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Best New York City Passes To The Top NYC Attractions

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Best New York City Passes NYC Top Attractions

There is so much to see in New York City that it can get pretty overwhelming and expensive. See the best New York City Passes and differences between The Sightseeing Pass x CityPASS. Go to the top NYC attractions! Pick the one that serves you best!

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Best New York City Passes NYC Top Attractions
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©Behind the Scenes NYC

Even though we are focused on talking about local spots, brand and events far from the touristy scene, we also understand that many of our readers and followers have never been to New York City.

And, we do agree that going to main attractions is a must! We’ve even written two great Guides: 1st Cheap NYC Guide: 40+ Top Attractions and the 2nd Cheap NYC Guide: 30 Top Attractions.

So, with that in mind, we wanted to share with you a bit about the two Pass options that offers access to these top attractions, making your trip easier, and definitely cheaper!

We know that many of the must-see attractions are quite expensive. When you add all them up, it can be a big investment, specially if you’re traveling on a budget. But, don’t worry! New York is known as a very expensive city, but there are amazing options for all pockets!

If you’ve never been to New York City, you do have to check off major attractions like The Statue of Liberty, museums like the wonderful Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka MET), the 9/11 Memorial, The Top of the Rock, etc…

Now, here is the 1st step to help you can decide: If you’re thinking about visiting at least 3 of these spots, it’s already worth purchasing these Passes!

Other factors to consider to help you decide to buy a pass:

  • #1: It’s cheaper! If you buy all attractions separately, depending on how many you’re visiting, it turns out much more expensive.
  • Optimizes your time. Specially if you have only a few days in the city, these passes are super convenient during the trip. Once you buy, you’re good to go!
  • They have different options to better suit your needs, so be sure to see what is best for you and your family/friends!
  • Many museums have free entrances in specific days/times, so check them before going, so you can go to more attractions with the Passes, and not “waste” them on the ones that can be free!
  • If you’re with a big group, or even traveling with family and kids, it might be a good option to expedite things during the day!

Below, we briefly explain the two great options when it comes to the Passes:


The Sightseeing Pass

Observation Decks, Museums, Bus Tours, Airport Transfer and other sightseeing costs can add up pretty quickly and take hours to plan! The Sightseeing Pass has 2 Pass options to best suit your needs:

  • Flex Pass: This is great if you don’t want to rush to see everything you want and if you’re still not sure. You can take your time to plan and pick up to 12 attractions, from a total of 100! Plus, the pass is valid for 30 days from purchase date.
  • Day Pass: You can buy as many days as you’d like and you have unlimited attractions within the days you purchased. It’s up to 10 consecutive days. Good for people that are going to really use it going to at least 2-3 attractions/day and have a shorter trip to NYC. It includes, NYC Hop on Hop off buses during the days you purchased!

You can save up to Save $200+ on 10 NYC Attractions!!!

NYC Sightseeing Pass

The Sightseeing Pass is great for exclusive NYC Attractions, transfers to the 3 airports and even to go to the famous Woodbury Outlet, if you’re into shopping! They have some very cool exclusive attractions – ex: They are the only pass for the One World Observatory!

  • Over 100 Attractions included
  • 6 Double-decker Bus Tours
  • Get Unlimited Hop on Hop off Buses in NYC
  • 2 Great Pass options for every budget
  • $40 Credit for additional tours, attractions, Broadway shows and dinner cruises

Here is an easy way to pick and choose:
BTSNYC Experiences On Going Sightseeing Pass New York

If you’re still not sure, take a look at their NYC Prices page, where you’ll be able to have a better idea of prices and how you’re saving money!

Another good thing, is that USA Sightseeing Pass is literally 1 ticket to over 250 Attractions in 10 USA Destinations, so if you’re traveling somewhere else, after NYC, be sure to check it out!

To be part of their community, be sure to add #thesightseeingpass to your IG posts, and tag them


CityPASS

As they say: “Spend Less and Experience More at Top Attractions”.

We really do want you to “leave with more than you came with”—whether that’s more money to spend on other parts of your vacation (or to save), more time to spend with the people you’re traveling with (or yourself), an enriched vacation experience, or some combination of all of those things. The concept remains as vital and relevant today as it did back then, as we recognize the increasing value that experiences bring to all of our lives.


So, what does it include:

  • One simple purchase
  • 9 consecutive days of validity, including the 1st day of use
  • Expedited entry at many attractions
  • Instant delivery with convenient mobile or printable ticket options

Two Options:

  • CityPass: 6 attractions (3 fix + 3 to choose from)
  • Any 3 that you decide

Save 43% or more on New York’s 6 best attractions with CityPASS – Shop Now!

BTSNYC Experiences On Going CityPASS New York

If you’re into sharing your adventures on Instagram, you might want to tag #CityPASS. You might be featured as our #CPTraveler of the week! So exciting!

Oh, and in addition, they also have these packages in other 11 destinations. From Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Denver, to Orlando, Tampa and more!


There are still other Passes available, so if you’re still not convinced, be sure to research the other options below:

These are the best New York City Passes and we’re sure they will help you out during your adventure in New York City!

For some of the top Tours & Experiences, check out what we have to offer too!

Last, but no least, if you are coming with a corporate group to NYC and need assistance in planning the entire trip, contact our experts to help you out!

From breakfast, dinners, cocktail receptions, to event planning, leisure experiences, we can make it happen.


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

NYC Food Trends Taking The City By Storm

Dining NYC Food Trends Insects Black Ant

Yes, New York has every possible cuisine you can desire or imagine on Earth. That said, take a look at the NYC food trends taking the city by storm. Some are not super new, but probably came to stay!

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How about a pair of crunchy insects in your dish? Lol! ©BlackAntNYC

New York is the restaurant capital of the world – just consider there are 24,000 eating establishments in Manhattan alone.

