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How To Plan An Exceptional Wedding In New York City

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New York is also known as the city of dreams and many brides do dream about getting married here! So, take a look at how to plan an exceptional wedding in New York City!

Shop Wedding How To Plan An Exceptional Wedding In New York City

New York ranks fourth out of 51 states in its number of weddings, performing over 137,000 weddings in 2019. Today, we’ll give you some tips on how to plan an exceptional wedding in New York City.

It is a popular wedding destination for so many reasons, and being one of the greatest cities in the world is just one. New York City boasts so many places to hold a wedding ceremony, from sparse industrial spaces to lush outdoor parks, and it’s difficult to narrow down where you would like to exchange your vows.

One thing is sure though: each wedding that is performed in NYC is unique, and it’s not that difficult to plan one of the most unforgettable moments in your life.


Select A Unique Venue

NYC has loads of fantastic venues that you can choose from that will make your wedding unique. Fancy a wedding in Central Park, the New York Public Library or a cruise on the Hudson River?

If you’re a history buff, you can also arrange for your vows to be exchanged at the American Museum of National History. Note that if you’re choosing a venue that’s a public place, you might have to work your way around timings, since there are plenty of people in the area and you might not get a good photo op.

It’s also vital to include the pandemic regulations in selecting your wedding site. For example, mass gatherings might still be banned, and even if the ban is lifted, you must be flexible enough to plan or reduce the number of guests you can invite to comply with the rules.

Flexibility is vital in planning a wedding in NYC, from setting dates to changing reception venues.


Plan A Memorable Reception

If your wedding is held at an iconic venue, make sure that you offer a memorable menu at your reception.

A wedding at Central Park Zoo can feature vibrant colors and enticing entrée options. After a City Hall wedding, there is a plethora of restaurants that propose international menus if you have a diverse group of guests or if you have just flown in for your wedding.

It also goes without saying that you can transform your wedding venue to suit your personal style, even if it is held in a public space or a quintessential spot.

As long as it’s allowed by state or local ordinances, you can throw down an aisle rug and deck the assigned area with flowers for a wedding that is truly memorable. You can make any space work for you: the most important thing is that you’re getting married!

Getting hitched in NYC is a dreamy option for many couples and their guests. The city that never sleeps offers many possibilities for venues, not to mention the magical spirit of the metropolis that radiates from any event.


And lastly, if your dream wedding has always been in nature, don’t worry! The State of New York is amazing and won’t disappoint you.

Take a look at Stephanie Karvellas’ destination wedding at her Cedar Lakes Estate, a luxury custom NY wedding venue located in the heart of the Hudson Valley!

Wait! You prefer the beach!? Not a problem! You can take a look at this fantastic wedding that took place in one of the trendiest resorts in Montauk!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Trung Nguyen

Best Nude Beaches In New York And Around

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I had never been to nude beaches in New York before, or anywhere else actually, but I have to say that I was always curious to see what it would be like. I mean, I think many people also have this curiosity but, like me, never really had the guts to go.

Day Trips and Travels Nude Beaches in New York Gunnison NJ

Thankfully I have a great group of friends that planned a special Sunday for us this past weekend! The weather was perfect, the sky was as blue as it could get and I decided to give it a go!

Result: I loved it and can’t wait to explore another nude beach!

So, I decided to write this post to share my experience, tell you about prepping for the day, share some do’s and don’ts, and list you a few places to go in New York and around!

We actually went to a beach called Gunnison Beach, in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Gunnison is known for being the only legal nude beach in the State, plus it’s a LGBTQ+ friendly spot too. It’s known as one of the oldest and best nude beaches on the East Coast to go to.

The gay-friendly section of the beach is mostly near the parking lot, but you can see families and straight people enjoying the day too. One of the cool things at the beach is that even though it is encouraged to just go full on naked, it’s optional.

So, if it’s your first time explore nude beaches in New York, like it was mine, you can go at your own pace and comfort. I actually just decided to get in the mood, after 5minutes I was there…

It’s like a cold lake. Better to just jump straight in, instead of putting first your feet to get used to the water. You might never get in…Hahaha!

Every single person at the beach is extremely respectful, no one is making fun, or talking or even stopping to look at other people. They are just enjoying the day, chatting with friends, sunbathing and refreshing in the ocean.

I didn’t see any sign that said “No Cameras”, but I do think it’s implicit that no one should be taking pictures or recording anything, right? My recommendations is to just forget about your phone and enjoy your time there.

