Restaurants & Food

The Daily Meal 

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The New York Observer 

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Point Foundation Point Honors New York 2014

Downtown Magazine 

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Tasting Table

Aarón Sánchez’s 6 Tips for Tackling Picky Eaters

Going Out To Eat is So Much More Fun Thanks to This Power Tool

Don’t Have a Cow: The Ultimate Guide to Decoding Beef Labels

Fermented Chinese Foods That Will Change the Way You Cook


7 Unique Ways NYC Restaurants Are Giving Back for the Holidays



Get Pumped: Here’s What’s New at Navy Beach in Montauk This Year

Sustainably Charged Plant Sale Getting Major Buzz in LI Community

At Boutros in Brooklyn Heights, the Fluke Tartare Has Bite

Speaking Engagements



“Helaina Hovitz connected with my middle school students immediately and kept them engaged for over an hour. She discussed complicated social issues in a way that made them accessible to adolescents and challenged them to think more deeply.  She’s a magnetic blend of caring counselor, cool big sister, and harbinger of hope.”

—Kathryn Walseman, Middle School Teacher, Virginia

“Ms. Hovitz really brought the experience of 9/11 to life for my students, who sometimes have difficulty with empathy and understanding the world beyond their own community. She told the kids about what happened on that day and how it has affected her in a thoughtful and insightful manner.  Their questions were welcomed and it allowed the students to have a personal connection to the events of September 11 in a way that a news article could not. Immediately after the conversation, the students asked our library to purchase copies of Ms. Hovitz’ book so that they could explore her life further. As a teacher, any request to continue learning means the lesson and the interaction with “real history” were of value.”

—Denise Stanfa, Teacher, Heineman Middle School, Illonois

Students and Schools:

One of the most amazing responses to this book has been the outreach I received from kids across the country who emailed me with poems, words of encouragement, and, most importantly, their questions. In answering their emails and setting up video chats with kids in classrooms from Alabama to Wisconsin, I realized that there was a real need to educate children on the topics of:

  • Living through 9/11 directly as a young person
  • How our current state of affairs has been informed by 9/11 and the events that followed
  • Turning dark struggles into positive outcomes.
  • Suicide and crises prevention
  • Overcoming hardships like bullying, trauma, mental health issues, and everyday teenage angst
  • What PTSD, depression, anxiety disorder, and addiction/alcoholism look and feel like
  • Fighting stigma around reaching out for help on any number of health and mental issues
  • The ways in which the written word and journalism can be used as a tool to help educate and inspire social change
  • How my journey led me down this career path of writing positive news after working towards an improved worldview

If I can’t make it in person, I’d be happy to set up a Skype/Video chat!

Professional Speaking Engagements on Psychology, Addiction, Recovery:

  • The way Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects young people in complex ways- from childhood to young adulthood
  • The current prevalence of PTSD, anxiety disorders, and addiction in relation to those affected by 9/11
  • Coping with the everyday trauma that occurs for any number of reasons, like natural disasters, acts of war or violence like mass shootings, domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape, an unstable living environment, an alcohol parent, medical trauma, and other causes
  • The young adult’s response to the cumulative impact of trauma from 9/11, everyday stressors and other interpersonal, societal or disaster-related traumas
  • How PTSD and addiction/alcoholism co-occur
  • The ways that PTSD inform our choices and our behavior as young people, women, and adults
  • Why PTSD is so often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and why the disorder can often present as something else
  • Effective courses of treatment
  • Ways to make the distinction between social binge drinking or problem drinking and addiction in young adults
  • Differentiating social binge drinking from alcoholic drinking or self-medicating in young people

Journalism, Social Entrepreneurship, Media for Social Good:

As an editor, freelancer, co-founder and editorial director of a start-up digital news site dedicated to people and organizations working to make a better future, I can discuss:

  • The challenges we face as journalists in 2017
  • The modern media and journalism landscape as a medium for social good and social change and involvement
  • Creating our own opportunities to forge meaningful careers
  • Navigating the obstacles and road blocks to a career as a journalist writing stories of impact
  • Our responsibility as journalists to continue to cover meaningful and well-reported news in a way that is accessible and relevant to consumers in a modern-day digital world, especially as it pertains to social media

Please contact me directly at to discuss any of the above.


Recovery Resources

If you or someone you know is looking for a place to start their journey to recovery and healing from PTSD, addiction, or depression, you may find these links and the below information helpful.

It is possible to recover, heal, and live with almost any type of issue or disorder with the right guidance and support. Please don’t be afraid to reach out for help in your area and talk to a therapist, counselor, mentor, or other trusted professional who may be able to help you figure out a plan of action. There is always a way to make things better, even if sometimes we have to fight to find the right way. Don’t give up!

The National Association for Mental Illness: this is a helpline with staff are on call to answer questions about symptoms, treatment options, local support groups and services in your area, and legal issues.

Healing From Trauma: An excellent read that will help you understand almost everything you are going through, have gone through, and where you can go from here.

The International Society for the Study for Trauma and Disassociation: For children and adolescents, specifically, this offers a wealth of information including what to do if you feel you or your child have been misdiagnosed.

There is also great information for parents at Smarter Parenting.

The Crisis Text Line: If you are a teen who feels overwhelmed, in urgent danger, and have nowhere to turn, send them a text.

