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Caca de Souza: A Book For The Haute Jetsetters Worldwide

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Caca de Souza is well known for being one of the world’s top jetsetters. Now, he launches a unique book with a compilation of his favorite spots in the major fashion capitals.

This is for the Haute Jetsetters out there!

To start, the Worldwide Brand Ambassador for Valentino and CEO & Creative Director of his jewelry design company, Most Wanted Design, Carlos Souza is known across the globe for his glamorous and fun-loving style.

Many know him as Cacá de Souza, a kind nickname given by close friends.

In addition, he told our Founder, Fernanda Paronetto, about his book, #Carlos’s Places, a guide to some of his favorite places around the globe.

From cities like New York and Paris to São Paulo, London, Rome, and Shanghai, Cacá shares all his top spots!

In each location, Cacá talks about the best the city has to offer. He lists his preferred places for dining, dancing, shopping, art visiting, or just going out for a good cocktail.

Plus, he also shares valuable information about the unique fashion, food, art, and design places of his interest.

With an introduction by the renowned British fashion journalist, illustrator, and filmmaker, Michael Roberts, the book was published by Assouline.

So, the book consists of 176 pages with 170 amazing pictures! The book goes for $50.

Now, here was the best news of all: Carlos did a book signing session at the Plaza Hotel in New York City to celebrate his book launch with Assouline.

Many of you were lucky enough to get your copy with his autograph, but if you weren’t part of this lucky group, you can at least purchase the book and guarantee your copy!

Also, follow his Instagram account (@CarlosSouza1311) to see all the breathtaking places he currently is visiting! His life is literally a dream for all the jetsetters out there!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Cacá de Souza and Assouline
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Natalie Klein: A Bof500 Nominee’s Best NYC Gems

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein

Today we share another episode of our NYC Hush Hush Tips, interviewing the powerful fashion entrepreneur, Natalie Klein.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of BOF

What is NYC Hush Hush Tips?

We invite renowned and extremely influential people from all over the globe to share their NYC secret tips!

Natalie Klein, founder of the luxury multi-brand boutique nkStore in São Paulo, Brazil, launched her brand back in 1997.

She was quite young, but success was inevitable for this amazing woman!

In only a short time, she created, what is today, one of the most important fashion brands in Brazil.

Furthermore, with an amazing professional and personal journey, she was nominated by BOF – Business of Fashion, one of the most “talented retailers shaping the global fashion industry” in the #Bof500 initiative.

 

But, what is the BoF 500?

“The BoF 500 is the definitive professional index of the people shaping the $2.4 trillion fashion industry, hand-selected by the editors of The Business of Fashion, based on hundreds of nominations received from current BoF 500 members, extensive data analysis and research.”

Pretty amazing nomination, right!?

So, here are the best NYC gems and secrets that she loves:


Devera

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein De Vera Crosby

“Devera is an amazing vintage jewelry store that mixes Federico De Vera’s sensibility for antiques with his jewelry design talent!”

The brand was first launched in San Francisco, back in 1991 with a creative approach to showcasing some of the most unique and singular objects and its beauties.

Furthermore, the New York location was then opened in 2003, due to Francisco’s desire to showing the world everything that he’s collected, his passion, his curious state of being about the natural world!

As Federico explains better:

“The gallery shows a finely curated selection including Venetian glass, Japanese lacquer, ivory carvings, 18th century religious figures and antique jewelry. Another unique focus is de Vera jewelry incorporating rare antique elements such as Roman intaglios and Georgian brooches, with precious gemstones including rose-cut diamonds, baroque pearls and Sardinian coral.”

Location: 1 Crosby Street

www.deveraobjects.com


Sasabune

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Sasabune

“Sasabune is a very traditional Japanese restaurant at the Upper East Side with a “Trust Me” menu – you’ll eat what Chef Kenji Takahashi prepares! It’s always a different experience.”

The restaurant is exactly the type of restaurant that we love to talk about and to show people what New York City is about!

