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The Local Artists & Fleas Market In Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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The other day we were exploring Williamsburg, for a change (ha!), and decided to waltz into the Artists & Fleas market. The vendors there are amazing and we can always spend hours there.

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The Artists & Fleas market in Williamsburg does get a bit crowded and you will bump into tourists there, fact. But, they have some of the most amazing vendors with extremely unique pieces and great prices!

We passed by a stand showcasing a brand called TightRope and our Founder, Fê Paronetto, wanted to buy every single thing they had! Victoria, one of the owners, explained a little bit about the brand for us.

They are experts in furniture and lighting and have a great range of products with creative designs, mostly made out of beautiful wood.

The company was founded in 2013, in Brooklyn, by Quang Hong and Victoria Young.

As they better explain:

“We work with solid wood, mild and stainless steel, aluminum, glass, and magnets. Our designs strive to balance the old with the new and the organic with the machined. We love the possibilities technology of today presents to us while still utilizing the century old techniques of woodworking, metalworking, and glassblowing. Plus, by combining these aesthetics, techniques, and technology, we have created designs you won’t see anywhere else.”

In addition, the items vary from furniture and lighting, to bulbs and small décor objects.

Some of our tops picks were:

  • Walnut Ladder – $450.00
  • Q-Bot – from $450.00
  • Bubinga Tea Candle Holders – $111.00
  • Wooden Air Plant Holder – $20.00
  • Walnut V-Leg Coffee Table – $1,500.00
  • Ladder Shelf – $2,750.00

So, they are also great if you are looking for a custom made project to make your some or business even nicer! They’ve done some great works that you can check on their website too!

Plus, we’re sure you will also, like Fê, want to purchase everything.

Have fun and take some time the explore the neighborhood.

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

A&G Merch: One Of The Best Décor Stores In Williamsburg

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A&G Merch is one of the best furnishing and décor stores in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They offer some of the most unique items to make your home feel like a home.

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We’ve been saying this, and won’t stop repeating: furnishing can be a fun process! Don’t focus on the downside of it, and just focus on enjoying and exploring unique and amazing stores in New York! Come explore A&G Merch with us!

Launched in March of 2006 in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, A&G Merch conquered the local community right away!

The store was founded by David Alhadeff and co-founder Jill Goldhand. Speaking about, the A and the G stand for the first letter of their last names.

With a unique mix of products and high quality, their mission completes by “bringing an urban, youthful energy” to their products. So, after checking it out, you’ll see what we are talking about!

In fact, you’ll find everything from couches, sofas, tables, dining and lighting décor. Plus, office furniture and small utensils, bookshelves, beds, coffee tables, desk and chairs.

And still, small décor items like vintage metal clocks, basket, books, bottle openers, miniature toys. The list in infinite!

We are madly in love with them and we adore just passing by to check what’s new. The hard thing is to actually walk in and leave empty handed!

This is a store that will make your home, feel like a home! Not to mention, your friends will be asking you able all your new acquisitions!

Lastly, they also have one store on the West Cost, in San Francisco. So, if you’re on that side of the country, you’ll have a chance to check them out too.

If you are looking for additional tips about where to shop in New York, contact out experts! We will be able to share with you some of the most amazing and unique places to beautify your home! As a matter of fact, there are countless furnishing and décor stores in Williamsburg to explore!

Daily: 11am – 7pm

Location: 111 North 6th Street

Photo Credit: Courtesy of A&G Merch
*Last Update on March/2020.*

A NY Style Picnic At The Park Where We Worry About The Details

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Picnic by Laura Okita

Organizing a NY style picnic at the park with friends, during the hotter months, is one of the best activities you can do! Plus, it’s a great idea for a special celebration!


BTSNYC Experiences On Going Picnic by Laura Okita
Photo Credit: Laura Okita (@lauraokita_official)

New York City has definitely some of the most beautiful parks in the world, right?

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!

New Yorkers love a typical NY style picnic at the park and just gathering friends for outdoor activities.

So, how about planning your upcoming weekend or your trip to New York City, with a picnic day with delicious food, drinks, and sports & games rental? If you are vegetarian or prefer organic food, don’t worry, there are options for every style!

You just need to know how many people you’ll be inviting, what type of picnic you’re looking for and the different types of activities you’d like to have during the day. Activities can range from frisbee, card games, paddle ball, football, soccer, badminton and so many other great ideas!

