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How To Enjoy NYC With Kids, Outdoors!

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Yes, New York is a great city for kids, so don’t worry! See below how to enjoy NYC with kids, outdoors seamlessly and have tons of fun and stories to tell!

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Don’t believe people that say differently. The city is full of amazing attractions and activities for kids of all ages and we will show you what we mean!

Before we became parents, we spent countless weekends in New York City, staying out late, enjoying nice dinners, and partying at the best bars and nightclubs.

After our son was born, we realized that traveling to the Big Apple needed to change. We replaced our original itinerary with activities that were fun for the whole family.

Despite the skyscrapers, congested traffic and throngs of tourists, New York City has secluded pockets that give the kids room to play. It is possible to enjoy the great outdoors in Manhattan.


Park It

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At 840 acres, Central Park is the hub for outdoor-loving families. You can rent bicycles and explore the paved trails, enjoy rides on the carousel, and try horseback riding through the park’s highlights.

This is not a just a stop for tourists – the entire park is also teaming with New Yorkers who appreciate the best of New York’s great outdoors!

We love Sheep Meadow, near the famed Tavern on the Green restaurant. It’s great for kids because of its wide open space (15 acres), kite flying, room to play catch, and loads of families.

Shop a local market and bring a picnic, or let experts cater one for you, and make a full day of sitting under the trees; the museums will still be there tomorrow. Even in the winter, you can use the park for ice skating, cross country skiing and sledding.

You can also visit waterfront parks along the Hudson and the East River, providing great views, cool breezes and lots of fresh air. We love Hudson River Park for its play areas with water features on hot, summer days.

Our son can spend hours playing in the splash park, and you’ll find mini golf and sports fields and courts for older kids to get their play on.


See the City from the Water

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Surrounded by water – Manhattan is an island, after all – spend time on the rivers. Kayak rentals are available for the families with older kids, and you can set sail on leisure ships for an hour or two of sightseeing.

There are also some pretty cool jet ski rides up and down the Hudson, as well as around the entire island!

The Staten Island Ferry is a great way to see New York’s skyline from the Hudson – and it’s FREE!

Or, if you want to splurge, you can charter a private cruise on a small sailboat.

You can also catch the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. She stands on an island that is a national park. No need to climb to the top, just enjoy the views while your toddler plays. (This is also another great picnic spot!).

If you’ve never been to Ellis Island, it’s also a great spot, with some pretty exclusive tours.

If you’re willing to travel further, cross into New Jersey to Liberty State Park and you’ll find even more space to enjoy. Playgrounds, a boardwalk with viewfinders, and picnic tables all overlook Manhattan.


Enjoy Outdoor Attractions

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Many of New York’s best attractions will get you outdoors, such as the Central Park Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden. The Gardens offer special activities and event for young kids and is a special treat – NY Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

Or, grab your stroller and take a walk along the High Line, which stretches over a mile on an old rail line. You can take a trip to Roosevelt Island with a ride on the Roosevelt Tram providing a fun ride and cool views before you take in the skyline from the East River-based island.

Even grabbing a bite under the sun is easy to do in New York. Take advantage of the many restaurants that have rooftop dining or secret patios. You’ll be surprised how much of the city can be enjoyed in the open air. Try Birreria, the rooftop of Eataly’s grocery and market or ‘wichcraft for sandwiches, both in the Flatiron District.

And, because New York’s diverse neighborhoods offer safe playgrounds for the kids whho live close by, seek out AirBnBs or boutique hotels near a small park. It makes for a good start to your day to grab coffee and muffins for breakfast in a nearby park, as well as a relaxing end to a long day of sightseeing.

When you leave New York and download all of your photos, we bet you’ll be surprised by how many of them were taken outdoors and away from crowds. You might not even think they were taken in the city!

Oh! Wait! You’re they type that doesn’t take pictures, but always regret it after?

You might want a professional photographer that will seamlessly be with you during the day, capturing the most amazing, spontaneous moments! You’ll not even notice!

Have fun and be sure to tell your other friends how to enjoy NYC with kids! We are sure you’ll be back for more!