It is very small, and décor is very simple.

But, then again, who need fancy furniture to eat well, right? The focus is definitely on the food, that is to-die-for!

They only serve the Omakase, the chef’s tasting menu, so you’ll have to trust and enjoy!

Plus, for drinks be sure to experiment their different sakes. If you’re not sure which one to order, they are always happy to help you pair it with your dishes!

Location: 401 East 73rd Street

http://sasabunenyc.com


BDDW

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein BDDW

“BDDW is one of the best spot for amazing furniture. The timeless pieces are handmade and well-crafted, designed by the founder Tyler Hays.”

As we’ve written about BBDW before, if you’re the type that enjoys unique items and want to detach and withdraw from the rest of the crowd that purchase in bigger, well-known stores, BDDW is the perfect place for you.

In addition, all items and idealized and designed by the Founder, Tyler Hays, at his Philadelphia Studio.

Tyler expertise are various, from painter and sculpture, to engineer and a pretty talented builder. The result of these expertise are breathtaking pieces of art works for your home!

Location: 5 Crosby Street

www.bddw.com


The Beatrice Inn

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Beatrice Inn

“The Beatrice Inn is, in my opinion, one of the best places to hang out with great food and cocktails. A footnote on the menu reads “Photography is not permitted”, so just enjoy your food!”

The place is a hot spot for celebrities and is a very high-end chophouse in the West Village.

Ans, as they explain:

“Owned by the lauded Chef Angie Mar, and her partner Melissa Merrill Keary, the Beatrice Inn is the edgy, underground version of the traditional New York chophouse.”

So, if you’re a meat eater, this is definitely a place to go!

Location: 285 West 12th Street

http://thebeatriceinn.com


Freemans Restaurant

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Freemans

“I love Freemans. Even though it’s becoming more and more well known, the experience of walking into this suspicious alley it always thrilling. The food is great, as is the crowd!”

And, we also love Freemans, and have featured them before! Along the alley you need to walk though to get to the restaurant, you’ll find a few great graffiti works on the brick walls. Perfect for that Instagram-photo-moment!

At the very, very, very end, you’ll find this beyond charming turquoise blue, wooden door surrounded by countless vases with plants and flowers.

www.freemansrestaurant.com


Ristorante Morini

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Ristorante Morini

“Ristorante Morini is another restaurants with great food and crowd! It’s always one of place I love to go when I’m passing by New York City!”

The place is an upscale neighborhood Italian restaurant serving various seasonal specialties and fantastic old-country wines.

Plus, if you’re the type that enjoys experimenting and tastings. The they explain:

“Ristorante Morini’s beverage program complements the depth and breadth of the menu, with a large emphasis on Italian wine of various selections from Europe and America. The vibrant downstairs bar is host to an inventive cocktail list, crafted by the talented Altamarea Group mixology team.”

Locations: 1167 Madison Avenue

www.ristorantemorini.com


Rare Vintage

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Rare Vintage

“Rare Vintage is a vintage shop with the most amazing gowns! The very best of two centuries of fashion can be found with a highly edited collection.”

You’ll be able to find the very best of two centuries of fashion with a highly edited collection.

The store was founded in 2007 by Juliana Cairone. Juliana is Diane Vreeland’s grand daughter. At a very young age was exposed to amazing pieces of “art” by renowned designs.

Today, most of the items are bought from private collections found in the four major fashion capitals – New York, London, Milan and Paris. Items are unique, in great conditions and were statements in their own decades.

Location: 24 West 57th Street

UNFORTUNATELY THIS STORE PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

Milk & Honey

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Milk and Roses

“One of the top secrets in town with the best dry Martini is called Milk & Honey! The bar is “against celebrity-obsessed nightlife” and has a list of strict house rules to follow.”

We just love secret places and we’ve written about other speakeasy spots through out the website.

Not only the experience of searching for it is super exciting, but once you do find it and walk in, it feels like your entering a parallel universe.

