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How New Yorkers Can Come Together During The Pandemic

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New York City, much like the rest of the world, is experiencing all of the stresses and strain of the coronavirus pandemic. Take a look at how New Yorkers can come together during the Pandemic.

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In fact, the city has become an epicenter for the virus, and considerable efforts are being made to slow the spread.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, everyone will be affected in one way or another. Whether that is due to catching the virus or having to deal with the financial or emotional problems caused by the social distancing and restrictions put in place.

However, some people will feel the effects more than others.

It is essential that as a community, we all stop and think about others around us that may be experiencing financial, or mental health problems. And then, if possible, we all try and do something for those around us.

Here’s how New Yorkers can come together during the pandemic:


Look Out For Your Neighbors

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In a city with over 8 million people, it is easy to overlook our neighbors. But during these testing times, we need to come together as a city more than ever.

Check-in on your neighbors regularly. If you’re able to phone them, do so. You may not see them or be able to talk to them face-to-face, however, you could always drop a note through their door and start communications that way.

There are lots of things that you can do for your neighbors, especially those that may be elderly or at risk. They might need your help with groceries and the basic healthcare products! They don’t have the technology to buy these things online, so be sure to knock on their door and ask if they need anything!

Offer to find out about the government stimulus for retirees, run to the store and get them some groceries, or just be someone that they can talk to when they’re lonely or feeling low.


Follow Social Distancing Measures

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In a big busy city like New York, it can be hard to come to your distance from everyone else. However, during the pandemic, it is essential to curb the spread. To do this, everyone needs to play their part.

To help others who may be more vulnerable and at risk from the virus than you, limit your exposure to others by staying at home. We’ve seen that New Yorkers have been great with this which is, after all, respect for other people’s lives and well-being.

If you do need to go out, keep your distance from others, and make sure that you wash your hands often and avoid touching your face. Oh, and don’t forget to use your mask and take your portable hand sanitizer with you!


Take Care of Local Businesses

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During the Covid-19 pandemic and over the coming months, local and independent businesses will come under considerable economic pressure. A looming global recession will mean that people will be more mindful of what they are spending their money on.

During these times, it may be tempting to spend all of your money in the major chains that offer cut-price produce. But, in the best interests of your own city, it is time to make sure that you shop local and support the New York businesses.

We’ve created a Instagram Social Media campaign where we post about 4-5 small local NYC businesses every day and what you can do to support them. It can be help donate for a fundraiser, sign a petition or even just continue requesting their services and products through home delivery or pick-ups.

You may spend slightly more, however, you will be doing your bit to help local businesses stay open. That’ll mean that New York gets to retain its character, and you get to keep the options of different choices.


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Alexandra_Koch, Omni Matryx, Quinton Delmar, Gerd Altmann and Jon Tyson

Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Fashion Tour

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Lets keep your New York experience amazing! Come explore with us on the Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Fashion Tour! Eat & shop your way through the best of sustainable Brooklyn with a local expert.


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Don’t let the city grit sway you, we’re living green right here in the middle of Brooklyn! See a bit more about the Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Fashion Tour.

There are so many shops working with sustainable practices and putting their mission into action that we love to spread the word about!

The tour includes food tastings, organic tea ceremony, and behind-the-scenes access! Your tour guide is also a sustainable fashion designer, stylist and licensed guide. We also include info and history of the neighborhood and shopping discounts (where available).

So, join local sustainable fashion and textile designer, Amalya Meira, for a look at conscious design, forward-thinking cuisine, and innovative architecture all here in Williamsburg!

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(Get 15% off with the exclusive Promo Code: BTSNYC!!!)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Meet Designers, chefs and entrepreneurs forging a path for conscious urban living
  • Try delicious natural wine
  • See innovative and up and coming sustainable design from around the world
  • Taste amazing organic food that will leave you feeling wonderful (enough for lunch)
  • Visit a local designer studio
  • Give vintage gems new life!
  • Discover a mother daughter sustainable design success story
  • Like A Local only discounts at local boutiques
  • Learn about organic tea and tea ceremonies
  • See one of the only Passive Houses in all New York!
  • More natural and organic restaurant tips in the area!

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Location: Brooklyn
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Tour Capacity: 14 people. Our groups are small for intimate, high-quality experiences.
  • Tour Includes: Meet & greets, food/wine tastings, shopping discounts & more!
  • Walking Tour: Yes, 2.5 miles of walking. Please wear comfortable clothing/shoes.

Rates: $68 / person
Times: Every Friday at 12pm

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(Get 15% off with the exclusive Promo Code: BTSNYC!!!)

For other amazing tours, like Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Fashion Tour, you can see our Tours & Experiences page. You might also want to check out the “Chelsea Market, Meatpacking District & High Line Food & History Tour” to enjoy a bit of Manhattan, as well.

If you’re looking for a custom tour related to art, food, historical sights, fashion or any other focus, contact us so we work on this with you! For Corporate Tours, let our experts help you out and share exclusive rates!


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Arcadia Earth: Augmented Reality Journey With A Purpose

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Arcadia Earth is the first immersive augmented reality journey through planet Earth! They built a creative way to share critical topics of what’s happening to our Home. Come see this augmented reality journey with a purpose!

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It has been a while since I had seen such an interesting immersive art installation in New York City like Arcadia Earth, especially considering that they happen all-the-time.

Every week, there is something new to be seen.

But, many of them simply don’t have a bigger purpose behind it and it’s exclusively for commercial reasons and entertainment.

We all know how Instagrammable places create buzz online and so many organic postings, but many brands forget to actually put together something more meaningful.

With the endless crucial conversations that have been going on about Global Warming and how everyone needs to really start understanding the consequences of how they’re living their lives, Arcadia Earth did a truly remarkable work!


