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Best Rooftop Venues for a Bachelorette Party in New York

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New York is definitely one of the best places on Earth to go out! So, check out the best rooftop venues for a Bachelorette party in New York!

Best Rooftop Venues for a Bachelorette Party in New York Behind the Scenes NYCThere are thousands of rooftop party venues in New York and almost every one of them is perfect for a Bachelorette party.

But you want yours to be special (and who doesn’t?) so you have to search through the best ones to figure out what you want. We are going to do that for you.

First, you need to think about the basics like how many to invite, the style, and whether you will have food or just cocktails.

If it is your party, you can easily decide most of these issues but if you are planning it for someone else, you may have to be more creative.

Talk to the bride or, if it is a surprise, the maid of honor about the specifics you will need to plan for.


When will the big day be?

Since the party will be outdoors and it is in New York, the best time for this shindig is spring or early summer.

You do not want it to be too hot or too cold and New York tends to get a lot of snow, so you definitely do not want to plan it for the winter.

Even early autumn is not a bad choice as long as you keep an eye on the weather reports.

 

Figure out the budget

There is always a budget to think about and with a bachelorette party, there are a lot of little things to count that can add up.

From food and drinks to décor and transportation, you have to make sure you have enough money for everything before you go all out.

You do not want to run out of money before you get it all paid for.

 

Decide on the guest count

Determining the guest count is not just about how many people are in the bridal party.

Some of the people that the bride may want to be there may not be a part of the bridal party for some reason or another.

And you must think about the budget because the more guests you have, the more money it will cost.

 

Choose a theme

There are so many themes that you can choose from to make the party more unique.

You do not want it to be just another bachelorette party where the girls don’t really mingle and there is little to no entertainment. Here are some ideas that we think are awesome:

  • Beach theme with swimsuits, colorful drinks, and fake palm trees
  • Vegas theme with casino games, bright neon lights, and Elvis
  • 50s theme with poodle skirts and old-time rock and roll
  • Pink everything for a Barbie theme
  • A final fiesta featuring Mexican food, margaritas, and a piñata
  • Game night theme with board games and fun card games
  • Masquerade or costume party theme
  • Rainbows and glitter for a unicorn party theme

 

Décor and invites

Once you decide the theme and budget, you can plan the décor and send out the invites.

Make the invites match the theme and be sure to ask them to RSVP as soon as possible. You need to know how many people will be attending to plan the best party.

 

Choose some games

All bachelorette parties need games no matter whether it is a small get-together or a huge bash.

Of course, you want to try and match the games with the theme as much as possible. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Beach blanket bingo
  • How well do you know the bride?
  • Bachelorette roulette
  • Pin the kiss on the Mister
  • Beer pong with fancy glasses
  • Never have I ever

Rooftop Venues for Bachelorette Party in New York Behind the Scenes NYC

Secure transportation for the partygoers

No matter how many people you have and where you end up, you want to make sure everyone has a safe ride home. Your friends will appreciate it too. Plan for a party bus, limo, or hire an all-night Uber.

 

Some great spots to party

The list is endless in New York, but you want something that will fit your needs.

Some of the rooftop venues are for large groups while others can only handle a few. We found a few nice spots to choose from.


#1 Refinery Rooftop

Known as the crown jewel and named #1 Rooftop Bar & Hotel for three years, this chic spot has views of the Empire State Building and Manhattan like you cannot get anywhere else.

The indoor/outdoor floor plan holds 80 guests indoors, 100 in the atrium, and 80 on the outdoor terrace.

You also get a variety of amenities like:

  • DJ booth
  • Entertainment
  • Sound system
  • Fireplace
  • Flatscreen TVs
  • Sushi bar
  • Kosher food
  • Photo booth
  • Private elevators
  • Retractable roof
  • Wi-Fi

www.refineryhotelnewyork.com

 

#2 Monarch Rooftop

If you have a huge guest list (and budget), check out the Monarch Rooftop on West 35th with room for 200 in the Skylight Lounge or 100 on the Royal Terrace.

They both have party planning, delicious cocktail appetizers, and a variety of drinks. Located on the 18th floor, this place is one of the best with views like no other.

www.monarchrooftop.com

 

#3 The Crown

For a smaller guest list, on the 21st floor of Hotel 50 Bowery, you can find the majestic Crown.

They can seat up to 50 guests for dining or host up to 100 standing, and the views of the city from the top of this building are stunning, to say the least.

They also have catering and drinks for each of their two terraces.

www.thecrownnyc.com


Take pictures

Regardless of where you choose to party, make sure you party responsibly so you can have fun without worry.

And take a lot of photos to share on social media. This is one party you will not want to forget.

Lastly, if you enjoyed reading about the best rooftop venues for a Bachelorette party in New York, take a look at a few other Rooftop options: Best NYC Rooftop Bars for Your Night Out.


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8 Things To Do For Free In New York

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Yes, our city is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but there are also pretty amazing things to do for free in New York!

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Free Events Behind the Scenes NYC

New York, like any big city, can be an expensive place to visit, but today we will share 8 things to do for free in New York!

Those who live here may no longer be shocked at the price of a cup of coffee and a donut, but it can still come as quite a surprise for those who have never been before or who visit only rarely.

If you want to save some money when you are coming to New York, it is perfectly possible.

There are lots of things that you can do for free, and here are some examples.

If you do enough of these, you can save up your cash for some of the more expensive attractions too.


The Gold Vault

Being around a lot of money doesn’t mean having to spend a lot of money.

