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Best Nude Beaches In New York And Around

Day Trips and Travels Nude Beaches in New York Gunnison NJ Dock Area

I had never been to nude beaches in New York before, or anywhere else actually, but I have to say that I was always curious to see what it would be like. I mean, I think many people also have this curiosity but, like me, never really had the guts to go.

Day Trips and Travels Nude Beaches in New York Gunnison NJ

Thankfully I have a great group of friends that planned a special Sunday for us this past weekend! The weather was perfect, the sky was as blue as it could get and I decided to give it a go!

Result: I loved it and can’t wait to explore another nude beach!

So, I decided to write this post to share my experience, tell you about prepping for the day, share some do’s and don’ts, and list you a few places to go in New York and around!

We actually went to a beach called Gunnison Beach, in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Gunnison is known for being the only legal nude beach in the State, plus it’s a LGBTQ friendly spot too. It’s known as one of the oldest and best nude beaches on the East Coast to go to.

The gay-friendly section of the beach is mostly near the parking lot, but you can see families and straight people enjoying the day too. One of the cool things at the beach is that even though it is encouraged to just go full on naked, it’s optional.

So, if it’s your first time explore nude beaches in New York, like it was mine, you can go at your own pace and comfort. I actually just decided to get in the mood, after 5minutes I was there…

It’s like a cold lake. Better to just jump straight in, instead of putting first your feet to get used to the water. You might never get in…Hahaha!

Every single person at the beach is extremely respectful, no one is making fun, or talking or even stopping to look at other people. They are just enjoying the day, chatting with friends, sunbathing and refreshing in the ocean.

I didn’t see any sign that said “No Cameras”, but I do think it’s implicit that no one should be taking pictures or recording anything, right? My recommendations is to just forget about your phone and enjoy your time there.

The sensation? It’s actually extremely liberating! You just feel free and in peace with yourself and your body. Everyone there is beautiful the way they are and no one is there to judge.

How to get there?

Day Trips and Travels Nude Beaches in New York Gunnison NJ Pier 11I left from Manhattan, so the best way was to head to Pier 11, near Wall Street and get the Seastreak Ferry to Sandy Hook, New Jersey. My recommendation would be to purchase the round-trip ticket, since I didn’t really see where you could buy tickets at Sandy Hook back to Manhattan.

Ticket prices are a bit steep and a round ticket costs $46 per person, but I do recommend the experience. Steeper prices also mean a more controlled crowd.

We left on the 11am ferry and in 30 minutes we were at Sandy Hook. Arriving there you’ll see, by the docking area, some friendly Rangers guiding you to the yellow school buses that will take you to the beaches. We dropped off at the 1st stop, Gunnison Beach, but there is another stop called North Beach.

Arriving at Gunnison, you’ll walk through a nice wooden path that will lead you to the beach. It’s maybe a 10min walk from there, to where you’ll probably settle in.

Oh! Do use the bathroom, before getting to the beach, since it not that close, sand is hot and fluffy, so it’s not that fast to walk through when you’re super tight.

If you go by car from Manhattan, you might take up to 2h, so the ferry is definitely easier. But, if you decide to go by car, if I’m not mistaken, parking it $10 a car/day.

How to Prep?

Day Trips and Travels Nude Beaches in New York Gunnison NJ Dock AreaGunnison doesn’t really have good food options. There is only a small food truck that sells some snacks and refreshments, but to spend a full day, it’s not really a great place to depend on.

We had been to the market the day before and we bought things to prepare a couple of sandwiches for lunch and we also bought fruits, snacks like blue corn tortilla chips, hummus, nuts, a few sweets and some water bottles. It was all inside these thermal carrying bags.

Guys! Do hydrate during the day! Even though there is an amazing constant breeze you might not notice, but you are dehydrating there.

We took 2 big portable sun umbrellas for our group of 7 people and it was just perfect.

Also, no need to say, but yes, take sunscreen and keep reapplying through out the day, plus a hat and some cool shades. You WILL burn…

And lastly, we took towels to lay on, just to be more comfortable.

A few Rules & Etiquette Tips for the 1st Timers:

Day Trips and Travels Nude Beaches in New York Gunnison NJ Path To Beach

So, these are just a few of my own thoughts, ok? Feel free to comment below with more that I might have forgotten!

1. Respect each and every single person around you. They are there to have fun too!

2. Don’t EVER stare. I mean, come on, we’re there to have fun and not to check people out, make fun and point at strangers.

3. A nude beach is NOT a place to pick up dates or hit on people. It’s a beach like every other beach, not an eye candy spot. Stay with your group, unless you’re invited otherwise to join someone else.

4. Don’t EVER film or take pictures. If you do decide to take a quick selfie, be 1000000% sure no one is appearing in the back of your picture. But, as I mentioned, better to just enjoy your time there and forget your phone for once.

5. Be sure to see WHERE you are allowed to strip down! Not every public space at the beach is a spot to go naked. Ex: People are dressed at the restroom area at Gunnison, so put your clothes on to go there. And also, some public spaces might be allowed to go naked, but have a towel with you, so you don’t sit bare-bum, ok? This is for sanitation purposes.

…and still…

6.  If you’re with your loved one, be discrete, please! No one is making out like crazy on the sand, so just act as if you’re at any other public space. Also, don’t sit on laps or touch each other’s private areas, ok?

7. This is for the MEN! Guys, I believe it must hard to controle your friend down there, when you see something attractive. It’s ok if that happens. There is no shame, BUT be sure to be discrete and, as we said, respect everyone there. Keep an extra towel close by, just in case.

