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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, too – 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

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

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“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

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“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

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“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.

Exclusive Art Tours in New York City

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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!

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Art Tours in New York City

We know that New York City is considered one of the best places in the planet for the art lovers! There is just so much to see that it can get quite overwhelming, especially when you have so little time in the city.

We offer some exclusive art tours in New York City that will blow your mind!

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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.

The scheduled tours are US$100/person. You can pay on the day of the tour with cash, credit card or via Venmo or PayPal, directly to our partner.

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.

In addition, our art expert can be booked for guided tours of specific museums, as well as for visits to the gorgeous outdoor museums upstate for an exclusive and super fun day trip!

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Are you a company looking for Corporate experiences for your team? Or do you need to put together a priceless and memorable experience for your clients? Our team of experts can cater to your needs and create customized experiences!

If you’re in other tours, take a look at our BTSNYC Experiences!

 

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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!

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!

Moreover,  if you need airport transfers to skip traffic, let our experts help you out! For Corporate requests, contact us.


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.

Come on…what are you waiting for?

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

We Love Uncovering the NYC Subway Secrets

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One of the things we love the most in New York City, is uncovering the NYC subway secrets. We compiled a few of what we most enjoyed!

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Secret FDR Tracks beneath the Waldorf Astoria Hotel

There is just so much to talk about when the subject is: NYC subway secrets. It’s hard even to know where to start from.

To start, maybe we should go back and see how it all began:


“At 2:35 on the afternoon of October 27, 1904, New York City Mayor George McClellan takes the controls on the inaugural run of the city’s innovative new rapid transit system: the subway.

At 7 p.m. that evening, the subway opened to the general public, and more than 100,000 people paid a nickel each to take their first ride under Manhattan.

IRT service expanded to the Bronx in 1905, to Brooklyn in 1908 and to Queens in 1915.

Since 1968, the subway has been controlled by the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA). The system now has 26 lines and 468 stations in operation; the longest line, the 8th Avenue “A” Express train, stretches more than 32 miles, from the northern tip of Manhattan to the far southeast corner of Queens.

Every day, some 4.5 million passengers take the subway in New York.”

~ via History.com


That said, we can still list some other peculiarities that we love:

1. Did you know that there are many abandoned platforms, like the one underneath 42nd street on the A/C/E line?

2.  The FDR Subway Track (picture above!), beneath the Waldorf Astoria Hotel is one of the most protected sites. FDR, stands for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and was designed exclusively for him during his Presidency.

3. Wanderlust Projects, know for their illegal parties, that trespasses authorized areas, has organized an illegal party in an abandoned Subway Station. We love these guys!

4. Up through 2006, the New York City transit system operated an armored Money Train that took all money collected from fairs to a safe place at 370 Jay Street, Brooklyn. (You can see more at the New York Transit Museum).

5.  Joralemon Street, in Brooklyn Heights, has a fake townhouse, in the middle of several others colored ones, that hides a ventilation shaft for the Subway.

6. MTA Arts for Transit invited the sculpture Tom Otterness, in 2004, to create those beautiful little bronze creature spread through out the 14th Station and 8th Avenue. See more about his project below:

…and still:

7. The Knickerbocker Hotel was once a very acclaimed hotel, here names like F.Scott Fitzgerald and John D. Rockefeller used to “hang”. The forgotten white door at Track 1 on Times Square/42nd Street station.

8. When you get the Q Line from Dekalb into Manhattan (the abandoned Myrtle Ave station), you will be able to whitness the Masstransiscope artwork by Bill Brand, installed in the year of 1980. This was once the is located in the abandoned Myrtle Ave station. Facing the front of the train, you need to sit on the left side seats.

9. We loooove the Underbelly Project, dating back a few years to 2009. See below where some of the most amazing works of art are secretly hidden.

10. Decommissioned in 1945, the famous City Hall Subway Station has maybe the most amazing architectural designs of all. How to see it? Stay on the 6 train after its last stop, at Brooklyn Bridge. It will continue running, and you’ll be able to see a bit from this station, when you pass by. Beware: it might get a little dark, since lights might go out at some point. Just, stay cool.

11. The Woolworth Building had an exclusive and direct access into the subway, for all the tenants. For an exclusive tour into the building, contact our experts!

12. The wierd “finger-pointing” moment that every conductor does before opening the train’s doors, is simply for safety reasons, indicating that the train is completely stopped.

…finally:

13. Famous people have done fantastic works of “art” in the subway. Take a look at what Aaron from Underground_NYC has created through the dance moves of the famous Brazilian ballerina, Ingrid Silva:

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Ingrid Silva by Underground_NYC.

