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3 Perfect Photography Spots in New York City

Bucket Lists 3 Perfect Photography Spots in New York City Bethesda Terrace Credit NoelYC

New York is known for being a city photographers love to come and shoot. It’s the home of some of the most amazing attractions in the world, but knowing the perfect spot to capture that moment, is the real secret. Take a look at the 3 perfect photography spots in New York City.

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Last year over 65 million people visited NYC, armed with their cameras and smartphones. From the Empire State Building to Ground Zero, tourists in the city are a vital part of documenting the history of New York and its iconic locations.

When you are on vacation, rather than snapping the more obvious locations, such as the Flatiron Building and The Statue of Liberty, how about visiting somewhere more unusual?

You can use it as an opportunity to work on your composition skills, capturing beautiful images that you will be proud to take home and put on your walls.


Central Park – Bethesda Terrace

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Bethesda Terrace – Photo Credit: Noel Y.C.

Bethesda Terrace (72nd Street, Cross Drive), situated in Central Park is a completely unique monument and you can take photos from many different perspectives.

You might want to capture the dramatic New Brunswick sandstone steps, that slope down either side of the upper and lower terrace. The lower level has a beautiful and intricate mosaic, constructed out of Roman brick.

The upper terrace runs side-by-side with 72nd street and has an incredible view of the both the park and the Bethesda Fountain below it. To create really atmospheric photos, try visiting Bethesda Terrace at sunset, when the light changes to russet and gold.

The long shadows emphasize the grandeur of the architecture in a visually striking way.


The High Line

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The High Line is a community park with a difference. It is a performance space, an art gallery a nature garden all rolled into one. It is a place to connect with friends and family.

Created from an old freight railway line, this mile-and-a-half long park in the sky, runs from the Meatpacking

District right through to the Whitney museum (a must visit). It is an absolutely beautiful example of how a derelict, industrial infrastructure can be completely transformed into something that has meaning and purpose for a whole city.

There are so many different ways to capture The High Line, you could even make a picture collage of the park taken from different viewpoints. Experiment with taking shots from almost ground level, running parallel with the railway track.

Or, use your visit as an opportunity to take action shots of the people as they pass through.


Little Italy, Manhattan

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Little Italy

If you are interested in taking portraits, then Little Italy is pure heaven. One of the best times of the year to visit the area is during the Feast of San Gennaro, which happens every September.

The festival celebrates the patron Saint of Naples and has been running annually since 1926. Taking place in and around Mulberry Street, you will find street vendors galore, selling some of the most amazing and diverse food that New York has to offer.

The Beast of Feasts” runs for 11 days and attracts visitors from all over the world. If you are out and about with your camera, this is an excellent opportunity to take pictures of some local New York food legends and entertainers.

You can even turn your hand to capturing your lunch in close up, before posting it on Instagram.


New York is packed full of photogenic spots!

On your visit, you will have plenty of opportunity to hone your skills in taking landscape, portraiture and abstract pictures as you capture beautiful memories of the City That Never Sleeps.

If you need a few more additional tips on how to capture that perfect picture, take a look at the tips given by the photographer, Dani Diamond.

Enjoy and send us your shot, so it can be featured on our Instagram page!


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC, Courtesy of Noel Y.C., Alex Haney and Actionvance

2nd Cheap NYC Guide: 30 Top Attractions

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Our 2nd cheap NYC guide features 30 top attractions that you must-see! Touristy or not, these are some the classics spots and neighborhoods that have changed New York’s history. Come uncover New York with us!

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The Cube at Astor Place. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel Y.C. (@NYCLovesNYC)

Today, for our 2nd Cheap NYC Guide, I’m going to take you through some of the best spots located in Lower Manhattan.

But wait! If you haven’t seen my 1st Cheap NYC Guide, take a look at it and see how you might want to start exploring our beautiful city!

I have created my own touristic route to take my friends and family around the most iconic highlights in the city. These are all entertaining, fun and CHEAP routes that I want to share with you.

Second Route: Lower Manhattan

Before I start, it is necessary to give you some tips. First, NYC food stores and restaurants are not required to offer restroom services, so I have included this item in my tour routes. Second, you can access the WIFI networks in all subway stations, NYC Parks and Starbucks for free (which also have restrooms. YAY!). Finally, if you like something you want to buy and you can afford it, just BUY IT. You probably won’t have time to go back or even remember where you saw that precious item.