The sensation? It’s actually extremely liberating! You just feel free and in peace with yourself and your body. Everyone there is beautiful the way they are and no one is there to judge.


How to get there?

Day Trips and Travels Nude Beaches in New York Gunnison NJ Pier 11I left from Manhattan, so the best way was to head to Pier 11, near Wall Street and get the Seastreak Ferry to Sandy Hook, New Jersey. My recommendation would be to purchase the round-trip ticket, since I didn’t really see where you could buy tickets at Sandy Hook back to Manhattan.

Ticket prices are a bit steep and a round ticket costs $46 per person, but I do recommend the experience. Steeper prices also mean a more controlled crowd.

We left on the 11am ferry and in 30 minutes we were at Sandy Hook. Arriving there you’ll see, right by the docking area, some friendly Rangers guiding you to the yellow school buses that will take you to the beaches. We dropped off at the 1st stop, Gunnison Beach, but there is another stop called North Beach.

Arriving at Gunnison, you’ll walk through a nice wooden path that will lead you to the beach. It’s maybe a 10min walk from there, to where you’ll probably settle in.

Oh! Do use the bathroom, before getting to the beach, since it not that close, sand is hot and fluffy, so it’s not that fast to walk through when you’re super tight.

If you go by car from Manhattan, you might take up to 2h, so the ferry is definitely easier. But, if you decide to go by car, if I’m not mistaken, parking it $10 a car/day.


How to Prep?

Day Trips and Travels Nude Beaches in New York Gunnison NJ Dock AreaGunnison doesn’t really have good food options. There is only a small food truck that sells some snacks and refreshments, but to spend a full day, it’s not really a great place to depend on.

We had been to the market the day before and we bought things to prepare a couple of sandwiches for lunch and we also bought fruits, snacks like blue corn tortilla chips, hummus, nuts, a few sweets and some water bottles. It was all inside these thermal carrying bags.

Guys! Do hydrate during the day! Even though there is an amazing constant breeze you might not notice, but you are dehydrating there.

We took 2 big portable sun umbrellas for our group of 7 people and it was just perfect.

Also, no need to say, but yes, take sunscreen and keep reapplying through out the day, plus a hat and some cool shades. You WILL burn…

And lastly, we took towels to lay on, just to be more comfortable.


A few Rules & Etiquette Tips for the 1st Timers:

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So, these are just a few of my own thoughts, ok? Feel free to comment below with more that I might have forgotten!

1. Respect each and every single person around you. They are there to have fun too!

2. Don’t EVER stare. I mean, come on, we’re there to have fun and not to check people out, make fun and point at strangers.

3. A nude beach is NOT a place to pick up dates or hit on people. It’s a beach like every other beach, not an eye candy spot. Stay with your group, unless you’re invited otherwise to join someone else.

4. Don’t EVER film or take pictures. If you do decide to take a quick selfie, be 1000000% sure no one is appearing in the back of your picture. But, as I mentioned, better to just enjoy your time there and forget your phone for once.

5. Be sure to see WHERE you are allowed to strip down! Not every public space at the beach is a spot to go naked. Ex: People are dressed at the restroom area at Gunnison, so put your clothes on to go there. And also, some public spaces might be allowed to go naked, but have a towel with you, so you don’t sit bare-bum, ok? This is for sanitation purposes.

…and still…

6.  If you’re with your loved one, be discrete, please! No one is making out like crazy on the sand, so just act as if you’re at any other public space. Also, don’t sit on laps or touch each other’s private areas, ok?

7. This is for the MEN! Guys, I believe it must hard to control your friend down there, when you see something attractive. It’s ok if that happens. There is no shame, BUT be sure to be discrete and, as we said, respect everyone there. Keep an extra towel close by, just in case.

8. Should I go with friends or alone? Well, friends are always good since you know them, but you might think it’s weird to see a close friend totally naked… If you decide to go alone, you have to be careful too. Have something to give your attention too – a book, good music, a coloring book, sunbathing, etc. Going alone and just “staring”, might be a bit weird and not welcomed.

9. If your group has music playing, be sure it’s not disturbing your neighbors. Also, DON’T put on a show with your crazy “Dancing Days” moves. Keep that for when you get back into the city, with your clothes on!

