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Spice Up Your Life With Salsa Classes in NYC

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After researching Salsa classes in NYC, I came across Joel Salsa Company. They were offering a cool bootcamp package for beginners and I didn’t need to take a partner with me! Yes, this can be a setback when signing up for Salsa classes.

🎵 Ay, no hay que llorar
Que la vida es un carnaval
Que es más bello vivir cantando…” 🎵

…sings Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa, in one of my favorite songs.

Dancing, as we already know, is great for our physical and mental health. I grew up taking dancing classes, but Salsa is definitely taking it to another level and I always wanted to learn it. Ahhh, my Latin blood…

Some people say original Salsa was created in NYC instead of a Hispanic country, after the influx of Latin and Caribbean immigrants in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The immigrants mixed bits of other ballroom and club dances into a new style. So yes, there are different styles of Salsa. Since I was in NYC, I chose this new style over Cuban or others out there.

After researching a little bit, I came across Joel Salsa Company. They were offering a cool bootcamp package for beginners and I didn’t need to take a partner with me! Yes, this can be a setback when signing up for Salsa classes.

I was not sure if I would have the “hips” that it takes to dance, so I signed up for just one class to try it out. After the 1st class I loved it so much that I registered for the full package: 8 classes, once a week.

I confess I wore sneakers in my first class! As soon as the instructors saw them, they asked me to come with a flat, ballerina or ballroom shoes for the next classes. So, now you know that sneakers are not good for dancing Salsa! Hahaha!

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pablo Tapia Photography

About the instructors:

My instructors were actually the founders of the company: Joel Dominguez and the co-owner, Maria Palmieri. But, they do have a great team that really knows their moves, so don’t worry!

Joel has been part of the dance world for more than twenty years, competing, teaching and performing throughout various parts of the US and Mexico.

Maria, on the other hand, is certified as a professional dance teacher by DVIDA® – Dance Vision International Dancers Association. She’s won dance competitions like the Manhattan Latin Championships, where she actually got 1st place as a newcomer.

Both instructors taught class together. Maria taught the steps to us girls, while Joel taught the guys.

First we practiced the steps alone. By the end of each class we put all the steps and movements together and danced with a partner. A rotation system was used so everyone had the chance to dance with a someone.

Every week we could see visible improvements in our “Salsa skills”, but new and more difficult steps were being taught too. The speed we danced got faster each week, and do prepare yourself to spin a lot during this Salsa bootcamp.

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The company has plenty of events happening in other venues around town, where students are welcome to join. Most of them are at different Salsa clubs throughout Manhattan. It’s extremely restorative, funny and fun.

I just felt that Salsa was my thing, from day 1!

I “graduated” from my beginner salsa classes in NYC and I couldn’t wait to start the advanced classes. At that time they didn’t offer online classes, but now they do. Hooray! So, if you can’t attend it in person, you can still register for the online classes.

Are you excited? I want to do it all over again!

Joel Salsa also offers Bachata and Cha Cha Cha. For more info about dates, prices and other information, check their website.

Get inspired by the Latin rhythms and dance your hips off. It’s truly contagious, so just have fun!

Don’t forget to share your first steps with us! And if you enjoyed these salsa classes in NYC, you might want to test your limits at a fitness dance by Body Conceptions or just try the hottest fitness classes you need you know in NYC!

Location: 519 8th Avenue – 12th floor

https://joelsalsa.com


Text by our ContributorRafaela Azevedo
Photo Credit
: Courtesy of Pablo Tapia Photography and Joel Salsa

Vinyl Is Back: The Top Record Stores in New York

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Vinyl is back, so come explore with me and with the famous musician and composer, Zé Luis Oliveira, the top record stores in New York! We explored Manhattan and Brooklyn and we’ll tell you everything about these hidden music gems!

Today we have, once again, the super talented musician and composer, Zé Luis Oliveira, with me! Our last video was about the must-see Jazz spots in Harlem – just thought you should know, lol!

I’ve seen that in the last couple of years, vinyl has come back to the lives of people and the desire to collect unique disks, is growing.

So, since Zé Luis is a true expert, I asked him to take me to some of his favorite and top vinyl stores in New York.

We had a great time exploring some of the top record stores in New York, located in Manhattan and Brooklyn. But there are, of course, many other fantastic options!

And before you start reading, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and help us spread the love for this secret New York!


A1 Records

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Located in a very calm street in the East Village, A1 Records is a place you can go and just explore for hours. I love the neighborhood and it always amazing to explore it.

At this store, you’ll be able to buy, sell, or trade vintage vinyl records and just have fun exploring their entire collection. New stuff comes in practically every day!

The store was founded in 1996 and their vinyl curation is fantastic. There are endless options if you’re into Jazz, Soul and Funk. Plus, they have a very reasonable pricing and you can find countless disks for less than $10.

The store isn’t that small, but there is just so much in it, that you’ll probably have an interesting time moving around.

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

Location: 439 East 6th Street

www.facebook.com/A1-Records


Rough Trade

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Rough Trade is one of the best places best places to go in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, if you’re into great music, a fantastic selection of books and magazines, delicious coffee and even live music shows.

And, of course, it’s a great place to shop for vinyl. Amazingly, they opened much more recently than the other stores, in November of 2013, but the team behind it really knows how to surprise music lovers with an outstanding variety and selection of products.

I’m always there and this time, we found some pretty unique disks from renowned Brazilian artists, like Gilberto Gil.

OMG, and did you know you can also find cassette tapes there? Such a nostalgic experience! As we’ve said before, it’s a music haven, and we do recommend you go explore!

