5boros An urban explorer’s guide to exciting, unexpected and occasionally odd finds in each of New York City’s boroughs.
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An urban explorer’s guide to exciting, unexpected and occasionally odd finds in each of New York City’s boroughs. Local favorites, neighborhood itineraries and worthwhile destinations from the tip of Riverdale to the bottom of Tottenville.

New Year’s Resolutions for the Urban Explorer
12/31/2016
New Year’s Resolutions for the Urban Explorer

New Year’s Resolutions for the Urban Explorer

Santa made his list, checked it twice, and has now retired for a twelve month vacation—but what about your end of year list? We rounded up some of our own resolutions around the office for being bette

Food Wars: Triple Mac & Cheese Smackdown
12/30/2016
Food Wars: Triple Mac & Cheese Smackdown

Food Wars: Triple Mac & Cheese Smackdown

Thought you could sneak your way into 2017 without a final round of Food Wars? Think again, because winter is here, and we’re gonna need all the soul-warming comfort food we can get to get us through.

What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/30 – 1/1
12/30/2016
What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/30 – 1/1

What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/30 – 1/1

It’s New Year’s weekend, and whether you're looking for something traditional or unique, there’s plenty to do outside Times Square. Happy New Year’s from 5boros! Celebrate the last day of Chanukkah at

Jazz Legends New and Old Haunt This Harlem Speakeasy
12/29/2016
Jazz Legends New and Old Haunt This Harlem Speakeasy

Jazz Legends New and Old Haunt This Harlem Speakeasy

It’s not every day that jazz lovers can witness Harlem’s reigning king play in the same room that once vibrated with Billie Holiday’s legendary contralto. In fact, it's only during the weekends at Bil

Where to Welcome 2017 Besides Times Square
12/28/2016
Where to Welcome 2017 Besides Times Square

Where to Welcome 2017 Besides Times Square

The Times Square ball drop might be the most iconic image of New Year's Eve celebrations around the country, but let's be honest: spending the first few minutes of 2017 freezing and surrounded by thou

In Brooklyn, Peace and Quiet and Noodles
12/27/2016
In Brooklyn, Peace and Quiet and Noodles

In Brooklyn, Peace and Quiet and Noodles

Now that the sun sets around 4:30 in the afternoon, my body is preparing for a long winter of hibernation. Craving comfort food and some time alone, I found myself one damp December night on a quiet s

4 NYC Holiday Facts to Dazzle Your Guests With
12/24/2016
4 NYC Holiday Facts to Dazzle Your Guests With

4 NYC Holiday Facts to Dazzle Your Guests With

We know, all you can think about right now is that Santa’s coming to town (trust us, we’re excited too!). Before he gets here, how about some holiday trivia? Feel free to bring one of these fun facts

Mais Oui! New York City for the Francophile
12/23/2016
Mais Oui! New York City for the Francophile

Mais Oui! New York City for the Francophile

It’s not uncommon around this time of year to experience a slight twinge of existential angst, along with the desire to abandon this home for somewhere a bit more exotic--say Paris? The macaroons, the

What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/23 – 12/25
12/23/2016
What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/23 – 12/25

What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/23 – 12/25

Holiday madness has officially reached its peak, so you know the drill. Drink some egg nog, bring out those iconic ugly sweaters, and head to one of the many festivities going on this weekend. And hap

Torn Out Theater is Here to Make You Uncomfortable
12/22/2016
Torn Out Theater is Here to Make You Uncomfortable

Torn Out Theater is Here to Make You Uncomfortable

You probably know Pitr Strait and Alice Mottola of Torn Out Theater by their work rather than by name. They’re the duo who brought an all-female, all-nude production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest to Pr

24-Hour Spots In the City That Never Sleeps
12/21/2016
24-Hour Spots In the City That Never Sleeps

24-Hour Spots In the City That Never Sleeps

One of the greatest perks of living in NYC is the constant access to... well... everything. This all-nighter itinerary is the perfect fit for morning people and night owls alike—whether you work a 9-t

