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Goorin Bros Custom-Made Hats: A Silent Statement

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Goorin Bros journey starts back in 1895, when they set off to create custom-made hats. Today they are one of the best stores in New York to purchase your head adornment!

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Goorin Bros hat shop has a fantastic story!

It all started way back in 1895, with Cassel Goorin. He created custom-made hats off his horse cart in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“A hat allows you to make a statement without saying a word” – Ben Goorin

Furthermore, several years later, in 1921, Cassel taught his two sons, Alfred and Ted, the art and business of his trade. When Alfred and Ted took over Cassel’s business, it became the Goorin Brothers.

Alfred and Ted knew about their father’s passion for outdoor activities and decided, in 1948, to create the Grenadier Catalog. In other words, it was a sporting line designed to accommodate the hunter, fisherman and camper alike.

In 1949, Alfred moved to San Francisco, expanding their business and their awareness. They also added hat-related accessories to their successful line of headwear. Unique items like gloves and mittens, socks, and other sportswear were created.

The successful story passed on through generations of the Goorin family. In 1991, Ben Goorin of the 4th generation, observed the cultural movement of the 90’s. He knew that the Goorin archives contained the hats that would make a great comeback.

Eventually, in 2012 Goorin Bros focused on bringing a personal level of genuine interaction back – hat shops and customers.

They wanted to make hat wearing relevant again.

Now, imagine a world with beautifully crafted hats once again reigning the street scene. How cool would that be!? Well, on our end, we’re huge supporters!

Plus, sometimes you can be lucky enough to see a rare solo set in their Williamsburg store!

Note! They to have hats for women too, so girls, go there have fun! If you have kinds, they have the trendiest options too.

In addition, if you just love head adornments and you’re, let’s stay, the “bold” type-a-gal, you might want to check out Dora Marra. She has one of the best stores in New York.

Do you need help shopping in New York and want a professional Personal Shopper with you? Contact our team of experts so we can tell you more about this service! And yet, for Corporate requests or event to customize a unique benchmark experience, we can assist you and your team.

Hours: Please check specific store for store hours.

Locations:
181 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
195B 5th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn
26 Prince Street, Nolita
337 Bleecker Street, West Village

www.goorin.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Goorin Bros, and friends Mary Jane Lane, Frankie Michelle and The Salty Blonde
*Last Update on March/2020.*

The Fantastic House Of Yes In Bushwick!

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Inside a 2,500 square foot loft in Brooklyn, in the year of 2007, the House of Yes in Bushwick was brought to life! It was a labor of love with the mission of offering a creative place for artists and friends.

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In time, the dream came to life. After a massive transformation of a former ice warehouse into this fantastic space, The House of Yes was finally opened.

Who they had hanging there? The most creative and inspiring groups of musicians, dancers, artists and creatives of all types. The venue was used for dance and dinner parties, yoga for the fitness & health tribe and even movie screenings for the cinephiles.

Less than a year went by and a huge fire tore the place down, but with priceless help and love of the local community, they restarted this project at Grand Street, East Williamsburg, in an even bigger space.

The project grew, the groups of interesting people expanded and the activities offered had now a wide range. Classes of various modalities were given, people rented the space for birthday parties and brands coveted the spot for their fashion shows.

In 2013, with the ferocious raising rents, they had again to move to a new spot. So, they were taken back to where it all started, in Bushwick!

Today, the space continues hosting and showcasing the most unique, intriguing and peculiar performances.

The parties are some of the best in the whole New York area, with top artists and creatives. The mixture of acrobatics, circus acts, fetish-style vibe and music might help you understand what to expect.

They have the craziest nights in town, but they also offer fantastic children performances and family events. If you’re not sure what to expect, take a look at the image gallery and a few pictures we selected!

Ah! And their Halloween party is truly one of the best in New York – we’ve been there!

Plus, take a look at their fantastic performance at the NYC Price 2017 parade.

House of Yes in Bushwick is surely a place that the entire community benefits from and most definitely enjoys! Keep your eyes opened for their next breathtaking event!