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Location: 64 North 9th Street, Williamsburg

www.roughtrade.com/us


Superior Elevation Records

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Our last stop was in the super cool neighborhood of Bushwick! I love exploring everything there, since it’s known for the being the home to very creative folks.

Superior Elevation Records is tucked away in a remote street, but in a spacious store, a few steps below the ground.

The smell of the place immediately takes you to a journey into the vinyl world and you can stay there for hours listening to all the disks you want to purchase.

They also buy records every day and also have an online store, if you can’t make it to Bushwick all the time!

Hours: Daily, from 12pm – 7pm

Location: 100 White Street, Bushwick

www.superiorelevation.com


Finally, if you enjoyed exploring these top record stores in New York with us, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel! Let spread the love for music and for New York together!

Do you know any other super cool record store? Please, share with us in the comments below so we can check it out too!


Videographer: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of the venues
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Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

Learning Some Beats With STOMP!

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If you haven’t heard about Stomp, it’s about time! Founded in the UK, back in 1991, today they are world famous, creating the most impressive percussion acts with unexpected objects and body parts! Get ready to feel your bones shake!

I absolutely L-O-V-E Stomp!

If you haven’t heard about them, they are an Off Broadway show, that was founded in the Brighton, United Kingdom in 1991 by Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell. Today they are world famous and attract audiences that come from all over the globe.

Their show takes place in a great spot in the trendy East Village and are always super full, when not, totally sold out!

In short, they are “a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy”. And, their comedy acts are truly hilarious!

The most amazing thing is that there is absolutely no dialogue throughout the entire show, but these guys are experts in getting you crackin’ in your seat!

They literally create some of the most astounding and impressive percussion acts, using countless unexpected objects and body parts.

“Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.”

We spoke to, and learned some beats with 3 of their NYC performers: Desmond Howard, Jasmine Joyner and Simeon Weedall.

Plus, I couldn’t forget to thank our dear friend, Marivaldo dos Santos, that was the one that set this video shooting up for us! Marivaldo is also part of the super talented NYC performers, since the early days, when it all started! You guys HAVE to see him in action!

So, before you watch, be sure to subscribe to our channel, turn on the notifications and come explore New York with me!

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Buy your tickets:

  • Online
  • By Phone: (800) 982-2787
  • In Person: At address below

Take a look at the seating chart!

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be at least 4 years old to attend STOMP and everyone must have a ticket. The age minimum is enforced and no child under the age of 4 will be admitted.

Box Office Hours:

Monday: 1pm – 6pm
Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 8pm
Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5:30pm

Performance Schedule:

Monday: Dark
Tuesday: 8pm
Wednesday: 8pm
Thursday: 8pm
Friday: 8pm
Saturday: 3pm & 8pm
Sunday: 2pm & 5:30pm

Location: Orpheum Theatre Box Office – 126 Second Avenue

https://stomponline.com

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Our Founder, Fê Paronetto, trying out a few moves! Check out the video to see how well she did – or not! LOL!

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Day 1: Siemens NYC’s Hidden Technology – A Behind the Scenes Tour

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We had two priceless days with Siemens USA. We visited some of New York City’s major attractions to understand how Siemens actually helped build the city! So, tag along with me to see what “Siemens NYC’s Hidden Technology – A Behind the Scenes Tour” was all about!

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It’s even hard to start writing about the amazing 2-day experience I had with Siemens a few weeks ago.

A couple of weeks back I was invited to participate in a priceless experience they had put together called “New York City’s Hidden Technology – A Behind the Scenes Tour”. I was immediately exited and curious, especially considering the name they chose for the project, ha!

We have millions of people visiting New York City during the year, over 60million to be more exact. Actually, in 2017 the number surpassed 62 million curious travelers and it keeps growing.

Most of you know about my indescribable passion for New York that I’ve clearly spoken about thousands of times before. And, the more I live here, the more I see the infinite stories and historical facts that together have built this tireless and sleepless city.

What people – not only travelers but also locals – don’t actually stop to think about, is “what is the real power that makes this perfect engine function throughout the city?” And, in obvious ways, enhances our experiences through the world-famous landmarks and historical attractions that symbolizes the Big Apple.

Siemen’s technology is literally scattered everywhere you can possibly think about. From the Statue of Liberty, the subway system, the Amtrak and the respected World Trade Center Memorial Fountains, to the ceilings at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the acoustics of Carnegie Hall and even, hidden within the top breweries that make your days eternally memorable experiences.

After all, in a digital area like the one we are living, people are craving these unforgettable moments to share with friends and family. Aren’t you?

So, let me start telling you what where we went and what I saw!


11am – Kickoff Brunch at The Trading Post

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We meet the entire group at a great spot I have never been to: The Trading Post.

It was great to meet the group, we all introduced ourselves, learned a bit more about Siemens and had a glimpse of what was about to happen during the day!

The itinerary sounded extremely exciting and up my alley, since I’m all about explore the “behind the scenes” spots and facts about New York!

Oh, and the food was fantastic!

I had the Aspargus Risotto with fava beans, English peas, goat cheese and soft poached hen’s egg, a refreshing salad and a trio of ice creams!

A great way to start the day!


12:30pm – World Trade Center Memorial Fountains

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Ok, so this place is quite special. We all know about the 9/11 event, how it impacted not only the lives of so many families out there that lost their loved ones, but also of an entire Nation.

It took years of very hard physical and emotional work to reconstruct that part of the city. And, World Trade Center Memorial Fountains, came out to be a beautiful homage to the lives that were lost.

