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How to have a Luxurious Trip to NYC on a Budget

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Today we will show you how to have a luxurious trip to NYC on a budget! Take a look and prepare your bags!!!

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New York City is known for being one of the most expensive cities in the world. The rent is expensive, a meal for two can be pricey, and you definitely count on taxis breaking the bank. But with that said, these high prices shouldn’t stop you from visiting NYC. So we will tell you how to enjoy NYC on a budget!

In fact, even though the city, both living and traveling in, can be expensive, it doesn’t mean that you need to sleep in sketchy motels or starve just to have a great time.

You can even enjoy luxury while exploring NYC on a budget. So, here’s how you can enjoy a luxurious trip in New York City while still remaining on a budget!

Stay in Manhattan

Preferably, you should stay somewhere like the Upper West Side when hunting for nice (and affordable) accommodation in New York City. But, it doesn’t need to end there, either.

Why stay in an Airbnb or even a hostel when you could indulge in a gorgeous hotel offering incredible service, such as The Lucerne?

Overall, Manhattan is an absolute must when visiting New York City, as it has some of the best hotels, views, and shops, but don’t forget about any of the accommodations, either!

On the other hand, open up to exploring and staying in other Boroughs like Brooklyn – which has been the hot spot in the last few years.

While Williamsburg is the hot spot, other neighborhoods like East Williamsburg, Greenpoint or even Cobble Hill, have great options. Plus, you’ll be more likely to explore the real New York, versus staying in Manhattan.


Eat Like a Local

One thing you want to SKIP OUT on is chains. Say “NO” to McDonald’s, TGI Fridays, BWW, and any other chain that you’re familiar with.

Why eat Cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory when you can instead go to Junior’s and enjoy some magnificent cheesecake there?

While these smaller businesses may not scream out “fancy” like a Michelin Star restaurant does, in the end, you’re getting the local experience, and that alone is quite a luxury!

And, as you guys know, we are all about exploring local spots, so be sure to book dinners in restaurants like Frevo (entrance behind a painting inside a gallery in Greenwich Village), Sunday in Brooklyn (where are always take people for their first Brooklyn experience) or Milk & Roses (at the very tip of Greenpoint, only with locals).

Ah! And never think twice when entering a local coffee shop! They are all amazing and incredibly charming!

A local coffee shop in Brooklyn
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Also, another great tip is, many of New York City’s best restaurants have special discounted prices on Mondays. It’s a slow day and you can actually have their main courses for only $15, like Osteria Morini (part of Altamarea Group)! Be sure to check out other restaurants and their Monday Specials!


Free show and event

As we said in the beginning, New York known for being one of the most expensive cities in the world. But, it’s also a city that offers countless FREE experiences throughout the year.

It’s one of the best cities in the work for music lover, art lover and entertainment in general.

Most museums have a special day a week (or a special day a month) with discounted prices, “pay as you wish” or free tickets. From the famous MET – The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim to other extraordinary ones like The Rubin Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum, you’ll be able to attend the best exhibitions maybe even for free!


There are Discounts for Everything

If you do enough research, you can absolutely count on finding discounts! Want to see a Broadway Musical while you’re in NYC?

Sure, it can happen! Tickets to Broadway musicals can be pricey, but a well-known but never old tip is to score discounted prices by visiting the TKTS discount booth in Times Square.

You may not be able to see a show you were dying to see, but regardless, you’re still going to be able to see a great show!

If you have credit card points, these can help you score experiences, too, whether it’s dining, shows, excursions in NYC, or even just transportation. For almost anything out there, you can expect to find discounts.


In the end, luxury has a different meaning for everyone. What may be luxurious to you may not be luxurious to someone else.

But, what matters most is just doing what you love and what you want to see in NYC while still saving some money. It’s possible, you can do it, and you can still count on having an incredible time during your stay…after all…it’s New York City!!! Enjoy NYC on a budget!

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Looking And Feeling Great In The Big Apple: Simple Health And Beauty Hacks

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New York is a vibrant, bustling city synonymous with glitz and glamor. Residents of NYC are known for taking care of themselves, and visitors want to look and feel their best on their city break. In this guide, we’ll share some simple health and beauty hacks to ensure you look and feel great in the Big Apple.


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Exercise is part of daily life in New York. You can’t walk around an urban park or complete your daily commute without spotting endless runners, cyclists and outdoor fitness enthusiasts working up a sweat. Regular exercise is essential for physical and mental health.

The great news for those keen to get fit in the big city is that there are exercises and activities for everyone. From dance, yoga and spin classes to trampolining, Pilates, swimming, team sports and boxing, you’ll find classes and sessions for all abilities.

If you’re new to exercise, one of the best ways to up your activity levels is to walk as much as possible. We all know that rush hour traffic is a nightmare.

Save yourself time, money and stress and boost your health and well-being by walking instead of driving, getting cabs or riding the subway. Wearing an activity tracker is a great way to monitor your progress and work towards new targets.

