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Open House New York Weekend: Exploring NYC’s Best Secrets

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Open House New York Weekend is just a few days away! You’ll be able to explore NYC’s best secrets in a weekend filled with excitement and access to out of bound spots!

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By now, you guys probably have noticed that we are all about uncovering NYC’s best secrets and sharing it with you! So, today we will tell you a bit more about the Open House New York Weekend!

There is just so much history and hidden gems in the city that it’s almost impossible not to suffer from the dreaded FOMO syndrome (Fear of Missing Out).

Some of the secrets we love the most range from exploring the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal Tour, and attending a VIP tour of the famous Woolworth Building, to entering the out of bound areas of the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital or even walking through the grounds of Green-Wood Cemetery.

There is just SO MUCH to see and these secrets are certainly a big part of why New York is seen as one of the best places in the world to live and visit!

The upcoming weekend of October 18th – 20th, Open House New York Weekend opens up 300+ sites for you to explore, tour, photograph, and visit!

“Open House New York provides broad audiences with unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of New York and to the people who help design, build, and preserve the city.”

During this weekend, you’ll be able to access some of these top city gems!


More about Open House New York:

Open House New York, founded by Scott Lauer in August 2001, engages New Yorkers in the city’s architecture, public space, and the future of urban life.

With the help of a dedicated board and volunteers, OHNY became an important platform for celebrating New York at a critical moment in its history.

Following the events of September 11th, when much of the city was closing itself off through increased security measures, OHNY offered a countervailing force, one that advocated for openness and access as key components of an enlightened and vibrant civic life.

The first Open House New York Weekend in 2003 was part of the city’s first Architecture Week. With the help of three hundred volunteers, that event included 84 sites in all five boroughs.

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Morgan Library Museum – Photo Credit: Graham S. Haber

Since the inaugural year, the event has grown exponentially, increasing its outreach and audience participation; the number of sites, talks and tours; and developing additional thematic and interpretive programming. The 2017 OHNY Weekend had more than 250 participating sites and tours. It’s estimated around 80,000 visitors and more than 1,000 registered volunteers were part of it.

Through its year-round programs and the annual OHNY Weekend, Open House New York celebrates the best examples of design and planning throughout the five boroughs.

From historic to contemporary, it helps foster a more informed conversation about how architecture and urban design sustain New York as a vibrant place to live, work, and learn. Open House New York is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

In addition to OHNY Weekend, Open House New York organizes year-round programs. These extend the conversation that begins during the two days of the Weekend.

Programs include Projects in Planning, an ongoing series of presentations that explore the design and development of major new projects in the early stages of their development.

In addition, Making Place is an annual event that opens a range of architecturally and culturally significant sites in one neighborhood to look at neighborhoods in the midst of change. Lastly, Urban Systems Series, a year-long thematic series, explores important issues in New York City’s built environment, from manufacturing, to food, to waste.

Open House New York’s year-round programs are a significant platform for fostering discussion about how the city might take shape in the years ahead. Plus, it addresses issues including planning, preservation, infrastructure, and contemporary design.


Be sure to book your ticket asap, since many of them sell out in just a few hours! Plus, you can always sign up to their newsletter and stay in the loop of what happens throughout the year!

In addition, if you’d like to support this cause and help them continue their work, see what you can do and how you can be part of their year round events, meet ups, tours and more!

https://ohny.org


Credits: OHNY, Nicolas Lemery Nantel, Garrett Rowland, Gensler and Graham S. Haber

14 Best NYC Halloween Parties And Events In 2019

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Come see which are the best NYC Halloween parties and events in 2019! There is just so much going on for all styles and ages!

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If you’ve been to New York before, you know for a fact that the NYC Halloween parties are the most anticipated ones of the year, and is definitely when some of the best parties and events happen in town!

But, if you’ve never to been to NYC, or if you’re finally booking your ticket to come explore the city in October, you have to know that New Yorkers take this date e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y seriously!

I mean, believe it or not, people start putting together their costumes months in advance. Not to say, many know their next year costume as soon as the Halloween week is over!

The city gets a full make over with some of the most creative decorations beautifying home façades, as well as store windows. The countdown starts weeks in advance to this big day!

Many of the best parties happen every year, and the teams behind them definitely get creative and always surprise.