Obviously the hardest part of it all, was not the physical exhaustion. It was being able to think and put together a project so beautifully and carefully thought for, that was able to truly and respectfully honor ever single life that was lost that day – from people in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the Stonycreek Township in Pennsylvania, to all passengers in the planes, the brave firefighters that fought through the smoke and law enforcement officers.

The project was led by Delta Fountains, experts in designing and manufacturing the most renowned fountains in the world. All the motorized pumps and totally integrated automation technology is by Siemens.

Joe Petry, President of Delta Fountains, talked to us about this monumental project.

Did you know that The World Trade Center Memorial Fountains are, today, the largest man-made waterfalls and reflecting pool in the entire world?

The fountains sit exactly where the towers were originally located and had phenomenal planning for it to be as perfect and precise as it is – mechanically and visually.

Here is the list of the most relevant and even curious facts that you should know about it:

  • Idea of the project was to reflect the absence of the lost souls
  • Fountains run 24h / day at a constant flow what is automated to monitor itself in an energy efficient way regardless of the weather
  • The recirculation systems are able to pump as much as 18,000 gallons of water at peak performance, every minute of every season
  • It’s intelligent enough to know the environmental conditions and understand if, for example, it needs to adjust the water in the system, not to over flow the pumps, in case it’s raining
  • The fall is 29-feet tall and had to be precisely planned to allow water to flow constantly, despite the weather conditions
  • The total drop – including the waterfall and the void in the center – add to 49-feet
  • The void is 40ft x 40ft
  • But, the water pool you can see, is only 1,5-foot deep
  • You can touch the sterilized water beneath the engraved names around the fountains
  • The stainless steel weir structure, designed by Delta Fountains was the most challenging. Through numerous testing, they found out that the weir structure needed to be exactly at 1/16th inch from each other, with an even water flow, over the entire 1,400 linear feet structure, to have the desired results
  • Water rises up peacefully, looks very still and fall perfectly into the fountain because of gaps in the stones
  • Sandy flowed in from the Hudson River, around the fountains, into the structure, causing over U$100 million in damages and flooding all the 9/11 artifacts in the Museum

Siemens cutting-edge automation technologies:

  • It offered high tech engineering, automation control and pump flow precision
  • 16 motorized pumps – controlled through Siemens VFD’s (Variable Frequency Drives) – regulates water passing through weirs. Their biggest challenge during the project was to figure out how to keep 600,000 gallons of water in each pool constantly flowing and crystal clear
  • The solution was the comprehensive Siemens SIMATIC S7-300 programmable controller solution, a first generation technology, that dramatically reduces energy consumption and CO2 emissions
  • It’s controlled daily and remotely from Jacksonville, Florida, through the WinCC Flexible, an engineering software
  • The weather station, with PLC’s (Programmable Logic Controllers) monitors the wind temperature, velocity and pressure to control and even shut down the system, in case of extreme necessity
  • Its fully integrated diagnostic system monitored with HMI (Human Machine Interface), with touch-screens make advanced graphics to detail and oversee all details with precision and operating cost-savings
  • The sensors on it and the ability to have preventative maintenance make it electronically sustainable
  • Siemens has the greatest equipment in the market to integrate with the computer system, with 3-year warranty, sustainable practices and was a company clearly not focused only on making money, hence the success!

3:30pm – Carnegie Hall

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The Carnegie Hall is one of the world’s most famous concert venue and in the words of many experts “It’s the #1.” It was founded back in April of 1891 – built by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and designed by the architect William Burnet Tuthill.

How did the idea to build the Hall come to life? Andrew Carnegie’s wife, Louise Whitfield, sang at the Oratorio Society and during their honeymoon, she asked Mr. Carnegie to build her a music hall as a wedding gift. And voilá! In no time, it was up and running beautifully!

Here, we were hosted by Richard Malenka, the Chief Administrative Officer and an “unofficial historian.” He is known for having super valuable and curious stories of Carnegie Hall and a priceless knowledge too.

Oh! One of the highlights was actually being able to go on stage at the Isaac Stern Auditorium, also known as the Main Hall. It’s considered the most prestigious concert stage in the US. Why? Because of the mix of acoustical quality/warmth and visual experience. The totality of the experience makes it one of the best.

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Now, here are the top curiosities about the place that called my attention:

  • The fluke!!! Andrew Carnegie hired the architect William B. Tuthill to travel world and build a totally different music hall, from what he’d seen. It ended up being more an Opera house than concert hall. The Fluke: Tuthill never actually built a concert hall!
  • Carnegie Hall boasts its fantastic 165,000 square feet, 3 auditoriums and over 3,600 seats
  • They host up to 700 concerts and 700,000 visitors a year. WOW, right!?
  • Names like Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, The Beatles, Igor Stravinsky, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Maria Callas, Caetano Veloso, Luciano Pavarotti and others have been on stage
  • The building was fully redesigned thinking about technology mixed with sustainability
  • The unique acoustics is a driving force and it’s important to maintain it and to keep the high levels and quality

Siemens was part of the project to modernize the building and is their technological partner, responsible for implementing fire safety, electronic security and building automation. The project not only modernized this historical landmark, but also make it more energy efficient.

Plus, Richard said something super important: “Tech is serving the institution well when it is invisible.” And this is exactly what Siemens has done!

Because of this brilliant partnership, Carnegie Hall has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification, 1 point from Gold.

