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Pippin Vintage Jewelry: Antiquities And Curiosities

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Walking into the quaint jewelry shop feels just like being transported to a different age. From classic and timeless diamonds in the Roaring Twenties, to bright and colorful stones in the Swinging Sixties, Pippin Vintage Jewelry is sure to satisfy your curiosity for every decade.

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Pippin Vintage Jewelry is owned by Stephen and Rachel Cooper, whose first date was to an auction! Before opening the shop, Stephen was a vendor at the Chelsea Flea Markets and Rachel, an antique collector and teacher.

In the summer of 2006, the Coopers and their friends and families renovated what was previously a hidden carriage house down an alley. Pippin opened its doors to vintage lovers across New York City ever since!

What sets Pippin apart from most jewelry stores is that while others specialize in certain kinds of jewelry, Pippin has a whole spectrum. Their jewelry selection ranges from five dollar charms to engagement rings that cost thousands of dollars; the jewelry come from as early as the 1800’s and as current as the 1980’s.

As well, while most stores guard their jewelry behind glass encasements, Pippin displays their jewelry in creative ways. They change them up often, allowing customers to interact with the pieces.

We asked the store manager, Tatianni, her advice for vintage jewelry lovers.

“First of all, come here,” she laughs. “But seriously, with vintage jewelry, you just have to find something that speaks to you because vintage has such a range of style through the decades. Buying vintage is great because it has a lesser impact on our planet, and most things were made here.”

“The type of jewelry that is trending right now are unique stones like agates. Druzies are also very in vogue right now.”

Besides the jewelry on display, Pippin also has drawers upon drawers of earrings and cufflinks. Tatianni let me play around with the jewelry, and even helped me pick out a pair of clip-on earrings from the 1970’s.

Fun fact: most vintage earrings from the 1970’s happen to be clip-ons. So, you do not have to worry about whether you or your intended recipients have pierced ears or not!

Behind Pippin Vintage Jewelry, through a whimsically lit alley, you will find its sister store, Pippin Home.

It specializes in furniture and antiques carefully curated and bought from estate auctions in Western Massachusetts and Vermont.

Manager Jack advises those looking to furnish their homes to never be too anxious. He says:

“Space fills up quickly, so you want to be well thought out on your pieces. The advantage of buying vintage over mass produced is that vintage always maintains integrity and value.”

So the next time you’re in Chelsea or New York City, be sure to visit this treasure box of vintage jewelry and home goods!

If you enjoy vintage stores, be sure to check these 30 vintage and thrift stores in New York.

Our Personaly Styling Services offers a fantastic personal shopper service where we take clients to the best vintage stores in New York. On the other hand, our Corporate Tours & Experiences experts organize curated study and delegation tours for companies that want to offer exquisite training and develop a strategy that aligns with your specific business objectives.

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday & Holidays: 12pm – 6pm

Location: 112 West 17th Street

https://pippinvintage.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Zhao
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Nest Interiors: Mid-century vintage and contemporary design

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Nest Interiors has some of the most amazing mid-century vintage and contemporary design. This small shop is a place to go and purchase that perfect gem for your home.

A few days ago our Founder, Fê Paronetto, had lunch with a dear friend, Dani Cutait.

During lunch, Dani mentioned a small store close to her apartment in Chelsea and said it’s one of her top NYC home décor shops.

This is a really great tip if you enjoy unique mid-century vintage and contemporary design items for your home!

Nest Interiors is a beautiful, petit store founded in 2004 by the couple Henry Stozek and Lana Sexton.

Their mission is to provide a source for curated mid-century vintage and contemporary design.

“Lana & Henry both share a love for modern, timeless interiors and have been avid supporters of local artists for over a decade.

In concert with their appreciation of Scandinavian modern design and the art of fine craftsmanship, they have amassed a global collection of the finest examples of mid-century glass, metal, ceramics and art.”

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From the moment Fê walked into the the store, she fell in love with everything. From the beautiful colorful pillows, picture frames, vintage glasses, vases and candle holders, to bowls, jewelry boxes, lamps and varied décor items.

The store is small, but there is so much to explore that it might be a while before you are able to leave it. Furthermore, it’s all very tempting, so you’re most likely to leave with something new for your home!

So, pass by if you enjoy having a stylish and chic home! This is surely the place for you!

While you’re in the neighborhood, you can see what on at The Joyce Theater, see what’s the new theme at STORY, or go at night to the speakeasy called Bathtub Gin.

