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So, Can You Afford to Move to NYC?

Curiosities City Secrets Can You Afford to Move to NYC Kat Maryschuk

Many people dream of packing up their life, getting out of that one-horse town, and starting anew in New York City, and why wouldn’t they? But, can you afford to move to NYC?!

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View of Chinatown from the Manhattan Bridge. Photo: Courtesy of Matteo Catanese

As the cultural capital of the world, New York has something for everybody, but the question is: Can you afford to move to NYC?

Like any big city, you need to be able to afford it, and while you’ve romanticized boho dreams of the struggling artist, there is nothing glamorous about struggling to make ends meet.

Our founder, Fernanda, did THE move almost 6 years ago and has quite an exciting story to share!

Before making your move to the Big Apple, here’s what you need to know.


Fix Your Finances

Fixing your finances is vital before you make any significant move. So, it’s not wise to make your move while still partying off debts, especially considering how expensive New York can be.

There are solutions to help you, though.

For example, the Debt to Success System is completely legitimate, and it can assist in fixing your finances and providing crucial debt relief to make you more confident before making your move.

Another idea is to start putting together a thorough spreadsheet where you can start listing all your future expenses to understand what your monthly cost would be. With that number in mind, it will be easier to start planning.


Know The Neighborhood

There are plenty of neighborhoods across New York. Some of them are hip and fun, whereas others have seen better days. This might be something that appeals to you, so it’s worth knowing where you want to live, and whether that’s even possible.

For families, Metropolitan New York is the best place to go, but if you want to be close to culture and the financial hub, there is nowhere more suitable than Manhattan.

However, you could also consider Brooklyn and Queens, while Staten Island and the Bronx are enjoying something of a regeneration, with plenty of low-income housing available to help mitigate the initial costs.


Finding a Job

There are plenty of jobs in New York, but this could depend on what you’re looking for.

Many people come to New York to live their dream. They want to get into TV, or they want to take Broadway by storm. While there’s nothing wrong with having these dreams, the competition can be fierce and brutal.

Don’t expect to be able to waltz in and have your pick of the jobs available unless you have arranged beforehand, whether you’re a US citizen or someone coming in on a working visa.

There are ways to supplement your income in the interim, with hospitality opportunities in abundance. Well,  it’s actually something to keep your eyes on and follow the post Covid scenario.


Making Concessions

As of last year, the average rent for a two-bed apartment in the city is $2,499, while studio and one-bedroom places are $1,889 and $2,098 for the month. This means, if you want to afford to live in NYC, you’ll need to make several concessions.

Apartment sharing is popular (and necessary), while you may also have to give up luxuries.

Some of these luxuries won’t matter, such as your car because of the wealth of transport options, but you may also need to give Netflix a miss too, at least until you find your footing.


The City So Nice

There are uncountable reasons why so many people flock to New York City every year with dreams of making it big or even experiencing one of the most exciting places in the world.

The city can be as expensive as you make it, but you’ll still need to have a decent backup of funds before you arrive.

So, start planning yourself and don’t forget to count on unexpected expenses…they always show up in New York City! Plan, plan and plan!


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45 Films Set in New York City [Covid Movie Marathon]

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Like people always say: “When life gives you lemons, grab salt and Tequila!”. So, grab your cocktail and get ready for a list of over 45 Films Set in New York City. It’s time for the Covid Movie Marathon!

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Scene of Ocean’s 8 in the New York City Subway. Photo Credit: Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros

We’re all quite shaken by the Covid-19 and to help things get back to normal, and to keep our sanity and hope, we decided to list some of the hundreds of films set in New York City.

A while back Fernanda, our Founder, shot a YouTube video showing 25 most iconic and Instagrammable movie locations in NYC where you could go to see the exact location. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

This time, we bring a list of over 45 Films Set in New York City, some dating back to 1901! Many are fully shot in New York, others have a few scenes in the City and other locations like Coney Island!

So, get your popcorn and sofa ready and let’s make the best of this Quarantine! Enjoy your Covid Movie Marathon!


2010 – 2020:

Mariage Story (2019)
Ocean’s 8 (2018)
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
How to Be Single (2016)
Tallulah (2016)
The Intern (2015)
Brooklyn (2015)
John Wick (2014)
Lucy (2014)
Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
Friends with Benefits  (2011)*
Black Swan (2010)
Eat Pray Love (2010)

2000 – 2009:

Julie & Julia (2009)
Sex and the City (2008)*
August Rush (2007)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
The Terminal (2004)
Hitch (2005)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Gangs of NY  (2002)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Coyote Ugly (2000)*
American Psycho (2000)

Later 1900’s:

The Bone Collector (1999)
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Home Alone 2 (1992)*
Goodfellas (1990)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Coming to America (1988)
Big (1988)
Manhattan (1979)*
Annie Hall (1977)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
The Seven Year Itch (1955)

*These movies have been featured on a YouTube video we did called 25 Most Iconic And Instagrammable Movie Locations In NYC. You’ll also be able to see other movies not listed in this post!

