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New York Through The Eyes of the Tech Entrepreneur: Graham Mann

Curiosities Insider Interviews Graham Mann by P_Nali

New York-based Tech Entrepreneur, Graham Mann, shared with us his 7 top tips in New York! Check out where the cool tech crowd hangs out!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Graham Mann by P_Nali

Graham Mann is cofounder of Lean Systems, a logistics startup with offices in New York and Montreal, a graduate of Techstars NYC, and recipient of the 2017 Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur award. He grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, and did his undergrad degree in engineering at McGill University in Montreal.

He still leads the non-profit organization he founded, called Sail All, which provides sailing opportunities for youth in his home province of Nova Scotia, and mentors new entrepreneurs whenever he can, particularly for Founder Institute Montreal and Startup Weekend.

In his spare time you can usually find him on or near the water, sailing, windsurfing, or attempting surfing and kiteboarding, or out taking photos.

He writes regularly on his blog, and just launched a podcast called Starting Stories, where he interviews entrepreneurs, creatives, and more to talk about how they got started, and the habits and tools that led to their success.

Take a look at his 7 top tips in New York:


For Pizza: Lucali

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“I discovered Lucali through a cousin living nearby, and it’s known to locals for good reason: their pizza is delicious. They only serve pizza and calzones, and have different ingredients every day. It’s also BYOB – go to Henry Street Wine and Liquors down the street for some super-friendly advice on which wines to get. Go early as there’s no reservations, and it’s cash only.”

Their first and only location in New York is Carroll Gardens, in Brooklyn. The restaurant is specialized in pizzas and calzones, but also offers appetizer salads and fresh sides. Their thin-crusted pizzas and home-made sauces are loved not only by their neighbors, but by guests that come from all over NYC. Hence, the house is always full, as Graham mentioned above.

If you’re into craft draft and bottled beers, they have a good selection, as well as a wine menu with low production Italian wines.

Who’s the mind behind this all? The pizzaiolo Mark Iacono and he also has a location in Miami.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 12am
Friday – Sunday: 1pm – 12am

Location: 575 Henry Street

www.lucali.com


For Cocktails: Brooklyn Social Bar

Curiosities Insider Interviews Graham Mann Brooklyn Social Club

“After pizza and wine at Lucali, you can stop by Brooklyn Social Bar on your way back to the subway. The atmosphere is great, cocktails are delicious, and the bartenders are super friendly. Go on an off-night and get to know the bartenders.”

Located in Carroll Gardens, this spot was the former Society Riposto, a private member’s Sicilian Club. This group started back in the early 1900’s, and only in 1967 they actually rented out this spot.

They had private gatherings and parties led by Isidoro Parisi and his group of Italian friends.

After the memberships slowly dissolving throughout the years, 3 30-year old Brooklyn residents decided to purchase and renovate the place.

Many of the decorations are still the original ones with amazing, vintage pictures and ornaments, allowing it to keep its original vibe.

It’s surely a place that will take you back to the past, as in you entered another place on Earth.

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 5pm – 2am
Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 4am

Location: 335 Smith Street

http://brooklynsocialbar.com


For Those Interested In Travel: Voyager HQ

Curiosities Insider Interviews Graham Mann Voyager HQ

“For anyone interested in, working in, or looking for a job in travel, you should be hanging out at Voyager HQ. It’s where we work in New York, the staff are super friendly, and they hold lots of great events. If you’re interested in travel, you should be there.”

We have to agree! We love everything that VoyagerHQ does and we are there quite often!

The place is great and the crowd is perfect for networking. They say they are “A Club for Travel Innovators”, so if this at all calls your attention, you should pass by.

In addition, they host some pretty cool events from breakfasts with industry professionals, to pitch nights with fantastic start-ups urging to change the world!

