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New York City Ballet: A NYC Dance Experience For Everyone

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We know that New York City Ballet is not a behind the scenes secret, but it’s surely one of the cultural spots that just have to be on your list. Plus, it’s surely a NYC dance experience.

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Look closely into this first picture (above)! Yes, it’s a ballet piece by the New York City Ballet!

As they beautifully describe themselves:

“We are one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of spectacular dancers and an unparalleled repertory. We believe that choreographic exploration is what sustains the Company and the art form itself.”

It all started in 1920 in Boston, at the age of 12, when Lincoln Kirstein’s love for classical dance emerged after watching Anna Pavlova perform.

As an adult, he was very fond of the contemporary choreographer, George Balanchine. While in London, in the year of 1933, they had a chance to meet and in no time Kirstein invited Balanchine to join him in concretizing a lifetime dream.

Following Balanchine’s suggestion, in 1934, they first opened the School of American Ballet. They ventured through the creation of four enterprises: the American Ballet Company, Ballet Caravan, American Ballet Caravan and lastly, Ballet Society.

Finally, the Ballet was founded in 1948 as a resident company.

It quickly became world-renowned for its athletic and contemporary style. But, it was only in April of 1964 that the theatre’s door opened to the public.

Today, the company is hosted inside the now called David H. Koch Theater. A beautiful $30 million space, designed by Philip Johnson.

They are the biggest dance organization in America, with over 90 extraordinary dancers and running performances during 23 weeks throughout the year.

“George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein shaped the history of 20th-century dance. Under the direction of Peter Martins, New York City Ballet remains dedicated to the preservation of Balanchine’s ideals.”

Check their website for the full schedule. It’s an amazing one, by the way!

Also, take a look at their annual Special Events. They are focused on benefit events to not only raise money for the Company, but to offer everyone involved, priceless experiences.

Let us know if you need help organizing any group requests for you and your family, or your company.

Location: 20 Lincoln Center

www.nycballet.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul Kolnik for the New York City Ballet 
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Flora Brook: NYC Florist Custom Designs For A Botanical Experience

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There is nothing better than decorating your home with gorgeous, colorful flowers. If you’re throwing an event, flowers do also matter! Flora Brook is the NYC florist that will fulfill all your needs!

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Have you heard about Flora Brook? Well, if not, let us tell you a bit more!

To start, the founder, Caroline Lahti told us recently:

“I’d say the most unique aspect of our company is how much we focus on customization. We deal very closely with each client and get to know them personally to really grasp their style along with suiting the space they’re trying to fill perfectly.”

Caroline’s love for flowers date back to her teenage life. It extended to her college years, where she always ended up working at with florists. Furthermore, this work actually united 3 things she loves the most – people, design, and nature. But, it does reflect her early years living upstate New York, in the woods!

As time went by, her entrepreneur spirit grew bigger and she decided to open her own New York based flower company!

Voilá! Flora Brooklyn was created!

Their philosophy is:

“To integrate elements of the natural world into the hectic day-to-day of modern life.”

In addition, one of Caroline’s passions, within this work, is the possibility of experiencing the different seasons. Each, bring it’s own unique element and characteristics, making it all very exciting.

So, when making one of a king arrangements for a client’s home, giving it life and care; or prepping for an event where guests will be mesmerized with the flower selection, Flora Brook is on the top of our list! As we said, she’s an amazing NYC florist.

Her creations are beautifully done and will definitely bring life into your home!

If you need assistance and an additional pair of hands to organize an upcoming private celebration or a corporate event, let it all to our experts. Granted that we do have the best suppliers that will cater to all your needs, making it all memorable!

www.florabrook.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Flora Brooklyn and Unexpected Photography (Featured image)
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Aurora Lopes Mejia: An obsession for Dictionaries and Etymology

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Jewelry makers are common today all around the Globe. But, a true jeweler with a meaningful story and with a unique craftsmanship, narrows it down! Aurora Lopes Mejia is part of this select group!

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To start, besides the meaningful story and a unique craftsmanship, Aurora Lopes Mejia has over 20 years of experience, with work inspired by the power of words!

This Mexican-born artist features written words in her bespoke silver and gold jewelry pieces created in her SoHo loft studio.

Her passion began as a kid with her desire to understand and learn the deeper meanings of words.

As a kid, Aurora would flip the endless pages of Dictionaries, in search for the meaning of everything. She’s profoundly amused with the etymology of words.

Plus, the collections are also inspired in ancient civilizations. The talismans are created to remind people of their personal empowerment and transcendence.

Today she creates timeless pieces mostly made of gold with inscribed words making it an eternal token.

Contact her to schedule an appointment and create your own customized talisman.

“In order to create a personalized talisman, I encourage you to take a moment to explore your inner most constant aspirations.

Therefore, it is my pleasure to collaborate with you in order to document the unique reminders of your life”

~ Aurora Lopes Mejia

After visiting Aurora’s studio in Soho, you might enjoy exploring it a bit more of the neighborhood.

