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

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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!

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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

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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!

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


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and courtesy of Brendan Church

NYC Renting: Need-To-Know Facts In 2019

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If you’re considering moving to New York City, here are some need-to-know facts for 2019 about NYC Renting. We all know that rents can skyrocket, but we have some good news for you!

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New York City has historically had relatively high rent, but there is good news for would-be citizens. According to the New York Times, there has been a 0.7% drop in rent prices on the average one-bedroom property. While modest, this is a welcome change to years of inflating prices.

It’s still a matter of careful planning for would-be NYC renters. With that in mind, a few changes are afoot that will change rental opportunities. Pay close attention if you’re looking to move to the Big Apple; it could save you a few dollars for the good things in life.

More inclusivity in properties

Many NYC properties are very old and, resultantly, outdated. Fortunately, many landlords are making efforts, along with city regulators, to make homes accessible. 2019 will see this fast tracked with the federal case against the MTA.

According to the New York Post, the United States Attorney sued MTA for their inaccessible subway stations and the outcome of this could have wide ranging consequences, including more housing inclusive of accessibility requirements.

Changes in tax

When you rent in New York City, make sure you know about your property tax. Homeowners can expect to pay up to 10%, according to Bloomberg. What Bloomberg also noted, however, is that the individual tax burden is reducing.

As years progress, you can expect the tax bill to be less cumbersome as other counties pick up the slack. This means that your overall rental outgoings may be lower in the next few years, especially when considered with the ongoing trend concerning landlords.

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Landlords are settling down

Whether it’s because of the political climate, or some other source of uncertainty, landlords are staying put. According to CNN Money, more and more landlords are aggressively pursuing rent negotiation, rather than simply putting prices up and letting the tenants make a choice.

This is a nod towards more stability, as a renter. You can expect that, if you look after your property and have good behavior, that your rent will reduce over the years. You will also benefit from a continued relationship with the landlord, which is advantageous for the likes of maintenance and security.

Renting in New York City can still be expensive, but it matches the high average income in the area. Making the most out of your rental will be easier in years to come, through enhanced levels of accessibility, lowered levels of tax returns and more consistent landlords.

Keep yourself aware of these trends and work around them to get your feet in the door in the grand old city.


Guest Writer: Cindy Trillo
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jose Alonso and Daryan Shamkhali

15 Best Parties In New York For New Year’s Eve 2019

15 Best Parties in New York for New Years Eve 2019

New Year’s Eve in New York is certainly one of the best on the planet! Take a look at our selection of the 15 best parties in New York for New Year’s Eve 2019!

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New Year’s Eve in New York is just around the corner and we’re listing below a few of the best parties in town, like we did last year.

From Manhattan to Brooklyn, from classic music, to electronic and funk, we’ll show it all to you!

Take a look below to see the 15 best parties in New York for New Year’s Eve 2019.

Decide which party suits you best and rush to guarantee your ticket, since they’re selling out fast, as we have just a few days to go till New Years Eve!


McKittrick Hotel Winter Masquerade

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The McKittrick Hotel is known for throwing some of the best parties year-round. And, of course, their New Year’s Eve party is on the top of the list!

The King’s Winter Masquerade will have live performances, a glamorous feast, live bands, guys DJs and an open bar all night long.

Dress Code: It is asked that you come masked and costumed in shades of gold, silver, and black as befits a King. Their dress code will be strictly enforced.

Tickets: $225 – $995

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 7pm – 2am

Location: The McKittrick Hotel – 530 West 27th Street

https://mckittrickhotel.com


New Year’s Eve at The Westlight

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Ring in 2019 at Westlight, the 22nd-floor rooftop bar overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Festivities include open bar, specialty cocktails, passed canapés, live music, and a Champagne toast at midnight.

Don your most festive attire and be prepared to cut a rug on the dance floor in the sky as we welcome 2019!

General admission tickets guarantee access to Westlight, open bar, food, and champagne toast.

Dress Code: Festive cocktail attire suggested.

Tickets: $250

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 9pm – 4am

Location: Westlight – 111 North 12th Street (Rooftop)

www.thewilliamvale.com


“Metropolis – The City Of Tomorrow” Immersive Party

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If you enjoy a premium open bar party, then this is the right spot for you. Metropolis – The City of Tomorrow, will take you into an immersive experience.

A mixture of a fantasy world and a nightlife adventure inspired by 1927 science fiction film with the same name will take place! Expect live DJ, immersive performances, themed theatrics and live performances.