If you need to cover longer distances, or you’re short on time, you could also consider cycling.

It’s beneficial to learn about the benefits of physical activity if you’re starting a new regimen, or you want to be more active. Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and some forms of cancer.

It also strengthens the bones and muscles, improves flexibility and lowers the risk of anxiety, depression and chronic stress. If you work out frequently, you may also notice that you sleep better and you feel happier and more energetic.

Moving your body releases endorphins and it also causes the levels of dopamine and serotonin in your brain to increase.



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Looking after your skin is essential in a big city. Walking around crowded blocks and sharing the streets with thousands of vehicles can take its toll on your skin.

New York is also a city that experiences changeable weather. Freezing in the winter and hot and dry in the summer, you may find that your skin bears the brunt of strong winds, cold temperatures and powerful UV rays.

The best place to start when working towards healthier skin is to establish a daily skin care routine. Cleanse, tone and moisturize and use products that are designed for your skin type and cater to your needs.

You can buy a huge range of products today, ranging from serums and lotions to tackle dry, sensitive skin to anti-aging solutions and products designed to reduce redness or hide dark circles.

As well as adopting a daily skin care routine, it’s a brilliant idea to treat your skin to a little pampering from time to time.

You can visit one of New York’s many beauty salons, spas or aesthetic clinics for indulgent facials or non-surgical skin brightening or tightening treatments or enjoy a DIY spa day at home.

Protecting your skin from the sun is another crucial consideration in New York. In spring and summer, temperatures rise and the heat can be intense.

Wear SPF every day and use a high-factor sunscreen in the summer to prevent your skin from burning. Exposure to the sun is beneficial for producing vitamin D, but it can put you at risk of sunburn and skin cancer.

Always protect your skin if you’re out and about. It’s also essential to stay hydrated.



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For many of us, our hair is our crowning glory. To enjoy healthy, lustrous locks, it’s important to manage stress, use products that suit your hair and nourish your scalp, keep hydrated and eat well.

Self-help techniques, such as regular exercise, meditation, taking time out, having a hobby and doing breathing exercises can all help to reduce stress levels. It’s also crucial to make sure you drink enough water and follow a healthy, balanced eating plan to boost hair health.

Foods that are particularly good for shiny, strong hair include eggs, oily fish, berries, nuts, seeds, avocados and sweet potatoes.

Visiting a professional salon regularly is beneficial for keeping your hair in good condition and getting styling advice and tips for hiding gray hair, boosting growth or changing your hair color or cut.

Salon treatments are often more intensive than treatments you can do at home and you can also benefit from expert advice and recommendations.

Whether you need inspiration for a makeover, you’re looking for ideas for wedding hair or a style for a landmark party, or you’d like help with covering grays or growing bangs out, you won’t struggle to find talented, experienced stylists in New York.



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Did you know that a third of US adults don’t get enough sleep? Sleep troubles tend to be more common in people who have stressful jobs and busy schedules. This is another one of our simple health and beauty hacks!

New York is known as the city that never sleeps. While this relates to the constant buzz of activity in the metropolis, it’s also an accurate description of sleeping habits for many residents.

A 2022 study concluded that New York is the most sleep-deprived city in the world. Good quality sleep is vital for optimum health.

Your body needs to rest to recharge and recover. While you sleep, critical restorative processes take place. If you don’t get enough sleep, or you have disturbed sleep, this can impact your body and mind.

Symptoms include loss of concentration, a lack of energy, increased susceptibility to illness, irritability, mood swings and fatigue.

If you find it hard to sleep, the first step to take is to analyze your routine. What time do you go to bed and when do you wake up? What do you do before you go to sleep? Do you go to bed at the same time every day?

Sleep patterns are influenced by our internal body clocks. If you go to bed at a similar time each night, you should find that you get tired when that time approaches. If you’re going to bed at 10 pm one night and 2 am the next, your body clock will be out of sync.

Establish a set routine.

Your environment is another important consideration, especially in the heart of the city. Bright lights and loud noises can make it difficult to drift off.

Try to make sure that your bedroom is as tranquil and serene as possible. Use heavy curtains, shutters or blackout blinds to block light and wear earplugs. Avoid taking phones and laptops into the bedroom and choose soothing colors and soft lighting.

New York is a sophisticated, chic city, which is known for its glamorous residents, as well as its iconic skyline and inimitable atmosphere.

To fit in and ensure you look and feel great in the Big Apple, take these health and beauty hacks on board.

Exercise regularly, enjoy the outdoors and take good care of your skin and hair. Make sure you get enough sleep and be proactive in managing and reducing stress. So, be sure to follow these simple health and beauty hacks!

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How to Smoothen Your Move to New York

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Moving to a new city is never easy, but moving to a big one can be even more challenging. So, check out how to smoothen your move to New York City if that’s your next destination!

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Planning to move to New York? You’re not alone. As the greatest city on the planet, New York will always attract dreamers, workers, and just about everyone else.