10. EMBRACE this moment of freedom and total liberation from anything and anyone. Just have fun in the sun!


A few other nude beaches to explore:

  • Gunnison in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, is where I went.
  • Fire Island, in Long Island, NY, has a few spots to explore like Lighthouse Beach and Cherry Grove
  • The Rockaways is also known of having a few spots and specific areas in Fort Tilden and Jacob Riis Park

Upstate New York has a few options too, if you’re more a mountain-person:

  • Juniper Woods Campground, in the Catskill, says it’s “a clothing optional nudist recreational park and campground”
  • Split Rock Hole inside the Mohonk Preserve, located in New Paltz, is a great natural pond to cool off during summer
  • Empire Haven in Moravia, NY “was founded in 1959 and is a family-oriented nudist park located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region”
  • Full Tan Sun Club, in Sprakers, NY is a “family nudist campground” and opened over 50 years ago
  • Stony Kill Falls, also in New Paltz, has clean spring water in their Nudist Pool

As I mentioned a few times, be sure to see all the rules of each spot you go explore, ok?

Let me know if there are other places and nude beaches in New York that I should add to this list on the comments below!!! I’d love to know them!!!

For other beaches, not nude this time, you might want to explore a place I love called Sag Harbor! Great escape from our concrete jungle too!



Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC
*Late Update on March/2020.*

Narcissus Garden Installation by Yayoi Kusama at Fort Tilden

Yayoi Kusama Narcissus Garden Fort Tilden Rockaways Credit Rachel Hoat

Yayoi Kusama is known worldwide for her impactful installations and art works! She now brings a fantastic work called Narcissus Garden to the Rockaways, at Fort Tilden, New York!

Yayoi Kusama Narcissus Garden Fort Tilden Rockaways Credit Rachel Hoat
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rachel Hoat

I love everything Yayoi creates and her avant-garde spirit is truly inspiring!

Starting tomorrow, July 1st, the Rockaways will be bustling this summer with people coming to visit the famous Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama’s new installation.

Narcissus Garden has 1,500 silver stainless reflective spheres installed inside a former train garage.

This is part of MoMA’s PS1 series named “Rockaways”, a yearly arts festival with the goal of recovering the area after the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, back in 2012.

The installation will be live up through September 3rd!

Location: Studio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, Far Rockaway, NY (Map below)


More about the installation:

MoMA PS1 presents Yayoi Kusama’s (Japan, b. 1929) site-specific installation of Narcissus Garden (1966–present) as the third iteration of Rockaway!, a free public art festival presented with Rockaway Artists Alliance, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Bloomberg Philanthropies in the Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden.

Comprised of 1,500 mirrored stainless steel spheres, Narcissus Garden is on view in a former train garage that dates to the time when Fort Tilden was an active US military base.

The mirrored metal surfaces reflect the industrial surroundings of the now-abandoned building, drawing attention to Fort Tilden’s history as well as the devastating damage inflicted on many buildings in the area by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Narcissus Garden was first presented in 1966, when Kusama staged an unofficial installation and performance at the 33rd Venice Biennale.

The silver spheres, originally made from plastic, were installed on the lawn in front of the Italian Pavilion, reflecting the landscape of the exhibition grounds.

Kusama herself stood among them, barefoot and dressed in a gold kimono, alongside yard signs inscribed with the words “Narcissus Garden, Kusama” and “Your Narcissism for Sale.” Throughout the opening day of the exhibition, Kusama remained in the installation, tossing the spheres in the air and offering to sell them to visitors for 1,200 lire (approximately $2) each.

The action, which was viewed both as self-promotion and a critique on the commercialization of contemporary art, would later be seen as a pivotal moment in Kusama’s career as she transitioned from installation toward the radical, politically charged public performances that would be the focus of her work in the late 1960s in New York City.”

For more infos, see MoMA’s website!


Yayoi’s life has been quite a journey! She is know for having quick a journey with a few mental health issues. But, what keeps her alive is surely her beautiful work!

So, if you also adore everything that Yayoi Kusama creates, than this is a must-go exhibition, so don’t waste your time and plan your day trip to the Rockaways!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rachel Hoat
Text Experts: MoMA’s website
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Marram Montauk: A Staircase Away From Heaven, In Montauk

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Marram Montauk is a standard beach hotel located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, at the East end of the Montauk’s beach hotel strip. It’s just an easy walk to Montauk Village, where you can find countless restaurants and local stores. “Nothing between you and the sand”, like they say!

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Fall was starting and I hadn’t enjoyed the sun that much during the summer time. And, thankfully the sun was still shining, so why not go to the beach? My friend suggested a trip to the Hamptons!