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Location: 172A Ninth Avenue

http://nestinteriorsny.com


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Top 3 Vintage Stores in Brooklyn That Will Upgrade Your Closet

Our very good friend, and now top Contributor, Vicky Toni, listed the 3 top vintage stores in Brooklyn! Vicky is one of the best stylists and fashion experts in NYC we know, so we definitely trust her tips!

Are you a vintage hunter? Always trying to find beautifully curated pieces with a good value equation?

If the answer is yes, then you have to check out these 3 vintage gems in Brooklyn that Vicky has uncovered! Share your thoughts with us at the end.


Narnia Vintage

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The other day I was walking around Williamsburg and ran into Fê Paronetto, BTSNYC’s Founder! We spent a lovely afternoon together hunting cool pieces at Narnia Vintage. She couldn’t believe that little door on Driggs Avenue would offer such an amazing selection of Boho garments and accessories.

On the racks you can find designer labels like Oscar de la Renta, YSL, Moschino, Celine, Missoni, Stella and much more. You are probably thinking, but what about prices? The majority of items will fall into the $75 to $250 range.

Fê actually bought a gorgeous black leather skirt for $95! The brand? Oscar de la Renta!!! To die for!

Go for it!

Location: 672 Driggs Avenue (between Fillmore Place and North 1st Street), Williamsburg

www.narniavintage.com


Awoke Vintage

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I only had awesome experiences at this Australian-born vintage store.

Novelty is the key word to best describe Awoke Vintage, since new and unique pieces arrive every day from different countries around the globe.

With 2 locations – one in Williamsburg and the other one in Greenpoint – they have an extensive collection in good conditions. Here you can find gently used floral dresses, cute button-downs, cool coats and jackets.

It’s the real deal, guys!

Location: 132 North 5th Street (between Berry Street and Bedford Avenue), Williamsburg; and  688 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint

www.awokevintage.com


Stella Dallas Living

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If you dig vintage styles from the 70’s and 80’s this store is a must go.

Located in Williamsburg,  Stella Dallas Living has a wide range of well-curated vintage items from tees and denim to design labels.

The only watch out is you really have to be patient to peruse your take-away piece(s) through the store, ‘cause they have a lot to offer.

Next door you can also shop antiques and stunning homeware at Stella Dallas Living store.

Location: 285 North 6th Street (between Metropolitan Avenue and Havemeyer Street)

http://facebook.com/stelladallasnyc


If you really enjoy vintage stores, take a look at Antoinette Brooklyn and Pippin Vintage Jewelry. These vintage stores in Brooklyn and Chelsea will definitely upgrade your closet.

Or, take a look at our 30+ Vintage and Thrift store guide!


Photo Credit: Vicky Toni and Courtesy of the venues
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Daybreaker NYC: Wake Up and Let’s Dance

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Have you heard of Daybreaker NYC!? “A morning movement that will start your day off unlike anything else”.  So, expect everything related to Yoga, Dance, Wellness and Mischief!

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We love everything related to Daybreaker! We’ve written about their morning dance party that  you should take a look. Their style and their concept: “a morning movement that will start your day off unlike anything else”. Expect everything related to Yoga, Dance, Wellness and Mischief!

They’re blasting off to the dance floor with moves that are outta this world. Earth Day’s around the corner, so they wanted to celebrate everything that’s ever walked, trotted, hopped and — most importantly — danced across this beautiful planet.

Then they thought, what would make it even more epic? An invite to the entire solar system, you say? Let’s. do. it.

On Wednesday, April 19th, they’re opening up the dance floor to every animal, mammal and alien-inspired costume our minds can think up, at their event called “INTERGALACTIC SAFARI: ANIMALS & ALIENS”.

And, since they’re bananas for DJ Sammy Bananas, he’ll be spinning the tunes to spin us into orbit. He’s also among the DJs For Climate Action, so it just feels right, ya know?

Plus, secret locale alert: They just locked in the Gilded Lily for this one, so buckle up and get ready to blast off in an oldie but goodie.

See you on the dance floor, and let’s inter-get-at-it at Daybreaker NYC…ohhh snap!

Wake up…and let’s dance! Tickets here!

Lastly, if you enjoy these types of healthy, fitness events to start off or end your say, take a look at this article we wrote about the upcoming New York City party scene!

Get ready, if you love the burn!

Location: The Gilded Lily | 408 West 15th Street
Date: April 19, 2017
Times: Yoga 6 – 7am | Dance 7 – 9am


Photo Credits and Text Excerpts: Courtesy of Daybreaker

Amra and Elma: A Duo That Is Rockin’ the NYC Influencer World

Curiosities Insider Interviews Amra and Elma

The NYC Influencer world adores this stylish duo called: Amra and Elma Beganovich. They shared with us their 7 Favorite Spots in NYC, so check them out below!