Yet while the Big Apple’s popularity does help to give it that irresistible charm, it does make things a little more difficult for those who want to make it their home.

It’s harder to fashion the life you want when there are so many people who want the same thing.

But don’t despair. Moving to New York is still very much possible. If you’re moving soon, then take the following tips onboard.

Gather Information

There are some cities where you can just turn up, and figure things out later.

New York is definitely not one of those cities.

It’ll pay to spend some time (or maybe even a lot of time) gathering as much information as you can. The big one will be the cost of living.

You might earn a good salary in your current city, but unless you’re coming from San Francisco, you’ll likely find your income goes nowhere near as far in New York.

It’s also worthwhile reading up on the downsides of living in the city. Some people get an idea of New York from visiting the city, but actually living there is a different experience.

It’s also recommended to read up on the different boroughs and neighborhoods, so you can begin to have an idea of where you might want to live.

Oh! Also gather information of your possible monthly expenses, so you won’t be taken by surprise at the end of the month!


Consider Downsizing

Unless you’re coming to New York with many millions of dollars in the bank, then you can be pretty sure that you’ll be living in a smaller property than where you currently live.

After all, it costs a lot of money to have space in New York! You may find it beneficial to use this as an opportunity to sell your unneeded belongings and downsize your life.

For the items that you do want to keep, leave the transportation of those goods to a company that offers a cross country moving service.

That way, you’ll be able to fly into one of the city’s airports, without having to drive all your goods yourself.

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Sell Your Car

 And talking of driving: it might be best to sell your vehicle before you move. This can be a good way to raise some extra capital for all those expenses you’ll acquire.

Most New Yorkers don’t have a car, and really, thanks to the city’s excellent public transportation system, you really don’t need one anyway.

The subway system connect practically every little part of New York to make an easy commute anywhere, even though you can find some smelly subway carts, rush hours can be intense and late night with homeless sleeping on the seats is (unfortunately) something common.

Having a car in New York City can be quite expensive, aside from the big chance of getting tickets. So, just use public transportation (or Ubers)!


Know It’ll Take Time to Settle In

New York is a big, often overwhelming city. You’re not going to make a circle of friends on your first day in the city, or perhaps even after several months of being in the city.

It’ll take time to settle in and to get used to New York’s energy.

For the first few months, just take the time to get to know your version of the city, and over time, you’ll find that it begins to feel like home.

One of the best tips on making new friends is signing up to your local gym or taking a cooking class. You’ll definitely find like-minded people and start creating your own group of friends.

New York is surely not for the shy and introverts. If you ARE shy and introverts, just try to find groups and sign up to classes. If you’re and extrovert, things can be a bit easier. But, regardless, the city is amazing, and you’ll have the experience of a lifetime living in NYC!

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Discovering Hidden Gems: Things to Do in New York City

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Discovering Hidden Gems is what we love the most, so check out some cool things to do in New York City.

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Are you looking to discover some hidden gems in New York City? Today we will share with you some of our favorite things to do in NYC!

With the hustle and bustle of the city, it can be easy to overlook some incredible activities and attractions that are off-the-beaten-path.

In this blog post, we will provide tips on how to uncover these hidden places for locals and visitors alike – so that you don’t miss out on any of the amazing things New York City has to offer!

From delicious Italian eats in Little Italy to sampling craft beers at Yonkers Brewing Company, there are plenty of undiscovered adventures waiting for you.

Read on for our ultimate NYC guide!

Find the best things to do in New York City

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June Wine Bar, in Carroll Gardens

Welcome to the city that never sleeps! New York City is truly a place like no other, with an endless array of things to see and do.

After exploring the well-known touristy spots, from the bright lights of Times Square, attending the best Broadway shows and witnessing some of the best musical and theatrical performances in the world….be sure to get tickets to the off-Broadway theaters like Cherry Lane, in the West Village, the longest continuously running Off-Broadway theater.

You should also start exploring to the quiet streets of Brooklyn where or the most amazing local vendors, hidden bars and local gems are.

Be sure to explore Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill with so many local stores, coffee shops and super hype wine bars like June, on 231 Court Street – loved by locals!

Also, after taking a stroll through Central Park (that I have to say that should AWAYS be explored, regardless of the tourists) or grabbing a bite to eat in one of the trendy neighborhoods like SoHo or the Upper West Side, why not head up to explore Harlem?

We love having lunch or dinner at Seasoned Vegan, one of the best vegan restaurants in NYC.

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I’ve taken MOST the meat-eating friends there and they can’t get enough of all the delicious dishes – and always want to go back again. I promise it’s going to surprise you!

If you decide to extend the day a bit more…Harlem is known for some of the most famous and traditional Jazz spots. One of the hidden spots we love is Room 623 – Harlem’s Speakeasy Jazz Club.

Or head down to spots in Manhattan love by locals and jazz lovers like Smalls, Blue Note and the hidden like spot: Zinc!