Even other accessories that are cool to have like bluetooth speakers, you can request. And still! Lazy to pass by Duane Reade for the mandatory sunscreen lotion? We’ll take it for you!!!

If you have any peculiar request, don’t be shy to let us know!

The best part? …There is “still” a best part besides all this? Yes! You don’t need to worry about a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g!

The entire experience is organized for you from beginning to end! You just arrive, have fun, and leave everything there to be collected at the appointed time.

Here are some of the options:

Picnic #1

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Picnic Gold Picnic

One of the full serviced picnics. A special picnic experience featuring the best meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and crudités New York City has to offer – just for you.

And there is always something special for dessert. When you arrive at your picnic spot, one of the picnic experts will have everything set up, ready and waiting for you when you arrive!

And when you’re finished, simply walk away. They’ll take care of the clean up!


Picnic #2

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Picnic Brunch

The only thing that can make brunch better, is enjoying it picnic style!

The Brunch Picnic is a custom created experience and serves two and will surely make your weekend even more special.

The bunch comes with pastries, bagels and lox, fresh fruit – the finest New York City has to offer.

Coffee and Tea are available and a complimentary sparkling beverage is included.


Picnic #3

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Picnic Proposal

We love love and we love helping our customers create memories! Being part of putting together a beautiful Wedding Proposal is always thrilling.

Based on your requests and input we will customize the perfect picnic to guarantee your special someone says yes, yes, yes!

When you arrive at your picnic spot, one of the picnic experts will have everything set up, ready and waiting, including a complimentary bottle of Prosecco to toast the moment.

And when you’re finished, simply walk away. We take care of the clean up!

We can also book a photographer that will capture every special moment and make it eternal!


Picnic #4

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Picnic Sheep Meadows Picnic Party

This picnic serves 10-12 people (or more, if necessary) and is a super fun way to show your friends and family a great time! And, you all you have to do is show up! WUHU!

It comes complete with the entire picnic set up including blankets, pillow and parasols, even corn hole!

The meal is a sampling of baguettinis, roast chicken, potato salad, seasonal greens, local cheese platter, lemonade, water and something sweet for dessert!


Picnic #5

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Picnic Perfect Custom Picnic

Let’s make it custom! Consider us your picnic concierge!

Whatever the occasion, whatever your tastes or dietary restrictions, we will custom create the most delicious, most decadent, picnic experience imaginable.

First, we’ll help you select a spot (indoors or out). When you arrive at your picnic, one of the experts will have everything set up, ready and waiting for you. You’ll dine with real glassware, plates and linens.

Fresh flowers and beautiful serving platters, all selected to accent the theme or mood of your picnic, will complete the look. And of course you will feast on the picnic of your dreams, complete with all of your favorite foods – meats, cheeses, caviar, smoked fish, salads, pastries, breads, desserts.

Just let us know what you like and we’ll create with a repast you’ll absolutely love! And when you’re finished, simply stroll away. These experts will clean it all up for you.


Picnic #6

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Picnic Hamptons Beach

This is the ultimate picnic experience taking you outside New York City, straight to the Hamptons!

This experience begins with a private helicopter flight from Manhattan to East Hampton, where a luxury sedan awaits to take passengers to a nearby beach picnic spot.

A fully catered picnic is arranged beautifully with the event designer Nicole Cataffo with blankets, pillows and fresh flowers.

Guests enjoy their favorite foods and drinks from real china and glassware.

After a 2-hour oceanside picnic, guests are driven back to East Hampton Airport and conclude the day with a smooth helicopter flight back to Manhattan.


There is still a Grab & Go / Side & Add On options:

Our individual picnics are the perfect accompaniment to any activity.

They are individually packed in their own reusable tote, easy to grab & go. Whether you are looking for lunch for one or need to feed hundreds, this is a delicious and easy option.

And the Sides & Add Ons will let you add additional treats to your picnic basket!

Contact us for further information and just enjoy your NY style picnic! For Corporate requests, see your our experts can assist you and your team.

Note: We need at least 48h to be able to manage your request and organize everything!

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Laura Okita and our partner
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Nest Interiors: Mid-century vintage and contemporary design

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Nest Interiors has some of the most amazing mid-century vintage and contemporary design. This small shop is a place to go and purchase that perfect gem for your home.

A few days ago our Founder, Fê Paronetto, had lunch with a dear friend, Dani Cutait.

During lunch, Dani mentioned a small store close to her apartment in Chelsea and said it’s one of her top NYC home décor shops.