The Federal Bank of New York offers free tours of its gold vault. There are over 6,500 tons of gold sitting in there, and it is quite a sight to behold.

Visit on a weekday afternoon and sign up for the tour and you won’t be disappointed, and neither will you be inundated with crowds as this interesting attraction isn’t one of the better known in New York.

 

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Another place to enjoy some (relative) peace and quiet is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

You would normally need to pay to enter this beautiful spot, which is found on the edge of Prospect Park, but on a Tuesday, it’s free.

There is a zoo, a lake, and historic buildings, and it is well worth a trip. Plus, be sure to check their event’s calendar for shows, exhibitions and other attractions!

There is always something happing throughout the Garden and don’t forget that there is also the New York Botanical Garden, located in the Bronx (featured image). It’s just as, or even more, fabulous with countless attractions to experience!

 

Hamilton Grange

Thanks to the worldwide sensation that is the musical ‘Hamilton’, interest in this former US president is perhaps at an all-time high.

Therefore, it makes sense that a lot of people will want to check out his estate in Harlem, known as Hamilton Grange.

Thought to be the only property that this founding father ever owned, you can just imagine the splendor, especially as it was once surrounded by rolling countryside.

This is a free attraction to visit and a wonderfully evocative one too.

 

Art Installations

There are many different art installations in New York, and some are particularly impressive.

If you head to SoHo, you’ll find two that really stand out (and that are free to see).

Both created in the 1970’s by artist Walter de Maria, they are called ‘Broken Kilometer’ and ‘New York Earth Room’.

They are surprising and thought-provoking, and perhaps not what you would expect art to look like, which always makes something a lot more fascinating.

 

Yoga Classes

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Yoga and New York are a match made in heaven.

It’s a busy, frantic (yet marvelous) place, so being able to slow down and re-set is important from time to time.

Some yoga classes are hugely expensive, but if you head to Bryant Park on a Tuesday at 10am or a Thursday at 6pm, you can join in with the free classes that are held on its upper terrace or the lawn (the location alternates).

Visitor or local, these classes will make you feel relaxed and calm, ready to face the world.

Make sure you have your Aesop deodorant for when you work up a sweat!

 

Free Movies

During the summer months, some of the parks in New York City offer free movies nights.

Bryant Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park are just two of the participants, but there are many more – it will all depend on the dates you’re visiting and the kind of movie you want to watch.

Pick the one that suits you and go along to the park with a blanket or chair.

The movies will begin as soon as it gets dark, but you’ll want to get there early to find a good spot.

 

The Beaches

That’s right; there are beaches in New York.

Coney Island is perhaps the most famous, but that means it also becomes the busiest during the summer.

If you’re looking for a place to go that is less full of people, Brighton Beach (close to Coney Island, but far enough away to make a difference) is where you should head.

If you want to surf, head to Rockaways Beach in Queens.

It’s all free, although you might end up spending a bit of cash on hotdogs and ice creams.

 

Grand Central Station

You can visit the stunning Grand Central Station for free, and you don’t have to be catching a train to do it either.

The station is over 100 years old but has lost nothing of its glamor and splendor.

The Whispering Gallery is particularly fun. It’s found near the Oyster Bar, and if two people stand under diagonal arches, they can whisper and still be heard by their companion.


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6 Perfect Road Trips from NYC

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Today, we bring you 6 Perfect Road Trips from NYC that will not only be amazing, but will create unforgettable memories and stories!

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The COVID-19 pandemic makes it increasingly difficult to bear with all the noise and stress in crowded cities. So, we will share with you 6 amazing road trips from NYC to start planning!

However, escaping into nature and great scenery can indeed come in handy in relieving stress and regaining energy.

To that end, here are 6 perfect road trips from NYC that will leave you wondering why you hadn’t taken them before!


Discover the beauties of the Hudson valley

For ages, artists, poets, and novelists have found their source of inspiration in the Hudson Valley, which is a National Heritage Area.

It is an area that is as unique, wild, rich, and inviting as any in the world.

If you are planning to take a road trip to the Hudson Valley, the MINI dealer in Mt Laurel advises that the best time to do so is in the summer or autumn.

These seasons are the best since in them you will be provided with most of the attractions and possibilities.

You can make your stops along the way to some idyllic villages and towns such as Nyack, a nice town with a rustic spirit and old traditional houses, small souvenir shops, but also you will be able to see and visit the cultural aspect of it in terms of some great art galleries and trendy marketplaces.

Just nearby, you can stop at Bear Mountain State Park, get some rest at the mountains and enjoy nature.

Furthermore, you can also enjoy the amazing scenery of the Hudson River.

As already pointed out, make sure you visit these places in summer or autumn, as some roads are closed in December, April, and a few other months.

The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is another great roadway from NYC, but certainly more suited for more adventurous types of people.

Spanning almost two thousand kilometers, the road is perfect for not only bikers but also hikers.

You can take a shorter route by going through Pennsylvania, and the towns of Bethlehem, Allentown, Lancaster, and others.

You may also stop at Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, where you will be able to enjoy hundreds of kilometers of the forests and mountains.

Road Trips from New York City to Miami

The road trip from New York to one of the most beautiful cities in the US will give you an unforgettable driving experience.

As you travel, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery on some of the most fascinating beaches along the Eastern coast.

Not only that, but this route is also a fast one since it should get you to your destination for about two weeks, depending on your driving speed.

What is more, there are a number of great stop spots where you can rest and have a great time.

