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Best NYC Rooftop Bars For Your Night Out

Nightlife Bars Best NYC Rooftop Bars 74 Wythe

It’s a well-known fact that New Yorkers love exploring rooftops during the warmer months of the year – actually, all year long, lol! Now, with social distancing, they are great options to enjoy some time outside! So, check out some of the best NYC rooftop bars!

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Today we’re going to share with you a list of some of the best NYC rooftop bars in Manhattan and Brooklyn!

Rooftop bars in New York are popular in the summer because of their revitalizing breezes, skyline views, and relief from the crowded streets.

Since outdoor dining is the only way you can indulge in communal drinking, rooftop bars have become necessary than ever before.

If you are looking for a break from the home-made cocktails you’ve been forced to make at home since the onset of the COVID pandemic, here is a collection of the best rooftop bars in New York.


#1 Cantina Rooftop [Hell’s Kitchen]

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The Cantina Rooftop bar is on 48th Street. This outdoor space was opened four years ago and offers the best modern Mexican menu. 

You should try their specialty mezcal and tequila cocktails to get the party starting.

One of the main attractions of the Cantina Rooftop bar is its climate-controlled glass rooftop terrace. This bar provides a fantastic panoramic view of Manhattan, which you will enjoy – regardless of the weather or season.  

Location: 605 West 48th Street

https://cantinarooftop.com


#2 The Greens at Pier 17 [South Seaport]

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One of the recently launched rooftops in New York is already one of our favorites NYC rooftop bars to go!

The famous Howard Hughes Corporation owns The Greens at Pier 17. This pier has the Brooklyn Bridge for its backdrop and a rooftop designed to allow the required social-distancing standards.

One end of the space features micro backyards, an inbuilt Yeti cooler, umbrella, and comfortable lounge chairs. You will also find USB ports if you want to charge your device, so don’t worry if you run out of battery during the day.

The other end of the space has lounge areas. You can enjoy delicious lobster rolls and other delicacies in this lounge space. The pier also offers refreshing cocktails like watermelon margaritas. Pretty cool, right!?

Check out the bar’s website for upcoming events. And, for the best experience, it is advisable to make reservations, after all, no one likes to be hanging on a waiting list…

Location: 89 South Street

https://thegreens.pier17ny.com


#3 74WYTHE [Williamsburg, Brooklyn]

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Gorgeous wedding and event space at 75 Wythe – Photo Credit: Courtesy

Side from exploring great public rooftop bars, you might consider this one for your private event.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re hosting a party or want an intimate gathering place, the 74Wythe has got you covered.

This outdoor space will surely create unforgettable memories for you and your guests. 74Wythe has a priceless view of Manhattan’s amazing skyline, with an all-season rooftop.

If you want privacy, you can ask for a private loft. There is also a spacious main room and a chic, elegantly furnished Greenroom for you to chose from. Or, you can decide to enjoy your drinks at the concealed cocktail lounge.

Remember to make reservations in advance and enjoy! Oh, and we’re sure your guests will be talking about your party for months!

Location: 74 Wythe Avenue

www.74wythe.com


#4 Ophelia at the Beekman Tower [Midtown East]

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As they say: “Drink & dine like Frank Sinatra.” So, if this is what you’re looking for, you found the right place!

Ophelia is situated at the top of the popular Beekman Tower. It has an impressive Art-Deco design, which includes restored elements of vintage artifacts such as old tarot cards and flapper hats.

You can expect some of the best well-crafted cocktails at this outdoor space. They won’t disappoint!

So, enjoy your cocktails and favorite drinks while reflecting on the panoramic view of the East River with Roosevelt Island right in the middle!

Location: 3 Mitchell Place

https://thebeekmantowerny.com/ophelia


#5 Mr. Purple [Lower East Side]

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If you like to party, this is the place to do so and this spot couldn’t be left out of our list of best NYC rooftop bars that you should explore!

Mr. Purple is a rooftop bar situated above Hotel Indigo at the Lower East Side of New York.

This rooftop bar is where you will find a fun, young crowd and the who’s who in New York getting their groove on. It’s even on Holy Burt’s post “The Perfect Girl’s Night Out in NYC“, if you want to check it out.

Expect awesome cocktails and take selfies in this chic space that provides 360-degree views of the city.

You shouldn’t leave this bar without enjoying THE Mr. Purple – a punch of tequila, allspice dram, cranberry liqueur, lemon, and apple. Also, make sure you try out the fish tacos and buttermilk fried chicken sliders. Yum!

Location: 180 Orchard Street – 15th floor

www.mrpurplenyc.com


#6 The Crown [Chinatown]

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If you thought Brooklyn was the only place you would enjoy impressive views of Manhattan, think again. And, if you twist your nose when people talk about Chinatown, it’s about time to reconsider that thought.