The World Trade Center Health Program: If you think you might have physical or mental health symptoms resulting from 9/11, this program provides specialized medical and mental health care to survivors affected by the attacks at no out-of-pocket cost. Inquire if you lived, worked or went to school or daycare south of Houston Street or in parts of Brooklyn within 1.5 miles of the WTC site. The World Trade Center Health Registry conducts surveillance of health of enrollees by sending out and analyzing responses to periodic follow-up WTC health surveys.

Suggested Therapy for PTSD:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A form of therapy aimed at helping you develop skills to change patterns of thought and behavior that are causing you distress and creating difficulty in your day-to-day life.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): This is like CBT, with the addition of a specific set of skills: mindfulness (staying present in the moment) distress tolerance (the ability to handle stress and pain in tough situations without trying to change it) emotional regulation (how to change feelings that are uncomfortable or upsetting without reaching for something outside of yourself to do it) and interpersonal effectiveness (how to ask for what you want and communicate effectively while maintaining healthy relationships with others).

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Another form of therapy used to treat PTSD by helping your brain and your body process the actual traumatic memories and all of the physical and emotional sensations associated with that memory to find relief.

When we talk about “skills” we talk about the ability to do something well, and of course, a skill has to be learned and practiced. Soon enough, it becomes a natural part of who you are and what you do, which is pretty awesome. The original definition of skill means “to make a difference.”

What To Do If You Think You Have a Problem With Drinking or Using:

If you think you may have a drinking problem, check out this questionnaire to get a sense of what may or may not be “normal” drinking. This is also a great test to take. If your substance of choice is not alcohol, you may want to take the test with your “preferred” substance in mind.

Try dropping into any local 12-step meeting, take a seat, listen and share. These meetings are free, anonymous, confidential, and take place in almost every city in the world. If you search for “Intergroup” or “AA” and your city and state, you will most likely find a list off days, times, and locations.

You also may want to find a therapist, counselor, or local rehab that can give you more information and a plan of action.

Just remember: the majority of us cannot do it alone.

Lifestyle & Culture


“Sex Toy Consultants” Offer Top Picks For Self-Love

8 Amazing Things You Learn From Sober Dating


How My “Interfaith” Engagement Set Off a Massive Facebook Backlash:


After We Broke Up, My Ex-Girlfriend Became My Ex-Boyfriend


Best Things To Do At Night In NYC That Aren’t Going To a Bar 

How to Get NYC’s Coolest Jobs, According to the People Who Have Them


We Asked People How They’re Managing Their Trump Anxiety

What To Do If You’re Being Harassed At Work Because of Who You Are


We Asked People How They Fight Their Sunday Night Anxiety

We Asked Asexuals What They Fantasize About


We Asked 20-Somethings Why They Still Use Tanning Beds

Teen Vogue

The Best Vibrator for Beginners: Removing the Stigma of Self-Love


Gender Affirmation Surgery: Everything You Need to Know

The 8 Best Meditation Apps For 2017


How to Stop Worrying If You Suck at Yoga and Just Start Doing It Already

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Reader’s Digest

7 Recipes Even the Pickiest of Eaters Will Love—Seriously!

12 Ways to Stop Always Being in Such a Rush

How to Stay Sane a Month Before Your Wedding

7 Tricks that Turn Household Chores into Legit Workouts

8 Things You Never Knew About Kissing


What Yoga Teachers REALLY Wish You Knew

Brooklyn Magazine

First Kickstarter-Funded Sex Toy Campaign Grows in Brooklyn


Candy That’s Good for Your Teeth, Health, The Community



What Is It Like To Be A Food Writer Who’s Also In Recovery?

Why I’ve Never Faked an Orgasm

I Was Trying On Wedding Rings & Got Stuck In One


SCENE Magazine

Andy Russell Invests in Parties


It-girl Julie Macklowe talks sample sales, scotch and stocks


Investing With Ted Murphy


Darren Henault Lives in a Museum Quality Rental





Christmas, on the Rocks


The Trivial Life of Noah Tarnow

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Tricycle Magazine

Bringing Tibet’s Holy City to the West


Avenue Magazine

Editor: Concierge Edition 2014


Editor: Jewels of New York 2014

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Observer’s BetaBeat

Last Night at the Webby Awards, Patton Oswalt Tried to Give David Karp a Wedgie



Vanessa Williams on her Broadway role in ‘The Trip to Bountiful’


Neil Patrick Harris & the Hedwig Creators on Getting Tongue


Why Cabaret Star Michelle Williams Feels Like a Baby & How Alan Cumming Almost Got Bitch Slapped


Jim Parrack on His Con-Artist Past,True Blood Addicts & Mooning James Franco


Kinky Boots Star Jeanna de Waal on Wicked Tatoos, Prom Shoes, and Her Brush With Prince Harry


Annie Potts on Channeling Pink, Wowing Kristin Chenoweth & Joining the Pippin Circus


New York Press

Diane Von Furstenberg Awards Courageous Women


 Good News Network

Doing Yoga On A Rooftop Cleansed My Chakras (Learn To Do It At Home)


Hooray, A Diet Cheat Day Can Help You Lose Weight! Here’s How To Own It.


On National S’mores Day, Vegan Vanilla Marshmallows As Animal Activism 


Why A Grown Woman Is Using KidzSprinkles To Get Her Vitamins