We recently interviewed a super talented duo that is changing and rockin’ the influencer world in New York City!

Amra Beganovich, a former Economist and Elma Beganovich, a former Lawyer decided to dive into the Social Media universe and today are considered two of the top Digital Influencers in NY, with a successful influencer led marketing agency.

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“After toiling away as an economist on World Bank projects for a few years, my sister and I realized that our calling lied elsewhere – like many of our millennial peers, we started dabbling in the digital space.

We began blogging in late 2012 on our website Club Fashionista and that quickly grew into our own brand Amra & Elma, which now is the only influencer lead digital marketing agency. With our own 2.3M following and a network of over 300,000 consumer influencers, we specialize in making brands explode in the digital space.

Our services include photo production, no-fee blogger program, social media management and media outreach. We have also contributed to some of the most prominent publications such as ELLE, InStyle, Marie Claire, Business Insider, and Bloomberg.

Some of our high-profile clients include: Uber, SmartWater, Johnson & Johnson, Avon, Make Up For Ever, E S P R I T, and Dr. Marten’s. I currently reside in New York City but make an effort to escape and travel as often as I can as I find a great deal of creative inspiration in all corners of the world.” 


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Elma Beganovich

“When my career in law seemed to spiral into a rut and started looking like a dead-end job, I took a leap of faith (in myself mostly) and joined my sister Amra, who was working on her blog and digging deep in the social media and digital space.

Blogging soon grew into our careers as digital influencers, which then turned into our own namesake brand Amra & Elma – the only influencer founded digital media agency. We focus on social media and digital influencer marketing. We are proud of our own 2.3M following on social, and boast a network of over 300,000 consumer influencers, many of whom are our personal friends and colleagues.

As mentioned above, our goal is to help brands catch fire in the digital space, and our services include photo production with professional models and/or influencers, no-fee blogger program, social media management, and media outreach.

We have also contributed to some of the most prominent publications. I currently reside in New York City but enjoy traveling whenever possible in order to break free of the everyday and nurture my creativity.” 

Take a look at their Top 7 Favorite Spots in NYC:


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Manhattan is not only the center of fashion, but also a center for beauty! With so many amazing spots, it’s definitely hard to pick one!

One of the leading hair stylist in NYC, Serge Normant, partnered up with John Frieda, famous for his signature Hair Care Line.

Together, they founded Serge Normant at John Frieda.

Locations:
30 East 76th Street, Upper East Side
336 West 23rd Street, Chelsea

http://sergenormantatjohnfrieda.com


Via Quadronno is a traditional Italian restaurant, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

It was founded in 1999. It’s known for being a paninoteca, serving truffled paninis and delicious homemade pastries paired with irresistible cappuccinos.

As they explain:

“Mankind trained dogs and pigs to sniff for white truffles, assisting in the quest for this heavenly treat. Wild boars don’t need training: they instinctively know how to locate truffles, for they have been enjoying them for millennia. It is the boar’s nose for truffles that helped fuel his reputation as the undisputed gourmet of the animal kingdom.”

Location:
25 East 73th Street, Upper East Side
1228 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side

www.viaquadronno.com


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“Exhale is one of our favorites spas to frequent because of the barre classes and the studio’s relaxing ambiance. One can also make it an all around experience by opting for a spa treatment after a rigorous exercise.”

Yes, Exhale is located in a bit touristy location.

But, it known for being an ‘award-winning flagship spa and boutique fitness studios with expertly created Barre, Yoga, Cardio + HIIT classes’.

Besides these classes, you can schedule treatments like: Facials, Massages, Acu-Healing, Scrubs, Manicure, Waxing and several other amazing services.

There is nothing better than finding some down time to take care of yourself!

Be sure to try them out! But, be careful, it can be addictive.

Location: 150 Central Park South, Midtown

www.exhalespa.com

“The Storm King Art Center almost seems magical with its outdoor sculptures, which are the best to experience during the spring and summer months. It’s a perfect place to observe art and absorb the refreshing outdoors scenery away from the concrete and the hectic energy of Manhattan.”

This outdoor museum will open again in a few days and we can’t wait to go there again!

You’ll find more than 100 gorgeous installations, spread throughout over 500 hectares of green landscape!

Art pieces by names like Roy Lichtenstein, Calder, Zhang Huan and Louis Bourgois are just the start!