On the other hand, there are other events around town that are great for families and kids (for under 21 years).

Take a look at the 14 best NYC Halloween parties and events in 2019:


#1 Blood Manor

(Looks like Jimmy and Kevin Hart had a pretty fun time there…lol!)

This is definitely one of the best NYC Halloween events you could ever go to, but I have to confess… I honestly never had the courage to go to! I’ve heard SO much about this, had friends attend, but I never had the guts! This house of horror seems so real that I get palpitations just thinking about it.

It’s considered not only one of the most amazing haunted houses in New York, but it was recently voted the #2 best in the entire country!

Located inside a historic building Tribeca, you’ll experience 5,000 square feet of themed rooms, corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways that will challenge your deepest fears.

Now, a creepy and quite intersting story: Mathew Brady, the renowned Civil War-era photographer, was responsible for photographing President Abraham Lincoln’s portrait that today is used in our $5 bill. After a nasty accident and 2 broken legs, he got pretty ill and eventually died. Now, the curious part…some sources say that he actually committed suicide… WHERE? Inside the building where Blood Manor is located!! So, be sure to stay alert, because you might just “bump” into some real ghosts.

If you’re still curious, you can see more on this video.

As they say, “Go ahead and scream… it’s not going to matter.”

Dates: Multiple days available until November 9th.

www.bloodmanor.com


#2 Circo Loco

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This party is for the people who really enjoy electronic music, like me. I’ve actually been to this party twice!

This year’s event will take place on the 26th of October at the Brooklyn Navy Yard – a booming area in Brooklyn, right by the East River!

In the line-up, expect DJs like Seth Troxler, Honey Dijon, Rampa vs &ME, William Djoko and other great names!

Date: October 26th

www.tixr.com


#3 McKittrick Hotel

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This year’s famous party at the McKittrick Hotel will be themed based on the classic horror movies by the incredible director, Alfred Hitchcock.

Explore all the different floors in the hotel, decorated in a Hitchcock-style filled with live performances, renowned DJs and complimentary drinks all night at the open bar!

Dates: October 25th, 26th and 31st

http://events.mckittrickhotel.com


#4 Queen of Hearts: Mad Masquerades

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Company XIV is known for its burlesque attractions that have attracted a huge crowd throughout the year! And, I have to say, New Yorkers love a burlesque show that mixes circus performances, sensuality, comedy, dance and more!

This year, the theme was inspired by the famous story “Alice in Wonderland” by the English writer, Lewis Carroll.

In addition, expect lots of magic, opera and cocktails inspired by your favorite character!

Datas: October 31st, November 1st and 2nd

http://companyxiv.com


#5 Masque of Red Death Halloween Ball

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The venue, Capitale, will feature the Masque of Red Death Halloween Ball, bringing everything from talented dancers to a special room for those who have the courage to explore the pleasures of slavery, domination, submission and masochism. Wow…

Will you dare!?

Dates: October 26th and 27th

www.dancesofvice.com


#6 City of Gods by House of Yes & ZERO

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This year the party is called “City of Gods by House of Yes & ZERO” and, for those who don’t know, House of Yes is one of the coolest spots in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The party will be at another event venue, but organized by the folks at House of Yes and I can say … this party promises to be amazing! I already guaranteed my ticket, since it runs out super fast and I’m sure it will be one of the top NYC Halloween parties!

They invite by saying, “We salute all deities, demigods and demons, gods and goddesses, creatures of creation and those dedicated to hedonism beyond the human realm.” WUHU!

More about the event:

City of Gods is hosted at the absolutely magnificent Grand Prospect Hall in South Brooklyn, a 4-floor venetian hall with 15+ rooms of music, dancing, performance, and discovery. The event features some of the biggest and best Burning Man camps – Comfort & Joy, Disco Knights, DISTRIKT, GlamCocks, Mayan Warrior, Pink Mammoth, and Tierra Bomba – and notoriously, we do not release the music lineup before the party.

The whole vibe is to invite people to experience the event with open hearts and minds, not to chase any specific activity, but rather to come ready to explore and connect. Saturday tickets will be sold out by this weekend and Friday tickets are moving fast as well.

