The upcoming New York (nightlife) trend

We contributed during 1 year for Glamour Brazil. This is one of our posts about a new and different nightlife style: here

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How does going to a nightclub for Yoga classes sound? Pretty neat, right? This is the upcoming New York party scene trend.

When a friend asks me: “Do you want to go out tonight to nightclub?" or "Let's go for Happy Hour after work?” they clearly mean some cool party or a great place in town for drinks.

In New York, a “trendsetter” type of city, these questions can exceed the obvious understanding. Now, you can go to nightclubs that offer yoga classes in the middle of a huge dance floor, paired with an amazing DJ, shinning disco balls or even a rave party BEFORE work!

Here, we list which are best places to visit and how to hit the gym, expecting "alcohol and drugs free” rave parties to start your day!

The new trend is asking for kombucha tea "in da club", rather than the traditional Martini with double olives.

1) Deep House Yoga - Located in the delightful neighborhood of Williamsburg, the famous nightclub, Verboten, offers few days a week, at 6:30pm, yoga classes in the middle of the club's dance floor. Listening to deep house music, with Lululemon mats, drinking smoothies and coconut water is a taste of what to expect during this experience. The class costs $20. 

2) No Lights, No Lycra - The No Lights, No Lyra community started in 2009 in Melbourne, Australia, and soon expanded into 30 cities around the globe. In New York, the event is held in the basement of a church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The only light comes from the laser machines that creates a green thread, offering only sufficient illumination to prevent accidents along your way. No one is worried about what they are wearing, what makeup they have on or if you’re with the lastest fashion "must-have” bag. Every Tuesday guests dance to the sound of different genres: from electronic music, to the unforgettable Michael Jackson for over 1 hour (from 8h15pm to 9h30pm). The result? They’re all sweaty and in ecstasy! It costs $5 to get in, then...dance to your limit! 

3) Daybreaker - Have you thought of starting off your day going to a Rave party ... before work!? Daybreaker is a day party that starts before 7am, serving fresh juices to the sound of electronic music, yoga classes, spoken poetry performances and live bands. It has a bit of everything, minus the alcohol and drugs! The Founders, Matt Brimer and Radha Agrawal explain: “It's all about love, it is about mindfulness, and it is about mischief. It's a 100% sober rave (our style for sure!), where the only thing people get high on is life." To get more information, register on the website, because everything is communicated through email. Oh! The event does not happen only in New York. It's also hosted in cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, London, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and several others!

4) Morning Gloryville NYC - This event is also for the early-birds who like to wake up early and start the day at full speed! At Morning Gloryfille NYC you can expect lots of music that'll surely awaken your soul, sexy beats, a lot of love, hugs and … a great double espresso! Inspired by the traditional rave parties, the Founders innovated the concept and created an event with massage stations and professional therapists, various smoothies made with “superfoods", a juice bar, a coffee kiosk, an incredible dance team who makes you sweat it off, some of the most talented DJ’s in New York City and the perfect dance floor! Take a look at this video so you’ll get the feeling on what to expect. For information on the next event, contact: newyork@morninggloryville.com!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy images, Bryan Pace / For the New York Daily News and benerialto

Great options for Tastings

We contributed during 1 year for Glamour Brazil. Here is one of our posts about different places do go for wine tasting in town and upstate: http://revistaglamour.globo.com/Lifestyle/Gastronomia/noticia/2014/08/roteiro-de-degustacao-de-bebidas-em-ny-inclui-ate-aula-de-ioga-em-vinicola.html

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New York is not only a perfect place for people who love Art, Shows, Nightlife, Shopping, Gastronomy, but the "city that never sleeps" offers great options for those who enjoy wine tasting, beer, whiskey and gin.

Since several of these tastings take place inside their own factories, many are located in Brooklyn - a neighborhood big enough to host these huge buildings. Another cool spot is a winery only 2 hours from Manhattan with tastings, outdoor yoga classes and happy hours with jazz music.