And don’t forget to explore the incredible street art and live music scene that thrives in this bustling city. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, there is always something new to discover in New York City.


Attend unique events

Show at Irving Plaza in New York City

Looking for something out of the ordinary to do this weekend? Why not attend a unique event and discover some hidden gems?

Jazz clubs are the perfect place to unwind and explore some new sounds, while also enjoying a night on the town (like we just mentioned above).

Or, if Halloween is your jam, check out the annual Halloween parade in Greenwich Village, but after head to Blood Manor: New York’s Premier Haunted Attraction. You never know what kind of creative costumes or spooky surprises you’ll encounter along the way!

Exploring unique events can add a little excitement to your routine and give you the opportunity to discover something new.

So go ahead, grab some friends, and try something different this weekend. Be sure to check out venues like the Irving Plaza, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art for some interesting and offbeat events they host during the year (but you need to stay tuned to be sure to not to miss them).

For some Brooklyn spots, be sure to go to Bushwick. There you can explore places like The Keep NYC – a rustic vintage lounge with live music, psychic readings and burlesque performers; or Elsewhere – a huge venue featuring several spaces (including a roof terrace) with live music and DJ nights.

Plus, you’ll get the chance to explore some of New York City’s gems that are often overlooked.


Uncover interesting outdoor activities

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Ou founder Fê, at Macari Vineyards located in the North Fork of Long Island. Photo Credit: Renata Meirelles

Looking for some fun outdoor activities to check off your bucket list this summer?

If you’re a first timer in NYC, be sure to get lost in New York City’s Central Park, walk the High Line path, and experience the Hudson River Park.

But, after checking off these touristy spots, be sure to head to attractions like Domino Park in Williamsburg Brooklyn or the underrated The Met Cloisters in Inwood (at the very tip of Manhattan). They are a branch of the Metropolitan, showcasing medieval art in a French monastery overlooking the Hudson – the sunset is priceless!

And, of course, head upstate! The Hudson Valley is super exciting and full of incredible outdoor experiences. If you enjoy hiking, canoeing, biking, or just finding a remote spot with no visitors for a delicious picnic, plan your trip.

On the other hand, if you prefer the beach or enjoying a wine tasting, Long Island can be the perfect destination – from the secret Sag Harbor town to Macari Vineyards and , they have it all!

With so many exciting options, your summer adventure in NYC is sure to be unforgettable!

Sample amazing cuisine

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Frevo – 1 star Michelin restaurant hidden behind a painting in a gallery in the West Village.

If you’re a foodie, there’s no better place to be than in New York City! From classic American dishes like pizza and hot dogs, to mouthwatering international cuisine, the city has it all. You could spend a lifetime exploring all the amazing food spots in the Big Apple and still never try everything.

And with so many talented chefs creating unique twists on traditional dishes, you’re sure to find something new and exciting every time you venture out to eat. So why not embark on a culinary adventure and sample some of the best cuisine New York has to offer? Your taste buds will thank you!

We recommend restaurants like: Roberta’s Pizza in East Williamsburg, the traditional Nathan’s hotdog, the Mediterranean restaurant Lighthouse BK.

We also love Chinese Tuxedo in Chinatown and Frevo – a 1 star Michelin restaurant with a hidden entrance behind a painting in a tiny art gallery in the West Village!

New York with never let you down!


Visit iconic sites and landmarks

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Now, these following spots are definitely NOT hidden gems, but just true New York Gems! They are all must-visit spots.

Exploring the iconic sites and landmarks of a new city can be an exhilarating experience.

When visiting New York City, taking a tour of the Statue of Liberty should be at the top of your list. This iconic landmark represents freedom, hope, and opportunity, making it the perfect symbol of what America stands for.

But, a true unique experience, stop at Ellis Island. They have a secret tour called Behind The Scenes Tour Of The Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital. There, you’ll visit an abandoned hospital, walk into what was once an autopsy room, visit a former contagious disease ward and access spots not opened to the general public! How cool is that!?

Alternatively, for a closer look at the Brooklyn Bridge, take a stroll across this piece of engineering history. As one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, it stands as a testament to human innovation and vision.

Regardless of which landmark you choose, both will leave you in awe of the immense greatness that can be achieved when humans work towards a common goal.

New York City offers a truly unique experience unlike any other. From Broadway shows to local street art and music, the city is filled with interesting things to do and see.

There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy like jet skiing in the Hudson River or exploring Central Park. And, a wealth of delicious cuisine to try.

Don’t forget to check out some of the unique events! Continue following us to get stay tuned with the best off-the-beat-path spots, events and brands!

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Coping With the Stresses of Working in the Big Apple

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Are you having a hard time balancing your daily life? It’s pretty hard if you’re working in the Big Apple day in, day out! So, let us give you some tips!

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Working in the Big Apple, like doing pretty much anything else in the City, can be a lot more intense than doing it elsewhere.

You’re usually working in more competitive environments, dealing with tougher commutes, working longer hours, and getting less time at home.