Location: 137 West 25th Street

www.voyagerhq.com


To Escape the City (sort of): Roosevelt Island

Curiosities Insider Interviews Graham Mann Roosevelt Island Mc Gutty
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“One of my college roommates grew up here, and I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Roosevelt Island. It’s right next to Manhattan, yet you’d never know it when you’re there, given how peaceful and quiet it is. Take the tram or subway there, go for a run, grab a coffee, or check out the beautiful new Cornell Tech campus.”

Yup, Roosevelt Island is a “life apart”, even though it’s nestled in the middle of the East River.

It’s a great place to go explore during the weekends!

If you have to pick a way to get there, we do recommend the tram. The journey will start with a spectacular view of Manhattan Island, Queens and the East River.

You’ll most certainly capture breathtaking Instagrammable shots!

The island has only one main street, called Main Street, ha, and a few additional side roads! But you can always walk towards the water through the path – that’s there the best views are.

If you’re the adventurous type, be sure to explore the Smallpox Hospital, also known as the Renwick Smallpox Hospital, in the Southern tip of the island.


Place to Take a Canadian: New York Islanders game

Curiosities Insider Interviews Graham Mann New York Islanders Hockey

“For Canadians, there’s no better way to spend an evening than at a hockey game, but given how popular it is in Canada, you’re lucky to get seats for a reasonable price. Take them to an Islanders game and they’ll love it, and for bonus points take them when they’re playing their favorite team.”

Canadians do love Hockey, but his is literally an activity for anyone that enjoys sports.

Moreover, if you or your friends have never been to a hockey game, we have to agreed you HAVE TO go to one.

Live hockey is definitely a thrilling experience and it’ll be a night of fun!

https://www.nhl.com/islanders 


For Whisky: Caledonia Bar

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“I got more of a taste for scotch after spending two weeks traveling Scotland last spring, and Caledonia Bar has the best selection I’ve found in New York. The atmosphere is as good as the whisky selection, and it’s a great place to take a date.”

Caledonia Bar has two locations in Manhattan. One is at the Upper East Side and the other at the Upper West Side, of Manhattan.

They have a great drink list, a few food options that vary a bit in each location and, a fantastic list of House Rules!

Wanna know some of them?

  • Five percent off for Tinder dates, you need to prove it by showing us your initial awkward messages
  • No credit card minimum, but if you keep swiping your card all night you are wasting paper, killing trees and in the long run killing all of humanity you selfish bastard. Start a Tab!
  • Gentlemen, this is a lady friendly bar, if it’s clear that they are not interested in you then stop talking to them. Obviously this rule does not apply to me.

Ha! So fun! Anyway, enjoy your scotch night out!

Hours:
Upper West Side: Monday – Sunday: 4pm – 4am
Upper East Side: Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 4am and Friday – Sunday: 4pm – 4am

Locations:
424 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side
1609 2nd Avenue, Upper East Side

www.caledoniabar.com


For Shopping: Everlane

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“I generally try to avoid shopping in person as much as possible, but Everlane makes the experience enjoyable. I love that their simple, classic lines don’t overwhelm you with choice, and their commitment to ethical factories and transparent pricing make them a brand you can get behind. They currently only have two brick-and-mortar locations, and one is in New York.”

Located in the super cool neighborhood of Nolita, in Manhattan, Everlane believes in “Exceptional quality.
Ethical factories. Radical Transparency.” Totally up our alley!

Plus, their collections and products are timeless pieces that will be part of your wardrobe for a long time. How? Well, they source the finest materials and aren’t too focused on trends.

Oh! And still, they let the customer know exactly the true cost of materials, labor, transportation, taxes, etc…for the item they are purchasing. We love it!

They offer a complete line of products for men and women that believe, like them, that “we can all make a difference”.

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Location: 28 Prince Street

www.everlane.com


Thank you, Graham, for sharing these 7 top tips in New York! We are sure you will enjoy them all!