Earlier 1900’s:

The Jazz Singer (1927)
Coney Island (1917)
Lights of New York (1916)
What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City (1901)

Other sequence movies like these below, have more than one film shot in New York:

The Godfather
Ghostbusters
Spider-Man
Stuart Little
Cruel Intentions

Now, to see a HUGE compilations of hundred of movies, see the Wikipedia List of Films Set in New York City!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros (Scene of Ocean’s 8)

ALL NEW YORK’S A STAGE: Celebrating NYC’s Small Theater Industry

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ALL NEW YORK’S A STAGE – the First Campaign Celebrating NYC’s Small Theater Industry! New Yorkers invited to experience 200+ performances and events throughout the five boroughs.

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We loved learning about the ALL NEW YORK’S A STAGE campaign to celebrate NYC’s small theater industry and this is totally up our alley!!! See what it’s all about and how you can get tickets to this huge list of performances and events around town!


The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, in partnership with SHOW-SCORE.COM, announced the launch of ALL NEW YORK’S A STAGE, the first-ever campaign dedicated to raising the visibility of our vibrant local theater industry, which is made up of small venues, companies and related organizations throughout the five boroughs.

Up through October 31st, New Yorkers and visitors can explore the ALL NEW YORK’S A STAGE website to discover an exciting array of more than 200 performances and events throughout the city.

ALL NEW YORK’S A STAGE offers New Yorkers an opportunity to learn about musicals and dramas, adaptations of classics, immersive and site-specific performances; staged readings, previews and special promotions –that may be right around the corner from where they live or work.

The site also offers reviews and recommendations from other theatergoers, as well as those by professional theatre reviewers.

“ALL NEW YORK’S A STAGE is the first citywide campaign to focus on connecting audiences to the amazing work of our small theaters, which are integral to the city’s creative culture, and where established and up-and-coming talent does some of their most creative work,” said Anne del Castillo, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

“We hope that this campaign serves as a starting point for New Yorkers and visitors alike to explore local theater all year long!”

You can see the campaign will be featured on New York City subways and bus shelters, with dedicated print and digital ads in local publications; while theaters citywide will use the hashtag #localtheaternyc on their social media throughout the month of October.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be partnering with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment on this important initiative,” said Show-Score CEO Deeksha Gaur.

“We created Show-Score four years ago to help audiences discover great theater, particularly beyond Broadway. That is where New Yorkers can experience – in the intimacy of a small venue and at an affordable price – some of the most exciting talent and ground-breaking work the city has to offer. In fact, the Tony winners for Best Musical for the last five years all performed Off-Broadway before making the move uptown.”

“The most ambitious, innovative and adventurous work isn’t just made inside the Broadway Box, it’s created in all 5 boroughs by hundreds of independent artists who are ready for the kind of exposure this campaign can bring,” said Aimee Todoroff, Acting Director of the League of Independent Theater.

“Congratulations to the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for recognizing that, from traditional theaters to rooftops, and in site specific and found spaces, audiences are hungry for the diverse work made in Independent theaters all across NYC.”

If off-Broadway show is totally up your alley and you love exploring independent theaters, then you might also enjoy going to STOMP! Plus, take a look at Cherry Lane Theatre, the longest continuously Off-Broadway theatre in New York City!


Credits: Courtesy of nyc.gov
*Last Update on March/2020.*

14 Best NYC Halloween Parties And Events In 2019

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Come see which are the best NYC Halloween parties and events in 2019! There is just so much going on for all styles and ages!

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If you’ve been to New York before, you know for a fact that the NYC Halloween parties are the most anticipated ones of the year, and is definitely when some of the best parties and events happen in town!

But, if you’ve never to been to NYC, or if you’re finally booking your ticket to come explore the city in October, you have to know that New Yorkers take this date e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y seriously!

I mean, believe it or not, people start putting together their costumes months in advance. Not to say, many know their next year costume as soon as the Halloween week is over!

The city gets a full make over with some of the most creative decorations beautifying home façades, as well as store windows. The countdown starts weeks in advance to this big day!

Many of the best parties happen every year, and the teams behind them definitely get creative and always surprise.

On the other hand, there are other events around town that are great for families and kids (for under 21 years).

Take a look at the 14 best NYC Halloween parties and events in 2019:


#1 Blood Manor

(Looks like Jimmy and Kevin Hart had a pretty fun time there…lol!)

This is definitely one of the best NYC Halloween events you could ever go to, but I have to confess… I honestly never had the courage to go to! I’ve heard SO much about this, had friends attend, but I never had the guts! This house of horror seems so real that I get palpitations just thinking about it.

It’s considered not only one of the most amazing haunted houses in New York, but it was recently voted the #2 best in the entire country!

Located inside a historic building Tribeca, you’ll experience 5,000 square feet of themed rooms, corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways that will challenge your deepest fears.

