We moved from Rotterdam to Singapore in 2007 because of my husband’s work. After four wonderful years we embarked upon a new adventure in New York City. Here we were blessed with the birth of our son Dylan, and I decided to enjoy my new role as a mother for a while.
As soon as Dylan went to preschool three days a week, I started a study “Industrial and Organizational Psychology” and started to work as a coordinator for Global Connection , expat partner support. And now only recently, I started this fantastic job as a bike tour guide. In he past I had the opportunity to do some amazing bike tours in Asia: i.e. cycling from Phuket (Thailand) to Penang (Malaysia), Kota Bharu (Malaysia) to Singapore and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Besides these trips, I discovered a lot of European cities by bike. I’m convinced that riding a bike is a great way to explore a new city / country.
It is hard to describe New York in a nutshell. I would say it is the energy and diversification of people, which makes this great city so special. New York is a real melting pot of all kinds of cultures. All the five New York boroughs and residential areas have their own charm, but to mention some; Brooklyn Heights, TriBeCA, SoHo, East Village, Upper West Side…
When I first got here, I had the feeling that I was part of a movie all the time. I guess everyone visiting recognizes shoots from his / her favorite movies or television series in New York. This city will never bore you and will inspire you in many ways.
As a tour guide I would love to give you interesting information about the highlights and living in New York, for example my experience during the hurricane Sandy, having a baby, the cold winters and so on.
Places I love to go in NYC, because they serve the best in their kind a and the setting is special!
Coffee: Laughing Man and Kaffe 1668 in TriBeCa.
Bakery, Cakes, Pies & tarts: Arcade Bakery in TriBeCa, Café Lalo in the Upper West Side (used as a backdrop for different kind of movie scenes, like “You’ve Got Mail” with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan).
Dim Sum: Red Farm in both West Village as Upper West Side.
Sandwich: Katz Delicatessen in the Lower East Side (@ this place Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm from “When Harry met Sally”, Num Pang Sandwich Shop in i.e. Battery Park, Chelsea and Midtown.
Special dinner: Beauty & Essex in the Lower East Side, Buddakan and Spice Market in Chelsea (Meatpacking district).
Steak: Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, Benjamin Steakhouse in Midtown.
When people are visiting me, I always advise them to see or do the following things:
High Line in Chelsea the Park is designed by Piet Outhof, a Dutchman!
Go to a concert at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
Sport game at Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden or Barclays Center
Visit of the United Nations
Visit of the Frick Collection
Visit of The Cloisters
Take Roosevelt Island Tramway from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island (relax at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park)
Visit the Botanical Garden in the Bronx and Brooklyn.
Last but not least: a bike tour in New York!