…there is just so much more, but we’ll leave it for a second article about the NYC subway secrets!

So, with all this, there are a few books and gadgets we’d like to recommend, if you’re into these secret subway stories and adventures like us:

1. Beneath the Streets: The Hidden Relics of New York’s Subway System
2. The City Beneath Us: Building the New York Subway
3. Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure: A TOON Graphic (Toon Graphics) (for Kids)
4. Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story
5. The New York City Subway: The History of America’s Largest and Most Famous Subway System
6. My Subway Ride (for Kids)
7. The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway
8. Estella Nursery Decor Pillow, NY Metro Card (for Kids)
9. Sterling Industries 138-094 Double Sided Wall Clock with Map of New York Subway
10. New York Puzzle Company – New York City Transit MTA Subway Kids – 36 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle (for Kids)
11. Glossy Paper Subway Gift Bags
12. and still, a New York City Subway Map Poster Print

And last, we hope you enjoyed this post, as much as we enjoyed doing it!

Yup, we are fascinated with uncovering the NYC subway secrets!

 

Text Excerpts: History.com

New Yorkers by a Bronx-born photographer: Larry Silver

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Larry Silver, a Bronx-born photographer, has 45 photographs of everyday New Yorkers and major New York City sites taken during a transformative period in history on view at The NY Historical Society.

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Photo Credits: Larry Silver, Boy on Rooftop, 1951. Gelatin silver print. Gift of William and Jeryl Silverstein, Collection of the New-York Historical Society, 90429d

The exhibition called “Photographs by Larry Silver, 1949 – 1955” will be live through December 4th, 2016.

“This new exhibition highlighting Silver’s early works captures the day-to-day life in the city’s post-World War II urban environment that has since largely disappeared.

Although not one of the greats, it is great seeing the city through a native’s eyes at this time in our history.”

Also, you’ll be able to see a bit of New York City though his eyes. The landmarks registered are spots like the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, the famous Empire State Building and our gorgeous Central Park. He also registered Penn Station – the original masterpiece – before it was torn down to open space to the Madison Square Garden.

The launch of the United Nations headquarters – an important moment for the city. Plus, other spots like river piers and subway stations!

Larry Silver was born in 1934, in the Bronx. His passion for photography started at a very early age when he began the pursuit for a photography career. His work captures places he has lived like New York City, California and Connecticut to name a few. The pictures are portrayed in black and white.

Lastly, his work has been exhibited in some of the best museums across the U.S. like the Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and several more!

This Bronx-born photographer had created a fantastic photograph collection of New York City.

Here is a little bit more on The NY Historical Society, located on the Upper West Side.

It’s located beside the American Museum of Natural History. You can plan your visit to both locations on the same day.

Believe it or not, the NY Historical Society is the oldest museum in NYC, founded in 1804. It opened 70 year before the launch of the famous MET. Their art work collection is breathtaking, and units over 1.6 million pieces of history.

As they explain, they are:

“…dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today.”

Take a look at this NYC treasure:

If you’re planning to attend the museum and would like to book a tour, let us organize everything for you.

We’ve worked with several companies organizing cultural tours for them too, so contact us if you’d like to schedule an experience for your team.

Location: 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)

www.larrysilver.com
www.nyhistory.org

 

Text by our Friend and Contributor: Jason Homa
Photo Credit: Courtesy of The NY Historical Society

Van Le: A Bronx-born Fashion & Food Blogger’s NYC Tips

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Bronx-born Fashion & Food Blogger, Van Le, shares her best NYC Tips! She talks about spots in the Bronx, SoHo, Lower East Side and other hip neighborhoods.

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This week, we interviewed Van Le, a New York + Tokyo Fashion and Food Blogger. This Bronx-born influencer shared some of the her top spots in some pretty awesome neighborhoods!

“Long story short, I was born in Vietnam and raised in the Bronx for the past 15 years. I can confidently say that my experience in New York has truly been something that I’m forever grateful for.

Growing up in one of the roughest parts of the State has given me a lot of insights and perspective on the diversities here in New York, not just in different ethnicities and races. It also allowed me to grow out of my traditional expectations from my parents, as well, in a sense.

I currently work in Fashion and am huge food enthusiast.”

Here are Vanny’s Top 7 NYC Tips:


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“I went to Fordham University for my Bachelor. The campus was in the Bronx, so it didn’t seem like there was much around, but I discovered my all time favorite Italian place Antonio’s Trattoria. It’s a restaurant that’s hidden in what most people overlooked as the original Little Italy, but it’s a restaurant that not only feels like home, but the food is also made with tons of love. The owner, Uncle Joe, will make sure to give you a kiss on the way out too!”

