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5 Magical NYC Activities to Try This Winter

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Come explore 5 magical NYC activities to try this winter! So many unique spots to enjoy, so let us help you out!

There’s no shortage of exciting things to do in New York City. But, in this season of wind tunnels and freezing rain, locals and tourists alike have to get creative! So, come check out 5 magical NYC activities to try this winter!

Ice skating and holiday markets are all well and good, but what about some more original activities to try in NYC during the winter months?

To help keep up your spirits until the city starts to thaw, here are five magical NYC activities to try this winter.


#1 Go crazy golfing in a botanical palace

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If you’ve never heard of crazy golf before, get ready to have your world rocked.

This new-to-NYC phenomenon combines all the best of mini golf, bougie bar hopping and delicious street food, with a setting fit for royalty – in this case, the underground palace of Swingers Crazy Golf in NoMad.

Here, you and friends can putt your way through three amazing crazy golf courses, challenging each other to get past their many riveting obstacles!

To help you keep warm, you’ll obviously get plenty of physical activity at Swingers, and you can have drinks delivered to you right there on the course. (The Chailand Iced Tea – an energizing combination of chai-infused vodka, lemonade and cinnamon syrup – is sure to leave you feeling toasty.)

With cocktails and golf clubs in hand, you’ll also have great props for posing with Swingers’ gorgeous botanical decorations! And once you’ve worked up an appetite, don’t forget to stop by the gourmet street food vendors for pescado tacos and pepperoni pinwheels.

If you’re after a deluxe NYC destination for food, drink and entertainment, Swingers does it all.

Location: 35 West 29th Street

 

#2 Curate tunes at a classic vinyl record bar

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Karaoke is always a hoot, but for those who’ve heard a few too many off-key renditions of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, consider a much trendier option: an old-school vinyl record bar.

Our favourite in NYC would have to be Tokyo Record Bar, just a few minutes’ walk from Washington Square Park – and the ideal spot for a memorable night with friends (or to impress a date).

At TRB, you’ll be seated in an intimate, warmly lit space to choose from exciting drinks such as honeydew sake and buttermilk nigori. You can then proceed to the main menus, both culinary and musical.

On the former, you’ll find elegant dishes like hiramasa sashimi with burgundy truffle and caviar; for the latter, you and your guest(s) can select vinyl jukebox songs to be played as part of your dining experience.

Needless to say, a few hours at TRB can really reinvigorate a dreary winter evening… but make reservations now if you’re interested, because this 12-seat space fills up fast!

Location: 127 MacDougal Street

 

#3 Visit an enchanting French bookstore

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Bookstores aren’t such a rare sight in NYC, but bookstores like Albertine – located on the third floor of the Payne Whitney mansion on Fifth Avenue – contain a sliver of cultural magic.

This enchanting space has the largest collection of French language books in the country, with classic titles from 30 French-speaking countries, as well as plenty of English books and translations for those who don’t parlent français.

Visitors can enjoy this abundant, cross-cultural literature under a deep blue, astrology-inspired ceiling and golden hanging lamps. Without a doubt, Albertine is just the place to immerse yourself in another world on a cold winter’s afternoon (and maybe take a dreamy doze in one of their leather loveseats).

Alternatively, for those who don’t want to be tempted into buying any beautiful, expensive books, we’d recommend the Morgan Library and Museum: a glorious Beauty and the Beast-style collection situated two miles down the road, close to the Empire State Building.

Location: 972 5th Avenue

 

#4 Get your game on at an eccentric Brooklyn arcade

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Got some laundry to do? Looking to play a bit of pinball? Or just craving a beer after a long day? For any or all of the above, take a trip down to Sunshine Laundromat in Greenpoint.

This retro laundromat/arcade/bar feels very New York City: a quirky space that’s nonetheless quite functional and minimalist in design.

Indeed, some of the flashier arcade spaces in the city can feel a bit artificial. Sunshine Laundromat, on the other hand, is a truly authentic Brooklyn spot frequented by locals.

Pull up a stool and order a pint of locally brewed Greenpoint beer, or take a turn at one of the nostalgically themed pinball machines – Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Jurassic Park are just three iconic themes you’ll find here.

And if you happen to spill a drink on your jacket, simply pop it in the washing machine and pick it up on your way out! (Seriously, this is one amenity that every Brooklyn bar should offer.)

Location: 860 Manhattan Avenue

 

#5 Sip warming drinks at a secret speakeasy

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Speaking of highly authentic and slightly hidden NYC spots, our last suggestion is a speakeasy in the East Village – a place so covert, it has a hidden entrance and is quite literally called “Please Don’t Tell.” (We’re only defying their request because it’s a genuinely cool spot that many more people should know about!)