We didn’t have any hotel in mind so we “googled” it. For 3 days we researched websites and exchanging e-mails. We finally decided to stay at a hotel in Montauk instead of in the central part of the Hamptons. It’s more rustic and a little bit cheaper. Among all choices we had, we picked an upper ocean view quad at the Marram Montauk Hotel. This hotel offers numerous amenities and activities and it was just what I was looking for.

That being said, let’s get straight to the point:

Marram Montauk is a standard beach hotel located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, at the East end of the Montauk Beach hotel strip. It’s just an easy walk to Montauk Village, where you can find countless restaurants and great local stores. One of the highlights is getting to the beach through the wooden stairs. It’s amazing. Wild and fancy at the same time. “Nothing between you and the sand”, like they enjoy saying!

The hotel has around 100 rooms from standard to beachfront suites, all with balconies. The rooms are decorated in grey and white colors, with a kitchenette where you’ll find a sink, coffee maker, a small fridge, etc…

Breakfast is not included, but they have the A.T. Eatery – a full service kitchen serving breakfast and lunch. Managed by chef Robert Prado, the Eatery provides you with everything from classic sandwiches to more sophisticated dishes. All beach-friendly too. A.T. Eatery is open every day from 7am – 6pm and you can find the menu on the website.

However, you can also prepare something for yourself in the room and enjoy it on the cozy benches at the balcony.

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The Marram Montauk Hotel offers a variety of outdoors activities such as backyard games, picnic areas, live music (seasonal), bonfires, etc.

You can also book surf and paddle board lessons. Plus, if you’re into yoga, you can head to the swimming pool area in the morning and get ready for their free class! Classes depend on the weather, but you can check details at the reception. Their classes are quite famous around there.

If you enjoy shopping, the hotel also has a small boutique to entertain you. NIBI MTK is a beachwear store by the designer Kristin Sheeler. “Nibi” means water in the original language people used to speak in the village of Montauk. You’ll also be able to find some vintage pieces and accessories.

In addition, the hotel also provides wifi, laundry facilities, a gym and a lounge with a ping-pong table and arcade games. Furthermore, you’ll find eco-friendly bath amenities and 300-thread count Frette bedding.

We loved the weekend and the beautiful nature views we could enjoy from our own balcony.

In sum, we had a great time in the town and was impressed with all the amenities the hotel provided. Of course, the staff was very friendly and getting to the beach through the super cute staircase, was definitely one of the coolest things.

I’m definitely going back there, next summer, with more friends! Hope to see you there too. Let us know about your plans and if you need any help in organizing this trip! For corporate requests for your team or clients, contact our experts.

Note: The hotel closes during off season, so be sure to send them an email and stay up to date with the upcoming season!

Location: 21 Oceanview Terrace, Montauk

www.marrammontauk.com


Note: Hotel was formally called Atlantic Terrace. Recently it was renamed to Marram Montauk.


Text by our Contributor: Rafaela Azevedo
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Marram Montauk Hotel
*Last Update on March/2020.*

The Most Famous Feltman’s Of Coney Island Hot Dog Is Back

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The most famous hot dog in Coney Island finally is back! Our friend, Jason Homa, shared with us information and a bit of history about Feltman’s of Coney Island hot dog!

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Photo Credit: Boston Public Library

“In the spirit of the Fourth of July, I wanted to share this story about Feltman’s of Coney Island and the original hot dog. While Nathan’s is world-renowned and synonymous with Coney Island today, it was actually an offshoot of Feltman’s.

Charles Feltman first served sausages on rolls from a push cart in 1867 on the beach. He saved enough money to build what would become known as the worlds’s largest restaurant complex at the time. It is here he developed the modern hot dog. This establishment was upscale so the hot dog wasn’t his top seller.

In 1916 Nathan Handwerker left Feltman’s to create his own establishment, selling hotdogs for half the price. The two restaurants co-existed for about 40 years but Feltman’s closed in 1954.

Today, Feltman’s is having a revival as a Coney Island historian and tour guide reintroduces Feltman’s hot dog. They plan to sell it at half the price of Nathan’s.”

The Feltman’s of Coney Island hot dog store is actually in the East Village neighborhood, in Manhattan.

But, if you’ve never be to Coney Island, that is not really an island – now could be the perfect chance for you to visit. Go experience what it was like in the years of 1930–1945, when the picture above was made.

