New York City

Top 10 New York City Vloggers

A few years ago, my family and I moved from Texas to New York and I love so much about this city. While my vlog is focused on social media, I sure love how some creators are using YouTube to share their journey in NYC. In this episode, I’m sharing some of my favorite NYC vloggers and I think there’s a thing or two that every creator can learn from watching these 10 individuals share their story through video.

NYC Favorite Things - Tourist Recommendations

After living in New York City people are always asking us what they should see when they visit the city. Many people think they want to see the non-tourist spots, but the truth is there’s a reason why everyone wants to visit the same spots: they’re really cool. Here are our top 5 recommendations to tourists:

1.     911 Museum - this is worth a half-day and a trip to the top of One World Trade. While this is a heavy emotional experience, it speaks so much to the core of America and New York City. It’s well worth taking the time. I would do it on the front end of your trip rather than finish with this.

2.     Top of the Rock - best view in the city hands down. There’s so much to do in and around Rockefeller Center like the NBC Studio Tour and watching the ice skaters, but the best part of Rockefeller Center is the view from the top. It’s worth the ticket and long wait in line.

3.     Staten Island Ferry - this is the best free show in New York City. Jumping on this 30 minute ferry ride gives you an incredible view of the statue of liberty and a nice look at Lower Manhattan as you come back into Manhattan.

4.     Ellen’s Diner - this is the most unique dining experience in the world! If you enjoy Broadway tunes this is the place for you as the wait staff goes above and beyond serving you food, providing live music non-stop. They’re all incredible performers!

5.     Chelsea Market/High Line - this spot is becoming more popular with great shopping and even better food. Stop in for a treat and then spend some time walking up and down the High Line Park just a block away.

 

Additional recommendation:
     Double Decker Bus Tour - we’ve taken many tours before moving here and the best one we took about a year ago on a double decker bus. It’s worth paying for one day in the city as you can see so much more by taking advantage of these bus systems. Beyond the ride, the tour guides are all great and can point out details about the city that are always fascinating!

1 Year in New York

It has officially been 1 year since Katie and I moved our family to New York.  It has been quite a ride that is difficult to describe.  While I can’t say it’s been perfect, I can with great confidence say that it’s been right.  We felt God leading us to New York and while we believe He has more in store for us here, this first year has been incredible for our family and our marriage.  I thought I would share a few of the aspects of New York that have really impacted me:

1.     The Culture – this is the biggest reason we moved to New York. We wanted to expose ourselves and our kids to a global understanding that we felt could only gained in New York.  The city hasn’t disappointed as I’ve yet to have an Uber driver from the U.S. and I’ve maximized every minute of each drive to learn about them and their home country.  Everywhere we go in the city we gain a deeper insight into the various cultures from all over the world that continue to shape the unique culture of New York City as a whole.  Oh yeah, the food from all over the world is a nice cultural perk as well!

2.     The Hustle people move fast in New York, really fast!  I’m an extremely hard worker and very driven.  New Yorkers make me feel lazy.  While this can be a terrible trait for many, it has energized and pushed me by being around so many people that want to make the most of every second and so extremely driven to succeed in whatever it is that they’re working on. 

3.     The Space (or lack of) – we moved from a 2,600 sq/ft house to a 700 sq/ft apartment and love it!  While 2 bathrooms wouldn’t be too bad, simple living will be a part of our lives from this point on.  We also have enjoyed the forced shared space in the park, on the subway and seemingly everywhere we go.  Limits force creativity and the maximization of space might be the most creative part of New York.

4.     The Entertainment – it’s hard not to find good entertainment in New York!  About half of our subway rides we are entertained by some type of performers trying to make a dollar or the many free shows Katie has found for us to see.  It’s still unbelievable to me that we saw Jimmy Fallon and the only expense was the subway ride over.   We’ve also seen some great Broadway shows, taken in some incredible Jazz music and participated in the MP3 experiment.  I think it’s impossible to ever be bored in New York City.

5.     The People – the best part of New York is the people.  Not just the many cultures that have come together, but the true native New Yorkers.  People often think they are angry, grumpy and mean.  They might be, but they are some of the most incredible people I have ever been around.  They are aggressive, direct, often loud, confrontational and always focused.  They know what they want and they don’t want you to get in their way while they’re trying to get there or do that.  I just love them and they’re what makes New York, New York. 

Our plan in moving to New York was to be here for 2 years.  We’re halfway there with no regrets and excitement as we begin year 2! 

NYC Attention to Details

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New York City is magical this time of year!  It's not just the giant Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.  It's everything!

One of the coolest things you will see are the window displays at the major department stores.  We were privileged to not only see these yesterday while walking around, but watch as one was being put together.  The attention to detail was amazing and will make me appreciate those displays much more than I ever did before (which honestly wasn't much).

As a leader I'm a big picture guy and honestly use that too often as an excuse to not pay attention to details as much as I should.  Details though are incredibly necessary and every organization needs leaders who not only see the big picture, but pay attention to the details.  If all you do is focus on the big picture without follow through on the details you will simply just create a big mess.

This week I encourage you to take a look at your website and bulletin.  Are there any misspellings or incorrect dates?  Look around your worship center.  Are there messy wires or any unnecessary clutter?  During your worship service are audio/video cues on time or delayed?

You might not generally notice these things, but you will be surprised by how many others will. Attention to details is critical to every organization and will make a huge difference in your church if you can make the necessary adjustments to pay extra attention to the necessary details.

 

View other posts in this series:

Restoration

Under Construction

Making the Most of What you Have

Starbucks Everywhere

Experience and Excellence

Different Perspective