Dates: October 25th and 26th

https://cityofgodshalloween.com


#7 BangOn!NYC: Warehouse of Horrors

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This supernatural celebration will invite not only you, but ancient spirits to join in this party night! This warehouse, of over 100 years old, will have unexpected and bizarre appearances, so get ready!

But what to expect? A trio of stages, otherworldly performances, warehouse scale art installation, opulent lounges, silent disco, and more!

Dates: October 25th and 26th

www.bangon-nyc.com


#8 Bane Haunted House

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Those who like haunted houses have-to-go to the Bane Haunted House. They do an amazing job of working and picking on some of people’s most common fears: claustrophobia, separation anxiety, clowns …

There are over 100 actors spread around almost 40,000 square feet and this year the participants will have an experience where they are part of it all. You “may have to climb up, jump over, crawl through, and spin around what lurks inside the haunted house for a spine-chilling, interactive experience.”

Are you brave enough?

Dates: Multiple days available until November 10th.

https://banehauntedhouse.com


#9 Nightfall Greenwood Cemetery

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The Greenwood Cemetery, located in Greenwood Heights, right next to Industry City, an area that is expanding and worth a visit, is wonderful!

In addition to being a really beautiful and super well-maintained graveyard, it’s the “home” of big names like the famous Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Samuel Morse creator of the Morse Code, William Colgate – yes, the founder of Colgate and even Leonard Bernstein a famous conductor, composer, and pianist.

Well, all this to say that there is no better place to spend Halloween than inside a cemetery, right? I’ve been to this even before and recommend it!

Dates: October 25th and 26th

www.green-wood.com


#10 Bartow-Hell Haunted Mansion Tour

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Located in the Bronx, Bartow-Hell Haunted Mansion offers tours for $ 10.

On October 26th, this tour inside this haunted old mansion, will be at night.

Watch out for spirits and other creatures as you navigate the spaces within the mansion and on the property grounds.

Dates: October 26th

www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org


Now, if you still want to enjoy Halloween, but have kids or young adults less that 21 year old in the group, here are some fun options:

#11 Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch

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The Queens Botanical Garden features, once again, the famous Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch festival.

From 11am to 5pm, enjoy lots of live music, inflatables, petting zoo, face painting, tours, garden and composting demonstrations, craft and food vendors, beer & wine garden, and more.

Date: October 13th

https://queensbotanical.org


#12 Village Halloween Parade

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Of course, the traditional Village Halloween Parade could not be left out!

Every year, this costume parade packs the streets of the West Village, where we can barely walk through. It gets super, super busy to go prepared to face the sea on people.

You can go to simply watch and take pictures, or you can be part of the parade wearing your own costume. If so, check out their website to see how to register!

Date: October 31st, starting at 7pm

http://halloween-nyc.com


#13 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

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Guys, seriously… when I went to watch this Halloween Dog Parade at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, I almost died of so much love for puppies.

I was enchanted with every creative costume that dressed the most diverse dog breeds! I remember this tiny pup dressed as a pumpkin….he definitely got all eyes that day!

So, if you are a dog lover, it worth to pass by!

Date: October 20th

www.tompkinssquaredogrun.com


#14 The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Guide

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And lastly, anyone who isn’t into staying in town in the midst of the Halloween madness, can get a car and head up to enjoy Hudson Valley’s nature, beauty and tranquility. The trip up takes a little over an hour, so it’s very close.

You’ll see a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by our team of artisans.

Certainly a different attraction and great if you’re not really into NYC Halloween parties!

Dates: Multiple days available until November 30th.

https://hudsonvalley.org


*This content about the Best NYC Halloween Parties was originally created for Glamour Brazil’s online magazine, where we are collaborators sharing content on New York City.


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Making The Most Of NYC On A Budget

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Yes, New York is an expensive city, but there are things you can do to try and make the most of NYC on a budget. Let us tell you how!

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It’s no secret that NYC is an expensive city — the average cost of living is 129% more expensive than the national average. But, when it comes to career development, nightlife, culture, shopping, and food, there’s no beating the Big Apple. Regardless of your level of income, it’s possible to budget and minimize your expenses while taking advantage of all the city has to offer.

Let us tell you how!


Cut out unnecessary expenses

Cutting out unnecessary expenses will free up money to spend elsewhere.