These are some stops that you can easily make on the route:

  • The New Jersey Shore
  • Ocean City
  • Norfolk
  • Cape Hatteras
  • Charleston
  • Savannah
  • Orlando
  • Miami
  • Key West

For instance, Ocean City is a resort town and one of the most beautiful ones that you will encounter on the route.

It has a lot of restaurants, shops, and hotels, which makes it a great place to stay in and take a rest!

Washington, D.C.

The road to Washington D.C. may not be the best one, but it is certainly worth it.

First, it is worth it because of the great monument complex that you will find there. The view will simply leave you absolutely amazed.

Second, the architecture of the buildings is amazing, and the touch of history will enchant you.

Nevertheless, be wary of the parking problems when you arrive, for Washington D.C. is known for very scarce parking lots, so do not be surprised if you find it difficult to park.

Killington, Vermont to enjoy skiing

November or December is the period when the ski season is open and you can enjoy skiing to the fullest.

In addition, traveling from New York to Vermont is not extremely tiresome and long, but since you will probably travel during the winter, it may become somewhat slower to get to it, and you should definitely take the necessary precautions.

Niagara Falls on the Canada border

The distance from NYC to Niagara Falls is over 400 kilometers, but don’t be discouraged by this. Niagara Falls is one of the most amazing wonders of nature not only in North America but in the world.

On the other hand, it is recommended that you visit Niagara Falls in autumn, and since the drive will take you around eight hours, prepare for staying the night at a hotel or some other place.

New York is a great jumping-off station to get to almost any cool place in the US. In that sense, make sure you use this golden opportunity and spend some quality time with yourself, and your loved ones!


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8 Top Reasons Why You Should Visit NYC

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There are so many amazing places to visit, but New York City is definitely at the top of the list. Here are the top reasons why you should visit NYC.

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There are endless things to see and do in this city that never sleeps, and you could easily spend weeks exploring its neighborhoods. There is something for everyone in NYC. Here are the top reasons why you should visit NYC.


#1 It is Always an Exciting Experience to Watch Live NBA Matches

If you are a basketball fan, then visiting NYC is the best way to follow your favorite teams playing in person.

It doesn’t matter if you prefer watching the New York Knicks or other visiting teams play at Madison Square Garden throughout the season, as this is always one of the most popular sporting events in NYC.

You will always find NBA tickets in NYC to purchase whenever you want to attend an exciting game of your favorite sport.

Ensure to check different websites for discounted NBA tickets to get the lowest price before finalizing your purchase.

 

#2 New York City is a Vibrant and Exciting Place to Spend Time

NYC bustles with energy from morning until the early hours of the morning. The city never sleeps, and there is always something going on here.

It’s full of iconic landmarks, including the famous Empire State Building, Times Square and the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as a wide variety of museums, parks, shops, and other attractions that will appeal to all kinds of people.

 

#3 NYC Has Some Excellent Shopping Opportunities

There are many great shops selling everything from clothes and jewelry to art, antiques, and collectibles throughout New York City that will appeal to all kinds of visitors.

Whether you prefer the excitement of Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan or more unusual boutiques scattered through different neighborhoods in the city, you will find it all!

Some recommendations would be the amazing local vintage and thrift shops where you’ll find the most unique pieces!

 

#4 The World-Famous Museums of New York City are Full of Unique Exhibits

The museums in NYC are some of the best globally, with options for everyone, including children to vintage car enthusiasts.

There are so many fascinating art galleries and unique specialty museums that you could easily spend days or even weeks visiting all of them.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a glimpse into different cultures worldwide to smaller, more specialized exhibits like the Tenement Museum telling stories about daily life over 100 years ago.

There is something new to discover whenever you visit NYC’s museums.

 

#5 Eating out in NYC is Always an Exciting Experience

NYC has some of the most diverse dining options anywhere in the world, with eateries representing more than 60 countries around the globe.

Whether you prefer to dine at Greek, Italian, or Chinese restaurants or go out for Mexican food, there are many excellent choices throughout this city.

There are also plenty of interesting ethnic restaurants offering everything from Indian cuisine to Middle Eastern dishes located throughout New York City that will appeal to all kinds of visitors.

 

#6 New York City is Full of Friendly People

Despite of the “urban legends”, the locals in our fantastic city are some of the friendliest people you’ll meet anywhere. And, they’ll always go out of their way to make you feel welcome during your visit.

They’re proud of their city and enjoy sharing its many delights with new arrivals.

So, don’t be surprised if you’re offered recommendations for places to visit. Or even, sample traditional meals by the locals here whenever you come for a vacation or business trip.

 

#7 New York City is One of the Most Exciting and Lively Places Globally

Even though much of the city shut down at night or on weekends, New York City still has a beautiful 24/7 vibe. There are people around every corner and always something going on.

There is no better way to explore this fascinating place than by wandering through its streets and exploring new places at all times of day or night.

New York City truly offers an experience like no other.

 

#8 Inspiration Can Be Found Throughout New York City

NYC is full of inspiration, and there is no better place for people who love to create art or write stories than here.

The city’s countless attractions offer endless possibilities for those who want to explore the world around them. And, there are innumerable cafes and other places where writing can happen daily.

Whether you’re inspired by historical events that took place at landmarks like the 9/11 Memorial Museum or you prefer romantic old theaters like those on Broadway, NYC offers an inspiring backdrop.

When you come to New York City, there is so much that this fantastic city has to offer.

Whether you’re looking to relax and enjoy some time away from home or are looking for a place where there’s always something new to do, NYC is an ideal destination.