In fact it has been estimated that you if you ate at a different restaurant every day, it would take you over 22 years to dine at them all.

One of the reasons that NYC is so diverse for dining, is that there are influences and cultures from all around the globe. This means that there are always great new NYC food trends, which you can even try cooking at home.

Take a look at a few of the food trends below and let’s see how adventurous you are when trying new cuisines! Lol!


Glorious Grasshoppers

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Croquetas de Chapulin: yucca-manchego Grasshopper croquetes with avocado and Chapulín salsa. ©BlackAntNYC

As we think more about sustainability and food ethics, insects are hitting restaurant tables in a big way. They are actually an excellent source of protein and delicious with a little spice.

If you head to Toloache, the Mexican restaurant headed up by Julian Medina, you can sample them in tacos, hot with chili and cooked with crunch.

The Black Ant, in the East Village, is another great eatery that is embracing grasshoppers. In fact, almost every item on their menu uses insects. The grasshopper-crusted shrimp however are a triumph.

If you want to have a taste at home you can easily buy grasshoppers online, they may even become a household staple.

Locations:
205 Thompson Street, Greenwich Village
166 East 82nd Street, Upper East Side
251 West 50th Street, Midtown

www.toloachenyc.com

Location: 60 2nd Avenue, East Village

www.theblackantnyc.com


Beautiful Baogels

Dining NYC Food Trends Baogel Black Seed Bagels
Baogel at Black Seed Bagels. ©BlackSeedBagel

The baogel is another wonderful cultural hybrid, featuring a soft pork belly filling, usually found in a bao bun, and of course combined with a soft, bagel.

It is the creation of Black Seed Bagels and Chinese restaurant Nom Wah Kuai, and usually served with a chili cream cheese on the side for ultimate dipping.

To try this at home, the pork belly cooks best in a sous vide machine, a beautifully gentle slow cook that will leave the pork tender and succulent, ready to be folded into bagel dough.

You can then return the bagel into the machine, to make a really soft baogel. This trend just goes to show how versatile water bath cooking is.

Locations: Several locations, see their websites!

https://www.blackseedbagels.com
https://nomwah.com


Raindrop Cake

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The peculiar Raindrop Cake. ©RaindropCake

The raindrop cake is a thing of simplistic beauty. Originating from Japan, it is a beautiful dessert that is made from water, agar and sugar.

It is served in bamboo, alongside a flour that is made from roasted soybeans. The dessert is vegan, has very few calories, but it a textural delight in the mouth.

It’s all about feeling that sweet burst of liquid on the tongue. Darren Wong, who originally brought this cake to Smorgasborg food fair said that he wanted the raindrop cake to be reminiscent of the Asian jelly desserts he ate as a child.

You can now buy kits to have a go at making the raindrop cake at home. They are delicious with a little syrup and some fresh mint on the side.

Locations: Smorgasburg has 4 locations.
Thursdays: BK Bridge Park, 6pm
Fridays: WTC, 11am – 7pm
Saturdays: 90 Kent Avenue, 11am – 6pm
Sundays: Breeze Hill, Prospect Park, 11am – 6pm

https://www.smorgasburg.com


New York is a special place for dining – if you can imagine it, the likelihood is that there is a restaurant serving it. These fresh, new ideas and NYC food trends are also changing the way that we consider our home cooking.

So, come explore New York with us and don’t forget to share your discoveries in the comments below! We’d love to hear about them, so we can also check them out!


Guest Writer: Cindy Trillo
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Black Ant, Black Seed Bagels and Raindrop Cake

FASHINNOVATION: How Innovation & Technology Come Together In Fashion

Events Up Coming Fashinnovation New York City Brand Presentation

FASHINNOVATION debuts its 3rd edition in New York City, in a full-day event bringing in over 70+ speakers that will talk how innovation and technology come together in the fashion industry!

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We all know that New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world. It’s the birth place to so many brands, ideas, concepts, through some of the most creative and talented minds on Earth!

In this world that is constantly changing at such a rapid pace, it can be hard to follow everything. Plus, it’s equally difficult to be in tune with the latest news in our own industries, right?

That said, we are extremely honored to be a Media Sponsor at the upcoming event: “FASHINNOVATION”. The event will bring innovations in the fashion industry via technology and will certainly expand and incite your mind with fresh ideas.

Fashinnovation: “Fashion Is To Love”, is debuting its 3rd Edition just days before starting the New York Fashion Week. The event will be hosted inside the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC on September 4th, 2019.

The full-day conference will serve as a place where innovations, via technology, shapes the fashion industry and where current trends are showcased.

Moreover, there will be 70+ speakers, 20+ panel discussions and 20+ brands and startups “trade” activations with the objective of inspiring and sharing knowledge. All this, with countless BIG names of the industry!

So, take a look at the full line up!

REGISTER NOW!

Aside from the talks, guests will enjoy a fashion installation by Neon Cowboys, where he’s debuting an entire collection for the 1st time ever!

In addition, you can expect an activation floor with tech and fashion brands from all around the world and interesting red carpet interviews.

Finally, to celebrate the day in style, an after party will be hosted in partnership with The Canvas by Querencia Studio, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

“Based on where all of the trends in the fashion industry are nowadays – transparency, storytelling, sustainability, collaboration, inclusivity, etc. – love is the emotion that it all stems from” says Jordana Guimarães.

“We are excited to keep growing this community of innovators, who are shaping the fashion industry via technologies, such as Digifair (on demand global fabric sourcing and logistics company) and others”, continues Marcelo Guimarães.