Tickets: $119 – $3,570

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 9pm – 4am

Location: Sony Hall – 235 West 46th Street

www.metropolisnye.com


Dances of Vice: The Celestial Ball

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What a celestial theme party! Gods, goddesses and immortals great and small convene at India House, a landmarked private manse built in the style of a Renaissance palazzo, to welcome the new year amidst a sea of glowing constellations.

The night will be filled with divine music, delicious libations, and dazzling live performances that will sparkle with the same intensity as the bubbles in your glass. Hello, 2019!

Dress Code: Starry-eyed vintage glamour. Olympian opulence. It’s your time to shine.

Tickets: $75

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 9pm – 2am

Location: India House – 1 Hanover Square

www.dancesofvice.com


Masterworks New Year’s Eve Concert

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New York’s floating concert hall music in motion, all year long! An actual barge located on the East River will host the Masterworks New Year’s Eve Concert.

Be prepared to enjoy some of the best classic music pieces of all times from great composers like Vivaldi and Bach…while floating on the East River!

Tickets: $150

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 7pm – 11pm

Location: Bargemusic – Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn

www.bargemusic.org


New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace

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Start off your night in one of the most amazing concerts, hosted inside a beautiful cathedral named The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event. There is also music by Mozart, J.S. Bach, and special guests throughout the evening. And of course, the Cathedral Choir’s own Jamet Pittman leads the audience and invites them to join in with This little light of mine as we light candles to welcome the new year with hope, joy, and affirmation.

Project love, peace, happiness, kindness, spirituality, gratitude, abundance and prosperity for the entire planet for the upcoming New Year!

Tickets: $0 – $100

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 7pm – 9pm

Location: The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine – 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street

www.stjohndivine.org


New Year’s Eve at Output | John Digweed

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If you enjoy electronic music and enjoy spending endless hours dancing to that sound that shakes your bones from the inside out, then Output is the place for you!

Continuing a beloved holiday tradition, Brooklyn’s award-winning nightclub and premier dance music destination, proudly presents New Year’s Eve with world renowned DJ/producer John Digweed.

Setting the vibe for the gold-themed special occasion, Listed’s Tara Brooks will soundtrack the final moments of 2018 before the clock strikes midnight for the New Year.

In addition to the festivities in the main room, ticket holders will also be granted entry to the adjoining Panther Room. Helming the decks, local party purveyors Risky Business will present their ‘At Dusk’ techno-focused event with residents DESNA, Chilly Mox and Alex Raouf.

Tickets: $66 – $87

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 10pm – 8am

Location: Output – 74 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

https://www.eventbrite.com/output


KNOWER with Ghost-Note

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Let’s get it “funky”!

The Jazz-Funk Youtubers, Knower, an American independent electronic music duo who have gained success releasing music online will play with special guests Ghost-Note, a percussion duo.

Tickets: $26 – $55

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 8pm – 12am

Location: Irving Plaza – 17 Irving Place

www.mercuryeastpresents.com/irvingplaza


Oteil & Friends 2019

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Two-time Grammy winning bassist Oteil Burbridge has been in the music business touring and recording for over three decades.

Over the years, Oteil has shared the stage with rock and blues legends such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Gibbons, Bob Weir, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Trey Anastasio and so many others!

Get ready to enjoy a great night with him at the renowned Brooklyn Bowl.

Tickets: $65 – 75

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 6pm – 12am

Location: Brooklyn Bowl – 61 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

www.brooklynbowl.com


Margo Price at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Far from overnight, Margo Price’s recent meteoric rise is the product of more than a decade of hard work and sacrifice. While she’d long been one of East Nashville’s best-kept-secrets, she burst onto the international scene with the 2016 release of her first solo album, ‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.’

For the New Year’s Eve party at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Nashville-based Lilly Hiatt will start the nigh an open it for Margo Price!

Tickets: $65

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 10pm – 12am

Location: Music Hall of Williamsburg – 66 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

www.axs.com/music-hall-of-williamsburg


Prohibition Disco at the House of Yes

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Ah! One of the most amazing venues in Brooklyn is promising an unforgettable night!

Quench your thirst for illicit entertainment at this very special New Year’s Eve edition of Prohibition Disco. Get gussied up in glamour, gamble the night away with wise guys and wild women.

Move to the grooves of our speakeasy selectors, alongside Gangsters and Goons, Daddies and Dolls, Bootleggers and Broads.