Finally, if you enjoyed this interview, we are positive you loved all the places that David Yarus, the Founder of the app JSwipe, shared with us! He listed 5 NYC spots that you’ve probably never been to! They are all surely worth the visit, so check them out!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of The Associated Press for the Washington’s Top News, Mc_Gutty, P_Nali and the venues

Antonia Greco: A Love Guru UnCovers NYC’s Dating Scene

Curiosities Insider Interviews Antonia Greco NYC Dating Expert

Lets talk about Dating in New York City?! Everyone knows about the “rumors” about NYC’s dating scene and how different it is from the rest of the world! Antonia Greco tell us about the best spots to hang out, if you’re single!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Antonia Greco NYC Dating Expert
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gary He

If you’ve just moved to this beautiful, tireless city, or if you’ve been in New York City long enough, you will notice two topics that will always (and we mean, always!) come up during dinners or bar conversations:

  1. RENT! It’s amazing how people are eager to know how much you pay for rent and all the amenities you have in your building to justify the high prices. Note: It does not matter if they just met you, they WILL boldly ask…
  2. DATING! The “Dating Scene” in New York is, without a doubt, unique and different from anywhere else on this planet! It’s a battle to figure out all the do’s and don’ts, right? So, after you do, and everything seams to be flowing well with your beau…BOOM! The guy dumps you…

With the Dating topic in mind, our Contributor Ari Crane interviewed Antonia Greco, a NYC-based Dating and Relationship Expert for the New York Dating Coach. She is also the co-author of “Who Lies More, Men or Women? 6 Ways to Succeed in Dating, Relationships, and Life”.

Over the past eight years, Antonia’s worked one-on-one with clients of all ages to help them meet partners, date successfully, and has had a helping hand in several marriages.

In her spare time, she likes to run, fuss over cute dogs, play piano and bake pies.

“A question I often get asked by singles is ‘Where can I go to meet people?’ — Simply put, you can meet people anywhere you go. It’s just a matter of having the guts to open the dialogue and/or be approachable. That said, it’s beneficial to pick places that reflect something about your lifestyle, your passions, or something new you’d like to try.”

Here are Antonia’s top picks in the City! Do check them out and, who knows, maybe you’ll find your partner in crime, for life.


Hu Kitchen

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“If working out and being healthy are your thing, then get ready to be excited by Hu Kitchen. Everything is delicious and wholesome sans ingredients that you can’t pronounce. And the clientele, well, they’re exceptionally good looking, in shape, and healthy. Not to mention, the layout of the tables is conducive to striking up a conversation very effortlessly. Rotate this place into your weekly lunch or dinner schedule and be sure to treat yourself to the house-made Almond Butter truffles!”

Not only all the ingredients are fantastic and super healthy, but they also produce their own delicious chocolate bars.

They have a huge list of “What they don’t have”, but there are just a few, so you get the vibe: NO Conventional Sweeteners, NO Gluten, NO Soy, NO GMO Corn, NO Commercial Lecithins, NO Preservatives…

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 9pm

Location: 78 5th Avenue (at 14th Street), Midtown

http://hukitchen.com


B-Cup

Curiosities Insider Interviews Antonia Greco B-Cup

“Whether you’re “working remotely” or in the mood for a chill place to enjoy some coffee, look no further than B-Cup. This hip little haunt is tucked away in Alphabet City and is the “office” for many singles. With free, reliable wi-fi and iced coffees served in carafes, this friendly space is a mix of funky and accommodating. Bonus: Most people come here alone so it’s the perfect place to table share during the busier hours!”

Alphabet City is part of what most people know as the East Village. The area is very residential, but it is the home of several bars, cocktail spots and super cool restaurants. The area is filled with life and great spots to uncover.

Their park is called Tompkins Square Park. You might recall it from the post we wrote about a Feeding Program our Founder coordinates, feeding 200 homeless every week!

The area has also a significant Puerto Rican community, that definitely brings an uplifting vibe. After all, we know how cheerful Puerto Ricans are, right!?

Location: 212 Avenue B, Alphabet City

www.bcupcafe.com


It is definitely a place to go and meet interesting people, creative minds and mingle with a super cult crowd!

Be bold and go see what they have to offer!