This route explores 6 areas of Lower Manhattan: Union Square, Astor Place, Washington Square Park, SoHo, Chinatown and Little Italy. It starts off at Union Square – where our 1st guide ended – located between 17th and 14th Streets and Union Square West and East Avenues.

Union Square

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Here you can enjoy a year-round farmers market every Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 8am – 6pm, called Union Square Greenmarket. During the peak seasons you can find regional farmers selling their products like fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, award-winning farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, jams, pickles, teas and countless gifts, a profusion of cut flowers and plants, wine, ciders, maple syrup and much more. Shop early because the vendors sometimes leave, once they have sold out their products.

Around this area you can also find all type of stores including the largest Barnes & Noble store if you are looking for books, toys, music and more. A cereal store at Kellogg’s NYC where you can mix your favorites breakfast cereals for just $2 – milk not included. Also, a delicious Jewish Chocolate Rugelach pastry at Breads Bakery and Dylan’s Candy Bar, home to the largest selection of candies and candy-related gifts from around the world. And if you are into sports, your to-go spot is Paragon Sports.

If you’re traveling during the Winter holiday season, and you want to take home some unique gifts, visit Union Square’s Holiday Market that happens through December 24th. You’ll find local craftsmen and artists, open Monday to Friday from 11am – 8pm, Saturdays from 10am – 8pm and Sundays from 11am – 7pm.

*Restroom Spots: Around here you can find restrooms at Whole foods, Burlington, Best Buy, Starbucks, Barnes & Nobles, among others.

Astor Place & Washington Square

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If you are starting to feel hungry, I recommend you walk downtown through Broadway and at 8th Street, turn left (East) towards Astor Square until you hit St. Marks. Here you will find delicious cheap Asian food including Japanese BBQ, Thai Food and Ramen. During this trajectory, you will find one of New York City’s most iconic pieces of public art—and heck, one of its most iconic landmarks, period—The Astor Place Cube. I dare you to push it to make it turn around!

Just a few block from this iconic landmark, you’ll find the theatre where the Stomp has been performing for years. If you haven’t heard about them, it’s about time! Founded in the UK, back in 1991, today they are world famous, creating the most impressive percussion acts with unexpected objects and body parts!

Get ready to feel your bones shake!

After you are done, return to Broadway, walk to 4th Street and turn right (West), walking all the way to Washington Square Park. The park is dominated by the Washington Square Arch at the Northern gateway and the fountain. It’s one of the city’s popular spots for residents and tourists and you might recognize it form the movie August Rush.

Once a cemetery, now is a parade ground, a gathering spot for avant-garde artists, a battleground for chess enthusiasts and a playground for canines and children.

*Restroom Spot: Available public restrooms in the park.

If you were not temped by St. Marks food options, check MacDougal Street, located at the Southwest corner of the park. This area is NYU’s Students favorite food spot and therefore, very affordable. If you are into Italian food, Artichoke Basille’s Pizza offers huge pizza slices for less than $5. If you prefer Asian food, Saigon Shack has cheap Vietnamese food, but is a very popular spot so be prepared to wait. And if you prefer vegetarian food, try by Chloe.

SoHo & Chinatown

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By now, I’ pretty sure you’re full and in the need another good walk. Walk back to 4th Street towards (East) until you hit Broadway again and start walking downtown. After a few blocks, you will cross Houston Street and enter SoHo (a.k.a. South of Houston). This area is known for its designer boutiques, fancy chain stores and high-end art galleries, making it a trendy top shopping destination. I invite you to walk around the smaller streets and explore their uniqueness and secret little businesses.

Once you have absorbed all SoHo’s vibes, walk back to Broadway until you hit Canal Street, where you will be officially in Chinatown.

There is just so much to see here, that if after the tips below, you’re still curious to explore more of the food scene, book your tickets for the Tenements Tales and Taste Tour! You’ll enjoy the story of the millions of immigrants and taste several delicious dishes like pretzels, dumplings, potato knishes, waffles, homemade cheeses and even beer, of the many groups that have lived there.

At Canal Street turn left (East) and start walking through it. You will encounter several NY gift shops which are perfect to get some cheap souvenirs back home. While you’re walking you will be approach by several Chinese people offering “handbags and watches”.