What more to expect? Champagne Toasts, Burlesque Broads, Glitz & Glamour Makeup Station , Prohibited Punch & Bathtub Gin Specials, Hooch Hound Hooligans, Flappers and Fellas, Women of Ill Repute , Coppers and Cronies and Swindlers & Sweet talkers.

Dress Code: Dress to the nines in vintage looks.

Tickets: $40 – $100

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 9pm – 5am

Location: House of Yes – 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn

https://houseofyes.org/calendar


New Year’s Eve at The Wren

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One of Bowery’s best bars, The Wren, will have an upscale celebration. This hearty, upscale pub with craft cocktails, beer,  lots of spirits in a rustic, happening space will feature live burlesque performances.

In addition, an open bar, celebratory cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at mid night!

Tickets: $120

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 9pm – 12am

Location: The Wren – 344 Bowery

www.thewrennyc.com


Elsewhere NYE with Mano Le Tough and Tensnake

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Another spot for the night owls that want to celebrate all night long.

Elsewhere, located in East Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, will celebrate in style! They are featuring the Irish DJ/Producer and head of Maeve imprint, Mano Le Tough who’s guaranteed to bring his vibrant House sound to the Hall.

Joining him is Permanent Vacation alum, Tensnake whose break out single “Coma Cat” propelled him around the world spinning Soul, Boogie, Funk, 80s Pop, and elevating him as an in-demand remixer and producer.

Also on the night, regular DJ for parties like Kunst, PAT, and more, Amber Valentine lays down sweet and infectious disco plus resident ReSolute selector Connie Yin joins in with dark and seductive techno…and so much more!

Wait for the champagne toast at midnight!

Tickets: $45 – $75

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 9pm – 6am

Location: Elsewhere – 599 Johnson Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

www.elsewherebrooklyn.com/events


Blue Man Group

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Ring in the New Year with the Blue Man Group, performing for over 30 years! Pre-show activities will take place prior to the show, including a face painting station and photo booth fun will take place in our theatre lobby.

These activities will end 15 minutes prior to the performance time. Guests will receive party favors upon entering the theater. Stick around after the show to take part in a countdown to “midnight” with the Blue Men and Blue Man Group Band.

Tickets: $99 – $245

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 8pm – 10pm

Location: The Astor Place Theatre – 434 Lafayette Street

www.ticketmaster.com/blue-man-group


New Year’s Eve 2019 at Red Rabbit Club

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Make it an unforgettable night as you dance the night away to the tunes of famous DJs, rub shoulders with Manhattan socialites and stars, enjoy the decadent 5-hours Premium Open Bar…get your Champagne toasts ready and count down the clock to 2019 in style!

Red Rabbit Club is the newest New York City nightlife hot spot located in the heart of the Meatpacking District. Once inside, patrons will embark on a surreal journey through a series of stairs leading them down the rabbit hole and into the subterranean club.

Tickets: $110 – $3,000

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 9pm – 4am

Location: Red Rabbit Club – 408 West 15th Street

www.redrabbitclub.com


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NYC’s 1st Winter Lantern Festival

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NYC’s 1st Winter Lantern Festival has started and is creating a hug buzz around town! Be sure to guarantee your tickets and get ready for a gorgeous light spectacle!

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New York City is known for its beautiful night lights year round and, of course, for its abundant Christmas decorations! People travel from all over the globe to visit NYC during this time of the year, as well as New Yorkers also have a great time!

NYC’s 1st Winter Lantern Festival will happen through January 6, at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island!

What to expect?

To start, you’ll see around 40 LED installations that can be as tall at 30 feet up, spread throughout 7 acres of land and over 30,000 Chinese lanterns.

It’s a fantastic experience for all ages that shows the beauty of the Chinese culture, with art works, dances and so much more!

The thematic lanterns installations have curious names: Light Tunnel, Wonderland, Sea World, Animal Kingdom, Chinese lights, Panda Paradise (ha! cute!) and Holiday Zone!

Oh! There is also a huge dragon!

“In Chinese culture, dragons are used to symbolize power and strength. They are often depicted in the colors red and gold, which represent good fortune and neutrality.”

In addition, entertainments are varied! Face changing, martial arts shows and lion dance. The water sleeve dances can be traced all the way back to 221 B.C., when dancers used clothing and other techniques to elongate their arms, creating an eye-catching performance. Plus, there is still sugar painting and a fun zone!

Oh! And the process of creating these lanterns is crazy! Take a look at the video below!

So, be sure to purchase your ticket and get your phone ready for we’re sure you’ll be able to get some pretty awesome pictures to share on social media.

