Tag Archives: New York

NYC Renting: Need-To-Know Facts In 2019

Curiosities City Secrets NYC Rent 2019 Daryan Shamkhali

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!

Curiosities City Secrets NYC Rent 2019 Jose Alonson

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Many NYC properties are very old and, resultantly, outdated.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.

Curiosities City Secrets NYC Rent 2019 Daryan Shamkhali

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

2nd Cheap NYC Guide: 30 Top Attractions

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Cheap NYC Guide Washington Square Park

Our 2nd cheap NYC guide features 30 top attractions that you must-see! Touristy or not, these are some the classics spots and neighborhoods that have changed New York’s history. Come uncover New York with us!

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Cheap NYC Guide The Cube Astor Place
The Cube at Astor Place. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel Y.C. (@NYCLovesNYC)

Today, for our 2nd Cheap NYC Guide, I’m going to take you through some of the best spots located in Lower Manhattan.

But wait! If you haven’t seen my 1st Cheap NYC Guide, take a look at it and see how you might want to start exploring our beautiful city!

I have created my own touristic route to take my friends and family around the most iconic highlights in the city. These are all entertaining, fun and CHEAP routes that I want to share with you.

Second Route: Lower Manhattan

Before I start, it is necessary to give you some tips. First, NYC food stores and restaurants are not required to offer restroom services, so I have included this item in my tour routes. Second, you can access the WIFI networks in all subway stations, NYC Parks and Starbucks for free (which also have restrooms. YAY!). Finally, if you like something you want to buy and you can afford it, just BUY IT. You probably won’t have time to go back or even remember where you saw that precious item.

This route explores 6 areas of Lower Manhattan: Union Square, Astor Place, Washington Square Park, SoHo, Chinatown and Little Italy. It starts off at Union Square – where our 1st guide ended – located between 17th and 14th Streets and Union Square West and East Avenues.

Union Square

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Cheap NYC Guide Union Square Market
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Union Square Greenmarket

Here you can enjoy a year-round farmers market every Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 8am – 6pm, called Union Square Greenmarket. During the peak seasons you can find regional farmers selling their products like fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, award-winning farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, jams, pickles, teas and countless gifts, a profusion of cut flowers and plants, wine, ciders, maple syrup and much more. Shop early because the vendors sometimes leave, once they have sold out their products.

Around this area you can also find all type of stores including the largest Barnes & Noble store if you are looking for books, toys, music and more. A cereal store at Kellogg’s NYC where you can mix your favorites breakfast cereals for just $2 – milk not included. Also, a delicious Jewish Chocolate Rugelach pastry at Breads Bakery and Dylan’s Candy Bar, home to the largest selection of candies and candy-related gifts from around the world. And if you are into sports, your to-go spot is Paragon Sports.

If you’re traveling during the Winter holiday season, and you want to take home some unique gifts, visit Union Square’s Holiday Market that happens through December 24th. You’ll find local craftsmen and artists, open Monday to Friday from 11am – 8pm, Saturdays from 10am – 8pm and Sundays from 11am – 7pm.

*Restroom Spots: Around here you can find restrooms at Whole foods, Burlington, Best Buy, Starbucks, Barnes & Nobles, among others.

Astor Place & Washington Square

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Cheap NYC Guide Washington Square Park
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel Y.C. (@NYCLovesNYC)

If you are starting to feel hungry, I recommend you walk downtown through Broadway and at 8th Street, turn left (East) towards Astor Square until you hit St. Marks. Here you will find delicious cheap Asian food including Japanese BBQ, Thai Food and Ramen. During this trajectory, you will find one of New York City’s most iconic pieces of public art—and heck, one of its most iconic landmarks, period—The Astor Place Cube. I dare you to push it to make it turn around!

Just a few block from this iconic landmark, you’ll find the theatre where the Stomp has been performing for years. If you haven’t heard about them, it’s about time! Founded in the UK, back in 1991, today they are world famous, creating the most impressive percussion acts with unexpected objects and body parts!