Location: 231 11th Avenue, Chelsea

www.printedmatter.org


Cooper Hewitt

Curiosities Insider Interviews Antonia Greco Cooper Hewitt

“If you find museums to be boring, then maybe Cooper Hewitt will change your mind. The interactive environment – especially in the Immersion Room – is the perfect place to strike up conversation with others, all while interacting with art and design. When you’re done, grab a coffee from the cafe and head to the garden!”

The museum was founded in 1897 and was named “Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum”.

It’s dedicated exclusively on historical and contemporary design, making it the only museum in the US with this focus.

Therefore, it has “more than 210,000 design objects spanning 30 centuries.

From ancient textiles and works on paper to icons of modern design and cutting-edge technologies, Cooper Hewitt’s collection serves as inspiration for creative work of all kinds and tells the story of design’s paramount importance in improving our world.”

They have a great outdoor area and garden, where they host different events, so be sure to see what’s on next!

Location:  2 East 91st Street, Upper East Side

www.cooperhewitt.org


Niketown Running Club

Curiosities Insider Interviews Antonia Greco Nike+ Running Club

“Running is a great way to unwind all while staying healthy and I love the Niketown Running Club! Regardless of your pace or athletic level, this is a good place to meet others – especially for those that are tired of the bar scene. Don’t be discouraged if the guy to girl ratio is not in your favor. One thing singles tend to forget is that ANY person you meet may have a single friend, relative or coworker that would be a fit for you!”

The Niketown Running Club it not only for professional runners, but also for the amateur and aspiring runner!

Don’t be intimidated. It’s a great place to find like minded people.

You’ll have professional coaching and experts to help you out at any time of the day – from 5am through 7pm.

Plus, you can do a one-time test in Nike’s new shoes, register your evolution through their APP, run with the best lists on Spotify and also choose from 100 different workouts by Nike Master Trainers.

Location: 6 East 57th Street, Midtown East

www.nike.com


Guitarist Andre Vasconcelos is Shaking Up New York City

Insider Interviews Andre Vasconcelos Guitar

Today we are here with one of New York City’s best guitarists Andre Vasconcelos. Hailing from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Andre has been living in the United States for quite some time now, playing with several different bands in stages throughout the world.

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We’ve written in the past about one of the bands he’s played in, so we’ve been hearing about guitarist Andre Vasconcelos’ amazing musical talent for some time. Since we hear and see his name constantly showing up on band’s concerts line ups and posters around NYC, we decided to attend a show this past June 3rd, at Rough Trade. There, we were able to witness his performance first-hand. Our immediate reaction? We were in awe, and speechless!

Andre was performing as the lead guitarist for the band “Victor & the Peculiars”, who were interestingly acting as the openers for Andre’s main band, the RANN. We were blown away by the performances. Victor’s songs are catchy and energetic and the band that backs him up are made with some of the most incredibly players we have seen live.

Andre took some time to answer a couple of questions for Behind the Scenes NYC. We are thrilled to hear a little about his journey as a musician.

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1. When did you start playing music? And what was the moment you decided that this would be your professional path in life?

“I started playing music when I was around 13 years old. My brother was having guitar lessons so, when my mom offered me to start doing those too, I accepted just so I could be better than him (laughs).

Having done that, I moved on to developing a true relationship of love and devotion to the instrument. I started on nylon string guitar, but quickly changed to electric after coming back from the massive Rock in Rio Festival, in Brazil, where I witnessed Guns n’ Roses melt my face.

I don’t think I have ever decided that this would be my path, but also never really saw myself doing anything else. Then, I attended Business School for a while, just to find myself skipping classes to practice and/or learn new material.”

2. When did you move to New York City? What is the day-to-day life of such an in-demand musician living here?

“I moved to New York City around a year after I graduated from the renowned Berklee College of Music, in Boston. Many of my peers and collaborators were making the move to the big apple so the timing felt right. I had been playing in New York City for many years before I moved here, which is how it eventually works anyway.