It all started when a group of friends, that grew up on Arthur Avenue, decided to open a traditional Italian Trattoria. The idea was to offer Nonna’s (Grandma, in Italian) recipes and cooking style.

They are very well known for their brick-oven Margherita pies!

As they say: “Welcome home! Let’s eat!”

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am – 10pm
Sunday: 12pm – 9pm

Location: 2370 Belmont Avenue, Belmont, Bronx

www.antoniostrattoria.com


Devoción

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Devoción is my favorite coffee shop. It’s super out of the way, but the coffee there makes the trip so worth it. Plus, I usually go with the intention of spending a long period of time there, because it’s just that lovely.”

They are based in Williamsburg and are freelance-friendly, so be prepared to maybe drink your coffee standing up. There is always tons of freelancers working and occupying the tables.

If you like good coffee, this is the place for you, since they have around 17 different types to try!

They have a gorgeous green wall that everyone adores and a ceiling with a skylight, allowing natural light to flow in. It surely makes the entire experience more pleasant.

We are always there too….working!

Their slogan? “Grown in Columbia. Roasted in Brooklyn.”

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 7pm

Location: 69 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

http://devocion.com


Dudley’s

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“If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that Dudley’s is by far my favorite brunch spot. It’s really small and gets pretty crazy on the weekends, but I go there religiously for my mocha and fries (and everything else on the menu).”

This neighborhood gem is a great place to find fresh local produce, new seasonal cocktails and a delicious espresso coffee we love!

It’s located in the trendy Lower East Side part of Manhattan.

If you’re into sharing food, this is the spot for you, since their dishes are perfect for sharing. Plus, this way you can definitely try more stuff! Yum!

Hours:
Sunday & Monday: 9am – 2am (kitchen closes at 11pm)
Tuesday & Wednesday: 9am – 2am (kitchen closes at 12pm)
Thursday – Saturday: 9am – 4am (kitchen closes at 12pm)

Location: 85 Orchard Street, Lower East Side

www.dudleysnyc.com


Serendipity

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“One of my favorite date night ideas for New York is still grabbing dessert at Serendipity close to midnight to avoid tourists (that’s when they close). Most people go for the original Frozen Hot Chocolate, but the Strawberry Fields is my personal preference. If there’s still a wait, just walk over and take the tram to Roosevelt Island for the view and come right back!”

It’s 1954, in the heart of Little Italy, and Serendipity “comes into the world four tables, sixteen chairs and a towering espresso machine strong.”

They were New York City’s 1st coffee house boutique and Andy Warhol claimed his love for it in no time! Now, they’re currently located on the Upper East Side.

The place was founded by Calvin L. Holt – that passed away in 1991 at the age of 66, and his friend & partner Stephen Bruce.

It was the scene of several films and series based in NYC, like the famous movie that was actually also called “Serendipity”. If you don’t remember, this is the place where Jonathan (John Cusack) meets Sara (Kate Beckinsale) and they fall in love…

Oh! And keep your eyes open, maybe you’ll bump into some big celebrity that’s just coincidently passing by there too.

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 11:30am – midnight
Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 1am

Location: 225 East 60th Street, Upper East Side

www.serendipity3.com


Eileen’s Special Cheesecake

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“I’m hesitant a sharing this one, but Eileen’s Special Cheesecake is the best you can get in New York.”

With over 25 years of baking experience, Eileen is considered one of the city’s cheesecake gurus. She opened her business in 1975. Here’s her story:

“It was a “ghost town” when I first arrived, but that didn’t bother me because the rent was low and I desperately needed a place to bake for my growing wholesale business. I hadn’t considered the retail aspects of the business until people started knocking on the door of the bakery wanting to buy cheesecake. With that encouragement, I purchased a bakery case and began to conduct retail business.

Soon after our cheesecake attracted the press and we were listed in “Best Bites” in New York Magazine. Radio station WOR rated us “Number One Cheesecake” and we appeared on television quite often whipping up batters of cheesecake. Time passed, and now Cleveland Place is in a popular area where the mix of people and restaurants and shops are so unique.

Downtown is becoming the “place to be”, and we are actually on most maps now. We survived difficult times, and now “let the good times roll”!” ~ Excerpt from her website.

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

Location: 17 Cleveland Place, NoLita

www.eileenscheesecake.com


Sixty LES Hotel

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“I often treat myself to staycations and one of my favorite hotels is the Sixty LES. Tons of restaurants and bars around for a really relaxing, yet eventful time.”