Usually they are hidden behind secret doors, or in basements, and even in the back of other venues, that you can access only with a secret code through a little entrance.

We love it!

Location: 134 Eldridge Street

UNFORTUNATELY THIS STORE PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

Lastly, Thank you, Natalie, for sharing your best NYC gems tips exclusively with us!!!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of BOF and all the venues
*Last Update on March/2020.*

The New York Public Library in Numbers

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One of the most amazing renowned building in NYC is the one that houses the New York Public Library (NYPL)! Now, let’s talk about the NYPL in numbers.

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The New York Public Library (NYPL) was founded in 1895. It’s located at Bryant Park and a few blocks from Grand Central Terminal.

“It is the nation’s largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources”.

But, we didn’t come to day to talk about the library’s historical facts. We are here to put the New York Public Library in number, so you can see how amazing it is.

So, here it goes:

  • Has been an education center for over 100 years
  • Housed in the iconic 42nd Street library, and 5th Avenue
  • 125 miles of shelving
  • 530,000 cubic feet of white Vermont marble
  • Façade has marble 12 inches thick
  • Unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches
  • 92 Locations: The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island
  • 4 scholarly research centers
  • Has 3 other research centers
  • Serves more than 17 million patrons a year
  • Millions of other patrons are served online
  • Hold more than 51 million items that ranges from books, e-books, and DVDs to renowned research collections used by scholars from around the world
  • 125 miles of book stacks
  • Heaviest book weighs 61 pounds
  • The historical collections hold such treasures as Columbus’s 1493 letter announcing his discovery of the New World
  • More than 30,000 classic feature films, documentaries, and educational programs for free
  • More than 700,000 items in their award-winning Digital Collections
  • The Library’s new e-reader SimpleE app has more than 300,000 free e-books
  • 103,000 free programs annually, serving everyone from toddlers to teens to seniors
  • Educators can borrow as many as 100 books for 60 days, with no late fees
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley’s skull fragments are in room 319
  • 40,000 restaurant menus, the world’s largest collection, dates back to the 1850’s
  • Norbert Pearlrot visited the library almost every single day. For 52 years, he sat at the same table
  • For it’s 100th anniversary, it received a $1.2 billion renovation

If you want to read more details about the fact above, be sure to check out the NYPL’s website and an article from the New York Times, that also had some great secrets.

The NYPL is a place that you can visit countless times, since there is so much rich content to uncover!

Be sure to enjoy it as much as you can!

Location: 5th Avenue at 42nd Street

www.nypl.org


Text Excerpts: Facts compiled from the NYPL and NYTimes
Credits: Courtesy of Massimiliano Cerra, Paulleclerc, Bronx Banter Blog and Wikipedia
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Kat Tanita: NYC Highlights Through The Eyes Of A Travel Blogger

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kat Tanita NYC Fashion Lifestyle Blogger

Kat Tanita, one of the top Fashion, Beauty and Travel Bloggers, shares her NYC Highlights! Come see a few places she loves going to!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kat Tanita NYC Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kat Tanita

We invited the dearest travel blogger, Kat Tanita to participate in another episode of our “NYC Hush Hush Tips” project, where we invite renowned and remarkably interesting people from all over the Globe to share their NY secret tips!

Kat is one of New York City’s supreme Fashion, Beauty and Travel Bloggers – spending also lots of time in Paris and exploring the World.

She also launched a perfectly elegant collection in partnership with Gigi New York, that you should definitely check out!

Here are the NYC highlights through her eyes:


Aria Wine Bar

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kat Tanita Aria Wine Bar

“My favorite wine bar in the city is Aria which is located in the charming West Village. They have a delicious cheese board and the ambiance is cozy and romantic.”

In command is Chef Roberto Passon, they offer Italian brunches, lunches and dinners, specialized in exquisite Italian tapas. Plus, it’s perfect to go with the one you love!

Beware: It can get quite full, so be sure to arrive early to secure your table!