Step through the phone booth in Crif’s Dogs (a local hot dog joint) to a low-lit, highbrow space of brick walls and polished surfaces. Here, you can order signature PDT cocktails and classic drinks alike – perhaps a regionally appropriate Cosmo or Manhattan.

And if you want to go all out to beat the winter blues, consider hiring out the entire venue for up to 30 people!

Take note, however, that of all these magical things to do in NYC, an evening at PDT is one of the hardest to come by; they’re often booked up until well after midnight.

So, if this one sounds like a wintertime winner to you, we’d suggest making reservations well in advance.

Location: 113 St. Marks Place


Photo Credit: Swingers, Please Don’t Tell, Sunshine Laundromat, Albertine Bookshop, Tokyo Record Bar, 

Adapting NYC Businesses To Soak Up The Rain

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Becoming Part Of The Sponge – Adapting NYC Businesses To Soak Up The Rain

Adapting NYC Businesses To Soak Up The Rain Behind the Scenes NYC

Drought marked summer for much of the USA and, in NYC at least, winter will be marked by torrential rain.

However, as Bloomberg has analyzed, the city is not set up to make the most of that. Instead of capturing and harnessing the power of rainwater, the city will likely waste most of it.

Impermeable urban spaces and excessive runoff will mean most water is lost and, worse, will cause flooding.

In order to tackle this, the city needs to become a ‘sponge’, according to Bloomberg – and that includes private business changing how it manages its water. But how?


A water retaining landscape

Storm Ida really put into focus just how poorly managed NYC infrastructure is when it comes to rainwater.

On asphalt, storm waters sluiced off into houses and properties, causing huge damage – and damage that was entirely avoidable. As the New York Times highlights, water retaining surfaces can mitigate storms to a significant degree.

That means including more vegetation and green spaces throughout the city, but also using futuristic new permeable inorganic surfaces – such as bioswales.

For businesses, there is a huge business case for creating such surfaces.

Not only does this minimize the risk of flood damage, but it promotes water retention the rest of the year round, minimizing water costs and creating healthier green areas.


Joining the cloudburst

One of the plans put into place for residential areas of NYC is the cloudburst initiative.

Put simply, this aims to collect a huge amount of water from downpours, saving it to then be released at a later date.

This prevents an overwhelming amount of water from pouring into storm areas, and helps to mitigate the storm.

This can be done by businesses too.

Invest in water butts to collect rainwater and prevent it overspilling; this can then be used in the business from everything from watering plants to providing plumbing utility.


Sorting out the plumbing

In NYC and across the country, deprecated plumbing systems are causing huge water losses. According to the EPA, a simply leaky toilet will create 21,600 gallons of water loss per month, or $2,100 in costs per year.

An unattended hose will put out 43,200 gallons of water per month, and $4,300 per year.

Dripping pipes and cracks in plumbing will, therefore, soon add to the water problem, and cause a huge amount of monetary loss for a business.

Consider the impact of NYCs 8 million plus people and all of their households and businesses together; it puts a significant strain on the drainage system and makes it harder for the city to deal with storms when they come.

Addressing commercial plumbing issues will ease that burden, and save a lot of money.


Commercial properties need to go a little further than what the city demands in order to meet the challenge of ever worsening storms.

Doing an extra bit will help the city all the more – and help preserve the business’ bottom line.

Kid Friendly Things To Do In New York City

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Yes, New York is an amazing place to go with kids! So, we put together several kid friendly things to do in New York City to help you out!

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There are so many kid friendly things to do in New York City that it can be hard to figure out what to do at first.

If you’re going to the city with kids, it can be even harder.

You might think of New York as the perfect getaway for adults. But, it’s actually set up for kids to have the best time of their lives, and there are many things for kids to do in NYC.

No matter how much time you have in New York, you’re sure to run out of time (and maybe space on your laptop for storing photos if you don’t do a hard drive cleanup before you go!) if you don’t plan ahead and know what you want to do and see.

Here are some of the best things for kids to do in New York City to get your family trip started.


Luna Park

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Even though you have to take a 45-minute train ride from midtown Manhattan to get to Luna Park, it’s one of the best things to do in NYC.

Coney Island is known for its fun rides and great street food. While you’re there, don’t forget to try a Nathan’s hot dog or Feltman’s!

There are rides and games for kids and adults of all ages at Luna Park. You can easily spend a whole day there if you don’t plan ahead.

 

Ellis Island

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To get to Ellis Island, you have to take a ferry from Battery Park in Manhattan. It is possible to take a ferry to Ellis Island and then to Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty is located.

All immigrants who came to New York did so through Ellis Island, which is now a fascinating museum that tells the stories of the 12 million people who went through the center from 1900 to 1954.

This should be at the top of your list of things to do in New York City with your kids that will both teach them and keep them busy.