Our Contributors:

AJ Ratani and Natasha Sandhir traveled around the world with their son Aarav. Visiting 31 countries and 6 continents as a family, they documented their year-long travel and trips on their family travel blog. Visit their website for more tips and also follow the couple on their Instagram account.


Photo Credits: Courtesy of The 2 Idiots Travel Blog and © Behind the Scenes NYC

Boutique BK: A Private Dining Experience in Brooklyn

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Boutique BK is a private dining experience in Brooklyn, hosted by the Le Cordon Bleu trained Chef Matthew Ricketts. Uncover this hidden gem with your friends and have fun!

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Have you ever dreamt of a private dinner party? One where you’re away from the hustle and bustle of a crowded restaurant, with the joys of an unbelievable chef exclusively for you!

Or, maybe even a chef to cook (and clean!) during you’re at home dinner party? Shhh, don’t tell your guests…

In walks Le Cordon Bleu trained Chef Matthew Ricketts and his private dining concept Boutique BK.

Nestled in the heart of Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn, Boutique BK is a private dining room available by reservation only, for parties 2-14 in size. The intimate setting, offers a curated multi-course dining experience, featuring elevated American fusion cuisine, and locally sourced food when possible.

Chef Matt, as he likes to be called, will personally work to craft menus tailored to guests’ tastes and event needs. He typically offers 3 or 5-course set menus, and can accommodate dietary restrictions within your party.

While reservations are required, this is no ordinary restaurant. In fact, it’s not a restaurant at all!

Picture a beautiful dining room, exclusively for you to enjoy, celebrate and watch Matt cook. There is a peak through to the kitchen from the dining room too! In addition to cooking, he hosts and serves as he walks you through your meal, oh-so-perfectly!

The addition of Boutique BK to Carroll Gardens, where your favorite ol’ Italian staples live, is a welcomed complement to this beautiful neighborhood.

In addition to the dining room, this superstar chef is also available for private parties. He caters up to 150 guests at the venue of your choice.

Chef Matt hails from Pittsburgh originally, but has spent more than a decade around the country training with Michelin Star restaurants to hone his craft. He saw white space in the market for private dining and personalized experiences and decided to venture into this space.

His passion for food and unique service come through the second you connect with Chef Matt. It’s truly a one of a kind experience.

So run, don’t walk to Boutique BK – space is limited and it’s suggested to book in advance! This allows optimal time for space reservation and menu curation.

You can easily get to this hidden gem through the F train in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Location: 187 Sackett Street

http://boutique-bk.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Boutique BK and Drica Pinotti

VR World NYC: A Virtual Reality Experience

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As we wake up each day, Virtual Reality is becoming more and more parts of our daily lives, and obviously, our future! Come explore what VR World NYC is all about!

As we wake up each day, Virtual Reality, or VR as we most commonly say, is becoming more and more parts of our daily lives, and obviously, our future!

Today I’m sharing with you my experience at VR World NYC. They are the biggest virtual reality center on this side of the globe with 2 floors and over 50 games, films and experiences for you to try!

The video above shows you some of the ones I have the most fun with, but I do have to say, they are all quite entertaining. You can definitely spend several hours there, since there is just so much to see.

So, what is Virtual Reality?

In a very simples way, it’s an interactive technology that is computer generated and creates experiences that are not possible in the real world, using many of our senses.

And, in the middle of New York’s chaotic 34th Street, you’d never expect to find a place like this. It’s not only super amusing for kids and I’m sure all adults will love it too! I certainly had a great time!

Oh! It’s also a great spot to host a party! There are several cool spaces for groups from 20 and over 400! So be sure to contact them for more details. You can also contact us to help you out or even organize a corporate/team experience.


One of the highlights: Moveo

You can me inside this one in the video! It’s the first 360º free-rotation VR simulator. You go through fully immersive 3D worlds, flying through space and you experience the gravitational pull of objects nearby.

Exclusive to VR World NYC, MOVEO is harnessing cutting edge technology to create a truly immersive experience.

The simulator is the first of its kind to use independent three axis rotation, connecting the human experience with a responsive audial, visual and physical environment.