After hosting two successful events in the past year, during NYFW, speakers included:

  • Oskar Metsavaht: Founder at Osklen,
  • Ivan Poupyrev: Vice President at Google,
  • Gonzalo Pertile: Director at J. Crew,
  • Renata Black: Co-Founder at EBY,
  • Paul Dillinger: Vice President at Levi’s,
  • Eno Polo: CEO at Havaianas US, Directors at NASA, IBM, United Nations etc.,

…Jordana & Marcelo Guimarães – husband/wife and Founders of Fashinnovation – won’t disappoint with what’s to come!

With the big question which has been circulating in the fashion industry: “Is Fashion Week still relevant?”, Fashinnovation is branding itself as the runway of innovation.

Be sure to get your ticket and see you there!

REGISTER NOW!


Date: September 4th, 2019
Time: 8am – 7pm; after-party from 8pm – 10pm
Location: FIT – Fashion Institute of Technology

  • 218 West 28th Street
  • 227 West 27th Street (Afternoon entrance)

https://fashinnovation.nyc


Events Up Coming Fashinnovation New York City

FULL SCHEDULE

8:00am to 9:00am – Registration / Stands Activations of Innovative Companies

9:00am: Opening “Welcome Remarks” by Founders: FASHION is To Love
– Jordana Guimarães
– Marcelo Guimarães

9:15am – 9:30 am: Toward a new “maker mindset”: Fashion Innovation in an era of urgency 
– Susan Rockefeller: Artist, Activist & Founder Musings.

09:30am – 10:00am: FASHION is Inclusivity

Opening Remarks by Fern Mallis – Founder New York Fashion Week

– Fern Mallis: Founder, New York Fashion Week
– Bill Wackermann: CEO, Wilhelmina Models
– Lisa Sun: Founder, Gravitas
– Jessica Andrews: Deputy Fashion Director, Refinery29 (Moderating)

10:00am – 10:25am: FASHION is Sustainable Development Goals
– Emily Kate Symes: Founder, EKOLUV
– Topper Luciani: Founder, Goodfair
– Camille Jaillant: Founder, Olistic the Label
– Thomaï Serdari: Adjunct Professor of Marketing NYU | Founder Brand(x)Lux (Moderating)

10:25am – 10:35am: FASHION is Social Good
– Simla Sooboodoo – Founder & CEO, Hands On Journeys

10:35am – 10:55am (break)

10:55am – 11:20am: FASHION is Recycled/ Upcycled Materials
– Arianne Engelberg: Founder, THE NEW DENIM PROJECT
– Carolina Alvarez-Ossorio Speith: Global Marketing & Communications Director, ECOALF
– Marci Zaroff: Trademarked “ECOfashion”, Founder MetaWear
– Federico Brugnoli – Founder of Spin360 & Curator of Innovation Square, Lineapelle (Moderator)

11:20am – 11:45am: FASHION is Technology, Pop-Culture & New Trends
– Emily Brickel Edelson: Co-Founder, Chic Sketch
– Asia Hall: CEO, Neon Cowboys
– Michael Savarie: Sustainability Enterprise Catalyst, Hemp Black

11:45 am – 12:00pm: FASHION is Entrepreneurship
Opening Remarks by Karen Bhatia – Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation

– Ricky Mendez: Entrepreneur com
– Pepita Marin: Founder We Are Knitters & Endeavor Entrepreneur

12:00am – 12:20pm: FASHION is Startups + 5 Demos Elevator Pitch
Elevator Pitches presented by – Alceo Rapagna: Global Strategy Officer & CEO Italy Startupbootcamp, Innoleaps & The Talent Institute

Pitches from:
– Gabriela Davis: Co-Founder at Yoobe
– Sophia Matveeva: Founder, Enty
– Michael DeNunzio: Founder, Focalize Designer

12:20pm – 12:45pm: FASHION is Creating From the Heart
– Iliana Cogan: Founder, WordsCount + Kindness ATM
– Mindy Scheier: Founder and President, Runway of Dreams
– Jason Naylor: Artist
– Pinar Guvenc: Business Strategy Director, Open Style Lab (Moderating)

12:45pm – 01:30pm: Break for lunch

01:30pm – 01:45pm: FASHION is Transparency
– Carry Somers: Founder, Fashion Revolution

1:45pm – 2:10pm: FASHION is Women Empowerment
– Ryann Richardson: Tech founder, activist & Miss Black America
– Sasha Meneghel: Personality/ Model Sustainability Advocate from Brazil
– Kimberly Barasch: Founder, Altress
– Alexis Rai: US Director, African Fashion Fund (Moderating)

2:10pm – 2:35pm: FASHION is Inspired by NASA
– Becca McCharen: Founder, CHROMAT
– Erica Bernhard: Founder, Covalent
– Julia Daviy: 3D Print Sustainable Fashion, Designer
– Cassandra Napoli: Editor, WGSN Insights (Moderating)

2:35pm – 3:00pm: FASHION is Blockchain
– Stephanie Benedetto: Founder, Queen Of Raw
– Rob Koenen: CMO, Boxed Water
– Patrick Duffy: Founder, Mr. Duffy + Global Fashion Exchange
– Annabelle Azadé: Fashion Journalist & Founder, Wear The Future (Moderating)

3:00pm – 3:25pm: FASHION is Sustainable Supply Chains:
– Jacqueline Jenkins: Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Innovation at FIT, Author of “Fashion Supply Chain Management”
– Dana Davis: VP of Sustainability, Product and Business Strategy, Mara Hoffman
– Divya Demato: Co-Founder, GoodOps
– Richard Demato: Co- Founder, GoodOps (Moderating)

3:25pm – 3:45pm (break)

3:45pm – 4:10pm: FASHION is International Customer Experience Off-line & On-Line
– Laerke Skyum: Co-Founder, AYNI
– Paula Gartenkraut: Co-Founder, The Private Apple
– Omar Salam: Founder, S.U.K.E.I.N.A
– Jaclynn Brennan: Commercial Director, eSTYLAR