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Car Rental in New York City: 6 Things to Keep in Mind

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Today we will share with you 6 things to keep in mind, when you decide to a car rental in New York City! And, take a look at some amazing spots for day-trips!!!

Car Rental in New York City 6 Things to Keep in Mind Behind the Scenes NYC

If you are going to New York City for business or pleasure, the chances are that you need to rent a car at least once, so let’s talk about car rental in New York City!

It is not always easy to find street parking, and the subway can get expensive if you stay for a day or two. That is where car rental in New York can help.

If you are around JFK or Newark airports, several companies will offer cars for rent. Usually, you can get one at the airport, but sometimes it is cheaper to book in advance online, and you can gather more info too.

Follow these essential tips to ensure you have a positive experience during your New York car rental process.

 

#1 Make Sure You Have the Right Driver’s License

Although you will not necessarily need a U.S. driver’s license for your rental, it is usually considered the standard ID most companies accept.

If you have an international license or plan on using another type of ID to rent, check with your rental company first.

 

#2 Check Whether Your Credit Card’s Acceptability in the Rental Company

Many rental car companies require their customers to put down a credit card deposit if they do not have enough cash for the total value of the rental.

Make sure you know which cards your specific company will accept.

If you do not want to waste your time standing in line, bring several different types of cards with you on your trip.

 

#3 Keep an Eye on Your Rate

If you book your car rental in New York City through the company’s website, the chances are that you will get a discounted rate.

If you find yourself in need of additional services like insurance or GPS, make sure to book them before getting into your new car.

That way, if the rates go up after you drive off the lot, you can still pay the discounted rate you found online.

 

#4 Shop Around for the Best Deals

If you want an inexpensive car rental service in New York, do not just book it with the company with the closest location near your hotel or apartment building.

Research specialty companies that may offer discounts on larger groups like families or business trips.

In addition, if you want to rent a car for an extended period, ask your company about weekly and monthly discounts.

 

#5 Check the Scenic Route

Sometimes it is worth paying extra to avoid highways during rush hour traffic in New York City. Although this tip may not come naturally to some, it can still save you time.

Car rental companies understand that their customers are in a hurry, so they may find the shortest route possible. Check your map for alternate routes and enjoy the drive!

You might also play a day trip up-state to spots like Cedar Lakes Estate, Dia: Beacon, Storm King. Or maybe to visit some hot spots in Long Island like Sag Harbor or wineries like Macari Vineyards.

 

#6 Get the Car Rental Insurance

Rental car in New York City insurance is sometimes included in your package, but often it is not.

Read your agreement so that you know what to expect.

Also, make sure that you are not fudging about getting insurance to save money on the car’s total value.

Although the agency might hold you responsible if anything happens to the car while it is in your possession, you won’t be able to get a new rental until you have paid for damages.

Doing this could come back to bite you if the car is stolen or totaled.

Additionally, check with your own insurance company about your coverage.

You might be surprised to find that your personal auto insurance policy will not extend to a rental car.

If it does, find out how much coverage you have to make an informed decision about whether or not to purchase additional insurance from the rental company.

Furthermore, getting involved in a car crash with a rental can get complicated quickly, so keep the number of a car crash lawyer handy when traveling and renting a car. 

 

Conclusion

Keeping these quick tips in mind can help you have a great experience.

Opt for a cheap car rental in New York City to get rid of commute hassles.

Do your research and collect proper info to determine which companies offer discounts for people in your situation.


If you’re staying in the city for a couple of days, be sure to explore our website with so many dining options, great hotels, and still countless tours are unique experiences.

New York City is definitely the City where dreams com true, and we’re here to help you make your experience memorable! Have fun!


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Unlocking The Romance of NYC With Your Partner

Unlocking The Romance of NYC With Your Partner Behind The Scenes NYC

Are you going to New York City, or you live here (lucky you!)?! Well, here are some quick tips on unlocking the romance of NYC with your partner.

Unlocking The Romance of NYC With Your Partner Behind The Scenes NYC

It’s hard not to see New York City as one of the premiere romantic cities in the world. So, let help you unlock the romance of NYC with your partner!

While some might think of Paris, Rome, or perhaps even London as fantastic alternatives, NYC has that charm of being larger than life, of making dreams come true, of being the home of so many cultural reference points that it’s hard not to see why millions of couples come to the Big Apple each year, hoping to bask in the delights offered here.

But, how can you unlock the romance of NYC with your partner?

Where should you go, and what should you do? How should you set your preferences, and to what degree should you book in advance?

Well, those are worthwhile questions to ask, because while the city that never sleeps can cater to your every whim, it’s usually time that limits us in such a fantastic city, and so having some priorities set can save you time and money, granting you the best experience of all.

So, with that in mind, let’s consider the following:


Amazing Food & Nightlife

NYC is known for having some of the best cuisines in the world, as all the top chefs in the world come to visit and make their name in such a city.

From Gordon Ramsay’s titular restaurant to smaller authentic cafes and delis showcasing the best of authentic cuisine, all the way to chopped cheese sandwiches found in certain bodegas.

The nightlife can be a fantastic place to experience the city too, from small bars that play underground dance music to those that hold jazz with real reverence.

In the end, whatever your scene is, you can sure the vibe is authentically preserved in NYC.

 

Hotels With A View

NYC has perhaps one of the most impressive skylines in the world. So, it can be worthwhile to find a hotel that allows for that view. Well, we do know that New Yorkers love a rooftop spot, right!?

No matter if this means taking a hotel just out of the city and looking in on it, or going for a hotel in the midst of Manhattan with a gorgeous view for two nights, the more you can view the city from a comforting vantage point, the more you can breathe it in.