I also really enjoyed the experiences on the 2nd floor, once specifically that I was rock climbing in Thailand. It was just SO real. My legs literally got numb by virtually climbing up a cliff and looking down!

It’s crazy how you literally feel everything as if you were actually there!

As I said above, it’s a great place for kids! But, if you’re coming to New York City with kids, but you’re not sure if it’s a good idea, take a look to see all the infinite reasons why NYC is great for kids!


More information:

  • All visitors are required to purchase tickets for entry
  • Payments by credit/debit cards only
  • No outside food, drinks or strollers
  • Children under 7 not permitted including infants
  • 14 years old and under require adult supervision

Prices:
2 hour Pass: $39
All day Pass: $59
Moveo Pass: $25 

Hours: 7 days a week!
Monday: 12pm – 9pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 10pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 12pm – 10pm
Friday: 12pm – 11pm
Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm

Location: 4 East 34th Street

https://vrworldnyc.com


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Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

New York Craft Cocktail Tour

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New York City is a great place to explore unique signature cocktails at different spots around town. Come with us to the New York Craft Cocktail Tour!

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We love cocktails and I would bet you do too! New York City is also a great place to explore unique signature cocktails at different spots around town! So, we want to take you to the New York Craft Cocktail Tour!

This Happy Hour tour will bring you to the center of New York’s booming cocktail culture as we visit some of the best cocktail bars in the city.

Along the way we will sample delicious libations, swap tales of speakeasies and gangsters, shop for new local craft spirits, learn how to make craft cocktails, and discover some of the best places to grab a drink in the Big Apple.

It’s a great way to start off an unforgettable evening in New York City! Oh! And take a look here at a video we did about the Best Cocktails Bars in Brooklyn!

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Highlights:

  • Taste delicious craft cocktails at some of New York’s best bars
  • Learn how prohibition shaped NYC, and the speakeasies & gangsters who influenced the city’s cocktail culture
  • Discover new spirits from local micro-distilleries
  • Find the best tucked-away places to grab a drink in New York’s East Village
  • Learn how bartenders are revolutionizing cocktails in America with fresh, artisanal ingredients

Rates & Details:

  • $82/person – includes 3 cocktails, snacks, and guide
  • Duration: About 2.5 hours
  • Tour meets in Tompkins Square Park, East Village
  • Advanced Purchase Required
  • Schedule: Every Day at 6pm

Other info:

  • Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, 3 cocktails, light snack
  • Exclusions: Additional food and drink, bottles of spirits, souvenirs, tips and gratuities for the guide (highly appreciated, thanks!)
  • Dress standard: Dress should be appropriate for a night out. Please avoid wearing shorts, baseball hats, t-shirts, or flip-flop (thong) sandals.
  • Your Trip: You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Child Policy: Travelers under 21 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.

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Plus, if you enjoyed the New York Craft Cocktail Tour, but you are looking to book a private tour, please submit a request. Furthermore, for corporate requests, let our experts help you out.

Don’t forget to explore all our other Tours & Experiences! We’re sure you’ll enjoy them all! 


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Have You Heard Of The Celebrities’ Secret Town in New York?

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Have you heard of the celebrities’ secret town in New York? Sag Harbor is a charming village in Long Island that dates back to the early 1700’s. It’s a great place to explore over the weekend!

I always tell people about how beautiful the state of New York is and, to prove how amazing day trips or weekend experiences can be, I picked one of my favorite spots to show you!

Sag Harbor is a charming village in Long Island that dates back to the yearly 1700’s. It was considered the 2nd most important seaport, after New York City, of course and was known as a thriving whaling port from 1760 through 1850.

It’s close the to the North Fork, where we recently did a video at an amazing winery called Macari Vineyards and saw one of the biggest wine bottles I had ever seen! Obs: It’s another great place for a weekend adventure!

Anyway, Sag Harbor it one of my favorite spots and “Yes!”, celebrities love it too! It’s the celebrities’ secret town in New York, that they head to when they want to get away from everything and everyone. Sorry celebs! Busted!

I chose a few spots in town to share and help you with your itinerary, while you’re there. But, there is just so much to do that I’m sure you’ll be able to explore on your own and find out other great places!