So, here are a few of our favorite spots: Après Ski Fondue Chalet inside Café Select, inside a secret basement you’ll be able to dine and have drinks at The Ship, listen to the owner play jazz for you at his Epistrophy restaurant and last, for the stylish guys, go visit Earnest Alexander’s store!

If you need assistance in New York City, come see how our experts behind our Concierge Services can help you! For Corporate Services, contact us so we can assist you.

http://auroralopezmejia.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Aurora Lopes Mejia and LoveforGold
*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.*

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.


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

Dominique Ansel Bakery: A Delicious Creation, The Cronut

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There are certain places in New York that we can’t escape from writing about, and Dominique Ansel Bakery is one of them. With his unique creations like the signature cronut, we advise you to find time and go try it out!

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This isn’t exactly a “secret” kept by New Yorkers, but it’s definitely worth talking about!

Well, it obviously can’t be a secret when you pass in front of a store and there is a massive line that goes around the block right? That calls “a little” attention for any one passing by. Ha!

Located in SoHo, Dominique Ansel Bakery launched in November 2011. In just a few months, it received the award of the “Best New Bakery of 2012”! From that time on, the crazy, monstrous lines started!

Then, in 2013, Business Insider named Dominique as one of the “Most Innovative people Under 40”. Of course, after that he received numerous other important awards! His signature sweets are the cakes and tastes. Surely, hard to choose from!

But wait, we can’t forget about the famous and desired Cronut! It’s a mixture of Croissant with a Doughnut! Sound crazy good, right? Well, in simple terms: It. Is.

About the Cronut:

Taking 2 months and more than 10 recipes, Chef Dominique Ansel’s creation is not to be mistaken as simply croissant dough that has been fried. Made with a laminated dough which has been likened to a croissant (but uses a proprietary recipe), the Cronut® pastry is first proofed and then fried in grape seed oil at a specific temperature.

Once cooked, each Cronut® pastry is flavored in three ways: 1. rolled in sugar; 2. filled with cream; and 3. topped with glaze. The Cronut® pastries are made fresh daily, and completely done in house. The entire process takes up to 3 days.

There is only one flavor of the Cronut® pastry every month here in New York, London, and Tokyo, never repeating.

Other amazing items you might want to try at Dominique Ansel Bakery: the macarons, the homemade granola and the miniature meringues. Actually, the list is too big to write, so just be sure to try a few of what calls your attention! It’ll be hard to go wrong.

You can also order online!

Chef Ansel’s first cookbook “DOMINIQUE ANSEL: The Secret Recipes“, published by Simon & Schuster released in October of 2014.

Organizing a private event in NYC can be challenging so, let our experts help you out with everything.

We also work with Corporate requests of any size, so contact our team to understand what we can do for you, your team and your clients.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 8pm
Sunday: 9am – 7pm

Location: 189 Spring Street

http://dominiqueansel.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dominique Ansel
*Last Update on March/2020.*

FIT DUMBO Tour: Fun Course That Will Open Your Mind

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If you haven’t been to DUMBO – Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass – or haven’t been going regularly, you are missing out on one of the most important hot spots for art, furnishing, food and culture trends. Try the FIT DUMBO Tour!

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You all have probably noticed by now that we’re all about hidden and unique spots. Plus, we are huge fans of everything related to food and culture. That said, this is surely a tour we recommend: the FIT DUMBO Tour!

Dumbo is a small neighborhood located in Brooklyn, right below the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s on the water front and has a fabulous view of Manhattan’s skyline.

In addition, the emerging art and culture scene is very fantastic and attracts a huge number of people through out the year that go to experience unique activities and events.

This is what to expect:

Nestled between two bridges and flanked by the illustrious Brooklyn Navy Yard, this re-emerging Brooklyn neighborhood has become a critical destination for fashion professionals and exudes a culture and atmosphere all its own.

The programs introduces you to boutiques, beauty spots, art galleries, lifestyle brand stores, and sources for great food, all in a architectural setting with fabulous view of the Eastside skyline. This one is named “DUMBO: Brooklyn’s Latest Hipster Haven“.

After a brief introduction at FIT, attendees travel by subway to DUMBO. No same-day registration.”

It costs $45/person. Food and subway cost not included in course fee. Seminar Leader: Trina Morris, publicist, Style Root PR.

While in the neighborhood, you might want to explore a bit!

Be sure to pass by Burr0w to recharge with a coffee and a delicious pastry. If you want to shop for locally source products, go to Foragers! Their selection is literally impressive and it will be hard not want to buy it all.

And lastly, learn with a photography expert how to get the best shots!

For private and custom-made fashion tours, or even corporate experiences focused on trend research and technical visits, contact our experts. We also offer a fantastic Personal Shopper & Styling service for visitor and New Yorkers!

www.fitnyc.edu


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

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