As we're reminded year after year, Memorial Day weekend is one of the five biggest travel holidays in the United States. According to USA Today (referencing stats from AAA), nearly 40 million are taking trips this year, more than any other in the last 12 years. If you're heading out of the city—or even staycationing but using our handy guide to in-city beaches to catch some sand-and-surf fun—let our stories of New York City life, liberty, and the pursuit of real estate keep you company. Download our podcast episodes from season 1 and 2 or, better yet, subscribe via iTunes and Stitcher so you can automatically get new episodes as they drop. (And tune in next week when our new podcast episode hits the site.)
Some of our favorites include:
- Welcome 2 the Bronx: Our sit-down with longtime Bronx blogger Ed García Conde, founder of Welcome2theBronx, which chronicles the many triumphs (and some losses) that the exciting borough has seen through the years.
- Sanctuary City, NYC: You've heard that NYC is a sanctuary city, but what does it mean, and what protections does it offer from New Yorkers, undocumented or legally here?
- Speed Roommating: Want to know what it's like to take the "speed dating" concept and apply it to NYC real estate? We drop in on one downtown Manhattan mixer.
- My First Apartment: You never forget your first—apartment, that is. Whether yours was a Hollywood dream or a nightmare you're still trying to shake, it pays to laugh—and learn—from other New Yorkers who share their experiences about the first place in the city they called home.
- Where Everybody Knows Your Name—and Your Business: Think the city's cold and impersonal? Not if you live in a building like the Upper West Side prewar that one of our editors grew up in. Hear her—and her neighbors, including a famous comedian—discuss the highs and lows of living in a building that's perhaps a little too close.
- Meet the Renter's Rights Lawyer: We chat with veteran renters' rights attorney Sam Himmelstein on the worst landlords he's seen in the business–and how you can protect yourself from those like them.