I do recommend to go for, at least, a weekend, but you can also risk a day trip! Last case, you can just book last minute a room at one of their beautiful hotels.

Oh! And before you start, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and spread the love for New York!


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Sag Harbor’s Main Street is so charming that you can literally spend a few hours just walking up and down.

You’ll have a great time exploring all the local shops, design stores, gift shops, great restaurants, salons, book stores – like Harbor Books on the picture above, cafés, donut shops, and so much more!

I couldn’t stop walking into every single venue I found and even the local market I walked in to find fresh and delicious goodies that are not always easy to find in the city!

The architecture really resembles those cute port towns from centuries ago and everything is super well preserved.

It’s a great place not only for family and kids, but also friends, couples, elderlies. There is a place for everyone to enjoy the beauty of the little town!

I mean, it’s got something for everyone!


Baron’s Cove

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As I said in the video, Sag Harbor has many great hotels to stay, but this time I chose to share Baron’s Cove.

We’ve featured them before and I really love the property! They are a 4-star waterfront hotel with 67 rooms and fantastic amenities.

There are rooms with private garden terraces, harbor loft suites with balconies, village rooms as well as dog-friendly rooms – so your canine friend is super welcome!

You’ll find countless activities to try, like the heated saltwater pool, tennis court, gym, spa services, summer BBQs and lobster bakes, fireplace during winter, etc. And still, complimentary beach service with transportation, beach picnic lunch options, as well as an onsite concierge! Can’t get any better!

In addition, Baron’s Cove is also the only venue in Sag Harbor featuring live entertainment every night during the summer season. So, there is always something fun going on!

Famous artists, musicians, literary names such as Jackson Pollock, Billy Joel and Truman Capote have been regular guests, back in the days! Pretty awesome, right?

Their restaurant serves all-American food and has a fantastic and privileged view of the marina, that is just across the road.

It’s location is very convenient and it’s just a few minutes walking from Main Street!

Even though it can get quite chilly during the winter, it’s great to go with a loved one, or friends to enjoy a peaceful weekend. So yes! It’s a great place to go any time of the year!

Location: 31 West Water Street

www.baronscove.com


Dopo La Spiaggia

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I love Italian restaurants, so I decided to feature one of the best gems in town: Dopo La Spiaggia.

All restauranteurs, foodies, celebrities and the gorgeous crowd in town are always there enjoying their delicious dishes and drinks!

Owned by Chef Maurizio Marfoglia – that was super kind to meet us at the restaurant – has created a fantastic, seasonal menu with a variety of local ingredients. All very, very fresh!

The sun was out, so we decided to sit at the charming outdoor patio, with another great view of the marina. The patio has a cozy environment, with tables set close together and a breathtaking green wall from end to end!

Menus are updated regularly, and time time we chose two dishes to try:

  • Tagliolini – squid ink pasta, bay scallops, shrimp, calamari, chili and tomato. Note: it does have a spicy kick!
  • Branzino – poached sea bass, tomatoes, spinach with white wine.

Of course, both dishes paired with fantastic wine – one white, one red! As Italians say: Perffeto!

I’ve also heard from friends that other dishes are also must-haves, like the super creamy burrata, the homemade ravioli is perfectly done with wild mushrooms, ricotta cheese, vidallia and crushed tomato sauce. Plus, all sea dishes are very tasty and well-served.

Ah! Dessert, yes! You can try their stellar tiramisu and the berry tart with crème Anglaise. The portions are good to share, in case you were curious!

Buon Appetito!

Hours:
Monday, Thursday – Friday: Dinner from 5:30pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed
Saturday & Sunday: Lunch and dinner from 12 noon

Location: 6 Bay Street

www.dopolaspiaggia.com


The Buddha Berry

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Last, but surely not least, we finished the day at The Buddha Berry, a dessert spot to satisfy your sweet tooth!

The spot is loved by everyone in town! They not only sell self-serve frozen yogurts, but also crêpes, waffles and still have a coffee bar, with organic coffee!