Just be aware for they are all fake and illegal!

Among the treats I recommend around Chinatown are Taiyaki NYC, where you can try their fish-shaped waffle ice cream and Chinatown Ice Cream Factory where you will find my two favorite flavors: black sesame and lychee ice cream. If you like pastries, go to Taipan Bakery and try the delicious Coconut Bun for only $1.25, cash only. It is very popular, so hopefully you are lucky enough to get a warm one. And if you want to have an authentic Chinese meal, go to Great NY Noodletown on the corner of Bowery and Bayard Street. Remember that they’re cash only.

To find several food options in one place, there is a “hidden” food market called Canal Street Market. It’s located on the corner of Canal Street with Lafayette.

*Restroom Spot: The restaurant Great NY Noodletown has available restrooms as does Canal Street Market.

Little Italy

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In the middle of Chinatown, at Mulberry Street with Canal Street facing North, you will find the entrance to Little Italy. This couple of streets welcomes a heavily touristy crowd to its high concentration of souvenir shops and traditional Italian eateries and bakeries. Tenement buildings, once home to the immigrants who settled the area in the late 1800s, line the narrow streets. Mulberry Street, the main thoroughfare, turns into a pedestrian mall on summer weekends and each September they celebrate San Gennaro Festival.

One of the store that I love visiting every time I’m there is Mulberry & Grand, founded by Emily Guggino. There is always something new to tempt you into purchasing it! A lovely curated collection of inspired accessories.

By now, you have visit almost a third of the city, all the way from 59th Street at Central Park down to Canal Street, in Chinatown. And, the good news is: it has only taken you two days. YAY! And, there is still so much more to see!

Did you enjoy the 1st and 2nd Cheap NYC guides with the top NYC attractions? If so, stay tuned for our 3rd Route, where we’ll explore the West Side. Spots like the famous Highline, the delicious Chelsea Market, the Meatpacking District and one of the coolest neighborhoods in Manhattan, the West Village.

See soon!


Text Credit: Written by our contributor Magdalena Concha
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Noel. Y. C. (@NYCLovesNYC) and Union Square Greenmarket

Emily Guggino: 7 NYC Tips By A Stylish Small Business Owner

Curiosities Insider Interviews Emily Guggino and Family

See the top 7 NYC Tips by Emily Guggino, Founder of Mulberry & Grand. She shared her favorite restaurants, coffee shops, outdoor spots and specialty shops!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Emily Guggino

After passing by (and falling in love with) a beautiful store named Mulberry & Grand, in Little Italy, our Founder Fernanda Paronetto decided to interview the owner, Emily Guggino.

The minute Emily Guggino graduated College, she moved to New York City. Even as a small child she knew that she wanted to be in New York, walking in high heels down the city streets.

Ayhan, her future husband, was a Turkish photojournalist, and moved from a prominent position in Istanbul to come to New York and live the American dream.

Their love story began when Emily (minus the high heels!) stumbled upon Ayhan, selling his photography outside the Guggenheim Museum one sunny Sunday afternoon. Together, they launched their first brand called Studio Manhattan, which is a series of artwork and photographic accessories.

Just a little over a year and a half ago they launched Mulberry & Grand, a curated collection of inspired accessories that Emily fell in love with.

Their love for travel has introduced them to many artisans across the world and, together with their own designs, have created Mulberry & Grand. The brand is super feminine, and totally the opposite of Studio Manhattan.

“We are currently working on a line of handmade petite diamond jewelry, that is handmade in NY.” Emily, is super excited about this especially since she’s a lover of all things that are gold and sparkly!

“It’s really our goal to inspire our customers with lovely accessories, and we want to take our passion & inspiration and give back. Mulberry & Grand has already raised funds for Syrian refugees, and we hope to continue that in an even bigger way to continue to assist women and children to get access to great eduction, so they can also pursue their dreams.”

Amazing, right?

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“Our idea of NY has really changed since we had kids, we aren’t really utilizing NY the same way as we did a few years ago. It’s changed from going out to great dinners and hang outs to finding the best climbing rocks in Central Park (away from tourists), the best gelato, and the easiest streets to maneuver a double stroller.