Now, a creepy and quite intersting story: Mathew Brady, the renowned Civil War-era photographer, was responsible for photographing President Abraham Lincoln’s portrait that today is used in our $5 bill. After a nasty accident and 2 broken legs, he got pretty ill and eventually died. Now, the curious part…some sources say that he actually committed suicide… WHERE? Inside the building where Blood Manor is located!! So, be sure to stay alert, because you might just “bump” into some real ghosts.

If you’re still curious, you can see more on this YouTube video.

As they say, “Go ahead and scream… it’s not going to matter.”

Dates: Multiple days available until November 9th.

www.bloodmanor.com


#2 Circo Loco

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This party is for the people who really enjoy electronic music, like me. I’ve actually been to this party twice!

This year’s event will take place on the 26th of October at the Brooklyn Navy Yard – a booming area in Brooklyn, right by the East River!

In the line-up, expect DJs like Seth Troxler, Honey Dijon, Rampa vs &ME, William Djoko and other great names!

Date: October 26th

www.tixr.com


#3 McKittrick Hotel

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This year’s famous party at the McKittrick Hotel will be themed based on the classic horror movies by the incredible director, Alfred Hitchcock.

Explore all the different floors in the hotel, decorated in a Hitchcock-style filled with live performances, renowned DJs and complimentary drinks all night at the open bar!

Dates: October 25th, 26th and 31st

http://events.mckittrickhotel.com


#4 Queen of Hearts: Mad Masquerades

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Company XIV is known for its burlesque attractions that have attracted a huge crowd throughout the year! And, I have to say, New Yorkers love a burlesque show that mixes circus performances, sensuality, comedy, dance and more!

This year, the theme was inspired by the famous story “Alice in Wonderland” by the English writer, Lewis Carroll.

In addition, expect lots of magic, opera and cocktails inspired by your favorite character!

Datas: October 31st, November 1st and 2nd

http://companyxiv.com


#5 Masque of Red Death Halloween Ball

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The venue, Capitale, will feature the Masque of Red Death Halloween Ball, bringing everything from talented dancers to a special room for those who have the courage to explore the pleasures of slavery, domination, submission and masochism. Wow…

Will you dare!?

Dates: October 26th and 27th

www.dancesofvice.com


#6 City of Gods by House of Yes & ZERO

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This year the party is called “City of Gods by House of Yes & ZERO” and, for those who don’t know, House of Yes is one of the coolest spots in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The party will be at another event venue, but organized by the folks at House of Yes and I can say … this party promises to be amazing! I already guaranteed my ticket, since it runs out super fast and I’m sure it will be one of the top NYC Halloween parties!

They invite by saying, “We salute all deities, demigods and demons, gods and goddesses, creatures of creation and those dedicated to hedonism beyond the human realm.” WUHU!

More about the event:

City of Gods is hosted at the absolutely magnificent Grand Prospect Hall in South Brooklyn, a 4-floor venetian hall with 15+ rooms of music, dancing, performance, and discovery. The event features some of the biggest and best Burning Man camps – Comfort & Joy, Disco Knights, DISTRIKT, GlamCocks, Mayan Warrior, Pink Mammoth, and Tierra Bomba – and notoriously, we do not release the music lineup before the party.

The whole vibe is to invite people to experience the event with open hearts and minds, not to chase any specific activity, but rather to come ready to explore and connect. Saturday tickets will be sold out by this weekend and Friday tickets are moving fast as well.

Dates: October 25th and 26th

https://cityofgodshalloween.com


#7 BangOn!NYC: Warehouse of Horrors

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This supernatural celebration will invite not only you, but ancient spirits to join in this party night! This warehouse, of over 100 years old, will have unexpected and bizarre appearances, so get ready!

But what to expect? A trio of stages, otherworldly performances, warehouse scale art installation, opulent lounges, silent disco, and more!

Dates: October 25th and 26th

www.facebook.com/ItsBangOnNYC


#8 Bane Haunted House

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Those who like haunted houses have-to-go to the Bane Haunted House. They do an amazing job of working and picking on some of people’s most common fears: claustrophobia, separation anxiety, clowns …

There are over 100 actors spread around almost 40,000 square feet and this year the participants will have an experience where they are part of it all. You “may have to climb up, jump over, crawl through, and spin around what lurks inside the haunted house for a spine-chilling, interactive experience.”

Are you brave enough?

Dates: Multiple days available until November 10th.

https://banehauntedhouse.com


#9 Nightfall Greenwood Cemetery

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The Greenwood Cemetery, located in Greenwood Heights, right next to Industry City, an area that is expanding and worth a visit, is wonderful!

In addition to being a really beautiful and super well-maintained graveyard, it’s the “home” of big names like the famous Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Samuel Morse creator of the Morse Code, William Colgate – yes, the founder of Colgate and even Leonard Bernstein a famous conductor, composer, and pianist.