They’ve recently started serving vegan yogurt with almond milk and natural ingredients, which had been a huge success!

Of course, I decided to try their famous frozen yogurt. Nancy, the owner, sources countless toppings from all over the world and brings them to her delicious store. There are so many options that it was actually quite hard to pick and choose the ones I wanted. I mean, I wanted to serve myself a bit of each one! Lol!

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

Location: 125 Main Street

www.buddhaberry.com


As I said, there are so many more places to visit and explore in town, so don’t be shy to walk around and get lost – literally! Oh! And do visit their Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, set in an 1845 Greek Revival mansion featuring whaling exhibits and a shop with handmade gifts.

I’m sure you’re going to have one of the best weekends away from the city and will want to come back again, and again, and again!

And, how that you heard of the celebrities’ secret town in New York be careful when spreading the word!

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If you need help in organizing your trip, let us know. For corporate requests, let us experts cater a perfect experience for your team or your clients!


Videographer: Renata Meirelles
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Atlantic Terrace: A Staircase Away From Heaven, in Montauk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Location: 21 Oceanview Terrace, Montauk

https://www.atlanticterrace.com


Text by our Contributor: Rafaela Azevedo
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Atlantic Terrace Hotel

Tasting The Biggest Wine Bottle I’ve Ever Seen, at Macari Vineyards

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When people come to New York, they forget that their trip doesn’t to be confined within the 5 boroughs. The state of New York is beautiful and filled with amazing adventures. I explored the North Fork of Long Island, known for the countless vineyards and wineries, like Macari Vineyards!

Since I’m a huge wine lover and I decided to take you on a journey with me, to one of my favorite wineries, Macari Vineyards. This gorgeous family-owned, family-operated vineyard and winery is located just 1.5 – 2h from Manhattan and the trip itself is a beauty.

Based on the North Fork in the Long Island region, it’s known for being the home to countless great wineries spread throughout these lands.

I met with gorgeous Gabriella Macari at the winery and had not only a great tasting experience with her, but was given a complete tour of the property. And I mean, WOW! I was truly amazed with what the Macari family has built and the memorable experiences they are offering their guests.

So, let’s start from the beginning! Oh! And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our channel!!!

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Their story goes way back to the 1930’s, 40’s when her grandfather, Joseph T. Marcari Sr. started producing wine in his basement located in Corona, Queens – with his dad and granddad.

Several years go by, business starts flourishing and in the 1960’s they decide to purchase a 500-acre property in Long Island – the same land they are currently on. This old potato farm took quite a few years to regenerate and go back to becoming super fertile.

But, after that happened, and they were able to start producing wine, business took off and never stopped!

Now, what to expect when you arrive at Macari Vineyards?

The first glance at the property is already breathtaking. Everything these is impeccably taken care of, to the smallest detail. Inside the main house, you’ll find the store with their numerous wines and different bottle sizes. There, you are also able to do some wine tasting, before deciding on which bottle to actually purchase and take home with you.

This house has a huge and beautiful porch. The perfect place to continue your tasting with a great prime view of the winery. It’s the perfect start to your experience at Macari.

After you’ve tasted their wines and paired them with a few yummy appetizers – like a great cheese and charcuterie platter – you can explore and tour the property. And, of course, continue your tasting.

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Gabriella told us that, just recently, they launched a beautiful private barrel cellar. It’s a place to learn, taste and celebrate. Plus, it’s the perfect spot to host your own private event with your lovely family and friends.

In an effort to promote wine education in an intimate winemaking environment, the Macari family is thrilled to launch a private barrel cellar tucked under the Mattituck tasting room. Check the events calendar to join the Macari team for private, educational tastings. Rent the cellar for your next private party or inquire about hosting an educational wine tasting. Looking to book a corporate event or plan a proposal? Fill out the form below, we’ll be in touch with more details.

Now, if you’re a true wine lover and expert, you might want to consider becoming part of their exclusive Wine Club!

You can sign up for quarterly shipping of 4 or 6 bottles, or be part of the collector’s club, receiving 12 bottles.