The city requires you to be smart about your planning, scheduling and all of the logistic aspects of the profession. You need to understand immediately how big the city is, how long it takes to get from one place to the other and how costly it is to do so.

My day-to-day varies immensely as I have a Music House (Ghidrah Music) in my home studio, in Bushwick. There, I am a writer and producer for my own original rock band, called RANN, where we are always working on new materials. My jazz/rock band, called Racha Fora, does yearly tours in Japan, several other projects and side gigs that keeps our schedule very busy and diverse.

To answer your question, it is basically a combination of studio production sessions in the morning, followed by pretty intense rehearsals or performances at night.”

3. Talking a bit about RANN, how did this amazing project come to life? You guys went on 3 tours, what were they like? Plus, when can we expect new material?

“RANN is the main project I work with. There are four of us: Apoena Frota is the lead singer and also my partner at Ghidrah Music. We have our drummer, Joe Ullmer and Rafael Russi is our secret weapon playing guitars, synths and bass. I play guitar and sing harmonies.

We all met in Boston, but we only formed the band around January of 2015 when we rented a cabin upstate NY and wrote our entire full length record “Yellowgun” during that trip.

Quickly after finishing the album and seeing our shows get more and more hype, we went on our first US Tour. The, we won the Deli Magazine award of “Best Indie Pop Band of 2015”, had our song placed in a massive movie in Brazil and performed extensively.

In 2016 we crossed the country twice playing shows in over 45 different cities, driving from Cape Cod to Seattle and back.

New material should be released soon! We are very excited about it.”

4. After seeing your show with Vic, at Rough Trade, we decided to invite him to be part of the Sofar Sounds event we organized at the Greenpoint Gallery a few days ago. The show was a tremendous success and we were sold out! I heard you’ve played at several of these Sofar events with countless different artists. Can you tell us a bit about the event and what it feels like to see it from different artists’ perspectives?

“Absolutely! Sofar is always a fun experience. The name stands for “Songs from a Room”, which is a great concept. I’ve played Sofar shows with Brazilian artists singing in Portuguese, with Brazilian artists singing in English, with RANN, with heavy rock bands, but also with very soft and subtle singers…and pretty much everything in between.

Sofar Sounds shows are usually ‘stripped down’ versions of the original musics. So, adapting some music to that setting is both challenging and really fun. The show I did with “Victor & the Peculiars” was a particularly interesting one. The band is usually a full blast rock band, taking no prisoners. For our Sofar show last weekend, we managed to rock out, keep the energy up there, but still play the room. It was awesome!

I usually have around 10 guitar pedals with me, but for this show I only had 4. After the show I saw so many posts and comments from people complimenting the guitar sounds. It is always very rewarding. I have the Strymon pedals to thank for that – they are truly incredible pieces of gear.

One of my favorite Sofar concerts I did was with Racha Fora, the powerful and fiery jazz/rock ensemble, led by Hiroaki Honshuku. The music composed and performed by Hiro, myself (guitar), Rika Ikeda (violin) and Sebastian Chiriboga (percussion), pushed the envelope so much that the crowd’s reaction was stunning. Everybody really loved the concert. Being able to share our international touring experiences was another highlight.”

Insider Interviews Andre Vasconcelos RANN
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Andre, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us, at Behind the Scenes NYC! We are very excited to share this inspiring feature on you and continue rockin’!

“Thank YOU so much! This has been so much fun. Hope to catch you at our show soon!”

If you want to learn more about RANN, take a look at their website: www.rannpage.com. To listen to their music, enjoy their You Tube Page with countless clips!

We’ve chosen two, to share below. One was filmed at a place we love, with some of the coolest people in town, called Pianos.

Lastly, if you’re dying to see the guitarist Andre Vasconcelos play, his next show with “Vic & the Peculiars” will be for the July 4th celebration at El Derty’s rooftop in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

See you all there, for we are definitely going!