Do take a look at an exclusive experience called “Behind The Scenes Tour Of The Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital“! You’ll have access to out of bound spots not offered to the general public that visits Ellis Island! Note: This is recommended to older kids.

 

The Statue of Liberty

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Seeing the Statue of Liberty should be at the top of any New York City visitor’s to-do list. It’s not too difficult to get to because, like Ellis Island, you can take a ferry from Battery Park to get there.

Get to the top of the Crown, if you can. In addition to the amazing scenery, you’ll also get to tick that off your bucket list.

However, keep in mind that you need to be 48 inches tall to go up that high, and there are, as you might think, many narrow steps to climb.

The Statue of Liberty Museum is another must-visit since it houses the historic torch from the statue itself, which measures 16 feet in height, among other artifacts.

Oh, and during the summer, an amazing activity is the jetski ride on the Hudson River! It’s definitely a memorable experience!

 

New York Transit Museum

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Anything different is sure to keep kids very busy. The New York Transit Museum could do very well as a different thing to do in NYC.

It’s in a building that used to be a subway station, so you have to go underground to get there, which is always fun.

Once you get there, you’ll be able to look at old subway trains and even sit in the driver’s seat. You’ll also be able to learn as much as you can about how the huge subway system that so many New Yorkers and tourists use today got started.

It’s a small museum that you can see in about an hour. So, it’s a great place to stop on any day of your trip.

Here to can read more about it and a few other under the radar museums in NYC!

 

The American Museum of Natural History

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The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is a great place to take the kids if you want to figure out what to do in NYC with them.

It is 150 years old and has lots of interesting things to look at that will keep everyone busy for hours.

There are some high-tech things to do, like 3D exhibits, but you can also see some amazing real-world things, like the t-rex skeleton and the famous, huge blue whale model.

Kids ages 5 to 12 can learn how to put dinosaur bones together and do a lot more in the Discovery Room.

 

Jane’s Carousel

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No one can refuse a spin on an old-fashioned carousel at the carnival.

Jane’s Carousel in Empire-Fulton Ferry Park (near the Brooklyn Bridge) is always a terrific time, so be sure to include it in your itinerary when visiting New York City.

Everyone knows about this carousel. It’s one of the last remaining classic carousels, having been constructed in 1922.

It’s a great time, it still operates flawlessly, and it’s a historic piece of New York.

And, not far from Dumbo, be sure to check out Domino Park that was renovated not that long ago. There’s an amazing view of Manhattan, a beautiful wall by the river, food vendors, some activities and sports area.


Photo Credits: @BehindTheScenesNYC and Courtesy of New York Transit Museum

3 New Must-Visit Buildings in NYC With Amazing Architectural Features

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Today, we can to share with you 3 new must-visit building in NYC with amazing architectural features! The city has so many amazing buildings, so be sure to look up, as you walk!

There are over 6,400 high rise buildings in NYC.

While some of the most famed include that of the Central Park Tower, the Empire State Building, and the 111 West 57th Street building, NYC’s architectural marvels extend well beyond the city’s skyscrapers.

From the fascinating structure of The Shed to exploring the history behind Grand Central Terminal — and even diving into the incorporation of greenery into other structures, here are just three must-visit architectural wonders located in the Big Apple.


Beyond Central Park

Ford Foundation Center Must Visit Buildings in NYC

Central Park might feel like the only green space in the entirety of New York City, though the garden inside of the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice makes for a peaceful surprise where you might not expect it.

Located at 320 East 43rd Street, the building itself consists of a glass and steel cube-like structure.

While certainly not as big as Central Park, the impressive garden within the Ford Foundation Center consists of 10,000 square feet, and is located at the base of an atrium. Architectural Digest notes that the garden was ‘conceived and executed’ by a midcentury landscape architect by the name of Dan Kiley.

Today, recent improvements made include wheelchair accessibility, as well as features for the vision-impaired, which aids in making the garden more accessible to the public.

For tourists who visit the Ford Foundational garden (or Central Park) and wish to bring the city’s greenery aesthetic into your own home, doing so can easily be done through the incorporation of indoor trees.

With benefits that involve lowering stress levels, air purification, and simply bringing an earthy ambiance to any home office, living room, or bedroom, an indoor tree can be a fantastic way to incorporate a hint of greenery reminiscent of the city into any home.

When looking to successfully style indoor trees, doing so can be done by seeking visual harmony in terms of color palette and considering a taller tree to fill empty spaces that draw visual attention.

www.fordfoundation.org

 

The Shed

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When it comes to the arts, The Shed presents a majorly unique architectural marvel for those visiting or living in NYC.

Located in Hudson Yards, the structure opened in Spring of 2019 and serves as a culture center that presents a vast variety regarding the arts.