4:10pm – 4:35pm: FASHION is Artificial Intelligence
Opening Remarks by Pierre Nicolas Hurstel – FASHION is “Blockchain & AI”

– Tony Pinville: Co-Founder & CEO, Heuritech
– Alexandra Nervi: CDO, Ba&Sh
– Steve Zades: VP Global Innovation, Kontoor Brands Inc.
– Jean-Marc Bellaiche: CSO, Content Square
– Pierre Nicolas Hurstel: Co-Founder, .arianee (Moderating)

4:35pm – 04:55pm: FASHION is Wearable Tech
– Billie Whitehouse: Founder, WearableX
– Constanza Mas: Founder, Constanza+LAB
– Elizabeth Segran: Senior Staff Writer, Fast Company (Moderating)

04:55pm – 05:20pm: FASHION is Platforms from Point A to Z
– Gigi Cobos: Operations Manager, SYNZENBE
– Yazan Malkosh: Founder & CEO, SWATCHBOOK
– Arnaldo Goldemberg: Founder & CEO, DIGIFAIR
– Neil Hicks: Founder, Pandesco & author, “The Lifecycle of Fashion Technology” & Professor, FIT (Moderating)

5:20pm – 5:40pm (break)

5:40pm – 6:05pm: FASHION is Innovation
– Keanan Duffty: Fashion Designer & Program Director for MPS Fashion Management, Parsons School
– Neil Brown: CEO, Amsale
– Lilly Berelovich: Founder, FASHION SNOOPS
– Corey Tollefson: SVP for Retail, Infor (Moderating)

06:05pm – 06:35pm: FASHION is E-Commerce
– Nyha Shree: Founder, Jumper.ai
– Kristin Savilia: CEO, JOOR
– Misty Locke: Global CMO, iProspect
– Enid Hwang: Culture & Community Manager, Pinterest

06:35pm – 06:50pm: FASHION is Celebrity Influencing: (The Bella Twins)
– Brie Bella: Founder, Birdiebee
– Nikki Bella: Founder, Birdiebee

06:50pm – 07:00pm: NEON Cowboys Show

07:00pm: Closing Remarks – Fashion is FASHINNOVATION 2020
– Jordana Guimarães
– Marcelo Guimarães

8:00pm – 10:00pm: After Cocktail Reception at The Canvas by Querencia Studio

Event Host/ MC: Michael Ferraro, Executive Director FIT Infor DTech Lab

Red Carpet Host: Veronica Apsan, Founder Fashion Aficionado

REGISTER NOW!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Fashinnovation (past editions)

Prohibition Pub and History Tour in New York

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Prohibition Pub and History Tour in New York

The Prohibition Pub and History Tour in New York is guided walking tour of historic bars from the Prohibition Era replete with all the stories of immigration and the Gilded Age.

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Prohibition Pub and History Tour in New York

If you don’t really know what the Prohibition Era was, it’s ok. I’ll briefly tell you!

In short, it was a 13-year period between 1920 – 1933, where the production, commercialization, distribution and importation of alcoholic beverages was completely banned throughout the United States.

But this did not mean that people stopped drinking or going out! What happened then was that the famous speakeasies started to pop up around the city!

These speakeasy bars were strategically placed in basements, in the back area of butcher shops, and in the most unique locations. It obviously was not advertised, and you only knew about these bars mostly from word-of-mouth.

Today, New York City is still the home of countless speakeasies. While many are quite hard to find, others you can only go in with a special ‘secret password’. Pretty cool, right?

That said, this tour will tell you a bit more about his fascinating history and places.

The tour begins in Midtown at an original speakeasy – the speakeasy of all speakeasies.

The group then enter a Gilded Age bar celebrating the greatest catalyst to Prohibition. Finally, it will end at one of the oldest Irish bars in New York and celebrate the end of Prohibition together!

So, be sure to book your spot and come have fun with us in the Prohibition Pub and History Tour in New York.

BOOK NOW!

Rates & Details:

  • Price: $40 / person
  • Time: starts at 4pm
  • Duration: 3 hours – 1.5 mile guided tour at a moderate walking pace
  • Meeting Location: 21 Club at 21 West 52nd Street
  • One complimentary drink sampler (based off an original Prohibition-style cocktail)
  • Alcoholic/non-alcoholic drink menus available
  • Dress Code: business casual apparel
  • Ticket price includes tax and fees. Gratuity not included.

BOOK NOW!

If you enjoyed this tour, be sure to check out other amazing ones through out the city!

And, if you need a private tour or need assistance in tailoring one for a corporate group, contact our experts!


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25 Most Iconic and Instagrammable Movie Locations in NYC

Our Bucket Lists showing the 25 Most Iconic and Instagrammable Movie Locations in NYC

Can you name right away 3 movies that were filmed in New York City? I’m positive you can, since there is an infinite list for you to remember from. So, take a look at the 25 most iconic and Instagrammable movie locations in NYC for you to visit!

Myself and so many other people call New York “one of the best cities in the world”, and I think Hollywood thinks the same! Hahaha!

Besides, countless people come to NY in search of these places to take pictures at and share on their Instagram, right? At least, I get many messages of people asking for them!

So, with that in mind, I decided to start with a small list of the 25 most iconic and Instagrammable movie locations in NYC.

Take a look at video above to check some out. As well as the description of each below!


#1 Coyote Ugly – Coyote Ugly (2000)

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Piper Perabo (right), as Violet sings on the bar with Maria Bell, as Lil. Photo Credit: Coyote Ugly (2000)

Inspired by a famous Lower East Side bar, Coyote Ugly Saloon that opened it’s doors in January of 1993, the bar is where Violet Sanford (played by Piper Perabo) starts working when moving to NYC.