If you love art, read more about Storm King.

Plus, if you want help to organize your trip upstate, contact our experts. For Corporate requests, don’t hesitate to find out more.

Location: 1 Museum Road, New Windsor

www.stormking.org


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“The Frick Collection is like a little oasis secluded from the business of Manhattan with its marvelous art and majestic garden spaces and sculptures. I would suggest going here to catch a break and for a little time travel into the early 1900s.”

We all know that New York City hosts some of the richest and most important museums in the world!

In addition, we know that it’s always tempting to visit all of them when you’re visiting the city. That is, if you’re interested in art, of course.

The Frick Collection is surely one of these great spots.

And, it showcases one of the most important collections of Western fine art today.

Location: 1 East 70th Street, Upper East Side

www.frick.org


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UNFORTUNATELY THIS COFFEE SHOP IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

“This is one of our favorite spots during NYFW as influencers all across the world gather here between shows to sip on their favorite coffee and tasty (and healthy) treats. The café is tucked away on the second floor of the store allowing one to catch a break during a busy day.”

We all know about the massive Ralph Lauren flagship store located in the heart of 5th Avenue.

But, not many people know about a tiny coffee shop inside it. It’s certainly a great space to escape the Manhattan chaos!

Their coffee ‘is certified organic, ethically and sustainably sourced’, which does make all the difference!

Location: 711 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Midtown


The West Village is surely one of the top 3 restaurants we most love in Manhattan. We are always around that area exploring new spots or just roaming around the beautiful streets.

It’s predominately a residential neighborhood, but the small shops, coffees and restaurants give it a lively vibe!

We love what the guys at The West Village Life doing to share the neighborhood’s beauty – picture are all theirs.

Location: Bleecker Street, West Village


To wrap up,  we asked them two fun questions:

What does NYC mean to both of you?
“I believe New York City means opportunity. Opportunity to feed off of the bustling energy and to learn from some of the most talented people in the world. It is a city where trends are started and dreams made. At the same time, one must stay weary and escape now and then and to catch a piece of mind and put it all into a perspective.

I think it is important to stay grounded and humbled. And, not to let so many of the temptations this city has to offer distract and interfere with one’s core values. Whatever the end-goal – why you came to this city – don’t even forget to take one day per week to yourself. And, just let loose and have fun.”

What would you girls tell a 1st timer in NY?
“I would share with a 1st timer in New York to take it all one step at a time. Also, to be more observant in order to learn rather than dive readily into action.

Also, I would tell him/her to enjoy the variety the city has to offer. From different districts to spectacular sites, like the views from the top of the Rockefeller Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Arts.

Finally, as mentioned above, don’t forget to go away now and then to catch your breath. Plus, let it all sink in to gain a better perspective on life and to prosper personally and in your career.”


Thank you Amra and Elma for being part of our Insider Interviews and sharing your favorite spots in NY!

Take a look at their website: https://amraandelma.com


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and Courtesy of A&E, TheWestVillageLife and all the venues
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Growth Strategy for Startups at WeWork Chelsea

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Hey Entrepreneurs!!! Come meet us at this event called Growth Strategy for Startups, hosted by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce at WeWork Chelsea!

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We’re attending a great event next week, on March 9th, called “Growth Strategy for Startups”. It will be hosted by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce at We Work, Chelsea!

This is a fantastic opportunity to listen to some experts speak about Funding, Business Development, Marketing and Branding!


About the event:

“Companies at an early stage seek unique ways to stand out in a competitive business environment. In addition, success requires strategic planning, corporate governance, funding and a great level of creativity and critical thinking.

So, how do you pace your efforts for growth without compromising your business development for scaling too soon? Plus, what strategies have been proven to work to increase sales at a very early business stage?

We have invited a group of panelists to share best practices for startups to accelerate growth without compromising the quality of their products & services and ensure long life for their brands.

Furthermore, there will be an open discussion with opportunities for entrepreneurs and business developers to ask questions and also share their own experiences.

The “Growth Strategy for Startups” event is the first in a Chamber series dedicated to the various dimensions of entrepreneurship.”


We’ll be there, so come meet us and learn how to make your Startup a successful one!

For other events happening at WeWork, you might want to see our BTSNYC Tours & Experiences. We organize, once in a while, a few pretty unique events in partnership with them!

And finally, if you are a company that need help to organize your own corporate event with panelists in New York City, let our experts assist you during this project! You’ll definitely have an extraordinary and impressive event.