From there, set as a base for romantic things to do in NYC, your fun can start.

 

See The City From Above

It might be cliche, you may have seen it in every romantic television show or movie, but taking a helicopter ride or even hot air balloon ride near NYC can really give you the scope of the city, and see it from a vantage point that not many people get the chance to.

Doing this can help you enjoy a real memorable experience right there next to your favorite person! Appreciating how such a man-made marvel can even exist.

If this doesn’t ignite your passion to explore NYC, it’s hard to see what could.

 

So, with this advice, you’re sure to unlock the romance of NYC with your partner. Take the city at your own pace, and you’re sure to love it.


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8 Things You Can Do in New York That Will Make Your Trip Special

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People moving to New York normally visit the city to get a taste of the Big Apple’s famous sites and masterpieces. But most people miss out on the real excitement. So today we’ll share with you 8 things you can do in New York that will make your trip special.

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New York has several secret treasures that require some digging to know them. After checking off all the must-see touristy spots – which are countless, now it’s time to explore what NYC is really about!

Whether you are visiting or planning to relocate there, there are so many hidden germs in New York you need to explore.

And, as you all know, we are ALL about off-the-beaten-path spots to make your time in NYC even more special and juicy!

Below are 8 things you can do in New York that will make your trip so special.


#1 Tour the Whispering Gallery

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The Whispering Gallery, inside Grand Central Station, is among the most popular hidden treasures in New York.

It is also known as the most romantic secret treasure you can visit in New York.

It is constructed in a circular wall to allow whispered communication from all parts of the internal sides.

The mysterious walls allow the sound to travel across the round ceiling.

Thus, when two individuals stand at slanting arches, they can clearly hear each other’s whispers. To ensure you do not miss the true excitement of New York, you need to visit the Whispering Gallery.

We also offer an amazing tour called “Secret Behind The Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour”, where you’ll be able to have the full story behind this iconic spot!

 

#2 Take a Ferry ride to Governors Island

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Another great site worth visiting is Governors Island.

The island in New York Harbor has a rich history and is full of family activities. Whether you are touring New York or a newcomer, it is a place worth your time.

The island used to be a military outpost for centuries.

By taking the ferry ride from Manhattan or Brooklyn, you will enjoy a trip around the island. It is a great place to be if you want to get away from the city’s noise and stress.

Governors Island is popular with New Yorkers during summer Weekends.

But, if you visit the place during weekdays, you might have the island all alone.

You can decide to rent bikes, have a picnic, or choose to explore the island on foot. The Island is one of the hidden charms in New York.

Oh, just a quick bonus tip: The Staten Island Ferry is one of the best FREE attractions in NYC…and the view of the Statue of Liberty and of downtown Manhattan is priceless!

 

#3 Take a trip to the Elevated Acre

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If you are planning to move to New York City, hiring commercial movers will make the process stress-free.

They will ensure your office or home belongings reach unspoiled.

Once you have settled, you need to take a trip to the Elevated Acre!

As the name suggests, the Elevated Acre is a green space on an elevated level – 55 Water Street.

It is an outstanding place to escape the chaos of the busy city streets. It has several unique features for couples and people looking for a quiet getaway.

 

#4 Visit the Smallpox Hospital, on Roosevelt Island

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Very few New Yorkers know or visit the Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island.

These are ruins of Renwick Hospital that housed the Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital. It was the center of smallpox treatment in New York City in the 1950s.

In 1975, the building was declared a city landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The building is being renovated and people visit the area to catch the aged beauty of the building.

Thus, if you are visiting New York, this might be a nice place to tour before it is turned into a different building.

 

#5 Explore the Secret Gardens of Rockefeller Center

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The Rockefeller Center has become a hotspot for travelers and newcomers.

Although it might not be flooded like other famous sites, it is an area worth visiting.

When you are at the site, you notice the ice-skating rink, the great Christmas tree, and other popular features.

If you are new to New York, explore the Secret Gardens of Rockefeller Center to see the good-looking private garden and the unbelievable views of St. Patrick Cathedral.

 

#6 Take a tour of the Old City Hall Subway Stop

Take a tour to the Old City Hall Subway Stop. The old subway stop was an energetic station in the ancient days.

However, it was shut down due to its failure to be renovated in 1945. It received a low amount of traffic then and it could not be rebuilt into a modern subway.

Even though the beautiful ancient station is not open to the public, there are guided tours. You can check the schedules to be part of the visitors touring the station.

Here, you will learn a few things about the Old City Hall Subway Stop and more about the early stations.

If you want some help from the Pro’s, we also have another amazing tour called “Underground New York Subway Tour”, where you’ll learn everything about the incredible New York’s underground subway system!

 

#7 Learn more about The Berlin Wall

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To learn more about the Berlin Wall, you need to take a look at a piece of the Berlin Wall in New York City.

Although some people mistake the historic art for just another piece of art, the masterpiece is done by German artists and consists of concrete slabs of the original Berlin Wall.

 

#8 A visit to Alexander Hamilton’s Grave

Another off-beaten-path spot in New York City is the gravesite of Alexander Hamilton and his wife Elizabeth.

You will find their graves at Trinity Church Cemetery.

Many guests visit the site to pay their last respect. Alexander Hamilton was one of the founding fathers of the United States.

There are many other famous figures in the Trinity Church cemetery.

Thus, it is a great place to visit with family and friends. As you visit the cemetery, make sure to enter the church to see the gorgeous interior of church.