Closer to the end of the movie, Piper stand on top of the bar and starts singing to stop a massive fight that took over the entire place, because of her jealous boyfriend. What a mess!

The music she sings is “One Way or Another” by Blondie.

A bit more about its story:

On January 27th, 1993, the Coyote Ugly Saloon first opened its doors to the public.

A few years later, I had perfected my bar and Coyote Ugly Saloon quickly established itself in the hearts of New Yorkers as their preeminent drinking establishment. It gained national attention in early 1997 when a story called “The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon” written by former Coyote bartender Elizabeth Gilbert for GQ magazine: shined a spotlight on the little bar in the East Village.

Shortly after that, Hollywood came knocking and the movie rights to Lil’s story were sold. “Coyote Ugly” opened in August 2000, starring Piper Perabo and Maria Bello. It has grossed over $100 million and a worldwide audience quickly learned what the phrase “We don’t serve water here!” meant.

Location: 153 1st Avenue


#2 Grand Central Terminal – Friends with Benefits (2011)

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Grand Central Terminal ©Behind the Scenes NYC

There are countless films featuring Grand Central Terminal. Popular films like Men in Black are well known.

As well as the romantic comedy, Friends with Benefits (2011), where Justin Timberlake sings, as an apology, for Mila Kunis with a huge flash mob. They also shoot at a window table at Pershing Square, just across the street, underneath the Pershing Bridge | Park Avenue Viaduct, on East 42nd Street.

Other movies date back to the 1940’s like the Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller, Spellbound (1945).

Location: 89 East 42nd Street


#3 New York Public Library – Sex & The City (2008)

Our Bucket Lists showing the 25 Most Iconic and Instagrammable Movie Locations in NYC New York Public Library
New York Public Library ©Behind the Scenes NYC

Probably one of my favorite spots in the city!

The New York Public Library was the background of epic movies like Ghostbusters (1984) and even the Sex and the City (2008) scene, where Carrie Bradshaw (a.k.a. Sarah Jessica Parker) is left practically at the altar by Big. What a *beep*!

Location: 476 5th Avenue


#4 The Plaza Hotel – Home Alone 2 (1992)

Our Bucket Lists showing the 25 Most Iconic and Instagrammable Movie Locations in NYC The Plaza Hotel
The Plaza Hotel ©Behind the Scenes NYC

The Plaza Hotel is one of the most gorgeous and traditional hotels in New York City. It’s been featured in, for example, the 2nd Season of Sex and the City.

But, was surely highlighted on the 1992 film, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Who doesn’t remember of Macaulay Culkin walking into the hotel…and bumping to Donald Trump. Yikes!

A bit of history now:

Did you know that the hotel has a “first version” that started construction in 1883, the owners ran out of money, new ones took over the hotel opened in 1890.

BUT, the curious thing is: in 1905 other owners demolished the entire building to start a bigger project costing back then $12.5 million dollars.

In less that 2 years, The Plaza, as we know today, was ready! The hotel formally opened to guests in 1907 and boasted with almost 20 super luxurious floors with 282 breathtaking rooms.

Location: 768 5th Avenue


#5 Queensboro Bridge – Manhattan (1979)

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Mary, played by Diane Keaton, and Woody Allen, as Isaac. ©Manhattan (1979)

This is surely a classic!

Woody Allen made this secluded spot almost under the Queensboro Bridge, called Sutton Place Park North, one of the most romantic spots in town.

This memorable scene was shot with Mary (played by the talented Diane Keaton) and Woody Allen himself, as Isaac – on the waterfront of the East River, at a very late hour.

As Woody said: “Boy, this is really a great city. I don’t care what anyone says. It’s really a knockout, you know?”

And, don’t you agree!? We do!

Location: 12 Sutton Square


#6 Lexington Avenue – The Seven Year Itch (1955)

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One of the most photographed corners in Manhattan, is located on Lexington Avenue with 52nd Street. Why?

Well, here the beautiful Marilyn Monroe wow’ed the world, with that famous skirt-blowing scene! Remember? She’s walking on the subway grates, when….tchan tchan tchan, the air blew it up for the delight of every men around.

This memorable scene was shot in front of a current restaurant called Le Relais de Venise l’Entrecote.

Location: Lexington Avenue with 52nd Street


And still, SO many other famous, blockbuster movies and series have been filmed in our beautiful New York City!

  • Feast of San Genaro – The Godfather Part II (1974)
  • Grand Central Terminal | Chrysler Building | Midtown – The Avengers (2012)
  • Café Lalo | Zabar’s | Riverside Park – You’ve got Mail (1998)
  • Verrazano Narrows Bridge | Bay Ridge, BK – Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  • Central Park | Tavern on the Green | The Dakota – New York, I Love You (2008)
  • Times Square – Birdman (2014)
  • Katz’s Delicatessen – When Harry met Sally (1989)
  • American Museum of Natural History | Central Park – Night at the Museum (2006)
  • The walking piano at FAO Schwarz (now with a new location) – Big (1988)
  • Tiffany 5th Avenue – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  • Park Slope, BK | Boathouse at Prospect Park – The Age of Innocence (1993)
  • Current Lincoln Center on Upper West Side – West Side Story (1961)

Phiuf! And the list goes on, and on!

If you know more movies, share with us on the comments below! We’d love to know!

Lastly, if you enjoyed this post about the 25 most iconic and Instagrammable movie locations in NYC, you might also want to take a look at “10 Top Secrets Of New York City That You Probably Don’t Know“.


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XYST: Breaking All The Myths About Vegan Food

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This Vegan restaurant in New York City is breaking all the myths about Vegan food. XYST is truly an experience worth exploring that will change all your misconceptions of this cuisine!

