Our team of correspondents – a mix of native New Yorkers and transplants -- are intimately familiar with the areas they cover because they live there, work there or visit regularly. Journalists, authors, publicists and poets, they are all urban anthropologists with a keen sense of what makes this city tick. While each has a unique perspective and sensibility, they all have an ear to the ground and an eye on what’s going on, to give you an insider’s feel for each of the neighborhoods profiled on the site. Our correspondents have added their keen perspective to not only neighborhood profiles, but blogs and neighborhood reviews as well.
Born and raised on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Todd has moved many times within New York City, experiencing different neighborhoods, agent styles and search challenges. He has also called the Upper East Side, East Village, Washington Heights and Astoria, Queens home, and currently resides in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. A graduate of The Calhoun School on The Upper West Side, Todd knows about all the things one would want from NYC, from schools to restaurants, shopping, recreation and transportation. His passion for helping others began at CUNY City College, pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education with the goal to become a youth counselor. Todd left college to play poker professionally, which he did for many years. This experience was invaluable in helping him read people well, know when to push, and save clients money. When not focused on business, Todd enjoys traveling, cycling, watching pro and college sports, and exploring the city. “Regardless of living here my entire life, there is always something new to do or somewhere new to go. That’s the beauty of NYC!” Check out Todd here.
Meir is our resident Mad Man. A recent graduate of the Macaulay Honors Program at Queens College, he works as a search analyst at Assembly. Meir was raised in Forest Hills, Westchester and Riverdale. Recently married to Suri, a medical student at Downstate, he now makes his home in the Five Towns on Long Island.
Merritt is a rare breed: Brooklyn-based writer, kitty cat fan and foods enthusiast. A recent graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, she currently works for a top NYC publishing house.
Ken writes prose and music and is celebrating his 35th year in our fair city. He’s lived in Brooklyn, Queens, and currently resides in Manhattan with his wife, son and bizarre canine.
Melissa is a food editor at Alternet and a regular contributor to am New York, Brokelyn, Bustle and Thrillist. She lives in Williamsburg and is serial shopper, crafter and travel junkie. The cerebral Miss M. has two BA degrees: one in creative writing from Columbia and the other from the Jewish Theological Seminary in Modern Jewish Studies! Check out more of her blog pieces on http://melissabethkravitz.com
Rory (aka Mr. Neighborhood, as he is affectionately known by our staff) is a native New Yorker who makes his home on Roosevelt Island. A brand ambassador for the New Jersey Devils and a former intern for the Staten Island Yankees, Rory spends 90% of his down time checking out cool places around town, so he knows his way around the hip pubs, dives and food trucks that dot the boroughs.
Johanna is a Manhattan-based writer, speaker and brand strategist. She spent 5 happy years in and around Battery Park City, figuring out the top places to eat, drink, stroll and shop at the tip of the island. Find her on twitter at @johannask.