Siemens cutting-edge automation technologies at work here:

  • They’ve installed sensors outside to have a more responsive and immediate response and had to learn how to problem solve the reality of working on a landmark structure and implement a contemporary technology
  • The security system (Siemens SiPass access control), ensures the highest security for guests, staff and talent inside the building
  • The Fire and Life Safety System’s precision and velocity guarantee the emergency control system to immediately activate the fire door closure, elevator management and air handlers
  • The Centralized Control manages the ventilation, air conditioning and heating in one platform, permitting even being remotely controlled, if desired. The system keeps track and analyzes any necessary electrical repair and maintenance
  • The challenges revolved around working on a landmarked building, that restricts countless interventions
  • Now, the 125+ year old landmark is utilizing the next-gen tech found in brand new buildings throughout NYC!

Siemens was able to bring Carnegie Hall into the 21st Century!

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7pm – Bateaux New York Dining Cruise

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To end this fantastic day, with some of the most amazing experiences and priceless knowledge, we headed to Chelsea Piers for a boat-dinner!

The Bateaux New York Dining Cruise was a great experience and way to end the day. But, the interesting information about it, is that the route passes very close to Lady Liberty! To be very honest, I always thought it was a bit too touristy, and it still is, but it’s worth experiencing it once in your life!

And, this is where Siemens comes into play again! They told us that back in 2012, Siemens technology was chosen as the perfect solution to be part of the Life Safety Upgrade Program, led by the U.S. National Park Service, for the Statue of Liberty.

The purpose was to upgrade not only the Statue of Liberty’s emergency rescue elevator, but also the engineering framework called Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal software. In addition, they also used Siemens safety PLC’s – safety modules and comfort panels to ensure redundancy or operations!

As said above, the best type of tech, is the invisible one. And, once again, Siemens showed us how they are part of New York City’s engine!

Here is more on the TIA Portal, in case you’re still curious: 

The TIA Portal allows automation processes to be designed optimally and efficiently from a single computer screen. This ground-breaking innovation shortens the engineering cycle, saves commissioning time, and reduces maintenance costs and TCO (total cost of ownership).

The Life Safety project included the need to upgrade both the safety and function of the 30-year old obsolete rescue elevator which had reached the end of its useful life. The new rescue elevator is a special purpose personnel machine that uses innovative technology to enhance safety and reliability making the system more user friendly. The TIA portal brings efficiency and reliability to the project by allowing and integrated work platform to manage the world class Siemens Safety PLC and Comfort Panel hardware, which make up the heart of the safety rated elevator controller.

The elevator is designed and intended for emergency personnel, not public use, giving EMTs, firefighters, and other service personnel access to the Statue when someone in distress needs to be reached and retrieved. The system includes the Siemens Fail Safe Safety CPU, various digital inputs and outputs, and the Siemens’ HMI comfort panel, all of which were designed and commissioned using TIA Portal. The project also uses PROFIBUS communication protocols and PROFINET industrial Ethernet.

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As I mentioned, this was a 2-day experience, so take a look what Day 2 looked like!

We started at the Arthur Ashe Stadium where the US Open is currently happening. Then, we headed for tasting and lunch at the Other Half Brewery in Brooklyn. Finally, we finished our day at LO3, a young NY company working on the Brooklyn Microgrid project with a blockchain enabled transactive energy platform!


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Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

Pianos: From Punk & Alternative Rock to New Wave and DJs

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A friend of mine told me about Pianos and how diverse are the bands playing there. Punk Rock, Alternative Rock, New Wave… but also a Dj playing Pop/Dance musics! You’ll love it!

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Pianos is the perfect combination of bar food and live music in the trendy Lower East Side nabe.

Pianos is a Bar/Club that features live music, Djs and also offers a variety of cocktails and tasty standard bar food. It’s spread in 2 floors, with a back room on the main floor and an upstairs lounge. From the outside you don’t realize how awesome the place is.

As soon as you step inside you feel like you’re in a basement, because of the brick walls and wooden ceiling beams. Come on, that’s pretty cool. It’s so NYC! And, you’ll find a pretty trendy, modern crowd there.

Now, let talk about the name. Is it a piano bar? Does it actually have a piano? The answer is: nope. Pianos used to be a store that sold pianos, and the new owners decided to keep the name and the old sign: New & Used, Bought & Sold. No doubts it keeps the place more mysterious and interesting.

A friend of mine told me about the venue and how diverse the bands that play there were. Punk Rock, Alternative Rock, New Wave… but also a Dj playing Pop/Dance musics.

Well, I love New Wave! So, I checked out their website and chose the date that suited me best. I chose a day that a Punk Rock/New Wave band would be performing and invited a group of friends. We were all excited for the upcoming adventure!

The day to visit Pianos finally arrived. Hooray!

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We arrived at Pianos in time to have some food. The staff was great. The bar menu was nice, with options of salads, burgers, fries… and we ordered different appetizers so we would share everything among ourselves. We were able to taste several dishes and everything was delicious.

What can I say about those mozzarella sticks? They were damn good! I don’t drink alcohol, but my friends ordered some beautiful cocktails. According to them, they were really good too. We had a great time eating and chatting, but we were ready for more. We bought tickets for the main room, in the back of the bar.

There was a stage in the room, and I was thrilled! The room was not too big and not too small. It had enough space to bring everybody together to enjoy the good vibes. We danced and laughed for hours. The band was amazing! It was like a journey into the 70’, 80’ and 90’s.

For a couple of hours I felt like I was an old school New Yorker. The one I grew up watching in movies. Ahhh, music is ageless, isn’t it?

Time to check out the second floor. The upstairs lounge was free!

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The DJ was spinning eclectic dance music. We hit the dance floor one more time. If I could describe the experience in one word, I would repeat it 3 times: Fun, fun, fun! What a night!