8. Should I go with friends or alone? Well, friends are always good since you know them, but you might think it’s weird to see a close friend totally naked… If you decide to go alone, you have to be careful too. Have something to give your attention too – a book, good music, a coloring book, sunbathing, etc. Going alone and just “staring”, might be a bit weird and not welcomed.

9. If your group has music playing, be sure it’s not disturbing your neighbors. Also, DON’T put on a show with your crazy “Dancing Days” moves. Keep that for when you get back into the city, with your clothes on!

10. EMBRACE this moment of freedom and total liberation from anything and anyone. Just have fun in the sun!

A few other nude beaches to explore:

  • Gunnison in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, is where I went.
  • Fire Island, in Long Island, NY, has a few spots to explore like Lighthouse Beach and Cherry Grove
  • The Rockaways is also known of having a few spots and specific areas in Fort Tilden and Jacob Riis Park

Upstate New York has a few options too, if you’re more a mountain-person:

  • Juniper Woods Campground, in the Catskill, says it’s “a clothing optional nudist recreational park and campground”
  • Split Rock Hole inside the Mohonk Preserve, located in New Paltz, is a great natural pond to cool off during summer
  • Empire Haven in Moravia, NY “was founded in 1959 and is a family-oriented nudist park located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region”
  • Full Tan Sun Club, in Sprakers, NY is a “family nudist campground” and opened over 50 years ago
  • Stony Kill Falls, also in New Paltz, has clean spring water in their Nudist Pool

As I mentioned a few times, be sure to see all the rules of each spot you go explore, ok?

Let me know if there are other places and nude beaches in New York that I should add to this list on the comments below!!! I’d love to know them!!!

For other beaches, not nude this time, you might want to explore a place I love called Sag Harbor! Great escape from our concrete jungle too!

Dinner & Discussion: Good for your life, the planet & your belly!

Events Up Coming Get The People Vegan Dinner and Discussion

Clear your calendar! Get The People presents an intimate evening of friend making, 4-course vegan food magic, and an eye-opening discussion with a health and wellness speaker and advocate!

Events Up Coming Get The People Vegan Dinner and Discussion

We are proud partners of yet another fantastic event with Get the People, a New York based purpose-driven digital creative agency!

Get The People presents an intimate evening of friend making, 4-course food magic, and an eye-opening discussion as we lift the curtain to the harmful toxins lurking in our daily lives and learn how to bring health into our homes.

Plus, the dinner is a farm to table, vegan food and we just love these types of private events and restaurants in New York!

Take a look what it’s all about:


The Dinner: 4-Course // Farm to Table // Vegan

You know those dining experiences that are so delicious it completely takes over your body and you start doing a little food dance? Well if that’s your thing, this dinner is for you.

We’ll experience a 4-course vegan dinner prepared by culinary’s best kept secret Ashley Frunzi, Culinary Futurists & Nutritionist – a creator of truly magical food.

For over 9 years Ashley has been influencing the tastes and diets of many fashion industry leaders and icons. She understands that, sustainable living is the best way to nourish their body for a lifetime of health and happiness.

The Discussion:

Health and wellness speaker and advocate, Christine Dimmick, Founder/CEO of The Good Home Company and author of Detox Your Home, will guide us through a deep and eye-opening discussion around sustainable living, our environmental footprint, and how to limit our exposure to harmful toxins and take back control of our health.

From food, water, fashion and kitchen goods, to personal care and cleaning products— even common household items like phones and childrens’ toys. We’ll learn their impact on our health and how we can be the change for wellness.

Christine pioneered the movement to natural home cleaning products more than 20 years ago in her NYC kitchen. She and Good Home products have been featured on O Magazine, Instyle, Dr. Oz, and House Beautiful, and she has made appearances on the Today Show. You can learn more about her incredible work and story on her website.

Ticket includes:

// Speaker & Rich discussion
// Magical 4-course vegan dinner, prepared by Culinary Futurist, Ashley Frunzi
// Evening of delicious wine provided by social impact wine company, One Hope Wine
// Your very own copy of Detox Your Home, written by our speaker Christine Dimmick CEO/Founder of The Good Home Company
// A portion of the proceeds will be donated to RAICES, which provides free & low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees.

The Schedule:

6:30 PM / Networking & Wine
Rub elbows with other awesome people who love food, their bodies, life, the planet and building businesses for good.

7:30 PM / Seated for Dinner & A Word from The Chef
We’ll be seated for dinner and get a personal walk-through of the vegan menu from our featured chef and culinary futurist, Ashley Frunzi.

8:00 PM / Speaker & Discussion
Listen, learn, ask, discuss. We’ll learn about the toxins, products, food, fashion, and how all of these effect our lives, health and the planet. We’ll dive into open discussion and discover key takeaways for building health into our lives and homes.


Date: July 18th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Habitas NYC – 240 West 30th Street

https://getthepeople-dinner-lifedetox.splashthat.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Get The People

Narcissus Garden Installation by Yayoi Kusama at Fort Tilden

Yayoi Kusama Narcissus Garden Fort Tilden Rockaways Credit Rachel Hoat

Yayoi Kusama is known worldwide for her impactful installations and art works! She now brings a fantastic work called Narcissus Garden to the Rockaways, at Fort Tilden, New York!

Yayoi Kusama Narcissus Garden Fort Tilden Rockaways Credit Rachel Hoat
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rachel Hoat

I love everything Yayoi creates and her avant-garde spirit is truly inspiring!