A 200,000 sq ft building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, Architect Magazine notes that there are two primary components that make up The Shed.

“An eight-level “fixed” base building for cultural programming and support spaces, and a telescoping outer shell that deployed over an adjoining plaza to double the building’s footprint on demand.”

Architect Magazine goes on to further note that the base building involves two levels of gallery space, a theater, rehearsal space, a creative lab for artists, and even an event space, highlighting the sheer capacity of the structure which literally looks like a shed.

https://theshed.org

 

The rich history behind Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal Must Visit Buildings in NYC

While it’s now known as one of the most famous tourist attractions with 750,000 visitors every day, Grand Central first opened to the public on February 2nd of 1913.

To highlight its architectural detail, Grand Central Terminal notes “One of the splendors of Grand Central is that its vast, majestic spaces reveal extraordinary attention to the smallest design detail”. https://www.grandcentralterminal.com

And further going on to point out that “The architects brought in Parisian artist Sylvain Salieres to craft bronze and stone carvings, including ornamental inscriptions, decorative flourishes, and sculpted oak leaves and acorns (symbols of the Vanderbilt family).”

The sheer detail and attention to the architectural design can be found in various other ways throughout the terminal as well — such as the marble floors, imitation Caen stone walls, and even the famous Oyster Bar’s vaulted ceilings, which feature Gustavino tiles.

New York City is full of towering skyscrapers and other buildings, giving reason to its nickname of ‘concrete jungle.’

However, when looking for those that are particularly innovative in architectural design, the city has no shortage — whether it be clever incorporations of greenery, a functional design that caters to a variety of uses, or the rich history behind the city’s staple locations.

www.grandcentralterminal.com

4 Great Places To Take Your Dad In NYC

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New York is not only a place for the young and daring, but it’s an amazing city for kids, families, moms and dad! So, today we will share with you 4 amazing places to take your dad in NYC!

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Yup! New York it great for dads, so we’ve put together a short list of 4 great places to take your dad in NYC. He’ll definitely have a memorable time!

While it can be lovely and the height of friendship to celebrate an event with your mother, or to take them on a special trip, from time to time it’s a fantastic idea to care for your father too.

No matter if this is your Dad, a stepfather, or someone who has simply filled that role in your life, heading to a special place like NYC and finding the best entertainment for you both to enjoy is a great idea.

Luckily, NYC is a playground for many, and caters to guys of all walks of life.

In this post, then, we’ll discuss four great places to take your Dad during your NYC trip, for a weekend out, or a longform vacation.

Let’s get started:


Mustang Harry’s Irish Bar

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Located on 352 7th Avenue (between 29th and 30th street), Mustang Harry’s Irish Bar is a fantastic sports bar and restaurant near Madison Square Garden which welcomes everyone of age.

With a beautiful rustic-modern design, beautiful wood panelling and comfortable seating, relaxing and feeling the buzz and atmosphere has been enjoyed by guys and Dads for over two decades.

The bar and restaurant is proud of its lunch and dinner menu and has been regarded as offering outstanding value compared to many other bars in the local area.

Location: 352 7th Avenue, Chelsea
https://www.mustangharrys.com

 

The Storm King Art Center

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While Storm King is located just outside of NYC, it’s considered an incredible art showing with sculpture exhibits that truly beggar belief.

Set over five hundred acres combining woodlands and beautiful hills, many of the best sculpture artists in the world proudly display their works here and help give you a real sense of reverence for this artisan craft.

On top of that, they regularly host events specifically for Father’s Day, but will certainly help any guy who respects craftsmanship feel utterly inspired.

Location: 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY
http://stormking.org

 

Visit Shipwrecked for Ultimate Mini-Golf

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Many of us have played mini-golf in a small area designed for a local resort or near a beach, but what if a business took a real dedication to design the best courses, suitable for all families, and offering fun and collaborative effort for every team?

Shipwrecked in Red Hook is considered one of the better mini gold locations around.

With quick but well-designed courses with aesthetic implements that rival the locations they’re meant to represent.

This can be a quick way to have some fun between lunch and dinner, and to burn off some of your competitive calories before you head to the bar later.

Location: 621 Court Street 2nd Fl, Red Hook, Brooklyn
https://www.shipwreckednyc.com

 

Check Out Some Independent Acts at Forest Hills Stadium

Forest Hills Stadium Behind the Scenes NYC

Nestled in the heart of Queens, Forest Hills Stadium is considered to be one of the most calming and enjoyable stadiums around.

With a great rotation of talent from indie bands to hallmark throwback acts, this venue attracts comedians, acting troupes, and the next great music act alike.

Not only this, but the premium experience can grant you a couple of free drinks.

If there were any way to convince your Dad to see a folk band they may like, this is a great place to start.