Get ready to feel your bones shake!

After you are done, return to Broadway, walk to 4th Street and turn right (West), walking all the way to Washington Square Park. The park is dominated by the Washington Square Arch at the Northern gateway and the fountain. It’s one of the city’s popular spots for residents and tourists and you might recognize it form the movie August Rush.

Once a cemetery, now is a parade ground, a gathering spot for avant-garde artists, a battleground for chess enthusiasts and a playground for canines and children.

*Restroom Spot: Available public restrooms in the park.

If you were not temped by St. Marks food options, check MacDougal Street, located at the Southwest corner of the park. This area is NYU’s Students favorite food spot and therefore, very affordable. If you are into Italian food, Artichoke Basille’s Pizza offers huge pizza slices for less than $5. If you prefer Asian food, Saigon Shack has cheap Vietnamese food, but is a very popular spot so be prepared to wait. And if you prefer vegetarian food, try by Chloe.

SoHo & Chinatown

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Cheap NYC Guide Chinatown
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel Y.C. (@NYCLovesNYC)

By now, I’ pretty sure you’re full and in the need another good walk. Walk back to 4th Street towards (East) until you hit Broadway again and start walking downtown. After a few blocks, you will cross Houston Street and enter SoHo (a.k.a. South of Houston). This area is known for its designer boutiques, fancy chain stores and high-end art galleries, making it a trendy top shopping destination. I invite you to walk around the smaller streets and explore their uniqueness and secret little businesses.

Once you have absorbed all SoHo’s vibes, walk back to Broadway until you hit Canal Street, where you will be officially in Chinatown.

There is just so much to see here, that if after the tips below, you’re still curious to explore more of the food scene, book your tickets for the Tenements Tales and Taste Tour! You’ll enjoy the story of the millions of immigrants and taste several delicious dishes like pretzels, dumplings, potato knishes, waffles, homemade cheeses and even beer, of the many groups that have lived there.

At Canal Street turn left (East) and start walking through it. You will encounter several NY gift shops which are perfect to get some cheap souvenirs back home. While you’re walking you will be approach by several Chinese people offering “handbags and watches”.

Just be aware for they are all fake and illegal!

Among the treats I recommend around Chinatown are Taiyaki NYC, where you can try their fish-shaped waffle ice cream and Chinatown Ice Cream Factory where you will find my two favorite flavors: black sesame and lychee ice cream. If you like pastries, go to Taipan Bakery and try the delicious Coconut Bun for only $1.25, cash only. It is very popular, so hopefully you are lucky enough to get a warm one. And if you want to have an authentic Chinese meal, go to Great NY Noodletown on the corner of Bowery and Bayard Street. Remember that they’re cash only.

To find several food options in one place, there is a “hidden” food market called Canal Street Market. It’s located on the corner of Canal Street with Lafayette.

*Restroom Spot: The restaurant Great NY Noodletown has available restrooms as does Canal Street Market.

Little Italy

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Cheap NYC Guide Little Italy
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel Y.C. (@NYCLovesNYC)

In the middle of Chinatown, at Mulberry Street with Canal Street facing North, you will find the entrance to Little Italy. This couple of streets welcomes a heavily touristy crowd to its high concentration of souvenir shops and traditional Italian eateries and bakeries. Tenement buildings, once home to the immigrants who settled the area in the late 1800s, line the narrow streets. Mulberry Street, the main thoroughfare, turns into a pedestrian mall on summer weekends and each September they celebrate San Gennaro Festival.

One of the store that I love visiting every time I’m there is Mulberry & Grand, founded by Emily Guggino. There is always something new to tempt you into purchasing it! A lovely curated collection of inspired accessories.

By now, you have visit almost a third of the city, all the way from 59th Street at Central Park down to Canal Street, in Chinatown. And, the good news is: it has only taken you two days. YAY! And, there is still so much more to see!