For some people, it can be the perfect environment to get the very best out of their potential, but it can come with a lot of stress.

Here, we’re going to look at steps you can take to address it. Working in the Big Apple might just get a little bit easier now!

Master the commute

If you’re driving in the city, you really need to prioritize your parking. There are apps that can help you find the most available and cost-effective parking options near your workplace.

But, you might also want to consider opting for other kinds of transportation, given how bad traffic can be.

Relying on public transportation a little more often can take away the stress of driving as well as help you find a better commute. There are pros and cons for both, so be sure to evaluate them and figure out what works best for you.

New York is known for its subway system – which get you pretty much anywhere. So, you might want to let you car in the garage a few times a week.

Be surrounded by like-minded people

Sometimes, the pressure of feeling like you’re in it alone can get to you.

When that happens, you have to look at your surroundings and look at your peers and make sure that you have those who can identify with your struggles, your goals, and offer you the support that you need.

Coworking and social spots like the Freehold – that we enjoy so much – can be not only great places to get some work done, but can be excellent places to meet and share a drink with those who can become fellow travelers on the road of the hustle in future.

The city is all full of other activities to find your “peeps” – from hot yoga, pilates and running, to painting and cooking classes. It’s easier to find like-minded people in environments you love since it’s an easy way to start a conversation with someone new!

Take some time to relax

It might sound easier said than done, with deadlines and pressure on all sides, but you have to be able to find the time to center yourself and find a bit of peace and calm.

If you can schedule a little time every day for some mindfulness meditation, and even a little something from CBDistillery, to help calm you in the middle of a busy and demanding day.

Scheduling it in advance allows you to make sure that you don’t end up pencilling in anything there that might clash with it and stop you from getting that all-important relaxation time.

Also, another great way is exploring places with meditation classes in town to relax! Take a look at Inscape, for example!

This beautiful community space offers not only meditation and relaxation classes, but also mind opening events and a great store! You can browse and find some of the best modern wellness products.

Get some more movement in your routine

Exercise is by far one of the best things when it comes to dealing with stress.You can work out all the tension in the body and the rush of endorphins can be a huge mood booster.

Slot in some gym time before you get home, find some exercises to do at your desk, or get a little more movement into your commute, be it by walking, biking, or otherwise.

It can help you feel refreshed, be it at the beginning of the workday, so you can get more done, or at the end, so that you can really relax when you get home.


Working in NYC isn’t easy, but it can be worth it. Just make sure that you take the time to address those stresses, or they can and will overwhelm you.

Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting

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New York is know for its countless coffee shops and we all know true New Yorkers love a great coffee cup. So, come explore the Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting experience.


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Drink your way through the surprising history of coffee in NYC on the Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting.

Discover the surprising history of coffee in New York City while exploring Greenwich Village, its iconic birthplace.

On this unique walking tour we will learn how New York and coffee go hand-in-hand both in cultural and economic development. We will hear the story of one of the most successful coffee entrepreneurs of the early 20th century, who’s first shop was in Grand Central and who was a woman!

In between sampling coffee at some of the retailers that popularized America’s favorite beverage, you’ll get a crash course in coffee history from its ancient discovery in Africa to its sustainable farming movements of the past few years.

We will also highlight many of Greenwich Village’s hidden historical gems, like the Minetta Brook, and explain their connection to coffee.

By the end of this experience you will have tasted: an espresso, a drip coffee, chocolate covered coffee beans and a cappuccino… so you will be caffeinated!



  • Drink a cappuccino from NYC’s oldest cafe
  • Discover the former cafe that became the unofficial birthplace of the off-off Broadway theatre movement
  • Taste coffee treats from New York City’s oldest whole bean retailers
  • See NYC’s first espresso machine
  • Learn how NYC coffee culture played host to the first Stock Exchange and was considered to be the world’s first internet

Price: $40 / person
What to wear: Bring comfortable shoes. This tour is happening rain or shine so please dress appropriately for the weather.
What to know: The tour is 1.5 hours long; the group meets at the Minetta Triangle, N/e Corner of Ave. of Americas and, Minetta Ln
Ticket Confirmation: After you book this experience, you will receive a confirmation email from our partner confirming you are attending the tour!


To organize a behind the scenes tour for your team or a special group of clients, contact our experts to learn more about our Corporate Tours & Experiences.

If you enjoy the Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting, be sure to check what the Secret Behind The Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour is all about!

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Ways to Have an Enjoyable Move to New York City

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If you have a move on the horizon, then you may already be starting to panic. So, check out a few ways to have an enjoyable move to New York City.

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Moving can be a very stressful experience for some people, and most people feel it to some degree, specially if you’re planning to move to New York City.

However, the severity of the experience can be mitigated by putting into a place a lot of measures.

In fact, if you are prepared and have the right mindset, it can actually be an enjoyable experience. So, let’s find out how you can make your move a lot more fun.