Situated on Chinatown’s Hotel 50 Bowery, The Crown is loved for its intimate lounge, unobstructed views of Brooklyn Bridge, and rooftop patios.

You also have a perfect view of One World Trade and The Empire State Building from this strategic location.

You can expect great drinks and a therapeutic atmosphere at The Crown. It is advisable to make reservations in advance, as we always recommend. 

Location: 50 Bowery

www.thecrownnyc.com


#7 Top of The Box [Greenpoint, Brooklyn]

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Top of the Box at The Box Hotel – Photo Credit: Courtesy

Initially, this rooftop bar was used exclusively for wedding parties and their guests. As of July of this year, anyone who wants to party has access to the Box House Hotel – a 10,000-square-foot rooftop.

This is one of the only bar and restaurant in New York that has a retractable rooftop.

You will find lots of room for seating, including the adorable cozy hanging chairs. Plus, their unobstructed view of Manhattan is definitely worth experiencing.

Top of the Box offers small bites and drinks in the form of wine, cocktails, and bottle service. And they’ll be hosting some cool events through out the Summer like morning Yoga Classes with YO BK and other cool activities!

This spot is open from Wednesday to Sunday. Make reservations in advance to avoid last-minute disappointment.

Location: 77 Box Street

https://theboxhousehotel.com


#8 Summerly [Williamsburg, Brooklyn]

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The name of this rooftop bar is enticing.

Situated above the Hoxton Hotel, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, you can expect to experience New England vibes here.

The delicious flatbreads and lobster rolls will leave you craving for more. And, of course, the unique view of the Manhattan’s skyline is breathtaking.

The restaurant boasts of its own elevator and the hotel observes all distancing rules with several sanitizing stations and digital ordering. 

Location: 97 Wythe Avenue

https://thehoxton.com/williamsburg/summerly-restaurant


#9 Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge [Garment District]

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New York City’s biggest indoor and outdoor hotel rooftop bar is an ideal adult playground.

The lounge features a topiary garden, mini-golf, and rotating seats. In addition, expect to enjoy the soothing sounds of talented DJs during the night.

You will definitely have a good time with great drinks and a panoramic view of our beautiful Empire State Building. This rooftop spot is designed to allow you to self-indulge and have an enjoyable nightlife. 

Location: 485 7th Avenue – 18th floor

http://moxytimessquare.com/dining/magic-hour-rooftop-bar-lounge


In Conclusion:

If you are tired of isolating yourself at home and making monotonous cocktails, it’s high time you went out for communal drinking.

There are many rooftop bars in New York that observe all the social distancing and sanitizing standards. Before you visit any of these rooftop bars, you should make an online reservation to avoid long waiting time.

Go enjoy some of the best NYC rooftop bar and come back to leave your comments or even share new discoveries with us! We’d love to know what you’ve been up to!


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6 Boutique Hotels In NYC For The Cool Crowd

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 We contribute with Glamour Brazil  magazine with posts about the hottest spots in town. In this posts we listed 6 Boutique Hotels in NYC that attract some of the coolest guests.

We’ve translated the original article, that is originally in Portuguese, so everyone can understand! We selected some boutique hotels in NYC to share with you. Some newer, some older but still great!

Unlike traditional hotels, these boutique hotels in NYC attract a young, modern crowd, who appreciate art and like to have fun.

Therefore, they offer great restaurants, hype bars, a fantastic décor with art works and design pieces, plus a bustling nightlife!

Take a look at our selection:


Paramount Hotel

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Built in the 1920’s, the hotel was considered one of the best in town. At the time, everyone passing through Times Square (between 1938 and 1951) would certainly enter the hotel to go to Diamond Horseshoe – a club / theater serving dinners in the basement of the hotel.

After being sealed and closed for 62 years, the hotel was repurchased by a millionaire by $20 million and reopened in the New Year’s Eve of 2014.

One of the great attractions at the hotel is the show Queen of the Night, which takes place inside the famous Diamond Horseshoe which was also revitalized. Giovanna Battaglia is the Creative Director of this “theatrical dinner” that mixes theater, music, circus and design. The Dress Code? They ask you to “Dress for the Queen”, so only formal attires, cocktail dresses or luxurious costumes are accepted.

The hotel is also the home of a restaurant called Paramount Bar & Grill and the Corso Coffee, an Italian bar with coffee, cakes, pastries, sandwiches and salads.

The rooms have contemporary decor and modern design with flat-screet televisions, internet, iPod docking station…and your floor tells you what is the temperature out there to help you get dressed.
Interesting, right?!

Location: 235 West 46th Street

www.nycparamount.com


The Refinery Hotel

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Refinery Hotel – Rooftop

The hotel was built inside a former hat factory of the early 20th century. Located in Midtown, it has 12 floors with 197 rooms and offers a really cool entertainment.