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If you’ve NEVER been to XYST, it’s about time you go!XYST is one of the amazing creations by the renowned Chef Matthew Kenney and it one of my favorite spots in New York! We’re even done a short and sweet IGTV about it!

Their menu is Mediterranean inspired, their décor is beautifully rustic and home-cozy, the cocktails are great to pair with the food and the dishes? Well, they are to-die-for (and Vegan!).

Yes! This is a restaurant that I take all my non-Vegan friends and they a-l-w-a-y-s want to go back for more. I mean, I truly love showing people what Vegan cuisine is all about and break all the myth there is about it!

In addition, people that don’t understand the cuisine think that vegans only eat vegetables and salad. Hahaha! Well, that’s totally wrong and the cuisine is super rich in flavors and creations!

Now, pause for “awe”! Chef Matthew has restaurants in almost 20 cities across the globe, some of them being: São Paulo (my home town)! Buenos Aires! Sydney! Los Angeles! Dubai! Costa Rica! Bahrain! And other corners of the globe!

Now, let’s get to some details on the dishes!

Here is what we had this last time, but I’ve tried almost everything from their menu:

  • White, Rose and Red Wine, just to start off in grand style
  • Mese Plate: Beetroot Hummus. Smoked Hummer. Muhammara. Market Vegetables. Warm Pita
  • Wild Mushrooms + Muhammara. Red Pepper. Caramelized Onions. Herbed Focaccia
  • Avocado Toast. Za’atar Avocado. Cherry Tomato. Sourdough Bread

Unfortunately, this time we didn’t have dessert, because we were super satisfied with what we ate, but I’ve tried them all:

  • Blood Orange Cheesecake with Citrus Curd and Basil Syrup
  • Sunflower Seed Baklava with Rose Water
  • Chocolate Cake with Orange Blossom Gelato and Candied Salnuts

As Chef Matthew says, he’s “crafting the future of food” and we have to agree!

So, enjoy (and I’m sure you’ll be back for more!)

Hours:
Lunch + Brunch: Monday – Friday: 11am – 3:30p
Brunch: Saturday + Sunday: 11am – 3:30pm
Dinner: Sunday – Wednesday: 5pm – 10pm | Thursday – Saturday: 5pm – 11pm

Location: 44 West 17th Street

www.matthewkenneycuisine.com/xyst


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16 Things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC [PART 4/4]

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I compiled the 16 things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC! New York City is super friendly city and pretty easy to find you way around. But, there are a few things you should know before visiting!

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New York City is super friendly city and pretty easy to find you way around. But, it also has a few particularities you should know before visiting!

So, I decided to share 16 things NO ONE ever tells you about NYC, for the 1st timers in NYC. There are a few rules and tips to make your NY experience seamless and memorable.

We split this topic into 4 different posts, so see below the final, Part 4! And check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, if you haven’t already!


#13 Don’t yell if you see a rat or a cockroach!

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This had to be #13! Hahaha! This will certainly identify you as a “tourist”.

Why? Well, let’s start from the basics! Did you know that there are more rats in New York, than there are people?

Ok, let’s do the math! It’s estimated that within the 5 boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island), there are around 8.5 million residents. The number of rats is around 5:1, adding up to over 42 million rats below our very own feet!

Now, let me tell you something about cockroaches. They are smart little bastards! I was LITERALLY chased by a human-eater-roach back in 2014 when I came to visit New York before moving, in the middle of a subway station. I was running away from it in circles (no lie!) and the roach was running after me in circles too!

It was comic not to say, ridiculous! I was screaming and laughing desperately – as were all my friends – instead of helping me out. So, don’t do as I did. Try to chill and act as if nothing is wrong! That is…if you can!


#14 Shoot! I need to “pee” and can’t find a bathroom!

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The story of our lives! Manhattan is definitely not a bathroom-friendly place and you might get into some trouble if you don’t know where to run to in an emergency.

I do recommend going to every bathroom you pass by, just in case you don’t at some point! Also, I’ll give you a tip, there is a great APP called SitOrSquat that shares all the public bathrooms in New York. Might be good to downloaded to your phone, right?

Hint, hint! Some places that you’ll find bathrooms: Starbucks, Barnes & Nobel and department stores!


#15 New York is NOT synonymous to Manhattan!

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And I’m tired of telling people this! I mean, most tourist are stuck between Central Park South and SoHo – which I call “the comfort zone”. But, all the other boroughs in New York are growing and you have just so much to see! It’s just great when you free yourself from Manhattan, and dive into exploring other corners of NYC!

We all know that Brooklyn is now the new “hot spot” with so much going on. So, you might want to start from there. The trendy neighborhood now, is Williamsburg and I love Greenpoint that is close to it. Queens is a paradise for foodies and each borough has its own charm.

And still, there are countless amazing places to visit upstate, as well and breathtaking destinations in Long Island, from wineries to beaches.

Ok, so let’s start slowly just by crossing the bridge into Williamsburg or DUMBO? I guarantee you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find!


#16 Last by not least: When in doubt, just walk in!

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What I mean is, if you pass by a weird looking door, but apparently people are discretely walking in and out…you might just want to walk in too. I know…the first thought that comes to mind is: “This is part of a horror movie, and if I walk in, I’ll never walk out…” Hahaha!

You never know what you can expect and 99% of the time, you’re not crashing into anyone’s home. On the other side of that door, there might be something extraordinary happening for you to check out or a delicious secret restaurant.

What I mean? Well, secret speakeasy bars are spread all over town, like Patent Pending – that I always love going to, or high-end hidden restaurants with a hidden door tucked behind a hanging art work in a gallery, like Frevo. Regardless, these spots will create some of the most memorable moments of your New York experience!

Be brave…and walk in!


And that’s a wrap for our list of the 16 things NO ONE ever tells you about NYC, for the 1st timers in NYC! There are so many other tips, but I guess that starting through these 16, you’ll be fine!