While in Bushwick be sure to explore! This is one of the hippest neighborhood and home to some of the most creative talents in New York.

For food,  you can try the famous vegan Champs Diner, Roberta’s Pizza is on the top of the list and Sea Wolf, on the corner of the most famous street with graffiti arts. You can have dessert at the vegan Dunwell Doughnuts – if we hadn’t said vegan, you’d never suspect!

And last, if you’re looking for a super trendy tour to go, try our Bushwick Graffiti, Bites & Drinks Photo Tour.

Hours: May vary. Please check their website.

Location: 2 Wyckoff Avenue

http://houseofyes.org


Credits: Courtesy of House of Yes and Andrew T. Foster
*Updated Jan/2020.*

Hey, Steve! I want some handcrafted ice cream, please!

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Steve’s Ice Cream started back in the early 1970’s as a small handcrafted ice cream shop with only the will of offering the most innovative “mix-ins” around.

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I mean, who in the world doesn’t enjoy handcrafted ice cream? If this person exists, be careful with them! Ha! Just joking… But, we do know that New Yorkers are pretty fond of ice creams, since the ice cream shops are always overflowing with people, even in the winter.

In the beginning, they had a hunch that people out there would line up in huge lines to get a taste of their artisanal ice creams. They started out as a small little brand wanting to show the world their expertise. And, grew to become a brand that people not only lined up for their ice cream, but outbraved themselves in the middle of snow storms to guarantee their scoop!

Besides the traditional flavors, they also offer amazing non-dairy ice creams and sorbets.

With the years, and the renowned name they’ve got today, they explained that a few (not many), things changed.

“We still use “mix-ins” but now they’re a little more grown-up, with fresh, natural ingredients, and to create our signature flavors, we work directly with some of the most innovative and inspired artisans around. It took a while, but small-batch has finally gone big time. And that’s pretty sweet.”

They have some pretty interesting flavors like Pretzels, Honey Pistachio, Pies & Sweet Cream, Mexican Chili Chocolate, Southern Banana Pudding, Speculoos Cookie Butter and so many others!

Today, they are literally spread throughout the US. In NY, you can find them in several different markets in all the Boroughs – except Staten Island.

So, it shouldn’t be hard try some! I want some handcrafted ice cream!

Hours: Hours vary! Check Steve’s Ice Cream website.

Location: Multiple around town! Check Steve’s Ice Cream website

http://stevesicecream.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Steve’s Ice Cream
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Foragers City Grocer: A Grocery, Restaurante And Wine Shop

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Foragers City Grocer is not only a grocer, but also a true farm-to-table restaurant and a wine shop. One of it’s locations in the super cool neighborhood of DUMBO, in Brooklyn!

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The Foragers City Grocer opened in 2005 in DUMBO and carries locally grown organic produce, pastured meats and fresh local dairy.

Foragers is your go-to destination for the best, carefully-selected, locally sourced, and artfully prepared food. The demand we saw for clean and ethical foods inspired us to open our market in Chelsea, which also includes a restaurant and wine shop.

All the products featured come from trusted producers, or hand picked from our own farm in Canaan, New York.

The clients like to know where their food is grown, processed and handled.

Plus, they are interested in learning about the entire process and being sure that they are consuming what there is best in the market!

So, as they explain:

“Our sourcing standards ensure that every product you find at our stores is made honestly with all natural ingredients, grown with integrity, and raised humanely.”

This type of market is right up our alley, so we love every single aspect of it, support them, and hope to spread the work to other like minded people.

In addition, the restaurant is called Table. It runs under the direction of Executive Chef, Nickolas Martinez, and is more than a farm-to-table restaurant. They also grow their own food! Therefore, besides a delicious dinner, you must try their brunch that happens on the weekends.

They have a store in Chelsea too. So, if you don’t want to commute all the way into Brooklyn, to shop, you have another great option!

And, if you want to explore other farm-to-table restaurants, we actually recommend heading upstate NY.