Parker & Quinn, the restaurant with seasonal foods offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and for those who want a good cocktail, its nostalgic décor recalls the early 1900’s in NYC. They offer live music with pianists, jazz singers and even DJs in certain week nights.

The Winnie’s Wine Lobby Bar recalls the era of the US Prohibition when the production, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages was prohibited. With a beer and wine menu for every singular possible taste, the bar also offers live music.

Since all true New Yorkers love a rooftop, the hotel did not forget to make its own! The Refinery Rooftop is cozy, with a rustic space and an amazing view of the Empire State Building. The cocktails created by Alex Ott are made from natural ingredients and certainly will make a difference in your night!

Location: 63 West 38th Street

www.refineryhotelnewyork.com


Marlton Hotel

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Located in Greenwich Village, The Marlton Hotel is a hotel with small rooms, yes. But, it did become one of the most hip spots in the city where the cool gang hangs out.

In the past it hosted poets, artists and writers such as Jack Kerouac, Julie Andrews, Carmen McRae seeking work in New York and that enjoyed the neighborhood.

After a revival, it was reopened in September 2013.

The restaurant called Margaux, has a menu with influences blending cuisines from California, France and some of the countries bordering the Mediterranean. It offers dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients.

The Cocktail Bar is opened from 7pm through 2am. It attracts the cool local NYC crowd we mentioned above, for after hours. Something that is pretty common in the New York nightlife scene.

Location: 5 West 8th Street

http://marltonhotel.com


Ludlow Hotel

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The Ludlow Hotel, inaugurated in 2014 in the Lower East Side, instantly became one of the coolest boutique hotels in NYC to stay at.

The hotel has 184 rooms and 20 suites – that can cost up to $2,000/night. But, the other suites do have good, affordable prices, so don’t worry!

The very unique décor has marble tiled floor, handmade silk carpets, handcrafted lamps from Morocco and giant industrial windows.

We guarantee the hotel has everything you might want…even a mini bar with gluten-free products. WOW!

The restaurant, Dirty French, is also a “must-go” when you come and visit. Be sure to make a reservation!

Location: 180 Ludlow Street

http://ludlowhotel.com


The High Line Hotel

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Located on a terrain where apples were once cultivated, the hotel offers 60 rooms in a beautiful brick building bordering the High Line Park – an old train track that was turned into a suspended park, in Chelsea.

The rooms are large, with beautiful décor mixing American and European styles, vintage looking furnitures. In addition, generous windows overlooking the High Line Park and the private garden of the hotel.

Unlike other boutique hotels, it does not offer famous restaurants or bars, but it does host the 1st Coffee Bar in New York, Intelligentsia. They have a wonderful coffee that you can enjoy in their garden area.

In front of the hotel you can find a coffee truck with coffee and delicious sweets that are perfect to enjoy during the summer.

In the evening, Champagne Charlie’s, their outdoor lounge on the hotel’s patio, is a great option to have some appetizers and a great selection of beer, wine and champagne.

Location: 180 10th Avenue

www.thehighlinehotel.com


Viceroy New York

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Located in Midtown, the Viceroy is one of New York’s hotel that blends the cool Downtown style, with the luxury of Uptown, in a subtle and intelligent way.

The rooms have amazing views of the city, mainly of Central Park. The design was created by the renowned duo called Roman and Williams, famous for decorating other luxury hotels too.

The Kingside restaurant brings the creations of Chef Marc Murphy. In addition, the famous and always crowded rooftop, The Roof, is definitely an attraction.

With a lounge and outdoor terrace, the drink menu is great and offers handcrafted local beers, wines from every corner of the world. The cocktails are made with fresh ingredients and the food menu offers small snacks and dishes – the most popular dish is surely their burger.

Enjoy any time of the year to visit the Viceroy. Go up to the The Roof to be “awed” by one of the most beautiful views of Central Park and Manhattan!

Location: 120 West 57th Street

www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com


We are sure you will enjoy any of these Boutique Hotels in NYC. And, even more, your experience in the city will be unforgettable!

Do you need help with something? Take a look at our Concierge Services and countless ways we can make your vacation even more memorable!

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Photo Credits: Courtesy of Hotels
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Top 10 Romantic Hotels In New York To Escape To

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New York City is an overwhelming place to visit but it can also be one of the most iconic vacation destinations. Take a look at the top 10 romantic hotels in New York to escape to this season.

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New York City is an overwhelming place to visit, but it can also be one of the most iconic vacation destinations. The city is called “the city that never sleeps” for countless reasons. On the other hand, when we talk about sleeping there are quite a few romantic hotels in New York that you should take a look!

Planning your trip is important especially choosing a vacation rental in NYC. In this article, we’ll take a look at the top 10 romantic hotels in New York.