Did you enjoy the 1st and 2nd Cheap NYC guides with the top NYC attractions? If so, stay tuned for our 3rd Route, where we’ll explore the West Side. Spots like the famous Highline, the delicious Chelsea Market, the Meatpacking District and one of the coolest neighborhoods in Manhattan, the West Village.

See soon!

Text Credit: Written by our contributor Magdalena Concha
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Noel. Y. C. (@NYCLovesNYC) and Union Square Greenmarket

Why Launching Your Startup in NYC is a Good Idea

Curiosities City Secrets Why Launching You Startup In NYC Is A Good Idea Rob Bye

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

Curiosities City Secrets Why Launching You Startup In NYC Is A Good Idea Taton Moise

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

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

Shop NYC Wedding Vow to New York City

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…

Shop NYC Wedding Vow to New York City

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
Photo Credit: Featured image

We have infinite reasons why NYC is great for Kids

Curiosities City Secrets NYC for Kids by Polina Bulman

There are so many reasons why NYC is great for kids! We are tired of telling people that it’s an excellent city to raise their little ones. See below why we think so!

Curiosities City Secrets NYC for Kids by Polina Bulman
Photo Credit: Polina Bulman

We are literally exhausted of telling friends and other people that New York City is great for kids!

There are so many countless reasons why and kids that are born here do have that special “extra thing” in them. It eventually makes them different and highlights them in the middle of other kids.

So, see below, just a few reasons why New York City is great for Kids:

1. We have the best pizzas! Ok, we could stop here actually! Ha!

2. We live in a multi-cultural city!

3. Oh, and we are able to try food from all over the world with only a few steps here and there!

4. Our toddlers and kids wear the cutest clothes and are super stylish!

5. Our museums have exhibitions and attractions for kids all year long!

6. Plus, we have theaters with amazing plays too!

7. We have one the most amazing carrousels in the world, for example Jane’s Carrousel at the Brooklyn Bridge Park!

8. Our summer time is full of free family events!

9. The kids’ menus are awesome — even adults want to try it!

10. The city is tough and helps shape strong individuals for the future! The eventually exceed within their groups.

11. The subway lines take us everywhere and they are free for the tiny ones – below 44 inches!

12. But, we can walk to almost any place!

13. Everyone is super connected to art, design, culture, etc, giving them the opportunity of engaging with this ludic universe.

14. We are called The City that Never Sleeps…and that can come in handy with kids, if you know what I mean!

15. The lighting of the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center is breathtaking! Kid’s jaws always drop and it’s so cute to observe them staring up.

16. Lastly, we have the best sights in the world to look at…every…single…day!

So, do you still need more? We could continue…but we could have stopped at #1 too! Ha!

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Polina Bulman

Creative & Cultural Trendsetters Meet at the Northside Festival in Williamsburg

Culture Music Northside Festival Bedford Street

We love the Northside Festival in Williamsburg that happens every month of June! These guys really know how to curate an outstanding cultural and creative event.

Culture Music Northside Festival Bedford Street
Culture Music Northside Festival Williamsburg
Culture Music Northside Festival Kid Dancing
Culture Music Northside Festival Miguel Singer
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrownext arrow

I think that by this point you all know how we love Brooklyn and all the super cool neighborhoods that are part of this Borough.

Williamsburg has changed tremendously in the past few years and is still in contant change. They are pioneers in bringing some of the coolest events in town related to music, art, food and new ideas!

The Northside Music Festival happens once a year, during the month of June, for 5 days. The event bring in some of the best, upcoming and established bands, great food, a beautiful crowd and a fantastic vibe!

Not only their line up is great, but you should plan on attending the Block Parties too. On June 10th and 11th, you’ll find beautiful installations, sculptures, are works and countless other activities.