If you need any type of assistance for your upcoming NYC trip, or you have a corporate request, contact our experts!


Tickets: $15 – $23

Location: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island

Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday: 5pm-11pm

https://nycwinterlanternfestival.com


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So You’re Making The Switch To NYC – Are You Prepared? 

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If you’re thinking of making the move to New York City, you’re in good company. But, if you’re ready to make this switch to NYC, you have to be truly prepared. So, here are a few considerations!

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The year of 2017 saw a huge population increase as NYC gained 447,000 new residents, according to the city’s latest available figures. The Big Apple still has the diversity and allure it’s always had, and it shows, whether that be from new workers, retirees or births.

That being said, the culture in New York City is like nowhere else on earth. Other big cities can lay claim to similar energy levels and vibrancy, but the city is unique. Before you start exploring what New York has to offer, it’s essential that you plan fully to ensure you’re ready before the leap.

The biggest consideration: money

The number one consideration you need to make before moving to NYC is money. New York is not a cheap city; NYC rent averages at $2,698 for a one-bed apartment, or $1,212 for a room. This is already higher than much of the USA and indeed the world, beating out even London’s property market.

This shouldn’t deter you, but should form part of your budgeting. A deposit is likely to be expensive, but if you have a good salary lined up, obtaining the right advice on proper credit options is a potential for giving you some wiggle room.

You will also need a comprehensive budget for your daily outgoings. Groceries can cost up to two times what they do on average in America, and going out is expensive; a mid range meal could charge $40 per head, according to CNBC. This shouldn’t deter you – like living anywhere else, saving money and getting by is a case of being frugal and choosing your luxuries.

Salaries should help, too – Slate have reported that the average Manhattan salary is $66,000, over $20,000 above the national average.

Understanding the scale of the city

Despite it’s ultra-high-rise, congested-looking nature, New York is also incredibly expansive.

New York’s southern tip, Staten Island, is only 30 miles from the most northerly point, Wakefield; yet traveling on public transport would take 2.5 hours at least.

As a result, it’s not always feasible to pick up a job in Manhattan but expect to commute from what seems like a close direction. Research NYC public transit and don’t overextend yourself – it’s a big city and it’s best to take it slow.

Engaging with the city’s culture

Finally, make sure you have a good idea of New York’s culture. The city reflects its enormous diversity  through demographics – 40% are foreign born today, according to World Cities Culture Forum. The result is that no neighborhood is the same and that can be seen on every street corner.

Enjoy the culture, but be aware that your behavior and actions might be different on one part of city to the next and there’s a lot of variety to be seen and enjoyed.

New York City is a place that 8.5million people call home, and hundreds of thousands add to every year. Understanding the cost of the city, the culture of its residents and its scale is crucial to doing well. For someone prepared to take their time, plan and absorb the city, you stand to gain a lot.

Finally, if you have children, see why NYC is a great city for kids. Also learn about some curious facts about New Yorkers before moving to help you settle in faster.


Guest Writer: Cindy Trillo
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Ditch Your Luggage and Go Have Fun in NYC: LuggageHero

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Having long hours between connecting flights or arrive hours prior to check-in in your hotel, is surely a hassle! Plus, carrying your luggage around NYC is certainly a challenge, but LuggageHero is the perfect solution to all your problems!

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Having long wait hours between flights during a trip is certainly annoying, but having to carry your luggage with you everywhere go is even worse, right?

Plus, the best way to commute in New York City is on the subway, but these massive stairs are a challenge on their own…imagine with your heavy bags.

So, we have the perfect, safe and convenient solution for all your problems: LuggageHero! And the name says it all!

Jannik Lawaetz founded the company in Copenhagen, back in 2016. From there, he quickly expanded in 2017 to London and, lucky us, to New York City!

The idea was to use local stores, pubs, coffee shops, dry cleaners and even hotels as a temporary storage place for people with long connecting flights or even for those who have arrived earlier than the check-in time or were “kicked out” of the hotel long before the flight home.

So, how it works? Easy!

  • Check in when arriving at the shop
  • Attach security seal that is provided for free, found in the shop, through the zippers of your bag
  • Check-out upon pick-up

And voilá! You’re ready to adventure yourself for a few hours in our beautiful concrete jungle!

BOOK NOW!

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Janni Lawaetz, Founder of LuggageHero.

“I founded LuggageHero as I got tired of not having enough convenient places to store my luggage. As I am a frequent traveler, I couldn’t believe that anyone had not solved a problem so obvious to many people.