Well, all this to say that there is no better place to spend Halloween than inside a cemetery, right? I’ve been to this even before and recommend it!

Dates: October 25th and 26th

www.green-wood.com


#10 Bartow-Hell Haunted Mansion Tour

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Located in the Bronx, Bartow-Hell Haunted Mansion offers tours for $ 10.

On October 26th, this tour inside this haunted old mansion, will be at night.

Watch out for spirits and other creatures as you navigate the spaces within the mansion and on the property grounds.

Dates: October 26th

www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org


Now, if you still want to enjoy Halloween, but have kids or young adults less that 21 year old in the group, here are some fun options:

#11 Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch

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The Queens Botanical Garden features, once again, the famous Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch festival.

From 11am to 5pm, enjoy lots of live music, inflatables, petting zoo, face painting, tours, garden and composting demonstrations, craft and food vendors, beer & wine garden, and more.

Date: October 13th

https://queensbotanical.org


#12 Village Halloween Parade

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Of course, the traditional Village Halloween Parade could not be left out!

Every year, this costume parade packs the streets of the West Village, where we can barely walk through. It gets super, super busy to go prepared to face the sea on people.

You can go to simply watch and take pictures, or you can be part of the parade wearing your own costume. If so, check out their website to see how to register!

Date: October 31st, starting at 7pm

http://halloween-nyc.com


#13 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

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Guys, seriously… when I went to watch this Halloween Dog Parade at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, I almost died of so much love for puppies.

I was enchanted with every creative costume that dressed the most diverse dog breeds! I remember this tiny pup dressed as a pumpkin….he definitely got all eyes that day!

So, if you are a dog lover, it worth to pass by!

Date: October 20th

www.tompkinssquaredogrun.com


#14 The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Guide

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And lastly, anyone who isn’t into staying in town in the midst of the Halloween madness, can get a car and head up to enjoy Hudson Valley’s nature, beauty and tranquility. The trip up takes a little over an hour, so it’s very close.

You’ll see a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by our team of artisans.

Certainly a different attraction and great if you’re not really into NYC Halloween parties!

Dates: Multiple days available until November 30th.

https://hudsonvalley.org



*This content about the Best NYC Halloween Parties was originally created for Glamour Brazil’s online magazine, where we are collaborators sharing content on New York City.


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NYC Renting: Need-To-Know Facts In 2019

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If you’re considering moving to New York City, here are some need-to-know facts for 2019 about NYC Renting. We all know that rents can skyrocket, but we have some good news for you!

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New York City has historically had relatively high rent, but there is good news for would-be citizens. According to the New York Times, there has been a 0.7% drop in rent prices on the average one-bedroom property. While modest, this is a welcome change to years of inflating prices.

It’s still a matter of careful planning for would-be NYC renters. With that in mind, a few changes are afoot that will change rental opportunities. Pay close attention if you’re looking to move to the Big Apple; it could save you a few dollars for the good things in life like eating outt.

More inclusivity in properties

Many NYC properties are very old and, resultantly, outdated. Fortunately, many landlords are making efforts, along with city regulators, to make homes accessible. 2019 will see this fast tracked with the federal case against the MTA.

According to the New York Post, the United States Attorney sued MTA for their inaccessible subway stations and the outcome of this could have wide ranging consequences, including more housing inclusive of accessibility requirements.

Changes in tax

When you rent in New York City, make sure you know about your property tax. Homeowners can expect to pay up to 10%, according to Bloomberg. What Bloomberg also noted, however, is that the individual tax burden is reducing.

As years progress, you can expect the tax bill to be less cumbersome as other counties pick up the slack. This means that your overall rental outgoings may be lower in the next few years, especially when considered with the ongoing trend concerning landlords.

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Landlords are settling down

Whether it’s because of the political climate, or some other source of uncertainty, landlords are staying put. According to CNN Money, more and more landlords are aggressively pursuing rent negotiation, rather than simply putting prices up and letting the tenants make a choice.

This is a nod towards more stability, as a renter. You can expect that, if you look after your property and have good behavior, that your rent will reduce over the years. You will also benefit from a continued relationship with the landlord, which is advantageous for the likes of maintenance and security.

Renting in New York City can still be expensive, but it matches the high average income in the area. Making the most out of your rental will be easier in years to come, through enhanced levels of accessibility, lowered levels of tax returns and more consistent landlords.

Keep yourself aware of these trends and work around them to get your feet in the door in the grand old city.


Guest Writer: Cindy Trillo
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jose Alonso and Daryan Shamkhali

*Last Update on March/2020.*

Pio Pio Restaurant: A Delicious Peruvian Surprise

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To kick off the evening, the birthday girl ordered a sangria pitcher and crispy calamari for everyone. Meanwhile I checked the menu at Pio Pio Restaurant to figure out what Peruvian food really was.

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I love birthday celebrations! This time was my roommate’s bday and she decided to have dinner at a Peruvian restaurant in the Upper West Side. She always talked about Pio Pio, but I never had the chance to visit the place.