Starting tomorrow, July 1st, the Rockaways will be bustling this summer with people coming to visit the famous Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama’s new installation.

Narcissus Garden has 1,500 silver stainless reflective spheres installed inside a former train garage.

This is part of MoMA’s PS1 series named “Rockaways”, a yearly arts festival with the goal of recovering the area after the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, back in 2012.

The installation will be live up through September 3rd!

Location: Studio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, Far Rockaway, NY (Map below)


More about the installation:

MoMA PS1 presents Yayoi Kusama’s (Japan, b. 1929) site-specific installation of Narcissus Garden (1966–present) as the third iteration of Rockaway!, a free public art festival presented with Rockaway Artists Alliance, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Bloomberg Philanthropies in the Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden.

Comprised of 1,500 mirrored stainless steel spheres, Narcissus Garden is on view in a former train garage that dates to the time when Fort Tilden was an active US military base.

The mirrored metal surfaces reflect the industrial surroundings of the now-abandoned building, drawing attention to Fort Tilden’s history as well as the devastating damage inflicted on many buildings in the area by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Narcissus Garden was first presented in 1966, when Kusama staged an unofficial installation and performance at the 33rd Venice Biennale.

The silver spheres, originally made from plastic, were installed on the lawn in front of the Italian Pavilion, reflecting the landscape of the exhibition grounds.

Kusama herself stood among them, barefoot and dressed in a gold kimono, alongside yard signs inscribed with the words “Narcissus Garden, Kusama” and “Your Narcissism for Sale.” Throughout the opening day of the exhibition, Kusama remained in the installation, tossing the spheres in the air and offering to sell them to visitors for 1,200 lire (approximately $2) each.

The action, which was viewed both as self-promotion and a critique on the commercialization of contemporary art, would later be seen as a pivotal moment in Kusama’s career as she transitioned from installation toward the radical, politically charged public performances that would be the focus of her work in the late 1960s in New York City.”

For more infos, see MoMA’s website!


You might also want to see a video about Yayoi’s life! She is know for having quick a journey with a few mental health issues. But, what keeps her alive is surely her beautiful work!

So, if you also adore everything that Yayoi Kusama creates, than this is a must-go exhibition, so don’t waste your time and plan your day trip to the Rockaways!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rachel Hoat
Text Experts: MoMA’s website

Six Impossible Things: Interactive Magic Experience with Joshua Jay

Events On Going Six Impossible Things Joshua Jay NYC with Fernanda Paronetto

Who doesn’t enjoy a little bit of magic in their lives? I certainly do! I got a behind the scenes peek into Six Impossible Things, a magic show that defies all Laws of Nature! Uncover with me the world of Joshua Jay!

When we walk around New York, we find a little bit a magic spread throughout every corner of the city!

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And I mean, who in this world does not like a bit of magic? I do!

Joshua Jay is one of the most renowned names today in the world of magic!

He’s performed in over 100 countries, he’s won several prizes, he’s been live in countless TV shows and he even holds a Guinness World of Records for card tricks, which is pretty awesome!

He still holds the title up to this date!

How I met Josh? Well, I met him back in 2011 in Brazil where my brother and I participated in a small shooting he was doing at a friend’s photography studio!

I really thought that we would not fall for his tricks, but…to my surprise, it was truly a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

Now, Josh lives in NY (hum…actually he’s been here for over 10 years!) and started a special show called Six Impossible Things.

I went behind the scenes before his show started, to check out what’s going on, before he goes on stage!

And the magic happens, right behind a blue door…

Get your ticket!


My experience at the show!

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After the shooting with Josh, I actually came back to witness the show and I was in awe all through this interactive experience.

There were only 20 people there, keeping it quite intimate. Every single person was able to participate in one or another magic and engage with Josh during the show.

Plus, each one had a one-on-one with him!

At each magic trick it just kept getting more and more amazing and it truly blew my mind (and everyone that was there). I paid close attention to see if there was any way to figure out how it was done, but some tricks were pretty complex to even try…

What can I say? For one, I don’t want to do any spoiler alerts, but you’ll be sure to see some of the most spectacular magic tricks ever, that even defy all Laws of Nature! Oh, and the art work by Serge Bloch is breathtaking and pretty special!

I LOVED IT and recommend it to every one out there, at every age!


More about the show:

“Six Impossible Things is an interactive magic experience in which you will experience astounding magic inches from your face, in the dark and even alone.”

The show is approximately 75 minutes and includes an unusual refreshment and a hard-backed volume not otherwise for sale.

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Six Impossible Things has been built into Wildrence, an acclaimed event space on the Lower East Side.

In each room, a new mystery unfolds to reveal an impossible ‘thing’.

You will see six astounding magic effects, all original compositions by master magician Joshua Jay.

The show is strictly limited to twenty persons per show, and reservations are limited to groups of eight or less.

Tickets are $106—136.

Doors open fifteen minutes before showtime and the show begins promptly at the designated hour. Absolutely no late admittance or refunds offered.

Due to the nature of the show, guests are admitted JUST ONCE to Six Impossible Things. So pay attention, enjoy, and don’t blink.

Get your ticket!

 

Date: Show will be live up through December/2018!
Location: Wildrence – the unmarked Blue Door at 59 Canal Street between Allen and Orchard Street

NOTE: This show is strictly for attendees 14 and up. No children, please.

https://siximpossiblethingsshow.com


Are you really into magic?

Josh has two amazing books for adults and aspiring magicians for you to check out!

And, he also has a book for the littles ones that dream in bringing to the world, a bit more of magic moments!