For example, if you have a car, consider getting rid of it. Insurance in NYC is expensive and monthly payments, gas, and maintenance adds up fast.

Investing in a monthly MetroCard ($121) is a cost-effective way of commuting every day. You can save on taxi fares by walking as much as possible.

Also, consider eliminating subscription services you may not need, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, or the New York Times. Alternatively, look into sharing subscription costs with your friends.


Use credit

Make your purchases with a credit card, so you can take advantage of the rewards.

Most banks offer great deals on cash back at restaurants and stores, as well as travel points. Just make sure to track your spending and be in the habit of paying your card off every month.

If you have a debit card, belong to a bank with low ATM fees.

Moreover, if you have a larger purchase to make, consider using a personal loan. Personal loans have lower interest rates than credit cards. There’s also the opportunity for flexible repayment plans.


Free attractions

NYC has no shortage of free activities if you know where to go. Take a free yoga class at Bryant Park — free classes are held on Tuesday mornings at 10am, or Thursday evenings at 6pm.

Visit a free art gallery — there’s plenty in Chelsea (typically between West 14th Street and West 29th Street), such as, Milk Gallery, Gagosian, and David Zwirner. We can also help you to organize a Private Art Tour during your stay!

When you need some peace and quiet, escape to Brooklyn Botanic Garden by Prospect Park. Admission is free on Tuesdays and you can check out the zoo, the LeFrak Center, and Lefferts Historic House. Or, try exploring the New York Botanical Garden, in the Bronx! Such a beautiful place!

Even if you’re on a shoestring budget, NYC is brimming with things to do and see.

Try a cheaper restaurant you wouldn’t normally eat at or seek out a new store with bargain prices. With a little thought and planning, you can enjoy a fulfilling life in NYC without breaking the bank.

You might also want to check out our 4 part Series about “Things No One EVER Tells You About New York” or our 2 part “Cheap NYC Guide”.


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The Best Of Vegan With Kim-Julie Hansen

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From a meat-eater to being one of the most renowned Vegan experts in the world, Kim-Julie Hansen shared with us how she started Best of Vegan, as well as her Vegan Reset blog and most recently launched a fantastic 28-Day Vegan Plan book!

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Tell me a bit about you! Where you’re from, what you studied, where you’ve worked, how you ended up in NYC…

I’m Kim-Julie, I’m 32 years old and originally from Brussels, Belgium, although that’s only partially true. I was actually born in West Berlin (two years before the Berlin Wall fell) and have lived in many places throughout my life.

I studied modern languages and comparative literature (BA and MA) in Brussels and I’ve worked all over the world in tourism and hospitality before starting my own business.

Five years ago I came to New York for an event and stayed with a friend for 5 days. On the fifth day, I knew that I needed to move here.

Luckily, my online business’s audience was located mostly in the US, so I got my Visa thanks to that (and the advice and support of amazing friends who had undergone the process before me!).

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You have countless different platforms and social channels. I’d love if you could share a bit about each of them!

My two main platforms are Best of Vegan and Vegan Reset.

Best of Vegan is a digital culinary publication focused on crowd-sourced and crowd-pleasing recipes for every occasion and showcasing the best the vegan culinary scene has to offer.

Vegan Reset is my health conscious blog within Best of Vegan. It’s where I share meal prep and plant-based lifestyle tips, as well as my own quick and easy recipes. It’s also the name of my book and online program.

In addition to those, I also share the things that inspire me on my personal page and blog, @KimJulieHansen and I have two additional vegan Instagram accounts: @VeganChallenge based on the free 7-day vegan challenges I host and @IDontWantSalad, an ode to vegan comfort food, which I created to show that vegans can eat much more than just salad.

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How was your journey into the Vegan lifestyle?

Unexpected, overnight and life changing. I was the furthest thing from a vegan you could possibly imagine.

I loved meat, dairy and eggs and had them every day. Then, in 2011, I read two books that made me change my eating and lifestyle habits instantly: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer and Slaughterhouse by Gail A. Eisnitz.

It was a strictly ethical decision for me at first and I didn’t even know that veganism could be healthy. I ended up researching and trying to find out everything I could for months.

