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A Guide For The Ultimate Weekend In The Hamptons

Guide For The Ultimate Weekend In The Hamptons Behind the Scenes NYC

For those that love New York, we know that spending a weekend in the Hamptons is on most people’s bucket list. So let us help you out!

Guide For The Ultimate Weekend In The Hamptons Behind the Scenes NYC

The Hamptons is what weary New Yorkers think about when they want to have an indulgent and relaxing weekend.
It’s known for celebrity sightings and scenic beaches, and it’s also New York’s most expensive summer destination since it costs a little over $400 to spend a night at some of the best hotels in the area.

But, while a weekend stay in the Hamptons can cost a little more compared to other NY vacation spots such as

Geneva and Lake George, it’s ultimately worth it since there’s a lot to do here all year round.

If you’re planning to treat yourself to a luxurious holiday, here’s a guide on how to spend a weekend in the Hamptons.


Where to Stay

A getaway in the Hamptons requires careful planning so you can fully experience the best of what this destination has to offer.

First, you’ll need to pick the right place to stay, and there’s a lot to choose from, depending on what experience you’re going for. If you want to stay in a fancy resort, consider EHP Resort & Marina.

They opened their doors earlier this year, and the 9-acre resort has luxurious rooms and cottages, three restaurants, a marina, and a swimming pool.

For December 2022, EHS will be offering a wide variety of activities for guests to enjoy the holiday season, including a festive hot cocoa bar, holiday cocktail making lessons, and private wine tastings, among others.

Meanwhile, for those who’d rather stay in a bed and breakfast, there’s East Hampton Art House. This establishment is run by local artists, and the amenities come with free studio tours and beach passes.

There’s also The Huntting Inn, which is located about 2.7 km away from the East Hampton Main Beach.

This place has free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV in every room, as well as an impressive breakfast buffet for guests.


Where to Eat

Foodies will definitely jump at the chance to stay in the Hamptons as this destination has lots of places to enjoy good food.

For instance, there’s The Clam Bar, which is a favorite among lobster fans. Feast on classics such as two-pound lobsters and clam strips or a Lobster Salad Roll.

For Mexican food, there’s Coche Comedor for tuna tacos and pork rib carnitas. Meanwhile, for seasonal comfort food, locals and tourists alike can’t get enough of Nick & Toni’s, which has been around since 1988.

This restaurant serves sumptuous dishes such as Ricotta Gnocchi, Wood Grilled Heritage Pork Chop, and Roasted Lamb Ribs.


What to Do

Its proximity to beaches makes the Hamptons perfect for activities such as swimming, windsurfing, paddleboarding, surfing, and fishing.

There’s also plenty of hiking trails where you can admire gorgeous scenery, and towns where you can shop for anything from baked goods to luxury items.

The Hamptons is also a haven for artists as it’s home to art exhibits and festivals. Make sure to stop by the Pollock-Krasner House, which is dedicated to Jackson Pollock.

There’s also The Parrish Art Museum which houses some of Pollock’s works, as well as the LongHouse Reserve, which has works from Willem de Kooning and Yoko Ono, among others.


The Hamptons has long been a favorite place for rest and relaxation for many New Yorkers.

Consider these tips to make the most of your visit and have fun while staying in this idyllic vacation destination.

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5 Magical NYC Activities to Try This Winter

Swingers Gold NYC Activities Winter Behind the Scenes NYC

Come explore 5 magical NYC activities to try this winter! So many unique spots to enjoy, so let us help you out!

There’s no shortage of exciting things to do in New York City. But, in this season of wind tunnels and freezing rain, locals and tourists alike have to get creative! So, come check out 5 magical NYC activities to try this winter!

Ice skating and holiday markets are all well and good, but what about some more original activities to try in NYC during the winter months?

To help keep up your spirits until the city starts to thaw, here are five magical NYC activities to try this winter.


#1 Go crazy golfing in a botanical palace

Swingers Gold NYC Activities Winter Behind the Scenes NYC
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If you’ve never heard of crazy golf before, get ready to have your world rocked.