The books are: MAGIC: The Complete Course, The Amazing Book of Cards and one for children, Big Magic for Little Hands.

Have fun!


For other on going and up coming events in New York, you might want to see our selection!

And, if you’re coming to New York and you’re still looking for a place to stay, see some of the hotels, break & breakfasts and other options we adore!


VideographyRenata Meirelles
Photo Credits
Renata Meirelles and courtesy of Joshua Jay

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

The Biggest NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Flyer

Take a look to find out who were the amazing vendors and brands present at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018! Get ready to explore a whole new lifestyle!

Out Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018

I’m a huge fan of the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, not only because I’m vegetarian, going on vegan myself, but because it’s very friendly and fun for non-vegetarian too.

It’s a great place to go to understand more about this up and coming lifestyle, how to substitute your proteins – that are always a huge issue when you stop eating meat – and to find out fantastic brands and vendors around the city and state of New York, as well as from across the country.

Take a look below at the highlights of this past edition that happened on May 19th and 20th at the Metropolitan Pavilion, in Manhattan! We had an amazing time!

http://nycvegfoodfest.com


Marty’s V Burger

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Martys V Burger

Oh, we love Marty and everything he serves! As they say, it’s a “Fast Food. No Bull.” type of food. His burgers are literally some of the best in the city.

They are all house-made and I promise that the meat eaters will never believe they are eating vegan food!

His best seller is the Original World Famous Burger – a burger patty topped with melted cheddar “cheese”, special sauce, pickles, and crisp shredded lettuce, on a sesame seed bun!

We are completely addicted to it, and we’re sure you will to, regardless for being a meat eater! Promise!

http://martysvburger.com


Munk Pack

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Munk Park

“On-the-go deliciousness for all life’s adventures.”

They have a great line of protein cookies and Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze that are a great snack to have with you not only during the day, but also during your outdoor adventures!

They are perfect for breakfast, during the long office hours, at school, before or after workouts and yes, for the outdoor trips!

All portable, healthy, great tasting, minimally processed, without the additives and fillers.

https://munkpack.com


Love Beets

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Love Beets

“We’re defying all previous notions of beets with our upbeat, fun and tasty beet products!”

Yes they are! I do truly love beets and everything done with beets!

Love Beets started with a great couple spreading their expertise and love for beets and has now grown to having their own state-of-the-art production facility in Rochester, New York!

They have everything from baby beets, cooked beets, salad & snacks, beet juice and even beet powder!

The beet, berry and ginger smoothie is great to start you off!

I personally loved it!

www.lovebeets.com


Pure Batch

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Pure Batch

“Don’t fear the treat!” I certainly don’t!

This is what you should try when it’s your day to splurge on your diet. I’m the type of person that actually has to eat something sweet every day, just to keep the fire burning, if you know what I mean. Ha! Well, Pure-Batch has some of the most amazing vegan, organic, gluten-free, soy-free and peanut-free sweets!

Each batch is designed to give your body a healthy dose of protein, fiber, fat + low-glycemic sugar. I loved their ChoCoNut Truffle, the Cookie DŌ Truffle and the Wise Pignoli Cookies!

www.pure-batch.com


Kawi Foods

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Kawi Foods

“Taste so good, just the way it should…”

Kawi Foods offers vegan and gluten-free vegetable broths, seasonings and dressings! They are all organic, Non-GMO, paleo, no sugar added and no MSG!

The brand is family owned & operated enterprise dedicated to providing wholesome products created from natural ingredients!

So, if you’re a professional or aspiring cook, they them out and we’re sure your guests will love the final result!

https://kawifoods.com


Banza

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Banza

“The most delicious alternative to pasta.”

This high protein, high fiber, gluten-free pasta is really something! Banza explains that they are changing pasta forever, for the better – it’s pasta that loves you back! So, fear no more!

Their pasta is made from chickpea – a superfood – and it’s out of this world awesome, so it’s time to ditch the empty carbs in wheat noodles.

The taste? Unbelievably addictive and delicious! You’ll finally be able to eat pasta guilt-free

www.eatbanza.com


Cedar’s

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Cedars

“Know better Hommus. ”

Ok. I’m also completely addicted to hommus. Once I open it at home, I can easily finish an entire pot alone, if I don’t control myself.

That said, Cedar’s sells some of the most delicious hummus, in my opinion. Their story starts back across the ocean in the Mediterranean, but continued in the US, when they decided to spread their love.

They infused different combinations of spices and veggies until they came up with new and exciting flavors.

Today they’ve expanded to their fresh Mediterranean Salads, Greek yogurt-based Dips, Salsa, Pita Chips, Wraps and—of course— their legendary Tzatziki. Hard to know to what buy first!

www.cedarsfoods.com


Hodo

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Hodo

“Inspiring adventures in good food!”

Since Hodo’s early days at farmer’s markets in 2004, Hodo has made tofu enthusiasts out of top chefs and home cooks who never noticed plant-based protein before.

It’s delicious, plus USDA Organic, Non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, kosher certified, and an excellent source of protein.

They have a line of ready-to-eat, delicious tofu and yuba meals. What’s Yuba?

They explain: “It’s the top-layer goodness that we hand skim after we warm our super creamy organic soy milk. With a mellow flavor and the texture of an al dente noodle, yuba is a protein-packed marvel that’s the perfect-match for the Hodo kitchen’s favorite recipes.”

www.hodofoods.com


Follow Your Heart

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Follow Your Heart

“Live healthy!”