After visiting the store, you might have a sweet tooth and need to satisfy it. Walk only 1 block to Ray’s Candy Store for one of the best fried Oreos in the city!

If you have time, you might want to explore the neighborhood a little, so take a look at these 3 spots we love!

Location: 80 Saint Marks Place

www.feltmansofconeyisland.com


Photo Credit: Boston Public Library
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Gratitude Migration: Brooklyn Underground Art & Music Scene

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If you’re into exploring the Brooklyn Underground Art & Music Scene, you will really enjoy this event called Gratitude Migration! It’s an extraordinary waking life experience.

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“Gratitude turns what we have into enough!”

Gratitude Migration unites the most creative group of people – many being true Brooklynites, to participate in a hard-to-describe outdoor event. It’s an awakening that takes place during three entire days where you are immersed in a fantastic community of like minded people.

We like to say it’s a different experience within the Brooklyn underground art and music scene.

To start, the event is hosted in a New Jersey beach, with a breathtaking view of Manhattan! Not too far, but not too close. It’s as if you extracted yourself from reality and saw everything from a different perspective.

The rules behind this event, being on a newly resorted beach is: “Pack it in, Pack it out!” Everything taken to the beach, must be taken away at the end of the three days, leaving the place better than before. Their environmental awareness is definitely worth spreading. Plus, they work with the goal of reducing, re-using and recycling.

The event is based on 4 important principals:

  • Positive Transformation: Working compassion and the power of gratitude
  • Human Connection: Universal Oneness comes from compassion, connectivity and empathy
  • Creative Expression: Using art and creativity as a means of healing and expression
  • Mindful Living: Daily practices of awareness and positive action

In other words, unlike from other events around the globe that you know what to expect, Gratitude Migration offers an experience with continuous surprises.

The local community open-heartedly shares their talents with the guests. On the other hand, guests feel deeply grateful for having the possibility of being part of it all. The exchange is fantastic.

Therefore, be ready for: music, participatory artworks, yoga beach camping, family camping, fine dining, meditation, oceanfront cabanas, fire performances, great music, workshops, bazaar with different vendors and much more.

It’s surely a priceless, liberating and unique adventure that will definitely expand your consciousness .

So, open your heart, connect, declare your dream, be super grateful and have fun!

“Gratitude is our currency: As we all practice counting our blessings; we start to feel better and better, all the time. We are honored to serve as a channel for bringing people together to practice and experience the power of gratitude.

Moreover, we are delighted by the love, joy and open hearts of each and every one who co-created this experience. Creating community, forging connections, expressing creativity and building an ongoing culture of consciousness, we are profoundly grateful.”

In addition, tickets will give you access to the on-site camping location and all activities within the event. It does not include, food, drinks and any other equipment you might need for camping.

If you don’t know where to start to rent a tent, they have further information about that on the website, so don’t worry! Lastly, our experts can also help you plan your adventure! And last, if you’re in the spirit of doing service, contact them to volunteer in the event.

Dates: July 15-17, 2016

Location: 2 Beachway Ave, Keansburg, NJ


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Gratitude Migration, Daniele Siele and Eraj
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Help Bride NYC: Getting Married In New York, In Great Style

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Getting married is always exciting, but the preparation phase may be exhausting. Help Bride NYC Wedding Planner will make your dream of getting married in New York, a reality!

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We all know that regardless of where you decided to have your wedding, the entire process is exhausting. The details are endless, the coordination needs to be flawless and last minute issues always come up. Now, image all of this, while you’re working on your full time job.

Seams rather impossible, right? Therefore, there’s nothing better than hiring a specialized service to help you out!

One of the coolest services today offering Wedding Fashion Styling and Wedding Planning in New York for the Brides-to-Be is called Help Bride NYC! Actually, their services extend outside of the State of New York, just in case you were wondering.

The Founder, Fernanda Monfrinatti, a good friend of our Founder, also named Fernanda, got married in the Hamptons a while back. The wedding was literally flawless and Fe was a stunning bride. She is known for always been a very bright, happy and uplifted woman, but on the day of her wedding, she exceeded all expectations!

Fe moved to New York City because of her husband’s was working here, so they decided to get married in the Hamptons. The interesting thing is: she actually met Felipe, in New York City, while traveling with friends.

So, of course, the reason of getting married in New York was fully explained.

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Most of her friends flew from Brazil, where she’s originally from, or came from other corners of the world. She dedicated a great deal of her time to organizing the wedding, specially because she was having so many international guests.