That’s how I ended up learning more about whole foods and cooking with unprocessed ingredients, incorporating more fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds. I had never liked any of these foods, so no one was more surprised than me.

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What are some myths about Vegan cuisine that people believe?

That it’s bland, boring, not nutritionally adequate, hard to adapt to and impractical.

I believed all of that too before going vegan myself, so as you can imagine, I wasn’t thrilled to give up so much of what I enjoyed, but I soon found out that you can actually veganize practically anything.

Latte? Make it a soy or oat latte. Sushi? Make it a sweet potato or avocado roll. Pizza? Add some vegan cheese and pepperoni. It obviously doesn’t taste exactly the same, but it’s close enough and, given the ethical implications, definitely worth the sacrifice.

What I at first feared would be restrictive ended up opening the doors to a whole new world for me. I enjoy cooking and eating out so much more now. Vegan cuisine is also neither boring nor deficient. You can get all the same nutrients from plants and whenever they’re harder to get, you can take a vegan supplement for convenience.

I do want to note that vegan foods and products aren’t readily available to everyone equally, so I think that as someone who does have access to the lifestyle, it’s important to simultaneously educate and motivate those who are in the same position while also actively working on making access easier for those who do not without ever judging them.

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What are your favorite NYC Vegan spots? Sorry for this tough question, Kim… 🙂

There are far too many to list!

I love using the app “Vegan NYC” to discover new spots, but my all time favorites are Seasoned Vegan, Avant Garden, Adelina’s, Little Choc Apothecary, Bar Velo, Jungle Cafe and Délice & Sarrasin.

I’m probably forgetting half the list…!

How about your top Vegan brands that are really disrupting the industry, in New York?

I love brands that emphasize quality and/or community and are based right out of New York. Some of them include Egunsi Foods, Raaka Chocolate and Foreal Foods.

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Ah! And you have a gorgeous life changing book and I was lucky enough to follow closely it coming to life! So tell our readers what it’s all about and what they can expect.

Thank you for the kind words!

My book, Vegan Reset (called The 28-Day Vegan Plan in the U.K.), is a practical guide, a cookbook and a 28-day meal plan. It’s an introduction to ethical veganism, plant-based living and a holistic approach to health.

It’s not a diet in the sense that the goal is feeling good physically and mentally, not weight loss.

While it teaches you how to incorporate more fresh produce and unprocessed foods, there are no strict guidelines and you can adapt everything as you see fit. The main motivation is ethical rather than dietary.

Do you have any super cool upcoming project you can share? Anything exclusive no one knows yet!? Lol!

I may or may not be planning my second book! 🙂

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More about her Book!

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Vegan Reset: The 28-Day Plan to Kickstart Your Healthy Lifestyle is a 28-day plan for new vegans or anyone looking to get their diet back on track, from the wildly popular creator of Best of Vegan!

No matter what diet you practice, a reset is a way to jump-start or refocus healthy habits and get your body to a state of optimum health. Here, NYC-based blogger and Instagrammer Kim-Julie Hansen of Best of Vegan offers a practical and easy-to-follow program, laid out day by day with meal plans, prep, shopping lists, recipes, and personal tips and inspiration.

If you want to become a vegan and don’t know where to start, this is the ultimate guide. But it’s also invaluable for anyone (vegan or not) looking to kick-start healthier habits, whether to lose weight, become fitter, or simply cultivate a more balanced lifestyle.

Kim-Julie introduces you to the benefits of a reset; guides you through the 28-day meal plan; and finishes with additional recipes to carry you beyond the reset—all brought to life with her gorgeous photography throughout. With its emphasis on satisfying plant-based foods and its achievable 28-day plan, this program is a great way to meet your goals of health and well-being.

Buy here!


Thank you Kim, my dear friend, for sharing your amazing story with everyone and congratulations on all that you have built during these amazing years in New York City!

I’ve had the opportunity of seeing it from close and I couldn’t be more proud of you!

Plus, I can’t wait to see more of your work and continue trying out all of your food (yes, please continue inviting me over for dinner, lol!) and following your tips!

And finally, if you want to uncover more Vegan spots in New York, be sure to explore our website!


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Madame Tussauds NY, Because A Little Wax Is Fun

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There are endless things to do in New York and countless NY attractions. Meeting celebrities can be hard, but you might enjoy Madame Tussauds NY, because a little wax is always fun!