The concept was idealized by the Experiential Retail Designer, Valentino Vettori. And I have to say, such a brilliant mind!

“I believe in Retail, I believe in shopping centers, I believe in physical environments. I do NOT believe in how stores are design and operated today, I no longer believe in the $XSQFT formula, I believe in “IMPRESSIONS X SQFT”.”

“The brick & mortar industry is tired and we need to “shake it”. What was yesterday defined as “Lifestyle” should today become “storytelling”. Brands need to rethink their Store layouts where Products are no longer the primary focus.

“Racks of garments and shelves full of goods should make space for experiential display. It’s no longer “Visual Merchandising”, it’s now “Emotional Storytelling”. I’m an Experiential Retail Designer, I believe in Evolution but this time I’m calling for brands interested in Retail Revolution.”

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What is it?

“Arcadia Earth is a large scale multi-sensorial journey through underwater worlds, fantasy lands, and inspirational art installations. Powered by augmented reality, virtual reality, projection mapping, and interactive environments, you, the explorer, will learn how small lifestyle changes will have a massive impact on the future of our planet.”

Arcadia Earth Purpose:

“Arcadia aims to bring innovative brands, organizations, artists and activists together to showcase the best of the environmental movement and foster engaged conversation. We provide an otherworldly platform to raise awareness about sustainability and circular design.”


The 15 different rooms, in over 15,000 square feet, addresses numerous environmental issues related to Land, Water, Air and Energy. Each room has a great explanation of what is actually happening around the world right now and the huge negative impact it’s causing.

Now, may times we know these facts, but we do not know HOW we can actually contribute to making less of a damage, right? The installations not only show you visually what’s happening, but also aims to bring and offer sustainable solutions.

Before entering, you’ll be advised to download the immersive exhibit’s app. You can also get an iPad to experience it all. Once you enter the rooms, you’ll be able to read how we’re impacting the Earth and what we can do to help!

After that, you follow the instructions on your iPad to experience the beautiful work done with augmented reality and other technologies. It’s hard to explain in words, but you can see our IGTV video on it!


Now, let us share some of the facts you’ll learn more about:

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Did you know:

  • Coral reefs make up 1 percent of the ocean floor, yet are home to over 25% of all marine life;
  • A single drop of chemical sunscreen in enough to contaminate a coral reef environment the size of 6.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools;
  • Coral Reefs are major tourism attractions and approximately 6,000 – 14,000 tons of sunscreen (the equivalent of 38 Boing 747’s) enter coral reef environments every year;
  • Coral reefs the size of 2.5 American football fields die every minute and 90% of the world’s reefs are predicted to be destroyed by 2050.

… You can help:

  • Choose reef safe sunscreen. Mineral-based non-nano options like company raw elements is a great alternative option;
  • Eat only sustainable fish to stop destructive fishing practices like trawling that destroy our reefs;
  • Replace chemical cleaning products with a homemade non-toxic solution of baking soda, white vinegar, alcohol and lemon.
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Did you know:

  • The majority of plastic trash ends up in the ocean;
  • Around 4-12 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean a year, that’s 1 truckload per minute;
  • Over 4 billion plastic cups are used in the U.S. every year;
  • 2,160,000 plastic bottles are consumed in the U.S. every day;
  • 55,800 pounds of plastic containers and packaging is produced in the U.S. every minute;
  • If we continue at this rate, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

…You can help:

  • Say no to plastic water bottles. Buy a recyclable water bottle and refill it – download the Tap App to find free drinking water stations in the U.S.;
  • Replace plastic straw with paper, hay, bamboo, lemongrass, metal or glass straws;
  • Replace plastic coffee cups with reusable ones;
  • If you must use plastic avoid type #3 – #7, it’s not recyclable (the number is on the recyclable symbol).
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Did you know:

  • Over 50,000 acres of forest (an area the size of 3.5 Manhattan’s) are lost every day at a result of human agriculture. Over 80% of this loss comes from 11 of the most important rainforests in the world;
  • Globally we waste 33% of all food every year – that’s more than 150,000 garbage trucks full of waste every day. The U.S. is one of the worst culprits – food waste has hit 40%;
  • Landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the U.S. – 22% of which is made up of food waste;
  • Methane emissions warms the planet 86 times faster than CO2.

…You can help:

  • Plant a tree to absorb carbon from the atmosphere;
  • Compost your organic waste to reduce methane emissions resulting from landfill;
  • Reduce food waste and eat your leftovers;
  • Donate unused groceries to local food rescue organizations;
  • Micro shop – only buy what you will eat;
  • Buy imperfect, organic product to dramatically decrease food waste
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Did you know:

  • Textile waste had risen rapidly over the years, yet only 1% of fibers in clothes can be reused to make new garments;
  • The average American will toss 81 pounds of clothing this year, and only 10% will be recycled, meaning 24.5 billion pounds will end up in landfills;
  • 85% of clothes you wear will end up in a landfill – accounting for 5% of all landfill;
  • The main contributors to textile pollution are products that cannot biodegrade or compost – including footwear, bedding, towels and clothing.

…You can help:

  • Demand transparency from brands and retailers (like Zero Waste Daniel offers his clients), when you shop;
  • Ask for sustainable clothes and products, the quality is better, they last longer and are less likely to end up in landfill;
  • Recycle, reuse and repurpose to conserve the energy and resources it takes to product new garments;
  • Look for clothes, shoes and homewares made with TencelTM Fibers as they are created with trees grown in sustainable managed forests, so they are wood-based, compostable, biodegradable, strong and sustainable;
  • Used in apparel, home and footwear, TencelTM Fibers are created from trees grown in sustainable managed forests and have a low environmental footprint.

These are crazy facts, right? Once we get these numbers into perspective, it’s just insane to think and realize what we’re doing to planet Earth.