I decided to create a concept that was simple to use, trustworthy and where you would always only pay for the hours you spend.” ~ Jannik Lawaetz, Creator & CEO

Everything is stored far from any public access in safe locations, that are also inspected by the team at Luggage Hero. So, don’t worry. It’ll be safe when you go out to have fun!

Oh, it is good to say that the location you’re dropping your back at might request to open your luggage before storing, to guarantee you don’t have any illegal item in it like weapons, etc.

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They offer over 250 super convenient locations and are spread across Manhattan and Brooklyn, making it quite easy for you, regardless of where you’re at or where you want to spend your time exploring.

The cost in New York?

Amazingly reasonable! It’s only $2/hour per bag and the price already includes insurance with coverage up to $3,000 for each bag, against damage, loss, and theft.

But wait! You don’t pay more than $12 per bag for the first 24 hours, so don’t worry.

They do not accept money, which is actually more convenient since you don’t need to worry with having the right currency!

So, just submit your credit card information for swift drop-off and pick-up at a LuggageHero location.

If you decide along to way, not to drop it off, don’t worry! You’re only charged when you actually drop off your bags, so you won’t be charged if you changed your mind.

And last, another great thing is that you don’t need to download any app for this. You can just go online and book everything through their website.

Seamless, fast and safe, the way New Yorkers like it!

If you’re not sure what to do in NYC while you wait for your connecting flight, or to check into you hotel, take a look at all of our amazing BTSNYC Experiences! We’re sure you’ll have a great time!

Book luggage storage in New York.

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Why Launching Your Startup in NYC is a Good Idea

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The tech industry in New York City is booming and there are many reasons why launching your startup in NYC is a good idea!

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The tech industry in New York City is booming with Silicon Alley currently ranking at number 2 in the country behind Silicon Valley.

During 2016, a mere 421 New York-based tech companies managed to raise $9.5 billion in funding with many NYC startups becoming extremely successful. In terms of net dollars, Silicon Valley may still be ahead but the NYC tech ecosystem is actually expanding at a faster rate.

As far as the availability of investment sources are concerned, NYC enjoyed a 36% of the total US start-up funding in 2017 with an excess of 290 investors backing 1333 business initiatives.

If you are looking for a place for your tech startup NYC should, without a doubt, be on the top of your list for a myriad of reasons such as the following.


New York City has an energy unlike any other

There is no denying that, despite relatively high living-costs, NYC is simply a great place to work and live.

The vibe in and around NYC is unlike any other in the world, bursting with the possibility of everyone seeking to fulfill the American Dream. The city is home to a number of key industry players, something a tech start-up can only benefit from.

It is also easy to find good co-working spaces, such as those rented out by WeWork, which are ideal for entrepreneurs, startups and community groups alike.

Thanks to the advancements in cloud technology, most startups don’t require immediate server specialization, making working from a co-working space or even an internet café a completely viable option.


The tech ecosystem is exceedingly healthy

NYC is home to a large number of venture capitalists such as Erik H. Gordon (CEO of ErGo Ventures LLC), and many more who have strong ties to the city.

Angel investors and angel groups are also commonplace, as are the more than 30 start-up incubators and accelerators that will provide your company with funding, mentorship maintenance as well as invaluable access to possible investors and consumers.

Over recent years a number of tech start-ups, of which Zocdoc is a prime example, have flourished in the city. Zocdoc is an online platform that is dedicated to providing users with an improved all-around healthcare experience.

Currently valued at approximately $1.8 billion, Zocdoc makes use of technology to facilitate everything from diagnosis to treatments and payments – a concept that has made them one of the highest-ranked NYC tech startups ever.


The city boasts exceptional diversity in terms of talent

When compared to Silicon Valley-based companies, the NYC tech scene is far more diverse with up to 40% of the city’s tech employees being female and a fifth being individuals of color.

The general talent pool in New York is extremely diverse with engineers and economists casually rubbing shoulders with designers, medical technicians, and trendy creatives.

According to renowned US businessman Michael Bloomberg, New York’s engineering school is projected to produce up to 400 new companies in its first 30 years. He highlights the immense potential the diverse student population of NYC possesses.


While you are by no means limited to two choices (Silicon Valley vs Silicon Alley), when it comes to finding the right location for your tech startup, the benefits of picking NYC speaks for itself.

All you need is a great idea, a bit of ingenuity and a whole lot of determination to have as good a chance as any to make it in one of the most prolific cities of the world.