Hopefully, it’ll help you plan your trip with someone special and make the most of the Big Apple!


Gramercy Park Hotel

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If a hotel is romantic enough for Humphrey Bogart’s wedding, it’s definitely romantic enough for your vacation too. That’s exactly what you’ll get at the Gramercy Park Hotel.

Originally opened back in 1925, it had a two-year hiatus in the mid nineties, as it was renovated by art collector Aby Rosen and artist Julian Schnabel. Now, you’ve got a Boho-chic hotel that has one of the most understated atmospheres in the city.

And, we haven’t got to the facilities yet. An Italian trattoria, bars overlooking Gramercy Park, and a flip-down bar make for an unforgettable stay!

Location: 2 Lexington Avenue

www.gramercyparkhotel.com


NoMo SoHo

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Hidden away in SoHo, almost bordering Little Italy, this small boutique hotel stands for nostalgic and modern, hence the name NoMo.

It’s a true hidden gem that you’ll be enamored with from the moment you walk under the forest of greenery in the hotel’s entryway. When you’re inside, you could be forgiven thinking that you’re in Santorini, which the blue and white décor will certainly put you in mind of.

A particularly great aspect of NoMo is that you can bring your furry friend – although you will need to pay an extra cleaning fee.

Location: 9 Crosby Street

www.nomosoho.com


The High Line Hotel

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Coming in at the lower end of the price scale, The High Line Hotel is a great option if you want a vacation to remember, but understandably can’t justify the crazy prices of some NY hotels.

The tasteful décor throughout the reception and guest rooms come from the 1800s and early 1900s, and the Refectory will make you think you’ve stepped into a scene from Harry Potter, that is also on Broadway now!

If you’re traveling to NY in the summer, don’t miss your chance to enjoy champagne and oysters on the hotel terrace!

Location: 180 10th Avenue

https://thehighlinehotel.com


The Nomad Hotel

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Not to be confused with NoMo SoHo, the NoMad hotel is a modern take on a Parisian flat. And where could be more romantic than the City of Love?! (except New York, of course).

In your room, you can choose between taking a dip in the clawfoot bathtub, writing a post card to your love at the French writing desk (presumably while they’re doing something else), or just admire the stunning artwork throughout.

When you get hungry, just head down to the restaurant where chef Daniel Humm works his magic in the kitchen!

Location: 1170 Broadway

www.thenomadhotel.com


The Bowery Hotel

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In the days of punk rock, you certainly wouldn’t have the East Village on your list of places to stay. However, times change, and now the five-star Bowery is one of the top romantic offerings in town.

Explore New York to your heart’s content with free bike rentals, before coming home to ultimate luxury. Factory windows bathe the Turkish rugs and wool blankets in natural light.

If you spend all the time in the room though, you’ll miss the vintage bar complete with a fireplace. And you don’t want to do that!

Location: 335 Bowery

www.theboweryhotel.com


The Library Hotel

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If you’re a book lover, there’s only one place you can even consider staying in the Big Apple. Each floor is themed on a category of the Dewey Decimal System, which is pretty cool.

Make sure you set aside some time to check out the Writer’s Den and Poetry Garden. It has sublime views of New York, and it’s perfect for getting those creative juices flowing.

The one problem with the Library Hotel? You might spend so much time lost in a good book that you forget to pay your partner any attention!

Location: 299 Madison Avenue

https://libraryhotel.com


The Knickerbocker Hotel

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Said to be the birthplace of the Martini (although that hasn’t been confirmed), the Knickerbocker has over 100 years of history and is one of the largest hotels on our list – with over 330 rooms!

The French Renaissance style hotel, located in Times Square, is one of the best-known in New York City, but curiously doesn’t boast a swimming pool!

It can, however, offer superb high-end cuisine, a rooftop terrace, and in-room spa treatments.

Location: 6 Times Square

https://theknickerbocker.com


The Carlyle

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Whichever of the top 10 romantic hotels in New York you choose to stay at, you simply have to come to the Carlyle for one reason.

Benelmans Bar, on the ground floor, is one of the finest cocktail bars in the entire world. The restaurant isn’t bad either, offering French haute-cuisine!

But wait! The Café Carlyle is another great spot inside the hotel to try.

Why? The one and only Woody Allen plays with his Jazz band, every Monday! Be sure to book your table, because they obviously sell out pretty fast.

Tickets cost from $190.00 – $245.00, all ages.

It’s a great spot for art lovers as it’s just a 9-minute walk to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Location: 35 East 76th Street

www.rosewoodhotels.com


Soho Grand Hotel

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Another option if your budget doesn’t stretch to five-stars every night is the Soho Grand Hotel. However, it’s also one of the most storied luxury hotels in New York, so don’t feel like you’re losing out on any of the experience of your romantic trip!