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Yes, yes! We know…this is a super touristy place to go and not the typical place we’d write about. But, there are certain NY attractions that you’ve got to try at least once in your life like the wax museum: Madame Tussauds.

I’ve been to Madame Tussauds, not only in New York, but places like London. And, I have to say…it’s quite amazing. The reality of the wax figures are amazing…some, even a bit scary for being too realist! It’s also a great place to go with kids and teens!

But wait, what is Madame Tussauds?

“They are the world’s #1 wax museum attraction, offers visitors the ultimate celebrity experience, allowing them to interact with jaw-droppingly life-like wax figures of the most famous pop stars, Hollywood legends, sporting heroes and historical icons – all within one attraction. You can sit with Obama in the Oval Office, dance with Michael Jackson, pose for the paparazzi with Lady Gaga, have a romantic dinner with George Clooney or relive key moments in time with iconic historical figures like Abraham Lincoln (Note: figures vary by attraction).”

Super cool, right? They are spread all over major world destinations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

So, if you’d like to explore some major NYC Attractions, you should consider this!

In addition, we recently wrote about the advantages and differences of the tourist passes that give access to the most renowned NY attractions. This will definitely help you not only save money, but also have the convenience of going in and out of the places you’re interested in visiting.

You can see the NYC Prices to chose what suits you best! So, enjoy your experience, and share with us what your thoughts about it!

Book tickets online and save up to $5 off standard admission to Madame Tussauds New York!

Madame Tussauds NY is the only place with no ropes or barriers holding you back from your favorite stars. Pose “in a moment in time” with the world’s most iconic musicians, A-list stars, sports legends, world leaders and much more.

If you want to explore a bit more of the city, outside of museums, you’ll want to check out the 25 Most Iconic And Instagrammable Movie Locations In NYC.

Location: 234 West 42nd Street

www.madametussauds.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Madame Tussauds

Best New York City Passes To The Top NYC Attractions

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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!

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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.


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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)

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.


Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

16 Things NO ONE EVER Tells You About NYC [PART 2/4]

16 Things No One Ever Tells You About NYC Part 2 Photo Sam Truong Dan

New York is a great city to visit and there is so much you can do! But, if you’ve never been, it can be a bit overwhelming. So, I decided to share 16 things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC.

16 Things No One Ever Tells You About NYC Part 2
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Yes, believe it or not, there are a few rules and tips to make your NYC experience seamless and memorable. This fast paced city certainly has its particularities. But, I can guarantee, that it’s what make this city so unique! You just need to learn a few tips and tricks, to survive in NYC!

We split this topic into 4 different posts, so see below Part 2!

And if you haven’t seen Part 1, go check it out!


#5 Why don’t yellow cabs just STOP when you signal!? And what are these green cabs?

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Many tourists don’t know that the light on top of the cab helps identify if they are free or with a passenger. When the light is ON, they are free for you to try and stop them. So, when the light is off, they are in the middle of a trip and will pass straight by.

Ah! Have you ever seen the green cabs in Manhattan before!?

Well, these cabs will never stop to pick you up in Manhattan, even if they are free. They are only allowed to get passengers in the other boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island), but they can commute anywhere, of course. So, you’ll only be able to grab a yellow cab, while in Manhattan.


#6 This is for the art lovers!

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Even though the city is known for being a very expensive one, there are several ways to save money.

Some museums can have pretty high fees, but most have free entrances a few specific days a week, or a few free hours. And still, others might be “pay what you wish”.

NYC residents: If you have that City ID or another document proving you live in NYC, be sure to tell them. Many paid museums are free for us! WUHU!

The NYC Arts website has a detailed list of all of them to help you out!

And the art galleries? They are all free to enter and see the current art works!

New York also offers countless free events, by the way. You just need to stay tuned to our IG Page or other pretty great accounts too like FomoFeed! Love them!


#7 Always have money on you!

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Why? Well, believe it or not there are countless places around New York that are “cash only” spots and will not accept any other payment method. For example, one of my all time favorite spots in Williamsburg, Brooklyn called Beco, is a cash only bar/restaurant. Well, they JUST recently added Amex credit card machine, but many others, have no other option.