Actually, I was dreaming of it because of all the good things she and her friends kept telling me. I knew in advance Pio Pio had the best Salchipapas in town. Or, sausage with fries, and I was ready to try it out!

We were in a big group of friends so we made a reservation. I do recommend it, if you are with a big party, as well.

Strategically located on a street corner with a green façade and red signs with their name, the restaurant definitely surprised me! The venue was infinitely more beautiful and elegant than I had imagined.

I saw people from all around the world enjoying great Peruvian food and the place was so charming!

We sat right across a gorgeous brick wall with countless colorful paintings. Every art work was truly spectacular. They portrayed a Peruvian kids in the country side and really called my attention! And, amongst the kids, was a huge vertical painting of Our Lady, Mary.

So, to kick off the evening, the birthday girl ordered sangria pitchers and crispy calamari for everyone. Meanwhile, I checked the menu to figure out what Peruvian food actually looked like. Well, I found plenty of dishes made out of pollo – chicken and seafood.

After chatting a lot while drinking sangria, it was time to eat. Yay, my favorite time!! I shared a dish named Matador combo (Killer combo) with a friend, and it really was to die for. It was a preparation of rotisserie chicken served with yellow rice, avocado salad, red beans, tostones and the highly anticipated, salchipapas.

OMG, I loved it! I actually felt at home, since it was like comfort food to me. Other people ordered seafood dishes which all looked and smelled terrific!

For dessert we had tres leches – a traditional Latin sweet, flan – like a caramel custard, and Piononos – a roll cake filled with dulce de leche. I’m craving it all over again…

The experience I had at Pio Pio was really fantastic. And you can experience it too! Oh! And you can find at least one Pio Pio in each NYC borough.

If you enjoy Peruvian food, or if you’d like to try other cuisines like Mexican try Tijuana Picnic and the Latin American inspired cuisine, Colonia Verde.

Hours: Each location has different operating hours, so please check online.

Locations:
702 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side, Manhattan
84-02 Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights, Queens
282 Kings Highway, Gravesend, Brooklyn
264 Cypress Avenue, Mot Haven, Bronx

www.piopio.com


Text by our ContributorRafaela Azevedo
Photo Credit
: Courtesy of Pio Pio Restaurant

*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

So You’re Making The Switch To NYC – Are You Prepared? 

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If you’re thinking of making the move to New York City, you’re in good company. But, if you’re ready to make this switch to NYC, you have to be truly prepared. So, here are a few considerations!

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The year of 2017 saw a huge population increase as NYC gained 447,000 new residents, according to the city’s latest available figures.

The Big Apple still has the diversity and allure it’s always had, and it shows, whether that be from new workers, retirees or births.

That being said, the culture in New York City is like nowhere else on earth. Other big cities can lay claim to similar energy levels and vibrancy, but the city is unique.

Before you start exploring what New York has to offer, it’s essential that you plan fully to ensure you’re ready before the leap.

The biggest consideration: money

The number one consideration you need to make before moving to NYC is money. New York is not a cheap city; NYC rent averages at $2,698 for a one-bed apartment, or $1,212 for a room. This is already higher than much of the USA and indeed the world, beating out even London’s property market.

This shouldn’t deter you, but should form part of your budgeting. A deposit is likely to be expensive, but if you have a good salary lined up, obtaining the right advice on proper credit options is a potential for giving you some wiggle room.

You will also need a comprehensive budget for your daily outgoings. Groceries can cost up to two times what they do on average in America, and going out is expensive; a mid range meal could charge $40 per head, according to CNBC. This shouldn’t deter you – like living anywhere else, saving money and getting by is a case of being frugal and choosing your luxuries.

Salaries should help, as well. Slate have reported that the average Manhattan salary is $66,000, over $20,000 above the national average.

Understanding the scale of the city

Despite it’s ultra-high-rise, congested-looking nature, New York is also incredibly expansive.

New York’s southern tip, Staten Island, is only 30 miles from the most northerly point, Wakefield; yet traveling on public transport would take 2.5 hours at least.

As a result, it’s not always feasible to pick up a job in Manhattan but expect to commute from what seems like a close direction. Research NYC public transit and don’t overextend yourself – it’s a big city and it’s best to take it slow.

Engaging with the city’s culture

Finally, make sure you have a good idea of New York’s culture. The city reflects its enormous diversity  through demographics – 40% are foreign born today, according to World Cities Culture Forum. The result is that no neighborhood is the same and that can be seen on every street corner.

Enjoy the culture, but be aware that your behavior and actions might be different on one part of city to the next and there’s a lot of variety to be seen and enjoyed.

New York City is a place that 8.5million people call home, and hundreds of thousands add to every year. Understanding the cost of the city, the culture of its residents and its scale is crucial to doing well. For someone prepared to take their time, plan and absorb the city, you stand to gain a lot.