I love every single product by these guys! They have everything from Vegenaise, Vegan Gourmet & Gluten-Free Bakery, Vegan Cheese Slices, VeganEgg, and Dressings.

It all started back in the 1970’s when Bob, Spencer, Michael and Paul, four young, bushy-haired hippies in Southern California opened a seven-seat soup, salad, and sandwich counter in the back of a small natural food store in the San Fernando Valley.

They were serving a small local community in Canoga Park that was soon to expand across the country.

Today, they’ve expanded their passion for great-tasting, healthy foods, and believe that we should all have compassion for all living things and have a responsibility to be good stewards to the environment! We support!

https://followyourheart.com


Sail Away

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Sail Away Coffee

“The new black!”

Sail Away started from the love of a Long Islander musician for good coffee that grew after a specific trip to Colombia! I’m a huge coffee lover myself and the more, the merrier!

Plus, we all know that Colombia, as well as Brazil, has some of the best coffees on Earth!

So, he began crafting his own premium single origin roasts, blends and signature cold brew. So, as they say: “Live Young!”

https://sailawaycoffee.com


P-Nuff Crunch

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 PNuffs

“Unleash The Power of Plant Protein!”

If you’re in to snack foods, you should try this, after all, there’s nothing better than a healthy snack, right?

P-Nuffs is the only baked puff snack made from heart-healthy and protein-filled peanuts, fiber-full navy beans, and slow digesting complex carbohydrate rice.

It’s made with only natural ingredients, no artificial flavors, no sweeteners, no preservatives added.

It’s quite unique and if you’re a peanut lover, this is definitely for you!

http://pnuff.com


VSpot

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 VSpot

“Latin Vegan Comfort Food.”

VSpot is a vegan restaurant with two locations – East Village and Park Slope – that was founded back in 2006. They’ve been serving delicious healthy vegan cuisine with a focus on the mouthwatering flavors of Latin America. They offer a number of gluten-free options and are Kosher certified.

They also have a weekly comedy show every Thursday in the Backroom of their Saint Marks location, with stellar comedians on the lineup. So, go eat well and have fun!

http://vspot.nyc


Rescue Chocolate

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Rescue Chocolate

“The sweetest way to save a life!”

We love this! Besides being 100% vegan, and delicious, Rescue Chocolate sends portions of its profits to animal rescues, helping to save the millions of homeless dogs and cats.

All of their bars and truffles are vegan, handcrafted, organic, fairly traded and yummy!

There’s nothing better to have a chocolate and still, save a life, right!?

www.rescuechocolate.com


Get Juiced

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Get Juiced

“Love Your Guts!”

The founder, Stephanie, decided to help her family have a healthy body and mind and active lifestyle, so she created snacks that are flavorful and packed with nutrition.

All the products are hand made with the finest ingredients, always focused on creating unique flavor experiences. Today Get Juiced offers an extensive line of fermented vegetables and cold pressed juices.

Their priority is people’s health by utilizing local produce, as much as possible, grown organically in nutrient rich soil, using non-toxic preparation and packaging, and minimizing their footprint. Pretty cool, right?

www.getjuiced.info


Now, if you’re into exercise, you might want to take a look at these 3 supplement brands.

TRU Supplements

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Tru Supplemenets

Their vision is to “design, test, and build the world’s cleanest and most effective natural supplements with the aim of improving the health and fitness of all those who utilize their products.”

They offer everything from BCAAs, proteins, energy and metabolism products, vitamins, to apparel and equipment.

Online you’re also able to find countless recipes to try out on your own!

www.gettrusupps.com


Superior (Electrolytes)

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Superieur Electrolytes

“Turning the electrolyte category upside right.”

Based in Lake Superior, they are grassroots and 100% employee owned.

They do everything themselves!

By eliminating 3rd party formulators, middlemen and mass distributors, it allowed them to have the best tasting, best ingredients and best price on the market.

Superieur Electrolytes can be found in the finest holistic centers, yoga studios, gyms, health food stores, running stores, bike shops, outdoor stores and in the cupboards of the healthiest households.

http://superieurelectrolytes.com


Purium

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Purium

“Helping People & the Earth”

100 years ago, all food was organic. It grew in clean, mineral-rich soil and clean, mineral-rich water. Even our food distribution system has created waste in food, carbon and land – while encouraging the use of chemicals, herbicides, pesticides and more.

Today, real food has been replaced by corporate-produced fast, cheap, addictive, processed food-like stuff.

Purium offers a solution that benefits our bodies as well as the Earth.

They take fresh, non-GMO, organic produce from the field and convert nearly 100% of it into stable powder that can last for up to 2 years. They are committed to education and sharing that knowledge with you, and offer certified kosher and certified organic food products.

https://ishoppurium.com


The Fanciful Fox

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“Hand crafted, in small batches, with love.”

Based out of Brooklyn, The Fanciful Fox is a brand that cares about animals, the environment, and mostly about you! They have a line of natural, vegan bath and body products.

All of their creations are hand crafted in micro batches, with the finest plant ingredients, and topped off with a whole lot of love.

They believe in the radical idea that if it goes on your skin it should be good for you!

That’s why they leave out all of the junk, so you’ll never find any nasty chemicals, gross fillers, or downright unpronounceable words in any of their products.

https://fancifulfox.myshopify.com


Save Haven Farm Sanctuary

Our Experts Recaps BTSNYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary

This amazing animal sanctuary, called Save Haven Farm Sanctuary, is based in the hills of the Mid-Hudson Valley.

