Are you coming to New York to look at colleges? Are you looking at Columbia, NYU or any of the other fine institutions of higher education that New York City has to offer?Better still, has your child been accepted to either one of these fine institutions (congratulations!)?  Do you want to get an idea of the neighborhood your child will spend the next (hopefully only) 4 years? New York City is made up of hundreds of neighborhoods, very much like small towns.  Two of these neighborhoods have very large educational institutions dominating the local scene. What I do is decipher and illuminate, for concerned parents, these small towns. The history, the historical sites, the best places to shop, eat, relax and places to avoid are pointed out.

 Columbia University

Saint John the Divine, Riverside Church, Grant's Tomb, The Hungarian Pastry Shop, Humphrey Bogart's birthplace and everything in between.

 New York University

Washington Square Park, the site of the Triangle Shirt Waste Company fire, Astor Place, Cooper Union, McSorley's Ale House (oldest saloon in NYC - Lincoln drank there) Saint Marks Place, the haunted Saint Marks on the Bowery and everything in between.