Location: 117 Perry Street

www.ariawinebar.com


Bluestone Lane Coffee

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kat Tanita Bluestone Lane Coffee

“Bluestone Lane Coffee is a local Aussie coffee shop (also in the West Village!) that serves delicious coconut chia seed pudding, avocado toast, lattes, and waffles. In short, the food looks as good as it tastes and is perfect for an Instagram shot!”

If you’ve ever been to Melbourne, in Australia, you know how tasty their coffee is. So, if you are a coffee lover like us, this is definitely a place to go!

You can find them in a few places around town!

Locations: See their website for all locations. Kat loves the 55 Greenwich Village, West Village one!

https://bluestonelane.com


Marlton Hotel

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kat Tanita Marlton Hotel

“Curl up by the fire at the Marlton Hotel with a good book and a coffee or glass of wine. It’s a wonderful place to take a meeting, get some work done, or warm up in the winter. Plus, their bar/restaurant Margaux is great for happy hour.”

Yup! We love them too and during Winter time, their fire place is really tempting. You’ll probably meet the hippiest fashion and art lovers hanging out there too! Super cool crowd!

We’ve written about them too, so for more infos, click here.

Location: 5 West 8th Street

www.marltonhotel.com


Thank you Kat for sharing a few of your best inputs of NYC with us!!!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kat Tanita
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Carol Celico Shares Her Kid Friendly NYC Picks

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Carol Celico, one of the top Brazilian Bloggers, launches with us our new series, called NYC Hush Hush Tips! We will feature renowned names, across the globe, in diverse industries, sharing their best NYC secrets. Carol shares her kid friendly NYC picks!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Carol Celico Family

Today we launch our newest project called NYC Hush Hush Tips.

We invite the most amazing and renowned people around the globe to share with us their exclusive and very best NYC secrets and insider tips!

To launch this exciting project, for our very 1st interview, we invited Carol Celico!

Carol is a renowned Brazilian Blogger and today has over 870k followers on Instagram today!

She shared with us 4 amazing tips on what to do in NYC with kids, since she’s got two beautiful little ones.

And, yes, New York City is a great for kids or to actually have kids, and we’ve explained why!

Here goes Carol Celico’s top spots:


The New Victory Theater

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The New Victory Theater has amazing shows and is practically one of the only theaters in town with a good selection for kids! The good thing is that the shows are made for adults as well, making the night-out very fun to go with the family.

There, they create a delicious world of fantasy to entertain children and present plays, musicals, circus shows… All super playful and fun!

I always look for some cultural programs to go with my kids, since New York City is one of the largest cultural and entertainment centers in the world!

Location: 209 West 42nd Street

www.newvictory.org


Bryant Park’s HBO Summer Film Festival

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Bryant Park’s HBO Summer Film Festival will have great kid’s movies up through August.

Everyone knows that New York becomes even more amazing in the summer. Everyone is out on the streets to enjoy what the city has to offer during this amazing season. Major festivals held in different parts of the city and neighborhoods, in outdoor locations!

When we are with kids, there is nothing better than enjoying these festivals and going to these really cool programs! During the summer, Bryant Park – one of the most beautiful and entertaining city parks – brings the “HBO Summer Film Festival”. The offer outdoors screenings of famous movies from adventures, to romances and even cartoons.

The program runs until the end of August, every Monday at 5pm.

Location: Between 40th and 42nd Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues.

www.bryantpark.org


Governors Island

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Governors Island hosts amazing events, and it’s a great place to spend the day with kids, since they always have music, art and other attractions spread though out the island!

Located less than 1km South of Manhattan and very close to Brooklyn, Governor’s Island is an island full of parks, picnic spots, biking, art installations around the island.

So, there are definitely countless fun activities to do with kids.

With events offering music, poetry and arts for kids, the island became a giant amusement park for all ages!”

Check out the attractions and schedule on their website!

www.govisland.com


Numero 28 Pizzeria

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The last great tip is one of my favorite restaurants in town!