They provide a life-long, loving home for farmed animals rescued from abuse or neglect.

Today, they are the home of more than 100 animals.

They hope to raise awareness about the plight of animals raised for food and the benefits of a vegan diet for the animals, human health, and the environment.

They are dedicated to spreading compassion and respect for all living beings.

Great job guys!

http://safehavenfarmsanctuary.org


In addition, there were several other fantastic vendors there that you can check out on their website.

Hope you enjoyed all these amazing brands and vendors from the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018!

Stay tunes for other upcoming events and if you’re vegan or vegetarian, be sure to explore all the amazing local NYC spots! Plus, if you like to eat at the different food markets spread throughout the city, take a look at a relatively new market in Brooklyn!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of all the brands and vendors

Exploring The 5 Best Bars In Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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Explore with our Founder, Fê Paronetto, the 5 best bars in Greenpoint, Brooklyn! She takes you on a short and sweet walk around this upcoming neighborhood, with bars you should go visit with your friends!

There are so many awesome neighborhoods spread throughout Brooklyn and it’s always a thrill to explore them!

Greenpoint is one of the neighborhoods that has been attracting everyone’s attention and eyes, from locals to our type of tourist – the curious ones that want to explore New York off-the-beaten-track.

The neighborhood is not big, making it pretty easy to explore it all on foot. You’ll find everything from independently owned stores and fantastic restaurants to pretty cool bars and delicious coffee shops!

And, since we know that everyone loves uncovering the best bars spread around town, so we decided to give a little hand!

Today we decided to share with you our selection of the 5 best bars in Greenpoint, so be sure to tell your friends and go check it out!

Ok, ok…we agree that there are countless other bar that are amazing! So, if you liked this video, we can maybe do another one with more spots, in the near future! Leave us a message below, if that’s a YES!


Northern Territory

Nightlife Bars 5 Best Bars in Greenpoint Northern Territory

During the hot months, Northern Territory is the place to go.

Why? Well, it’s rooftop area has an amazing view of Manhattan’s skyline, drinks are great and it’s always attracts a pretty group of people.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 4pm – close
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – close

Location: 12 Franklin Street

http://www.northernterritorybk.com


Troost

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One of Greenpoint’s hidden gems is called Troost. Besides having a full bar with great drink selection, great music that attracts a laid-back crowd, it also has a beautiful green garden in the back, perfect now that the weather is getting hotter!

Plus, do you like wine? The owners John Ortiz and Jaime Eldredge opened this place due to the lack of a good wine bar in the neighborhood.

Read more about them here.

Hours:
Happy Hour: 4pm – 8pm
Daily: 4pm – Close
*Close between Midnight – 2am*

Location: 1011 Manhattan Avenue

http://troostny.com


Brokenland

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Brokenland is pretty low-key and also has a great list of creative cocktails. Plus, it’s another bar with a great back garden!

In addition, if you enjoy a low key, laid back environment, you’ll love it here. As they explain, they are a hip bar with wood floors and tin ceilings!

Hours:
Monday – Friday:  4pm – 4am
Saturday & Sunday: 2pm – 4am
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday: 4pm – 8pm

Backyard Hours (open year round):
Sunday – Thursday: Open until 11pm
Friday & Saturday: Open until 1am

Location: 105 Franklin Street

http://www.brokenlandbar.com


Ramona

Nightlife Bars 5 Best Bars in Greenpoint Ramona

As soon as you walk into Ramona, you’ll be in awe. The amazing full bar is definitely something to see! This family owned bar serves innovative original cocktails and re-imagined classics.

The house’s main barista, Jeremy, made us a delicious one named The Handsome Grandson. It’s basically gin, bay leaf syrup, pomegranate, basil, lime, topped with soda and goes for $13.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 5pm – 4am
Saturday & Sunday: 2pm – 4am

Location: 113 Franklin Street

https://ramonabarnyc.com


Greenpoint Beer and Ale

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Greenpoint Beer & Ale is our last stop! While exploring Greenpoint, it’s hard to miss this place.

You’ll see countless communal tables on the sidewalks, with beautiful people hanging out in this German-style brewpub. Be sure to come early to get your seat outside.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 12am
Friday: 2pm – 2am
Saturday: 12pm – 2am
Sunday: 12pm – 12am

Location: 7 North 15th Street

http://greenpointbeer.com


For other great cocktail spots, you might want to check out a super cool interview we did with the hippest Brooklyn couple that know everything about cocktails! Rachel and Kyle Ford shared with us their 7 Best Cocktail Places In NY.

And last, if you enjoyed this post and you’re also the type of local, or tourist, that simply loves exploring New York off-the-beaten-path, subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be part of our Founder’s adventure around NY!


Videography: Renata Meirelles
Photo CreditsRenata Meirelles and courtesy of the venues
Beauty: Leila Soldeira

Creating And Recording Memories Through Photography in NYC

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Traveling to NYC is not only about fun times, but also about creating and recording memories. Let our award winning photographer take care of it all for you! All you have to do is enjoy.

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Many times we travel to the best places in the world and we forget to register some of the most amazing moments, right?

Or, during that fantastic time, just being responsible for registering everything can be more stressful than pleasant.

And still, during our daily life, moments are created, but not registered.

That said, we are excited to share another BTSNYC Experience with you! Our fantastic partner, an award winning documentary photographer is specialized in family photography, weddings and events.

This Brooklyn-based visual biographer, as she calls herself, will give you another perspective on all the special moments during a NYC trip, or even, during a day in your life (if you live here).

Please contact us for details and to book!