Guest Writer: Cindy Trillo
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rob Bye and Taton Moise

Journey Into The World Of NYC-Based Illustrator, Thomas Pitilli

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Thomas Pitilli, a NYC-based illustrator, in love with Comics, talks about his amazing career, challenges, inspirations and his favorite spots in New York City!

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The other day we met Thomas Pitilli, a native New Yorker living in Brooklyn. He works with some of the greatest publications today like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Billboard, Playboy, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post and other big names.

After briefly browsing through his work, we fell in love with it. We are huge fans of illustration and his style certainly called our attention.

If you want to see more details about his work, check out his website and read the interview we did with him below!

www.thomaspitilli.com


1) Tell us a bit about you. Where you were born, what you studied, what you’ve worked with, did your parents incentivize your work, etc.

My name is Thomas Pitilli and I am an illustrator from Brooklyn, NY. I am an actual Brooklyn native, one of the few left nowadays, haha.

I’ve been drawing and making art since as far back as I can remember. When I was 3 or 4, I wanted to be a fireman and when I was 5, I wanted to be Peter Pan. But, from then on, I’ve always aspired to be a professional artist!

Like most kids, I grew up obsessed with cartoons and comic books and it didn’t take me long until I started writing my own stories and making my own “books” made out of stapled sheets of typing paper with my drawings on them.

Both my parents are artistic, so thankfully, my creative imagination was always encouraged at home. An adolescence filled with constant drawing and practice led me the School of Visual Arts, in Manhattan, where I wound up studying illustration and cartooning.

I immediately began pursuing my dream of becoming a professional illustrator upon graduating. I spent several years hustling, trying to get as much freelance work as I could get, while supplementing my income with various odd jobs and part time gigs around the city.

A decade since graduating, I can proudly say I now make my entire living as an illustrator. NYC is not an easy city to ‘make it’ in, but you know what they say, ‘if you can make it here…’

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2) Where did the passion for illustration come from? And why Comics?

My passion for illustration came out of my love for comics actually. When I was a little kid, I discovered comic books by rummaging through my older brother’s collections. I quickly became fascinated with the artwork inside and from then on, I was obsessed.

Through comics, I was exposed to a variety of different types of artists and styles, which then led me to explore other art forms outside of comics. I’ve always been drawn to artists that tell stories, whether it be in a comic book or in an oil painting.

The idea of getting a specific idea across through a drawing and making people feel something specific just by looking at it is truly satisfying to me and definitely fuels my passion for the craft.

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3) What are the personalities that inspire you, in the illustration world, but also within other industries?

Confidence is a big one for me. When someone exudes confidence in what they do, no matter what the profession, I’m definitely inspired by that.

I like watching fighting sports, like boxing and MMA. The confidence and conviction that those fighters posses is so inspiring and interesting to watch.

I study that and try to understand how I might be able to apply that kind of attitude to what I do. The quote that always sticks with me is, “competence breeds confidence”, which pretty much means, if you work on your craft hard enough, the confidence you have in that area will likely follow.

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4) What type of mission and message do you strive to convey through your work?

I don’t really think I have a particular mission or message that I strive to convey in my art. I’m fascinated by people, body language and faces. Those have always been the things that I love to draw, so most of my work focuses on people, either interacting with each other or with themselves.

I have always loved drawing the female form and my work usually has a strong female protagonist within it. I think of my approach to illustrating similar to that of a street photographer.

I’m more concerned with capturing moments than creating any kind of particular statement. Also, the vast majority of my work is client based, so I spend most of my time trying to convey other people’s message or idea. There’s a very satisfying challenge within that as well.

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5) You’ve had works featured in many renowned publications like the Wall Street Journal, Scientific America, Climbing Magazine, Scholastic’s Choices Magazine and The New York Times! Tell a bit about these works and the process behind them.

I really enjoy making editorial illustrations. I get exposed to some pretty interesting articles and topics that I might not otherwise come across on my own.

The process is usually a pretty quick, yet intense one. I normally have less than a week to take the illustration(s) from concept to final. It’s a collaborative process between the art director and I, and at its best, it can be a very fun and rewarding process.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some great publications and some great art directors. Some of my favorites are the ones where I felt like I was pushed creatively and was able to stretch new muscles.

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6) We see a great variation of styles and even colored vs black & white pieces. We love them all! What do you enjoy most doing and what style does your audience resonate more with?

I tend to gravitate towards black and white line drawing. I feel like that’s where my strengths are. That’s also what I have the most fun making as well.