A perfect thing to do with kids is to take them to a pizza spot! Number 28 is not a preppy place, but I think that’s why it’s so cool!

Today, they have 4 addresses in New York and 2 in Brooklyn. They serve one of the best pizzas in town, considered by many to be the “authentic Neapolitan pizza!”

The ingredients are the best: super fresh, natural, no preservatives and some are even gluten-free. If you are not with that desire to eat pizza, as the kids probably are, they offer a great menu with pasta, salads and meat!

But…I suggest trying their pizza! Lastly, the environment is quite relaxed and the pizza, delicious!”

Location: 1431 First Avenue

www.numero28.com


Lastly, if you are coming to NYC and want help in organizing your trip contact our experts to see how we can help you. Or, if you are a company needing corporate assistance with your executives or clients, let us assist you.

www.carolcelico.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Carol Celico, Kaka, Governors Island, Bryant Park, Jen Carlson, Tracey Young, New Victory Theater and Mnogoschastiya
*Last Update on March/2020.*

La Esquina: The Soho-Nolita Border Has A NYC Secret Worth Sharing

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This is definitely one of NYC’s secrets worth sharing! The façade doesn’t tell much, but La Esquina offers an innovative rendition on tasty Mexican inspired street food.

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At La Esquina’s flagship spot, on the Soho-Nolita border, you can expect an amazing selection of Mexican food – from Mexican style grilled corn to ceviche and the traditional tacos.

Established in the year of 2006, its popularity is certainly worth the wait.

The menu is fantastic, so if you’re in doubt about what to try, fear not! You can order some dishes to share, so this way you’ll have a great time tasting a bit of it all.

If you want to take home a bit of their “Mexican taste”, they sell 4 salsas/dips that will spice up your day! You might find them “sold out”, but that’s probably a good sign, right? They are:

  • Roja: A charred salsa famous at the restaurant for its fresh, yet smoky taste featuring fire roasted tomatoes, garlic and onions;
  • Roja Hot: A spicy (but not too hot) version of their original salsa roja;
  • Verde: This refreshing salsa is zesty and features tomatillos, fire roasted onions, serrano peppers and cilantro;
  • Black Bean Dip: This smoky dip is one of Food & Wine Magazine’s favorite snacks! Smoky, yet sweet, this dip features black beans, fire roasted tomatoes, serrano peppers and cilantro.

Now, the secret!

Through a disguised door that reads “Employees Only” you’ll find an entrance to their famous basement restaurant. Some people get mistake by their café which is just around the corner, but that’s not it! The only way of going in, is with a reservation so be sure to do that.

Plus, they offer catering service and also have a few amazing products for sale at Goldbelly, like different salsas and black bean!

They opened a second place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, named “Café de la Esquina”. But, they didn’t stop there. They have a total of 4 locations for everyone’s delight!

We do recommend calling for reservation, so you can have a seamless experience, since it does get quite crowded.

What the NEW YORK TIMES says: “Speakeasy-channeling pantomine of illicit, exclusive pleasure.

As we mentioned, definitely one of NYC’s secrets worth sharing!

We know that SoHo and Nolita are neighborhoods with never ending spots to explore, we we will help you out a bit.

Have fun!

Hours: Check website for each location.

Locations:
114 Kenmare Street, Soho-NoLita
225 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg
200 West 55th Street, Midtown West
1402 2nd Avenue, Upper East Side

www.esquinanyc.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Lucas Noonan and La Esquina
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

The Beauty Of Jane’s Carousel At The Brooklyn Bridge Park

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A nostalgic moment everyone should experience! Jane’s Carousel at the Brooklyn Bridge Park is an experience for all ages, with a breathtaking skyline of New York City!

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I believe that everyone, at least once, has ridden a carousel! Kids, teenagers, adults and even the most experienced ones would probably want to try a 2nd, 3rd and even 4th time! It’s just so nostalgic, right?

Plus, rinding a gorgeous, vintage one is even more exciting! Pair that with a perfect skyline of Manhattan and voilá! It becomes an urban fairy tail! Well, it’s certainly OUR urban fairy tail and our hearts do beat faster when we see it.