This new-to-NYC phenomenon combines all the best of mini golf, bougie bar hopping and delicious street food, with a setting fit for royalty – in this case, the underground palace of Swingers Crazy Golf in NoMad.

Here, you and friends can putt your way through three amazing crazy golf courses, challenging each other to get past their many riveting obstacles!

To help you keep warm, you’ll obviously get plenty of physical activity at Swingers, and you can have drinks delivered to you right there on the course. (The Chailand Iced Tea – an energizing combination of chai-infused vodka, lemonade and cinnamon syrup – is sure to leave you feeling toasty.)

With cocktails and golf clubs in hand, you’ll also have great props for posing with Swingers’ gorgeous botanical decorations! And once you’ve worked up an appetite, don’t forget to stop by the gourmet street food vendors for pescado tacos and pepperoni pinwheels.

If you’re after a deluxe NYC destination for food, drink and entertainment, Swingers does it all.

Location: 35 West 29th Street

 

#2 Curate tunes at a classic vinyl record bar

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Karaoke is always a hoot, but for those who’ve heard a few too many off-key renditions of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, consider a much trendier option: an old-school vinyl record bar.

Our favourite in NYC would have to be Tokyo Record Bar, just a few minutes’ walk from Washington Square Park – and the ideal spot for a memorable night with friends (or to impress a date).

At TRB, you’ll be seated in an intimate, warmly lit space to choose from exciting drinks such as honeydew sake and buttermilk nigori. You can then proceed to the main menus, both culinary and musical.

On the former, you’ll find elegant dishes like hiramasa sashimi with burgundy truffle and caviar; for the latter, you and your guest(s) can select vinyl jukebox songs to be played as part of your dining experience.

Needless to say, a few hours at TRB can really reinvigorate a dreary winter evening… but make reservations now if you’re interested, because this 12-seat space fills up fast!

Location: 127 MacDougal Street

 

#3 Visit an enchanting French bookstore

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Bookstores aren’t such a rare sight in NYC, but bookstores like Albertine – located on the third floor of the Payne Whitney mansion on Fifth Avenue – contain a sliver of cultural magic.

This enchanting space has the largest collection of French language books in the country, with classic titles from 30 French-speaking countries, as well as plenty of English books and translations for those who don’t parlent français.

Visitors can enjoy this abundant, cross-cultural literature under a deep blue, astrology-inspired ceiling and golden hanging lamps. Without a doubt, Albertine is just the place to immerse yourself in another world on a cold winter’s afternoon (and maybe take a dreamy doze in one of their leather loveseats).

Alternatively, for those who don’t want to be tempted into buying any beautiful, expensive books, we’d recommend the Morgan Library and Museum: a glorious Beauty and the Beast-style collection situated two miles down the road, close to the Empire State Building.

Location: 972 5th Avenue

 

#4 Get your game on at an eccentric Brooklyn arcade

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Got some laundry to do? Looking to play a bit of pinball? Or just craving a beer after a long day? For any or all of the above, take a trip down to Sunshine Laundromat in Greenpoint.

This retro laundromat/arcade/bar feels very New York City: a quirky space that’s nonetheless quite functional and minimalist in design.

Indeed, some of the flashier arcade spaces in the city can feel a bit artificial. Sunshine Laundromat, on the other hand, is a truly authentic Brooklyn spot frequented by locals.

Pull up a stool and order a pint of locally brewed Greenpoint beer, or take a turn at one of the nostalgically themed pinball machines – Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Jurassic Park are just three iconic themes you’ll find here.

And if you happen to spill a drink on your jacket, simply pop it in the washing machine and pick it up on your way out! (Seriously, this is one amenity that every Brooklyn bar should offer.)

Location: 860 Manhattan Avenue

 

#5 Sip warming drinks at a secret speakeasy

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Speaking of highly authentic and slightly hidden NYC spots, our last suggestion is a speakeasy in the East Village – a place so covert, it has a hidden entrance and is quite literally called “Please Don’t Tell.” (We’re only defying their request because it’s a genuinely cool spot that many more people should know about!)

Step through the phone booth in Crif’s Dogs (a local hot dog joint) to a low-lit, highbrow space of brick walls and polished surfaces. Here, you can order signature PDT cocktails and classic drinks alike – perhaps a regionally appropriate Cosmo or Manhattan.

And if you want to go all out to beat the winter blues, consider hiring out the entire venue for up to 30 people!

Take note, however, that of all these magical things to do in NYC, an evening at PDT is one of the hardest to come by; they’re often booked up until well after midnight.

So, if this one sounds like a wintertime winner to you, we’d suggest making reservations well in advance.

Location: 113 St. Marks Place


Photo Credit: Swingers, Please Don’t Tell, Sunshine Laundromat, Albertine Bookshop, Tokyo Record Bar, 

Kid Friendly Things To Do In New York City

Luna Park Kid Friendly Things To Do in New York City Behind the Scenes NYC

Yes, New York is an amazing place to go with kids! So, we put together several kid friendly things to do in New York City to help you out!

Summer Jane's Carousel Kid Friendly Things To Do in New York City Behind the Scenes NYC

There are so many kid friendly things to do in New York City that it can be hard to figure out what to do at first.

If you’re going to the city with kids, it can be even harder.

You might think of New York as the perfect getaway for adults. But, it’s actually set up for kids to have the best time of their lives, and there are many things for kids to do in NYC.

No matter how much time you have in New York, you’re sure to run out of time (and maybe space on your laptop for storing photos if you don’t do a hard drive cleanup before you go!) if you don’t plan ahead and know what you want to do and see.

Here are some of the best things for kids to do in New York City to get your family trip started.


Luna Park

Luna Park Kid Friendly Things To Do in New York City Behind the Scenes NYC

Even though you have to take a 45-minute train ride from midtown Manhattan to get to Luna Park, it’s one of the best things to do in NYC.

Coney Island is known for its fun rides and great street food. While you’re there, don’t forget to try a Nathan’s hot dog or Feltman’s!

There are rides and games for kids and adults of all ages at Luna Park. You can easily spend a whole day there if you don’t plan ahead.

 

Ellis Island

Ellis Island NYC Tours Kid Friendly Things To Do in New York City Behind the Scenes NYC

To get to Ellis Island, you have to take a ferry from Battery Park in Manhattan. It is possible to take a ferry to Ellis Island and then to Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty is located.

All immigrants who came to New York did so through Ellis Island, which is now a fascinating museum that tells the stories of the 12 million people who went through the center from 1900 to 1954.

This should be at the top of your list of things to do in New York City with your kids that will both teach them and keep them busy.

Do take a look at an exclusive experience called “Behind The Scenes Tour Of The Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital“! You’ll have access to out of bound spots not offered to the general public that visits Ellis Island! Note: This is recommended to older kids.

 

The Statue of Liberty

Statue of LIberty Kid Friendly Things To Do in New York City Behind the Scenes NYC

Seeing the Statue of Liberty should be at the top of any New York City visitor’s to-do list. It’s not too difficult to get to because, like Ellis Island, you can take a ferry from Battery Park to get there.

Get to the top of the Crown, if you can. In addition to the amazing scenery, you’ll also get to tick that off your bucket list.

However, keep in mind that you need to be 48 inches tall to go up that high, and there are, as you might think, many narrow steps to climb.

The Statue of Liberty Museum is another must-visit since it houses the historic torch from the statue itself, which measures 16 feet in height, among other artifacts.

Oh, and during the summer, an amazing activity is the jetski ride on the Hudson River! It’s definitely a memorable experience!

 

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum Kid Friendly Things To Do in New York City Behind the Scenes NYC

Anything different is sure to keep kids very busy. The New York Transit Museum could do very well as a different thing to do in NYC.

It’s in a building that used to be a subway station, so you have to go underground to get there, which is always fun.

Once you get there, you’ll be able to look at old subway trains and even sit in the driver’s seat. You’ll also be able to learn as much as you can about how the huge subway system that so many New Yorkers and tourists use today got started.

It’s a small museum that you can see in about an hour. So, it’s a great place to stop on any day of your trip.

Here to can read more about it and a few other under the radar museums in NYC!

 

The American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History Kid Friendly Things To Do in New York City Behind the Scenes NYC

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is a great place to take the kids if you want to figure out what to do in NYC with them.

It is 150 years old and has lots of interesting things to look at that will keep everyone busy for hours.

There are some high-tech things to do, like 3D exhibits, but you can also see some amazing real-world things, like the t-rex skeleton and the famous, huge blue whale model.

Kids ages 5 to 12 can learn how to put dinosaur bones together and do a lot more in the Discovery Room.

 

Jane’s Carousel

Jane's Carousel Kid Friendly Things To Do in New York City Behind the Scenes NYC

No one can refuse a spin on an old-fashioned carousel at the carnival.

Jane’s Carousel in Empire-Fulton Ferry Park (near the Brooklyn Bridge) is always a terrific time, so be sure to include it in your itinerary when visiting New York City.

Everyone knows about this carousel. It’s one of the last remaining classic carousels, having been constructed in 1922.

It’s a great time, it still operates flawlessly, and it’s a historic piece of New York.

And, not far from Dumbo, be sure to check out Domino Park that was renovated not that long ago. There’s an amazing view of Manhattan, a beautiful wall by the river, food vendors, some activities and sports area.


Photo Credits: @BehindTheScenesNYC and Courtesy of New York Transit Museum

3 New Must-Visit Buildings in NYC With Amazing Architectural Features

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Today, we can to share with you 3 new must-visit building in NYC with amazing architectural features! The city has so many amazing buildings, so be sure to look up, as you walk!

There are over 6,400 high rise buildings in NYC.

While some of the most famed include that of the Central Park Tower, the Empire State Building, and the 111 West 57th Street building, NYC’s architectural marvels extend well beyond the city’s skyscrapers.

From the fascinating structure of The Shed to exploring the history behind Grand Central Terminal — and even diving into the incorporation of greenery into other structures, here are just three must-visit architectural wonders located in the Big Apple.


Beyond Central Park

Ford Foundation Center Must Visit Buildings in NYC

Central Park might feel like the only green space in the entirety of New York City, though the garden inside of the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice makes for a peaceful surprise where you might not expect it.

Located at 320 East 43rd Street, the building itself consists of a glass and steel cube-like structure.

While certainly not as big as Central Park, the impressive garden within the Ford Foundation Center consists of 10,000 square feet, and is located at the base of an atrium. Architectural Digest notes that the garden was ‘conceived and executed’ by a midcentury landscape architect by the name of Dan Kiley.

Today, recent improvements made include wheelchair accessibility, as well as features for the vision-impaired, which aids in making the garden more accessible to the public.

For tourists who visit the Ford Foundational garden (or Central Park) and wish to bring the city’s greenery aesthetic into your own home, doing so can easily be done through the incorporation of indoor trees.

With benefits that involve lowering stress levels, air purification, and simply bringing an earthy ambiance to any home office, living room, or bedroom, an indoor tree can be a fantastic way to incorporate a hint of greenery reminiscent of the city into any home.

When looking to successfully style indoor trees, doing so can be done by seeking visual harmony in terms of color palette and considering a taller tree to fill empty spaces that draw visual attention.

www.fordfoundation.org

 

The Shed

The Shed Hudson Yards Must Visit Buildings in NYC

When it comes to the arts, The Shed presents a majorly unique architectural marvel for those visiting or living in NYC.

Located in Hudson Yards, the structure opened in Spring of 2019 and serves as a culture center that presents a vast variety regarding the arts.

A 200,000 sq ft building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, Architect Magazine notes that there are two primary components that make up The Shed.

“An eight-level “fixed” base building for cultural programming and support spaces, and a telescoping outer shell that deployed over an adjoining plaza to double the building’s footprint on demand.”

Architect Magazine goes on to further note that the base building involves two levels of gallery space, a theater, rehearsal space, a creative lab for artists, and even an event space, highlighting the sheer capacity of the structure which literally looks like a shed.

https://theshed.org

 

The rich history behind Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal Must Visit Buildings in NYC

While it’s now known as one of the most famous tourist attractions with 750,000 visitors every day, Grand Central first opened to the public on February 2nd of 1913.

To highlight its architectural detail, Grand Central Terminal notes “One of the splendors of Grand Central is that its vast, majestic spaces reveal extraordinary attention to the smallest design detail”. https://www.grandcentralterminal.com

And further going on to point out that “The architects brought in Parisian artist Sylvain Salieres to craft bronze and stone carvings, including ornamental inscriptions, decorative flourishes, and sculpted oak leaves and acorns (symbols of the Vanderbilt family).”

The sheer detail and attention to the architectural design can be found in various other ways throughout the terminal as well — such as the marble floors, imitation Caen stone walls, and even the famous Oyster Bar’s vaulted ceilings, which feature Gustavino tiles.

New York City is full of towering skyscrapers and other buildings, giving reason to its nickname of ‘concrete jungle.’

However, when looking for those that are particularly innovative in architectural design, the city has no shortage — whether it be clever incorporations of greenery, a functional design that caters to a variety of uses, or the rich history behind the city’s staple locations.

www.grandcentralterminal.com

4 Great Places To Take Your Dad In NYC

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New York is not only a place for the young and daring, but it’s an amazing city for kids, families, moms and dad! So, today we will share with you 4 amazing places to take your dad in NYC!

4 Great Places To Take Your Dad In NYC Behind the Scenes NYC

Yup! New York it great for dads, so we’ve put together a short list of 4 great places to take your dad in NYC. He’ll definitely have a memorable time!

While it can be lovely and the height of friendship to celebrate an event with your mother, or to take them on a special trip, from time to time it’s a fantastic idea to care for your father too.

No matter if this is your Dad, a stepfather, or someone who has simply filled that role in your life, heading to a special place like NYC and finding the best entertainment for you both to enjoy is a great idea.

Luckily, NYC is a playground for many, and caters to guys of all walks of life.

In this post, then, we’ll discuss four great places to take your Dad during your NYC trip, for a weekend out, or a longform vacation.

Let’s get started:


Mustang Harry’s Irish Bar

Places to take your dad in NYC Mustang Harrys Behind the Scenes NYC

Located on 352 7th Avenue (between 29th and 30th street), Mustang Harry’s Irish Bar is a fantastic sports bar and restaurant near Madison Square Garden which welcomes everyone of age.

With a beautiful rustic-modern design, beautiful wood panelling and comfortable seating, relaxing and feeling the buzz and atmosphere has been enjoyed by guys and Dads for over two decades.

The bar and restaurant is proud of its lunch and dinner menu and has been regarded as offering outstanding value compared to many other bars in the local area.

Location: 352 7th Avenue, Chelsea
https://www.mustangharrys.com

 

The Storm King Art Center

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While Storm King is located just outside of NYC, it’s considered an incredible art showing with sculpture exhibits that truly beggar belief.

Set over five hundred acres combining woodlands and beautiful hills, many of the best sculpture artists in the world proudly display their works here and help give you a real sense of reverence for this artisan craft.

On top of that, they regularly host events specifically for Father’s Day, but will certainly help any guy who respects craftsmanship feel utterly inspired.

Location: 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY
http://stormking.org

 

Visit Shipwrecked for Ultimate Mini-Golf

Places to take your dad in NYC Shipwrecked Mini Golf Behind the Scenes NYC

Many of us have played mini-golf in a small area designed for a local resort or near a beach, but what if a business took a real dedication to design the best courses, suitable for all families, and offering fun and collaborative effort for every team?

Shipwrecked in Red Hook is considered one of the better mini gold locations around.

With quick but well-designed courses with aesthetic implements that rival the locations they’re meant to represent.

This can be a quick way to have some fun between lunch and dinner, and to burn off some of your competitive calories before you head to the bar later.

Location: 621 Court Street 2nd Fl, Red Hook, Brooklyn
https://www.shipwreckednyc.com

 

Check Out Some Independent Acts at Forest Hills Stadium

Forest Hills Stadium Behind the Scenes NYC

Nestled in the heart of Queens, Forest Hills Stadium is considered to be one of the most calming and enjoyable stadiums around.

With a great rotation of talent from indie bands to hallmark throwback acts, this venue attracts comedians, acting troupes, and the next great music act alike.

Not only this, but the premium experience can grant you a couple of free drinks.

If there were any way to convince your Dad to see a folk band they may like, this is a great place to start.

With this advice, you’re certain to have a great time with your father figure, or whoever else you wish to treat, around and across NYC.

Location: 1 Tennis Pl, Forest Hills, NY
https://foresthillsstadium.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ono Kosuki

Iconic Movie Sets to Visit in NYC

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Today we will share with you some of the iconic movie sets to visit in NYC! If you love NYC or if you’re a cinephile…come take a look!

Iconic Movie Sets to Visit in NYC Central Park Behind The Scenes NYC

New York City is easily one of the most common tourist spots in the United States, with the city seeing 66.6 million visitors which generated $47.4 billion in spending in 2019 alone, as the Office of State Comptroller reported.

It’s also a hot spot for movie filming – it’s believed a whopping 300 movies were filmed in NYC in both 2015 and 2016, for example.

That comes as no surprise, as the city is the perfect backdrop for nearly every genre out there.

While we’re not about to list hundreds of movies, let’s take a look at some of the most iconic movie sets you should visit if you find yourself in The Big Apple.


Ghostbusters (1984) and the New York Library

After getting a call and their first job from the library administrator, the Ghostbusters arrived at the New York Library to take care of a ghost that apparently had an affinity for books during her life.

The library also shows up in Ghostbusters: The Video Game and brings the characters back between the shelves to battle Book Bats and a Book Golem.

In the game, the library had at least 12 bodies beneath the structure and a sub-basement along with a few secret rooms. While these rooms (and the bodies underneath!) don’t actually exist, you can visit the library itself.

CNN mentions that you might even be able to get a free book!

 

King Kong (2005) and Gapstow Bridge in Central Park

Few films did for NYC what the original King Kong did, and the subsequent exposure in pop culture cements the locations.

It even spawned the 2005 game Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, released on Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PS2, and PC, which shows plenty of the iconic places in NYC.

The giant ape also features in some of the Ladbrokes online slot games, including Kong the 8th Wonder of the World and Kong’s Temple.

Both have his image featured heavily, with the first title also seeing him sit atop the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building also shows up in other games, including SimCity. So, of course, it’s quite a well-known location thanks to movies and games.

The Gapstow Bridge is another location that quite a few filmmakers have used.

In King Kong, the bridge is used as a backdrop for a heartwarming scene between Kong and Ann as they skate over the frozen lake before tragedy strikes.

If you want to see the bridge for yourself (frozen lake or not), head over to the southeast corner of Central Park.

 

Night at the Museum (2006) and the American Museum of Natural History

Of course, the movie Night at the Museum was not filmed in the museum itself but was based on the museum and its exhibits.

The external shots, however, were of the museum itself with permission.

If you go, you can see the very same exhibits including the T-Rex (although it probably won’t want to play fetch with a giant bone. Sorry!).

Of course, there are some new exhibits as well, including the Sharks Exhibition where you can learn about these marine terrors and even buy some souvenir fossils to take home.

 

New York City has plenty to offer – from great food to museums dedicated to nearly everything! It’s hard to be bored here.

If you’re a movie buff who wants to see some of the most iconic movie sets from your favorite movies, come on down!

You can check out 25 Most Iconic And Instagrammable Movie Locations In NYC, have fun at a super cool NYC TV & Movie Tour or even enjoy 45 Films Set In New York City from the comfort of your home!


Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay

Greenpoint Terminal Market is back!!!

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Have you been to the Greenpoint Terminal Market, in Brooklyn?! Well, they are back and with so many amazing vendors and a special attraction for families!

Greenpoint Terminal Market Greenpoint Brooklyn New York

One of the best ways of exploring New York’s local scene is attending the street markets throughout the city! Today, we’re going to share with you about the Greenpoint Terminal Market!

We just love spending hours in these markets since the variety of vendors is always incredible.

So, let’s just start by telling you what the Greenpoint Terminal Market is and why it’s a MUST GO spot!


A COMMUNITY MARKET

The Greenpoint Terminal Market is a one-of-a-kind marketplace featuring creatives, food vendors & local shops. Cool right?

They offer a safe and Covid-mindful outdoor environment for you to discover your new favorite local vendors.

The Greenpoint Terminal Market is open rain or shine, and we encourage you to come, whether sunny or rainy (though if it’s pouring out not all vendors may be there).


THE VENDORS

There are dozens of vendors, and some of the most amazing local brands in New York.

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Through-out the following months, you’ll be able to meet them. They do change, new brands showcase their products every weekend, so you’ll always be able to explore new vendors as well!

Some of the vendors you’ll meet are:

The New York Cottage Industry: Created by Melanie, The New York Cottage industry is an eclectic lifestyle brand. They restore and upcycle vintage furniture and home decor. Their philosophy is based on the idea of bricolage, the art of creating from a diverse range of available things.

Mottive Inc: Handmade sustainable creations. A find jewelry brand that was born in the beautiful city Tbilisi in Georgia, a grandfather’s cellar slash workshop where silver and gold craftsmanship was valued and practiced on a whole other level.

Joyeria Angelica Maria: A crystal shop with spiritual handmade jewelry using natural stones made with love.

LuLu Tresors: Vintage store with beautiful and colorful pieces, as well as special accessories and home décor. And outstanding curating of item that will highlight your wardrobe.

Gaucho Burger: Imagine a unique but simple Latino burger joint with a diverse Latino fusion. Be sure to order yours!

Rosie’s Empanadas: Family-owned business which specializes in delicious homemade empanadas with a variety of fillings.

Gaia’s Crystal Garden: New small business owner just because they love all things crystal. Finder of loving homes for beautiful crystals and their counterparts!


BRAND NEW KIDS ZONE!

Kids Zone Greenpoint Terminal Market Greenpoint Brooklyn New York

Now, the market built and amazing and a brand-new kids zone for your child to enjoy!

Let them enjoy an extra fun bounce house, exhilarating bouncy slides, and even miniature pedal cars to drive around in!


COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

They are working diligently to ensure that they’re doing everything possible to keep their guests and their vendors safe during this time of extreme uncertainty.

They ask that all guests follow 1-way path markers as well as spacing markers they’ve implemented in the aisles between the vendor booths.

Please maintain social distancing when possible and wear a mask or other face-covering if not.

Lastly, if you’re a local brand and would like to become a vendor, be sure to contact them and sure your spot!


Date: Open every Saturday & Sunday

Time: 10am – 6pm

Location: Right on the East River at 2 Noble Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

https://greenpointterminalmarket.com


Best Rooftop Venues for a Bachelorette Party in New York

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

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.


Credits: Courtesy of Kit Suman and Efren Barahona

Best off-beat musical venues in New York

Best off-beat musical venues in New York Behind the Scenes NYC

Come explore some of the best off-beat musical venues in New York for locals and curious visitors! You’ll be sure to have a great time!

Best off-beat musical venues in New York Behind the Scenes NYC

Today, we will share with you some hot tips of the best off-beat musical venues in New York that you have to add to your to Must-See spots in town!

New York officially adopted the nickname “The Big Apple” in 1971 to woo tourists, and what an incredible job it’s done!

The city finds a place in most travel itineraries of people traveling to the US, and for good reason.

It’s rammed with famous musical venues, right from Carnegie Hall to Bowery Ballroom. All of which do their bit to attract music enthusiasts in large numbers.

However, just like all cities, NYC has some less ‘touristy’ musical venues too. Places that few non-locals actually know about.

So, if you’re a New Yorker or just an audiophile, read on to take a closer look at some of the slightly more ‘off-beat’ musical destinations the city has to offer…


Off-beat musical venues in New York

As a music lover hunting for ‘outside the box’ tourist destinations in NYC, you cannot afford to miss these 4 tourist spots off your itinerary…

 

#1 Pete’s Candy Store

Pete’s Candy Store stands on Lorimer Street in Brooklyn.

And, even though it’s not the biggest tourist hot-spot, it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to music. In fact, it hosts musical performances!

Book yourself a ticket & you can help yourself to cocktails, snacks, and sandwiches, all whilst listening to a music performance.

But you know the best part? They’re free to attend!

The venue also hosts an open mic every Sunday, Quizzo on Wednesdays, and a reading competition called Dead Pete’s Society (a society to remember past poets) on a Friday.

Location: 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY

https://www.petescandystore.com

 

#2 Jalopy Theater

Fans of traditional folk music & live performances, need to get themselves to the Jalopy Theater.

Besides folk music itself has roots across other genres including country, bluegrass etc., so there’s a high chance it’ll be a vibe that most will enjoy.

You could also attend one of its many festivals like Roots n’ Ruckus Fest, The Brooklyn Folk Festival, and Midwinter Jug Band Rendezvous.

To make things even more interesting, they even offer adults classes and workshops, giving you the chance to learn various musical instruments like the banjo, fiddle, harmonica, guitar, and mandolin.

Location: 317 Columbia Street, Brooklyn

https://jalopytheatre.org

 

#3 Barbes

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Credit: Courtesy of Barbes

Barbes, a combination of bar and performance space, has hosted more than 18,000 performances ever since its opening in 2002.

The venue first came about because of two French expatriates, who wished to provide a space for non-commercial musical projects.

In essence, it’s a small clubroom with a focus on the worldwide music scene.

There’s always some form of cultural music playing, be it Western classics, more American style genres or even music from places far as France or Brazil.

You can jump into events here from Monday to Friday between 5 PM to 2 AM and Saturday and Sunday between 2 PM to 2 AM.

Location: 376 9th Street, Brooklyn

https://www.barbesbrooklyn.com

 

#4 Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall Courtesy Image Behind the Scenes NYC
Credit: Courtesy of Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall is a landmark in Queens (NYC) that’s steeped in history.

Aside from serving as a bank, jail, courthouse, and assembly hall, it’s now known for being a multidisciplinary venue for music & the arts.

Today, the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) looks to encourage jazz performances; the hall itself has been host to some of the best jazz performances in the USA!

Today, it hosts a whole range of musical events, showcasing all the various musical traditions from across the globe.

Plus, while you’re there, you could also enjoy Korean, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, American, and Taiwanese cuisines, as food is served regularly too.

Location: 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing

https://www.flushingtownhall.org


So yeah, that’s 4 lesser-known musical event destinations you can find tucked away in New York – AKA: The Big Apple!

Oh, and if you enjoyed this post, and you’re a Jazz Lover, be sure to check out these Must-See Jazz Spots In Harlem and our amazing Youtube video on them!


Credits: All images courtesy of the venues and Edward Eyer

8 Things To Do For Free In New York

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Free Events Behind the Scenes NYC

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

Yoga Bryant Park Free Events Behind the Scenes NYC

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.


Photo Credits: ©BehindTheScenesnNYC

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