 

Learn How To Get The Best NYC Shots With Dani Diamond

Curiosities Insider Interviews Dani Diamond Photography Dani Smiling

New York City is a paradise for photographers, but getting the best NYC shots is not always easy! Dani Diamond, a professional photographer gives us a few tips to make it right!

At 27 years old, Dani Diamond, born in Ohio, but currently based in Connecticut, is more of the introvert type, so photography focused on Weddings & Events was definitely not up his alley, since he’d need to worry about countless details and bigger groups of people interacting with him.

He started working in Fashion / Comercial photography, at the age of 23, because he always wanted to be able to take amazing photos and, as we know, models do know their way in front of a camera (with a bit of orientation from the photographer, of course). So Dani, being a confessed introvert, found his way in.

His photography style is based on natural lighting and it’s surely what makes him stand out in relation to other photographers today. His technique also helped him built strong social media presence which, only on Instagram, is over 114k.

How he started? “I started on my own, figured out how things worked looking at Youtube videos. I studied in Business School and even though I didn’t follow that path, I can definitely apply what I learned to my own business.

As he says: “I wasn’t born talented, I was born ambitious.” Awesome, right?

He now has clients not only in the US like New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Texas, but also over seas in England and other countries around the Globe.

For this Insider Interviews, we decided to shift a bit the focus. So, this time instead of “Top 7 Secret Tips in NY”, Dani will give us his “Top 7 tips for Photographers that want to shoot in NYC”.

Read and learn, Guys!


#1 – I love Shooting in NYC mainly because I can work outdoors at anytime of the day and get that soft golden hour light.

The tall skyscrapers of Manhattan block the direct harsh sunlight from hitting the streets, so this really softens the light as its bounces off the buildings.

This does come with a price to pay though. Contrary to popular believe, shooting during Sunset hours in NY is not good because of this. The same way harsh sunlight is softened before it reaches the street during daylight hours, it also eliminates the much weaker sunset light.

Without much light at the golden hour it makes taking photographs very difficult. In the end, I’d take 10 hours of soft light over 1 hour of sunset light on any day.

#2 – Stay away from touristy areas, like Midtown, of course. I prefer mainly places in quieter areas. Areas like the Financial District on a Sunday where you’ll find absolutely no tourists nor business man walking around. You’ll have 10 blocks of beautiful emptiness.

In Brooklyn, Dumbo is favorite area. Even though you can find lots of people walking around, there are several streets that people just don’t pass by and that have a very unique cobble street look. You can also find great alleys, gorgeous store fronts, plus you have a breathtaking background with the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. You can find the Brooklyn Bridge Park with a great view of Manhattan’s skyline, all within a 5 minute walk, versus Manhattan, that doesn’t have all that in a small radius.

#3 The West Side Highway is great to shoot. The best time is to shoot during the first half of the day, before the sun reaches that area. The first half of the day, the sun is on the FDR side (East).

Plus, you also have nice docks with boats in the back, giving it a cool background.

#4 If it’s a rainy day, go to Soho. You’ll find tons of bars. You can shoot in the empty bars before 4-5pm, since people start showing up only after work for the endless Happy Hours. They all have different looks and personalities. Just feel free to walk in and politely ask to take pictures, not more than 5-6, though. SoHo has only a “10 block radius” and each bar speaks in a different way.

#5 The famous Highline! Try shooting early in the morning, before people come around. It does get quite crazy during the day. This area will give you a unique nature type of vibe and lots of green.

#6 Hit-up bridges in NY to shoot. Shoot at Sunset because you’re out in the open. The Brooklyn Bridge is #1, for sure, but it has the most number people too. The Williamsburg Bridge is great, but keep in mind it is very ‘red’, so remember this detail when styling the wardrobe. My favorite bridge is the 59th Street Bridge that crosses Roosevelt Island – there are no tourists and only a few people biking to work or from work.