Develop a Positive Mental State

One of the most important things you can do to make the experience enjoyable is to think positively.

Focus on where you are moving to and how you are making a fresh new start. When you go through your things, make it a fun experience.

Take your time and think about all the memories that you made there and all the new memories you will make in the new space. If you like organizing, you can see it as a great way to hone your skills.

If organizing is not your forte, then consider it a challenge.

The more positive spin you can put on the jobs you have to do, the better you will feel, and your mental state will remain steady about the move.

Plan in Advance

The earlier you start the preparations for the move, the easier it will all be. To avoid stress, organization is the key.

Start by creating a long list of tasks that need to be done. These will include contacting your utility companies, contacting insurance companies, etc., and getting a removal firm booked in with a date in stone.

This may be even more vital if you are going to be crossing state lines; consider a firm like interstate moving if this is the case.

With a moving date, you will find you have something to aim for, and you can start creating timescales.

Other things you’ll need is to start decluttering, getting the right packaging, telling the children about the move, informing your families, informing schools, and quitting your jobs (well, at least one of you will if you are a couple), and so on.

There is an awful lot to consider, but if you have the time, then you will be able to remember everything and do it all with time to spare.


This may well be one of the largest jobs and potentially the most difficult job.

If you have a lot of stuff in your home, you may have to go through a pretty hard process of throwing stuff away, selling it, or giving it away. All your clutter cannot go with you.

So, that means you need to grow strong and start getting rid of all the things that you no longer need. In some cases, if you have an attachment issue, you may need extra help. Plus, ask a friend or a family member to help if you are struggling.

Look at this process as a way of cleansing you before you make the move.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Nhành Mai Mới from Pixabay

Tips to Manage Mental Health & Big City Life: NYC Edition

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The city never sleeps. Do you? Hype or burnout? Which one is it? Here is how to manage mental health & big city life.

Three people crossing the light in the Streets of New York City

Fellow urbanites – how are you? Really. – A question to be taken somewhat seriously. What lurks beneath the polished, well-dressed surface? Hype? So, how can you manage mental health & big city life?

To call New York City your home, well, it’s a privilege. No price is too high. We can take it. We can take it all.  Job, finances, rent, social life, romantic life, vegan lifestyle, naked yoga – and others.

Well-being? Pro. But how manageable is it? Objectively. Let’s try and be honest; it’s just us here—you and me. No eavesdropping.

Burnout, anyone? Autonomy is a costly affair. Thrive or survive? Mental health problems are exquisitely common in urbanites. Why? Euphemism: absence of balance.

Truth? Self-neglect. How do we go about it? How do we tackle the perpetually hindering obstacles?

Let’s find out. That is how to manage mental health & big city life like a professional.

The Holy Tripod

We know this already. We just tend to forget. Or rather choose to ignore. Balance. What do we mean by it? There are not one, not two, but three planes to a human being: emotional, mental, and physical.

If one collapses, the others will follow. Two-legged tripod? Improbable.

Now, big cities and the holy tripod are a perpetual battlefield. Work, mental effort, push – intellectual strains, and long shifts. Months go by; the body starts withering away.

Track club? – For sure, just not right now. May? June? Maybe. Long hours. Can’t make it. Can’t wait, though. – Can it wait? Can the body wait that long? Our mental health? Our emotional apparatus? – Venting. A mental health must.

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How do we manage mental health & big city life? – Easy. Ready, set, go.

The cliché: exercise

Yes, we know. Exercise advice is so passé. We’re tired of people telling us we need to buy running shoes. But we do. It’s science. (we can’t argue with that, can we?)

Here’s how it works. Vanity first.  Exercise improves our physical appearance, no matter its shape or form. The better we look (“OH, YOU HANDSOME DEVIL” mirror reflection), the better we feel about ourselves—self-esteem, self-confidence, and overall, a healthy Narcissus narrative.

On a physiological level, there’s dopamine, a significant factor. The feel-good chemical is released into our under-the-weather brains as we shed tears and sweat.

Kind and benevolent, this neurotransmitter improves our mood (from downbeat to upbeat), increases motivation, and betters our attention span and memory function.

Addiction recovery experts from Bright Futures Treatment Center report: “Exercise is of paramount importance for sobriety and mental balance.” A walk a day can do wonders. No exceptions.


Close your eyes

(not to be read in a threatening tone) What’s more essential than sleep? Name one thing. Except for air. Too obvious.

To manage mental health & big city life (and get them to work in unison), we must consider interconnectedness. “Cause and effect.” Simple as that.

Without quality sleep, our body starts to shut down. It refuses to cooperate. And we have work to do. Without cognitive capacity, our work and interpersonal relationships begin to suffer. Things begin to crumble down. Prematurely. And incomprehensibly.

Getting the right amount of sleep would increase our brain function, and the “cause and effect” momentum would live to a happier ending: creativity and concentration drive, anxiety resting, and depression at bay—all that jazz.

