaches; from her multi generational inhabitants to her fresh faced immigrants. I will always be proud to call myself a New Yorker and I hope you can find a love for her like me.

NY Adventures


I love New York, exploring and spending time with my family.  There’s so much to see, experience and learn about all over our beautiful nation and no better place to start than home.  The adventures I post are great for families, couples, groups or flying solo.  Most importantly, they can be terrific mini vacations- day and weekend trips.  I travel on a tight budget, so most adventures are very economical.  You don’t need a lot of money to have fun and make memories.  Carpe Diem!

Tiny Living

IMG_4851Tiny Living is part of our new lifestyle. We’ve downsized and ventured into a tiny home to see if it can improve the quality of our lives. We’d like to spend more time on our personal growth, family experiences, and travel. Each week’s experience is posted to see how our views and goals develop. These blogs are from our first person accounts of actually living in a tiny home.

Exploring the U.S.

Travel is one of the most desired activities throughout the world, but very few can afford it. Through tiny living we hope to see more of the world outside of New York and share it with you. We look for fun “off the beaten path” that helps connect us to nature, different cultures, and history. You don’t have to break the bank to see the world around you! Keep checking in (or subscribe) for all of our adventures and tips to help you get out too!