Skip to Content

Tag Archives: New York

Experience NYC Like A Local

Experience NYC Like A Local with a Native New Yorker – me!


A Pair of Panties & Boxers was my first travel blog. I started it when I was studying abroad in China. This was when I was bitten by the travel bug and it’s been almost 10 years since then. However, over time life got in the way and both traveling and writing fell to the back burner.

2017 will be different. I plan to get back to writing starting with NYC Like A Local, a weekly series that captures NYC from a local’s perspective – me! This series features things not found in typical NYC tour guides and travel posts.

Looking forward to sharing how you can experience NYC like a local! Here’s something new once a week, every week.

Beach Bumming In Coney Island

Coney Island is quintessential Brooklyn. Growing up in the borough, this place was one of our proudest landmarks.


I, personally, don’t have any historical ties to Coney Island, but it does have a special place in my heart. In elementary school, my Russian neighbors used to take my sister and I to the beach here on hot summer days with their grandson. In junior high, my parents would occasionally take us here for the summer carnival at Luna Park. In high school, I’d BBQ with my friends. And in college, I think I may have even had a date or two.

Read more »

Summers in NYC

Summers in NYC means putting up with the stench of garbage and urine to experience festivals and art exhibitions all over the city.


#Soho #grafitti – #hipster #art #NYC.

A photo posted by Monica Wong (@_monicawong) on

Most New Yorkers have a love/hate relationship with the city. I know I do. I can’t stand the humidity – especially when I’m waiting in an underground train station. I can feel all that city grim clogging up my pores and I can’t wait to peel my pants off when I get home. That’s what it’s like to spend summers in NYC.

Oh, and that smell? Yea, I hate getting random whiffs of it while I’m walking down the street minding my own business. Sometimes I don’t know what’s worst – that smell or having to deal with tourists who have all the time in the world while I get pedestrian rage from being forced to have to saunter to work.

Read more »