Finally, if you have children, see why NYC is a great city for kids. Also learn about some curious facts about New Yorkers before moving to help you settle in faster.


Guest Writer: Cindy Trillo
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Redd Angelo
*Last Update on March/2020.*

The Current 7 Best Art Exhibitions In New York

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Come explore the current 7 best art exhibitions in New York, curated exclusively for Behind the Scenes NYC by the art expert, Gisela Gueiros!

Our friend, contributor and art expert, Gisela Gueiros, sent us a list of the current 7 best art exhibitions in New York!

Take a look below to see what you love best, or…just go explore them all!


Tarsila do Amaral – MoMA

Culture Music Art Exhibitions in NY Tarsila do Amaral MoMA

“Tarsila is one of the most important figures for Latin American modern art history. The show at MoMA is her first in the US and features her work from the 20s and 30s. Pay special attention to the painting ‘Abaporu’, 1928.”

Tarsila was born in 1886, in São Paulo, Brazil. In her early 20’s she moved to Paris to study at the renowned art school, Académie Julian. During these years she has to opportunity with working with important names like Fernand Léger, a renowned French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker.

The exhibition is named “Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil” and…

“…focuses on her pivotal production from the 1920s, when she navigated the art worlds of both São Paulo and Paris, and charts her involvement with an increasingly international artistic community, as well as her critical role in the emergence of modernism in Brazil.”

The exhibition unites over 100 paintings, photographs, drawing, sketches and historical documents.

Tarsila painted “Abaporu” in 1928 for her husband and famous Brazilian poet, Oswald de Andrade. It’s explained that:

“This landmark painting inspired the Manifesto of Anthropophagy, and became the banner for a transformative artistic movement, which imagined a specifically Brazilian culture arising from the symbolic digestion—or artistic “cannibalism”—of outside influences.”

Live through: June 3rd, 2018

Location: 11 West 53rd Street

www.moma.org


Gordon Matta-Clark – Bronx Museum

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“Totally worth the trip to the Bronx, ‘Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect’ examines the artist’s pioneering interventions in urban spaces. It features more than 100 works including rarely seen materials from his archive.”

This New York-born artist was born in 1943 and became well known for his site-specific art works in the 1970’s. He passed away at a very early age of pancreatic cancer, in 1978 (35-years old), but left a remarkable legacy.

Gordon went to Cornell University to study architecture, spent a year at Sorbonne in Paris, studying French literature and documented his work through videos and photography.

He’s best known for his unique series ‘building cuts’ (1972 – 1978), where he removed entire structures, carving them out and eventually naming these transformations “Anarchitecture”.

Live through: April 8th, 2018

Location: 1040 Grand Concourse

www.bronxmuseum.org


Dan Flavin – David Zwirner Gallery

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“From 1963 on, Flavin would only use fluorescent light to create installations – or “situations,” as he preferred to call them – of light and color until his passing in 1996. The show examines his production during the 60s.”

The exhibition is named “Dan Flavin: in daylight or cool white”. Flavin was born in 1933, in Jamaica, New York City.

His minimalistic aesthetics was recognized and celebrated throughout his career and his work with fluorescent lighting truly shaped it.

Live through: April 14th, 2018

Location: 537 West 20th Street

www.davidzwirner.com


Ellsworth Kelly – Flag Art Foundation

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“Curated by his widow, photographer Jack Shear, the exhibition focuses on Kelly’s works in black and white, including drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculptures made in the first and last decade of the artist’s career.”

Ellsworth Kelly was born in Newburgh, New York in the year of 1923.

He served during World War II and when he returned to the US, he concluded his studies at Boston Museum School, then headed to École des Beaux-Arts, in Paris.

Jack Shear is currently the President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation and continues his photography work, while living in Spencertown, New York.

Live from: February 23rd – May 19th, 2018

Location: 545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor

http://flagartfoundation.org


Zoe Leonard – Whitney Museum

Culture Music Art Exhibitions in NY Zoe Leonard Survey Whitney Museum

“Opening soon, this show will be a must see! Zoe Leonard is one of the most remarkable artists of her generation. The exhibition looks across Leonard’s engagement with the history of photography, gender and sexuality, loss and mourning, migration, displacement, and the urban landscape.”

“Zoe Leonard: Survey is the first large-scale overview of the artist’s work in an American museum. The exhibition looks across Leonard’s career to highlight her engagement with a range of themes. More than it focuses on any particular subject, however, Leonard’s work slowly and reflectively calibrates vision and form.”

Leonard was born in Liberty, New York, in 1961. Her work primarily focuses on photography and sculptures.

She dropped out of school at an early age and moved to New York City to start shooting. It was the perfect place for her to shoot graffiti, apartment buildings, street, sidewalks and other details that captured her attention and her keen eye.

Leonard is known for her work as an activist in AIDS advocacy and Queer politics in New York.

