Elissa Garay


As the Manhattan Travel Expert for About.com, Elissa Garay makes it her business to be out and about on the town, digging up the latest and greatest on everything Manhattan. From tried-and-true Manhattan establishments to cutting-edge city trends, she's constantly updating this resource and guide for New York City locals and travelers, cramming it with coverage on bar and restaurant openings, special events, neighborhood guides, top shops, arts and entertainment reviews, suggested itineraries, and much more.

A seasoned travel journalist and editor, Elissa has traveled to and reported on nearly 60 countries around the globe. Still, no place on the planet has captured her attention and affection like her New York City hometown, where along with her husband she runs a NYC boroughs-focused walking tour company (BQE Tours: The Brooklyn Queens Experience).


Elissa Garay's articles have been featured in Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Cruise Critic, AOL Travel, The Huffington Post, USA Today, MSNBC.com, New York Post, and AM New York, and more.

Elissa has appeared as a travel expert on television, radio, and newspaper outlets like Good Morning America Now, ABC News Now, NPR, Los Angeles Times, and more.


Elissa holds a BA in Journalism from SUNY New Paltz and a Professional Certificate in Editing from New York University.  

Elissa Garay

A longtime travel journalist, with a quenchless cultural curiosity and insatiable appetite for all that's new and noteworthy, I've tirelessly traveled the world while out on the prowl for the next big "scoop." Still, I've yet to turn up any contender as captivating as my New York City hometown—the dynamic, cultured, and one-of-a-kind metropolis that it is. Here, I set out to report back on the best of all that's new—without overlooking the tried and true—in Manhattan proper, covering events, openings, neighborhood profiles, and more, for NYC locals and visitors alike.

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