That is to say that, one of the most amazing carousels you’ll ever see is called Jane’s Carousel. This magnificent art work located inside the Brooklyn Bridge Park, right below the Brooklyn Bridge.

It’s a huge, beautifully restored piece of art with 48 racing hand-carved horses. This classic 3 row beauty was built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and is opened year-round.

A bit more of history:

The carousel was originally located at Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio in the early 1920’s. Then, in mid 1980’s, specifically in 1984, the duo Jane and David Walentas purchased it. They prevented it from being completely dismantled and having it’s pieces separately sold off. Lucky us!

That same year, Jane started the restoration with her own hands, at her studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn. It was amazing to see the original coloring of each piece surfacing back.

After documenting every color and every detail was faithfully done, so when the time came to replicate it all on the final pieces, the end result was breathtaking.

Moreover, all the electrical parts and machinery were updated with the latest technologies. And still, over 1200 lights were installed to give the final touch, bringing it to life.

It was finally shown to the public, at the Brooklyn Bridge Park on September 16th, 2011. It surely transformed the this area of Brooklyn’s skyline and has become a dear location in our heart.

It’s definitely something to experience in New York City. So, if you are interested in seeing what it’s all about, but would prefer help of an expert tour guide, contact us.

We’ve done some pretty amazing itineraries for big (and small) Corporate groups and delegations, so if you need help in organizing a special experience for your team or your clients, let us cater it for you.

Hours: Thursday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dock Street

www.janescarousel.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Jane’s Carousel, Harper’s Bazaar (Mila Kunis), Vincent Mounier, Zen and the Art of Travel and BeHappyNYC (Featured image)
*Last Update on March/2020.*

NY Philharmonic: Renowned Cultural Landmarks In New York

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The NY Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S. Plus, it’s one of the most renowned cultural landmarks in New York and in the world. It’s the home of some of the most talented musicians too.

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Founded in 1962, the Philharmonic Hall was the first building to be concluded at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Designed by the renowned American architect, Max Abramovitz, the project houses the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States.

Moreover, based on the astounding donation of $10.5 million, in 1973, it was renamed to Avery Fisher Hall. It’s benefactor, Avery Fisher, was a philanthropist and music lover.

Later, in 2015, if was once again renamed and is now know as David Geffen Hall, another philanthropist, as well as a business magnate and producer.

His philosophy was to give back to the world what music had given to him. Sounds perfect!

Today, the philharmonic entertains over 50 million music lover a year. It also offers annual free concerts across the city, because of it’s community-driven passion. These includes the famous Concerts in the Parks – in Central Park.

Plus, a few extra infos:

“Beginning in 1842, the New York Philharmonic’s historic collections are some of the longest running, most comprehensive Archives in the world of performing arts. An early tradition of documenting all activities began even before the first concert and continues today.

Located in the Rose Building at Lincoln Center, the Philharmonic Archives welcomes researchers by appointment only.

Take a look at their Instagram page (@NYPhilharmonic) to keep posted on the upcoming performances, or go to their website to read about the up coming events calendar!


Furthermore, it’s location can be a bit confusing. It’s on the north side of Lincoln Center, at Broadway and West 65th Street.

In addition, if you are coming to New York and would like to attend any upcoming performances. Or, even if you need to organize a Corporate experience, contact our experts to organize it. We can tell you a bit more about the renowned cultural landmarks in New York City.

Lastly, if you enjoy these types of experiences, check out what Martha Graham Dance Company is all about! You’ll be breath-taken!

Location: David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza

www.nyphil.org


Photo Credits: Courtesy of NY Philharmonic and Chris Lee
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Curiosities of Grand Central Terminal, A New York Landmark

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Grand Central Terminal is a New York landmark that we just can’t ignore. This is actually one of our favorite spots in the city and the secret stories behind this monumental place is incredible. Below are some curiosities you will enjoy!

