25 episodes

How do you become a New Yorker? Can you claim this identity after 10 years or just 1 year? Where do real New Yorker’s recommend you go to eat or drink? On the NYC Local Guides podcast, host Jennifer O’Brien interviews New Yorkers from creatives to CEOs and everyone in between. She’ll ask the tough questions - from your favorite pizza joint to what you would change about the city. Hear first-hand stories like a native who grew up with Central Park as his backyard and The Met as his favorite place to play tag. Learn how a native avoided being jumped by doing graffiti on the subway. Find hope in a story of how a couple dancing in the street made one skeptical New York transplant fall in love with this city and buy a home here. Whether you’re planning a trip and looking for awesome tips or you’ve lived in NYC for years and you just want to hear some crazy stories, this podcast chronicles the constantly evolving city in a totally new way. For more NYC resources like eBooks and videos visit www.NYClocalguides.com.

NYC Local Guides Jennifer O'Brien

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 30 Ratings

How do you become a New Yorker? Can you claim this identity after 10 years or just 1 year? Where do real New Yorker’s recommend you go to eat or drink? On the NYC Local Guides podcast, host Jennifer O’Brien interviews New Yorkers from creatives to CEOs and everyone in between. She’ll ask the tough questions - from your favorite pizza joint to what you would change about the city. Hear first-hand stories like a native who grew up with Central Park as his backyard and The Met as his favorite place to play tag. Learn how a native avoided being jumped by doing graffiti on the subway. Find hope in a story of how a couple dancing in the street made one skeptical New York transplant fall in love with this city and buy a home here. Whether you’re planning a trip and looking for awesome tips or you’ve lived in NYC for years and you just want to hear some crazy stories, this podcast chronicles the constantly evolving city in a totally new way. For more NYC resources like eBooks and videos visit www.NYClocalguides.com.

    Grace Lee: Grounded and growing in NYC

    Grace Lee: Grounded and growing in NYC

    Grace Lee always dreamed of moving to NYC and working in fashion, but talks about the harsh truths of finding a great apartment too far away to finding out a mouse moved in. She started as a content creator and blogger in fashion ten years ago. Learn about her early fashion internships and start up jobs that led her to leave her full-time position to start a career in social media working with clients. She talks about the feeling of being on vacation from working at home with her family in quarantine and how her definition of success as a content creator has changed over time. 

    • 32 min
    Adrienne Jordan: Travel Writing during Covid-19

    Adrienne Jordan: Travel Writing during Covid-19

    Adrienne Jordan or AJeveryday has been a travel writer for almost a decade. She talks about how she still has consistent writing assignments but how the narrative is changing. Her features include National Geographic Traveler, CNN, Travel and Leisure, Afar, and Forbes. She is currently based just outside NYC in Newark, New Jersey and has lived in the NYC area since 2015. She explains the benefits of living here for travel writers and how to build your portfolio and differentiate yourself in this dream career path. Often glamorized, she shares her first free trip, what it’s really like to travel for free, and how she goes above and beyond for each assignment. While many start as bloggers before becoming published journalists, she explains why it has helped her to pursue journalism before she is now launching her personal brand. If you’ve ever wanted to be a travel writer or curious about what this career path is like, this talk is for you!  

    • 37 min
    Laura Chung: Feeling fear and anxiety

    Laura Chung: Feeling fear and anxiety

    Laura Chung is a New York based spiritual healer, motivational speaker, Reiki master, Kundalini Yoga Teacher and podcaster, her show is called Awaken and align. The list goes on. She has a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and worked 6 years in finance to get that Tribeca apartment. She quickly realized that the Carrie Bradshaw dream was not as wonderful as it seemed to be, so she quit her job in 2017 to travel nomadically. She’s back in New York and helps guide others through their awakening, healing, and transformation. She tackles difficult questions on how to deal with fear and anxiety and small NYC apartments during quarantine. 

    • 47 min
    Jessica Hirsch: Best NYC restaurants for CheatDayEats

    Jessica Hirsch: Best NYC restaurants for CheatDayEats

    Jessica Hirsch is a New York City food and travel photographer who founded CheatDayEats and YourRoomService. She worked as a math teacher for 7 years before becoming a fulltime creative in 2017. Listen as she shares which NYC foodie creatives she follows and her tips for taking better food photos. She explains how to capture quick food moments like a dripping egg yolk or ice cream cone. Find out which restaurants she’s heading to first when NYC’s quarantine ends. This epic food lightning round reveals her favorite foodie spots for pizza, ice cream, mac and cheese, bagels and so much more! 

    • 33 min
    Cole Riley: Largest food drive in NYC history

    Cole Riley: Largest food drive in NYC history

    Cole Riley came to New York to attend NYU a decade ago. He recently pivoted his company Founders Market to become Founders Give to organize the largest food drive in NYC history to support the healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. He talks about a new found respect for human connection and what healthcare workers do day in and day out. 

    • 41 min
    Madelyn Moon: It’s ok to have a great pause

    Madelyn Moon: It’s ok to have a great pause

    Madelyn Moon, yes that’s her real last name, calls herself a walking permission slip, soul igniter and devoted teacher. Maddy started her podcast 6 years ago, Mind Body Musings, which is a top-50 ranking self-improvement podcast. She is an author and a coach on a mission to unite opposite elements and help people fight perfectionism in eating and in life. One of my last guests Jen Morilla recommended I talk to her as she might be able to shed some light on this confusing time of anxiety and uncertainty. Maddy moved here over a year ago and currently lives in Brooklyn with her dog Ollie. Maddy admits that New York “sparked something inside me that had not been sparked before!” When everyone told her to move to LA she felt drawn to New York. Despite the abundance of things to do, she reminds us to find the stillness and peace in this city and to let pleasure lead you. Instead of making a list of places she needed to go, she has a note in her phone of New York adventures from her moving initiation to spending an entire day finding a bathroom. She keeps it real at this time of heartbreak to feel the feels and gives people permission to embrace this great pause.

    Check out Maddy's podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mind-body-musings/id866031519

    Stay in touch please email if you have any questions: info@nyclocalguides.com
    Podcast blog: http://www.NYClocalguides.com
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    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/jenniferobrien

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

reservation for Jerry ,

A Great Listen

This show gives you a deeper insight into New York City with many of the reasons why NYC is such a unique and fascinating place. Each episode brings an interesting topic or conversation that helps bring New York a little closer to the listeners and provides a great forum for those wanting to know more about the great people amd places in the city itself.

Jon Peiffer ,

What a Show!

very informative and fun to listen to. Keeps me engaged the whole way through. Would reccommend this podcast to anyone.

Super Retro ,

Great for Locals and Tourists

Very informative for the residents of NYC, also very informative for the millions of people visiting NYC on a Daily Basis, definitely check this podcast out, local or tourist.

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