If you are not into Punk Rock like I am, it doesn’t matter. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect rhythm for you. You can always check their website and see the calendar of upcoming shows and DJs. Tickets are affordable and the bands are truly talented. Most of them of national expression.

I just caught myself humming a song by Billy Idol I had the pleasure to listen to that night:

“…Dancing with myself, oh oh dancing with myself…”.

So why don’t you go there and dance with yourself as well, and with a group of friends? Make sure to arrive early, otherwise you might have to wait outside, in a long line.

Don’t forget your ID and go hit the dance floor. Don’t forget to share your photos with us, we’d love to see them!

If you enjoy these types of spots, you’ll also love Rockwood Music Hall that is just a few blocks from Pianos, as well as Brooklyn Steel for bigger shows and last, Sofar Sounds, if you’re into private music gigs in secret spots around town!

Hours: Open daily 2pm – 4am

Location: 158 Ludlow Street

https://www.pianosnyc.com


Text by our ContributorRafaela Azevedo
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Sofar Sounds NYC #5, This Time In Bushwick

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This is already the 5th Sofar Sounds NYC we’ve co-hosted and curated in New York City! For this night, we put together a pretty eclectic list of musicians!!! Take a look below to see how the night went!

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I can’t believe we’ve already co-hosted and curated 5 amazing Sofar Sounds event in New York! I truly love they guys and everything they do!

This one was at a super cool spot in Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn that I adore exploring!

Wait! You’ve never heard of Sofar Sounds?

Well, they are “bringing the magic back to live music. Amazing artists in intimate spaces, performing stripped-back sets to carefully curated audiences. Please, arrive on time, stay to the end. Sit down, settle in and just listen. You’re gonna love it.”

In New York City alone, they host over 100 events per month and they are present in over 300 cities worldwide!

It’s a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) type of event, so you can bring your own Booze! So feel free to bring Wine, Beer, or whatever makes you happy!

You can read more about how they started!

Oh! And we have a special Promo-Code that allows you to skip the line and guarantees you instant access when purchasing tickets! The code is: BTSNYC-8493B. (Code might change every now and then, so reach out if it doesn’t work!) You can use it at any Sofar show you’d like to go, not only the ones we host!

Now, let us tell you about the last show we did! We had 3 fantastic bands performing and an amazing, off the beaten path spot! See below:


Zé Luis Oliveira

Our Experts Recaps Sofar Sounds Bushwick Ze Luis Oliveira

Zé Luis Oliveira is a renowned Brazilian composer, saxophonist, flutist, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. His career is fantastic for he’s performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in the Brazilian music scene known worldwide like Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Cazuza, Bebel Gilberto and Tania Maria.

He moved to NYC in 1990 and never moved back to Rio de Janeiro, his hometown. Furthermore, Zé received his Masters in Composition and Arranging from the super famous Juilliard School, in NYC.

In 2015, he launched The Atelier Music Studio, in Long Island City, a highly effective multipurpose workspace.

And still, he holds 4 Grammy nominations: 3 for Best Contemporary World Music Album and 1 for Best Latin Pop Album.

We wrote a great post about his musical journey!

http://www.zeluis.com


Natalie Hart

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Natalie Hart is another friend of mine – yes, I have awesome friends, lol – that I’ve had the honor to have perform at a Sofar Sounds curated by us! Her energy and her style, just drove the crowd wide and crazy in love with her!

Natalie was born in Dallas Texas and her contact with music started even before being born.

She told us that: “My musical influences stem back to my love for the dramatique and the singular, unmistakable voices of the classic female vocalists of the 1940s.”

And still, that her inspirations come from big names like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan.

She is days from debuting an album called “Curtains”, that was literally 5-yeas in the making, we’re pretty excited for that!

In addition, if you want to go to her launch party, be sure to guarantee your ticket(s), before it gets sold out!

https://nataliehart.bandzoogle.com


Frank Bell

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Last, but certainly not least, Frank Bell really got the crowd going with his folky, neo-soul acoustic rock!

He’s a Sofar Sounds veteran, a singer, a songwriter and, according to him, a foodie and a picture taker!

Originally a classically-trained cellist, Frank later expanded his instrumental arsenal as a way to further express himself as an artist.

He’s been featured everywhere from MTV and the Sundance Film Festival, to Times Square NYE Concert. In addition, he’s an official Music Brand Ambassador for Skype which since has led to his participation on a panel at TED 2014!

Take a look at his website, or follow him on social media, to know where he’ll be performing next!

https://www.frankbell.net


Venue: Moto Spirits Distillery

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Moto Spirits Distillery not only was an amazing place to host our Sofar Sounds curated night, but they really engaged with the guests!

They briefly talked about their whiskey and actually gave a small sample for everyone that night, with a great group toast!

“Small batch, rice-based whiskeys and specialty spirits discovered during motorcycle trips around the world. Handcrafted in America’s first rice whiskey distillery, adventurous spirits inspired by travel and made in Brooklyn, New York.”

Take a look at their website below to see where you can find and purchase their whiskeys!

Location: 93 Forrest Street, Brooklyn

http://motospirits.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rebecca Michelson for Sofar Sounds NYC

Zé Luis Oliveira: A Grammy Nominated Multi-Talented Musician

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Zé Luis Oliveira is a Grammy nominated multi-talented musician that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and becoming friends with! His journey is amazing and we’re now working on some pretty awesome projects together!

Culture Music Ze Luis Oliveira Saxaphone

A while back, I was invited by Zé Luis Oliveira to visit the Atelier Music Studio in LIC (Long Island City) – his music studio!