With noise pollution, crime anxiety, and impossible working hours, it’s hard, not impossible. Find a routine that works for you.

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You know you want it.


Social fort

It goes for us introverts, too. Leave no man behind. Social butterflies or solitary cocoons, human beings are hardwired for connection.

An inherent need gifts us a sense of purpose and belonging. Of course, this doesn’t mean we need to throw ourselves under the party bus if we’re uncomfortable with the idea.

However, having that one (preferably 2?) go-to friend, when the much feared (often unannounced) “night of the soul” unravels is more than crucial. Social activities involuntarily lift the holy tripod.

But, again, party mode is not mandatory. Organizing a night with some high-quality company will suffice. And we don’t even have to drink ourselves to oblivion.

Ever thought about throwing a sober party for once? It’s just as fun (and maybe a bit more awkward at first, but give it an hour). Fearing for your mental health? Try to spend quality time with your friends as often as possible.

Invite novelties

Neophilia – love for new stimuli. Unfortunately, following the same routine (and falling into a rut) is a frequent occurrence. Yes, NYC is no exception.

We walk the same streets, ride the same train, and enjoy happy hour with the same familiar faces, day in-day out. But science says: new experiences improve our mental health

. So, how do we do it? We expand our comfort zone.

Continuous learning is innate to human survival and our well-being; novelties impact our mental apparatus positively, whether we’re strutting new neighborhoods, shaking unfamiliar hands, or simply learning a new skill.

New experiences keep our neural pathways awake. And, come on, it’s NYC. See that new play. Bars? Museums? Concerts? – all things imaginable within arm’s reach. Excuses, much?

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Surprise yourself; try something new.


Solitude hour

“I’m not feeling too social right now.” – Got it. Lose the entourage, and put your running shoes on. Just in case. Is money tight?

Plenty of amazing things we can do for free. Yoga classes, botanical gardens. Looking for some peace in New York City? Try:

  • The Cloisters
  • Green-Wood Cemetary
  • Hayden Planetarium
  • Wave Hill
  • The Rambles, Central Park
  • The basement of the Strand Bookstore
  • The Rose Reading Room
  • Septuagesimo Uno (New York City’s smallest park)
  • Grant’s Tomb, Riverside Park
  • Burp Castle

Final thoughts on tips to manage mental health & big city life

To manage mental health & big city life, we must permit ourselves to whine about all the drawbacks. Articulate your hardships.

Is it uncomfortable? Let it all out.

Finding someone who can nod and validate our experience sends a message: You are not alone.

If you’re dealing with anxiety or depression, contact a mental health professional.

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Top 5 Vegan Restaurants In NYC

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New York is the home of some of the best restaurants in the world! So, today we’re going to share with you top 5 vegan restaurants in NYC that are real hidden gems!

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Looking to try something new? Come check out these top 5 vegan restaurants in NYC that are true hidden gems in the city!

As we leap into the new year, it’s a great time to try a new dish.

Whether you’re a bonafide vegan or you’re just trying to experiment and try some delicious plant-based foods, NYC offers a virtually endless list of dining options.

Below, we’ll share 5 of the hottest vegan restaurants in NYC!

Top 5 Vegan Restaurants In NYC

Fancy a scoop of creamy cashew-milk-based ice cream? How about a traditional slice? Ramen anyone? The following vegan restaurants all come highly recommended and are guaranteed to leave you satisfied and begging for a second helping.

#1 Rawsome Treats

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When it comes to vegan treats, you can’t go wrong with Rawsome Treats. This small dessert shop is located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and is open most afternoons.

Rawsome Treats offers a variety of fruity, flavor-packed cakes and cookies. However, this spot is best known for its house-made vegan ice cream sandwiches, which are all made from creamy cashew milk.

The thing that makes Rawsome Treats such a great spot is that every dessert sold here is all made from scratch. No unnecessary preservatives or additives. It’s all made fresh every day!

  • Website: www.rawsometreats.com
  • Address: 158 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
  • Favorite Dish: Moo Moo Pie Vegan Ice Cream Sandwich

#2 Go Zen

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Looking for traditional Chinese cuisine with a vegan twist?

Go Zen offers classic dishes made with meat substitutes like seitan, mushrooms, and tofu. Go Zen has also partnered with Beyond Meat to offer vegan burgers, vegan mac and cheese, and even a Beyond Meat Lo Mein!

Additionally, you’ll find hand-pressed juices, smoothies, and an incredible selection of non-dairy bubble tea. Compared to some of the other vegan eateries in NYC, Go Zen has very fair prices, and even has lunch specials with plates under $10.

  • Website: www.gozenfamily.com
  • Address: 144 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012
  • Favorite Dish: Sesame Seitan with Vegan Thai Bubble Tea

#3 Double Zero

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Double Zero offers low-key vibes, upscale service, and arguably the best vegan pizza in NYC.

The menu was curated and created by vegan celebrity chef, Matthew Kenney, who’s authored 12 plant-based cookbooks and has helped launch dozens of vegan eateries around the county.