There are countless close by day trips that you can plan for a different weekend. For help organizing it all, contact our concierge experts. In sum, they can cater an exclusive and memorable experience for you!

For Corporate requests, contact us and let us know how we can assist.

Hours: Please visit website for store hours of each location.

Locations Market & Table:
56 Adams Street, DUMBO
300 West 22nd Street, Chelsea

Location Wines: 231 8th Avenue

https://foragersmarket.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Foragers City Grocer
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Fernanda Feher: Art in a Bushwick Chocolate Factory

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

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

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

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

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

The exhibition will be on until November 22nd!

See you all there!

Location: 288 Seigel Street

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The Rock’n’Roll Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint for Nirvana fans

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We are all about a neighborhood at the very tip of Brooklyn, called Greenpoint. So many new venues are constantly opening and attracting some of the trendiest people in the New York. Saint Vitus is one of the places you have to know about.

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Greenpoint is a neighborhood in expansion. Some of the coolest ‘kids’ in New York live there and others are venturing into starting their own businesses. All locally made, which we love!

You can find everything from restaurants, bars, coffeeshop and famous donut bakeries, to hidden art galleries, apothecaries and even, a true rock bar!

The rock’n’roll Saint Vitus Bar is the first and only gothic-themed bar in the neighborhood. With dim lighting, they attract the metalheads and rock fans.

“FEARFUL naïfs may assume that heavy-metal bars are cradles of malevolence where depraved longhairs slake their thirst with bats’ blood. But Saint Vitus, a gothic-themed bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, named after a Black Sabbath song, is actually a welcoming spot for downing cheap beers and listening to Pantera.”

After playing at the “Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame” on a Thursday night, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear (a.k.a. Nirvana), headed to Saint Vitus.

There they played an amazing full set of Nirvana Classics for the lucky crowd that was there that night!

The complete list of upcoming shows are online, so be sure to see what will be on during the night you plan on going.

As one of the owners once said: “It doesn’t have to be about metal, it’s a fun vibe.

If you want to explore the neighborhood, but have absolutely no idea where to start, let us help! Download our Self-Guided Tour of Greenpoint and explore the neighborhood with your friends. Here is a teaser of one of the places on the guide: Milk & Roses restaurant, one of our favorites!

Location: 1120 Manhattan Avenue

www.saintvitusbar.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Saint Vitus Bar
*Last Update on March/2020.*

The Beauty Of Jane’s Carousel At The Brooklyn Bridge Park

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A nostalgic moment everyone should experience! Jane’s Carousel at the Brooklyn Bridge Park is an experience for all ages, with a breathtaking skyline of New York City!

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I believe that everyone, at least once, has ridden a carousel! Kids, teenagers, adults and even the most experienced ones would probably want to try a 2nd, 3rd and even 4th time! It’s just so nostalgic, right?

Plus, rinding a gorgeous, vintage one is even more exciting! Pair that with a perfect skyline of Manhattan and voilá! It becomes an urban fairy tail! Well, it’s certainly OUR urban fairy tail and our hearts do beat faster when we see it.

That is to say that, one of the most amazing carousels you’ll ever see is called Jane’s Carousel. This magnificent art work located inside the Brooklyn Bridge Park, right below the Brooklyn Bridge.

It’s a huge, beautifully restored piece of art with 48 racing hand-carved horses. This classic 3 row beauty was built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and is opened year-round.

A bit more of history:

The carousel was originally located at Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio in the early 1920’s. Then, in mid 1980’s, specifically in 1984, the duo Jane and David Walentas purchased it. They prevented it from being completely dismantled and having it’s pieces separately sold off. Lucky us!

That same year, Jane started the restoration with her own hands, at her studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn. It was amazing to see the original coloring of each piece surfacing back.

After documenting every color and every detail was faithfully done, so when the time came to replicate it all on the final pieces, the end result was breathtaking.

Moreover, all the electrical parts and machinery were updated with the latest technologies. And still, over 1200 lights were installed to give the final touch, bringing it to life.