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3 Group Activities You Can Do in 1 Day in the Big Apple

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Today we have done a short post with 3 group activities you can do in 1 day in the Big Apple! Some come and check them out!

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New York, also known as the Big Apple, is one of the world’s most amazing cities. So, we will share with you 3 group activities you can do in 1 day in the Big Apple!

Steeped in history and home to some of the world’s most famous people, living and dead, the city is bursting with the cool factor.

This 783km2 of land packs in some of the world’s most iconic locations such as Wall Street, Liberty Island, and Harlem. 

With so much to do, you couldn’t possibly see everything in New York in one day.

But you can take a bite out of this apple and sample just a little of what it offers when visiting with friends or family. Some of the bets are as follows. 

Immersive Entertainment

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Our need for entertainment never ends. Fortunately, New York is vibrant and bursting with things to scratch that entertainment itch.

The city plays host to seasonal circus acts that mesmerize with death-defying and extraordinary acts. Acts that are about as close as you can get to inspiring feats of strength. And traditional circuses aside, Cirque Du Soleil is known to grace Brooklyn’s OVO theatre.  

But if you need to be a little closer to the story, you could consider immersive theater. The McKittrick Hotel is currently home to the Woman in Black.

An immersive adaptation of Susan Hill’s gothic horror that plays out right in front of you. But for the more logical and active, why not be the entertainment? The best escape room provider in the city is based in Manhattan.

These interactive puzzles challenge you to overcome a series of logical and physical challenges while working as a team to find your way out.

Attend a Sports Game

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Like most major cities, New York is home to numerous sports teams for almost every sport imaginable.

Baseball, basketball, football, and hockey are among some of the most popular in the city.

Catching a home game for one of NYC’s favorite teams is among the most inspiring group activities available. Attend a game and cheer on your team through a grueling sports match.

Currently, New York is home to two Major League Baseball teams, the New York Yankees and the Mets. Additionally, there are three NFL teams, including the Giants and 3 NHL hockey teams.

And for the more European among you, soccer is becoming more popular with the two teams New York FC and the New York Red Bulls, representing the city in Major League Soccer. Although the Red Bulls are based in New Jersey.

See History Come to Life

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New York is on par with any major world city such as London, Rome, and Paris when it comes to educational establishments, art, and museums.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art alone is astounding and holds some of the world’s leading art events.

Currently, you can visit for a close-up look at some of the fantastic works of art commissioned by the infamous Medici family of Florence or be amazed by a collection of paintings from the Dutch Masters display.

Of course, it isn’t only artwork you can view across NYC. The American Museum of Natural History is a traditional museum with historical pieces from across the story of mankind.

The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum is an excellent way to pay your respects for more precise museum adventures.

Or, for a more specific experience, you can visit the USS Intrepid’s Air and Space museum aboard the decommissioned warship.

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15 Spots In New York For Every Photographer to Explore

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Today, we’re going to share you a different content. We’ve selected 15 spots in New York for every photographer to explore! And, great ones for the first timers too! So, let’s start with #1 in grand style, in DUMBO!

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So, our 1st from the 15 spots in New York for every photographer to explore, is located in Brooklyn!

This photo above is at the intersection of Washington Street and Water Street and is easily classified as one of the most photogenic spots in New York. DUMBO, a neighborhood known for its cobbled streets, got its nickname because it is located right under the Manhattan Bridge (Down Under The Manhattan Bridge – aka DUMBO). Looking at the bridge from the crossroads you can easily see the Empire State Building under its arches. This is the New York that everyone wants to get a taste of

When we think of New York we are often wowed by its majestic value. It’s a place that excites us and a place many have grown up watching on TV. New York is full of areas that bring art to life and are a dream for both filmmakers and photographers alike.

Tourists too, often flock to many places in the city for the perfect Instagram post. If you are in New York, you will probably know of all the great spots to stay. Accommodation in the city is massive, there is something for everyone and if you are traveling and are carrying lots of bulky cases and equipment you may need somewhere to store it. You may want to look at baggage storage to ensure that you have somewhere to keep your things before your next flight.

So, what makes New York tick? Well, plenty!

A little tip: when you travel to New York, it’s important to always respect the daily life of the locals. New York is full of people who have lived here all their lives and tourism can get heavy. There are so many ways to enjoy the view of a point of interest without making tourism a nuisance

So, where are these places that are incredibly Instagram worthy? Let’s face it, in New York City, a subway station is an epic Instagram shot alone!

Here are some more of our top picks for novice New York travelers and for every photographer to explore.

You might bump into quite a few tourists, which we are typically running away from, but for the 1st timer, these are the must-see spots:


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#2 New York Public Library

Also known as the Stephen A. Schwarzman building, has been not only the scene of countless blockbuster movies but, on the other hand, it’s a sacred refuge for New Yorkers that need time off from the noise.

#3 The Empire State Building

It’s great and definitely a place to visit if you never have before. But, we do love the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at the Rockefeller Center. Its 360º view is unbeatable.

#4 NY City Hall

Getting married in New York City is the dream of countless brides and brides-to-be out there, right? Well, to make it right – if you do make your dream come true – is go get your Marriage License at New York’s City Hall! So Carrie Bradshaw style…!

#5  Carry Bradshaw’s Apartment

…Which, we can’t forget when talking about the City of Dreams (and fashion, and art, and gastronomy…and…)! Well, it’s the best city. So, you must visit Carry Bradshaw’s apartment in the West Village – or just Village for the locals! 66 Perry Street.