Location: 115 West 18th Street
Date: March 9th
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm


Photo Credit: Courtesy of We Work

Record The Mantra OM For The World At The Rubin Museum in Chelsea

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How about recording your own voice saying the powerful mantra OM and having it combined with thousands of other voices that will be showcased in a remarkable exhibition in June!? This is an outstanding exhibition at the Rubin Museum in Chelsea.

This past week, I went to the Rubin Museum in Chelsea to check out the Om Lab that Michelle from City Wellness Collective told me about during a meeting.

They are having a several amazing exhibitions that we will soon post on our website, but this one we’d decided to share now!

The “OM Lab” is an installation located on the 6th Floor. If you study meditation or other practices and religions, you probably know that “OM” is referred to as: “The Universal Sound”.

As they explain it:

A Cosmic Vibration. ‘OM‘ is believed to contain the power of all other mantras and the elemental sound of creation. Its three phonetic components (A-U-M) and ensuing silence cover the entire spectrum of the human vocal mechanism, from the throat to the lips. The mantra OM is considered the embodiment of the ultimate, omnipotent, and all-pervading essence of existence.

While I recorded my voice, the line shaking in the back (see video!) showed the vibration of my “OM”! So cool!

All the voices recorded will be compiled into one single, universal voice by May 8th. Then, they’ll be showcased at “The World Is Sound“, opening June 16, 2017.

After doing the recordings, you can walk around the floor to read the explanations about the power of this mantra. It goes back to the Big Bang and how it all correlates. It’s simply fantastic.

Run to the Rubin Museum in Chelsea to record your voice and be part of the unique project!

I’ve done my recording! Actually, 3 times already!

Location: 150 West 17th Street

http://rubinmuseum.org


Video Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Dance ‘till The World Ends: Martha Graham, A Modern Dance Queen

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Our dear friend, contributor and famous Brazilian Singer, Aline Muniz, shared an amazing story and an event for those that like to dance, dance, dance! Get inspired by the Modern Dance Queen called Martha Graham.

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If you enjoy Pop Music you probably know: Michael Jackson. If you like F1 Racing, you know: Michael Schumacher.

And…if you like Modern Dance you need know another name that also starts with “M” and has revolutionized the craft of dancing.

She has made her mark in history, just like the two other “masters” I’ve mentioned above.

Her name is Martha Graham and, trust me, you really need to learn about her.

Born in 1894, in Allegheny, Pittsburgh, she became one of the most influential artists and choreographers of the 20th Century, and her work is a real beauty.

It doesn’t matter in what era we live in, it has been always of crucial importance for art mavens, like Martha, to make people access their feelings. Not only was Martha an expert in that, but she transformed modern dance, as well as disseminated it around the world.

Intensity, freedom, passion, anger…you can easily find it all in Graham’s movements and choreography. I guess that is the job of modern dance, right? To make the dancers and the audience focus on the core. The heart.

She urges us to refrain the shortness of breath and present the inner will to move freely using the breath in the same intensity and extension as a movement.

Contract and release”: two words that definitely rule her vocabulary.

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Since the launch of the “Martha Graham Dance Company” in 1926, they’ve been showcasing the best of the Contemporary Dance to world. From the classic masterworks to the new pieces from contemporary choreographers, the company brings to New York the “New York Season at The Joyce”, on February 14th – 26th and the “Graham Studio Series: Sacred/Profane Project”, on May 2nd and 3rd.

The Joyce theater will host it with the charm that only a specialized dance theater possesses.

In the heart of Chelsea, you’ll immerse yourself into the Modern Dance Queen’s World.

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Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” ~ Martha Graham


INFOS ON THE SHOWS:

New York Season at The Joyce
When: February 14th – 26th
Where: The Joyce NYC, 175 Eighth Avenue, Chelsea
Tickets: Starts at $10

Graham Studio Series: Sacred/Profane Project
When: May 2nd and 3rd
Where: Martha Graham Studio Theater – 55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor
Tickets: Starts at $25


If you need assistance to organize a great cultural itinerary during your trip to NYC, or for your company gathering, contact our experts to help you out!

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Photo Credits: Courtesy of danceinsoul, nycdanceproject, Lois-Greenfield and grandlifehotels
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Jenna Rice: 10 Great NYC Tips From A NYC Blogger

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jenna Rice

The NYC Blogger, Jenna Rice, from the Blond Well Traveled, shared with us a mix’n’match of 10 great NYC tips! From restaurants, hotels and bagel spots, to upstate trips, art galleries and beauty salons.

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Jenna Rice was born and raised in Florida, and currently lives in New York City.