In addition, not only are you learning in a fun way what’s happening to our Home, but for every ticket sold, Arcadia Earth will plant one tree and donate to their charity partner, Oceanic Global!

Before you leave Arcadia Earth’s exhibition rooms, be sure to Make a Pledge that suits you best. You can:

  • Clean your bills: Switch to a green energy supplier
  • Eat Seasonably: East local, seasonal food
  • Eat Up: Reduce your food waste
  • Fantastic Unplastic: Avoid excessive packaging
  • Fish food: East sustainable fish
  • Fix it: Don’t replace it – repair it!
  • On yer bike: Pedal your way around
  • Passion fashion: Dress yourself sustainably
  • Tap It: Drink tap, use bottle
  • Veg out: Make meat a treat
  • Well oiled: Steer clear of unsustainable palm oil
  • You mug: Dish the disposable cup

Can’t get better than this, right? So, “What do you Vow to?”

We do know it’s hard to sometimes find specific sustainable and eco-friendly products, so take a look at an amazing curation of products in their store.

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Enjoy this amazing multi-sensorial journey, learn how we can change our impact positively and still, support an important cause! Be the change!

Take a look at other sustainable businesses in New York City like the 1Hotels to learn about sustainable traveling or see how Siemen’s hidden technology makes NY one of the best cities on Earth and impacts the city and your life.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 9pm
Weekends: 11am – 9pm

Location: 718 Broadway

https://www.arcadia.earth


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and DMitchell
*Last Update on March/2020.*

ALL NEW YORK’S A STAGE: Celebrating NYC’s Small Theater Industry

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ALL NEW YORK’S A STAGE – the First Campaign Celebrating NYC’s Small Theater Industry! New Yorkers invited to experience 200+ performances and events throughout the five boroughs.

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We loved learning about the ALL NEW YORK’S A STAGE campaign to celebrate NYC’s small theater industry and this is totally up our alley!!! See what it’s all about and how you can get tickets to this huge list of performances and events around town!


The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, in partnership with SHOW-SCORE.COM, announced the launch of ALL NEW YORK’S A STAGE, the first-ever campaign dedicated to raising the visibility of our vibrant local theater industry, which is made up of small venues, companies and related organizations throughout the five boroughs.

Up through October 31st, New Yorkers and visitors can explore the ALL NEW YORK’S A STAGE website to discover an exciting array of more than 200 performances and events throughout the city.

ALL NEW YORK’S A STAGE offers New Yorkers an opportunity to learn about musicals and dramas, adaptations of classics, immersive and site-specific performances; staged readings, previews and special promotions –that may be right around the corner from where they live or work.

The site also offers reviews and recommendations from other theatergoers, as well as those by professional theatre reviewers.

“ALL NEW YORK’S A STAGE is the first citywide campaign to focus on connecting audiences to the amazing work of our small theaters, which are integral to the city’s creative culture, and where established and up-and-coming talent does some of their most creative work,” said Anne del Castillo, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

“We hope that this campaign serves as a starting point for New Yorkers and visitors alike to explore local theater all year long!”

You can see the campaign will be featured on New York City subways and bus shelters, with dedicated print and digital ads in local publications; while theaters citywide will use the hashtag #localtheaternyc on their social media throughout the month of October.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be partnering with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment on this important initiative,” said Show-Score CEO Deeksha Gaur.

“We created Show-Score four years ago to help audiences discover great theater, particularly beyond Broadway. That is where New Yorkers can experience – in the intimacy of a small venue and at an affordable price – some of the most exciting talent and ground-breaking work the city has to offer. In fact, the Tony winners for Best Musical for the last five years all performed Off-Broadway before making the move uptown.”

“The most ambitious, innovative and adventurous work isn’t just made inside the Broadway Box, it’s created in all 5 boroughs by hundreds of independent artists who are ready for the kind of exposure this campaign can bring,” said Aimee Todoroff, Acting Director of the League of Independent Theater.

“Congratulations to the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for recognizing that, from traditional theaters to rooftops, and in site specific and found spaces, audiences are hungry for the diverse work made in Independent theaters all across NYC.”

If off-Broadway show is totally up your alley and you love exploring independent theaters, then you might also enjoy going to STOMP! Plus, take a look at Cherry Lane Theatre, the longest continuously Off-Broadway theatre in New York City!


Credits: Courtesy of nyc.gov
*Last Update on March/2020.*

SportsHosts: Experience Live Sports With Free Local Hosts

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One of the best things about traveling is the chance to connect with locals, but it’s often really hard to meet them! Come experience live sports with free local hosts by SportsHosts!

SportsHosts has made that not only really easy, but really fun – by connecting visitors with local fans to experience live sports together.

There couldn’t be a better city to do all of that in, than New York City, right? With SportsHosts, meeting locals is accessible to anyone, and FREE to use! Can you believe it?

Sure everyone can buy a ticket and go watch a game. But, only watching with a passionate local fan as a host will give you a real understanding of the culture, the players, the rules and what to look for during the game.

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How it works?

You can scroll through the different upcoming games and hosts that are available on the website, get in touch with them, ask your questions, and purchase your tickets with your seats right next to your host!

There are plenty of spots for pre-game drinks around stadiums, but who better than a local fan can suggest the best places to meet up?

So, once you walk into the stadium you will realize there is more to going to a game than just the on-field action. Soak it all in, and ask your host, she/he will be the best to explain what is happening, and what to look for.

Once the game starts, be ready to cheer (A LOT!), this is an immersion as a local fan! Just fill your lungs and let it all out!

Take a look below for further details, but don’t hesitante to contact us!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Connect and hangout with genuine locals, not tour guides;
  • Experience American sports right here, in the heart on NYC;
  • Get a real understanding or the rules, players, culture and the game;
  • Be part of the community! There aren’t many faster way to belong to a community than cheering for the same team and high fiving other fans!