More about them and their upcoming show with the R&B superstar Miguel:

For one week every June, over 100,000 creative and cultural trendsetters meet in Brooklyn to uncover the future of music, innovation and content.
With over 300 bands, 100 speakers and 100 content creators, attendees venture to Northside to say – I saw it here first.
We’re excited to present Miguel + special guests for Northside Festival on Saturday, June 10th at 5pm, in McCarren Park!
This is a benefit show for the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), a nonprofit dedicated to building a stronger North Brooklyn by improving 45 parks and playgrounds and getting neighbors involved in their community parks.

We’re sure you will enjoy the Northside Festival in Williamsburg!

If you’d like to explore more of what Brooklyn is about, take a look at our unique experiences like the Bushwick Graffiti, Bites & Drinks Photo Tour, or contact our experts to help you (our your company), out.

Date: June 7th – 11th, but Miguel’s show is on the 10th!

Location: McCarren Park – Bedford Avenue and N12th

To purchase tickets, click here.



Photo and Text Credits: Northside Festival and Brooklyn Vegan

The Yotel Hotel Is Perfect For Leisure Or Work

Yotel Hotel Façade

Yotel Hotel is another pretty cool NYC hotel if you’re in NYC and it’s perfect for leisure or work!

Yotel Hotel Façade
Yotel Hotel Lobby
Yotel Hotel Reception
Yotel Hotel Outdoor Terrace
Yotel Hotel First Cabin Room
Yotel Hotel Room and Restroom
Yotel Hotel Premium Room
Yotel Hotel Room View
Yotel Hotel Room
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrownext arrow

New York City is known for having some quite expensive hotels, if you want to stay in the heart of where “things happen”!

With automated check-in and check-out, monsoon showers with all over body wash, free wifi 24/7 as well as hot drink and one of the largest outdoor hotel terraces in NYC, Yotel is a great option if you’re not planning to spent the time you have in NYC…inside your Hotel. It’s a pretty cool NYC hotel.

Yotel Hotel has small (sometimes, VERY small) but intelligently designed rooms with a clear Japanese influence that will definitely make you come back! It’s all very modern, with neon lights and therefore, lots of white furnishing.

YOBOT is their friendly luggage-storing robot. It’s pretty amazing. If your room is still not ready or you’re checking out, but would like to leave your luggage stored at the hotel, this robot fetches your bags and stores them for you…and the best?? You can witness it all, lol!

They have one of the biggest outdoor terraces in the city, which certainly has a breathtaking view. It’s a perfect place to rest or even to spend the day working!

The Green Fig Restaurant had a beautiful décor and is described as a Mediterranean Fusion Urban Eatery. Dishes have influences from North Africa’s Maghreb region, The Middle East and Southern Europe. Some ingredients are locally source, while some spices are imported from these spots mentioned above. They offer breakfast à la carte, dinner, pre-theatre dining and brunch on weekends only.

New York is a challenging but super cool place to bike through the bike baths! The hotel offers guests, during the Summer season, access to specially-designed bikes that will take you through an adventurous, eco-friendly experience.

Furthermore, the hotel has a great meeting and event spaces, if you’re looking for place to host your corporate event.

Oh! Let us help you on that! Read about out BTSNYC Event Organization service!

As we mentioned, Yotel is perfect for leisure or work purposes.

Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood is pretty close to countess amazing places to visit. Central Park is not that far, but it is a fairly good walk. Bryant Park is only 4 blocks away!

The Hudson River is only 2 blocks west and it’s riverside is a great place for your morning run! Feel free to research through our website to find the best restaurants, nightlife and bars close by!

Location: 570 Tenth Avenue


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Yotel Hotel

The Borscht Belt: Abandoned Sites in the Catskills Region

Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Green Bar Stools

“The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland” is a great book by Marisa Scheinfeld! It shows gorgeous shots of ‘abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York’.

Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Green Bar Stools
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Pool
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Corridor
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Bed
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Pink Chairs
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Window
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Single Chair
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Room
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Chairs
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Book
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Doors
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Ambience
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Houses
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Colony
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Basketball Court
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Blue Wall
Shop Specialties The Borscht Belt Book by Marisa Scheinfeld Catskills NY Cover
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrownext arrow

We love the Catskills region of upstate New York. Moreover, we are also fascinated in exploring abandoned spots where there once was an entire booming scene of people and life!

It’s incredible to learn what happened to these places. Why it became forgotten and to be able to walk through and register what it has transformed into.

If you L-O-V-E photography books and these abandoned locations, then you’ll love this book! It’s called “The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland”, by Marisa Scheinfeld.

It takes place in the Catskills Mountain Region, in upstate New York. In addition, it has some of the most intriguing images that will entice your curiosity.

Below is an excerpt from Marisa’s website where she explains with more details what this project is about.

“Today the Borscht Belt is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances, and comedy performances. But its current state, like that of many other formerly glorious regions, is nothing like its earlier status.

Forgotten about and exhausted, much of its structural environment has been left to decay. The Borscht Belt, which features essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, presents Marisa Scheinfeld’s photographs of abandoned sites. There, resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York.

The book assembles images Scheinfeld has shot inside and outside locations that once buzzed with life as year-round havens for generations of people. Some of the structures have been lying abandoned for periods ranging from four to twenty years, depending on the specific hotel or bungalow colony and the conditions under which it closed.

Other sites have since been demolished or repurposed. This makes this book an even more significant documentation of a pivotal era in American Jewish history.

The Borscht Belt presents a contemporary view of more than forty hotel and bungalow sites. From entire expanses of abandoned properties to small lots containing drained swimming pools, the remains of the Borscht Belt era now lie forgotten, overgrown, and vacant.

In the absence of human activity, nature has reclaimed the sites, having encroached upon or completely overtaken them. Many of the interiors have been vandalized or marked by paintball players and graffiti artists.

Each ruin lies radically altered by the elements and effects of time. Scheinfeld’s images record all of these developments.”

Take a look at Marisa’s countless upcoming events. These are great opportunities to meet her and get your book signed!

She is an extremely sweet person, besides obviously, extremely talented.

You will love her!



Text and Photo Credits: Courtesy of Marisa Scheinfeld

East Village vegan restaurant if you’re skeptical about Vegan: Avant Garden

Dining Avant Garden Vegan Restaurant Interior

This fantastic East Village vegan restaurant called Avant Garden is a great and tiny spot you’ll surely love!

Dining Avant Garden Vegan Restaurant Interior
Dining Avant Garden Vegan Restaurant Seating
Dining Avant Garden Vegan Restaurant Toast
Dining Avant Garden Vegan Restaurant Salad
Dining Avant Garden Vegan Restaurant Beet
Dining Avant Garden Vegan Restaurant Beet Avocado
Dining Avant Garden Vegan Restaurant Appetizer
Dining Avant Garden Vegan Restaurant Soup
Dining Avant Garden Vegan Restaurant Main with Salad
Dining Avant Garden Vegan Restaurant Main Dish
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrownext arrow

Their mission?

While it may not seem a revolutionary act to simply enjoy a meal in a restaurant, the elimination of animal flesh and animal byproducts in one’s diet not only eases or eliminates an animal’s suffering, it’s also the most effective way an average person can ease the unmitigated environmental disaster that we as a species are collectively creating.”

Chef Anthony Mongeluzzi, certainly does a great job recreating the Vegan cuisine and highlighting all the flavors of the ingredients he uses in his unique open kitchen.

With extremely original creations, the menu is divided into 3: Toasts, Cold and Hot….and offers salads, a great variety of very tasty vegetables, pastas and breads. The small, but curated wine list, balances out with their super generous serving.

We’re confident that anyone who feels skeptical about Vegan cuisine will experience a major shift in their convictions after one bite at Avant Garden, and we like to think that through this act of changing hearts and minds, we’re helping to make the world a little bit of a better place, one beautiful dish at a time.”