Velvet hangings on the wall, tasteful artwork, towering columns are just some of the things that add to this hotel’s character.

The 353 rooms mean that it’s possibly to get a late deal, although we would recommend booking with plenty of advance notice!

Location: 310 West Broadway

www.sohogrand.com


Greenwich Hotel

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If you’re a film buff, you probably already know about this place and you already want to stay. Why’s that? Well, it’s only owned by actor Robert De Niro!

Hidden away in one of the most picturesque neighborhoods of New York, TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal Street), the Greenwich Hotel does kind of resemble a movie set.

Although the rooms are supposed to resemble an Italian home, there are several Asian influences on the hotel too. One of the most enticing is the Shibui Spa, a real treat!

And there’s no food more romantic than Italian, so head down to the on-site Locanda Verde for a dinner to savor.

Location: 377 Greenwich Street

www.thegreenwichhotel.com


So, now you know about the 10 most romantic hotels in New York!

You’ll want to book up as they can go pretty fast!

For more information on the side of New York that not all tourists see, and to plan some off the beaten track/independent adventures, continue exploring our website! You’ll love our Tours & Experiences!



Photo Credits: Courtesy of all hotels and Michael Tommasiello (Woody Allen at The Carlyle)

4 Unexpected Places You Can Visit In New York [NYC Secrets]

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Although NYC is one of the busiest cities in the world, it’s also the home of countless secrets. Take a look below to see 4 unexpected places you can visit in New York!

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Track 61, underneath the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – ©BehindTheScenesNYC

New York City, or the “Big Apple” as it is well known, is one of the busiest cities in the world. It is home to millions of people, as well as thousands of tourists who come to see the wonders and marvels of its huge economy and millions of businesses. We love exploring unexpected places you can visit in New York.

There’s a lot to plan when you visit New York, from deciding which attractions are absolute must-sees to getting all your tickets and travel insurance in order. (Oh! Did you know that one week in a US hospital can cost $30,000, for example? It’s definitely not something you want to forget!).

Most tourists flock to the famous sites and top attractions such as the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. But, the experience in these places might not be as expected because of the huge crowds taking photos, walking around or just standing there idle.

There are, however, other lesser-known places where you can go and have a better, less tourist-centric experience.

Here are 4 unexpected places you can visit in New York:


Track 61

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Fernanda Paronetto on FRD’s subway cart, at Track 61, underneath the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – ©BehindTheScenesNYC

You may well not have known, but there was a secretive presidential train platform deep under the Grand Central Terminal, called Track 61 one of NYC’s subway secrets.

It was mostly used by the heads of state to secretly commute to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, first in the late 1930’s by the then-president General John J. Pershing, and second by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the early 1940’s.

President Roosevelt hid from the public due to his physical condition, after he contracted polio at the age of 39 and was confined to a wheelchair.

The track has since stopped being used and is mostly abandoned. As of now, it’s currently completely closed to the public and the MTA doesn’t allow anyone to visit the location. But, there is an amazing tour of the Grand Central Terminal secrets that we love and you can explore too!

Unfortunately today no one can access there anymore due to security reasons.

Location: Underneath the Waldorf Astoria Hotel


Brooklyn Heights’ Hidden Subway Ventilator

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Fake Subway Ventilator at Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Heights – ©UntappedCities by Michelle Young

Joralemon Street; number 58, the faux facade, is in the middle. – ©UntappedCities by Michelle Young

A walk through Joralemon Street, in Brooklyn Heights, might seem like nothing out of the ordinary, from the beautiful brownstones to the relaxing environment and being steps from the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

However, what is unknown to many is that 58 Joralemon Street looks exactly like the rest of the houses, but is actually a subway ventilator used as an emergency exit. (OBS: In the picture above, the fake house is the one in the middle.)

It was a residential home before being converted in the 1800’s during the subway extension from Manhattan to Brooklyn. The house is heavily guarded by the NYPD, so getting close to it might be a problem. Yikes

Location: 58 Joralemon Street


The Blockhouse

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The Blockhouse in Central Park – ©Central Park Conservancy

Located in the northern part of the Central Park, right by lower Harlem, is The Blockhouse. It is said to be the second oldest thing in the park and dates back to the early 1800’s during the war with the British.

The Blockhouse was supposed to help the Americans defend themselves, but was never used, because the British never reached the city. The building is always locked, in time lost its wooden roof and is totally abandoned.

While visiting it, take your time to walk to the East side of the park and take a peek at other spots like: Fort Fish, Fort Clinton, Nutter’s Battery and Charles A. Dana Discovery Center…all located around the Harlem Meer. Oh! Meer means “Lake” in Dutch!

Location: West Side at 109th Street and Central Park West.