Ayhan and I try to sneak out for lunch dates during the work week, so we can have some quality time to ourselves away from work and the kids. When we do, we try different restaurants, otherwise we frequent cafés and coffee shops for quick bites. We also generally try to stick within walking distance of our stores on Mulberry Street.”


Greecologies

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“We love Greecologies. Their coffee and small bites are really yummy, and it’s a perfect, quiet space to have meetings or bring a laptop and get some emails taken care of. They also have a secret garden in the back, that has great outdoor seating.”

If you’re into healthy eating and enjoy yogurt (Greek yogurt, to be more specific), this is the place for you to to!

Greecologies doesn’t work with industrialized products and offer the freshest, high quality and delicious food.

They have everything from yogurts to a few savories, amazing desserts like their chia pudding, smoothies, probiotic drinks and a wide variety of coffees!

Location: 379 Broome Street, Little Italy

www.greecologies.com


Cha Cha Matcha

Curiosities Insider Interviews Emily Guggino Cha Cha Matcha

Cha Cha Matcha is also around the corner from Greecologies, and we love them for their matcha sweets.  Surprisingly they only take credit cards, so don’t bring cash, lol.”

We recently wrote about Cha Cha Matcha here.

We love their drinks and the matcha ice cream.

They are simply d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!!!

Perfect for any time of year, they have the matcha drinks, a few different bites and great coffee!

In addition, it’s a great spot to pass by and even work, since they have free wifi. Getting a table can be a challenge at specific times, but it’s surely worth the wait!

Location: 373 Broome Street, Little Italy

https://chachamatcha.com


Sant Ambroeus

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“For more upper scale eating, Sant Ambroeus in SoHo is one of our favs.”

Surely one of the eternal hot spots in the city, with a few different locations, Sant Ambroeus is a restaurant, a paninoteca and a coffee bar.

They most stylish and cool people are always around.

Who? Olivia Palermo and her husband Johannes Huebl, for example, are always around!

Depending on the location, the crowd changes a bit, but they are always very stylish people, with a great taste for food, fashion, culture.

Location: 265 Lafayette Street, SoHo

www.santambroeus.com/sa_soho.html


Zuma Restaurant

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“Our new favorite outside of the neighborhood has been Zuma, an upscale Japanese restaurant in Mid-town. The small dishes are great for sharing and it’s a place to go to taste wonderful food, but not if you are super hungry.”

Ahhh…Japanese food!

Yes, we are very fond of Japanese cuisine and love the restaurants the City has to offer!

Zuma is one of the top ones for sure, located in Midtown Manhattan. It’s only a few minutes from Grand Central Terminal and very easy to get there.

They offer a contemporary Japanese izakaya, in other words, they are a “Japanese tavern: drinking houses with a menu of small dishes for snacking while drinking.”

It’s a very informal dining style spot.

Location: 261 Madison Avenue, Midtown

www.zumarestaurant.com


La Colombe

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“Even though this is not quite a secret spot, for coffee we love, La Colombe in SoHo. They have an awesome cold latte on tap. Often there’s a line, but it’s definitely worth the wait.”

If you enjoy coffee like we do, you have to go to La Colombe.

They aren’t a secret in the city, like Emily mentioned, since they have several locations and are sold in several places, but you’ll be sure to have great coffee options.

In addition, if you really enjoy their coffee, you can relax and be sure that you’ll be able to take their different blends home.

There is definitely nothing better than starting your day with a fantastic mug of hot, delicious coffee.

Location: 270 Lafayette Street, SoHo

www.lacolombe.com


For the Kids

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“We don’t have time to exercise, so Ayhan stays fit by scooting between stores or renting Citi Bikes to get to our Uptown locations. I chase kids, lol. Lately we’ve been taking them to Central Park to climb the rocks. When they were smaller our favorite was Hippo Playground on the Upper West Side.”

We all love New York, specially when the weather is awesome, right?

There are countless outdoor activities to do and many to improvise. It’s literally an urban legend that “New York is not a good place to raise kids”.

You don’t agree?

Well, take a look at a few reason why NYC is a great place for kids!

If you’re a mom, creativity needs to be in action 24/7.

Central Park and other parks are not necessarily a “behind the scenes” activity, but it is surely a highlight with the kids with the endless space for them to have fun. Hippo Park is a different spot to entertain the littles ones.