It was finally shown to the public, at the Brooklyn Bridge Park on September 16th, 2011. It surely transformed the this area of Brooklyn’s skyline and has become a dear location in our heart.

It’s definitely something to experience in New York City. So, if you are interested in seeing what it’s all about, but would prefer help of an expert tour guide, contact us.

We’ve done some pretty amazing itineraries for big (and small) Corporate groups and delegations, so if you need help in organizing a special experience for your team or your clients, let us cater it for you.

Hours: Thursday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dock Street

www.janescarousel.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Jane’s Carousel, Harper’s Bazaar (Mila Kunis), Vincent Mounier, Zen and the Art of Travel and BeHappyNYC (Featured image)
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Komeeda: A Thanksgiving For Friends, By Friends

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Do you guys remember of the post about a summer “Dinner Under the Bridge” pop-up by Komeeda we wrote a few weeks ago? Well, here’s another Komeeda pop-up for you – last one of 2015! It’s a Thanksgiving For Friends.

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We love everything about Komeeda’s Thanksgiving For Friends: Friendsgiving.

Last year, Komeeda hosted the “kommunity’s” members for a multi-course Spanish style tapas meal. This year they are doing it bigger, better and…in Brooklyn! We just love it, after all, we are Brooklyn-based!

They have partnered up with a rustic venue and two of Komeeda’s favorite chefs Chef Florvil Valdez and Chef Paula Ignacio. Both are former chefs from their Showdown event, where chefs compete for the 1st place title!

If you’ve been to their last two Showdowns, you’ve had a couple of their to-die-for culinary creations. Now, they will be teaming up and putting together an innovative multi-course Friendsgiving feast for their kommunity.

Date: Thursday – November 19, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 9pm
Location: Downtown Brooklyn – exact location will be disclosed 48 hours prior to event only to those with confirmed tickets
Availability: 30 Seats
Tickets: Early Bird RSVP: $55 (SOLD OUT)  |  Standard RSVP: $60


To read about how it all started, read Jabber Al-Bahani’s statement below:

“Waking up in a hostel in Barcelona one morning, a fellow hostel-mate asked… “comida?”

What I assumed would be a quick lunch with an Argentinian hostel-mate, quickly grew into a group lunch with seven people from all over. Australia, Holland, Argentina, Spain, Libya, France, and of course… me the New Yorker.

We enjoyed two hours of food and drink at a mom & pop tapas restaurant off the beaten path, sharing our journeys & dreams for the future; all with no worry of judgement. I never expected to have this unforgettable experience with the random people that I met, but it felt so natural!

Komeeda is an easy way to discover unique gastronomic events, taste exciting new foods, and interact with other interesting guests, in addition to the passionate chefs who want to share their stories.

To find the perfect family-style Ethiopian feast, low-key beer & burger pairing, or whatever dining experience is right for you, explore Komeeda’s events.”

So, if their story excited you, don’t waist more time and go buy your ticket!

See you there!

www.komeeda.co


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A Hidden Beach In Williamsburg Right Off The East River

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surely, no tourists there!

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

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

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

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


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*Last Update on March/2020.*

10 Top Secrets Of New York City That You Probably Don’t Know

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New York City is a place full of secrets and with some the most intriguing hidden stories in the world. The more we learn, the more curious we become! Here are 10 top secrets of New York City that you probably don’t know!

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We just love exploring the city and all the hidden secrets that are super well-kept! Many of these have been shared before, but every time we tell a friend about them, they always reply: “Wow! I never knew about that!”.

Well, this made us think that, even though many of these places have been shared before, there is still a whole bunch of people that still have never heard about them. So, we decided to share the 10 top secrets of New York City that we think are the coolest ones!

Check them out below:


#1 Pomander Walk

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The Pomander Walk was built back in the early 1920’s, specifically in year of 1921. It was built as an homage to the famous English romantic comedy that has the same name. It was written by Louis N. Parker and was famous back then, in London.

It’s located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, between Broadway and West End Avenue.