DETAILS:

  • Price: Free to use the platform and connect, tickets prices vary per sport and game.
  • What to bring: Wearing team color is advised, if the games are played outside, dress for the weather.
  • What to know: This is NOT a tour, and all hosts are volunteers. Your host is having you to share her/his pride for their team, and learning about different cultures. Date: all year long.
  • Ticket Confirmation: Once you have been accepted to join your host on the website, you purchase your tickets directly online. We supply you with a link to make sure you are sitting right next to your host during the game. Don’t worry!

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So, what are you waiting for?

As we said, New York is the home of some of the most entertaining games on Earth. Plus, there is really no better way to experience this, than with a true local!

You can also contact us to help you out with your entire New York trip or even organize a corporate/team experience at an upcoming game.

Have fun!

www.sportshosts.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sports Hosts
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Dinner & Discussion: Good For Your Life, The Planet & Your Belly!

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Clear your calendar! Get The People presents an intimate evening of friend making, 4-course vegan food magic, and an eye-opening discussion with a health and wellness speaker and advocate!

Events Up Coming Get The People Vegan Dinner and Discussion

We are proud partners of yet another fantastic event with Get the People, a New York based purpose-driven digital creative agency!

Get The People presents an intimate evening of friend making, 4-course food magic, and an eye-opening discussion as we lift the curtain to the harmful toxins lurking in our daily lives and learn how to bring health into our homes.

Plus, the dinner is a farm to table, vegan food and we just love these types of private events and restaurants in New York!

Take a look what it’s all about:


The Dinner: 4-Course // Farm to Table // Vegan

You know those dining experiences that are so delicious it completely takes over your body and you start doing a little food dance? Well if that’s your thing, this dinner is for you.

We’ll experience a 4-course vegan dinner prepared by culinary’s best kept secret Ashley Frunzi, Culinary Futurists & Nutritionist – a creator of truly magical food.

For over 9 years Ashley has been influencing the tastes and diets of many fashion industry leaders and icons. She understands that, sustainable living is the best way to nourish their body for a lifetime of health and happiness.

The Discussion:

Health and wellness speaker and advocate, Christine Dimmick, Founder/CEO of The Good Home Company and author of Detox Your Home, will guide us through a deep and eye-opening discussion around sustainable living, our environmental footprint, and how to limit our exposure to harmful toxins and take back control of our health.

From food, water, fashion and kitchen goods, to personal care and cleaning products— even common household items like phones and children’s toys. We’ll learn their impact on our health and how we can be the change for wellness.

Christine pioneered the movement to natural home cleaning products more than 20 years ago in her NYC kitchen. She and Good Home products have been featured on O Magazine, Instyle, Dr. Oz, and House Beautiful, and she has made appearances on the Today Show. You can learn more about her incredible work and story on her website.

Ticket includes:

  • Speaker & Rich discussion
  • Magical 4-course vegan dinner, prepared by Culinary Futurist, Ashley Frunzi
  • Evening of delicious wine provided by social impact wine company, One Hope Wine
  • Your very own copy of Detox Your Home, written by our speaker Christine Dimmick CEO/Founder of The Good Home Company
  • A portion of the proceeds will be donated to RAICES, which provides free & low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees.

The Schedule:

6:30 PM / Networking & Wine
Rub elbows with other awesome people who love food, their bodies, life, the planet and building businesses for good.

7:30 PM / Seated for Dinner & A Word from The Chef
We’ll be seated for dinner and get a personal walk-through of the vegan menu from our featured chef and culinary futurist, Ashley Frunzi.

8:00 PM / Speaker & Discussion
Listen, learn, ask, discuss. We’ll learn about the toxins, products, food, fashion, and how all of these effect our lives, health and the planet. We’ll dive into open discussion and discover key takeaways for building health into our lives and homes.


Date: July 18th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Habitas NYC – 240 West 30th Street

https://getthepeople-dinner-lifedetox.splashthat.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Get The People

Morbid Anatomy Museum: Waking up the Dead…and the Living

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Located in the neighborhood of Gowanus, Brooklyn, the Morbid Anatomy Museum is a place you will definitely have a great and unusual time!

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**THIS MUSEUM IS UNFORTUNATELY PERMANENTLY CLOSED!**

BUT the group behind it still curates a great list of some of the coolest and weirdest events and exhibitions in town!

So, you can expect everything from events in private studios to explorations inside New York cemeteries.

www.morbidanatomy.org


A bit about the former museum:

Joanna Ebenstein, the museum’s creative director, told NYTimes: “I want people to walk in and say: ‘Wow, this is really interesting. Why don’t we know about that? And what does it say about us today that we don’t know about it?’

Joanna’s amazing collection of books – over 2,000 titles – has topics ranging from the human body, to esoteric ones and even death rituals and medicine.

The building is dedicated to hosting a library, a gallery, a café, gift shop and a classroom that offers several unique workshops.

“Founded in 2008, The Morbid Anatomy Library is a research library and collection making available thousands of books, photographs, artworks and pieces of ephemera.

Plus, you’ll find artifacts relating to medical museums, anatomical art, collectors and collecting, cabinets of curiosity, the history of medicine, death and society, natural history, arcane media, and curiosity and curiosities broadly considered.”

Furthermore, The Morbid Anatomy Café, is a full-service coffee bar. You’ll find delicious espresso drinks, single-origin pour over coffees, artisanal sodas, and pastries—all roasted, mixed, and baked in Brooklyn.

And still, their Morbid Anatomy Store, offer several super unusual things you can take home or gift a friend.

Their current exhibition is called “House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1969-1922”. It will be live up through May 30th, 2016.

Finally, if you want to explore the area, walk a few blocks up to Wild Park Slope. From there, you can go for some of the best cupcakes ever, at the Little Cupcake Shop.