She told us: “I followed my heart around the globe and landed in New York City.” Definitely a great place to land, right?!

She launched her passion project: a travel and lifestyle blog called Blonde Well Traveled, in 2015. Plus, she’s visited over 15 countries and doesn’t stop counting.

Since she moved to the “City that Never Sleeps”, she’s been sharing a glimpse into her experiences both within the city and beyond. All this, in addition to working full time in Public Relations.

Such a busy bee!

Take a look at her 10 favorite NYC spots and in nearby towns:


Brooklyn Flea

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“Brooklyn Flea is basically the cooler younger sister to Chelsea Market. There’s something for everyone, from vintage rings and designer bags to viney plants and eclectic home decor. Not to mention, they have some of the most popular food vendors from Smorgasburg minus the lines.”

We love Brooklyn! We’re Brooklyn-based and even though the Brooklyn Flea can get a bit touristy, we still love it!

In addition, you’ll find 75 vendors with everything from clothes and accessories, to furniture and jewelry, plus 25 food vendors with the most delicious dishes.

During the winter they have only one location and it happens during the weekends: Saturday + Sunday from 10am – 6pm – called Winter Flea + Smorgasburg.

Location: 1 Hanson Place, Fort Greene

http://brooklynflea.com


Mile High Run Club

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jenna Rice Mil High Run Club

“Mile High Run Club is probably my favorite place to break a sweat in the City. It’s essentially a treadmill class with dimmed lighting, bumpin’ music and strobe lights…with a coach cheering you on through a series of intervals and hills. I recommend Dash 28 because it finishes with strength training utilizing kettle bells and core exercises.”

Do you like “the burn”? I mean, REALLY like it? Well, if your immediate answer was “YES!”, then this is the place for you!

Mile High Run Club’s running program is uniquely designed to challenge your body and get the best results you’d ever imagine. Go to one of their 2 locations to try it out.

Plus, they offer indoor and outdoor classes, with amazing coaches! We’re sure it’ll become your newest addiction!

Locations:
28 East 4th Street, NoHo
24 West 25th Street, NoMad

www.milehighrunclub.com


Heyday

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jenna Rice Heyday

“Heyday is easily one of my best NYC finds. My skin went nuts when I moved to the City in the heart of winter from Florida, and this place introduced me to several natural products that I now swear by.”

The weather in NYC can be pretty crazy and will test your skin to the limit!

And, summer can be burning hot, hot, hot, while the winter can be pretty damn harsh where we feel our skin will rip with the cold.

Yeah, we know, it sounds terrible, right?

Well, we are IN NEW YORK CITY of obviously that helps make it easier to accept, LOL.

HeyDay is a great place to go if you’re looking for the perfect facial, with a good price, at the time that’ll suit you best. Carly Heitlinger also loves it!

Locations:
1130 Broadway, NoMad
92 Reade Street, Tribeca

www.heydayskincare.com


Harriman State Park

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“For those who need a breather from the City, Harriman State Park is your sanctuary. It’s just a quick train ride from the city and much less crowded than some of the other hiking spots like Breakneck and Bear Mountain.”

Harriman State Park is located in Rockland and Orange Counties, Upstate NY – a little over 1h drive from Manhattan. The drive is actually a very quick and surely a gorgeous car ride up there.

They have almost 52,000 acres of mostly forested landscape and over 23miles of hiking trails.

So, what are you waiting for? Go grab (or rent here) a car, and have fun!

And, more about them:

At 47,527 acres (192.33 km2), Harriman State Park is the second largest state park in New York. Located in Rockland and Orange counties 30 miles (48 km) north of New York City, it is a haven for hikers with over 200 miles (320 km) of hiking trails. The park is also known for its 31 lakes, multiple streams, public camping area, and great vistas.”

“The Jane is easily my favorite spot to go out in the City. It basically feels like you’re at a mansion party where your favorite songs are always playing and dancing on the furniture is encouraged. Every time I have a friend visiting, I take them there and they’re never disappointed.”

Yup! It’s one of our favorite spots too!

The Jane Hotel, is located in the West Village and is certainly a destination for the cool NYC crowd.

In addition, the hotel was launched in 1908 and has rooms that replicate luxury ship and train cabins. On the other hand, rooms are pretty small, but come on, “Who” comes to NYC to stay in the room, right!?

Location: 113 Jane Street, West Village

www.thejanenyc.com


Rockwood Music Hall

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jenna Rice Rockwood Music Hall

“For an intimate live music experience, hit up Rockwood Music Hall. A friend introduced me to this venue and it was everything I could’ve hoped for. While there are shows that require cover, there is a smaller room to the left of the main entrance that is free of charge.”