What is Day In The Life?

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For people who believe in recording memories of childhood for their kids, our partner photographer will do this job for you. How? By spending a day with your family capturing all the little moments that are the essence of who you are, but might be gone forever unnoticed because of how hectic our life is.

The “Day In The Life” experience is like building the bridge from today to the day in the future when you are going to miss today badly. And, then you’ll be able to cross this bridge in the opposite direction and find a comfort in it.

You’ll be amazed by how much love, hard work and appreciation goes into your everyday.

This session is fully documentary, which means: The Photographer does not give any directions, uses only available light, works extremely hard to capture the right moments.


This type of session is also great for capturing your NYC vacation!

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Listening to a street musician in Central Park, dining in Little Italy, taking a ride on Coney Island Wonder Wheel – those are such fun activities to experience, right?! But is it as much fun to also be responsible for capturing the precious memories? We don’t think so!

This session is such an interesting combination of a regular Day In The Life. It focuses on everyday moments that showcase the essence of a family, as well as personalities of each family member. And, a Vacation Session, where the focus is on the city and on travel adventures.

Imagine how awesome it would be to have a professional documentary photographer hanging out with you for a day doing her magic and then having an album full of authentic moments as a keepsake from your trip!


What’s included in Day In The Life package?

Day In The Life package consists of 3 components: “Captured”, “Printed”, “Downloaded”.

Captured” is your session fee that covers photographer’s time and talent during the session as well as post processing.

Printed” is the way your story is going to be presented in print. You can select a custom keepsake box with prints, photo book or photo album. “Printed” is always our clients’ favorite.

Downloaded” are your digital files. You can either purchase a smaller selection of the very best images from your day. Or, get all the good ones that will make you happy!

Please contact us for details and to book!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of our partner

Here Died Warhol: A Sensational Experience by Eugenio Merino

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Visit Andy Warhol’s body in Chelsea! “Here Died Warhol” is a sensational experience created by the Spanish artist, Eugenio Merino. Be ready to see a life-size hyperrealistic sculpture of Warhol’s body in an immersive installation!

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Andy Warhol was one of the most well-known names when talking about pop art!

The American artist was also a renowned producer and director, and has a studio in NYC called The Factory. Want to know a cool fact? The 1st location of the studio, in Midtown Manhattan, costed him only $100 rent/year in the early 1960’s!

His works are shown worldwide and through July 9th, you’ll be able to see Here Died Warhol, at the Unix Gallery.


Most know him for his films and painting, but Warhol has another entire list of works that ranged from photography and audio, to theater, fashion and culture.

Starting April 26, it will be possible to visit Andy Warhol’s body in Chelsea, New York. Here Died Warhol is a sensational experience that takes the visitor around New York City.

It follows Andy Warhol’s footsteps from his artistic beginnings to the glamorous and iconic places he frequented. The late artist’s body will lie in state at UNIX Gallery, through June 9th, 2018.

Here Died Warhol is an immersive installation by Spanish artist Eugenio Merino featuring a life-size hyperrealistic sculpture of Andy Warhol accompanied by a black granite gravestone. There is a functioning souvenir shop (including T-shirts, postcards, mugs).

And, a self-guided tour map of Warhol’s essential haunts (like his first New York residence and The Factory) complete Eugenio Merino the installation.

The intimacy of Merino’s sculpture in the gallery punctuates the cultural tourist’s experience as they contemplate the art and popularity of Warhol’s legacy.

Curated by the Málaga-based collective Los Interventores, Here Died Warhol explores the curiosity and motivation of Adjectival Tourism. In this case, it is a paired fascination with Warhol’s explosive célébrité and an innate curiosity about death close-up (like visitors to the Paris Morgue in the late 1800s).

Resonating with tourists and gallery visitors alike, the exhibition gives a full understanding of the city and artist that helped shape each other.

The installation is a sharp critique of the mass tourism and the cultural industry of the city-brand.  It examines the clash between the rise of tourist attractions and the needs of the local population; where real is replaced by a false setting targeted at the visitor.

Here Died Warhol is the definitive opportunity to take a selfie with the artist. Plus, acquire those objects created to capitalize on the essence of the most famous Pop Art visionary; the sale of the artist ́s aura.

The hyperrealism of Merino’s sculpture highlights this conflict between the genuine and the fake within the tourist experience.

This frustration transforms the city into a commodified space intended primarily for leisure and consumerism.

Here Died Warhol follows on the success of Aquí Murió Picasso (Here Died Picasso), which in 2017 attracted more than 20,000 visitors to the Alliance Française in Málaga.

For the duration of the exhibition, it became a must-see tourist experience in the capital of La Costa del Sol.


About Eugenio Merino:

Born in 1975 in Spain, Eugenio Merino graduated from the Complutense University of Madrid. Merino had his first US museum show at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art (Houston) in October 2015.

In addition, the artist has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and has participated in a variety of art fairs. These includes: Volta NY, Volta Basel, ARCO (Madrid), Art Brussels, FIAC (Paris), Armory Show, Arte Fiera (Bologna), Art BO (Bogota), MACO (Mexico), Art Wynwood (Miami) and has exhibited in the MOCA Museum of Taipei and the B.P.S.22 in Charleroi (Belgium).


Date: Through June 9th, 2018
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Location: UNIX Gallery – 532 West 24th Street

www.unixgallery.com

For other private art tours or experiences for corporate groups, let our experts cater to you!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Unix Gallery

A Secret NY Music Gig at Hell Phone Curated by Us!