Join the Macari family, become a part of our exclusive Wine Club. Membership includes quarterly shipments delivered in spring, summer, fall, and winter accompanied by detailed tasting notes. Gain access through membership to small production wines, pre-released wines, and limited library vintages. Additional perks include complimentary tastings, private tours, and member only discounts. A Macari Wine Club membership also makes a great gift! Sign up below or email us for more information.

Finally, if you can’t head up there now, you can start by purchasing their wine online.

A few other important infos before your visit:

  • Mattituck Tasting Room is open daily, year round for wine tastings
  • Several tasting flights and wines by the glass or bottle
  • Outside food is not permitted
  • Reservations for parties of less than six guests are not required but recommended
  • For groups of 6 – 12 guests advance reservations and payment of wine tastings are required
  • Led by a Macari Wine Educator, guests will receive a tasting of 5-featured wines at $30 per person
  • Changes or cancellations must be made five days prior to your scheduled visit
  • No refunds will be issued after the five-day cancellation window

If you enjoy not only a good wine, but also great signature cocktail, you might want to explore these spots.

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our channel, come explore New York with me and welcome to our Behind the Scenes NYC world!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Location: 150 Bergen Avenue, Mattituck

https://macariwines.com


Videography and PhotographyRenata Meirelles 
BeautyLeila Soldeira
Styling:
 Érika Mesentier and Camilla Adão

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

Brooklyn Kura: Hand-Crafted Sake On Tap

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A well-crafted sake is surely indescribable. Brooklyn Kura is a brewery and tap room in Industry City, serving sake on tap! Quite special right?

I’m a huge sake lover and really enjoy trying sake not only in different spots of New York, but also when I travel.

When we were shooting two YouTube video about Industry City, one about Teressa Folgia’s hats and another one about 5 great spots to visit, Teressa introduced us to Brandon Doughan, the head brewer and co-founder of Brooklyn Kura.

The space was actually closed when we passed by, but Brandon was super polite to let us in, teach us about sake and show us how it’s done. And, yes, we did get a sneak peek into their brewing process and, of course, we had some sake!


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One of the cool things about Brooklyn Kura is that their menu changes every now and then with different sakes that are sold by the glass and carafe.

Plus, they have a few delicious small dishes to pair with your choice of sake, like cheese, charcuterie and a few other delicious options. If you’re into tasting, it’s also a great place to stop by!

Plus, it’s a fantastic spot to host a private event or even a corporate gathering – and we can help you out!

If Industry City is a bit far for your to always head that way to grab your favorite sake bottle by Brooklyn Kura, you can find them in countless other spots.


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What is Sake?

With only 4 very simple ingredients – rice, water, yeast and koji – these talented brewers are able to extract the most amazing variation of aromas and flavors.

How it all started?

“During a chance meeting in Tokyo in 2013, Brian Polen and Brandon  discovered a shared passion for high quality sake. One glass led to two, which led to many more.

They took courses, traveled to Japan, apprenticed at breweries, and began to develop their own recipes. They sought out experts and absorbed all they could.

Before long, an idea began to form – a sake brewery in New York…”

What to expect?

“At Brooklyn Kura, we are committed to a new tradition of American Craft Sake. Building on more than 1,000 years of Japanese brewing history, we’re demystifying sake and making it more accessible. Our sake is brewed right here in New York City, hand-crafted with the highest quality ingredients.”

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So, plan your visit to Industry City!

Go explore everything about this special community that is growing beautifully and finish your day celebrating with delicious sake, at Brooklyn Kura.

Cheers!

Hours:
Friday: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday: 1pm – 9pm
Sunday: 1pm – 6pm

Location: 68 34th Street

www.brooklynkura.com


VideographyRenata Meirelles
Photo Credits and Text Experts: Courtesy of Brooklyn Kura

A Different Type of NYC Truck: Uprooted Flower Truck

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New York City is known for the countless food trucks roaming tirelessly around the city. You can find food trucks, ice cream trucks, juice trucks and even “fashion” trucks. But, Uprooted Flower Truck is the one and only, flower truck!

Uprooted describes themselves are “NYC’s florist on wheels”, which I think is pretty awesome. They are pioneers in launching this business and we have to agree that if you’re a pioneer in NY, you’ll most likely thrive!