Rockwood Music Hall is known for having hosted performances of great artists like Lady Gaga, Gary Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Mumford & Sons.

It’s one our favorite spots to have a cool night out and listen to some of the best emerging NYC bands and musicians.

Plus, musicians from other nationalities are a big hit too, like Aline Muniz and André Vasconcellos.

They have 3 stages, full bars for all tastes, drinks aren’t so pricey, like expected in Manhattan. We love it, and we are there quite a lot!

Location: 196 Allen Street, Lower East Side

www.rockwoodmusichall.com


Black Seed Bagels

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jenna Rice Bagels Daniel Krieger
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Daniel Krieger

“After a night out, nothing compares to Black Seed Bagels. Option #11 always satisfies! Another favorite is Tompkins Square Bagels if you’re in the mood for trying out a new cream cheese flavor like birthday cake or one of their French toast bagels.”

Bagels! We just love Bagels!

And, New York’s bagels are said to be one of the best on this planet, since our water is so fantastically clean and tasty!

Black Seed Bagels is certainly one of the most famous in town. In addition, Tompkins Square Bagels’ are hand rolled, kettle boiled and baked over wood planks….yum!!!

Locations:

Black Seed Bagels:
170 Elizabeth Street, Nolita
200 Vesey Street, Battery Park City
176 First Street, East Village

www.blackseedbagels.com

Tompkins Square Bagels: 164 Avenue A.

www.tompkinssquarebagels.com


Original Buddha Bodai

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Original Buddha Bodai is an incredible vegetarian spot in Chinatown. The food is delicious (you can’t even tell there’s no meat) and the atmosphere is so authentic. I highly recommend the sesame “chicken”.”

OMG! When our Founder, Fê Paronetto, went with a very good friend to Buddha Bodai, she became c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e-l-y addicted to it!

She’s vegetarian, but loves Vegan food too, and she couldn’t believe how amazingly tasty everything was!

The dumplings are to-die-for, but everything is remarkably good! But, it’s actually hard to know what exactly to order, so you might just have to go there multiple times to try it all.

Location: 5 Mott Street, Chinatown

www.buddha-bodai.com


Dia: Beacon

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jenna Rice Dia Beacon

Dia:Beacon is the perfect day trip for anyone craving a little artistic adventure, especially if you love installations! Be sure to purchase a round trip ticket with museum entrance included at Grand Central Station.”

Dia:Beacon is surely a highlight if you’re into Art.

Located only 1.5h from Manhattan, it’s a beautiful place to visit and the trip there, is pretty easy too. And, if you’re not sure how to get there, and would like help, contact our concierge experts.

In addition, if you need assistance for any corporate activity with your team or clients, let our experts cater to all your needs and make the experience memorable.

Location: 3 Beekman Street, Beacon

www.diaart.org/dia-beacon


“One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is pop into galleries in the LES and Chelsea. It’s a great alternative to hitting up a crowded museum, plus they’re completely free to enjoy: David Zwirner, Paul Kasmin, and Richard Taittinger are a few of my go-tos.”

David Zwirner

David Zwirner is one of the top contemporary art galleries, with another location overseas, in Mayfair, London. They currently have 2 great exhibitions: “Yun Hyong-keun” up through February 18th and “Drawn Together”, up through February 18th.

“The David Zwirner gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of large-scale paintings by Yun Hyong-keun (1928-2007) from the mid-1970s through the 1980s. The exhibition includes an unprecedented selection of paintings in the artist’s unique style of monochromatic abstraction, several of which are shown here for the first time. The exhibition marks the largest solo presentation of Yun’s work in North America to date.” ~ Read more here.

David Zwirner is pleased to present the gallery’s first exhibition of the collaborative work of Aline Kominsky-Crumb and R. Crumb. Both pioneers of underground and alternative comics, Kominsky-Crumb and Crumb have created a groundbreaking portrait of their shared lives and creative collaborations over the past four decades. In their ongoing “Aline & Bob” comics, the two artists have rendered their innermost thoughts, fears, and fantasies alongside the day-to-day realities of family life in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, each in their own distinctive style.” ~ Read more here.

Paul Kasmin Gallery

Paul Kasmin Gallery works and supports influential Modern and Contemporary artists. They are showcasing two exhibitions: NATURALIA” up through March 4th and “WILLIAM N. COPLEY: WOMEN”, up through March 25th.