Tribeca’s Dream House

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Dream House – ©IDK Tonight

Established in the early 1990’s by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, the house is secretly located in Tribeca, just off Church Street. It acts a quiet peaceful space where anybody can go, sit, take a deep breath and just relax.

The incense, sound art and light installation in the room are therapeutic and will leave you calm and fresh. The mellow looped music changes depending on your position in the room, whether you are upright or relaxing on your back.

The place is currently under La Monte Young’s foundation known as MELA and is financed by the Dia Art Foundation.

Location: 275 Church Street

www.melafoundation.org


If you want to explore other unique and unexpected places you can visit in New York, be sure to go to Industry City to see what this Brooklyn neighborhood is all about or plan to visit these 5 offbeat museums in NYC.

And,  of course, continue searching out website, since NYC secret spots away from the touristy scene, are totally up ou alley!


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC, Central Park Conservancy, ©UntappedCities by Michelle Young and IDK Tonight
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Immersing Yourself In The Rich History Of Greenwich Village

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Among New York City’s many fascinating sites, Greenwich Village is arguably the most storied. Come immerse yourself in the rich history of Greenwich Village!

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Greenwich Village’s Sixth Avenue. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia

Among New York City’s many fascinating sites, Greenwich Village is arguably the most storied. Albeit usually remembered as a haven for artists, its historic roots actually run deeper. Before it was anything else, Greenwich Village in the 1630’s was a marshland where Dutch settlers fed their livestock. It was initially developed into a village separate from New York City.

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Greenwich Village, 1900. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia

But as the urban sprawl consumed the area, Greenwich Village took on a new identity in 1857 at the founding of the Tenth Street Studio Building. It housed the first architecture school in the US and attracted artists from all over the world.

It was also the place where the so-called “bohemian” movement began, a subculture which was described in an 1858 article on The New York Times as “either an artist or an author, whose special aversion is work, and whose ambition is to excel in some particular walk.” The Village’s affinity to bohemians of all sorts has since defined its identity.

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The Albert Hotel. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia

Decades later, the Hotel Albert opened in 1880 and attracted the best artists and writers of that particular time. A long list of creative people stayed here including Mark Twain, Anais Nin, Walt Whitman, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and Jackson Pollock.

In addition, the Village also saw the birth of American experimental theater pushed by Eugene O’Neil and Edna St. Vincent Millay, and it was integral in the transition of the global art capital from Paris to New York in the mid-20th century.

Various American art movements including Abstract Expressionism, emerged out of the Village.

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The Stonewall Inn. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia

The Village has significant contributions to music and self-expression, too. It’s the place where the first desegregated nightclub in the country, Cafe Society, was built. The venue dedicated itself to the cutting-edge music of its time, bebop jazz. Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, and other jazz giants graced it with their presence during its heyday.

The ferocious sound of bebop and Jazz also lured the Beat Generation artists to the Village, with writers Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and others gaining the literary spotlight. In the 1960s, the Beats became an inspiration for different forms of counterculture. The progressive ideas of the Beats and the hippies informed the eventual rise of the LGBT movement and other civil rights groups. The LGBT movement found expression in the 1969 Stonewall Riot, which also happened in Greenwich Village.

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Grace Church. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Grace Church

Popular structures such as Grace Church and the Jefferson Market Library tower over the Village as reminders of the place’s creative tradition.

Another structure, The Westbeth, which was a former Bell Telephone Labs office, also became a popular residence for artists. It eventually housed the studios of choreographer Merce Cunningham, musical arranger Gil Evans, Robert De Niro Sr., and Vin Diesel.

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Jefferson Market Library. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia

While the Greenwich Village of today has none of the rustic and bohemian charm of its past, it remains one of the most renowned places in New York, thanks to the preservation of its iconic buildings.

Greenwich Village’s longevity can be attributed mainly to local laws that help maintain its historic buildings.

In fact, a section of the Village made up of more than 50 blocks has been established as part of a Historic District, thanks to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Development in this area follows very strict rules, such as the requirement to preserve a historic building’s main facade if it is to be renovated.

NYC also implements Local Law 11, which indirectly contributes to the Village’s preservation. Local Law 11 is explained by real estate expert James McGrath in an article on Yoreevo. He states that the law mandates regular facade inspections of buildings higher than six stories to ensure their structural integrity. Although it’s primary purpose is for safety, the law also helps ensure that old buildings in the city are maintained. The excellent condition of most structures in Greenwich Village is a good example of how a bustling metropolis should take care of its historic buildings.

Just knowing the history of Greenwich Village and the people who have called it home are enough reasons to give this neighborhood a visit. To explore other interesting places in the Big Apple, check out our previous post about Astoria, a commercial neighborhood in Queens.