Your Gingerbread Guide to the City
12/20/2016
How and Where to Get Your Gingerbread Fix This Month

Your Gingerbread Guide to the City

Ready to take a trip down gingerbread lane? Bring the whole family to one of these sweet spots across the boroughs. For the past three years, The New York Hall of Science has hosted the largest ginger

This Holiday, Give Them the Neon Lights
12/17/2016
This Holiday, Give Them the Neon Lights

This Holiday, Give Them the Neon Lights

If you’re thinking about something to give the theater lover in your family this holiday season, tickets to one of these shows soon ending their runs are the perfect gift. Closing December 31 Fiddler

My Boro: Michael Samuelian’s Village and Governor’s Island
12/16/2016
My Boro: Michael Samuelian’s Village and Governor’s Island

My Boro: Michael Samuelian’s Village and Governor’s Island

You might not know Michael Samuelian by name, but you're probably familiar with his work. The Related Companies VP is the mind behind the Hudson Yards project, a massive urban planning endeavor that h

What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/16 – 12/18
12/16/2016
What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/16 – 12/18

What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/16 – 12/18

From light shows to holiday markets, we've got you covered for changing up the usual go-around Rockefeller Center and Union Square. This weekend, there are even more ways to celebrate the holidays 5bo

Food Wars: Battle of the East Village Egg Nogs
12/15/2016
Food Wars: Battle of the East Village Egg Nogs

Food Wars: Battle of the East Village Egg Nogs

Everybody's got their own way of making egg nog. So it seemed only natural to pit two of the top specialty cocktail joints in the city against each other to see who'd craft the richest, creamiest conc

Go Here Instead: Holiday Markets, Borough-by-Borough
12/14/2016
Go Here Instead: Holiday Markets, Borough-by-Borough

Go Here Instead: Holiday Markets, Borough-by-Borough

String lights and holiday wreaths have decked the streets of New York City, and that means 'tis the season for holiday markets. Union Square, Columbus Circle, and Grand Central Terminal may be Manhatt

Pay a visit to uptown's Sweet Life Pastry, where Ignacia Hernandez has made certain that there is something for everyone...
12/12/2016
Destination: Sweet Life Pastry in Washington Heights

Pay a visit to uptown's Sweet Life Pastry, where Ignacia Hernandez has made certain that there is something for everyone.

Optimists often boast about the unparalleled diversity of eateries in the city, while pessimists will declare an oversaturation of the food market. But the reality of the situation is, on these street

Since you're probably buried into your scarf as we speak, it's time to get even cozier at one of these underground eater...
12/12/2016
Look Down: 4 Underground Bars and Restaurants to Check Out This Month

Since you're probably buried into your scarf as we speak, it's time to get even cozier at one of these underground eateries.

Yesterday we explored NYC's second- and third-story secrets--the shops, bars, and restaurants hidden above our line of sight, but worth the trip up the stairs. Today, we cast our eyes down, the what's

Destination: Sweet Life Pastry in Washington Heights
12/09/2016
Destination: Sweet Life Pastry in Washington Heights

Destination: Sweet Life Pastry in Washington Heights

Optimists often boast about the unparalleled diversity of eateries in the city, while pessimists will declare an oversaturation of the food market. But the reality of the situation is, on these street

It's your weekend itinerary! Stay warm, explorers.
12/09/2016
What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/9-12/11

It's your weekend itinerary! Stay warm, explorers.

We’re having a hard time choosing between red velvet lattes or hot chocolate to warm our bones these days. Then again, why choose? This weekend, bring along your favorite winter warmer to one of these

What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/9-12/11
12/09/2016
What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/9-12/11

What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/9-12/11

We’re having a hard time choosing between red velvet lattes or hot chocolate to warm our bones these days. Then again, why choose? This weekend, bring along your favorite winter warmer to one of these

These not so far away getaways will turn your winter sunnyside up!
12/08/2016
3 Winter Getaways Spots You Can Get to By Public Transit

These not so far away getaways will turn your winter sunnyside up!