#6 Foley Square

Located right in front of the famous New York County Supreme Court. Remember Harvey Spector and Mike Ross in the series Suits? We miss these guys…

#7 East Village

One of our favorite neighborhoods! It’s crazy (but we’re thankful), how tourists have not yet discovered how awesome the East Village area is! If you’re a food enthusiast, this area a great area to explore countless local gems!

#8 Little Italy

Mangia Che Ti Fa Benne! Literally, it translates to “Eat that it will make you well!”. Italians believe in the power of food and in the beauty of the entire food experience! And, Little Italy will welcome you into this mind set! Be sure to stop at any of the famous restaurants to enjoy pasta or pizza, with a nice glass of wine!

#9 Chinatown

Probably one of the most underrated areas in Manhattan. I guess, people just don’t know their way around the neighborhood, but those that do have a great time exploring speakeasy bars, amazing local restaurants like Buddha Bodai, creative cuisines…and some even venture into those small underground “spas” for a good foot massage.

#10 Soho

Not on the top of our list, but if you’re an Influencer, or aspiring Influencer, the area is the mecca for Instagram Fashion Photography. But yes, SoHo’s cobblestone streets are truly a beautiful background.

#11 Brooklyn Bridge

Probably the most famous Bridge in the world, and also one of the most unique for sure! It’s definitely a touristy attraction overflowing with visitors, locals bike riding their way across the bridge for work, local merchants selling small gifts…it’s a real confusion, hahaha! But, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge always gives me some of the most amazing feelings and you’re really able to experience New York City’s energy.

#12 Flatiron Building

Another great spot for photographers and visitors is the Flatiron Building. Its architecture is amazing, and it has a big history. Built in 1902, this magnificent building is located between 5th Avenue and Broadway. The neighborhood has become very popular and the pedestrian paths in front of the building as well as the nearby Madison Square Park are ideal scenery for photos.

#13 Brooklyn Wall Art

Graffiti is a huge deal in New York and has been relatively European, but not anymore. Lots of areas of Brooklyn have artistic walls, which make for great photography. Williamsburg, for example, has plenty of vivid graffiti murals that are unique and signed by famous names like Eduardo Kobra, or just Kobra! It’s time to discover the real New York. If you have time, go get lost in Bushwick (only a few subway stops from Williamsburg, also in Brooklyn), also known for The Bushwick Collective with its graffiti and street arts.

#14 Greenwich Village

One of the most beautiful places, the Greenwich Village, is known for its beautiful buildings, its red bricks or brownstones, and the different shades of green that exist in every corner of the area. Also, it boasts plenty of peace and quiet from the bustling city. The area is known for being a historic place in the fight for the LGBTQ+ rights and where the famous Stonewall Riot happened in 1969, kickstarting this movement.

#15 Liberty Island

Now this is surely a photographer’s dream location (but not a paradise for locals running away from the flocking tourists. Liberty Island is a small, uninhabited island, which hosts our beautiful and powerful Lady Liberty (aka Statue of Liberty).

The statue is 93 meters high and the seven rays of the crown represent the seven seas and seven continents. It takes about an hour to see it all and to take all the photos you’ll want – a bit longer if you really want to capture the hum of the city.

The view of Manhattan’s skyline, from the island, is unique and truly unforgettable – it’s a must for any new tourist to the city. If you do not want to get off the ferry boat, you might want to take the Staten Island Ferry that is a free option and you can see the Statue. Unless…you want to go inside the statue where it costs around $18.

It’s the true heart of NYC and a place that you will always remember visiting. The city itself is home to so much beauty so it’s always best to get around walking and exploring all neighborhoods. Leave the Ubers for nighttime when you decide to slip into those heals (or pretty shoes)!


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Fun Things To Do In NYC This Fall

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New York, New York is a fabled city of dreams. Considered the epicenter of American multiculturalism, New York City brings together the best of tourism, scenery, and choice. Today we will share with you some pretty fun things to do in NYC this Fall!

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Unfortunately, since New York City has taken a considerable hit since COVID-19 infiltrated its borders, most of its iconic spots and activities have been suspended through the summer. However, it’s still possible to plan a fall trip for this year that blends the timelessness of tourist spots with the eclectic spirit of its hidden gems. We’re gonna show you some fun things to do in NYC this Fall!

Formerly known as New Amsterdam, the city we now know as New York was initially settled on the Hudson River by the Dutch in 1624. Forty years later, the English took over and gave the city the name we know and love today: New York.

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It is perhaps most famously known as the “gateway to America,” as the city saw a massive influx of immigrants between 1892 and 1954.

Because of this fact, it’s estimated that up to 40% of Americans can trace their lineage back to this group of immigrants who entered the country via Ellis Island, which could arguably be America’s most famous border stop.

New York’s rich cultural history has cemented its status as one of America’s must-see cities.

But for those unfamiliar with its geographical and social landscape, it might be overwhelming to dive in and navigate.

Fortunately, we’re here today to provide you with a list of sites you’ll visit during your time in ‘The Big Apple.’

These might look like pretty touristy spots to go, far from a “behind the scenes” experience at first glance, but we always tweak the experience into a memorable and unique one!

So, keep on reading and check out a few fun things to do in NYC this fall, with our “behind the scenes NYC juice” to top it off:


Taking Broadway to another level with a Meet & Greet experience!

There’s no business, like show business, baby!

Any American who can carry a tune has heard of Broadway; its world-class theater productions draw millions of international visitors each year.

Many of its iconic shows and songs have woven their way into the cultural fabric and lexicon. Broadway itself is the name of the street where most of those theater companies made their home in the early 1900’s, a time when the height of the Industrial Revolution ushered in massive public transportation shifts.