It all started back in April of 2015, the exact month that I actually moved from my hometown São Paulo, Brazil to New York City!! What an exciting month! Hahaha!

Founders Ashley Custer and Kristin Heckler ran a super successful Kickstarter campaign, raised $15,000 and started their entrepreneurial path! And, what a journey!

New York is known for being the birth city of countless successful startups, but is quite tough having a brilliant idea no one has thought about, right?

When I met Ashley, back in February of 2016, she told me that her very first job was working at a flower shop, at the age of 14.  She majored in Criminal Justice at Temple University, but felt totally uninspired with the current social system. When she moved to NY with Kristen, her Co-Founder and Partner, she got back to working with flowers to brighten people’s lives – and also, her own.

On the other hand, Kristen, always had an entrepreneurial spirit. As her first job, she founded a local event planning business in her hometown: Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She studied Women’s Studies and Spanish at Duke University, but chose to follow a career as a Theater Director. That was actually what brought the duo to NYC in 2013. Kristin was going to attend her MFA at The New School. Today, she continues to self-produce theatre as well as working on Uprooted Flower Truck.

So, let’s talk about the truck!

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The truck has a floral cooler, electrical system, work counters, and sink with hot water – surely a fully functional florist on wheels! Plus, there is no way to miss it, when it passes by or is parked somewhere around the city. It’s gorgeous and with beautiful bright colors!

Flower bouquets are prepared and sold in three sizes – “the studio”, “the loft”, and “the penthouse” ranging from $12 – $45. Pretty good price for NYC!!!

Are you organizing an event? Needing new ideas of how to “wow” your clients, your team or your friends & family can be quite exhausting. We certainly know how event planning can be crazy! Phiuf! So, besides being able to have all your flower arrangements organized by Uprooted Flower Truck, have you ever thought about actually “booking a truck”? They organize custom floral events including bouquet bars, flower crowns, & branded bloom giveaways.

And, of course, weddings! I love everything about wedding, but the flower decoration is something I always look forward to! Why? Well, I have friends in the flower business in Brazil and became passionate about it! Anyway, their arrangements are certainly the style I want for my own wedding. They’re extremely colorful, with exotic flowers, unique arrangements and that no one will ever have the same! So, talk to the girls to explain what you want for your wedding!

Now, if you’re the type that loves Doing It Yourself (DIY), the girls organize pretty cool workshops to learn how to make the perfect flower arrangements.

You’ll be sure to learn all the tips and tricks behind doing the perfect vase and bouquets. I had an “express” course when we shot the YouTube video and was amazed at little tricks that make all the difference on the final result!

And lastly, if you live in New York and love having you home weekly decorated with beautiful flowers, but like every true New Yorker, you have absolutely no time to refill your vases, take a look at the Uprooted Subscription! Besides saving money, it’ll save you tons of time and fill your home with gorgeous arrangements. As they explain:

“Treat yourself or one of your favorites with a gift that keeps blooming! Choose your delivery dates, tell us about your preferences & we’ll send you the freshest flowers in town!”

We are sure you’ll enjoy it!

If you want to really go “pro”, take a look at the post we wrote about the Flower School in NYC.

Hours & Locations: Uprooted Flower Truck hits the NYC streets Thursday through Sunday each week. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter for exact parking locations and other surprise pop-ups!

www.uprootedflowertruck.com


Videography: Renata Meirelles
Photo Credits
: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of Uprooted Flower Truck

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

10 Lifesaving Hacks to Travel Around NYC

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There is just so much we want to do and explore when we come to New York, right? Check out these 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC!

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These 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC will help you better navigate the city and make your visit memorable!

Check them out below and keep them in mind when you get here!


#1 Drop your luggage off, so you can focus on having fun

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Photo Credit: Winona Ryder by Steven Meisel, Vogue 1999.

For only $6/day you can drop off your bags at over 50+ locations in the city so you can free your arms and not worry about dragging your luggage around during the day.

Book here for a 10% discount or use code “BEHINDTHESCENES”.

