After a brief European sojourn, I’ve landed back in my (relative) reality of New York City. When you are a city resident, there are often things you take for granted (expansive public transportation, ANYTHING you want/need delivered 24/7, early movie releases, the list goes on…..), and so often things you never really take advantage of. For example, I usually go to museums twice a year. My dad comes to visit twice a year. See a correlation? But within the past year or so, I’ve definitely made the effort to be more of a tourist in my own city (sans fanny pack, and perplexed look), and I always have my radar up for a fun, insiders guide to my home town.
So, when I stumbled on Crush New York, I knew I’d found the perfect resource. Founded by Steph Vorhees (some of you may remember her as Kelly Cutrone’s assistant from “Kell on Earth”), Crush New York bills itself as an insiders guide to the island of Manhattan. And everyone knows the best insider tips come from (former) PR girls. To be comepletely honest, I’ve developed a bit of a girl crush on Steph just based on her “About Me” page. Who wouldn’t want to read some thing “written in a unique voice, best described as shameless” by a girl who cops to her failed plans to move to LA by saying “Ew. I know.”
Crush provides tips on where dine, booze, flirt and shop in the Big City and even throws in some career and dating advice. The foodie in me loves her “Food Porn Friday” posts (and I wish they were really every Friday). This is actually how I found the site in the first place. A quick stop to my FAVORITE bakery’s Facebook page (if you’re in NYC and you haven’t been to Maison Kayser, do yourself a favor and get there immediately), and I landed on a link to one of Steph’s posts about their UES outpost. I loved her tone, and clearly would instantly trust anyone who shares my affinity for Maison Kayser.
But beyond that, the site really does feature a lot of great tips and insight. Anyone who could hack it for a week in Ms. Cutrone’s office deserves some kind of props (believe me – I had a friend who eeked out 3 months, and almost lost her sanity in the meantime), which might be what lead Vorhees to include the career section on the site. Interviews with up-and-coming success stories like Katie Nadler, founder of Top Shelf, or Amanda Hesser, co-founder of one of my other obsessions Food52 are compelling and make me want to get off my ass and become an accomplished entrepreneur.
Overall, the site runs the gamut of NYC-centric info, but if that doesn’t entice you to start reading, the link to her Tumblr account should do the trick: