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Best New York City Passes To The Top NYC Attractions

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There is so much to see in New York City that it can get pretty overwhelming and expensive. See the best New York City Passes and differences between The Sightseeing Pass x CityPASS. Go to the top NYC attractions! Pick the one that serves you best!

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Even though we are focused on talking about local spots, brand and events far from the touristy scene, we also understand that many of our readers and followers have never been to New York City. Read a little more about the different New York City passes!

We do agree that going to main attractions is a must! We’ve even written two great Guides: 1st Cheap NYC Guide: 40+ Top Attractions and the 2nd Cheap NYC Guide: 30 Top Attractions.

So, with that in mind, we wanted to share with you a bit about the two Pass options that offers access to these top attractions, making your trip easier, and definitely cheaper!

We know that many of the must-see attractions are quite expensive. When you add all them up, it can be a big investment, specially if you’re traveling on a budget. But, don’t worry! New York is known as a very expensive city, but there are amazing options for all pockets!

If you’ve never been to New York City, you do have to check off major attractions like The Statue of Liberty, museums like the wonderful Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka MET), the 9/11 Memorial, The Top of the Rock, etc…

Now, here is the 1st step to help you can decide: If you’re thinking about visiting at least 3 of these spots, it’s already worth purchasing these Passes!

Other factors to consider to help you decide to buy a pass:

  • #1: It’s cheaper! If you buy all attractions separately, depending on how many you’re visiting, it turns out much more expensive.
  • Optimizes your time. Specially if you have only a few days in the city, these passes are super convenient during the trip. Once you buy, you’re good to go!
  • They have different options to better suit your needs, so be sure to see what is best for you and your family/friends!
  • Many museums have free entrances in specific days/times, so check them before going, so you can go to more attractions with the Passes, and not “waste” them on the ones that can be free!
  • If you’re with a big group, or even traveling with family and kids, it might be a good option to expedite things during the day!

Below, we briefly explain the two great options when it comes to the Passes:


The Sightseeing Pass

Observation Decks, Museums, Bus Tours, Airport Transfer and other sightseeing costs can add up pretty quickly and take hours to plan! The Sightseeing Pass has 2 Pass options to best suit your needs:

  • Flex Pass: This is great if you don’t want to rush to see everything you want and if you’re still not sure. You can take your time to plan and pick up to 12 attractions, from a total of 100! Plus, the pass is valid for 30 days from purchase date.
  • Day Pass: You can buy as many days as you’d like and you have unlimited attractions within the days you purchased. It’s up to 10 consecutive days. Good for people that are going to really use it going to at least 2-3 attractions/day and have a shorter trip to NYC. It includes, NYC Hop on Hop off buses during the days you purchased!

You can save up to Save $200+ on 10 NYC Attractions!!!

NYC Sightseeing Pass

The Sightseeing Pass is great for exclusive NYC Attractions, transfers to the 3 airports and even to go to the famous Woodbury Outlet, if you’re into shopping! They have some very cool exclusive attractions – ex: They are the only pass for the One World Observatory!

  • Over 100 Attractions included
  • 6 Double-decker Bus Tours
  • Get Unlimited Hop on Hop off Buses in NYC
  • 2 Great Pass options for every budget
  • $40 Credit for additional tours, attractions, Broadway shows and dinner cruises

Here is an easy way to pick and choose:
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If you’re still not sure, take a look at their NYC Prices page, where you’ll be able to have a better idea of prices and how you’re saving money!

Another good thing, is that USA Sightseeing Pass is literally 1 ticket to over 250 Attractions in 10 USA Destinations, so if you’re traveling somewhere else, after NYC, be sure to check it out!

To be part of their community, be sure to add #thesightseeingpass to your IG posts, and tag them


CityPASS

As they say: “Spend Less and Experience More at Top Attractions”.

We really do want you to “leave with more than you came with”—whether that’s more money to spend on other parts of your vacation (or to save), more time to spend with the people you’re traveling with (or yourself), an enriched vacation experience, or some combination of all of those things. The concept remains as vital and relevant today as it did back then, as we recognize the increasing value that experiences bring to all of our lives.


So, what does it include:

  • One simple purchase
  • 9 consecutive days of validity, including the 1st day of use
  • Expedited entry at many attractions
  • Instant delivery with convenient mobile or printable ticket options

Two Options:

  • CityPass: 6 attractions (3 fix + 3 to choose from)
  • Any 3 that you decide

Save 43% or more on New York’s 6 best attractions with CityPASS – Shop Now!

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If you’re into sharing your adventures on Instagram, you might want to tag #CityPASS. You might be featured as our #CPTraveler of the week! So exciting!

Oh, and in addition, they also have these packages in other 11 destinations. From Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Denver, to Orlando, Tampa and more!


There are still other Passes available, so if you’re still not convinced, be sure to research the other options below:

These are the best New York City Passes and we’re sure they will help you out during your adventure in New York City!

For some of the top Tours & Experiences, check out what we have to offer too!

Last, but no least, if you are coming with a corporate group to NYC and need assistance in planning the entire trip, contact our experts to help you out!

From breakfast, dinners, cocktail receptions, to event planning, leisure experiences, we can make it happen.


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Prohibition Pub and History Tour in New York

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The Prohibition Pub and History Tour in New York is guided walking tour of historic bars from the Prohibition Era replete with all the stories of immigration and the Gilded Age.


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If you don’t really know what the Prohibition Era was, it’s ok. I’ll briefly tell you below but you can also learn about it during the Prohibition Pub and History Tour in New York!

In short, it was a 13-year period between 1920 – 1933, where the production, commercialization, distribution and importation of alcoholic beverages was completely banned throughout the United States.

But this did not mean that people stopped drinking or going out! What happened then was that the famous speakeasies started to pop up around the city!

These speakeasy bars were strategically placed in basements, in the back area of butcher shops, and in the most unique locations. It obviously was not advertised, and you only knew about these bars mostly from word-of-mouth.

Today, New York City is still the home of countless speakeasies. While many are quite hard to find, others you can only go in with a special ‘secret password’. Pretty cool, right?

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That said, this tour will tell you a bit more about his fascinating history and places.

The tour begins in Midtown at an original speakeasy – the speakeasy of all speakeasies.

The group then enter a Gilded Age bar celebrating the greatest catalyst to Prohibition. Finally, it will end at one of the oldest Irish bars in New York and celebrate the end of Prohibition together!

So, be sure to book your spot and come have fun with us in the Prohibition Pub and History Tour in New York.

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Price: $40 / person
  • Time: starts at 4pm
  • Duration: 3 hours – 1.5 mile guided tour at a moderate walking pace
  • Meeting Location: 21 Club at 21 West 52nd Street
  • Dress Code: business casual apparel
  • One complimentary drink sampler (based off an original Prohibition-style cocktail)
  • Alcoholic/non-alcoholic drink menus available
  • Ticket price includes tax and fees. Gratuity not included.

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If you enjoyed this history tour in New York, be sure to check out other amazing tours and experiences through out the city!

And, if you need a private tour or need assistance in tailoring one for a corporate group, contact our experts!


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

LGBTQ+ History, Neighborhood and Pub Tour of Greenwich Village

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A NYC tour, not to be missed! The LGBTQ+ History, Neighborhood and Pub Tour of Greenwich Village is truly fantastic with countless stories that will amaze you!


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I had a fantastic experience on a new tour we’re featuring! I mean, we always attend all tours we share with you guys, but this one is surely something special and different!

Why? Well, because it talks about one of the most amazing stories and moments in New York’s history: the LGBTQ+ movement!

So, come explore with us the famous LGBTQ+ history of Greenwich Village with a local NYC guide by your side.

See Stonewall Inn, the place where the gay rights movement kicked off in 1969 and let to an unexpected riot, enjoy a drink in the city’s oldest known gay bar and grab an ice-cream covered in rainbow sprinkles at the city’s sauciest ice-cream parlor!

I’m sure you will have a great time and have lots of fun learning more about this super important moment in the history of New York City!

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Drink at the oldest gay bar in NYC and sing with the locals at a café where many Broadway stars go to croon at the piano
  • Visit the location where ‘the shot glass that was heard around the world’ was thrown: Stonewall Inn, the gay bar that launched the civil rights movement for LGBTQ+ people back in 1969
  • Tour the iconic West Village where celebrities, writers, provocateurs and social justice warriors used to call home (and see where they used to live and work)
  • Learn about renowned people that were gay and fighting for their rights in the 60’s and 70’s
  • Plus, find out which First Lady dated a women and had a 3-decade-long love story
  • Celebrate gay history at Big Gay Ice Cream; a fancy cone is included in your tour!

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Price: $71.10 – $79/person
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: Washington Square Arch in Washington Square, NYC
  • Ending point: Marie’s Crisis Café, 59 Grove Street
  • Language: English
  • Advanced Purchase Required

OTHER INFO:

  • Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide, one drink at an iconic gay bar (beer, wine or cocktail), Ice-cream cone.
  • Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
  • Dress standard: Comfortable walking clothes. Please check weather on the day.
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Child Policy: Travelers under 21 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
  • Dietary Notes: We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.

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In addition, if you are looking to book a private tour of the LGBTQ+ History, Neighborhood and Pub Tour of Greenwich Village, please submit a request. Furthermore, for corporate requests, let our experts help you out.

Don’t forget to explore all our other Tours & Experiences! We’re sure you’ll enjoy them all! 


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*Last Updated on Feb/2020.*

Where Are Famous People Buried in NYC Cemeteries?

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New York is not only the home of famous celebrities and world-wide renowned names, but also the home of these people, after they pass away! So, where are famous people buried in NYC cemeteries?


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New York has countless cemeteries ranging from huge one that you need a map to walk around, to smaller graveyards spread throughout Manhattan. And, I want to show which are the pretty famous people buried in NYC!

Today, I decided to show you two NYC cemeteries, one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn, that I think are not only beautiful, but that have some interesting people buried.

And, before I take you to these spots, be sure to subscribe to our channel, like the video and help spread the love our lovely, New York City!


Green-Wood Cemetery

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Leonard Bernstein’s grave at Green-Wood Cemetery, in Brooklyn. © Behind the Scenes NYC

The Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838, and is one of New York’s National Historic Landmarks because of its beautiful landscape, architecture, art and history!

Years before it became a cemetery, it was even e revolutionary war historic site, where the Battle of Long Island was fought in 1776.

In it’s almost 500 acres, you can find largest outdoor collections of 19th and 20th century statuary and mausoleums. Today, it has over 560,000 permanent residents, and I’m going to show you, a few of the famous ones here!

The cemetery is so big that you can actually grab a map at the entrance to help you walk around inside.

Oh! And depending on the day of the week you go, you might bump into Lou. I met him on a Tuesday! He’s been volunteering for years at the small bookstand right by the entrance, and he’s the one to give you the maps. His knowledge of the cemetery’s history is amazing, all the stories, plus he can suggest how you might want to start your tour inside and point out some of the famous gravestones too! Lou is super polite, so do look for him!

If you’re still not sure about visiting, I highly encourage you to, especially because they have great self-guided tours, as well as public and private tours.

Here are some of the names of the famous gravestones I visited and some others that you might want to check out too:

  • Leonard Bernstein: Composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He led the New York Philharmonic in more than 1,200 performances and is very well-known for being the composer of the musical, ‘West Side Story’. That might ring a bell!
  • Samuel Morse: Creator of telegraph system, known as the Morse Code. There is a small replica by his grave;
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat: A super renowned contemporary artist that at a very young age, became internationally known. Unfortunately, he died of a heroin overdose at his art studio at the age of 27;
  • William Poole: AKA Bill the Butcher that was portrayed in Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” by Daniel Day-Lewis;
  • William Colgate: Yup! The founder of the Colgate empire. I’m sure you’ve already use at least one of his products.
  • DeWitt Clinton: Former US Senator, former Mayor of New York City and 6th Governor of New York. Was largely responsible for the construction of the Erie Canal. Remember your history class?

This is maybe one of my favorite must-go spots in Brooklyn that you’d never think about visiting. It’s a gorgeous cemetery, super peaceful and extremely well maintained. Truly a beauty!

In addition, as I said above, they do have and private tours, but let us know if you need any help!

IMPORTANT: Just remember, be extremely respectful as soon as you walk inside, ok? There might be funeral services happening, as well as people visiting loved ones they’ve lost.

Hours: Green-Wood welcomes visitors at four entrances. Hours vary by season and by entrance. See details below.

Main Entrance (Fifth Avenue and 25th Street)
8am – 5pm – October 1st to March 31st, every day
7am – 7pm – April 1st to September 30th, every day

Sunset Park Entrance (Fourth Avenue and 35th Street)
8am – 4pm, every day

Fort Hamilton Parkway Entrance (Fort Hamilton Parkway and Micieli Place)
and Prospect Park West Entrance (9th Avenue and 20th Street)
8am – 4pm, on weekends and days of remembrance only*

*Good Friday, Memorial Day, September 11th, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, All Soul’s Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Location: 500 25th Street, Greenwood Heights in Brooklyn

www.green-wood.com


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Trinity Church

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Alexander Hamilton’s grave, right beside his wife, Elizabeth, at the Trinity Church Cemetery. © Behind the Scenes NYC

Trinity Church is one of the most well-known churches in New York, maybe because of it’s location, since it’s just steps from the World Trade Center.

As soon as you exit Wall Street’s 4 and 5 subway line (green line), you’ll immediately see people photographing the location. There’s no way to miss it!

It’s a historic Episcopal church & cemetery, dating back to 1697 and is the “home” of several very powerful names.

Here are some of these names:

  • Alexander Hamilton: Maybe the most famous name there. Hamilton is one of the 7 Founding Fathers of the United States. The other 6 are: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. He’s buried right beside his wife Elizabeth and yes, the Broadway musical is about him!
  • Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton: Alexander Hamilton’s wife. Her sister, Angelica, is also buried there.
  • John Jacob Astor IV: Remember we talked about him on our video about a super cool Underground Subway Tour? He’s part of renowned Astor family and was one of the passengers aboard the Titanic. During the tragedy, he remained behind after helping his pregnant wife board one of the lifeboats. His body was recovered a few weeks after the ship sank.
  • Robert Fulton: He was a great engineer and the creator of the 1st commercial steamboat, named The North River Steamboat of Clermonts, in 1807. That obviously gave birth to a new transportation modality, revolutionizing river traffic. This 1st boat’s trip started at the Hudson River, traveling a total of 300 miles to Albany and back. It took over 60 hours. He is also responsible for inventing the 1st submarine in history, the Nautilus and other great creations.

Hours:
Chapel of All Saints: Open daily, 7am – 6pm
Churchyard: Open daily, 7am – 6pm

Location: 75 Broadway

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New York has countless other cemeteries that, as we mentioned, are the home of some of the most powerful names in history, arts, music, politics, etc!

Below are a few more famous people buried in NYC cemeteries, you might want to take time to visit:

  • Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx: Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa; Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader and composer; Irving Berlin, composer of music like God Bless America; Duke Ellington, legendary jazz composer; Mark Twin, author and humorist
  • Flushing Cemetery, Queens: Louis Armstrong, famous jazz trumpeter; Dizzy Gillespie, another king of the jazz trumpet, that we talk about during our video about vinyl and record stores in New York
  • Quaker Cemetery, Brooklyn: Hollywood actor Montgomery Clift buried at a private and secret spot
  • St. Raymond New Cemetery, Bronx: Billie Holiday, American jazz singer
  • Machpelah Cemetery, Queens: The one and only, Harry Houdini, the world-famous Magician
  • Moravian Cemetery, Staten Island: Martin Scorsese, the Hollywood film director, already has a family mausoleum waiting for him!
  • Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn: Harriet Tubman, an American abolitionist, political activist and social reformer
  • Sleepy Hallow Cemetery, Sleepy Hallow: Andrew Carnegie, the renowned businessman, philanthropist and industrialist, founder of the Carnegie Hall
  • Salem Fields Cemetery, Brooklyn: Harry Winston, the talented American jeweler

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As I said above, if you enjoyed this video about famous people buried in NYC cemeteries, subscribe to our Youtube channel, like the video and share it with your friends and family!

Since you’re just a few steps from Industry City, be sure to visit in that area. From a sake-on-tap bar and chocolate stores, to design shops, hat designers and outdoor events, it’s a great spot to go.

Have fun!


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

SportsHosts: Experience Live Sports With Free Local Hosts

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One of the best things about traveling is the chance to connect with locals, but it’s often really hard to meet them! Come experience live sports with free local hosts by SportsHosts!

SportsHosts has made that not only really easy, but really fun – by connecting visitors with local fans to experience live sports together.

There couldn’t be a better city to do all of that in, than New York City, right? With SportsHosts, meeting locals is accessible to anyone, and FREE to use! Can you believe it?

Sure everyone can buy a ticket and go watch a game. But, only watching with a passionate local fan as a host will give you a real understanding of the culture, the players, the rules and what to look for during the game.

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How it works?

You can scroll through the different upcoming games and hosts that are available on the website, get in touch with them, ask your questions, and purchase your tickets with your seats right next to your host!

There are plenty of spots for pre-game drinks around stadiums, but who better than a local fan can suggest the best places to meet up?

So, once you walk into the stadium you will realize there is more to going to a game than just the on-field action. Soak it all in, and ask your host, she/he will be the best to explain what is happening, and what to look for.

Once the game starts, be ready to cheer (A LOT!), this is an immersion as a local fan! Just fill your lungs and let it all out!

Take a look below for further details, but don’t hesitante to contact us!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Connect and hangout with genuine locals, not tour guides;
  • Experience American sports right here, in the heart on NYC;
  • Get a real understanding or the rules, players, culture and the game;
  • Be part of the community! There aren’t many faster way to belong to a community than cheering for the same team and high fiving other fans!

DETAILS:

  • Price: Free to use the platform and connect, tickets prices vary per sport and game.
  • What to bring: Wearing team color is advised, if the games are played outside, dress for the weather.
  • What to know: This is NOT a tour, and all hosts are volunteers. Your host is having you to share her/his pride for their team, and learning about different cultures. Date: all year long.
  • Ticket Confirmation: Once you have been accepted to join your host on the website, you purchase your tickets directly online. We supply you with a link to make sure you are sitting right next to your host during the game. Don’t worry!

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So, what are you waiting for?

As we said, New York is the home of some of the most entertaining games on Earth. Plus, there is really no better way to experience this, than with a true local!

You can also contact us to help you out with your entire New York trip or even organize a corporate/team experience at an upcoming game.

Have fun!

www.sportshosts.com


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

New York Craft Cocktail Tour

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New York City is a great place to explore unique signature cocktails at different spots around town. Come with us to the New York Craft Cocktail Tour!


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We love cocktails and I would bet you do too! New York City is also a great place to explore unique signature cocktails at different spots around town! So, we want to take you to the New York Craft Cocktail Tour!

This Happy Hour tour will bring you to the center of New York’s booming cocktail culture as we visit some of the best cocktail bars in the city.

Along the way we will sample delicious libations, swap tales of speakeasies and gangsters, shop for new local craft spirits, learn how to make craft cocktails, and discover some of the best places to grab a drink in the Big Apple.

It’s a great way to start off an unforgettable evening in New York City! Oh! And take a look here at a video we did about the Best Cocktails Bars in Brooklyn!

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Taste delicious craft cocktails at some of New York’s best bars
  • Learn how prohibition shaped NYC, and the speakeasies & gangsters who influenced the city’s cocktail culture
  • Discover new spirits from local micro-distilleries
  • Find the best tucked-away places to grab a drink in New York’s East Village
  • Learn how bartenders are revolutionizing cocktails in America with fresh, artisanal ingredients

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Price: $82/person – includes 3 cocktails, snacks, and guide
  • Duration: About 2.5 hours
  • Schedule: Every day at 6pm
  • Meeting Point: Tompkins Square Park, East Village
  • Advanced Purchase Required

OTHER INFO:

  • Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, 3 cocktails, light snack
  • Exclusions: Additional food and drink, bottles of spirits, souvenirs, tips and gratuities for the guide (highly appreciated, thanks!)
  • Dress standard: Dress should be appropriate for a night out. Please avoid wearing shorts, baseball hats, t-shirts, or flip-flop (thong) sandals.
  • Your Trip: You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Child Policy: Travelers under 21 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.

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Plus, if you enjoyed the New York Craft Cocktail Tour, but you are looking to book a private tour, please submit a request. Furthermore, for corporate requests, let our experts help you out.

Don’t forget to explore all our other Tours & Experiences! We’re sure you’ll enjoy them all! 


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Neighborhood Eats Tour: Brownstone Brooklyn

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We love Brooklyn and we love food, so putting them together is the perfect combination! Explore with us the Neighborhood Eats Tour: Brownstone Brooklyn! Come hungry!

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Italian, Middle Eastern, and New American cuisine come together and create New York City’s best neighborhood food.

Discover delicious mom & pop shops and restaurants, and experience how food is the engine of a local eco-system.

Brooklyn’s Smith and Court Streets and surrounding neighborhoods have a vibrant mix of small, locally owned, artisanal food shops (both old and new) unlike almost any other neighborhood in America.

On this tour you will find out how that came to be and what makes it tick!

We will visit both old school haunts and new culinary entrepreneurs to experience an exciting menu of traditional flavors and daring dishes. We’ll stop into Italian and Middle Eastern shops that have long been the staple of the neighborhood, and explore the growing scene of cafes and restaurants specializing in New American cuisine.

While we enjoy their delicacies, we’ll learn about the neighborhood’s rich history and changing character from the local business owners and residents themselves and you’ll find out what makes this neighborhood so special.

Come hungry! Price of ticket includes beer tastings and food, transportation, tour map of the neighborhood, and your tour guide.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Discover why Brooklyn is now the centre of the NYC food scene
  • Visit family-owned food stores to get the local lowdown on food in Brooklyn
  • Stroll down the beautiful tree-lined streets of Brooklyn with a local
  • Explore the many faces of Brooklyn cuisine, from New American to Italian, the Middle East and beyond!

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Price: $69 / person – includes food & guide
  • Duration: About 3 hours
  • Meeting Point: Stinky Bklyn – 215 Smith Street, Brooklyn
  • Schedule: Every Friday at 11am and every Saturday at noon
  • Advanced purchase required

OTHER INFO:

  • Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, food tastings, and tour map of the neighborhood.
  • Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide (highly appreciated, tks!)
  • Your Trip: You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed upon booking. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

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In addition, if you enjoyed the Neighborhood Eats Tour: Brownstone Brooklyn, but you prefer to book a private tour, please submit a request. Furthermore, for corporate requests, let our experts help you out.

Don’t forget to explore all our other Tours & Experiences too!


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Lower East Side: Tenements, Tales and Tastes Tour

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New York is known for its fantastic variety of cuisines from all over the globe. Plus, we know that there are certain iconic foods that you really have to try, when coming here! Explore with us the Tenements, Tales and Tastes Tour that will take you on a delicious journey around the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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When people come to New York, not many know that all these delicious dishes and snacks were actually brought to New York by immigrates years and years ago. And, it definitely helped shape the diverse American food culture found in NYC! We are certainly huge fans!

As you already know, we are all about going where locals go, eating where true New Yorkers eat, uncover spots far away from the touristy scene! If you enjoy this type of experience too, then this tour was catered perfectly for you!

The Lower East Side of Manhattan has a fantastic history and countless stories of the immigrants that settled there. The neighborhood grew a lot, but you can easily find it’s origins.

You’ll enjoy the story of the millions of immigrants and taste several delicious dishes like pretzels, dumplings, potato knishes, waffles, homemade cheeses and even beer, of the many groups that have lived there.

Learning their origin in a fun, tasty way, is totally up our alley and is exactly what you can expect at the Tenements, Tales and Tastes Tour.

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Plus, you’ll also walk the narrow, tenement lined, streets of an area known by names like Kleindeutschland, Chinatown, and Losaida.

Whether they were Dutch, Jewish, or Chinese you’ll learn about and taste something from every group that has called the neighborhood home and you’ll leave happy and full!

So, come enjoy with us and have some delicious food throughout this experience!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Discover NYC from a local perspective, with a local guide by your side
  • Visit bustling markets and sample the tasty treats on offer
  • Stroll through New York’s unique cultural historic sites in the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy.
  • Get a glimpse into New York’s immigrant heritage and how it is shaping the city today

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Price: $69 / person – includes food & guide
  • Duration: About 3 hours
  • Meeting Point: The fountain in City Hall Park
  • Schedule: Every day at 10am
  • Advanced purchase required

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OTHER INFO:

  • Dress standard: Summers can be hot and humid, autumn can be cool, and winters downright frigid with snow. Dress according to the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide (highly appreciated, tks!)
  • Your Trip: The tour is offered on a “join in” basis.  Maximum group size is 12.
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

In addition, if you enjoyed the Tenements, Tales and Tastes Tour in the Lower East Side, but you’d like to book a tour for a private group, please submit a request. Furthermore, for corporate requests, let our experts help you out.

Don’t forget to explore all our other Tours & Experiences too!


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

NYC Outdoor Activities You Never Thought About Doing

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New York is known for being a real concrete jungle, but today I’m going to show you some of the most amazing NYC outdoor activities you never thought about doing! So, see below how to explore New York in a different way!


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People come to New York and end up doing the most common activities and experiences like visiting famous landmarks, restaurants, bars, shopping, museums and galleries, etc. But, not everyone knows the different and pretty special NYC outdoor activities you can though out the city.

I decided to show you 3 of them for you to try out! From customized picnics at the park, to horseback riding and jet skiing in the Hudson River, I’m sure you’re going to have a fantastic time!

But wait! There is just so much more that we can organize for you: rollerblade rentals, bike rentals, bike tours, walking tours, pedicab tours, food tours, secret tours, and more!

If you have time, why not book all three? You don’t need to do anything, just Contact Us with your request and we’ll set is all up to you and your friends/family.


Picnic at the Park

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So many people come to NY and tell me that they’d love to have a picnic at the park. They see so many locals having fun and they want the same experience, but don’t know where to start from or don’t have time to plan it all.

In addition, going to Central Park can be an overwhelming experience due to all the tourists roaming around. But, going to Central Park, with the right information of the best hidden spots for a delicious, unique picnic, can be priceless!

Plus, it’s also a great idea for a special celebration or a romantic afternoon at the park!

Well, we love this experience! Many of our private clients and corporate clients do too, and we’ve written about it before!

You will definitely have a great time! There are countless different options to choose from!

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Horseback Riding

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Outdoor Activities Horseback Riding Central Park

Yes! You can do horseback riding at Central Park too! Different from the carriages that over work the horses, our partner takes really good care of them.

Each horse works a maximum of 6hours a day and are transported to the park properly.

The tours are 1 hour long and pass by the most beautiful spots in the park from Strawberry Fields, where the John Lennon memorial is, to the Reservoir and other special spots.

If you have kids, it’s also a great activity since they have 10min pony rides. Little ones should be 2 years old at least and the guide is beside them all the time.

I rode Oscar, a huge, beautiful, white horse and had a great time exploring Central Park through another angle.

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Jet Ski in the Hudson River

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I had heard before that people could rent a jet ski, hop on and enjoy the Hudson River! But, I had never really tried it.

Well, I finally decided to be brave and go try it out, after all, how cool is it to actually ride a jet ski on this famous river?!

We got the ferry at a downtown spot, ride beside the 9/11 Memorial and head to a Marina on the Jersey side. It’s only 15min away from Manhattan. Super quick and seamless.

Each way costs $8/person and ferries leave quite frequently, so don’t worry.

There are 2 types of rides, a shorter one that covers mostly Midtown Manhattan and downtown, and the 2.5h ride that you actually drive around the entire Manhattan island. So cool!

I had a great time! The view is truly spectacular, it’s a priceless experience and the Hudson water is quite, by the way!

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If you enjoyed these NYC outdoor activities you never thought about doing and love moving your body around nature, be sure to see our suggestions on Day Trips & Travels.

Also, if you prefer classes to sweat it all out, see our Fitness & Health posts, where you can explore countless other tips of what to do throughout the city!

Have fun!


Disclaimer: All liabilities are signed directly with and are responsibility of our partners. Behind the Scenes NYC, LLC only intermediates the experience to our clients.


Videography and PhotographyBlack3 Agency
Beauty: Leila Soldeira
Styling:
 Camilla Adão

*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Macari Vineyards: Tasting The Biggest Wine Bottle I’ve Ever Seen

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When people come to New York, they forget that their trip doesn’t need to be confined within the 5 boroughs. The state of New York is beautiful and filled with amazing adventures. I explored the North Fork of Long Island, known for the countless vineyards and wineries, like Macari Vineyards!


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Since I’m a huge wine lover and I decided to take you on a journey with me, to one of my favorite wineries, Macari Vineyards. This gorgeous family-owned, family-operated vineyard and winery is located just 1.5 – 2h from Manhattan and the trip itself is a beauty.

Based on the North Fork in the Long Island region, it’s known for being the home to countless great wineries spread throughout these lands.

I met with gorgeous Gabriella Macari at the winery and had not only a great tasting experience with her, but was given a complete tour of the property. And I mean, WOW! I was truly amazed with what the Macari family has built and the memorable experiences they are offering their guests.

So, let’s start from the beginning! Oh! And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel!!!

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Their story goes way back to the 1930’s, 40’s when her grandfather, Joseph T. Macari Sr. started producing wine in his basement located in Corona, Queens – with his dad and granddad.

Several years go by, business starts flourishing and in the 1960’s they decide to purchase a 500-acre property in Long Island – the same land they are currently on. This old potato farm took quite a few years to regenerate and go back to becoming super fertile.

But, after that happened, and they were able to start producing wine, business took off and never stopped!

Now, what to expect when you arrive at Macari Vineyards?

The first glance at the property is already breathtaking. Everything is impeccable, to the smallest detail. Inside the main house, you’ll find the store with their numerous wines and different bottle sizes. There, you are also able to do some wine tasting, before deciding on which bottle to actually purchase and take home with you.

This house has a huge and beautiful porch. The perfect place to continue your tasting with a great prime view of the winery. It’s the perfect start to your experience at Macari Vineyards.

After you’ve tasted their wines and paired them with a few yummy appetizers – like a great cheese and charcuterie platter – you can explore and tour the property. And, of course, continue your tasting.

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Gabriella told us that, just recently, they launched a beautiful private barrel cellar. It’s a place to learn, taste and celebrate. Plus, it’s the perfect spot to host your own private event with your lovely family and friends.

In an effort to promote wine education in an intimate winemaking environment, the Macari family is thrilled to launch a private barrel cellar tucked under the Mattituck tasting room. Check the events calendar to join the Macari team for private, educational tastings. Rent the cellar for your next private party or inquire about hosting an educational wine tasting. Looking to book a corporate event or plan a proposal? Fill out the form below, we’ll be in touch with more details.

Now, if you’re a true wine lover and expert, you might want to consider becoming part of their exclusive Wine Club!

You can sign up for quarterly shipping of 4 or 6 bottles, or be part of the collector’s club, receiving 12 bottles.

Join the Macari family, become a part of our exclusive Wine Club. Membership includes quarterly shipments delivered in spring, summer, fall, and winter accompanied by detailed tasting notes. Gain access through membership to small production wines, pre-released wines, and limited library vintages. Additional perks include complimentary tastings, private tours, and member only discounts. A Macari Wine Club membership also makes a great gift! Sign up below or email us for more information.

Finally, if you can’t head up there now, you can start by purchasing their wine online.

A few other important infos before your visit:

  • Mattituck Tasting Room is open daily, year round for wine tastings
  • Several tasting flights and wines by the glass or bottle
  • No Outside food
  • Reservations for parties of less than six guests are not required but recommended
  • For groups of 6 – 12 guests advance reservations and payment of wine tastings are required
  • Led by a Macari Wine Educator, guests will receive a tasting of 5-featured wines at $30 per person
  • Changes or cancellations must be made five days prior to your scheduled visit
  • No refunds will be issued after the five-day cancellation window

If you enjoy not only a good wine, but also great signature cocktail, you might want to explore these Brooklyn spots.

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To help organize a company gathering, or a private event for family and friends, contact our experts!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Location: 150 Bergen Avenue, Mattituck

https://macariwines.com


Videography and PhotographyBlack3 Agency 
BeautyLeila Soldeira
Styling:
 Érika Mesentier and Camilla Adão

*Last Update on March/2020.*

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