This is a really great tip if you enjoy unique mid-century vintage and contemporary design items for your home!

Nest Interiors is a beautiful, petit store founded in 2004 by the couple Henry Stozek and Lana Sexton.

Their mission is to provide a source for curated mid-century vintage and contemporary design.

“Lana & Henry both share a love for modern, timeless interiors and have been avid supporters of local artists for over a decade.

In concert with their appreciation of Scandinavian modern design and the art of fine craftsmanship, they have amassed a global collection of the finest examples of mid-century glass, metal, ceramics and art.”

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From the moment Fê walked into the the store, she fell in love with everything. From the beautiful colorful pillows, picture frames, vintage glasses, vases and candle holders, to bowls, jewelry boxes, lamps and varied décor items.

The store is small, but there is so much to explore that it might be a while before you are able to leave it. Furthermore, it’s all very tempting, so you’re most likely to leave with something new for your home!

So, pass by if you enjoy having a stylish and chic home! This is surely the place for you!

While you’re in the neighborhood, you can see what on at The Joyce Theater, see what’s the new theme at STORY, or go at night to the speakeasy called Bathtub Gin.

Monday – Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Location: 172A Ninth Avenue

Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

Let There Be Neon Will Illuminate Your World With Neon Lights

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This is a cool tip, if you’re in search for Neon lights!! For over 40 years, Let There Be Neon has created the most unique signages and creations to illuminate our world!

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Photo Credit: The Atlantic

To start with, Let There Be Neon has been in business for over 40 years. Located in the neighborhood of Tribeca, their creations exceeds every client’s expectations and they always come back for more!

Read about them:

“Let There Be Neon has been the preeminent international supplier and creator of Custom Neon for signage and artistic applications.

Although neon is thought of as quintessentially American, it was a Frenchman (Georges Claude) who introduced the first sign, circa 1910.

Before long, a giant white ‘Cinzano’ advertisement was illuminating Paris, ‘The City of Light’. Neon made its American debut in 1923, with a sign above a Packard car showroom in Los Angeles.

Although minimal by current standards, it did what it was supposed to do: stop traffic. Neon took off with the 1933 repeal of prohibition, which created a need for eye-catching signs above bars.

Plus, in the 1930’s and 1940’s, neon became synonymous with Art Deco and the dreamily sinister look of film noir.

So, by the 50’s, it had become inextricably linked with drive-ins, diners, the glamour of Las Vegas and by extension, the American dream itself.

Although cheap fluorescent and plastic signs in the late 50′s temporarily displaced this burst of neon creativity, today the vibrant colored light has once again regained its rightful place on the international landscape.”

Do you own a store, a bar, are throwing a party or simply want to add some neon light to your home? These guys are the ones to go to!

Moreover, after shopping, you might want to relax at Aire Ancient Baths, just a few blocks away.

And, if you’re still in the mood for a late night drink with the cool kids in New York, grab a drink at Paul’s Cocktail Lounge – that is, if you can get in.  What we mean is, the Bouncers there are tough, very tough…

Location: 38 White Street

Text Excerpts by Let There Be Neon
Photo Credit: The Atlantic
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Yes Pls: There’s Nothing Like Functional Sculptures From Brooklyn

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The other day we were going through a list of local artists we wanted to interview. We bumped again into James Barber’s name, Founder of Yes Pls, selling functional sculptures from Brooklyn.

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We’ve mentioned this countless times: Brooklyn is the home of some of the most talented and creative artists in New York. The neighborhood is filled with upcoming and established artists sending their message out to the world in the most diverse ways.

It’s impossible to get tired of exploring and uncovering who is the next up and coming artist that will rock New York City!

We have heard about James Barber, Founder of Yes Pls, a while back. When we saw his work, we evidently fell in love immediately.

James has worked for over 10 years with molding and casting. He creates really unique and functional pieces that will give your home a pretty unique type of personality.

You’ll find items from shelves and other items made of wood, to sculptures like skull incense holders. There are mini tripods that are great to place small flowers or our cactus friends. And still, his disruptive and quite interesting concrete teeth ashtrays will surely make your guests curious.

Everything from Yes Pls is certainly extremely creative and rather peculiar! Probably, the reason why we enjoy his pieces so much! The more disruptive and funky looking, the better!

James lives and works in Brooklyn, but you can find his work online.