The Red Hook Winery

Located in Brooklyn, The Red Hook Winery is one of the coolest places to make experience a wine tasting session. Located inside a super rustic, brick building, the place was founded in 1088 by a real Brooklynite, Mark Snyder and two friends born in Napa that have always worked with wineries - Abe Schoener and Robert Foley. Redhood Winery offers amazing tasting served with beautiful cheese plates. Prices go from $5 to $35, which is definitely a good range. Tastings take place every day from 11am - 5pm. 

Location: Pier 41 - 325 A, 175 - 204 Van Dyke Street

www.redhookwinery.com

Brooklyn Brewery

The Brooklyn Brewery, founded in 1988, offers delicious craft beer that are incredible for a lunch or dinner experience. The brewery has been producing tasty beers that enrich life, tradition and culture within the community it’s part of. Its award-winning roaster that works year long producing seasonal and specialty beers, brought notoriety to the brewery as one of the best producers of craft beers in the world. The space is opened from Monday through Thursday from 6pm - 7pm for small groups that want to take a tour of the factory. On Fridays they offer a Happy Hour session and Saturdays / Sundays they are open for tours and tastings. 

Location: 79 North 11th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

http://brooklynbrewery.com

NY Distilling Company 

Produced with sustainable ingredients and prioritizing grain producers from New York, this distillery in Brooklyn produces gin and rye whiskey, sometimes just called "rye". The work of the New York Distilling Company was inspired by the career and passion of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, part of the Brooklyn Navy Yard between the years 1841-1843 and by the famous Poet and American writer Dorothy Parker, who was an iconic gin enthusiast. The Rye is still going through the aging process so it may take a while to get the ideal tasting stage. In time, the owners Allen Katz, Bob and Tom Potter Potter decided to open a full cocktail bar. In addition to whiskey and rye, they also offer different beers. During the weekends the place is opened to visitors between 3pm - 5pm, with live music that starts at 4pm. 

Location: 405 Leonard Street 

http://nydistilling.com

Wolffer Estate Vineyard

 The Wolffer Estate Vineyard is one of the most famous wineries near New York City, located in the heart of the Hamptons (the supreme summer refuge of cool New Yorkers), and one of the most beautiful regions of the State. The property is a former potato farm and today was transformed into more than 71 hectares, being 23 hectares exclusive to wine. The place is wonderful and they offer several cool programs for those who want to spend the day there, such as: “casual" Friday with good music, Saturday afternoon wine tastings, Yoga at the winery, wine classes, Wednesdays harmonization, on Tuesdays their "Twilight Tuesdays" with wine tasting and live jazz music. They even offer exhibition of amazing artists throughout the year. Do take a look at their website and try to see which option you prefer, if not all

Location: 139 Sagg Road - Sagaponack

www.wolffer.com

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of venues, Nathan Adams, Rsvlts, Triple Pundit, Aandhmag, Aranddee, Hctsbeat, NyDailyNews and Hiphamptons

The Secret Japanese Restaurants

We contributed during 1 year for Glamour Brazil. Here is one of our posts about 3 secret Japanese restaurants in town:http://revistaglamour.globo.com/Lifestyle/noticia/2015/03/3-segredos-de-nova-york-para-os-amantes-da-culinaria-japonesa.html

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The gastronomic scene in NYC is simply the best! New restaurants are always opening, renowned chefs are always daring and experimenting in their menus and novelties are always popping up in existing restaurants! Here, we tell you three secrets for those who simply adore the Japanese cuisine!

The coolest places in New York are certainly the most hidden ones. For anyone who is in love with Japanese cuisine, here are tips 3 amazing restaurants, kept away from the eyes of the city's tourists!