Leonard’s Speech at the Highline, starts with “I want a dike for President…” Definitely worth reading!

Live from: March 2nd – June 10th, 2018

Location: 99 Gansevoort Street

https://whitney.org


Thomas Demand – Matthew Marks Gallery

Culture Music Art Exhibitions in NY Thomas Demand Matthew Marks Gallery

“It is hard to believe that all that you see in Thomas Demand’s work are sculptures made of paper, he then photographs. Each Daily depicts an everyday scene originally captured by the artist on his cell phone re-created in paper and cardboard.”

“On a pair of separate video monitors suspended from the ceiling, two short films play on continuous loop. The films were created through a similar process, starting out as paper models before being photographed and animated in stop motion.”

In this upcoming exhibition, divided into two different rooms, you’ll be able to witness 7 new photographs and 2 new films, that Demand creatively presents as an installation.

Live through: April 7th, 2018

Location: 523 West 24th Street

www.matthewmarks.com


Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud – Acquavella Galleries

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“This beautiful show features twenty landscapes by California painters Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud who were also close friends. Themes explored include their use of vibrant color, painterly texture, sense of light, and aerial perspective.”

“Richard Diebenkorn & Wayne Thiebaud: California Landscapes”, is the first joint exhibition with these two artists, that we also pretty close friends.

“Themes explored in the show will include their use of vibrant color, painterly texture, sense of light, and aerial perspective.”

Diebenkorn was born in Portland, Oregon back in 1922, while Thiebaud was born in Meza, Arizona in 1920. Diebenkorn is well-known for his work of abstract expressionism and the Bay Area Figurative Movement.

Thiebaud, on the other hand, is associated primarily with Pop Art, but also New Realism and, as Diebenkorn, the Bay Area Figurative Movement.

This exhibition is a beautiful collaboration,  offering a hardcover catalogue with a critical essay by John Ya, a distinguished curator and art historian.

In addition, it also includes an interview between Museum Director Philippe de Montebello and artist Wayne Thiebaud.

Live through: March 16th, 2018

Location: 18 East 79th Street

www.acquavellagalleries.com


So, if you enjoyed Gisela Gueiros’ 7 best art exhibitions in New York, she will be presenting her own curated show with opening night on March 8th!

It will happen at Bird Williamsburg, with art work from great names like: Alice Quaresma, Lisa Schilling, Polly Shindler, Talita Zaragoza, Bia Monteiro, Julia Brandão, Sandra Jávera, Cela Luz, Maíra Senise & Ana Bial.

More details to follow, so stay tuned!

www.giselagueiros.com


For the art lover that loves exploring the endless NY art scene, you’ll certainly enjoy our exclusive art tour. Guests uncover the best off-the-beaten-path contemporary art galleries in the city.

Or even, book private art tours to explore a few open air museums upstate, during a priceless day trip. For Corporate Experience with your team, or to “wow” your clients, let our experts cater it all for you!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Collection MALBA, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. © Tarsila do Amaral Licenciamentos; Installation View, Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect, 2017. © 2017 Stefan Hagen; Dan Flavin; Ellsworth Kelly, Broad Street Studio, New York, 1956.© Onni Saari, courtesy Ellsworth Kelly Studio; Zoe Leonard – CC BY-SA 4.0; Matthew Marks Gallery – Thomas Demand; Wayne Thiebaud, Green River Lands, 1998, Collection of Matthew Bult Art, © Wayne Thiebaud, Licenced by VAGA, New York, NY and Gisela Gueiros.
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

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Come explore our exclusive Art Tours in New York City! The city that never sleeps had endless option for the art connoisseurs and aspiring artists and fans!


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Having a Masters degree at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, in addition to being an art historian and educator, our partner and art expert offers guided tours through the best contemporary art galleries in Chelsea.

But wait! This is not all!

Why we love it? Many of the places explored are completely off-the-beaten-path and unknown by the touristy crowd! Just how we like it!

The tours have the duration of 2 hours and usually covers from 6 – 7 exhibitions during the walk.

At each exhibition, our expert gives an in depth presentation on the artists and their work, using an iPad for additional visual references.

In case you can’t attend the scheduled tours, private tours are also available on the day and time of your choice. Our clients and readers have greatly enjoyed them, so contact us to book your experience.

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NYC Helicopter Tours & Airport Transfers

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Flying over and across New York City! If you’re looking for NYC helicopter tours and airport transfers, then, your search if finally over! We work with some of the best aviation companies in the city!

We are obviously completely in love with our beautiful concrete jungle and every little corner in it. Walking around the city and even going to many of the same spots never gets old but, how about exploring New York and surroundings through a different point of view? From above! We love going on Helicopter Tours in NYC!

One of the most breathtaking experiences you’ll ever have in New York City is from a helicopter! Kinda touristy? Maybe! But certainly worth the adventure, since we do have unique experiences!

Seeing the city from high up in the sky is certainly priceless, besides giving you some pretty good Instagrammable shots!