If you are the type that loved to learn new endeavors, take a look at what the workshops at Brooklyn Brainery are all about! They are a community-driven place where artists volunteer to teach their expertise. Another hand-on course you might enjoy, that is certainly therapeutical too, is at the Flower School NY, located in Chelsea.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of James Barber
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Just Bulbs: Lighten Up Your Life The Coolest Light Bulbs in NY

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How can we transform something simple and boring, like purchasing new light bulbs in NY, into something fun!? Just Bulbs are real experts at this!

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Yes, going out to purchase new light bulbs in NY can be a hassle and quite a boring chore. But, Just Bulbs is an expert at making this fun!

They transformed the act of purchasing light bulbs into something much more enjoyable and entertaining!

To start, the store was founded by David Brooks in 1980 and stands proud and strong until today, being named the “#1 Light Bulb Store in NYC”. This is definitely an impressive title based on the strong competition they have today with those huge chain stores pulverizing the market and killing the small business owners.

Furthermore, their experts have over 25 years of experience and are able to help you at any time. You actually don’t even need to go to the store! They’re good to the extent that they’ll be able to help you over phone or even if you send them a photo by email or fax. Yup, they still have a fax machine. So…vintage!

We’re pretty sure that regardless of what you’re looking for, you’ll surely find it there. From the Carbon Thomas Edison and Energy Efficient Light Bulbs and Color Corrected bulbs to Miniature and Subminiature, Photo and Stage Studio and Projection Lamps. Wow, they have it all!

Plus, all their models have a LED version, helping the planet by being more environment-friendly! We love this!

They stock:

  • Carbon Thomas Edison and Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
  • Color Corrected
  • Full Spectrum
  • Large Lamp
  • Miniature and Subminiature
  • Neodymium
  • Photo and Stage Studio
  • Projection Lamps

They have American, European and British socket bulbs:

  • 6
  • 12
  • 24
  • 120
  • 220 Volt
  • Holiday and Christmas Strings

Their experts can suggest improvements over your current light bulbs that will improve color, or increase life. And still, it might also save electricity or improve the design of the fixture.

They can enhance your party or holiday with color and with strings of lights that are either traditional or novelty. For indoor or outdoor use, they have lights in the shapes of various:

  • Baseballs
  • Basketballs
  • Flowers
  • Golf balls
  • Cows, pigs and birds
  • Lights in the shapes of Peppermints and M&Ms
  • Sea shells, light houses and others

In addition, they can adapt your foreign light sockets to fit American light bulbs. Finally, they can refresh you lights by changing the bulbs and cleaning your fixtures.

WOWWWW!!!! This definitely won’t be a common, boring chore anymore. After going there once, we’re sure you’ll become a loyal customer and in love with light bulbs! Well, everyone does!

Yup, buying new light bulbs in New York can be pretty fun!

Now, since you’re super close, go explore a small street where Sutton Place Park North is located. It’s part of our YouTube video with the 25 Most Iconic and Instagrammable Movie Locations in NYC.

Location: 222 East 58th Street

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Just Bulbs
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Pink Olive: A Neighborhood Gift Shop Born Out Of Love

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If you are looking for that cute, neighborhood gift shop, then Pink Olive is the place for you! Don’t research more, and just go visit one of their locations!

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New York City is know for the myriad of creatives spread through out the 5 Boroughs. The list of names with these artists is extensive and we love meeting them!

One of the names you should keep in mind, is Grace Kang. She started her successful career as a fashion buyer and worked for the biggest retailers like Saks, Bloomingdale’s and Barney’s. But, her childhood passion for stationary eventually came back in full force. So, after receiving awards as “Buyer of the Year”, Grace was read for her next challenge.

Moreover, she opened her first Pink Olive store in 2007, in the East Village. Today, she has other 4 location: East Village, in Manhattan, 2 in Brooklyn in Williamsburg and Park Slope and a last location upstate NY in Cold Spring.

Through out this journey, Grace extended her business. She created Olive School that focuses in empowering other artists to build a strong brand and work to make their product ‘retail ready’. In addition, she also launched OliveBox – a monthly subscription service directed to the paper-lovers out there.

Pink Olive is a great place to buy every thing from baby gifts, distinctive letterpress cards, handmade jewelry, to original artwork, books and fabulous vintage finds.

“Pink Olive is more than an ordinary gift shop. It’s a creative place with a mission to inspire giving and beautiful living. Let your imagination sparkle!”