Several famous names are known for having been residents there. Names like Humphrey Bogart, Rosalind Russel, and Lilian Gish. Unfortunately you can’t walk inside this special street anymore. They have closed the entrance and you’re only allowed in if you have a key, or if any of the residents there invites you in.

Nonetheless, you can still peek through the gate and get a slight view of this little Manhattan haven.

Location: 265 West 94th Street


#2 Tunnel below Columbia University’s Morningside Campus

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Back in the beginning of the 1900’s, this tunnel was a passage way to and from the Bloomingdale’s Insane Asylum. It ran from 1821–1889, when it was renamed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester and relocated to White Planes.

Then, it served as a meeting place for scientists during the beginning states of the famous Manhattan Project. From there, the 1st nuclear weapons were created.

Today, they are the tunnel right below Columbia University’s Morningside campus. This curious network of underground tunnels connects several school building.

A few tunnels are still open to faculty and students to pass between buildings, but most are closed down for safety purposes. Some of them are located under the Buell Hall and the Pupin Hall.

Spooky, hidden, but amazing!

Oh! You must be questioning about this naked girl on the picture! Well, that’s the super brave and bold, Miru Kim! Yup! She accesses some insane out of bound spots, and shoots..naked!

Location: 3022 Broadway


#3 Hidden bomb shelter in the Brooklyn Bridge

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Discovered in 2006, this hidden bomb shelter in the Brooklyn Bridge, was one of the most amazing discoveries of the city. At least, in our humble opinion!

When it was found, they saw it was fully stocked with basic life necessities, in case of a nuclear attack. Everything from water supplies and medicine, to thousands of cracker boxes and blankets. These boxes were ink-stamped with the dates of 1957 – launch of the Sputnik satellite, and 1962 – the Cuban missile crisis.

That’s not the only secret space inside the belly of the bridge. Located within its base, a series of vast rooms known as the Brooklyn Anchorage were used for music and theater performances, readings and art exhibitions for nearly 20 years.

We would have loved going there for any of these gatherings!

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#4 Staten Island Boat Graveyard

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Have you ever heard of a boat graveyard? Sounds interesting, right? In the past, the Staten Island Boat Graveyard housed a collection of over 400 decomposing and rusting steam vessels, warships, ferries and fireboats. Today, there are only a remaining 20-40 wrecks spread through out the place.

Furthermore, the graveyard was originally called Witte Marine Scrap Yard or Arthur Kill Boat Yard. In time, it earned the reputation of “a mecca for artists and photographers”.

Go to this spooky place while you can! It’s definitely worth it!

Location: Rossville, Staten Island


#5 New York Marble Cemetery

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The New York Marble Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in NYC and dates back to 1831. We believe that today it might probably be one of the hardest burial grounds to find in New York City. Maybe, that’s why we love it so much!

Located in the East Village, right behind the Bowery Hotel, the cemetery gate can be found at the end of a narrow alley leading from 2nd Avenue. By the way, this gate is beautifully designed and worth the attention!

The cemetery is marked by plaques instead of tombstones. In addition, it can be visited for only a few hours on the 4th Sunday of each month, and during the months of April through October.

Location: 41 1/2 2nd Avenue

www.marblecemetery.org


#6 Berlin Wall Remnants in Paley Park

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The Berlin Wall Remnants in Paley Park is found inside a small Midtown plaza. It’s right at 520 Madison Avenue, and most of the time is unnoticed by the passersby.

I mean, New Yorkers are always in a rush, and passing straight by this monumental wall. So, it’s not a surprise people don’t even notice it.

The West side of this amazing piece of history is the work of German artists Kiddy Citny and Thierry Noir. It was put on display in 1990. On the other hand, the East side is pure concrete. It is meant to remember the oppressive political regimes of East Germany, back in the days.

Pretty cool, right?

Location: 520 Madison Avenue


#7 Rockefeller Center 620 Loft & Gardens

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Ah! We love hidden gardens, specially if they’re located high up, up, up in the sky!