With this advice, you’re certain to have a great time with your father figure, or whoever else you wish to treat, around and across NYC.

Location: 1 Tennis Pl, Forest Hills, NY
https://foresthillsstadium.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ono Kosuki

NYC Outdoor Activities You Never Thought About Doing

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New York is known for being a real concrete jungle, but today I’m going to show you some of the most amazing NYC outdoor activities you never thought about doing! So, see below how to explore New York in a different way!


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People come to New York and end up doing the most common activities and experiences like visiting famous landmarks, restaurants, bars, shopping, museums and galleries, etc. But, not everyone knows the different and pretty special NYC outdoor activities you can though out the city.

I decided to show you 3 of them for you to try out! From customized picnics at the park, to horseback riding and jet skiing in the Hudson River, I’m sure you’re going to have a fantastic time!

But wait! There is just so much more that we can organize for you: rollerblade rentals, bike rentals, bike tours, walking tours, pedicab tours, food tours, secret tours, and more!

If you have time, why not book all three? You don’t need to do anything, just Contact Us with your request and we’ll set is all up to you and your friends/family.


Picnic at the Park

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So many people come to NY and tell me that they’d love to have a picnic at the park. They see so many locals having fun and they want the same experience, but don’t know where to start from or don’t have time to plan it all.

In addition, going to Central Park can be an overwhelming experience due to all the tourists roaming around. But, going to Central Park, with the right information of the best hidden spots for a delicious, unique picnic, can be priceless!

Plus, it’s also a great idea for a special celebration or a romantic afternoon at the park!

Well, we love this experience! Many of our private clients and corporate clients do too, and we’ve written about it before!

You will definitely have a great time! There are countless different options to choose from!

Contact us for more information and to book the experience!


Horseback Riding

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Yes! You can do horseback riding at Central Park too! Different from the carriages that over work the horses, our partner takes really good care of them.

Each horse works a maximum of 6hours a day and are transported to the park properly.

The tours are 1 hour long and pass by the most beautiful spots in the park from Strawberry Fields, where the John Lennon memorial is, to the Reservoir and other special spots.

If you have kids, it’s also a great activity since they have 10min pony rides. Little ones should be 2 years old at least and the guide is beside them all the time.

I rode Oscar, a huge, beautiful, white horse and had a great time exploring Central Park through another angle.

Contact us for more information and to book the experience!


Jet Ski in the Hudson River

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I had heard before that people could rent a jet ski, hop on and enjoy the Hudson River! But, I had never really tried it.

Well, I finally decided to be brave and go try it out, after all, how cool is it to actually ride a jet ski on this famous river?!

We got the ferry at a downtown spot, ride beside the 9/11 Memorial and head to a Marina on the Jersey side. It’s only 15min away from Manhattan. Super quick and seamless.

Each way costs $8/person and ferries leave quite frequently, so don’t worry.

There are 2 types of rides, a shorter one that covers mostly Midtown Manhattan and downtown, and the 2.5h ride that you actually drive around the entire Manhattan island. So cool!

I had a great time! The view is truly spectacular, it’s a priceless experience and the Hudson water is quite, by the way!

Contact us for more information and to book the experience!


If you enjoyed these NYC outdoor activities you never thought about doing and love moving your body around nature, be sure to see our suggestions on Day Trips & Travels.

Also, if you prefer classes to sweat it all out, see our Fitness & Health posts, where you can explore countless other tips of what to do throughout the city!

Have fun!


Disclaimer: All liabilities are signed directly with and are responsibility of our partners. Behind the Scenes NYC, LLC only intermediates the experience to our clients.



Videography and PhotographyBlack3 Agency
Beauty: Leila Soldeira
Styling:
 Camilla Adão

*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

How to Look Impossibly Chic in NYC at All Times

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We all know that New York City is known for being one of the top fashion capitals in the world. Ladies (and gents) from countless countries try to replicate the NYC style. So, we’ve decided to share how to you can look amazingly chic in NYC at all times!

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Although the New York City look is well documented, defining it is still hard. New York women are known as some of the most stylish and sleek in the world. And, they always look impossibly chic in NYC day and night!

Their signature mark is being able to look fashionable and effortless at the same time.

Series like Sex and the City and Gossip Girl were shot in New York and shared priceless insights into the fashion scene and style!

If your goal is to look chic and polished, you are in the right place! With a couple of tips and tricks, it’s possible to pull off the NYC look without too much hassle.

This quick guide is designed to help you look impossibly chic in NYC at all times!


1. Invest in Wardrobe Classics and Pick Your Trend

NYC girls are not slaves to fashion trends. They would rather spend money on good quality basics and investment pieces and go with a high-low mix.

They manage to combine timeless, well-made coats, shoes, and bags with items from Topshop or H&M brands.