This is certainly the ultimate NYC helicopter experience!

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Tour #1 – NYC Experience (Door-Off)

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A great entry level flight for those who want to get a taste of aerial photography and test out their skills, before committing to the longer, curated experiences.

This 16-minute, harbor-based flight offers signature downtown skyline views from a distinct vantage point that gets you up close and personal with Lady Liberty like no one else.

But, this experience starts way before you take flight. Check in early so you have plenty of time at the Terminal to revel in this amazing 10,000 square foot space.

It features a helicopter fuselage with an interactive floor that changes to showcase different cities below, a VR room that will take you to new heights with a click of a button. There is also a relaxing lounge areas where you can kick back with some complimentary coffee as you view our original print gallery and spectacular flight footage from around the country.

This warm welcome includes a group meeting where you map out your flight path and prepare to soar over the greatest city in the world. Within just a short two minutes after takeoff, NYC will be in your sight line so have your camera ready to capture amazing downtown landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Governor’s Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Battery Park, the Freedom Tower and NYC’s Financial District. And, there’s always time for your very own sneaker selfies that you will want to share across social media for the ultimate bragging rights…none of your friends will be able to post photos like that!

Duration: 16-19 minutes
Tour Price: $274 / person
Departs: From New Jersey
Max seats per helicopter: 5

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Tour #2 – NYC Classic Experience (Door-Off)

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If you think that Tour #1 is too short and you’re still craving more, this is the one for you!

This expanded 30-minute doors-off flight allows you to customize your flight path and cover all of Manhattan at once for the ultimate NYC aerial photography experience.

The close proximity of the Kearny, NJ heliport provides amazing Manhattan skyline views and access to one of the most innovative Terminals available in the marketplace today.

As you enter the Terminal and prepare to check-in and all the perks (listed on #1).

Next, you will join your fellow flyers in the pre-flight area to meet your dedicated pilot and make a flight plan to make sure we hit all those bucket list #goals, creating a truly unique experience every single time. Don’t limit yourself to the Statue of Liberty and Battery Park. Create a shot list of your favorite spots and get your camera ready! And, the longer flight time allows your pilot to make a second pass for multiple angles, superior details and unique shots that present themselves every day. The NYC Classic offers multiple flight options all week long, and is the only flight that can get you over Central Park!

Duration: 30-33 minutes
Tour Price: $549 / person
Departs: From New Jersey
Max seats per helicopter: 5

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Tour #3 – NYC Intro Experience (Doors-On)

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Considering a photo flight above NYC, but never been in a helicopter before? We have the perfect trial run for you to test the air. The NYC Intro flight is a family-friendly, doors-on, 12-minute excursion along the Hudson River that delivers a taste of our popular photo flight experience.

Prior to take-off, you and your group will check in at the state-of-the-art Terminal where you can capture “shoe selfies” from the helicopter fuselage that features an interactive floor below, step into the VR room for a virtual flight, or simply relax in the multiple lounge areas as you enjoy our original print gallery and spectacular flight footage from locations all over the country.

But, don’t get too comfy, because now it is time for the real deal. Meet your dedicated pilot and discuss your flight path before our expert staff walks you through pre-flight instructions in the safety briefing room. You are now ready to take to the air! After seeing the amazing views of downtown and Lady Liberty from this unique perspective and feeling the comfort and security of our award-winning safety protocol, we know you will be back for more.

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Duration: 12-15 minutes
Tour Price: $164 / person
Departs: From New Jersey
Max seats per helicopter: 6

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Tour #4 – NYC VIP Experience (Doors-On)

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This expanded doors-on flight experience allows you to customize your flight path and cover all of Manhattan at once to deliver the ultimate NYC VIP aerial photography experience.

The VIP treatment begins immediately as you and your group are greeted at the Terminal and entertained and regaled in the amazing 10,000 square space. Take a seat in the helicopter fuselage and capture your very own “shoe selfie” with your location of choice by simply changing the interactive floor below you. Step into the VR room and take flight with the click of a button.

Relax in one of the lounge areas and enjoy our original print gallery and unique flight footage from locations all over the country. There will plenty of photo ops before you even leave the Terminal!

Next stop is the safety briefing room where you and your group will review pre-flight instructions and collaborate with your pilot to plot your course to deliver unique vantage points of some of the most iconic New York City landmarks, including Central Park.

And, thanks to the close proximity of the heliport, you’ll get amazing Manhattan skyline views just seconds after takeoff and then the views get better and better.

Duration: 24-27 minutes
Tour Price: $219 / person
Departs: From New Jersey
Max seats per helicopter: 6

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Airport Transfers:

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Lastly, if you’re in a rush to the airport and just want to skip all that traffic nonsense during New York’s rush hours, let us help you!

Helicopter airport transfers are certainly the best way to get there in no time and have enough time to check-in and relax.

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Videography: Renata Meirelles
Photo Credits: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of our Partner

*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

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