 
Zenkichi
The Japanese restaurant, Zenkichi, is located in the neighborhood of Williamsburg (which we love!). It opened its doors nearly one decade ago and continues part of the short list of the most secret restaurants in town. The entrance is discrete, with a wooden door and a small number “77" near the entrance. With a typical oriental decor and low lighting, the tables are divided into small cabins where your privacy is preserved, with a charming bamboo curtain blocking the view of people passing by the table. Each table has a button to call the waiter, who promptly arrives to help you. The restaurant offers an a la carte menu and a special chef's tasting menu with 8 dishes, the "eight-course omakase". This tasting menu is the apex of the place and changes every five weeks!
http://zenkichi.com
Address: 77 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Sakagura
For connoisseurs of sake and lovers of traditional Japanese cuisine, the Sakagura is "the place to go" because he was elected is one of the top restaurants in New York. Founded in 1996, it is considered one of the best authentic Japanese cuisine with prataos champions elected by large gastronomic critics. It is also among the top bars of sakes the United States and the world, with more than 200 labels for tasting! And that tasting, huh !? Ah, the menu, the dishes have suggestions on the side to indicate the best combination of sake. The restaurant is in the basement of an office building so do not be surprised if trombarem with men in suits in the building.
www.sakagura.com
Address: 211 East 43rd Street, Midtown
 
Bohemian
Located in the back of a Japanese butcher in NoHo, Bohemian is perhaps one of the most coveted hidden restaurants in the city. How it works? Well, first the phone number for reservations is not disclosed. The way to get a reservation is to try to find someone who has been to the restaurant to give you the phone and thus be able to call and schedule your reservation! Cool, right? Everything there is a-m-a-z-i-n-g… from simple food (with inspiration in the American and French cuisines) to the decor and background music - playing Japanese music and even jazz and bossa nova! The tasting menu is a great price and nothing out of the ordinary…it goes for $ 55, with 6 dishes.
www.playearth.jp
Address: 57 Great Jones Street, NoHo

BEST BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN NY

We contributed during 1 year for Glamour Brazil. Here is one of our posts about cool Boutique Hotels in town: http://revistaglamour.globo.com/Lifestyle/noticia/2014/07/lista-reune-os-melhores-hoteis-boutique-pra-se-hospedar-em-ny.html

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We made a selection of some boutique hotels in New York, and some that recently launched! Unlike traditional hotels in the city, these boutique hotels attract a young, modern crowd, who appreciate art and like to have fun, therefore they offer great restaurants, hype bars, an environment with art works and design, plus a bustling night life!

Paramount Hotel
The hotel was built in the 1920s and was considered one of the best hotels in town. At the time, everyone passing through Times Square (between 1938 and 1951) would certainly enter the hotel to go to Diamond Horseshoe - a club / theater serving dinners in the basement of the hotel. 
After being sealed and closed for 62 years, the hotel was repurchased by a millionaire by $20 million and reopened in the New Year’s Eve of 2014. 
One of the great attractions at the hotel is the show Queen of the Night, which takes place inside the famous Diamond Horseshoe which was also revitalized. Giovanna Battaglia is the Creative Director of this “theatrical dinner" that mixes theater, music, circus and design. The Dress Code? They ask you to "Dress for the Queen", so only formal attires, cocktail dresses or luxurious costumes are accepted. 
The hotel also offers a restaurant called Paramount Bar & Grill, the Corso Coffee, an Italian bar with coffee, cakes, pastries, sandwiches and salads. The rooms have contemporary decor and modern design with flat-screet televisions, internet, iPod docking station...and your floor tells you what is the temperature out there to help you get dressed. Interesting, right?! 
www.nycparamount.com
Address: 235 West 46th Street

