The Story

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.

From Utica to Schenectady, Binghamton to Troy, Rome, Hudson and Geneva, the blog has garnered over 350,000 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.

Over the last year, I have moved on to conversations about urban revival that cities across our state and our nation are having every day.  While unique in what they offer, each city has a similar story to tell in regards to their revival… some are further along than others, some are changing faster than others, but we are all generally trying to accomplish the same goals in the cities we inhabit.

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. 😉