What!?!? You’ve never heard of Zé Luis? Well, you should! Let us help you out!

Zé is a renowned Brazilian composer, saxophonist, flutist, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. His career is fantastic for he’s performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in the Brazilian music scene known worldwide like Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Cazuza, Bebel Gilberto and Tania Maria.

I recently told him that I participated in a super cool tour with Siemens, showing how they helped build our NYC and that I had gone on stage at the Carnegie Hall (empty, of course), he said, “Super cool, Fê! I’ve actually played there around 5 times!” Hahaha! How cool is that!?

He moved to NYC in 1990 and never moved back to Rio de Janeiro, his hometown. Furthermore, Zé received his Masters in Composition and Arranging from the super famous Juilliard School, in NYC.

Then, in 2013, Zé Luis started producing and recording an amazing project called Trade Winds. It’s a series of music collaborations with NYC bassist and composer Matt Geraghty, that travel along the historic triangle trade route, exploring the history and evolution of music through improvised compositions. In addition, Trade Winds builds collectives of premier musicians in coastal cities looking to reveal a common footprint of music, rhythm and culture.

In 2015, he launched The Atelier Music Studio, in Long Island City, a highly effective multipurpose workspace.

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Plus, Zé wrote and produced music featured in the Cannes Film Festival, TriBeCa Film Festival and in films like Rio, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner, Monster-in-Law with Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda and A Raisin in the Sun with Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan.

And still, he holds 4 Grammy nominations: 3 for Best Contemporary World Music Album and 1 for Best Latin Pop Album.

Phiuf!!! What a journey right? But, believe it or not, that’s not even 10% of what he’s actually done! You can take a look at his website below to know more!

In addition, he’s partnered up with us at Behind the Scenes NYC, so stay tuned to see how we’ll be shaking the streets of NY with him! Oh! He is also the creative mind behind the music featured on our YouTube intro video!!!! It was an honor, since he produced it exclusively for us!!!

And, if you haven’t SUBSCRIBED to our channel yet, what are ou waiting for!? So, come explore New York off the beaten path with me!

Plus, take a look to see a few pictures of secret music gig curated by us, called Sofar Sounds, where Zé Luis performed! By the end of his shows, guests were going crazy and clapping loudly!!!

Culture Music Ze Luis Oliveira The Atelier Music Studio

Studio’s Location: 27-28 Thomson Av. Suite WS2

Follow him on:

Facebook: /TheAtelierMusicStudio
Instagram: @ZeLuisMusic
Search his Hashtag: #TheAtelierMusicStudio

www.zeluis.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rebecca Michelson for Sofar Sounds NYC and The Atelier Music Studio

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

Must-See Jazz Spots in Harlem

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We visited and shot a pretty cool YouTube video at a few of the must-see Jazz spots in Harlem with a super special guest: Zé Luis Oliveira. Come explore these fantastic spots with us!

Harlem is a neighborhood that is constantly growing and new businesses are opening all the time. Real Estate is also booming and prices are going up!

But, it’s also known for being the best neighborhood if you’re into true Jazz. Why? Because some of the most traditional jazz spots, where world-famous musicians have performed, are hidden throughout the streets.

I decided to invite an extremely special guest to host this YouTube video with me! Zé Luis Oliveira that is not only an amazing musician, but is also a composer, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. Zé carries a few Grammy nominations too and knows absolutely everything about the Jazz scene. So, it was impossible to not invite him!

We had a musical chat with him at 3 different-style must-see Jazz spots in Harlem: Minton’s Playhouse, Shrine Harlem and Paris Blues. 


Minton’s Playhouse

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So, Henry Minton founded Minton’s Playhouse in 1938, but did you know that he was a tenor saxophonist, just like our guest, Zé Luis? Yup! Plus, all the big names like Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald have played there.

In the 1940’s when the bebop jazz style was created, musicians gathered for musical sessions at Minton’s to play and record. On the video above, Zé told us a bit about the bebop, so check it out!

As they say: “The energy and spirit of the Playhouse are a unique and a perfect way to continue your already festive evening. Minton’s Playhouse is home to only the exceptional musicians who will sweep you away with outstanding performances. The highest quality music with the highest quality service and drinks in a fun, one of a kind establishment.”

Oh! Minton’s is not only a great place for Jazz nights, but they also have a restaurant called The Cecil Steakhouse.

So, go there for dinner, before the show!

Hours: Daily from 6pm – 12am

Location: 206 West 118th Street

http://mintonsharlem.com


Shrine

Nightlife Bars Jazz Spots Harlem Shrine

The Shrine, is a bit different from the other spots we visited, since it a modern/contemporary world music and Jazz venue. It opened only in 2007 as a multimedia arts and culture venue.

“We are dedicated to art and culture in all mediums: film, theater, dance, and live music. Shrine World Music Venue’s mission is to establish a positive creative atmosphere for both artists and audiences from all backgrounds.”

They host mostly great emerging artists and musicians, that are not only focused in Jazz, but also rhythms and styles, like funk! But, they also have some amazing established artists every now and them!

They are considered one of the top 10 jazz spots to visit in NYC, so be sure to go and check it out!

Hours:
Sunday – Friday: 4pm – 4am
Saturday: 3pm – 4am

Location: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd

https://www.shrinenyc.com


Paris Blues

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We finished off in grand style! We were hosted at Paris Blues by the super well-known owner, Sam! It was truly an honor to meet and have a great musical talk with him!

Paris Blues, in the heart of Harlem and founded by Samuel Hargress Jr, or Sam like I mentioned, back in 1968. They have Jazz 7 nights a week, no cover, free food and great drinks, right?