Paramount Hotel - Lobby

Paramount Hotel - Lobby

Paramount Hotel - Room

Paramount Hotel - Room

The Refinery Hotel
The hotel was built inside a former hat factory of the early 20th century. Located in Midtown, it has 12 floors with 197 rooms and offers a really cool entertainment. Parker & Quinn, the restaurant with seasonal foods, offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and for those who want a good cocktail, it's an environment with nostalgic decor that recalls New York in the early 1900's. 
They offer live music with pianists, jazz singers and even DJs in certain week nights. The Winnie's Wine Lobby Bar recalls the era of the US Prohibition when the production, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages was prohibited. With a beer and wine menu for every singular possible taste, the bar also offers live music. 
Since all true New Yorkers love a rooftop, the hotel did not forget to make your own! The Refinery Rooftop is cozy with a rustic space and an amazing view of the Empire State Building. The cocktails created by Alex Ott are made from natural ingredients and certainly will make a difference in your night! 
www.refineryhotelnewyork.com
Address: 63 West 38th Street

Refinery Hotel - Rooftop

Refinery Hotel - Rooftop

Refinery Hotel - Room

Refinery Hotel - Room

Marlton Hotel
The Marlton Hotel, located in Greenwich Village, is a hotel with small rooms, yes, but it did become one of the most hype places in the city with a very cool gang hanging out there. In the past it hosted poets, artists and writers such as Jack Kerouac, Julie Andrews, Carmen McRae seeking work in New York and enjoyed the neighborhood. 
After a revival, it was reopened in September 2013. The restaurant called Margaux, has a menu with influences blending cuisines from California, France and some of the countries bordering the Mediterranean. It offers dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients. 
The Cocktail Bar is open from 7pm through 2am and attracts the cool NY crowd for after hours…something that is pretty common in the New York nightlife scene.
http://marltonhotel.com
Address: 5 West 8th Street

The Marlton Hotel - The Bar

The Marlton Hotel - The Bar

The Marlton Hotel - Room

The Marlton Hotel - Room

Ludlow Hotel
The Ludlow Hotel inaugurated in 2014 and is already considered one of the coolest places to stay in New York. The hotel has 184 rooms and 20 suites (that can cost up to $2,000/night), but the other suites do have good, affordable prices.
 With a very unique decor with marble tiled floor, handmade silk carpets, handcrafted lamps from Morocco and giant industrial windows, the hotel has everything you might want…even a mini bar with gluten-free products! 
The restaurant, Dirty French, is also a “must-go” when you come and visit! 
http://ludlowhotel.com
Address: 180 Ludlow Street

Ludlow Hotel - Restaurant

Ludlow Hotel - Restaurant

Ludlow Hotel - Room

Ludlow Hotel - Room

The High Line Hotel
Located on a terrain where apples were once cultivated, the hotel offers 60 rooms in a beautiful brick building bordering the High Line Park (an old train track that was turned into a suspended park) in Chelsea. 
The rooms are large, with beautiful decor mixing American with European style, vintage looking furnitures, generous windows overlooking the High Line Park or the private garden of the hotel. 
Unlike other boutique hotels, it does not offer famous restaurants or bars, but it does host the 1st Coffee Bar in New York called Intelligentsia (which exists in other cities) with wonderful coffee that you can enjoy in the garden. 
In front of the hotel you can fine a coffee truck with coffee and delicious sweets that are perfect to enjoy during the summer. 
In the evening, Champagne Charlie's is an outdoor lounge on the hotel's patio with appetizers and a great selection of beer, wine and champagne. 
www.thehighlinehotel.com
Address: 180 10th Avenue

The High Line Hotel

The High Line Hotel

The High Line Hotel - Room

The High Line Hotel - Room

Viceroy New York
Located in Midtown, the Viceroy is one of New York's hotel that blends the cool Downtown style, with the luxury of Uptown, in a subtle and intelligent way. 
The rooms have amazing views of the city, mainly of Central Park, the design was done by the renowned duo Roman and Williams, famous for decorate other city's luxury hotels, the Kingside restaurant brings the creations of Chef Marc Murphy and the famous and always crowded rooftop called The Roof is a aside show. 
With a lounge and outdoor terrace, the drink menu is great and offers handcrafted local beers, wines from every corner of the world, cocktails made with fresh ingredients and a menu with small snacks and dishes - the most popular dish is their burger. 
Enjoy any time of the year to visit the Viceroy and go up to the The Roof to be “awed” by one of the most beautiful views of Central Park and Manhattan!  
www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/newyork
Address: 120 West 57th Street