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

Sushi by Boū: Secret Japanese Restaurant Inside A Hotel Suite

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Uncover the new Sushi by Boū location! They opened a secret speakeasy Japanese restaurant inside a hotel suite in Manhattan! How cool is that?!

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“A unique 30minute omakase speakeasy experience by sushi chef David Bouhadana, Michael Sinensky and Erika London.”

That we are into super secret spots around New York City, you’re all tired of knowing, right? But, these secret spots don’t stop popping up (and we love sharing them with you)!

I mean, there is obviously just so much to experiment in NYC, with so many creative minds and talented people, that these businesses just continue to flourish.

Sushi by Boū is known for being a to-go spot for people craving a delicious 12-piece Omakase menu served in only 30-minutes and for $50. In addition, there is a 60-minute option as well for those that want to have a longer experience.

But wait, let’s go back a step! The idea of these spots came to life when the 3 partners, Chef David, Michael and Erika decided to get underutilized spaces inside existing venues and transform them into “sexy sushi speakeasies”, as they call them.

Chef David fell in love with sushi at the age of 18, in Boca Raton, Florida. After deciding that what he wanted to do was become a renowned chef, he hopped on a plane to Japan. There, he was taught by the top Omakase chefs in the Kansai regions.

After mastering his craft, he flew back to New York with his journey began and his reputation grew quickly.

And, after working in renowned restaurants like Morimoto, he ventured on his own recreating the Japanese fast-casual Omakase concept, tweaking it around and blending in his own particular style. The result: Perfection!

Today Chef David is an expert in his field, has won countless awards and even won a New York Emmy Award for his web series “Shokunin, An Eater Series Hosted by David Bouhadana”.

That said, there are currently 3 Sushi by Boū. One found underneath the Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown Manhattan and a second one inside Jue Lan Club, in Chelsea. The 3rd and most unexpected location just created roots inside Suite 1001, at Hotel 3232, in the in the heart of Flatiron-Murray Hill neighborhood.

Suite 1001 offers a 60-minute Omakase for $125/person inclusive of service and tax. ​

In addition, they do not accept phone calls, and reservations are for parties of 2 or 4 only. Plus, they do take advanced and day-of reservations, space permitting. For private events, please contact us.

And, this past summer they followed Jue Lan Club to the Hamptons and the team announced that some news spots are set to open in 2019, so lets wait and see inside which unexpected spot it will be in!

So, stay tuned and if you need any help in NYC (for private or corporate events), remember to contact our experts!

Locations:
Sanctuary Hotel – 132 West 47th Street
Jue Lan Club – 49 West 20th Street
Hotel 3232 – 32A East 32nd Street, Suite 1001

www.sushibybou.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sushi by Bou
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

An Anti-Nightclub called Paul’s Cocktail Lounge In Tribeca

Nightlife Bars Pauls Baby Grand Waitresses

Paul Sevigny, a nightlife maestro and DJ, also brother of Chloë Sevigny, launched his first solo project inside the trendy Roxy Hotel in TriBeCa and named it Paul’s Cocktail Lounge, formerly known as Paul’s Baby Grand.

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Located in the high-end neighborhood or TriBeCa, Paul’s Cocktail Lounge was formerly known as Paul’s Baby Grand.

Sevigny is channelling 1930’s designer Dorothy Draper to create a space with ‘plenty of floral patterns, no black leather, no flat screens‘, as said by Condé Nast Traveller!

The place is small and intimate with paintings, graffitis and colorful furniture. The ornate chandeliers that might make you feel a bit nostalgic. If not nostalgic, it can also make you feel a bit…hum, dreamy?! It’s certainly has a playful mood and lots of visual stimuli.

There is a disco ball to put you in the mood and a great no-cellphone rule (well, not that strict though…).

Just be aware that there is a pretty tight door policy, which on the other hand makes it a celebrity magnet! Just, be aware of it since you might have a hard time getting in. They can be pretty….rigorous.

Here is the good news! If you don’t get in, you can just head to another place we absolutely adore. It’s also inside the Roxy Hotel, but they are a subterranean hidden jazz club called Django. They host some of the most fantastic and exquisite jazz bands. They do charge cover depending on the night.

If you decide to leave, you can head down to Tiny’s, just a few blocks away! It’s a top hot spot in the city!

Last, we can not only help you organize your trip to New York City with your family or friends, but if you’re looking to organize a company outing or activity, our experts will have fantastic ideas.

Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday: Door 10pm – 2am

Location: 2 Avenue of the Americas

http://paulscocktaillounge.com



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul’s Baby Grand, Roxy Hotel, Konbini, Paul Ash Lee, House Under Magic, Adrienne Grunwald
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Sag Harbor: The Celebrities’ Secret Town in New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Main Street in Sag Harbor

Day Trips and Travel Sag Harbor Main Street Fernanda Paronetto

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

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

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

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

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

I mean, it’s got something for everyone!

https://linktr.ee/berryandcosagharbor


Baron’s Cove

Day Trips and Travel Sag Harbor Barons Cove Hotel Pool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Location: 31 West Water Street

www.caperesorts.com/barons-cove


Dopo La Spiaggia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buon Appetito!