All of the pizzas at Double Zero are made with an assortment of nut-based cheeses, fresh herbs and veggies from local farmers markets, and are baked in a traditional wood-fire oven.

In addition to pizza, this restaurant also offers pasta and a handful of other vegan dishes inspired by classic Italian cuisine.

The serving staff here is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and is more than happy to help you pair your food with a selection of fine vegan wines.

#4 Happy Zoe Vegan Bakery

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If you’re looking for homemade baked goods that aren’t made with any dairy, eggs, butter, and refined sugars, then Happy Zoe Vegan Bakery is a gem in the rough.

The storefront is unassuming and easy to miss if you’re just driving by, but the warm aroma of fresh baked goods is unmistakable.

Happy Zoe offers a selection of cookies, cakes, and has some of the best plant-based cheesecake in NYC.

  • Website: www.happyzoeveganbakery.com
  • Address: 102 B Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • Favorite Dish: Vegan Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

#5 Spicy Moon

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Spicy Moon has two locations – one in East Village and the other in West Village.

This small vegan eatery serves up traditional spicy Szechuan cuisine. Instead of meat, though, all of the dishes are made with mushrooms, seitan, and other plant-based substitutes.

The dumplings and “Crab-less Rangoon” are a great way to start your meal off, the ramen is nothing short of incredible, and Spicy Moon even sells its own homemade vegan spicy mayo and Szechuan sauces, so you can take the flavor home with you!

  • Website: www.spicymoonnyc.com
  • Address: 328 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003
  • Favorite Dish: Vegetable Ramen

NYC Is A Paradise For Plant-Based Eaters

As the plant-based lifestyle becomes increasingly more popular, even traditionally non-vegan restaurants are beginning to add more vegan options to their menus.

Today, there are over 650 vegan restaurants in New York City, and over a thousand more that offer vegan meals as part of their regular menu.

From spicy vegan Szechuan cuisine to plant-based ice cream, pizza, and more, there’s no shortage of incredible eats in NYC!

Guest Author: Emma Wilson from https://vegancalm.com
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Secret Behind the Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour

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Grand Central Terminal is one of New York City’s most amazing historical attractions. Even though it can be quite touristy, we always find a way to tweak it into a behind the scenes experience for you! Book your spot at our Secret Behind the Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour!


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If you’ve never been to New York, or if you’ve been here countless times, the city can be quite overwhelming with things to do and places to go!

Even though we are always covering the best hidden spots, events and upcoming brands, there are quite a few historical places that will never negate! The city is overflowing with history and our efforts in keeping it live are tireless and endless!

One of the most magnificent and monumental attractions is our beloved Grand Central Terminal! We always get lost in thoughts and emotions when we walk through it.

We definitely experience a timeless affair with it!

The story behind this grandiose landmark is more than amusing, but let’s starts with saying it’s name correctly, ok?

People have the habit of calling it “Grand Central Station”. But, the correct name is “Grand Central Terminal”! Why? Because a terminal is where train lines “terminate”. It’s the start and ending point for trains, hence, it’s a Terminal, not a Station. So, let’s start saying the name right!


In the past, the Grand Central Terminal was seen as an embarrassment to the city of New York, and you can’t even imagine why!

This behind the scenes Grand Central Terminal tour will take you through the common areas. In addition, it will also give you so much rich, unpublished and private information of things people don’t quite notice while rushing by!

But wait, we want to tell you more! You’ll also finally be told where the 4 Whispering Arches are, if you haven’t found it yet.

Want something ultra top secret!? Ask about the M42, a secret sub-basement. Why it’s completely blocked by security and why its exact location is so closely guarded! The story is thrilling!

During the 2nd World War, even Hitler tried infiltration spies to gain access to destroy it, but was thankfully unsuccessful. It does not even show in the Terminal’s blueprints and maps, due to is secrecy.

So, expect not only to see many of the traditional spots – with secret information, but also experience some quite unique places within the building!


  • Peek into the entrance of the glass walkways;
  • Locate its lost armchairs;
  • Learn about Grand Central Terminal’s backwards ceiling;
  • See its hidden tennis courts;
  • Learn many more of its secrets!

Price: $39 / person
What to wear: Bring comfortable shoes.
What to know: The tour is 1.5 hours long; please consult with the MTA for weekend subway schedules and routing changes. Please note that due to enhanced security measures, Grand Central no longer allows access to places like the M-42 basement, FDR train car or glass walkways to non Metro-North or MTA employees.
Ticket Confirmation: After you book this experience, you will receive a confirmation email from our partner confirming you are attending the tour!


To organize a behind the scenes tour for your team or a special group of clients, contact our experts to learn more about our Corporate Tours & Experiences.

If you enjoy this type of tour, be sure to check what the Underground New York Subway Tour is all about! Plus, for the music lovers, explore these secret music gigs that happen around town!

Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC
*Last Update on Jun/2023.*


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