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How the Fire Department of New York Benefits the City

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) saves lives every day and although we all know the main duties– it’s more than just about putting out fires. In addition to emergency rescues, the Fire Department of New York City also manages a number of programs to help...

NYPD Training in time for Black History Month

It’s no secret — NYPD has been losing the PR game for a while. For decades on end, residents of New York City have protested the police use of force and the way officers interact with their communities over all. Claims of disrespect, intolerance, and general...

Historical Places to Visit in New York City

The state of New York is home to more National Historic Landmarks than any other state. Of its over 260 landmarks, William Doonan has hand-picked a select few that rank at the top of his list. As a New Yorker himself, he can validate that these locations are worth...

Best Breakfast Spots in NYC

In the city that never sleeps, it’s easy to find a bite to eat. With so many options to eat in the city, choosing a great restaurant isn’t as easy as it sounds. William Doonan is a local to New York and has compiled this list of places in New York. Breakfast is one of...

NYC’s Boroughs Broken Down

New York is one of the most populated places in the world. With millions of people living in a small area on the East coast of the United States, it’s easy to get lost and mix up locations in confusion. While you may have thought it to be just one major location, New...

Giving Tuesday

Fall and winter holidays render US citizens a stressed-out impecunious bundle of nerves and consumerism. From preparing meals to procuring gifts, and then creating the perfect family vibe on top of it all, all the advertisements and pressure can distract from the real...

6 Ways to Volunteer in New York City This Winter

New York City is a major city full of people that has become a hub of need. There are numerous charities, organizations and nonprofits that need volunteers and/or donations. With Christmas just around the corner, there is plenty of reason to end your year with a...

The History of the NYPD

Prior to 1845, New York had a night watch program to ensure the city’s safety during the dark hours. In 1845, the Municipal Police replaced the night watch with 1,200 offices that abolished the night watch and created the Municipal Police Act which allowed the city to...