So, to start, you need to know what suits you and your body type and work the latest trend around that.

Load up on classics like fitted jackets, a great pair of jeans, cashmere sweaters, a couple of dresses, and a perfect pair of pumps.

These wardrobe staples will allow you to mix and match the garments and look fabulous in minutes. We love the Israeli designer, Nili Lotan, with all her simple sophistication or try exploring the vintage and thrift shops in NYC!

For instance, a leather jacket with some skinny jeans and a beanie will keep you looking chic while giving your outfit a certain edge.


2. Embrace a More Undone Look

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The key to looking effortlessly chic is in mastering the undone look.

This look is cool, classy, and relaxed at the same time. Dressing for comfort is what New Yorkers do, but they add a twist to it with a couple of nice touches.

For instance, relaxed clothing should be balanced with more structured pieces. Try combining slouchy trousers with a structured sweatshirt and a cocoon coat. UMA | Raquel Davidowicz has a timeless style and some truly amazing items.

When done right, a messy bun and smudged eyeliner will up your overall aesthetics level, with just a little bit of effort. Oh! By the way, find mini and cute skirts here. They are great to put together an effortlessly chic look.


3. Add Statement Accessories to Elevate Your Style

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The key to a show-stopping look is in the specific details.

When you need something a little more unique, turn to statement pieces. They are perfect for dressing up a minimalistic outfit or elevating an already glamorous look.

You can easily take any look to the next level by simply adding statement earrings, oversized sunglasses, or a bejeweled bag to your ensemble.

If you are interested in learning more about jewelry, like how to determine whether your sterling silver pieces are genuine, take a look at Moon Magic’s blog for Inspiration.


4. Having the Right Shoes is a Must

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The right pair of shoes will add the perfect amount of flair to any outfit.

When it comes to New York, try to strike a fine balance between practical but unstylish and stylish yet ultra-uncomfortable.

Don’t worry; it’s possible to be comfortable and chic.

Try mid-heeled booties, ankle boots, oxford lace-ups, smoking loafers, or low-heel sandals for summertime. They are versatile and comfortable enough to navigate the constant motion required in NYC.

A cool pair of sneakers can also do the trick, especially if you pair them with a graphic Tee and jeans, a printed wrap top, denim cutoff, or a feminine dress.

Also, keep in mind that people mostly walk and commute through the subways in NYC. Many times, it’s much faster than grabbing an Uber, specially during rush hours. If you’re exploring the New York City’s top attractions, be sure to get your comfortable shoes.

There are countless amazing brands, but you can start looking at some like Schutz, Alexander Birman or Josefina Portugal. Their sneakers are super trendy and extremely comfortable for walking.


5. Keep Your Grooming Habits on Point

New Yorkers are religious about their maintenance, so you need to nail it too.

Starting with the right foundation is the surefire way to look stylish at all times. Again, there is an infinity of brands at different price points, so you might want to swing by Sephora, for example, to see what suits you best!

In addition, regular visits to your hairdresser, neat brows, and a regular manicure will help you enhance your appearance and upgrade your look.

Not sure where to go to get your hair and nails done? Well, we love the Brazilian-born hair expert Rogerio Cavalcante and if you’re blond, or like to go blond, he’s the guy! Also, the duo behind Olivia Palermo’s amazing hair is another great option!

Don’t forget about your skin!

Quality skin products, along with enough sleep and a well-balanced diet, will keep it healthy and revitalized.


6. Hat Always Works in New York

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A hat is the type of accessory that can take your outfit up a notch.

Whatever the gender or the season, covering your head in NYC is always in.

In the sun, go with fedoras and straw hats, and in the wintertime, beanies are an excellent choice. If you want to add a bit of chic French touch to your outfit, try a beret.

Whether you choose a fancier hat or a plain one, it gives off an urban city girl’s vibe.

To help you out, we love these two talented hat designers: Teressa Foglia and Satya Twena. If you want something exclusive, ask about their custom-made pieces!

In the end, it’s not that hard to look impossibly chic in NYC at all times. Whatever you choose to put on, make sure to wear it with confidence, ‘cause that’s what New York is all about!


Photo Credits: Black 3 Agency and courtesy of Courtney Cook, Crystal Jo, Chris Murray, Dusan Jovic on Unsplash
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How to Take Stunning Photos of New York City

Curiosities City Secrets How to Take Stunning Photos of New York City

New York is atop many travelers’ bucket lists, and for many good reasons. Today we’re going to show you how to take stunning photos of New York City. You’ll not only capture memorable moments, but also make your social media channels overflow with likes!