Photo Credits: Courtesy of the Morbid Anatomy Museum
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Dekalb Market Hall: A New Concept Exploring Brooklyn’s Best Food

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The Dekalb Market Hall, based in the upcoming neighborhood of Downtown Brooklyn, is the new must-go-to spot for Brooklyn’s best food and all local vendors! Their new concept is enchanting all the foodies out there!

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We all know that New York City is the perfect place for all the professional foodies out there, as well as the enthusiasts, right?

You can literally find any type of cuisine and restaurant you are craving for and have a fantastic gastronomical experience that will blow your mind.

We are a company extremely focused on working with and promoting sustainable traveling experiences, showing people that even in huge urban cities, you can travel, enjoy and leave a positive impact.

In short, sustainable tourism is made up of 3 main pillars.

Big part of our mission is to promote the values of tourism to the economic growth, cultural and environmental protection, in addition to mutual understanding and peace.

That said – and as you probably already know – our platform is also focused writing about independently owned businesses that have outstanding products and services, and works with other local partners.

So, talking about the new Dekalb Market Hall is a must! Located in Downtown Brooklyn, this area is expanding rapidly and must be in your radar.

The Dekalb Market Hall is not a food-court, as many would imagine or name it. It’s a new concept of a culinary center, with 40 Brooklyn-based vendors. They showcase the best of the local culture and ethnic diversity, offering dining experiences and innovative cooking.

The interesting part of the story is that many of these vendors have opened their very first brick-and-mortar location there and are now able to show the world their craft and expertise!

The space is amazing and the atmosphere very welcoming with a neighborhood vibe. They attract not only the market’s neighbors, but a Brooklyn-based crowd, as well as other curious and community-engaged folks from all over the city.


See below which vendors are part of the amazing Dekalb Market Hall:

Shop Specialties Dekalb Market Hall Ample Hill Ice CreamAmple Hills: Founded in the spring of 2011 by a Brooklynite couple, Ample Hill offers hand-made ice creams. They were named after Walt Whitman’s poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”, which speaks of the connectedness of people across time and space. The ingredients? Some of the best hormone free milk and cream from grass fed cows and organic cane sugar. Plus, their mix-ins are made in house from scratch, like the peppermint patties, honeycomb candy, pistachio brittle, munchie mix and brownies.

Andrew’s Classic Roadside Hamburgers: Known as “New York City’s Best Burger Truck, the Founder Andrew Zurica has over 25 years of relevant experience in the food service industry being with family owned restaurants in the 80’s. They offer countless burgers, a few hot dog options as well as yummy sides!

Arepa Lady: They are famous for serving Latin American food in Jackson Heights. What is an Arepa? It’s a food made of ground maize dough or cooked flour, super popular in a few Latin American countries like Venezuela and Colombia. Besides the arepas, their menu is filled with patacones, chuzos and a few appetizers!

Belle Cheese: Let’s start with their mission – “To transport your taste buds all over this big, beautiful world through cheese”. Sounds exciting, right? If you love cheese, but don’t really know that much about it, they are happy to offer samples! Within your picks, try their best upstate New York’s artisan options!

BK Jani: Are you looking for an authentic Pakistani picnic? With lunch, dinner, delivery and take-out options, you’ll be able to fulfill all your barbeque desires at BK Jani, founded by Sibté Hassan!

And still:

Bread & Spread: Offering a variety of gourmet sandwiches made to order, Bread & Spread has also super fresh veggies to order on the side. They newest special? The Italiano Cubano – house brined and roasted pork, kurobuta ham, Swiss cheese, whiskey sour spicy pickle, house-made apple mustard on a ciabatta roll! Go hungry!

Brooklyn Juicer: If you are part of the healthy-lifestyle group of people, this is the place to go for some of the freshest juices and smoothies.

Bunker: The mission at this spot is to share the home-style Vietnamese street food the owners grew up eating. They source some of the best ingredients using vegetables and heritage meet from local farms. In addition, they have the finest quality condiments and no MSG shortcuts. They have a few great vegan options too!

Bunsmith: Founded in 2015 with the objective of spreading the love for delicious buns, Bunsmith now makes bomb-tasting food! They use some quite authentic ingredients and are vegan-friendly too! They have a delicious mouth-watering Jack-Fruit BBQ bun that will make you come back for more. Oh! Pair your order with a drink of their beer, wine, sake, Korean spirits or cocktail menus.

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Café D’Avignon: This spot is amazing! They “bake, serve and eat everything fresh on the same day”. So, you can expect super fresh pastries and breads baked daily and served warm, directly from their oven. They still have a few selections of quiches, sandwiches, scones, tarts, cakes, afternoon snacks and coffee.

Also, try these:

Craft + Carry: Ah! These guys are the one that have great beer! They are known as “da beer guys” in the market. Options are great, varying from the Austin Eastciders Blood Orange Cider and Erdinger Weissbier to the Greenport Harbor Tidal Lager and Industrial Arts Wrench IPA.

Daigo Hand Roll Bar: Oh yum! Japanese food! Daigo Hand Roll Bar has it all. Try the spicy tuna, toro, salmon with avocado, snow crab with avocado, braised octopus, hokkaido scallops, uni and the vegetable rolls. Or better, try them all!

Dekalb Taco: Who doesn’t love splurging on calories, right? The Dekalb Tacos come from Macondo Taperia Latina, in the West Village. They guys know with craft pretty well, and bring to life a ‘culinary journey into the streets of Latin America and stops to pay homage to the crudo scene that defines most of Latin America.”

Dulcienea: Churros, churros and more churros! We love them! They explain that: “Dulcinea does not settle for what “is” a Churro, we are here to bring you a Churro unlike what you have seen, tasted or imaged. Our story begins with “what was” the Churro: we proclaim a revolution and will take the Churro to new heights. Our Churros are stuffed, dipped and coated with ingredients that will delight your senses. We are here to push the culinary envelope we dare you to join the revolution.” What more can we say?