People go there to listen not only to the super traditional 20’s Jazz, but also to some rhythms of the 90’s funk!

They have a full bar, so you’ll be sure to enjoy every single moment and every single music, with your favorite drink beside you! Have fun!

Hours: Daily from 12pm – 3am

Location: 2021 7th Avenue

https://parisbluesharlem.webs.com


If you enjoyed this post and the video we did, but still haven’t subscribed to our channel, be sure to do so! We post a new video on Mondays, at 10am!

Take a look at one of my favorite restaurants in New York, this one obviously located in Harlem! It’s truly a hidden gem and worth the trip!!!


VideographyRenata Meirelles 
Photo Credits: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of  the venues
BeautyLeila Soldeira
Styling:
 Érika Mesentier and Camilla Adão

New York City For Girls That Like Girls

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New York is definitely the best city for everyone, regardless of your race, color, sex, religious creed, origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, etc! Take a look at what a New York City for girls that like girls looks like!

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New York is one the best cities in the world to go out, right?

So, we decided to ask the help of our lovely friends Ashley Custer and Kristin Heckler, founder of Uprooted Flower Truck to give us a hand! Oh, we’ve written about them a while back, besides shooting a fantastic YouTube video.

They put together the best list of places in New York for girls that like girls, so check the out below!


#1 Ginger’s Bar

“Ginger’s Bar in Park Slope is the only lesbian bar in Brooklyn. They have Happy Hour every day and such a local, friendly feel. There is also Henrietta Hudson and Cubbyhole in Manhattan.”

Location: 363 5th Avenue

https://www.facebook.com/Gingersbar

#2 Dixon Place

“Dixon Place is a theater space that offers Queer Culture Celebration each July. It’s the longest running, annual LGBTQ festival in the world!”

Location: 161A Chrystie Street

http://dixonplace.org

#3 Misster

“Misster, at The Woods is a Lesbian LGBT dance party every Wednesday.”

Location: 48 South 4th Street

www.thewoodsbk.com

#4 PAT at Union Pool

“This is a monthly queer event in Brooklyn with a very open, fun environment! There are multiple DJs and it’s set in a former pool supply store.”

Location: 484 Union Avenue

www.union-pool.com

#5 Drom

“Hot Rabbit at Drom is a girl party every other Friday.”

Location: 85 Avenue A

www.dromnyc.com

#6 House of Yes

“This venue is recommended by some of our favorite freelancers! We’ve made custom crowns for their epic parties and plan to go for Ashley’s upcoming 30th birthday. We’ve heard SUCH great things about this queer friendly space.” Read more about House of Yes.

Location: 2 Wyckoff Avenue

https://houseofyes.org

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#7 Marie’s Crisis

“It’s not exactly a queer space but the percentage is often high! Kristin loves coming here to sing along to her favorite Broadway tunes with live piano players.” Read more about Marie’s Crisis.

Location: 59 Grove Street

https://twitter.com/mariescrisis

#8 La Mama

“One of the classic East Village experimental theaters that’s been around for over 50 years. They often have queer content but their Squirts annual program features all queer performances.”

Location: 66 E 4th Street

http://lamama.org

#9 Bad Habit at Lot 45

“Bad Habit at Lot 45 Bushwick is on Saturdays, once a month. It’s an LGBT Dance Party!”

Location: 411 Troutman Street

www.lot45bushwick.com

#10 NYC Dyke Bar Takeover

“Dyke Bar Takeover hosts countless events all over the city at different days and times. As they explain – a group of artists and activists dedicated to creating and supporting Queer space for self-identified womyn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Womyn-born_womyn, transgender and non-binary people of all races.”

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#11 GO Magazine

“GO Magazine is based in NYC and writes about all things lesbian. We love their lez (a.k.a. lesbian) perspective when it comes to everything from health to motherhood to culture. I’m proud to have them represent our community!”

http://gomag.com

#12 Dancing with Her

“Not an NYC business but a new major crush for Uprooted. The magazine focuses on modern lesbian weddings exclusively and we love their Instagram! We are getting married in October and love seeing this representation in the wedding market. Plus, it’s run by a lesbian couple as well.”

https://dancingwithher.com


Thank you Ashley and Kristin for the great tips and we wish you, in advance, all the love in your upcoming marriage!

We will soon post about Boys That Like Boys, so stay tuned!!!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of House of Yes, Heart image created by Freepik, Background vector created by Vectorpocket – Freepik.com

Alexia Bomtempo: Chasing Storms and Stars

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Brazilian-American singer and songwriter Alexia Bomtempo recently released her 3rd album and has been part of New York’s music scene. Come read about her arrival in NYC, the challenges, the new album, some of her top NYC secret spots and more!

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The Brazilian singer and song writer, Alexia Bomtempo, just released her 3rd album and has been part of the best of New York’s music scene.

The new album, calling “Chasing Storms and Stars”, reflects a self-exploration of her identity and experiments with her surroundings over the past years.

After growing up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she now calls New York City her “home”. Lucky us!

Moreover, she performs in some of the best venues around the city, so be sure to check out her website to see where you can find her and have a taste of her fantastic music.

The upcoming show will be this Thursday – November 9th, at 8pm, at Symphony Space, one of the best sounding rooms in Manhattan.

www.alexiabomtempo.com


1) Tell us a bit about how you started your career, when/where was your first contact with music and when this gift came to life?

I had quite the distinctive childhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. My dad used to be a concert promoter and I grew up going to shows and experiencing that magical atmosphere behind the scenes.

So, while my friends were busy doing the normal things that kids do, I was going out to see legends like Baden Powell and Gilberto Gil.

