When I seriously began this project in January of 2015, I did so with the intention of creating a sort of travel blog featuring the hidden gems in places in New York State that you wouldn’t think to spend a day or a weekend.  I would fuse my love of photography with my desire to write in an effort to generate and chronicle the enthusiasm in places that may not have otherwise had a voice.  Here’s the weird part.

It worked.  I mean it REALLY worked.

From Utica to Schenectady, Binghamton to Troy, Rome, Hudson and Geneva, the blog has garnered over 200,000 views since it’s inception.  It has been read by New York residents, ex-New Yorkers from nearly every state in the Union and former residents now living in countries as distant as South Korea, Portugal, Germany, Turkey and Qatar.

While my photography supports the dialogue, the real impact of my blog is in the people that work hard every day to make their communities a better place to live.  In 2016, I will be working harder than ever, not just bringing you the stories of emerging cities, but to highlight the little things that make them great, the people that lead them down a path to a stronger tomorrow and the movements that impact all of us.

The blog is called The Urban Phoenix for a reason.  Together, we can work to highlight our cities on the rise, as well as the components and people that make them better places to live, work and play.  Come on, enjoy this journey with me and I promise we’ll have some fun. 😉