Paul Kasmin Gallery and Sotheby’s Old Masters Department will present their first collaborative exhibition, Naturalia, curated by Danny Moynihan. The show will be comprised of works spanning six centuries which share a fundamental focus on the examination of natural science and its myriad presentations in art.” ~ Read more here.

COPLEY: WOMEN unites a selection of paintings that highlight the late artist’s preoccupation with the opposite sex, which he employed as an endless source for inventive figurative and narrative paintings that explored eroticism, sexual politics and the pursuit of pleasure. Originally defying painterly trends of the 1950s by making personal and narrative works, the self-taught artist developed a radical fusion of European Surrealist vernacular and a rogue, humorous American sensibility. Sex, eroticism and cultural critique were mainstays in Copley’s oeuvre of paintings that embraced idiosyncratic figuration, candy-colored palettes and Matisse-like decorative patterning.” ~ Read more here.

Richard Taittinger Gallery

Richard Taittinger Gallery works in Presenting works by contemporary artists with significant global recognition. Stop by their gallery, in the Lower East Side, to see their current exhibition: “The Wsanderers: Contemporary Painting From CLUJ”. It will be on through February 19th.

For this exhibition, the curator has endeavored to make visible that, beyond the ascribed label of the Cluj School by way of international media, there is much more to be explored when considering this group of artists. Therefore, this multigenerational exhibition tracks a shared dialogue between masters and students in order to define certain Romanian traditions. Traditions, that has within the last decade, projected the painters of Cluj-Napoca, into the limelight, astounding the international art world.” ~ Read more here.

If you are an art lover, you’ll most certainly be fascinated by our art tours and experiences, so contact us. In addition, see how our corporate experiences related to art works.

Locations:
David Zwirner: 525 West 19th Street, Chelsea
www.davidzwirner.com

Paul Kasmin Gallery: 293 10th Avenue, Chelsea
www.paulkasmingallery.com

Richard Taittinger Gallery: 154 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side
http://richardtaittinger.com


Lastly, to wrap up this great interview and a beautiful selection of hot spots in New York, we asked Jenna:

What does NYC mean to you?

“I could honestly answer this question so many ways, but I think NYC means being able to wake up each morning with every possibility in the world at your feet.

There is always something to do, someone to meet, something to see. To me, personally, it means perseverance. The people who live here are tough. For the most part, we all struggled in some way to get here, and continue to struggle now that we’re here. But somehow, it’s all worth it.

There’s no place in the world that can offer up this kind of experience to a person.”


Thank you Jenna for being part of our Insider Interviews and sharing these 10 great NYC tips.

Plus, don’t forget to check out her blog named the Blond Well Traveled.


Credits (Text and Photos): Courtesy of Wikipedia (Harriman State Park), Mwanner, Daniel Krieger, Jenna Rice and all the venues
*Last Update on March/2020.*

NYC Valentine’s Day Masquerade Party at the McKittrick Hotel

Events Up Coming Valentine's Day 2017 McKittrick Hotel

Valentines Day can be a great celebration not only for couples, but also for singles. Experience a a NYC Valentine’s Day Masquerade Party at the McKittrick Hotel.

Events Up Coming Valentine's Day 2017 McKittrick Hotel
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the venue

Valentines Day can be a great celebration not only for couples, but also for singles. After all, who said that singles can’t celebrate love too? Plus, New York City is the perfect city for this!

We adore the events that The McKittrick Hotel hosts, and this one is surely a great party to go to on Valentines. The Heath restaurant will celebrate One Night of Decadent Costumed Revelry!

We all know how mysterious and sexy a NYC Valentine’s Day can be, but nothing will beat a Masquerade party in one of the most coveted hotels!


More about the event:

“We are pleased to announce an all new party series within the McKittrick Hotel. Join us as we celebrate Valentine’s Day with The McKittrick Masquerade.

This masked soiree will feature dancing and specially created one-night-only performances. As well as, a full open bar, boundless live entertainment and special guest DJs.

Experience the mysteries of the hotel. Uncover the secrets of its residents as never before with drinking, dancing and costumed revelry.”


What to expect?

Open Bar, Live Performances & Guest DJs, plus great drinks, a stunning crowd, lots of suspense and mystery since it’s a masquerade party…and endless fun!

If you were thinking about celebrating in a more private scenario and would like to surprise your guy or gal, contact our experts to help! We know that we are always on the go, but doing something memorable on this date, will definitely spice up your relationship. So, let us make some magic!

This NYC Valentine’s Day will be unforgettable!

Location: 542 West 27th Street

https://mckittrickhotel.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Venue

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