Numerous doubts appeared along the way, but Fe learned all the tricks behind organizing the perfect “Destination Wedding”.

After her wedding, she decided to start her own business, since she saw the potential and increasing trend of people wanting destinations in unique spots through out the world.

Plus, Fe researched the entire industry and was able to create fantastic relationships with the best professionals and companies. Hence, her clients are definitely in good hands.

We can’t forget to mention that Fe has an incredible aesthetic awareness and knowledge, something definitely owned by only few people. This makes her work a perfect match in the wedding industry.

Today, her company organizes everything from Wedding Fashion Styling, Party Planning and Wedding Planning. Her customized schedule with the Bride includes:

  • Appointments at the top bridal salons – Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta and more
  • Styling tips to what fits best
  • Finding the perfect wedding location
  • Pointing out the best suppliers in the wedding industry
  • Just to name a few…

The service are for brides that want to get married in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean!

We are positive you will love her work, professionalism and most important, her energy and constant caring for her clients.


You’re probably curious to know who were to suppliers that she hired, right?

Venue: The Surf Lodge Hotel, in Montauk, East Hampton
Dress: Reem Acra
Shoe: Salvatore Ferragamo
Flats: Wedding Shoes
Jewelry: Fatiminha Marcondes
FlowersDecor & Scenography: Jewel Georgieff
Buffet: The Surf Lodge Hotel
Cake: Sweet Corner Bakery
Sweets: Danielle Andrade (coconut candy), Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (caramelized apples), Lavo (fried oreo with ice cream)
Bem Casados (a Brazilian sweet): Sweet Corner Bakery
Wedding Planner: Fernanda Monfrinatti, Help Bride NYC
Photography: Marianne Martin – Real Life Portraits
Film: H2 Brasil

If you want to see her work, the gallery above is from her own wedding. Plus, you can see Paula Merlo’s wedding at The NoMad Hotel, also organized by Help Bride NYC. It was impeccable!

If you are getting married in New York and need any additional help, or want us to put you in direct contact with Fernanda Monfrinatti, contact us.

www.helpbridenyc.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Help Bride NYC and Leila Jacue & David Leon
*Last Update on March/2020.*

A Hidden Beach In Williamsburg Right Off The East River

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Brooklyn has many secrets and one of them is: there is a hidden beach in Williamsburg, right off the East River!

Curiosities City Secrets Williamsburg Hidden Beach by Scouting NY
Photo Credit: Scouting NY

Can you actually imagine a hidden beach in Williamsburg, located right off the East River?

Well, one of the most trendy neighborhoods in the moment is called Williamsburg. It’s the home of many of the coolest hot spots from bars, restaurants, nightclubs, countless stores and so much more!

This area is also growing with so many new residences. People are moving from Manhattan, into Brooklyn in a blink of an eye.

One of the tiny beaches in the neighborhood, that is very well-know to locals and visitors is the one inside the Brooklyn Inlet Park.

This is the area where the famous Smorgasburg open-air food market happens every Saturday. It’s very small, but it’s one of the highlights, specially due to the breathtaking view of Manhattan’s skyline. The spot is certainly on the top of the list for those that are looking for an Instagram-worthy shot!

But, if you walk south a few minutes, and pass behind a few buildings on Kent Avenue, you’ll find another tiny, and forgotten beach. There, you’ll see a very old and rusty ladder that takes you down to a bunch of rocks.

This, leads you up to this special and tiny beach, with another a-m-a-z-i-n-g view of New York’s skyline and the Williamsburg Bridge!

Surely, no tourists there!

The cool information is that this was the former site of the Brooklyn Ferry Company’s Williamsburg Branch during the second half of the 1800’s. Later, it was discontinued in the beginning of the 1900’s.

Now, we’ve all heard about the shutting down of the L line that connects Manhattan to Brooklyn, in 2019. With this, the city is now arranging alternative transportation methods, and there will certainly be an increase in ferry services. Who knows they don’t reactivate this spot, right?

So, before this happens, be sure to go check out this hidden beach in Williamsburg. Just, be sure not to hurt yourself. Plus, we’re not sure how “legal” and safe it is…So, go at our own risk.

If you are interested in exploring Williamsburg, contact our experts to put together a customized tour or experience for you and your friends & family. For Corporate experiences, let our experts assist you too. We’ve worked with several corporate and private groups of all sizes for food, art, shopping and historical tours.


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

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