And still, if you’re the biker type, Citi Bike is a great option to commute up and down the city, or visit other boroughs.

Locations:
CitiBike – Spread through out the City – www.citibikenyc.com
Central Parkwww.centralparknyc.org
Hippo Park – Riverside Park, at West 90th-91st – https://riversideparknyc.org


Little Italy Neighborhood

Curiosities Insider Interviews Emily Guggino

“The coolest street in NY is Mulberry Street, between Grand and Broome, lol! That’s where our store is and we spend a tremendous amount of time there. Local New Yorkers are always surprised when they visit and see how much Little Italy has changed. It’s not just a tourist destination anymore….amazing restaurants and boutique shopping are slowly taking over.”

Yup! Little Italy has really changed a lot over the years and now we can find many New Yorkers roaming around the streets, discovering every new place that has opened. The street was named after the mulberry trees that once existed and was a street that housed grocery shops and butcher houses, with countless Italian immigrants.

And, as the New York Times wrote back in 1896:

“They are laborers; toilers in all grades of manual work; they are artisans, they are junkman, and here, too, dwell the rag pickers….There is a monster colony of Italians who might be termed the commercial or shop keeping community of the Latins.

Here are all sorts of stores, pensions, groceries, fruit emporiums, tailors, shoemakers, wine merchants, importers, musical instrument makers….There are notaries, lawyers, doctors, apothecaries, undertakers…. There are more bankers among the Italians than among any other foreigners except the Germans in the city.”

Now, it hosts nice Italian restaurants, cool small store and so much more.


And…a few fun questions to finish the Interview:

What does NYC mean to you?

“NYC will always mean a lot to us. It’s where we met, started our family and our business. So, it will always be our epicenter.”

What will a New Yorker never tell someone?

“There’s probably a lot a New Yorker would never tell someone. There’s just too much to tell! Everyday is an adventure.”

What piece of advise would you give someone that just moved to NY?

“New York is a dynamic place and full of extremes. It’s the absolute best place and the absolute worst all wrapped into one. That’s what we love about it!”


Thank you, Emily, for sharing these great spots and keep up the fantastic work with Mulberry & Grand!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Susan Portnoy, Life.com, Neutralthreads, Ephemeral New York and the venues

How about some Cha Cha Matcha in Little Italy!?

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At only 3 months old, Cha Cha Matcha in Little Italy is already a huge success in! It has become the new New Yorker addiction – a good one!

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This is certainly the new spot to try in Manhattan! You’ll find a bit of every type of people there – New Yorkers, families, young, old, tourists (a bit), and of course, a few bloggers since they do have some of the most instagrammable products!

The place is also very cheerful, with great summer colors, tropical vibe, a great music and yes, the b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l crowd!

Founders Matthew Morton and Conrad Sandelman, college friends, traveled around the world and ended up across the Globe, in Uji, located in Japan.

They fell in love with the culture, the people…and of course, the tea!

Coming back to NYC they joined their expertise in hospitality, with their huge passion for the matcha tea, and voilá! They created Cha Cha Matcha made with tea leaves directly from Uji, Japan!

The matcha’s you’ll find there are: the tradicional matcha, matcha latte both hot and cold, coconut matcha latte (the one we had!!!), matcha cappuccino and the refreshing matcha lemonade.

They also serve regular coffee – drips, expresso, macchiato, cappuccino, lattes, americanos, cold brews, draft lattes, etc. Plus, some great pastries to pair with your drinks.

When you go there, look at the wall inside the bar area! They have some pretty awesome vintage vinyl disc covers, all “Cha Cha” inspired. We found titles like “Cha Cha with Billy May” and “Mr. Cha Cha Cha with René Touzet”! So fun!

A little ‘cultural’ info: “The name Cha Cha Matcha is derived from the word “Ocha,” which translates to “tea” in Japanese.”

We’re sure you will love Cha Cha Matcha in Little Italy, and go back for more!

While you’re in the neighborhood, you can roam a bit and explore other places!

Try Greecologies – see what Emily Guggino, Founder of Mulberry & Grand says about it. If you’re hungry, grab lunch at the Mediterranean restaurant Rintintin. In the mood for drinks? The Ship is a fantastic spot in a secret basement for cocktails.