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We have to confess: we are a little obsessed with the Grand Central Terminal and its story.  There is just so many behind the scenes secret stories to share…

Everything is thrilling, from all the secrets it holds, to the uncovered mysterious places in it, to the breathtaking architecture and the startling number of people that passed by it daily – 750,000!

That is to say, our friends at Untapped New York have put together a sensational post with 10 quick curiosities about the Grand Central Terminal. We decided to share it with you!

So, did you know that:

  1. You can play tennis in Grand Central;
  2. There is a top secret room that doesn’t even appear on maps or blueprints;
  3. A hidden brick is an effective, if unintentional, anti-smoking ad;
  4. Some of the iron eagles have gone missing;
  5. No one knows if the “whispering gallery” was built to whisper on purpose;
  6. Grand Central houses a hidden bar;
  7. The sculptor who designed the statue in front of the building was kind of a snob;
  8. Track 61 still serves as a means of clandestine transportation;
  9. Grand Central has the largest basement of any building in New York City;
  10. And last, the ceiling is backwards!

If you enjoy uncovering these types of spots when you travel, we offer a fantastic Secret Behind The Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour that will blow your mind. You will have an experience that not everyone is able to have. Plus, we visit many of the spots that we mentioned on the list above!

Super cool, right?

Lastly, if you are looking for corporate concierge services and need help organizing a unique experience for your executives or clients, we are also able to assist you. For private tours & experiences, contact us.

Location: 89 East 42nd Street

www.grandcentralterminal.com


Text Excerpts: Originally by Untapped New York
Photo Credit: Anu Mahendran from anoomaggie.blogspot.com
*Last Update on March/2020.*

A Hidden Beach In Williamsburg Right Off The East River

Curiosities City Secrets Williamsburg Hidden Beach by Scouting NY

Brooklyn has many secrets and one of them is: there is a hidden beach in Williamsburg, right off the East River!

Curiosities City Secrets Williamsburg Hidden Beach by Scouting NY
Photo Credit: Scouting NY

Can you actually imagine a hidden beach in Williamsburg, located right off the East River?

Well, one of the most trendy neighborhoods in the moment is called Williamsburg. It’s the home of many of the coolest hot spots from bars, restaurants, nightclubs, countless stores and so much more!

This area is also growing with so many new residences. People are moving from Manhattan, into Brooklyn in a blink of an eye.

One of the tiny beaches in the neighborhood, that is very well-know to locals and visitors is the one inside the Brooklyn Inlet Park.

This is the area where the famous Smorgasburg open-air food market happens every Saturday. It’s very small, but it’s one of the highlights, specially due to the breathtaking view of Manhattan’s skyline. The spot is certainly on the top of the list for those that are looking for an Instagram-worthy shot!

But, if you walk south a few minutes, and pass behind a few buildings on Kent Avenue, you’ll find another tiny, and forgotten beach. There, you’ll see a very old and rusty ladder that takes you down to a bunch of rocks.

This, leads you up to this special and tiny beach, with another a-m-a-z-i-n-g view of New York’s skyline and the Williamsburg Bridge!

Surely, no tourists there!

The cool information is that this was the former site of the Brooklyn Ferry Company’s Williamsburg Branch during the second half of the 1800’s. Later, it was discontinued in the beginning of the 1900’s.

Now, we’ve all heard about the shutting down of the L line that connects Manhattan to Brooklyn, in 2019. With this, the city is now arranging alternative transportation methods, and there will certainly be an increase in ferry services. Who knows they don’t reactivate this spot, right?

So, before this happens, be sure to go check out this hidden beach in Williamsburg. Just, be sure not to hurt yourself. Plus, we’re not sure how “legal” and safe it is…So, go at our own risk.

If you are interested in exploring Williamsburg, contact our experts to put together a customized tour or experience for you and your friends & family. For Corporate experiences, let our experts assist you too. We’ve worked with several corporate and private groups of all sizes for food, art, shopping and historical tours.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Scouting NY
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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