Regardless, having a bit of money in your pocket, is always advisable during a trip. You never know what might happen, so you might as well be prepared. But, if you do forget, most of the “cash only” spots or have an ATM inside or they are close to one that you can run to.

Now, don’t come with a $100 bill. You’ll have a pretty hard time exchanging them or getting change if you’re purchasing something cheap. Plus, banks aren’t allowed to give you change for them. Bummer! I guess everyone is just skeptic it might be a fake.


#8 Tipping is CRUCIAL!!!

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This is something not all visitors agree with or feel comfortable, but it’s a reality! New York is a city where you tip for absolutely everything! You need to breathe? Tip! Just joking….but not joking.

So, let me give you the basics on how this goes. And of course, just be reasonable guys!!! I know many people are traveling on a budget, and that’s totally fine too, so just be mindful when you are at different places.

In general, restaurants vary with tips from 18% – 22%. I always end up tipping 20%, but you can feel free and pick what suits you best. For bigger groups, some restaurants will automatically include 25% in the bill, so be sure to see that.

At bars, I also just usually tip 20% to make it easier, but you can just consider at least $1 a drink, and for the pricier cocktails, at least $2. Guys, the tireless barmen and bar-women are working their asses off all-night-long to be sure you have a great time, so help them out too!

By the way, when the bar is super full, nicer tips might give you an extra attention when getting future drinks at the bar.

Now, as I mentioned, tipping is not limited to only restaurants and bars. If you’re getting an Uber/Lyft/Via/Juno, you can always tip the driver at the end of the ride through the APP, but yellow cabs also expect tips. Yes, even the lousy, dirty, smelly ones… You can tip 15% – 20% and if you’re paying with a card, you just pick the tipping amount on the screen.

Tipping at the hotel is also important. It’s always nice to tip the bellboy that helps bringing your luggage into the hotel and up to your room. Generally, it’s $1 per bag, but if you’re at a nicer hotel, be nicer too! Lol! When your leaving the hotel, and a staff grabs a taxi for you, yes, tip him like $1-$2. Oh, and most people most often forget: the cleaning lady! She was the one that kept your room super neat and clean during all these unforgettable days in New York. You might want to leave around $2/day for her at the end for your stay. I always also customize the tip with a smiley note!

So, as you can see….tipping is crucial and this is also one of the reasons you have to have cash on you!!! But, as I said, be mindful and reasonable within the budget you have too!


If you enjoyed our Part 2 of the 16 things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC, be sure to check our Part 3 coming up next! There is still so much more to learn!

For any questions regarding travel or event planning for Corporate Groups, contact our experts to help you out!


Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC, Courtesy of Jack Harner, Sam Truong Dan and Andre Benz

16 Things NO ONE EVER Tells You About NYC [PART 1/4]

16 Things No One Ever Tells You About NYC Part 1 Subway

You’ve never been to New York but now you’re days from arriving and started feeling a bit anxious about it? Well, that’s super normal, especially when we’re talking about a city like New York. So, I decided to share 16 things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC, for the 1st timers.

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There are a few rules and tips to make your NY experience seamless and memorable. We split this topic into 4 different posts, so check out Part 1 with the first 4 things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC!

Let’s start?!


#1 Yes! New York is safe!

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Ok. Let’s start from the basics. We all know how dangerous New York was back in the 80’s and 90’s when the city was hit with a huge crack epidemic and we had the famous mobs roaming around.

Most of you have probably heard of the Zero Tolerance Policy, led by Mayor Rudy Giuliani when he was elected back in 1994. There is a lot to this topic and controversial statements, but let’s keep it simple. Bottom line, crime rates were drastically reduced.

It was published in The Economist, back in 2015, that New York was the 10th safest city in the world. Then, in 2017 it showed that we had fallen 11 places, today ranking 21st. But still, it continues a pretty safe place.

That said, like every other big city, there are pickpockets, you should be careful not to roam into some neighborhoods and be careful at night. If you’re in doubt, just ask a friend or talk to your hotel’s concierge.

In addition, most of the crimes in NY, happen in late night hours, so just stay alert, but enjoy the freedom that the city can offer us today!


#2 Use the Subway!

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I’m from São Paulo, a city with over 20 million people, hence many time bigger than New York, but our subway system is very limited (even though it’s starting to super slowly improve).