Color has always been a challenge for me, it definitely is the longest part of my process, mainly because there is a lot of reworking and trial and error involved in it for me.

Like I said earlier, storytelling has always been the most appealing aspect of illustration for me. It doesn’t always have to be a literal narrative either, sometimes you can tell a story with a pose or a facial expression, or the capturing of a simple moment.

I feel like that’s the kind of thing my audience responds to. Although there’s no real way to predict what people will like or not like. Ultimately all you can do is make the work that you most enjoy making and hope somebody else likes it.

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7) What are the best places to buy comics in New York? Are there any hidden, off-the-beaten-path old book stores or thrift bookstores you love to go check out?

My favorite comic shop in NYC is Forbidden Planet, down by Union Square. They have a pretty extensive collection of both new and old comics, with a super helpful and knowledgeable staff.

The Strand Bookstore is also a great place to find comics. They are more geared towards trade paperbacks and all of their stuff is at a discounted price, which is always a plus!

Speaking of discounted prices, there’s a place in Midtown called Bookoff, and downstairs, they have a used comic section where you can find some really rare, out of print comics, both single issues and trades.

If you’re a nerd like me, this city has definitely got you covered, haha.

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8) Does anything inspire your work when you think about New York City?

So many things inspire me about New York City. I get most of my ideas while riding the subway or walking the streets. I love people watching and random interactions with strangers. Even just the weird things you overhear while riding the train can be inspiring and creatively stimulating.

If it’s a nice day out and I have to come up with an idea for a particular project, I will often times take my sketch book to one of my favorite parks and start brainstorming. Something about the constant hustle of New York generates a kind of rhythm that is very conducive to making art.

I also love sneaking in specific NYC locations into some of my work. I’m lucky enough to work with the iconic characters of the Archie Comics world and when I create covers for them, one of my favorite things to do is place those characters into some of my favorite NYC locations like the fountain at Washington Square Park, or specific subway platforms.

Because I grew up here, my relationship with the city is very personal and deeply embedded in me, therefore it’s embedded in my work as well.

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10) What is your biggest ambition when it comes to work? A publication you’d like to be featured in? Someone you admire and would like to meet? A project that you’d love to work on? Anything what would rock your world if you had that opportunity!

I have a lot of ambitions when it comes to my work. I’d definitely like to continue working in the comics field and see where that takes me.

I’d love to work with a variety of different writers and publications in the comics world. I don’t rule out writing and illustrating my own graphic novel one day either. I’m always inspired when I see illustrators or cartoonists working with well-known brands, lending their unique voice to a campaign or advertisement.

Being able to share my work with an audience that goes way beyond comics or illustrating, that’s something I’d love to do. Being an artist whose work is primarily created for print or the web, I’m definitely a stranger to the art gallery world.

I’d like to change that one day by perhaps showing a series of pieces that were specifically created to be viewed in person. Other than those things, I stay open to whatever opportunities present themselves.

One of the exciting things about being a freelance artists is never really knowing what types of projects may be in my future!

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11) What are your top 5 local, hidden spots in New York that you love to go? A restaurant, bar, museum, store, coffee place, park, street, etc?

Central Park is definitely one of my favorite places in this city. I’m a big fan of New York summers, I really feel like that’s when the city shines the most. With that being said, Central Park is probably one of my favorite spots on a nice Spring/Summer day. I spent multiple times playing Frisbee over there at the Sheep Meadow this summer and really enjoy the relaxing vibe.

Speaking of summer, I try and make it to the beach whenever I can. People don’t really think of beaches when they think of NYC, but there are some nice locations if you want to trade the concrete for some sand every now and then. I really enjoy hanging out at Rockaway Beach and Coney Island. Much more of a low key, laid back vibe at Rockaway, but Coney Island has that history and energy that can be fun sometimes too.

As far as food goes, there’s a nice little farm-to-table restaurant in my neighborhood called Brooklyn Beet Company. The magic ingredient over there is beets. They have a veggie burger that is made out of a beet and they also have this awesome beet ketchup! Definitely worth checking out, unless you hate beets, haha.

I’m sort of a health nut, so when I’m running around and in need of a healthy lunch, I like to pop into HU Kitchen (See Antonia Grecco’s post on Hu Kitchen) on 14th Street in Manhattan. They use a variety of local ingredients as well. It’s sort of the healthier alternative to something like Chipotle.

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And still:

As far as neighborhoods go, I’d probably say that the West Village is my favorite. It still has some old cobble stone streets and some of the most quite blocks in all of NYC. Things seem to fall off the typical grid system over there too, so I often get lost whenever I’m around there!