#7 The best place to buy your equipment is B&H. They have any piece of gear you’ll probably need. And, the best is they are not forcing any things down your throat since they don’t get paid commission to sell. The store has robots hanging from the ceiling that take care of your shopping cart. Therefore, you don’t need to carry anything around while shopping! www.bhphotovideo.com


Here are a few other tips:

What is a hidden spot in NYC with a stunning view of the City?
As I said, Dumbo is great, and I also really like Hoboken, in Hudson County, New Jersey.

What piece of advise would you give someone that just moved to NYC?
Do not stay in the City. Get a place in Brooklyn or New Jersey, this way you’ll actually see the City’s beautiful skyline. It’s also cheeper and you’ll experience more things around it. If you stay in the City, you will likely stay o-n-l-y in the City. Plus, the ferries are cheep and pretty fun!

        

Oh! Dani told us that he uses a Nikon D800 and buys semi new cameras. His tip for buying a used camera is to check the shutter count to see how old it is. If it’s under 20k, it’s ok! Cameras are rated up to 200k.

Click on the images above to see further details of the camera and the lens! It will surely help you get the best NYC shots.

http://danidiamond.com


His YouTube page has great stuff and tells a bit more about his career and photography tips! Enjoy!

Take a look as some of his beautiful work:

Curiosities Insider Interviews Dani Diamond Photography Shooting
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And, a few portraits:

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Photo Credits: Courtesy of Dani Diamond

Alexandra: A West Village Bistro, Definitely Not Part Of The NYC Scene

Dining Alexandra Restaurant West Village

The other day we did has a pretty awesome brunch at Alexandra, a West Village bistro known for it’s happy service and music.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS UNFORTUNATELY PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

We went to Alexandra restaurant, located in the West Village and bumped Eran, the owner. Eran was born in Israel and moved to NYC 14 years ago!

He decided to open a small West Village bistro with American cuisine, happy service and music. Besides, the restaurant, Eran works in the super cool NYC film industry.

Everything at Alexandra is very fresh sine they go to the market every other day! Plus, it’s all cooked “a la minute”, so they don’t prepare anything before hand. It’s the type of place where they certainly don’t try too hard and do get it right on point!

This is for sure our type of place, since it’s not part of the NYC Scene.

What to try? Everything! We were in a big group, so we were able to try several dishes.

Their Calamari is definitely the b-e-s-t we’ve ever had. It’s not fried! It’s pan-seared and the taste is heavenly.

The buttermilk fried chicken with amish farm cage free chicken, marscarpone mashed potatoes and asparagus was a big success. The Burger is a very simple tasty burger and worth it, if you’re into burgers.

The omelets, salads and desserts are all very good too!

Drink? Oh! Eran did this great Frozen Margarita that was perfect for this crazy hot and humid weather. The girls were into wine and couldn’t stop the “refill”.

Plus, They have live Jazz music every now and then, so call them to see when the next show will happen!

If you enjoy the neighborhood, you can visit a few spots we love!

Go grab a coffee at The Elk after lunch! Then, go shopping for beauty products at Cap Beauty and at Enfleurage, the best essencial oils store. Lastly, go for drinks at the coveted Wilfie & Nell.

Location: 455 Hudson Street


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Alexandra

“I Don’t Follow Recipes”, says Chef David Bouley

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David Bouley once said “I don’t follow recipes”, and completed it by saying: “You won’t become a good chef by following recipes!”.

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The four starred Michelin American chef, born in Connecticut, is best known for his French cuisine restaurant, Bouley.

With a fantastic background, he studied at the renowned Sorbonne in Paris. He had the opportunity to work with amazing chefs like Roger Vergé, Paul Bocuse, Joël Robuchon and Gaston Lenôtre.

Located in TriBeCa, Bouley offers French cuisine with modern Asian influences served in an elegant and intimate setting. In addition to the á la carte menu, the restaurant offers a $59 five course tasting menu for lunch. Plus, a $195 six course tasting menu for dinner.

In addition, there are tasting menus with the option of wine pairing, that you might really enjoy!