But, when you have a “small” city like New York, where you can commute almost anywhere, it’s an indescribable joy! Hahaha!

It’s also a great way to feel like a true New Yorker and experience our crazy lifestyle!

The subway maps are pretty easy: most lines travel North – South and only a few East – West. You can download one of the APPs like NYC Subway or City Mapper to help you out! I’ve been here for 4 years, and still like to check on them, depending on where I’m commuting to!

Now, this is very, very, VERY important! When train arrives, always wait for e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e to come out, before you try to walk in. If you’re just randomly daydreaming and standing in front of the door when it opens, you’ll most likely be run over or called upon. Yikes! (I talk more about this on the topic below!)

Inside a crowded train try and put your backpack in front of you to make space for more people (even if you feel like a sardine in a can). If you’re sitting down, sit in a way that more people fit beside you. For the Manspreaders (men that sit with their legs widely spread out, occupying more that 1 seat), please be mindful! And please, don’t eat on the subway – it’s not a restaurant!

Another tip! Some people get so happy when all the other subway cars are full, and they walk “miraculously” into an empty one! It’s like feeling you’re the smartest one around, right? Well, New Yorkers are not stupid or blind, my dears, that’s for sure…so there’s likely something very wrong with that car. Be sure to check it out!

Oh! And girls, be sure to leave you heels at the hotel. You can use them to go out at night, when you might prefer just getting an Uber.


#3 Walk! But don’t EVER block the passage way!

16 Things No One Ever Tells You About NYC Part 1 Walking
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YOU might be on vacation, but many people around you are probably running to work!

Sidewalks are like freeways, in New York City! No joke…! So, when you’re walking down the streets and you feel it’s THAT time, where you want to take a selfie or an Instagram picture, be sure to step aside, out of the main passage. Otherwise you might hear a very loud “EXCUUUUSEE ME!”

People say that New Yorkers are rude and I strongly disagree! They are very solicitous if you’re lost and need help but, like every other busy human late for work, they won’t enjoy daydreamers blocking the streets. You can take a look at this post we did about “31 Curious Facts About New Yorkers We Just Love“, this way, you’ll get the hang of it!

Oh! This is also true for the subway escalators and stairs! If you’re walk up or down any stairs, but especially in the subway, be sure to follow the flow on the correct side, usually, your right side. On an escalator, if you don’t want to rush up, stay to your right side too, letting people that do.

And I forgot to mention. While walking on the streets, on the busiest ones especially, don’t just suddenly turn or stop. You have to look, and “kinda signal” your next move to avoid collision.

Lastly, if you’re waiting for the light to cross the street, but there’s absolutely no cars coming, even though it’s NOT the correct thing to do, many people just cross it. I mean, just be very careful if you do that or simply step aside for anyone that wants to go head!


#4 Understanding New York’s Map

16 Things No One Ever Tells You About NYC Part 1 Grid
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Ok, let’s start with first things first. Number one is maybe noticing that most streets are named through numbers, making it pretty easy to locate yourself or how to get to your destination.

The street numbers officially start at 1st Street on the East Side and 3rd Street on the West Side of Manhattan. From there, numbers go up, up, up to 220th, but that’s all the way up in Inwood, on the very North tip of Manhattan. That’s where The MET Cloisers museum is located!

From North to South, street blocks are shorter to walk through, while East to West, the blocks are significantly longer. Also East to West are only the Avenues – starting from York Avenue, through 11th Avenue (a.k.a. West End Avenue). On the very extremes, you’ll find the highways: 12th Avenue and the FRD Drive.

In between the numbered Avenues, you have some of the famous ones like Madison Avenue, Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue. Broadway also crosses the city diagonally, starting on the Upper West Side, all the way down to Battery Park.

Lastly, just for your reference, Central Park starts at 59th Street (a.k.a. Central Park South), up through 110th Street (a.k.a Central Park North), in Harlem. “The Secrets Of Central Park Walking Tour” will give you some more insights and secrets about the park!

Don’t freak out…it’s not as complicated as it sounds. Just grab a map or check Google Maps along the way, and you’ll be fine!


If you enjoyed these first 4 tips about things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC, be sure to check our Part 2!

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