Chances are that you could use a quick getaway from the city’s wind tunnels. These three destinations are a short ride away and easily fit into your weekend window. King Spa Fitness Palisades Park, NJ

4 Ways to Help Feed Hungry New York Families This Season
12/07/2016
4 Ways to Help Feed Hungry New York Families This Season

4 Ways to Help Feed Hungry New York Families This Season

It's sometimes difficult to remember during this festive (and let's face it, somewhat gluttonous) season that there are thousands of NYC families who go hungry every day. Why not make feeding them par

My Boro: Cody Rigsby’s Brooklyn Playground
12/06/2016
My Boro: Cody Rigsby’s Brooklyn Playground

My Boro: Cody Rigsby’s Brooklyn Playground

Remember the resolution you made nearly a year ago to start working out more? How's that going? It'd be a lot easier if New York was a "yoga on the beach" kind of town. Unfortunately, it's not, especi

Since it's Monday, we thought you could use a few ways to spice up the daily grind.
12/05/2016
Never Run Your Errands the Same Way Again

Since it's Monday, we thought you could use a few ways to spice up the daily grind.

Picking up groceries may not be glamorous, but it's little daily errands that keep life running smoothly. And with an explorer's mindset, your chores don't have to be boring. Get out of your comfort z

Pet-owners! Don't forget your little ones will need some bundling up soon. Here's how to keep them warm this season.
12/05/2016
How to Prep Your Pet for the Winter

Pet-owners! Don't forget your little ones will need some bundling up soon. Here's how to keep them warm this season.

Pet owners, as temperatures continue to drop, it’s important to remember that your beloved furry friends can get a little chilly, too. Here’s how keep your pet in good shape this winter: For cozy appa

We're guessing you're probably done with Thanksgiving leftovers by now. However, it's the holiday season, so the eating ...
12/03/2016
Food Wars: Cross-Borough Pie Throwdown

We're guessing you're probably done with Thanksgiving leftovers by now. However, it's the holiday season, so the eating continues. Find out which pie we'll be bringing home for our next holiday dinner.
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Explorers, if it seems like we've been going all in on Food Wars lately, it's because we have. Hey, it's the holiday season—what else is there to think about but food? In this installment, we’re tackl

How to Prep Your Pet for the Winter
12/03/2016
How to Prep Your Pet for the Winter

How to Prep Your Pet for the Winter

Pet owners, as temperatures continue to drop, it’s important to remember that your beloved furry friends can get a little chilly, too. Here’s how keep your pet in good shape this winter: For cozy appa

TGIF! Get ready for free cookies, holiday markets, and awkward family photoshoots this weekend.
12/02/2016
What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/2 – 12/4

TGIF! Get ready for free cookies, holiday markets, and awkward family photoshoots this weekend.

Cold times and sunny skies are ahead of us, which only means one thing: time to bundle up and enjoy all-you-can-eat ice cream. Or if you're feeling less frosty and more Frosty... Witness the transform

What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/2 – 12/4
12/02/2016
What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/2 – 12/4

What to Do and View This Weekend: 12/2 – 12/4

Cold times and sunny skies are ahead of us, which only means one thing: time to bundle up and enjoy all-you-can-eat ice cream. Or if you're feeling less frosty and more Frosty... Witness the transform

Tour the Boroughs With our Rainy Day Netflix Guide
12/01/2016
Tour the Boroughs With our Rainy Day Netflix Guide

Tour the Boroughs With our Rainy Day Netflix Guide

Rainy day blues got you down? Cold temperatures plus precipitation equals cozy evenings on the couch in front of the TV, preferably with a mug of tea and plenty of blankets. If thunderstorms and chill

3 Subway Secrets Hiding Right Under Your Nose
11/30/2016
3 Subway Secrets Hiding Right Under Your Nose

3 Subway Secrets Hiding Right Under Your Nose

As we reminded you last week, this big old city is full of surprises. Many of them are waiting to be unearthed by the next construction project--or possibly the next subway rider. The first subway lin