Being exposed to music on this level as a child was very powerful and I knew then that I wanted to follow an artistic path. Later on, after studying classical voice in the U.S., I decided to move back to Rio and pursue a career in music.

I was very lucky to work with Brazilian music icon Dadi, who produced my first album (and became a great friend).

2) Why did you decide to leave Rio de Janeiro in 2013 and move to NYC?

After releasing my sophomore album “I Just Happen to Be Here”, a collection of English songs written by Caetano Veloso during his 1969-71 exile in London, I was invited to perform at “Brasil Summerfest” in NYC.

I was looking for a change of scenery and the borderless approach to music that New York has to offer really motivated me.

So, I moved here with a one-way ticket and one big suitcase – within a few weeks, I knew that the city would be my home.

3) Upon arrival, which were the biggest challenges you faced? Did something happen differently than what you had expected?

I arrived excited about exploring and open to new possibilities. Furthermore, I was looking forward to experimenting with my music and was fortunate to quickly fall into the East Village Nublu scene, which offered me the chance be exposed to many different genres and that significantly affected the way that I view and make my own music today.

Maybe, the biggest challenge was understanding that, if you’re going to be here as an artist, you have to commit to the pace of the city. Everyday life can be challenging and finding a routine that works for you is key.

4) How would you describe NYC’s music scene when talking about emerging bands that dream in spreading their music?

Being a musician in NYC forces you to go deeper into the meaning behind the art you make. The city has certainly driven me to be more resilient and focused – and that pressure is a beautiful thing.

And, the level of talent all around is inspiring and requires that you find what makes you stand out as an artist.

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5) I’m sure there are many, but which are some of the bands that you’re most inspired by?

Mutantes, Radiohead, Caetano Veloso, Dinah Washington, Jon Brion, Blossom Dearie, Gal Costa… and the list goes on.

6) How would you describe your music style?

Cinematic dream pop with a tropical indie rock twist.

7) Tell us about your new album “Chasing Storms and Stars”? What’s the main theme around it? How was the process and challenges of creating, writing and composing it?

This is the third album of my career, but my first American release. It’s inspired by the massive changes in my life that have taken place in the 5 years since my last album came out.

Shortly after I relocated from Rio de Janeiro to New York I was offered a performance residency in Tokyo. So, I completely immersed myself in Japanese culture. I spent much time alone, reflecting on memories and experimenting with new melodies.

This lonesome state of mind inspired me to write and, for the first time, I felt the freedom and independence as an artist to make my own voice more prominent in what I was creating. I had always been a bit self-conscious about writing, especially having started out in Rio as a singer of Brazilian Popular Music, where historically, female vocalists didn’t write most of their material.

This album made me explore my identity and experiment with my surroundings. The collaboration with Jake Owen (my partner in music and in life) is an essential element to the album.

From the writing process to the final product, he challenged me to work hard and believe in my potential to create.

8) Do you already have a favorite song?

I go through phases where there is always one song that sticks out the most. Recently it has been “Mexico”.

Jake and I wrote this song during a road trip through West Texas. I had never seen that part of the country and was very moved by the desert, the sky, the open roads…

The landscape had a serious affect on how the song came about. The “murder ballad” tradition of the place we were in led us to explore different themes.

Curiosities Insider Interviews Alexia Bomtempo

9) This is your 3rd album. What’s new and different about it, in relation to the first two? How have you grown from the first albums?

My first two Brazilian releases were heavily influenced by Bossa Nova and Brazilian Popular Music.

For “Chasing Storms and Stars”, I have written or co-written all the songs, except for one cover. Jake is a Texas-born, Brooklyn-based producer and heavily influenced by music of the southern United States.

With our contrasting backgrounds we managed to piece together a mixture of sounds incorporating cinematic strings, Brazilian percussion, electric guitars, and psychedelic keyboards.

We took the work we started in Brooklyn and finished it in Austin, with veteran producer and engineer David Boyle.

10) Where can people find your album to buy? Any upcoming shows that we can share so people have a chance to see you Live?

The new album is available on all digital platforms and the vinyl record can be purchased on my website, along with some cool merchandise: www.alexiabomtempo.com

My next New York performance is part of the “LatiNew” concert series. It celebrates the synergy between the Latin and Brazilian music communities. The show is on Thursday, November 9, at 8pm, at Symphony Space, one of the best sounding rooms in Manhattan.

So, for tickets, click here.

11) What are some of your favorite, off-the-beaten-track spots in New York?

Restaurant: Gennaro
“A hidden gem on the Upper West Side. The best Italian food I’ve had in the city. A local favorite!”
Location: 665 Amsterdam Avenue
www.gennaronyc.com

Bar: Bell Book & Candle
“The bar at Bell Book & Candle feels like a friend’s living room. Sunday nights are particularly special where talented singer/songwriter Alfonso Velez holds down his weekly residency.”
Location: 141 West 10th Street
www.facebook.com/BBCNYC

Live Music Venue: Berlin
“Berlin is my favorite hangout for local musicians. It’s an easy going and seems to recapture the old spirit of the East Village.”
Location: 25 Avenue A
www.berlinundera.com

Park: Riverside Park
“I love biking through the park and taking in the river views.”
www.nycgovparks.org

Museum: Whitney Museum
“There is always a new piece that absolutely blows my mind.”
Location: 99 Gansevoort Street
https://whitney.org


Thank you, Alexia, for being part of our Insider Interviews and for sharing with us these exciting stories about your journey, career and favorite NY spots!

We are exited to see your show on November 9th!

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