And, probably one of my all-time favorite places in NYC is The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s always been a sort of sanctuary for me, a place where I can spend hours and come out totally inspired. My favorite spot in that museum is the Sackler Wing. There’s this huge window covering the entire room with an awesome view of Central Park, it’s really cool.

That’s more than five, I know! I have a bunch more too. Some runner ups would probably be the Highline and Chelsea Market!

12) And last! Where can people find your work and purchase your illustrations!?

I’m all over Social Media, but I’m most active on Instagram where you can find me .

You can also check out my website at www.thomaspitilli.com.

And, if you’re interested in purchasing some of my artwork as a print, check out my Etsy Store.


Thank you Thomas, for this fantastic journey into your world and keep up your breathtaking work and captivating energy!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Thomas Pitilli

A Wedding Vow to NYC: “I take you, New York City…”

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Wedding Vow to NYC: I take you, New York City, to be my lawful partner in crime, to have and to hold from this day forward. I promise to always cherish you; and if I do that, you’ll surely do the same for me…

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We invited our followers to write a Wedding Vow to New York City.

Charles Dorneles’ Wedding Vow was the one selected to be featured! It portrays our deepest love and respect for this amazing city called New York City!


I take you, New York City, to be my lawful partner in crime, to have and to hold from this day forward.

I promise to always cherish you; and if I do that, you’ll surely do the same for me, even though every year you still put me through hell during winter (with bitter cold) and summer (with excruciating, humid heat) time.

I accept you in good and bad times; actually, worse times, considering the fact you have one of the world’s worst traffics ever and I will spend a lot of time just commuting. But, I’ll just take this time to be present and thankful for everything!

I also pledge to be with you in richness and in poorness. In fact, I’ve got plenty of money now, but, if I’m not careful, I can go bankrupt with all your expensive clothing, restaurants and your fancy lifestyle.

And, above all, I will always love and honor you, simply because I know there’s no other city like you. You have all I need to have a long, extraordinary and fulfilled life – from your breathtaking skyline that makes my eyes sparkle to your glorious green parks. You are the most intriguing city in the world and you offer me not only different cultural backgrounds with secret Off-Broadway shows and the underground music scene, but you also give me to-die-for food from all over the world.

Living with you is a unique and priceless experience and, yes, I admit, you have some “many” issues, but none of them can overcome your superiority and grandioseness.

You inspire me and I intend to live with you until death do us part. In truth, until death do “me” part, once you will live forever. Thankfully, to all human race!

I. Love. You.


For Wedding inspiration, take a look at these fantastic celebrations.

 

Guest Writer: Charles Dorneles
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The Huffington Post: One of NYC’s Top Travel Entrepreneurs

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Regardless of your profession, being featured on The Huffington Post is definitely one of the ultimate goals! Our Founder, Fernanda Paronetto, was selected as one of NYC’s top Travel Entrepreneurs.

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The day we got the news that our Founder, Fê, was featured on the Huffington Post as one of NYC’s top Travel Entrepreneurs, was memorable.

Not only for the tremendous honor and accomplishment in the Title, but because it was the day after her birthday!

What a gift, right?

The extremely talented Tech, Business & Lifestyle Brand Strategist, Sissi Johnson, was author responsible for the fantastic piece.

So, read below an excerpt of the article:


If you believe there is nothing like exploring a city through the eyes of a local, think again. Brazilian Fernanda Paronetto knows all of Big Apple’s best kept secrets.

“I always had this indescribable passion and curiosity for NY, so I was often here visiting, always uncovering the best hidden spots and events. The city is just so dynamic, alive, full of novelties, so multi-cultural, beautiful, with an intense energy – the list can go on forever.”

On starting Behind the Scenes NYC remotely, she said:

“A New York woman in her 40’s sent me a message saying: ‘Hi there! I was born in NYC and have lived here my entire life. But, I didn’t know about this restaurant you wrote about. So, I went to it last night, and simply loved it! Thank you for the tip!’ – I was like: WOW!

“I’m in Brazil, in my room at my mom’s house, giving tips to real New Yorkers who are actually enjoying them and thanking me! There must be something right about what I’m doing…”


As a final point, we are so grateful for this acknowledgement. Plus, it an honor to have Fernanda named as one of NYC’s Top Travel Entrepreneurs.

If you want to learn more about Fê, and her journey to New York City, you’ll simply love the article written by Hustle & Deal Flow – a movement for creators.

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