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

Location: 6 Bay Street

www.dopolaspiaggia.com


The Buddha Berry

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

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

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

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

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

Location: 125 Main Street

www.buddhaberry.com


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

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

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

Don’t forget to check out our other tips for Day Trips & Travels and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

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



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

*Last Update on March/2020.*

Ditch Your Luggage and Go Have Fun in NYC: LuggageHero

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Having long hours between connecting flights or arrive hours prior to check-in in your hotel, is surely a hassle! Plus, carrying your luggage around NYC is certainly a challenge, but LuggageHero is the perfect solution to all your problems!

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Having long wait hours between flights during a trip is certainly annoying, but having to carry your luggage with you everywhere go is even worse, right?

Plus, the best way to commute in New York City is on the subway, but these massive stairs are a challenge on their own…imagine with your heavy bags.

So, we have the perfect, safe and convenient solution for all your problems: LuggageHero! And the name says it all!

Jannik Lawaetz founded the company in Copenhagen, back in 2016. From there, he quickly expanded in 2017 to London and, lucky us, to New York City!

The idea was to use local stores, pubs, coffee shops, dry cleaners and even hotels as a temporary storage place for people with long connecting flights or even for those who have arrived earlier than the check-in time or were “kicked out” of the hotel long before the flight home.

So, how it works? Easy!

  • Check in when arriving at the shop
  • Attach security seal that is provided for free, found in the shop, through the zippers of your bag
  • Check-out upon pick-up

And voilá! You’re ready to adventure yourself for a few hours in our beautiful concrete jungle!

BOOK NOW!

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Janni Lawaetz, Founder of LuggageHero.

“I founded LuggageHero as I got tired of not having enough convenient places to store my luggage. As I am a frequent traveler, I couldn’t believe that anyone had not solved a problem so obvious to many people.

I decided to create a concept that was simple to use, trustworthy and where you would always only pay for the hours you spend.” ~ Jannik Lawaetz, Creator & CEO

Everything is stored far from any public access in safe locations, that are also inspected by the team at Luggage Hero. So, don’t worry. It’ll be safe when you go out to have fun!

Oh, it is good to say that the location you’re dropping your back at might request to open your luggage before storing, to guarantee you don’t have any illegal item in it like weapons, etc.

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They offer over 250 super convenient locations and are spread across Manhattan and Brooklyn, making it quite easy for you, regardless of where you’re at or where you want to spend your time exploring.

The cost in New York?

Amazingly reasonable! It’s only $2/hour per bag and the price already includes insurance with coverage up to $3,000 for each bag, against damage, loss, and theft.

But wait! You don’t pay more than $12 per bag for the first 24 hours, so don’t worry.

They do not accept money, which is actually more convenient since you don’t need to worry with having the right currency!

So, just submit your credit card information for swift drop-off and pick-up at a LuggageHero location.

If you decide along to way, not to drop it off, don’t worry! You’re only charged when you actually drop off your bags, so you won’t be charged if you changed your mind.

And last, another great thing is that you don’t need to download any app for this. You can just go online and book everything through their website.

Seamless, fast and safe, the way New Yorkers like it!

If you’re not sure what to do in NYC while you wait for your connecting flight, or to check into you hotel, take a look at all of our amazing BTSNYC Experiences! We’re sure you’ll have a great time!

Book luggage storage in New York.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of LuggageHero.com

10 Lifesaving Hacks to Travel Around NYC

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

https://usebounce.com


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

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joshua Newton

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

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

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


#3 Bring a selfie stick

Curiosities Our Bucket List 10 Life Saving Hacks To Travel Around NYC DJI Osmo Mobile

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

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

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


#4 Pack comfortable walking shoes

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

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

If you’re into adventure, you might want to explore the beauty of an upstate New York day trip or our NYC’s Maritime History Tour. So scary and curious!


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

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Chris Barbalis

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

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

#6 Carry a portable phone charger

10 Life Saving Hacks To Travel Around NYC Mophie External Battery

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

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


#7 Beware of street food

10 Life Saving Hacks To Travel Around NYC The Halal Guys
Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Halal Guys

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

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

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


#8 Save money on Broadway tickets

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

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

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

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


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

Curiosities Our Bucket List 10 Life Saving Hacks To Travel Around NYC Matteo Catanese

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

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


#10 Research pay what you wish museum days

Curiosities Our Bucket List 10 Life Saving Hacks To Travel Around NYC Free Museums Frick Collection

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

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

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


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

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

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


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*Last Update on March/2020.*

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