Lastly, are you a night owl? Enjoy a super trendy, upscale night at The Blond, inside the 11 Howard Hotel just a few blocks away, in SoHo.

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

Location: 373 Broome Street

https://chachamatcha.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cha Cha Matcha

Katie Perry Tells Where The Cool StartUp Entrepreneurs Hang

Curiosities Insider Interviews Katie Perry

Katie Perry, Director of Marketing at Crowdtap and 10x marathoner shares with us the places where the cool startup entrepreneurs hang out! Surely, some of the best NYC hot spots!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Katie Perry

Our Contributor, Arielle Crane, interviewed Katie Perry, Director of Marketing at Crowdtap – an Inc. 5000 tech company that was recently named “The Best Social Media Tool” by the Shorty Awards.

When she’s not at her startup’s NoHo HQ, she can be found (quite literally) running around the city.

Katie is a 10x marathoner – or causing trouble with her friends in Williamsburg.

Arthur’s Tavern

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“‘Dive’ is an understatement at Arthur’s Tavern: Everything smells like mildew, the toilets never work, and the décor hasn’t been updated since the Reagan presidency. The music, though! A tale talented house band sets the stage with classic R&B hits while you await the big show: Sweet Georgia Brown, a 80-year-old soul singer with pipes like Aretha.”

Founded in 1937, Arthur’s Tavern has some of the best live jazz and blues music. Every night of the week they host ‘live jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, and Dixieland jazz music’ and they don’t ask for a cover charge!

Hours:
Live jazz: 7pm-10pm, Tuesday through Saturday
Dixieland Jazz: Sunday & Monday 8pm-11pm, Sunday and Monday
Best of blues and R&B:Tuesday – Saturday from 9pm – 3am and Sunday & Monday from 11pm – 3am

Location: 57 Grove Street, West Village

www.arthurstavernnyc.com


El Cortez

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“One of the geniuses behind The Commodore and Pies & Thighs debuted this Mex-American haunt, El Cortez, last summer, conveniently located two blocks from the Morgan Avenue’s L stop. The restaurant’s giant totem pole looks absolutely ridiculous against Bushwick’s post-industrial skyline, and that’s okay. Get the nachos – they’re 100 emoji status and SUPER hot – and pick your poison off a lengthy drink menu. Karaoke kicks off at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays.”

Founded by Stephen Tanner, El Cortez is located in one of the artsy streets in Bushwick. Besides the restaurant, you can find a dance floor and a bar upstairs, if you decide to extend your night.

No cover charged and you do have to be over 21 to get in.

Hours:
Daily from 4pm through 4am

Location: 17 Ingraham Street, Bushwick

http://elcortezbushwick.com


Mulberry Street Bar

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“At a first glance Mulberry Street Bar looks like your standard Little Italy bar-slash-pizza kitchen, but something magical happens here on Friday nights. A regular crowd of straight outta Sicily karaoke enthusiasts fills the gingham-covered tables and belt out crooner hits from Dean-o and Old Blue Eyes. Watch out for Sonny – the most incredible karaoke performer you ever did see. The brick oven pizza isn’t too shabby, either.”

Founded in 1908, Mulberry Street Bar is one of the oldest bars in New York City.

It has hosted a few of Hollywood’s favorite movies like: Donnie Brasco, The Sopranos, Law & Order and Contract on Cherry Street with Frank Sinatra.

Décor is practically the same as when it opened, with a few modern twists.

Location: 176 Mulberry Street, Little Italy

www.mulberrystreetbar.com


The Globe NYC

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“If being “basic” is a thing, why not embrace it in the most ironic way possible? The Globe NYC, a typical bro bar most nights, is a gem late night on Saturdays. Check your bougie attitude at the door and bring a high-energy squad to dance the night away to terrible Top 40 – because even hipsters can appreciate the occasional Pitbull banger.”

The Globe NYC is an old-school Irish pub, since 1886, with a fireplace featuring Guinness and other drafts, plus pub grub.

They have Burger & Brew for $12 from Mondays – Fridays, until 4pm.

Plus, every Tuesday night from 8pm – 11pm, they have a Live Irish Folk Jam Music!

Oh! Wanna host your party there? They have a new craft bar and event space called The Green Room. Go check it out.

Location: 158 East 23rd Street, NoMad

http://theglobeny.com


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