The Rockefeller Center 620 Loft & Gardens is secluded, and therefore, made invisible, a few hundred feet above the ground.

Well, other taller buildings can see it, so they are the lucky ones! Or, if you decide to host your wedding there, since it’s available to rent for private events and corporate events!

The garden was designed by Ralph Hancock, an English landscaper born in 1893. It came to life during the early/mid 1930’s and only three of the five gardens are able to be seen today.

So, be sure to head to the top of 610 and 620 Fifth Avenue!

The Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens are the ones on the ground floor, which people can walk by and photograph!

www.rockefellercenter.com

Location: 45 Rockefeller Plaza


#8 Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal

Curiosities City Secrets 10 Top Secrets in New York City Whispering Gallery Grand Central Terminal by Staycay
Photo Credit: Stacay

The Whispering Gallery inside the Grand Central Terminal is located in front of the Oyster Bar & Restaurant.

Just a quick history: The Grand Central Terminal was build in 1913 and is the world’s largest train station. Plus, it’s definitely one of the most famous landmarks, being featured in countless movies.

This arch possesses a mystifying acoustic property. When two people stand at diagonal arches and whisper, they are able to hear each other’s voices. It seams to be “telegraphed” from across the 2,000 sqft chamber.

It is certainly a unique experience!

But the question still remains: “Was it constructed with the intention of producing the acoustic effect, or was it only an architectural mistake?”

It you are interested in exploring more the Grand Central Terminal, take a look at this secret tour.

Location: 87 East 42nd Street


#9 Underbelly Project

Curiosities City Secrets 10 Top Secrets in New York City Underbelly Project Installation by Jeff Stark Credit Katherine Lorimer
Photo Credit: Katherine Lorimer

This is maybe our top favorite NYC secret! It’s probably because we not only love graffiti art, but also because it lives several meters underground, in mysterious and secluded subway stations!

Underbelly Project: Street Art Way Below the Street unites the intriguing work of 103 street artists from around the world.

But, collectors can’t buy the art. People can’t really see it, since it’s been done illegally, in an old long-abandoned subway station.

“Though rumors have circulated that the station is above the G train’s Broadway stop in Williamsburg, don’t try to see for yourself — not only is it dark and dangerous, but it is also illegal. Plus, there have been at least 20 arrests of trespassers trying to visit the space.” ~ Erin O’Hara

www.theunderbellyproject.com


#10 Hidden Subway Station Beneath City Hall

Curiosities City Secrets 10 Top Secrets in New York City Hidden Subway Station Beneath City Hall by Michael Freeman
Photo Credit: Michael Freeman

Last spot part of our 10 Top Secrets Of New York City is another hidden subway!

This hidden subway station beneath City Hall is way deep in the belly of New York’s subway system. It’s a beautiful untouched station that has been forgotten for years. Today, only a limited few lucky ones know of its existence.

It opened in 1904 and remained open through December 31st of 1945. Some people explain that “it sounds like something straight out of Harry Potter”. What? Wait! We LOVE Harry Potter!

So, to see this amazing spot, just stay inside the 6 train that is headed to the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Station. When you reach the last station, don’t get off!

If you stay inside the train, it makes a turnaround – and that’s where the magic happens. Then, from inside the train you’ll be able to see this beautiful location with an amazing architecture. It has some gorgeous Roman bricks, tiled vaults, arches, stained glass and brass chandeliers.

Certainly a spot not to be missed! If you’re not sure how to do this, come with us to our Underground New York Subway Tour.

Location: Brooklyn Bridge City Hall Station


If you enjoyed these 10 top secrets of New York City, but is now curious to learn more, contact our exerts! We have some very cool tours to share with you. In addition, we work with customized concierge and corporate tours too!

So, come explore a little of this secret part of New York that just a hand full of people know about! Plus, you’ll certainly have some Instagram-worthy shots!!!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Sonja Stark, Miru Kim, Reuters, Gordon Donovan/Cater News, Naked Apartments, Staycay.net, Katherine Lorimer (featured image) and courtesy of the locations.
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