Jackson Heights South Asian Fashion Crawl
11/29/2016
Jackson Heights South Asian Fashion Crawl

Jackson Heights South Asian Fashion Crawl

By now, we’ve made it pretty clear that Jackson Heights has got it all. From critter cuisine to Tibetan momos to city-themed trinkets that aren’t tacky (we promise!), the neighborhood is an essential

Headed to a Desi occasion soon? Completely clueless about what's appropriate to wear? The fashionistas of Jackson Height...
11/28/2016
Jackson Heights South Asian Fashion Crawl

Headed to a Desi occasion soon? Completely clueless about what's appropriate to wear? The fashionistas of Jackson Height's 74th Street are here to help!

By now, we’ve made it pretty clear that Jackson Heights has got it all. From critter cuisine to Tibetan momos to city-themed trinkets that aren’t tacky (we promise!), the neighborhood is an essential

Thanksgiving break is over, and now it's time to buckle down for finals. To get you through until the end of the semeste...
11/28/2016
The Un-Campus Tour: Brooklyn College and Midwood

Thanksgiving break is over, and now it's time to buckle down for finals. To get you through until the end of the semester, we got our favorite study break spots on deck.

Students, we know you’re yearning to abandon your twin-sized cots in favor of home-cooked meals and free laundry, but there’s still one more obstacle to conquer before winter break: finals. And so, we

What to Do and View This Weekend: 11/25-11/27
11/26/2016
What to Do and View This Weekend: 11/25-11/27

What to Do and View This Weekend: 11/25-11/27

Okay, we know you’re probably too full to even move--us too. But the holiday season is finally here, and it’s time to celebrate. Starting with this weekend! Got enough Thanksgiving leftovers to last y

3 Cool Historical Finds Unearthed in NYC
11/24/2016
3 Cool Historical Finds Unearthed in NYC

3 Cool Historical Finds Unearthed in NYC

Our city is a work in progress; buildings are constantly popping up and old sites and structures are being demolished and built over. Which means construction sites often double as archaeological digs

Who's celebrating Friendsgiving this week? Don't forget to check out our how-to guide for all your party needs: http://c...
11/23/2016
How to Throw the Perfect NYC Friendsgiving

Who's celebrating Friendsgiving this week? Don't forget to check out our how-to guide for all your party needs: http://cra.in/8anWjdp

Want to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast without dealing with drunk uncles and overly nosy cousins? It's time to celebrate the other November holiday: Friendsgiving, the a day to gorge on mashed potatoes an

The Un-Campus Tour: Brooklyn College and Midwood
11/22/2016
The Un-Campus Tour: Brooklyn College and Midwood

The Un-Campus Tour: Brooklyn College and Midwood

Students, we know you’re yearning to abandon your twin-sized cots in favor of home-cooked meals and free laundry, but there’s still one more obstacle to conquer before winter break: finals. And so, we

Food Wars: Cross-Borough Pie Throwdown
11/22/2016
Food Wars: Cross-Borough Pie Throwdown

Food Wars: Cross-Borough Pie Throwdown

Explorers, if it seems like we've been going all in on Food Wars lately, it's because we have. Hey, it's the holiday season—what else is there to think about but food? In this installment, we’re tackl

Fight today's wind chill with a cup of hot chocolate!
11/21/2016
Food Wars: The SoHo Cocoa Slam

Fight today's wind chill with a cup of hot chocolate!

Autumn is in full swing and we know you’re drinking hot chocolate like it’s nobody's business. We decided to take it upon ourselves to find the best, if not in the city, then at least in SoHo. We’re n

Run Your Errands the Urban Explorer Way
11/19/2016
Never Run Your Errands the Same Way Again

Run Your Errands the Urban Explorer Way

Picking up groceries may not be glamorous, but it's little daily errands that keep life running smoothly. And with an explorer's mindset, your chores don't have to be boring. Get out of your comfort z

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