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Uncovering Narrowsburg And Surroundings In Upstate NY


The State of New York is extremely gorgeous and green! But, most visitors don’t know how many amazing people and places they can find in Upstate NY. Narrowsburg is one of these spots!

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Our Founder, Fê Paronetto, fell in love with Maison Bergogne, an antique, decor and design services shop. The store is located in the town of Narrowsburg, so she decided to interview Juliette Hermant, the owner, for our Insider Interviews section!

Juliette shares stories of places to visit in Narrowsburg, Barryville, Honesdale in Pennsylvania, and more!

What type of places you can expect?

Well, from local farmer’s markets, to bookstores, handcrafted tapestry work by a famous local artisan and delicious spots to have lunch or dinner.

Plus, she talks about her own antique, decor shop, the upcoming bar/café she’s opening. Also, a few places that you can book to spend the night or a long weekend, if you don’t want to go back home on the same day. Day trips can be a little tiring for a few people.

Take a look at Juliette’s interview for the complete list of the tips and beautiful pictures. If you’re planning to escape the city and want a unique place to go to for a day trip, Narrowsburg it a great option. You might also decide to stick around for the whole weekend!

It’s just a little over 2hours from Manhattan, right on the boarder with the state of Pennsylvania.

Wanna give yourself a perk? Why don’t you just hire a driver to drive you up there and pick you up later? Or, you might just want to rent a luxurious Land Rover or Porsche Cayenne and drive up!

For corporate activities and outings, contact our experts.

If you’re not sure where Narrowsburg is located, take a look at the map below:

What Brazilian Influencers Think About BTSNYC

About BTSNYC What The Press Says About BTSNYC Costanza Pascolato View

We love to share what Brazilian Influencers think about BTSNYC and have been sharing on their social medias since 2014. It’s always an honor to be featured on their pages!

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We’ve had quite a few Bloggers and Brazilian Influencers writing about us, and sharing their love for what we’ve been creating through Behind the Scenes NYC!

It all started back in 2014, when we were only a small Instagram account trying to spread the love for New York City!

The passion and love for New York City is spread through out the world, and Brazilians surely rank on the top of this list!

Our beautiful city is always listed in the “Top 3 Travel Destinations for Brazilians”.

That is to say, they love NY, and we definitely love them too! Their energy, their smiles, their never ending friendliness. Plus, we’re always happy to bump into them in the streets and around New York!

So, here are some of the big names that have shared their love:

  • Costanza Pascolato
  • Natalie Klein
  • Mica Rocha
  • Carol Celico
  • Adriana Bechara
  • Francesca Monfrinatti
  • Gabriela Pugliesi
  • Fabiana Justus
  • Ildi Silva
  • Mariah Rovery
  • Shantal Abreu
  • and other great businesses like: Vogue, Glamour Magazine, Zapalla, Santé Estilo, Zapala, nkStore, Just Real Moms, InstaBlond and many more!

Take a look in the gallery above to see what these Brazilian influencers have been saying about BTSNYC!

Furthermore, other International accounts have also written about us!

Plus, our Founder Fê Paronetto, has been featured in publications like The Huffington Post, Hustle & Deal Flow and PrSuit.

And still, we’ve interviewed a few of the renowned individuals, like Natalie Klein and Carol Celico. Take a look at their Insider Interviews and their favorite spots in New York City! From stores and boutiques, to restaurants and off the beaten track places. They tell us a bit about what they do when they come to New York City!

We hope you enjoyed, as much as us, seeing this great compilation of posts and breathtaking pictures of New York City!

The Strangers Project by Brandon Doman, so “What’s Your Story?”

Curiosities City Secrets Strangers Project Brandon Doman Night Lights

A few weeks ago we were at a Tech Startup event and ‘bumped’ into this amazing booth, where Brandon Doman was showcasing his project, called “The Strangers Project”.

The name instantly caught my attention and I stopped to learn more! The Strangers Project is a compilation of 20,000+ handwritten, anonymous and spontaneous journal entries from strangers. They share some of the most important moment in their lives.

The book is called “What’s Your Story?: True Experiences from Complete Strangers” and it’s certainly a unique piece of art to have at your home. Or even, give it as a gift to someone you love!

So, after falling in love with his project, we decided to interview Brandon. We wanted to disclose his amazing story and project.

So, here it goes:

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How did The Strangers Project start?

“Back in 2009 I was sitting outside of a coffee shop. Hundreds of people were walking by and I found myself curious about their lives. An idea crossed my mind! “What would it take to get these anonymous strangers to share something about their life with me? What might we have in common besides being strangers?”

I took a marker from my bag and the notebook wrote: “Hi There! Please stop and share your story!”

I felt a little nervous propping it up on the table at first. I had no idea how people would react. Within the first few minutes, two women stopped at my table and pointed at the sign.”

They asked me, “What are you doing?”

I told them that I wasn’t really sure yet, and then asked if they would be willing to write something about their lives in the notebook. I told them it could be anything as long as it was true… and they began to write.