Curiosities City Secrets How to Take Stunning Photos of New York City

NYC only is it one of the world’s leading metropolises for art, fashion, food and theater, but it’s also one of the greatest cities to photograph. So, we’re here to give you valuable tips on how to take stunning photos of New York City, find unique spots to shoot and use the right gear!

If you happen to be an avid photographer and are visiting NYC for the first time, you may be overwhelmed with the creative possibilities available when roaming around the city, right?

Whether for the simple pleasure of taking photos, or for a commercial venture, here are some tips for taking stunning shots of the Big Apple:


Do Your Research

There’s no doubt that winging it works during photo walks, but if you want to make the most out of your experience photographing New York City, it’s always best to plan ahead.

When planning your travel itinerary, take the time to do research on the spots you want to take pictures of. The biggest advantage of this is how much time you will save getting to different areas.

If you don’t research, you may end up backtracking a lot and reducing the number of scenic spots you get to visit. Commuting in New York is easy but can be very time consuming.

If you don’t know where to start, you start with popular spots that both tourists and photographers alike frequent.

Look at visiting the iconic Bethesda Terrace located in Central Park, or perhaps the High Line, which is an old abandoned rail trail on the west side of Manhattan that was renovated years ago into a fantastic spot to explore.

To optimize your time, try to divide your explorations per neighborhood, so you don’t keep bouncing from one end of the city to the other. From here you can easily plan your next move.


Bring the Right Gear

It goes without saying that you need the proper gear in order to take genuinely stunning shots.

While mobile photography is becoming more and more popular these days due to the increasingly advanced cameras built into smartphones, nothing beats the quality you get from using a professional camera such as a DSLR.

This is because there is wide array of accessories, especially lenses, for traditional cameras that will vary the type of photos you can take.

Adorama’s professional photography gear includes DSLR cameras and shows how lenses can range from 18mm to 200mm, which allow photographers to take photos from different distances.

You can also select specialist macro lenses that allows you to sharp, detailed, close-up photos of small subjects (think the various plants found in Central Park), while wide-angle ones are ideal for taking images of scenic landscapes like the Brooklyn Bridge.


Experiment with Angles

Post-production helps with elevating your shots from good to great, but you need to start with something that’s already beautiful to begin with.

When shooting, writer Anthony Andranik Moumjian recommends taking as many shots as you can of your subject at every angle you can creatively imagine (which is why it is best to bring a wide range of lenses).

Unless you live in the city, you will only have a limited time to photograph New York. So, taking many shots at enough angles and with enough volume raises your chances of achieving “the shot” at every place you visit.

New York City is a beauty on its own and is “easy” to photograph, but finding a unique angle will definitely set you apart from all other photographers.


Visit lesser-known spots

Popular destinations are popular for a reason. But, if you truly want a unique perspective in your photos, you may want to look into exploring lesser-known destinations in the city. And, that’s totally our expertise and up our alley…as you probably already know!

For example, seeking out hidden gems such as the 620 Loft and Gallery on the roof of the Rockefeller Center are some of the spots we love best! This will provide you will a skyline perspective that many visitors miss out on.

You can also visit hidden gems like Freeman Alley, where you can find a quaint restaurant with fairy lights and a relatively new speakeasy bar, or the Freedom Tunnel where you can come across some interesting graffiti.

There is no city like New York, and while you may think it is impossible to take unique photos of the Big Apple, with a little research, the right equipment, and the desire to seek out hidden gems you will take some truly stunning photos.

Be sure to share with us your findings on the comments below! We’d love to see the places you explored and what you thought about them!


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Intangible Forms by Shohei Fujimoto at ARTECHOUSE NYC

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Come explore Intangible Forms by Shohei Fujimoto, the new immersive installation at ARTECHOUSE! Be sure to guarantee your tickets…it’s for a limited time!

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ARTECHOUSE invited us to another exclusive preview to experience a new immersive installation called Intangible Forms by Shohei Fujimoto!

This time, the new fully immersive visual experience is a multi-sensory, abstract journey into the known and unknown of the world around us.

It opened to the public on March 3rd, but due to the Covid-19 Pandemic closed in only a few days. Now, they reopened following all social distancing and safety protocols.

So, take a look below to see what it’s all about and guarantee your tickets!


About Intangible Forms:

The multi-sensory installation is abstract in nature and minimalist in form. It reveals to the viewer the elaborate and invisible systems that underlie our reality, making visible the powerful forces that shape our every moment.

The results are dramatic, visceral, almost operatic in nature. It invites guests to exist in a space and time all its own, for the duration of the visit. 1 Light, time, and autonomy are recurring motifs that travel throughout the installation. Coded operations serve as a building block for Fujimoto’s process of exploration.

Often, Fujimoto refers to code and the mathematical operations as the invisible markers that create form. Sculpting imagery not in a particular shape, but sculpting the mathematical operations behind the image to give shape. Both intricate and alluring, Fujimoto’s works are prime examples for a new way of drawing and creating visual artworks.