In fact, her team has “the eye” it takes to make the brand and the store stand out! So, you will definitely find the perfect gift for every occasion – baby showers, birthdays, pregnancy, love, marriage, holidays, and the “just because” moments!

Similarly, if you’re not NYC-based or if you don’t have time to go to one of Pink Olive’s neighborhood gift shop, but need something specific, you can purchase online!

Plus, if you decide to pass by the Brooklyn store, you can just extend your visit and grab a delicious coffee at Freehold, in Williamsburg!

In the East Village, we love Hi Collar, and in the West Village, try a charming secret spot called The Elk. And still, close to the Park Slope location, grab a coffee and a chocolate at The Chocolate Room.

Now, if you decide to explore Cold Spring, in upstate New York, let our experts help you out and plan the perfect weekend! On the other hand, for arrangements for Corporate travel, we can also assist you and your team.

Hours: Check online for store hours of each location.

439 East 9th Street, East Village
30 Charles Street, West Village
167 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope
80 Main Street, Cold Spring

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pink Olive
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Lullanest Is Perfect For The Cool Hampton Babies

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This is for the cool Hampton babies! Lullanest sells some of the cutest, chic, safe and effective baby products, in the East Hampton.

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We all know that when a woman or a man become a parent, their focus shift immediately towards their new baby! Obviously, this couldn’t be different.

Baby shopping, specially for the first-time parents, can be a challenge and knowing which brand to trust can be hard at first.

When we travel, we like to know which brands we can eventually reach out to, in case we need. You might have forgotten to purchase something before leaving home, or you need something unexpected. And still, you might only want to shop a few new things for the little ones.

Regardless of what the reason is, we want to have brands we trust to rely on. Plus, no money is enough when we think of the littles ones, right?

Well, if you’re a cool parent that surely has a cool kid, then this store is for you!

Lullanest has the cutest and most amazing range of products for your beautiful baby.

It all started back when Katerina Williams had her baby, and saw that the Hamptons didn’t have a store she enjoyed and could trust, with chic, safe and effective baby products. The result? She decided to open her own store!

From the strollers, cribs and bouncers, to bathing products, trendy clothes, countless accessories and toys. They have a great product curation and taste!

And still, they carry some of the most amazing brands like Uppababy, Orbit Baby, Honest Company, Strokke and Maclaren, besides many others.

Their store is located in the East Hampton, but don’t worry, they also sell online.

It’s surely a great store for your little ones! So, relax and enjoy!

If you are coming to New York for Baby Shopping, and need help figuring out where to go, let our experts help you out. We have have our Personal Stylists helping you with your new baby bump outfits, and also help select the best stores to purchase everything you need for the little one that is on his/her way!

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rach Parcell (Featured image) and Lullanest
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Adaptations NY: Unconventional Vintage Furniture

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Greenpoint in Brooklyn is a neighborhood we simply love to explore. If you are looking for unconventional vintage furniture, Adaptations NY is the place for you!

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Greenpoint is a neighborhood passing through a rapid growth. There are always new stores, coffee shop, the best bars, galleries and other businesses opening. The best part is, they are all fantastic.

The neighborhood reunites some of the most brilliant and artistic minds in New York, and they are now, more than ever, proudly showing the world their talent!

Since we are huge fans, we love writing about them and showing everything they are creating! After all, we are a bit tired of stores that showcase more of the same.

As we said above, Greenpoint has some of the best restaurants and bars in Brooklyn, amazing stores and still, a breathtaking view of the City!

So, let’s talk about reusing and honoring old items to decorate. This is what they are all about!

We recently went to Adaptations NY and couldn’t leave the store! As they explain, they are:

“…an unconventional vintage furniture boutique specializing in mid-century, industrial and farmhouse décor.”

Their products are very charming, super beautiful and will definitely make your Home, a Home! After all, who wants to arrive home and find items that every-other-person-in-New-York also has in their living rooms?

They have everything from furniture to smaller decoration items, so you’ll definitely be able to find what you’re looking for.

More about them:

“We enjoy reusing and honoring old items to create an eclectic laid back environment. We love all styles of design and we believe that an eclectic home is the best way for people to live. No one thing defines us, so why should our homes be just one style?”

They also have another store just a few blocks down, called Porter James NY. There they have objects not only for vintage, but also modern homes. They are located on 116 Franklin Street, Greenpoint in Brooklyn.

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12pm – 7pm

Location: 109 Franklin Street, Greenpoint

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


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