With 3 different locations: 3 in New York, 1 in L.A. and 1 in Miami, the Sixty Hotels are definitely a great pick if you’re into luxury lodging.

“Our guests are true “artists-in-residence,” at home to make their experience their own canvas. In our carefully curated inns, lodgers-in-residence can expect a distinguished palette, artful service and comfort in every way. The result is a hospitality group that assures a stay in a SIXTY Hotel will remain with guests long after they’ve checked out.”

Their upcoming new location will be in Montreal, so stay tuned!

Locations:
190 Allen Street, Lower East Side
60 Thompson Street, SoHo
308 West 58th Street, Hell’s Kitchen

www.sixtyhotels.com/LES


Top of the Rock

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“If you live in New York, you probably don’t go to the Top Of The Rock often. I don’t either. But when I do, I would splurge on the sunset ticket just to get up there and have a moment of complete silence. While everyone squirms to catch the sunset on one side, I look for a quiet place on the opposite side and wait to gaze the view as all of the lights in the city turn on. It’s so therapeutic, you have no idea.”

Yes, the Top of the Rock is definitely one of our Top Picks to chose from if you want to see the entire city and catch the breathtaking sunset.

It is definitely a touristy spot and we usually don’t write about those, but it’s the only place you’ll have a 360º view of the New York’s 5 boroughs.

Plus, it’s got a great price ($30/adults) and we never faced any huge lines to go up – versus other touristy spots that can take a couple of hours, at peek moments.

You obviously can book everything online!

Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza

www.topoftherocknyc.com


…and a few fun questions to finish the interview:

What does NYC mean to you? 
“NYC is always changing. No one day in New York is ever the same. People say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. That’s true because New York is rough even on a really good day.”

What can someone expect when coming to NY? 
“Everything you’ve imagined or heard about New York City is probably true. Even rude New Yorkers, haha!”

What is the best NY slang? 
“Not really a slang, but ETA (estimate time of arrival) is a crucial meet-up question. It’s either the MTA or traffic.”


Thank you Van Le, for sharing these great spots that are so dear to your heart!

If you enjoyed her post, you’ll most surely love Tamara Peterson’s Brooklyn tips!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of the venues, Van Le, Jetsettimes and Arty Pomerantz/New York Post Archives/(c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images

NYC Spa Week: Not a secret, but one of NYC’s best wellness events

Fitness Health NYC Spa Week Gisele Bundchen by Steven Meisel for Vogue 2013

This is definitely not a secret, but the NYC Spa Week happens twice a year. It’s a great opportunity to try the numerous treatments, in the various spas, around the five boroughs.

Fitness Health NYC Spa Week Gisele Bundchen by Steven Meisel for Vogue 2013
Photo Credit: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italy, featuring Gisele Bündchen (2013)

Founded by Cheryl Reid, she explains why and how this idea started:

“Living in New York is not always as easy or glamorous as it sounds. I guess that’s why they say, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” While the constant hustle and bustle of our metropolis can be exciting, some days a one mile commute can take 45 minutes.

Everyone in New York moves in a hurried, frenzied, impersonal manner — one that is both stressful and draining. One evening I began brainstorming how to create an event that would educate exhausted New Yorkers about the benefits of the spa & wellness lifestyle while offering them an affordable way to experience it.

I also needed to figure out a cost-effective way to drive this new clientele into the day spa market. With these components recognized, the light bulb went off, and the Spa Week Brand was born.”

So, in 2004, Spa Week launched their first edition. 

The idea of offering to everyone the possibility of relaxing and having some down time to unwind, at a reasonable cost is amazing.

We all know that New York’s beauty scene can be quite expensive, so having the best spas around the city offering treatments at $50, is fantastic!

They started off their first year with only 25 venues participating, but each year, grew as it became more popular and recognized.

Today, Spa Week has become a National brand, with events happening all over the country. Now, you are able to experience some of the top players in the wellness industry. Plus, you can focus and dedicate time for your well-being.

Each year, in New York City, there are over 100 salons and spas participating in this special week. They all offer a wide number of treatments at this special, discounted rate. 

The best thing is, many of these treatments are offered in super high-end and luxurious spas around town.

Keep your eyes opened for their 2016 event! All bookings cane be made online.

Here are two spas that we adore: Aire Ancient Baths in TriBeCa and Body by Brooklyn in Clinton Hill. We have even organized unique experiences for corporate groups coming from overseas and they had a fantastic time.

www.spaweek.com

 

 

Photo Credit: Steven Meisel for Vogue Magazine

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