In addition, the centerpiece installation invites us to see the intangible as tangible using kinetic laser modules set in a hazy soundscape.

But, what is it all about?

”I’ve been trying to generate virtual consciousness and, in extension, virtual life in this work, triggering a deeper sense of humanity in ourselves” – shares Fujimoto.

This central idea continues through a series of four more works spread throughout the space. All of which are created to exist in their own time axis with limited functionality, that imitate life phenomena around us.

“I hope by the end of their visit, the guests are able to focus on their own universal sense of being.”


More about ARTECHOUSE:

Founded in 2015 by arts advocates Sandro and Tati, ARTECHOUSE is a new age art destination dedicated to showcasing works by groundbreaking artists who work with new technology and new forms of creative expression.⁠

ARTECHOUSE will offer visitors and artists alike the most technologically advanced art platform in the world.

Utilizing the Barco-powered, 16K resolution, 150 megapixel, laser projection technology, ARTECHOUSE will be the first cultural institution to integrate the largest seamless megapixel count, bringing every pixel alive in the widest color spectrum.


So, if you enjoyed this amazing immersive experience at ARTECHOUSE, you might want to check out Arcadia Earth. They are the first immersive augmented reality journey through planet Earth.

They built a creative way to share critical topics of what’s happening to our Home. So, come see this augmented reality journey with a purpose!

Tickets:
Adults: $24
Students & Seniors (65+): $20
First Responders: $20
Children (4-14): $17
Children under 4: FREE

Book online and get $5 off!

GET TICKETS!

Date: Up through October 14th, 2020

Location: Chelsea Market – 439 West 15th Street⁠

www.artechouse.com


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So, Can You Afford to Move to NYC?

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Many people dream of packing up their life, getting out of that one-horse town, and starting anew in New York City, and why wouldn’t they? But, can you afford to move to NYC?!

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As the cultural capital of the world, New York has something for everybody, but the question is: Can you afford to move to NYC?

Like any big city, you need to be able to afford it, and while you’ve romanticized boho dreams of the struggling artist, there is nothing glamorous about struggling to make ends meet.

Our founder, Fernanda, did THE move almost 6 years ago and has quite an exciting story to share!

Before making your move to the Big Apple, here’s what you need to know.


Fix Your Finances

Fixing your finances is vital before you make any significant move. So, it’s not wise to make your move while still partying off debts, especially considering how expensive New York can be.

There are solutions to help you, though.

For example, the Debt to Success System is completely legitimate, and it can assist in fixing your finances and providing crucial debt relief to make you more confident before making your move.

Another idea is to start putting together a thorough spreadsheet where you can start listing all your future expenses to understand what your monthly cost would be. With that number in mind, it will be easier to start planning.


Know The Neighborhood

There are plenty of neighborhoods across New York. Some of them are hip and fun, whereas others have seen better days. This might be something that appeals to you, so it’s worth knowing where you want to live, and whether that’s even possible.

For families, Metropolitan New York is the best place to go, but if you want to be close to culture and the financial hub, there is nowhere more suitable than Manhattan.

However, you could also consider Brooklyn and Queens, while Staten Island and the Bronx are enjoying something of a regeneration, with plenty of low-income housing available to help mitigate the initial costs.


Finding a Job

There are plenty of jobs in New York, but this could depend on what you’re looking for.

Many people come to New York to live their dream. They want to get into TV, or they want to take Broadway by storm. While there’s nothing wrong with having these dreams, the competition can be fierce and brutal.

Don’t expect to be able to waltz in and have your pick of the jobs available unless you have arranged beforehand, whether you’re a US citizen or someone coming in on a working visa.

There are ways to supplement your income in the interim, with hospitality opportunities in abundance. Well,  it’s actually something to keep your eyes on and follow the post Covid scenario.


Making Concessions

As of last year, the average rent for a two-bed apartment in the city is $2,499, while studio and one-bedroom places are $1,889 and $2,098 for the month. This means, if you want to afford to live in NYC, you’ll need to make several concessions.

Apartment sharing is popular (and necessary), while you may also have to give up luxuries.

Some of these luxuries won’t matter, such as your car because of the wealth of transport options, but you may also need to give Netflix a miss too, at least until you find your footing.


The City So Nice

There are uncountable reasons why so many people flock to New York City every year with dreams of making it big or even experiencing one of the most exciting places in the world.

The city can be as expensive as you make it, but you’ll still need to have a decent backup of funds before you arrive.

So, start planning yourself and don’t forget to count on unexpected expenses…they always show up in New York City! Plan, plan and plan!


Photo Credit: Kat Maryschuk and Matteo Catanese on Unsplash

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