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New York’s new subway system made getting around the city far easier, and with it came the popularization of live theater entertainment.

Nowadays, Broadway’s definition has expanded to include all streets between 42nd Street and 53rd Street in Midtown and is appropriately named the Theater District.

While there was a downturn in demand for theater productions during the Great Depression, Broadway would soon rise again.

There’s several acclaimed Broadway shows in production this fall, and anyone who wants to get an authentic taste of the city would be wise to buy a ticket to see one of these shows.

If you’re new to the theater world, consider The Lion King.

Not only is the story familiar thanks to Disney’s hit 1994 animated film, but it’s also the highest-grossing Broadway show of all time, raking in over $2 million every week.

That’s $1.4 billion in total since the beginning of its run! If you’re looking for a brief account of American history with a modern-day twist, then we recommend Hamilton, one of the most popular shows to hit Broadway in years.

If you’d like to see this show but aren’t too keen on shelling out $150 for a ticket, you can enter a digital lottery to win one for $10.

Now, for our “behind the scenes NYC juice”! Watching a Broadway show is definitely an amazing experience, but we can make it priceless with a pre-dinner with the stars and a backstage meet & greet after the show!

How about that for a memorable experience, huh?! Definitely one of the highlights of fun thing to do in NYC next Fall!


Central Park and all its secrets!

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If New York is America’s most famous city, then Central Park is America’s most famous park.

The New York State Legislature set aside 750 acres of central land on Manhattan Island for park development on July 21, 1853. Central Park would become America’s first and largest public park and kicked off the urban park movement that would continue to spread throughout the country in the coming decades.

Those lobbying for the construction of the park argued that a big public park would contribute to the collective benefit of both society and public health. Their reasoning struck a chord, as nowadays America boasts over 53 national parks and 6600 state parks. Smaller public parks are estimated to double or triple the last number.

If you think all there is to do in Central Park is walk around, think again. You can fish for bass, explore Belvedere Castle, take in the floral scenery at the Conservatory Garden, and catch some Shakespearean theater if you’re so inclined.

What makes Central Park so amazing is that there’s something for everyone here.

Want to spread a blanket out on the Big Lawn and bask in the sun? You can do that–just don’t forget your prescription sunglasses (it gets pretty bright out there!).

Would you rather experience all the romance of a gondola ride without making a trip to Venice, Italy? Well, you can do that too on Central Park’s lake. If you’re new to the city, you have to make your way to America’s most beautiful and most memorable park before you go.

And still, let us organize a beautiful full picnic for you and your friend’s or loved ones! We’ll take care of everything from setting it up, to cleaning it all, when you’re done! It’s one of the fun outdoor activities you never thought about doing in New York.

Last, but not least, you can also sign up and experience the Secret of Central Park Walking Tour! So fun and you’ll learn even more, and explore a couple more off-the-beaten-path areas.


The Secret NYC Underground!

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Perhaps, though, these tourist destinations aren’t your cup of tea – even though we added our unique twist. So here are some secret and fun things to do in NYC this Fall.

If this is the case, rest assured you’re in the right place to explore and discover a trove of establishments that generally fly under the radar.

New York City is teeming with cocktail bars and live music hubs that can give you a taste of the undercurrent of the city’s culture.

Peachy’s Cocktail Bar has an impressive set of house rules that accosts every visitor before entry: NO FIGHTING, NO PHOTOS. Indeed, in today’s picture-perfect world, a bar like Peachy’s is an excellent place to relax with a drink and unplug. Located at 5 Doyers Street in Chinatown, this chic speakeasy-like lounge is under Chinese Tuxedo – a restaurant we love!!

But the phone-free element is not the only part of its unique vibe. Peachy’s cocktail bar dons some seriously fresh tiger-print wallpaper, intricate floral arrangements, and myriad flickering candles that all work together to create a funky yet beautifully understated mood.

Its most famous drink comes with complementary blue algae, but don’t worry. Not only are these algae safe for consumption, but it’s flavored with pineapple to conjure up childhood memories of blue Fun Dip. Talk about a sweet spot!

Are you looking for a laugh? Then, check out Live @ The Apt.

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What began as a three-person venture out of a 5th floor apartment has evolved into a comedy club with multiple locations across the city. Known as one of the hottest modern comedy clubs, Live @ The Apt has featured some of today’s most prominent, up-and-coming comedians, including Hannibal Buress, Hasan Minhaj, and Phoebe Robinson.

Live @ The Apt also partners with Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels’ Above Average Network to bring you the best on comedy production. They’ve also expanded their shows to national tours and branded content campaigns.

You won’t be disappointed if you make a trip to Live at The Apt. Just remember to bring your funny bone with you.


The list of things to do in NYC this Fall doesn’t stop here. But, we’d be here all day if we wanted to dig into all the uniquely incredible activities you could do in New York City.

However, know that it’s always good to keep your street smarts about you while you’re navigating the city.

We also have some travel recommendations for out-of-towners, and you can see the 16 Things NO ONE EVER Tells You About NYC.

Some additional tips include:

  • never getting into an unmarked cab (all yellow NYC cabs feature their driver’s medallion number on their taxi light),
  • sticking to well-lit, populated streets,
  • offering to panhandlers valuables like subway cards or food instead of money,
  • and keeping your wallet on you and within reach at all times (gotta watch out for those pickpockets).

So, we hope you’ve learned a little bit about our beautiful city today. We hope that you’ll get the chance to see it for yourself someday.


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