There are just a few things that we remembered along the way, that we just have to share, and that are FREE:

  • Water in NYC is FREE! Yes, NYC’s tap water is known for being some of the best in the country, and there is even the rumor that our bagel is one of the best, because of the water! So, when you arrive at a bar or restaurant you might automatically receive cups with water that will be refilled all the time, or you can ask for still or sparking water, that comes in a bottle – and these are paid for!
  • Condoms in NYC are FREE! Yup, that’s what you heard! They are Free, so check out where to find them here.
  • Fitness classes for FREE! The City of New York created the “Shape Up NYC Classes“, where you can find everything from Yoga in the Park and Hip Hop Fitness, to Zumba and Aerobics classes!

If you want a post about all the FREE things to do in NYC, leave your comment below and we’ll get right on it for you!

I hope we were able to help a bit more on your understanding of how the city functions!

Also, as mentioned, feel free to use the information we gave that makes more sense for YOUR trip! When we talk about tipping for example, we know that many people are traveling on a budget, so lets just be reasonable, right? The idea was just to share a bit how things work!

And, if you’re looking for assistance for a corporate group coming to New York, don’t hesitate to contact our experts! We organize everything from dinners, cocktails to corporate events and unique experiences.


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Seeing The Best Of New York City By Motorcycle

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Have you ever thought of seeing the best of New York City by motorcycle? Let us give you a few pointers on how this could be an amazing experience!

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New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in America, attracting more than 60 million guests each year. This, thanks to its world-famous landmarks, eclectic cuisine, and unique culture.

If you’re looking for something other than the typical take on the NYC experience, ditch the buses and walking tours! They are quite touristy anyway… Instead experience the best of New York City by motorcycle.

Exploring by bike makes it easy to see parts of the city that other tourists rarely get to enjoy, and it also makes it easy to snap pictures, grab some street food, or simply take in the view.


Exploring Landmarks Downtown

Downtown, you can find many of the major landmarks of Manhattan, including the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, and Freedom Tower. You can also explore more hole-in-the-wall places, including small restaurants and specialty shops in Chinatown, Little Italy and the up and coming, South Seaport.

You can also see the filming locations of certain famous movies, including the Ghostbuster Firehouse, the Tiffany & Co. flagship store from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and many more. For a thrilling ride, you can cruise through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the longest continuous underwater road in the U.S.


Experience Uptown Scenery

Uptown is known for its stadiums, like the famous Yankee Stadium, and museums through out the artsy Museum Mile. But, primarily tourists head up to see the scenery.

From the perspective of an automatic motorcycle, you can get some of the best possible views driving up the West Side Highway along the Hudson River. You might also see the palisades that rise over five hundred feet above, cross the George Washington Bridge, head up to the Medieval inspired MET Cloisters and wander through the less well known northern areas of Central Park.


Tour Midtown Monuments

Midtown Manhattan is home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, and other impressive bastions of culture and architecture.

Are you looking for something a little bit more out of the ordinary? You can visit sites such as the mysterious Rose Hill Historic House, the historic C.O. Bigelow Apothecary, or the quirky Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library.

You’re looking to avoid the crowds and experience New York City from a unique angle? So, simply tour the city by motorcycle. Traveling by bike makes it easy to get around. You’ll be able to find all of the hidden gems that NYC has to offer.

Whether you’re riding through the streets of downtown New York, enjoying the sights of midtown, or exploring the refined uptown area, touring New York City by motorbike gives you a unique and exhilarating look at the city.


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Your Friend’s Kitchen: A Dining Experience At The Chef’s House

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New York is a gastronomy haven for those that love food! I want to share a different NYC dining experience that will take you on a journey around the world, called Your Friend’s Kitchen!

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I was invited to enjoy a unique NYC dining experience, different from what I have already done around New York City. And believe me, I have done countless experiences around town.

But this time, I was called for a Vegan African Feast at Chef Linda’s home! I was intrigued from the start, considering that not only would Chef Linda cater a totally new menu, but she was going to open her home to host us for this super special night!

I was excited and extremely curious too!

Chef Linda (aka Linda Adria Sebisaho) is was born in the Eastern part of Congo, in Africa and moved to New York at the age of 15! Initially, she dreamt of getting into medical school, but totally changed her mind and became a math teacher! Her cooking talent  kicked in a bit later.

Today, she runs her own catering company. She loves these types of social dining experiences, having meals with strangers, that leaves as friends by the end of the night!

She says, “it’s a form of art”, and we couldn’t agree more!

That said, Chef Linda was thrilled to co-host this night with Your Friends Kitchen, created and founded by Meenakshi lala.

So, let me tell you a bit about how the night unraveled!

Chef Linda’s home is in Harlem, a neighborhood I love exploring with all its Jazz spots and amazing restaurants. I headed up with a friend, that was just as excited!

As we arrived, everyone there warmly greeted us! The table was decorated with colors inspired by the African culture, setting the mood of the night to come.

In addition, they printed a beautiful menu with what we were going to eat during the night! The menu had this beautiful illustration of an African woman wearing one of the gorgeous fabric head arrangements, already bringing us into the journey that was about to start!

Chef Linda introduced herself and in no time, the feast had started! The event is “B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bottle”, so be sure to bring any drink that makes you happy!


Here is what the menu looked like:

  • Starter #1: Yucca – Mashed Yucca stuffed with chickpeas or cheese
  • Starter #2: Sambusa – Fried dough filled with spiced carrots, peas and potatoes
  • Salad: Sachumbari – East African salad made from tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and lime
  • Main #1: Yassa Aubergine – Harissa spiced eggplants, pilau rice and ginger caramelized onions
  • Main #2 (a surprise!): Plantain with white beans, onions and tomato sauce
  • Dessert: Beignets – Savory fried African doughnut served with strawberries
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Each dish was explained by Chef Linda, where she would tell us a quick story of its meaning, influence and ingredients.