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On April 28th, we curated another Sofar Sounds NYC! This time, it happened at a super trendy speakeasy called Hell Phone, in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn! And, we KICKED ASS that night! Check it out!

We love New York’s music scene. The city is the home of an infinite number of amazing musicians and artists!

Every 3 months or so, we curate a spectacular live music event in partnership with the team at Sofar Sounds NYC.

We choose the 3 bands that are performing during the night….and honestly? WE KICK ASS, believe us!

On Saturday, April 28th, we had a fantastic night with a mix of different style musicians. The event was hosted at a pretty awesome speakeasy bar in East Williamsburg, called Hell Phone. It’s in the back of a coffee shop called Ange Noir Café.

Way in the back of the coffee shop, you’ll see a beautiful red phone cabinet…open the door and walk in to explore! Be ready for a great night!

For this show, we brought in to perform:

  • Jair Oliveira: a famous Brazilian singer, composer and producer. He is a former student at the renowned Berklee College of Music, in Boston and plays MPB (Música Popular Brasileira). In other words, traditional Brazilian Pop Music;
  • Olivia Chindamo: a beautiful Australian vocalist! She’s best known for her natural and effortless ability to improvise or “scat”. As the 2016 Bell Award winner for “Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year”;
  • Kenny John: a very special musician our Founder, Fê Paronetto, met one day passing through Union Square subway station in NYC. He was playing the trumpet and she was in awe! Kenny learned to play the trumpet and an early age and today brightens up the day of thousands of commuters in NYC, playing Jazz and Soul music!

And…we had a surprise! We had a special guest joining in for a song! Aline Muniz is good friends with and was invited by Jair Oliveira to sing one song on stage with him!

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What’s Sofar Sounds?

If you’ve never heard of Sofar Sounds, they host the most exclusive, secret and intimate music gigs in over 300 cites all over the Globe!

The secret location is disclosed only on the day of the show. Plus, they don’t tell you which 3 bands are performing, so expect a night full of surprises!

Once you sign up, you get into a line and hope to be luck enough to be part of these events that actually sell out very quickly! (We have the promo code to skip line, below!)

“Bringing the magic back to live music. Amazing artists in intimate spaces, performing stripped-back sets to carefully curated audiences. Sit down, settle in and just listen. You’re gonna love it.”

In addition, this event is BYOB, so you can bring your own Booze! So, feel free to bring wine, beer, or whatever makes you happy!

See here how it all started, back in London!

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Finally,  skip with line and immediately purchase the ticket, with out special PROMO CODE!

Code: BTSNYC-945B9 – type this at check-out. Let us know if you have any issues – the code might eventually be updated!


Videography: Renata Meirelles
Photo Credits: Renata Meirelles

Why Your Train is F*cked at the Caveat

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New York City is the home of the most talented people on Earth, as we know! Caveat presents a fantastic show named “Why Your Train is F*cked: A love/hate show about the history of the MTA”.

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Yes! Every day there is something new happening in New York City, and it pretty hard to keep track of it all!

We always enjoy what Caveat has going on and they’ve got a pretty loyal audience coming back for more and more! But, who are these guys? As they explain:

“CAVEAT is New York’s newest speakeasy stage for playful, intelligent nightlife. Join us for drinks and go home smarter.”

“Our core creative team includes a recovering theoretical physicist, a renegade museum tour guide, and a one-time Moth StorySlam champion. That love for science and unconventional storytelling is at the heart of Caveat’s booking philosophy: we regularly host comedy, science talks, storytelling, concerts, trivia competitions, live recorded podcasts, and special events that defy description… you’ll have to come experience them for yourself!”

The tickets for their shows range from $10 – $20, and you’ll be sure to go home with a huge bunch of new knowledge to share!

Their cabaret-style tables are pretty awesome and they sit up to 120 guests, and be ready for a full house!

The best explanation they give for what to expect, décor-wise, is “Harvard Club meets CBGB“!

OBS: CBGB is a former rock club in the East Village, that all famous bands played back in the 70’s and 80’s. Today the place is the home for John Varvatos’ store. But, lucky us, they still preserved the original walls with stickers,  flyers, pictures with autographs…


Events Up Coming Caveat NYC Why Your Train Is Fucked

You know when your train is f*cked – this is the show that tells you WHY.

Get on board for a deep dive into the history of the MTA. Whether you love it, hate it, or want to compose more informed rage-tweets about it during your next 20 minute delay – they’ve got you covered.

Your hosts Meg Pierson (TEDx, Alchemy Comedy) and Justin Williams (City College, SirusXM), along with a mysterious anonymous ghostwriter, will conduct the show through the twists and turns of history.

PURCHASE NOW!

They’ll reveal unbelievable stories, subway life-hacks, and truly upsetting details about our subway system.

Episode 1: Bedlam on Wheels – MTA Origins

For their first show, they’re going WAY back, to the dirty 1830’s.

They’ll track the shady sh*t going down in NYC politics that kept a 19th century Elon Musk from making a subway happen. Also, get real about the pros and cons of horse-drawn mass transit. And, learn all about the mysterious Subway Microbe that New Yorkers worried would kill them all.

Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:00pm
Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door
Age: 21+

Note: This is a mixed seated and standing venue. Arrive early for the best seats in the house!

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If you need help booking for groups, contact our experts to help you out!


If you’re wondering where to eat before the show, you might want to enjoy another “behind the scenes” spot just a few blocks from Caveat.

Kuma Inn is hidden behind a weird, tiny door on Ludlow Street and serves a super traditional Thai menu!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Caveat

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