This is how I started collecting stories from strangers. These stories are collected face to face in public spaces around the country with a stack of blank paper, clipboards, and a lot of pens.

During this time I’ve met tens of thousands of strangers, and so far, over 20,000 of them have handwritten stories while sitting across from me during this exploration of spontaneous intimacy.”

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What are some of the most amazing statements you’ve collected?

“This is always a hard question to answer because there are so many incredibly diverse and interesting stories that people have shared.

An important part of building the architecture of this project was creating something where people could share whatever they wanted without prompts—it’s simply a place to share, in your own words, something about your life.

They come in from all ages, all walks of life, and each end of the emotional spectrum. Some are short and silly, some are heavy and challenging, some are adventurous or exploratory.  Because of that, we end up with these stories that resonate with people for very different reasons.

Some people enjoy finding stories that share a common thread to their own experiences, others like finding ones that share views and experiences that are very different from their own. This diversity allows us to both find connection and exploration of the infinite ways our lives unfold.

I know that doesn’t exactly answer your question, but my point is: it’s best to just explore.”

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Has anything unique or surprising happened after you started this project, that you never really expected?

“I could talk about this for days. Nothing in the project is mailed in or sent in online, so that means I’ve had a chance to meet all 20,000+ people that have shared stories.

When I’m out collecting I always have hundreds of stories for people to read as well, so including the people that stop by to read, ask questions, and experience the project in other ways, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many tens of thousands of people I would have never met otherwise.

This in-person approach lends itself to all kinds of great experiences. Many people come back to read and share new stories over the years—some of them becoming good friends.

I’ve really enjoyed meeting fans from around the world who were following along online but then had a chance to find the project in the real world.

The Strangers Project has even been a part of three marriage proposals that happened through stories— one even spontaneously right on the spot.

I love being able to share the stories online, but my favorite part of the project is being able to create physical spaces for us to connect with our stories.”

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Anything else you’d like to share with us?

“Each year I try to grow the project in different ways. This fall I have some big news:

The first Strangers Project national tour and documentary. There are so many experiences I have that I can’t easily share online. And, with this new endeavor, we’re going to change that.

These stories offer a brief glimpse into the intimacies of everyday lives, bridging meaningful connections between strangers. By creating a place for stories, we create space to understand each other and ourselves.

My goal is to take these stories to new communities, and to have a film crew join along. We’re crowdfunding right now to make this happen, so I encourage you to check out our video and get involved!”

Thank you, Brandon, for taking your time to answer our questions! It was amazing to learn a bit more about this fantastic journey!

If you want to see more information, take a look here.

In addition, Brandon currently has a pop-up installation up at Fountain House Gallery with hundreds of stories on the walls. He’ll be there daily until August 25th but, most importantly, they’re having a reception and fundraiser on Tuesday,  August 23rd from 6pm – 9pm. You’ll be able to see numerous Stories alongside complimentary beverages, and more!

Lastly, if you’re a fan of buying photography books, you will probably love “The Borscht Belt: Abandoned Sites In The Catskills Region“.



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

Dana Barry: Coffee Shops In Brooklyn Can Be An Adventure

Curiosities City Secrets Dana Barry Illustration Brooklyn

The beauty of working out of coffee shops in Brooklyn is the possibility of meeting random strangers. It is most definitely an experience everyone should have one day! I recently met Dana Barry, a very talented illustrator!

Curiosities City Secrets Dana Barry Illustration Brooklyn

Today, I was working from one of the coffee shops in Williamsburg that I love spending the day! After grabbing a smoothie and approaching back to my place, a breathtaking sketchbook lying on top of my “neighbor’s” table caught my attention.

I couldn’t help myself and started talking to her! Well, you know me! I’m great at starting random conversations with stranger, and usually leave with a new friend.

Her name is Dana Barry. She was born in New York,  but lived in Cali for a while where she studied at an Art College. After some time there, she decided to come back to the East Coast. She explained that New York was more of her style, and is now living in Brooklyn.

Dana’s work is amazing and very powerful. She sketches images of people that pass through the New York subways! Sometimes, she has just a few minutes before the person jumps off at another station. So, she draws the main lines and compliments is later with her memory and creativity!

Her idea is to eventually put together this beautiful book with her sketches, showing the diversity of this crazy City. Dana explains:

“It’s a way to break all the preconceptions we have when we judge someone before even talking to them. Sometimes, a guy that might look like a hardcore drug dealer, is actually thinking good thoughts, or what he’ll be cooking his kids for dinner tonight. While a gorgeous woman wearing an expensive fur coat can be pondering on the possibility of suicide…”

We never know what goes through people’s heads, but humans are judgmental beings at a first glance, for sure.

Her work is really something! Her energy is definitely great and she’s one of these beautiful souls you just happen to stumble upon.

I’m always glad when I start these random conversation throughout my week, in the most diverse spots.

What a pleasure it was to meet her!

Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC
*Last Update on March/2020.*


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