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#2 Screenshot the subway map before you get onto the subway

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Some subway cars aren’t yet updated to show the next upcoming stops/transfers so use your phone to navigate where to get off.

You can catch a cellphone signal in between some stops, but play it safe with having it already on your phone. This way, you don’t get lost or have to hover over someone to check the subway car map.

And still, if you’re more into tech-hacks, just download an APP called “New York Subway MTA MAP”. It’s works with no wifi too!


#3 Bring a selfie stick

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It may seem like such a tourist thing to do, but if you don’t want to bother a busy New Yorker to take your picture, then this is the best way to snap a quick pic!

Which one we recommend? Try the one from DJI, named Osmo Mobile 2.

Also, for inspiration, follow Fomofeed to find all the cool free NYC instagram-worthy shots.


#4 Pack comfortable walking shoes

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With so many great walking spots in NYC, you will need a good pair of shoes that won’t hurt your feet after a few miles.

Some favorite (and free) walking spots include Fort Tyron Park, FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, and the gorgeous pink Williamsburg Bridge, that has been featured in countless movies!

If you’re into adventure, you might want to explore the beauty of upstate New York or our Behind the Scenes Tour of the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital! So scary and curious!


#5 Use travel APPs to make your life easier and save some cash

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Here’s a list that may come in handy when traveling around NYC.

  1. Check out Yelp for check in discounts to restaurants around the city and Open Table to make a quick reservation.
  2. Use Juno, Lyft or Uber to share rides and get around the city, or the Citibike APP if you prefer biking around.
  3. Download Splitwise to make it easier to track and split expenses amongst your travel party.
  4. Check out the HotelTonight APP for exclusive hotel deals.

#6 Carry a portable phone charger

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This is crucial, especially because with pictures and social media, your battery will drain in no time. You’ll be out and about all day in New York, so be sure you buy a phone charger so you stay plugged in all day – most will be under $30 and well worth it!

But we love the Mophie products, even though they are a bit more expensive. They have a (RED) Collection where “a portion of the proceeds from every (PRODUCT)RED™ purchase will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa”.


#7 Beware of street food

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NYC is well-known for their delicious hot dog stands and roasted peanuts, but be careful with where you choose to eat! You might have a bad time during your trip if you pick the wrong one!

Find a food cart that has a long line or keep an eye out for the most trusted food cart, like the traditional “The Halal Guys”. We love them, and so does every other New Yorker in town.

You can find them at West 53rd Street corner with 6th Avenue, and a few other spots in the city!


#8 Save money on Broadway tickets

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If you have time to spare, you can find steeply discounted Broadway show tickets the day of at the big red TKTS booth in Times Square, South Street Seaport, Lincoln Center and Downtown Brooklyn. Check their website for queue hours.

Want another secret to the currently most coveted show on Broadway: Hamilton!? They have an APP called “Hamilton – The Official App” where, twice a day, they have a lottery giving out tickets for $10/each and you can buy up to 2! Note: Tickets for the show starts at $199, and skyrocket to over $800 for the premium seats.

Oh! And if you want the true “behind the scenes experience”, you might want to have dinner with 2 cast members from Hamilton before the show, watch the show from the best seats, then go back stage to meet the entire cast! How? See here!

Not a fan of Hamilton? Don’t worry! We have this experience for all Broadway show!


#9 – Don’t fall for street scammers/hustlers

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NYC will always have people hustling outside on the streets so beware of the scam! You may wind up with fake tickets, blank DVDS or something else counterfeit that you just paid for.

Just go straight to the official website or authorized resellers to purchase and be safe.


#10 Research pay what you wish museum days

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Some of the major museums in NYC have donation based nights that can save you some serious cash!

The 9/11 Museum, Bronx Zoo, New Museum, and the Frick Collection all have weekly donation based entrance fee hours to name a few.

Plus, many have specific days/hours with FREE entrance.


The list can go on, but these are probably the top 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC!

If you are looking for any type of help during your travel, let us help you out. But, if you’re a company looking for assistance for your team or your valuable clients, contact our experts.

Have fun and welcome to our Behind the Scenes NYC world!


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