But wait…!

Eight Turn Crepe: If you’re a crepe lover, this is a place to certainly try! Eight Turn Crepe “takes rice flour, whips it into a silky mix, turns that on the griddle, and poof!”…you get a delicious crepe with an exquisite presentation. They have a great savory and sweet selections that will teleport you directly to Tokyo! Enjoy your journey!

Fletcher’s BBQ: Founded in Gowanus, in Brooklyn, Fletcher’s ‘honors the uniquely American tradition of crafting pit smoked barbecue’. They have everything from ribs, pork, sausages, brisket and even tacos! They explain that: “we create our own style of ‘cue that melds the tradition of wood fire cooking with responsible farming and flavor profiles inspired from the many ethnicities experienced while walking the streets of the largest borough of New York City.”

Shop Specialties Dekalb Market Hall Wilma Jean Chicken Sandwich

Foragers Butcher, Market & Rotisserie: Founded back in 2005, in DUMBO, their mission has been to always offer fresh and high quality grocery options sourced from local farms and producers. We’ve also written about Foragers City Grocer before!

Forcella: “Picture a pizza made on a cloud — that’s the best way to describe their pizza, a fried pizza all the way from Naples, Italy. Fluffy, airy, saucy and crisp are some of the words that can best describe fried pizza. Surprisingly, considering it’s fried, by no means is this fried pizza greasy. And for those of you who love crust, you’re in luck. There’s lots of it, and it’s one of a kind.”

Fulton Landing Seafood Market: This is the place for super fresh seafood. Their principals are based on sustainable concepts, making it all even better. The menu has rolls, grilled seafood options, few fried ones and even steamed. The crab and lobster selection is also great!

Yummm….

Guss’ Pickles: Yes, we l-o-v-e pickles! Izzy Guss was an immigrate over 100 years ago and lived in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. There, he started his craft and never stopped (lucky us!). What to expect? Sour pickles, half-sour pickles, hot & spicy chips, kosher dills, whole, spears, chips, deli mustard, sweet peppers, hot cherry peppers, giardiniera, marinated mushrooms, pickled tomatoes, sauerkraut, large assortment of olives, horseradish, sweet relish, and much more!

Hana Noodles: Yum, noodles. We could eat noodles every single day of our lives! Hana Noodles has great options with chicken, pork, beef and some veggie options. Their noodles are literally hand-made right in front of your eyes!

Home Frites: Tell us one person you know that does not like French fries. Impossible, right? Home Frites has a small, but tempting menu with options of truffle fries, cheese fries, chorizo fries and a few other variations! Pair it with a beer or a glass of wine!

Jianbing Company: The Jianbing breakfast is an iconic, traditional, and downright delicious option, loved by all Chinese folks. “Starting with the ‘Original’, you can choose your own adventure. Add applewood-smoked bacon for a hearty breakfast. Revolutionize lunch with thin-sliced lemon-garlic chicken or hoisin-lime beef. Keep it veg with honey-ginger tofu.”

Shop Specialties Dekalb Market Hall Katz Deep Fried Veggies

Katz Deli: This is the only place that is not Brooklyn-based, but is certainly one of their great additions. The famous Katz Delicatessen was founded back in 1888 in the Lower East Side. The place is family owned and run for over 100 years, is known by celebrities, chefs and foodies all over the world. If you’re a meat eater, this is the place for you!

Oh! Don’t miss these:

Kotti Berliner Döner Kebab: “Kotti caters to a growing health-conscious consumer base seeking healthy, sustainable, and satisfying food that’s good for them and the planet. Using antibiotic-free meats, local produce, and a rainbow of nutritious vegetables, Kotti is for the discerning customer who wants to make responsible choices about food without sacrificing taste.” They have options for vegetarians too!

Likkle More: Do you enjoy Caribbean food? If you’re not sure, this is the right place to try it. If you do, you know what we’re talking about! Chef Kemis’ food is “best described as a fusion of Caribbean flavors with classical cooking techniques”. This journey started back in Montego Bay, Jamaica and luckily is now spreading around Brooklyn!

Shop Specialties Dekalb Market Hall Kotti Doner Pretzel Bun

Lioni Heroes: With over 150 different sandwich options, this Italian spot is known for serving the creamiest mozzarella in town! After trying one, we’re sure you’ll be back for more!

Nobletree Coffee: This is for the coffee lovers, like us! “Nobletree Coffee is the culmination of passion and precision. Through their dedicated work as farmers, roasters, and baristas, they offer specialty coffees meticulously produced on their own farms and sourced from around the world”, from countries famous for their coffee, like Brazil.

Paella Shack: Everything here is made by Barraca NYC, a Spanish restaurant well-known for its tapas, paellas and sangrias. Well, who’s in the mood for some Spanish goodies?!

Pierogi Boys: Not sure what a pierogi is? Well, let us explain: they are a type of filled dumpling, famous in Central European origins, in countries like Poland and Hungary. Be sure to order your preferred option, with a great glass of wine.

And, don’t skip these either:

P.O.P. Cake Shop: They are a Brooklyn Cake Shop known for their PushPops! Founded by Shana Lawson, the spot if the place to go if you have a sweet tooth!

Steve’s Key Lime: Ahhh! Key lime pie! But wait, these guys use freshly squeezed key lime juice! They explain their simple, yet unique craft: “We use 5 simple ingredients. First, we make a hand formed crust using specially formulated premium graham cracker crumbs – no trans-fats, no high fructose corn syrup – blended with 100% pure butter. Our filling uses Wisconsin dairy fresh sweetened and condensed milk, cage-free egg yolks and our fresh squeezed key lime juice. Like we always say, this isn’t rocket science.”