Viceroy - The Roof view

Viceroy - The Roof view

Viceroy - Room

Viceroy - Room

Photo Credits: Courtesy of all the hotels and Curbed NY 

The creative young Brazilian community in NYC

We contributed during 1 year for Glamour Brazil. Here is one of our posts: http://revistaglamour.globo.com/Lifestyle/Viagem/noticia/2014/07/direto-de-ny-jovens-que-estao-fazendo-arte.html

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New York is known for many things ... the food, the corporate world madness, the great Broadway and Off Broadway shows, the incredible fashion world and uncontrollable consumption of tourists and New Yorkers, the beauty of Central Park, the art world...and also as a "incubator “ city for new upcoming talent. 

Here, we show you the story of some young folks that are making a difference here and others who are just starting out their promising career, but it sure have an incredible work worth following.

The Brazilian with clear Italian descent (beginning by his name), Maximiliano Poglia, also known as Max, is a designer and lives in New York since 2009. Max has worked with the renowned and always crowded restaurant Buvette, created a line of exclusive products for the Bedford Post - a charming hotel in Bedford /NY which is part of the Relais & Chateaux group and collaborates with various New York brands like TheBKCircus, a man’s fashion brand. Today their own product collection offers: leather handbags, handmade knives that are not made of stainless steel on purpose to allow the product to age and soft unique fleece blankets with no artificial coloring and beautiful leather details. You can find his products at stores like 3x1 in Soho, Modern Anthology in Dumbo, the Gentry in Williamsburg, the Warm in Nolita and a few other places around town! www.poglia.co

Berklee College of Music College, in Boston, is known for having huge music alumni stars as Diana Krall, Quincy Jones, John Mayer, Esperanza Spalding, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford (both from Aerosmith), among many others! A band named The Brazilian Johnsons was created by five Brazilians who studied together at Berklee and now live in Brooklyn, obviously. Michel Nasrallah, the vocalist and guitarist tells us that their music - a classic rock'n'roll - was inspired by bands like Rolling Stones, Beatles, Queen, Led Zepplin, Cold Chisel, Lynyrd Skynryd, AC / DC, just to list a few.

In December 2013 they released their first CD called "Howdy Duty” and made its debut with an exclusive show at Piano's, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

The songs are amazing, with a very particular style, exclusive copyrights lyrics that speak of obstacles and difficulties encountered at the beginning of their career, challenges of being new in New York, numerous teachings, the experience of broken hearts and simply how life may be surprising.

The songs are for sale on iTunes! Here is a clip of one of their most successful songs: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjOjhFgs_zk.

Alessio Romano is an Italian who has several "gifts". He's Drummer, Musical Producer, Audio Engineer and also Photographer. With all these different talents, he decided to open his own studio in Brooklyn in the beginning of 2014, called Studio42 where he can work with music, video and photography. I'm personally a huge fan of his photography work. With spontaneous images and a perfect light his pictures definitely surprises with all the captured details and his critical eye! www.studio42brooklyn.com

 

Last, but definitely not least, with an Israeli and American descent, the singer Tali Ratzon arrived in New York in 2009 chasing after a dream! A common story to hear in New York... Tali says she's "just a girl with a guitar," but her music certainly does make everyone want to dance! She sings pop music, mixed with funk and bringing influences from Latin rhythms and reggae music, i.e. World Pop. One of the songs I enjoy the most and sing by heart is "About to Pop”. Here is the clip!

Photo Credits: Max Poglia, Roberto Vietri, Alessio Romano and Alison Luntz