David Bouleys second restaurant, Brushstroke, also in TriBeCa, is “a joint venture between Chef Bouley and Japan’s top culinary school, The Tsuji Culinary Institute. Brushstroke offers a brilliant modern interpretation of kaiseki cuisine – a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. Based entirely around tasting menus that change seasonally, kaiseki uses fresh ingredients to build a progression of flavors and sensations. And, with courses designed to be beautiful, delicious and surprising.”

Also, try out Bouley’s cooking classes at Test Kitchen, where you’ll be able experiment his cuisine with ideal wine pairing at $175/person.

And last, if you’re planning an event, but isn’t sure where to host your guests, go and visit Bouley Botanical! Chef Bouley created this gorgeous, fresh space. It offers you the possibility of experimenting food with all 5 senses while hosting private events. Everything from dinners, weddings, corporate parties, cocktails, etc).

The venue envelopes your guests in an environ of pure ingredients, featuring 400+ edible species of plants growing in vertical window gardens. All supported by the largest bio-dynamic green house in New England.”

Bouley Botanical comfortably accommodates parties from 8 to 75 people for seated private dining events.  And, up to 100 people for receptions.

If you need help to organize a private party, contact our team for our Concierge Services, and if you’re a company, contact our experts and learn about our Corporate Services too!

We will help you organize an unforgettable event that can be anything from a birthday

Locations:  Bouley – 163 Duane Street, Brushstroke – 30 Hudson Street, Test Kitchen – 88 West Broadway, Bouley Botanical – 281 Church Street

www.davidbouley.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of David Bouley

Fernanda Feher: Art in a Bushwick Chocolate Factory

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Are you an art lover? New York City is a city with countless amazing emerging artists, and we love sharing their inspiring stories! Fernanda Feher is putting a show inside a Bushwick chocolate factory.

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Besides their stories, we also go to their events not only to support, but because their work is definitely worth seeing live and learning about!

We’ve interviewed a while ago an amazing artist called Fernanda Feher. In no time, she became a really close friend and we became huge fans of her work!

Fernanda is hosting a 1 month exhibition of her latest work called “While you were Sleeping“. It’s a project curated by the one and only Janaina Tschape!

The opening reception will be on October 22nd. It will happen from 6pm – 9pm at the Fine & Raw Chocolate Factory in Bushwick, Brooklyn! The place is the coolest Bushwick chocolate factory and everything there is delicious!

The exhibition will be on until November 22nd!

See you all there!

Location: 288 Seigel Street

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fernanda Feher

Interview With The Best NYC Spots For Style City

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Our Founder, Fernanda Paronetto, was interviewed by Style City, a Brazilian travel website. She shares the places she loves the most in New York City. So check out some of the best NYC spots!

About BTSNYC What The Press Says Style City BraszilOur founder, Fê, loves to share the story of her journey to New York City. But, she also loved participating in interviews that ask about the best NYC spots. There are so many more, but she had to pick only a hand full to share…

For this interview, Fê (like our Founder’s friends call her), talks about:

  • the best neighborhood to stay and explore
  • a spot for people watching
  • she describes a perfect day in NYC
  • where true New Yorkers go for dinner
  • where to go on cold nights
  • what you can’t forget to pack
  • …and much more!

So, here is an excerpt of the interview:

“BTSNYC is one of the most popular accounts in New York – and very interesting for tourists that want to get away from the traditional routes.

It was created by a group of friends that lives in New York City that had the desire to share the best things that we hardly ever found in common travel guides.

And, since this team really are experts on the subject ‘New York’, we reached out and talked with their creators to see what are the best upcoming spots to explore during this upcoming season!

Come and see…”

Furthermore, take a look at the full Interview! Note: Even though it’s in Portuguese, we highlighted the posts, so you can definitely jot them down to explore!!

Don’t miss out on these city tips!

In addition, if you want to see where the most renowned Influencers and hottest names in the planet go to in New York City, be sure to read the posts on Insider Interviews!

You’ll certainly be enlightened with new spots to explore!

 

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