It’s surely a place to go for a different experience – from the food and ambiance, to this great lifestyle!

Plus, if you’re skeptic about Vegan restaurant, we are sure that this restaurant will break down all of your preconceived ideas!

They have two sister restaurants that you can also try!

Mother of Pearl is a Vegan Polynesian restaurant & Tiki bar. They were chosen as one of the restaurants with the most Instagram-worthy cocktails.

If you enjoy Cuban cuisine, then try Cienfuegos. Yup, both are Vegan.

Sunday – Thursday: 5pm – 11pm
Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 12am

Location: 130 East 7th Street




Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Venue

Meet one of the Top NYC Hair Stylists: Rogerio Calvalcante

Fitness Health Rogerio Cavalcante Maria Bonita Salon and Spa Model

We’re here today to share a great tip if you’re looking for one of the top NYC hair stylists! We simply love the miracle hand and flawless work by Rogerio Cavalcante.

Fitness Health Rogerio Cavalcante Maria Bonita Salon and Spa Model
Fitness Health Rogerio Cavalcante Maria Bonita Salon and Spa Long Blond
Fitness Health Rogerio Cavalcante Maria Bonita Salon and Spa Short Hair
Fitness Health Rogerio Cavalcante Maria Bonita Salon and Spa Short Blond
Fitness Health Rogerio Cavalcante Maria Bonita Salon and Spa Blond Smile
Fitness Health Rogerio Cavalcante Maria Bonita Salon and Spa 6 Pictures
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrownext arrow

Hey Gorgeous Girls!!!

We’ve been receiving cou messages and emails regarding beauty treatments in NYC and the best salons in NYC. So, we’re here today to share a great tip if you’re looking for a top hair stylist in the New York!

Rogerio Cavalcante is Brazilian and we can say with extreme confidence that Brazilian hair stylists do know how to make women explore their best style.

He comes from a hair stylist family, hence his love and keen eye for the perfect hair style and color. It’s a talent that is literally stamped in his DNA!

At a very young age, 13 years old to be exact, Rogerio starting exploring the beauty and styling universe at his uncle’s salon.

Over 5 years ago, Rogerio came to NYC and opened himself to learn with great names – even if it meant, going back to working as an assistant. A great approach and vision with out a doubt!

He explains that inspiration is everywhere and it can be extracted from the most simple, to most complex things around you…at all times!

Working with countless hair styles is certainly a thrill and his passion transcends into appointments that can last up to 2h, or from 3h-6h if you’re going for coloring!

Yup, this is the Brazilian service ‘style’…not common in New York City, if you ask us… Brazilain professionals take time and want to be sure that the client leave their appointment more than happy.

He offers services like: Bangtrims, Women’s Cut, Men’s Cut and Blowouts, plus Coloring – single, full highlights, balayage and toner (glaze).

Fitness Health Rogerio Cavalcante Maria Bonita Salon and Spa Rates

As Rogerio aways says:

“Approach is everything! Styling is a fluid process. We’ll explore trends and work around what’s best for your features. And, at the end of the day, there is nothing like the look on my customer’s face when I’m done. Their happiness is priceless.”

Change is good and change is always welcome, so if you’re looking for it, try starting by meeting Rogerio! As we said, she’s definitely one of the top NYC hair stylists!

If you’re coming to New York and need private assistance at your hotel or you live in NY and don’t have time to go to the salon, let our experts take care of this for you. For businessmen and women coming into the city for work, meeting or events, we can also assist your needs.

Location: 199 Mott Street – Maria Bonita Salon & Spa


Fitness Health Rogerio Cavalcante Maria Bonita Salon and Spa
Rogerio Cavalcante in action!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Rogerio Cavalcante

All the images used on this website are the property of BTSNYC or used with proper credit.
Copyright © 2019 Behind the Scenes NYC. All rights reserved | Privacy Policy | Website by Curious Light

Pin It on Pinterest