Oh! Can’t wait to try:

Two Tablespoons: This is a NYC-based vegetarian pop-up restaurant, with some delicioussss food! Founded in 2012 by a few friends, their goal was to show the world that healthy vegetarian and vegan food is far from boring. They use many organic and local ingredients and no meat and cheese imitations!

Shop Specialties Dekalb Market Hall Pierogi Boys by Empirestateofdine

Wiki Wiki: This popular Hawaiian food place has some great poke bowls that will make you come back for more! If you like seafood, pass by this spot!

Wilma Jean: This local joint is specialized in fried chicken, burgers, and comfort food classics. The name behind these creations is: Chef/Owner Rob Newton and the name is an homage to Rob’s grandma! Cute!


Lastly, beside all this fantastically curated list of local vendors at the Dekalb Market Hall, the space will open, in the summer of this year, an event area!

The space will not only be available for rent, but will also host shows and events curated by Dekalb Market Hall. So, you can expect lots of fun, besides the delicious food!

So, if you haven’t been much to Brooklyn, but would love to start exploring this gorgeous and unique Borough, you can start here! The market is super well located and close to countless subway stations, so commuting is pretty easy.

Since you’ll be in our hood (Yup! We’re neighbors to the Dekalb Market Hall!), be sure to walk a bit around the area and explore Fort Greene, just on the other side of Flatbush Avenue! The famous Digital Influencer, Tamara Peterson, shared with us some of her tops spots, if you’re not sure where to go.

COOL TIP: Finally, if you’re planning in visiting the Dekalb Market Hall soon, but is just craving to try some of these local vendors N-O-W, you can start by ordering a few options online! And, you can still order delivery through Caviar and Seamless!

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 7am – 10pm

Location: 445 Albee Square West, Downtown Brooklyn

http://dekalbmarkethall.com

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gary He

Photo Credits: Courtesy of all the vendors, Gary He and Empirestateofdine.
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Build Ramps Not Walls: A Documentary With A Purpose

Culture Music Build Ramps Not Walls Documentary Miguel Angel Lopez by Rebecca Scotti

A new documentary called “Build Ramps Not Walls” is challenging, in a very positive way, the withstanding vow of building a wall between the US and Mexico! Read the interview with Brian Adamkiewicz, the amazing Director behind it!

Culture Music Build Ramps Not Walls Documentary Shooting in Mexico
Brian Adamkiewicz (first to the left), Director of the documentary Build Ramps Not Walls, and his team shooting in Mexico.

Build Ramps Not Walls is the title of a fantastic documentary we’ve recently learned about that was filmed in the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Due to premier in early 2018, the documentary portrays the connection between the Mexican and American skate community.

Using the same construction materials what would be used to build the wall between Mexico and the U.S., this group of extremely passionate skateboarders challenges the “vow” to build this wall that arose after the U.S.A. 2016 Presidential Elections.

So, a group of friends decided to give it a positive response by showing how building ramps with the help of people from different cultures, can bring communities together and have a long-term impact.

As they explain:

“In the process of this construction, we saw skaters from all walks of life come together, overcoming barriers of race, age, gender and economics, to achieve a common goal– the goal to create the most unique DIY park in all of Mexico where Mexicans, Americans, all nationalities can come together and skate.

With each day of construction, we saw that by building a ramp together, the community was not just pouring concrete. We were also promoting an ethic of hard work, encouraging youth leadership, sharing positive role models for local kids, and communicating across culture and language barriers with tolerance and the shared passion of skating.

By building this hard core DIY (Do It Yourself) ramp together, our community has opened opportunities for skaters in the region to improve their skills without having to move to the big city or cross the border. We have put our skate community on the map for potential sponsors. Most importantly, we have offered an alternative solution to how to respond to the divisive rhetoric coming down from politicians these days. We say Build Ramps that unite, Not Walls that divide.”

We talked to Brian Adamkiewicz, the Director of the movie, and learned more about what it’s all about.

1) We know that many people have a negative perspective of the skateboarding community. Why? What are the Truths and Myths behind it?

People have a negative perspective of skateboarding for 1 of 3 reasons:

  1. The attitude of skateboarding from the beginning in the 1960’s was to rebel against society. And everyone thinks every skateboarder has this attitude.
  2. Young kids my sometimes harass, run away from, and sometimes assault security guards/cops. Giving skateboarders a punk image.
  3. The wood and metal within your skateboard unfortunately does destroy property.

Truth is not every skateboarder is going to curse you out if you ask him/her to leave. Skateboarders are humans too, and 9/10 times if you show respect you will get it back.

Skateboarding is an outcast sport. I believe in some way every skateboarder started because they felt like they didn’t fit in where they were.

To me, Skateboarding is not a sport, it doesn’t discriminate against your physique, it is a platform that people can express themselves with.

2) How would you describe the lifestyle and essence behind the true skaters out there, in relation to other sport modalities

It is good to have endurance, stamina, and be in shape like most sports, but with skateboarding there are no rules of regulation. You are allowed to use your creativity and skate any way you want even with a beer belly.

Culture Music Build Ramps Not Walls Documentary Brian Adamkiewicz
Brian Adamkiewicz, Director of the documentary Build Ramps Not Walls, skating in Mexico.

3) How did the idea of this project start? Was there something specific, besides the original controversy of the wall between Mexico and the US, that triggered this project to come to life?

The project started with Rebecca Scotti, the Executive Producer of the movie, that currently lives in Mexico. I’ve known her and her kid, Nathanial, for a several years.

This 6-year-old kid, turned out to be my little skateboard prodigy. He was curious if he was allowed to come back to New York after learning Trump had become president.

An innocent young skater boy, born in Mexico, was all of a sudden asking his mom if he can cross the border.