Portions were extremely generous, beautifully arranged and the best of it all: we had truly a great time, laughed all night long with the stories everyone shared and made some interesting business connections.

Chef Linda amazed us with her talent and we left having a new group of friends that we hope to stay in touch with and explore other dining experiences by Your Friend’s Kitchen!

Last, but definitely not least, I’d love to thank Meenakshi, for inviting us to be part of this special night! We are happy to be part of this new community she’s building and will definitely be back for more!


More information about Your Friend’s Kitchen:

How It Works:

Your Friend’s Kitchen is an authentic food experience, a new take on going out for a meal. Your Friend’s Kitchen aims to bring people together to share an experience that is comforting and familiar, yet not like any other.

Whether they are home cooks or food lovers, our hosts share a passion for bringing people together, one meal at a time!

The Founder:

Meenakshi is a passionate foodie, avid traveler and founder of Your Friends Kitchen. She discovered her love for cooking when she first moved to the United States from India. A foodie at heart, she has traveled to 25+ countries and explored street foods and fine dining alike.

Her passion for cooking food and hosting inspired her to create a platform for others to enjoy dining in the comfort of a warm, cozy, intimate setting and enjoy a delicious meal prepared with love and passion.

Her goal at your friend’s kitchen – Bring people together, one meal at a time!


For you to learn more about Your Friend’s Kitchen and also check out the upcoming events, be sure to go to their website where you can book everything directly!

In addition, if you have a corporate group coming to town and you need help organizing all the experiences, dinners, events, our experts can help you out!

www.yourfriendskitchen.com


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16 Things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC [PART 3/4]

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Ahh! New York City, I love you! But, there are a few secrets you must know before coming here. So, I decided to share 16 things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC.

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There are a few rules and tips to make your NY experience seamless and memorable, and we decided to share a bunch of them with you!

We split this topic into 4 different posts, so see below Part 3 of 16 things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC! And check out Part 1 and Part 2, if you haven’t already!


#9 Yes, yes, we are “behind the scenes”, but certain attractions are must-sees!

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Guys, I’m all about exploring the off-the-beaten-path spots and staying away from the touristy scene, BUT this is New York City. What this means is that there are countless attractions that you HAVE TO go see at least once in your life, after all it’s culture, right?

So, yes, you have to walk through once (or twice) the crazy streets of Times Square to see the infinite sea of lights, bump into the Naked Cowboy and Cowgirl, hear the never ending symphony of cars honking their loud, annoying horns, be in the middle of crazy people walking up and down and pushing you to the side, etc! Phiuf! I got stressed just talking about it!

But, after that, if you’re not actually going to a Broadway show or going to our Behind the Scenes Dining with the Broadway Stars Experience, then I wouldn’t recommend going back there too often.

To see which are the touristy locations we recommend in NY, take a look at our lists: 1st Cheap NYC Guide: 40+ Top Attractions and the 2nd Cheap NYC Guide: 30 Top Attractions.


#10 NEVER IN YOUR LIFE hop on a Central Park carriage ride!

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And I’ll tell you why! It can seem like a nice activity to do, right? But, the reality is that most of these horses are super badly treated of over-worked during the day.

They barely rest, don’t eat enough, and many don’t have good hoof pads protecting their hoofs from the concrete streets. It’s not unusual to suddenly see a horse collapsing in the middle of the streets from exhaustion.

We need help from the tourists to stop with these silly horse carriage rides and spare these animals of being mistreated.

In addition, there is just SO much to do in Central Park, that you can surely skip this carriage ride. We can help you book bike rides around the main spots, or even explore the Secrets Of Central Park Walking Tour.

P.S. – I have talked to a company that does horseback riding inside Central Park. These guys told me that their horse have a max limit of hours or rides per day. They are securely transported in and out of the city and have a specific treatment. You can read more here. Aside of them, I don’t know any other company that has this type of careful approach with the animals.


#11 Never make eye contact! LOL!

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Do you know these guys that are mostly around touristy locations like Times Square, Central Park, etc…calling you? They are trying to sell you on a tour or an activity! Unless it’s your life’s last craving going on top of that crowded 2-story touristy bus that roams around town, I’d just walk away.

If you do look, be sure they WILL approach you to try and sell something!

Also, if anyone is just randomly standing in the street, looking at people with an iPad in their hand…they are also going to ask for 2 minutes, that actually add up to 10minutes, to try and sell something else. In addition to getting your email and spamming you with promo emails.

The real New Yorker flies by these folks as if they were in the middle of that Olympic Speed Walking modality! Hahaha!

But, on the other hand, it’s an amazing feeling to walk around town – in non touristy areas – and just make eye contact with people! You’ll be surprise in how many will literally smile back!


#12 Holding the door can be polite, but….

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Sure! I do super recommend you being polite and helping out someone by opening the door but, be smart about it. You might be holding the door all-day-long with an endless river of people flowing in and out, if you’re not smart, specially in places like Times Square!

I always encourage you to help moms with strollers, elderly folks, kids, someone carrying something super heavy with no spare hands or anyone that apparently needs help. Otherwise, be mindful and kind with anyone walking in and out, but just go with the flow.

Ah! And in the winter, don’t think about holding the door open for too long. The people inside will surely start starting at you with fierce eyes!


So, this was our Part 3 of the 16 things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC.

But wait!

There is still a few last tips: Part 4! If you haven’t seen Part 1 and Part 2, you might want to check them out before heading to the last post.

There is just so much to know when coming to New York for the 1st time, that you might as well get ready to have the best time of your life!!!

And finally, if you need any type of assistance for big parties and specially for corporate groups, contact our team.


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