With such a difficult subject to explain to young boy, we decided to show him what we can build with the same materials, but unite people instead.

So, Rebecca had the idea, but needed help to unfold it and bring it to life. She contacted and invited me to direct and be part of the team So, during my road-trip across the US, I flew to Mexico for 10 days. In another couple of days, I was signing a contract to direct the movie for her.

I went back to New York, sorted some things out, and flew back to shoot for 3 full months.

4) How was the experience of being there and seeing this project unfold? How would you explain the opportunity of witnessing the development, growing relationship and bonding of this community?

The experience for me was life changing. I saw a community become one right before my eyes all because of the love of skateboarding.

At first, it was a bit challenging communicating with everybody, but towards the end my friends understood my “Spanglish” and I was becoming one step closer to being a fluent Spanish speaker.

After the three months in Mexico, I felt like I really got to know everyone and became part of their family/community.

5) What were the main skills that kids and others involved in building the ramp were able to improve or develop?

The main skills that the kids developed in this process was knowing what it takes to build something. So, when it is done, you can truly admire your work and respect it like it is yours.

Plus, they also learned about team work, being dedicated and committed to a project and a bigger cause. And still, they dealt with unexpected problems that arouse throughout the project. It was definitely life changing.

6) Does the project have a long-term mission of expanding to other locations?

Personally, I’d love to keep working with everyone to continue building ramps for kids and creating opportunities for communities to build and unite.

We have ideas of building in Ukraine, New Mexico, or Texas for our next project. In addition, we’d like to collaborate with other skateboarding movements, like the Gnarmads.

Our goals are to unite places that are divided and also build in States in the US that are close the “the wall”.

7) How has this project impacted the local community involved in it? After the ramp was finished, was there any unexpected outcome from this project?

People from 5 years to 45 years old helped build the ramps. Kids who never met each other before the film are now best friends who skate together.

We first added a ramp to the Shore Park in Punta de Mita, Nayarit, Mexico. Following this first project, we added another ramp to the Puerto Vallarta Municipal Skatepark of Mexico.

In addition, the 3rd one was a first and completely new ramp in Havana, Cuba.

Two kids went back to school after dropping out, one kid is on a cross country tour with his new sponsors paying for the whole thing, ramps are continuing getting built, a girl in our film is hosting art shows around Mexico.

And, most importantly, people really believe in our movement way more than they did in the beginning and want to keep it alive.

8) So, what are the next steps? When can people expect to see the final project?

Post Production is in the final stages. We shall be entering the film into many festivals in the beginning of 2018.

The final project will hopefully be screening exclusively at a festival if we get accepted. And, after that we will have public screenings around the US & Mexico.


Thank you, Brian, for the great narrative about this fantastic journey of transforming a brilliant idea and bringing this project to life!

We certainly support the mission and believe in it changing the lives of so many more people. Thank you!

Furthermore, keep posted for upcoming new about the release and public screenings!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Miguel Ángel López V. and Rebecca Scotti
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Travel + SocialGood Global Summit 2017 In NYC

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We are passionate about sustainable travel! So, we’ve partnered with Travel + SocialGood for their upcoming “Travel + SocialGood Global Summit” in NYC, happening in November!

About BTSNYC Social Responsibility Travel Social Good Global Summit 2017 NYC

It is an honor to announce our newest Media Sponsorship support!

We’ve partnered up with Travel+SocialGood for their upcoming “Travel + SocialGood Global Summit” in NYC on November 16th – 17th!

DO YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE? Applications close on October 15th, so apply now!


“Our goal is to shift the way people think about sustainable tourism. When people hear those words, they usually think about ecolodges or types of travel that often feel unattainable. But, you can have sustainable tourism experiences right here in NYC – and these immersive, authentic experiences are the ones we remember the most.

Furthermore, by mainstreaming sustainable tourism, we have the potential to solve issues like poverty or inequality through travel – and that’s powerful and inspiring.

The Summit is our biggest event of the year and it brings together thought leaders and visionaries to collectively ideate on solutions to push the industry forward. This isn’t your ordinary travel conference. It’s collaborative and action-oriented, and in the main hackathon portion, our attendees are able to produce tangible results and ideas that anyone can implement into their business model.” ~ Kelley Louise


DO YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE? Applications close on October 15th, so apply now!


More about the event:

The travel industry represents 10% of the global GDP and employs 1 in 11 around the world. Yet on average, only $5 out of every $100 spent by travelers remains in the countries visited.

Our industry possesses the power to impact every issue our global community faces. There is an immense amount of potential to harness the power of the travel industry and transform it into a force for good.

“We can change our world through travel.”

Now, in its fourth year, the 2017 Travel+SocialGood Global Summit will draw together 150 innovators in the travel industry to collectively tackle a single issue facing the travel industry. Therefore, our goal is to develop concrete and actionable solutions to push the industry forward.

TSG is proud to be teaming up with Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)Sustainable Travel International (STI)Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) and Tourism Cares to present the 2017 TSG Summit.

The Summit:

Building off of the momentum and format of previous Summits, this year’s event will be focused on different workshops and activations aimed at finding actionable solutions to push the industry forward.

In addition, we are proud of tangible results from previous Summits, including the Ritz-Carlton’s Impact Experiences, a program which has now launched in locations worldwide.


Apply or Nominate an Attendee!

The 2017 Global Summit is invite only.

Our goal is to bring together the brightest innovators within the industry. Therefore, connecting both private and public sector, as well as established and entrepreneurial travel professionals.

SO, DO YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE?

Applications close on October 15th, so apply now, here!

Lastly, if you enjoy this type of event, you might want to check out the other articles in our Social Responsibility page!

For Corporate requests to engage with serious and credible organizations focused on community-driven project, contact our experts. We can help you find the right fit for your company.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Travel + SocialGood Global Summit
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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