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Greenpoint Terminal Market is back!!!

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Have you been to the Greenpoint Terminal Market, in Brooklyn?! Well, they are back and with so many amazing vendors and a special attraction for families!

Greenpoint Terminal Market Greenpoint Brooklyn New York

One of the best ways of exploring New York’s local scene is attending the street markets throughout the city! Today, we’re going to share with you about the Greenpoint Terminal Market!

We just love spending hours in these markets since the variety of vendors is always incredible.

So, let’s just start by telling you what the Greenpoint Terminal Market is and why it’s a MUST GO spot!


A COMMUNITY MARKET

The Greenpoint Terminal Market is a one-of-a-kind marketplace featuring creatives, food vendors & local shops. Cool right?

They offer a safe and Covid-mindful outdoor environment for you to discover your new favorite local vendors.

The Greenpoint Terminal Market is open rain or shine, and we encourage you to come, whether sunny or rainy (though if it’s pouring out not all vendors may be there).


THE VENDORS

There are dozens of vendors, and some of the most amazing local brands in New York.

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Through-out the following months, you’ll be able to meet them. They do change, new brands showcase their products every weekend, so you’ll always be able to explore new vendors as well!

Some of the vendors you’ll meet are:

The New York Cottage Industry: Created by Melanie, The New York Cottage industry is an eclectic lifestyle brand. They restore and upcycle vintage furniture and home decor. Their philosophy is based on the idea of bricolage, the art of creating from a diverse range of available things.

Mottive Inc: Handmade sustainable creations. A find jewelry brand that was born in the beautiful city Tbilisi in Georgia, a grandfather’s cellar slash workshop where silver and gold craftsmanship was valued and practiced on a whole other level.

Joyeria Angelica Maria: A crystal shop with spiritual handmade jewelry using natural stones made with love.

LuLu Tresors: Vintage store with beautiful and colorful pieces, as well as special accessories and home décor. And outstanding curating of item that will highlight your wardrobe.

Gaucho Burger: Imagine a unique but simple Latino burger joint with a diverse Latino fusion. Be sure to order yours!

Rosie’s Empanadas: Family-owned business which specializes in delicious homemade empanadas with a variety of fillings.

Gaia’s Crystal Garden: New small business owner just because they love all things crystal. Finder of loving homes for beautiful crystals and their counterparts!


BRAND NEW KIDS ZONE!

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Now, the market built and amazing and a brand-new kids zone for your child to enjoy!

Let them enjoy an extra fun bounce house, exhilarating bouncy slides, and even miniature pedal cars to drive around in!


COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

They are working diligently to ensure that they’re doing everything possible to keep their guests and their vendors safe during this time of extreme uncertainty.

They ask that all guests follow 1-way path markers as well as spacing markers they’ve implemented in the aisles between the vendor booths.

Please maintain social distancing when possible and wear a mask or other face-covering if not.

Lastly, if you’re a local brand and would like to become a vendor, be sure to contact them and sure your spot!


Date: Open every Saturday & Sunday

Time: 10am – 6pm

Location: Right on the East River at 2 Noble Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

https://greenpointterminalmarket.com


Best Rooftop Venues for a Bachelorette Party in New York

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New York is definitely one of the best places on Earth to go out! So, check out the best rooftop venues for a Bachelorette party in New York!

Best Rooftop Venues for a Bachelorette Party in New York Behind the Scenes NYCThere are thousands of rooftop party venues in New York and almost every one of them is perfect for a Bachelorette party.

But you want yours to be special (and who doesn’t?) so you have to search through the best ones to figure out what you want. We are going to do that for you.

First, you need to think about the basics like how many to invite, the style, and whether you will have food or just cocktails.

If it is your party, you can easily decide most of these issues but if you are planning it for someone else, you may have to be more creative.

Talk to the bride or, if it is a surprise, the maid of honor about the specifics you will need to plan for.


When will the big day be?

Since the party will be outdoors and it is in New York, the best time for this shindig is spring or early summer.

You do not want it to be too hot or too cold and New York tends to get a lot of snow, so you definitely do not want to plan it for the winter.

Even early autumn is not a bad choice as long as you keep an eye on the weather reports.

 

Figure out the budget

There is always a budget to think about and with a bachelorette party, there are a lot of little things to count that can add up.

From food and drinks to décor and transportation, you have to make sure you have enough money for everything before you go all out.

You do not want to run out of money before you get it all paid for.

 

Decide on the guest count

Determining the guest count is not just about how many people are in the bridal party.

Some of the people that the bride may want to be there may not be a part of the bridal party for some reason or another.

And you must think about the budget because the more guests you have, the more money it will cost.

 

Choose a theme

There are so many themes that you can choose from to make the party more unique.

You do not want it to be just another bachelorette party where the girls don’t really mingle and there is little to no entertainment. Here are some ideas that we think are awesome:

  • Beach theme with swimsuits, colorful drinks, and fake palm trees
  • Vegas theme with casino games, bright neon lights, and Elvis
  • 50s theme with poodle skirts and old-time rock and roll
  • Pink everything for a Barbie theme
  • A final fiesta featuring Mexican food, margaritas, and a piñata
  • Game night theme with board games and fun card games
  • Masquerade or costume party theme
  • Rainbows and glitter for a unicorn party theme

 

Décor and invites

Once you decide the theme and budget, you can plan the décor and send out the invites.

Make the invites match the theme and be sure to ask them to RSVP as soon as possible. You need to know how many people will be attending to plan the best party.

 

Choose some games

All bachelorette parties need games no matter whether it is a small get-together or a huge bash.

Of course, you want to try and match the games with the theme as much as possible. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Beach blanket bingo
  • How well do you know the bride?
  • Bachelorette roulette
  • Pin the kiss on the Mister
  • Beer pong with fancy glasses
  • Never have I ever

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Secure transportation for the partygoers

No matter how many people you have and where you end up, you want to make sure everyone has a safe ride home. Your friends will appreciate it too. Plan for a party bus, limo, or hire an all-night Uber.

 

Some great spots to party

The list is endless in New York, but you want something that will fit your needs.

Some of the rooftop venues are for large groups while others can only handle a few. We found a few nice spots to choose from.


#1 Refinery Rooftop

Known as the crown jewel and named #1 Rooftop Bar & Hotel for three years, this chic spot has views of the Empire State Building and Manhattan like you cannot get anywhere else.

The indoor/outdoor floor plan holds 80 guests indoors, 100 in the atrium, and 80 on the outdoor terrace.

You also get a variety of amenities like:

  • DJ booth
  • Entertainment
  • Sound system
  • Fireplace
  • Flatscreen TVs
  • Sushi bar
  • Kosher food
  • Photo booth
  • Private elevators
  • Retractable roof
  • Wi-Fi

www.refineryhotelnewyork.com

 

#2 Monarch Rooftop

If you have a huge guest list (and budget), check out the Monarch Rooftop on West 35th with room for 200 in the Skylight Lounge or 100 on the Royal Terrace.

They both have party planning, delicious cocktail appetizers, and a variety of drinks. Located on the 18th floor, this place is one of the best with views like no other.

www.monarchrooftop.com

 

#3 The Crown

For a smaller guest list, on the 21st floor of Hotel 50 Bowery, you can find the majestic Crown.

They can seat up to 50 guests for dining or host up to 100 standing, and the views of the city from the top of this building are stunning, to say the least.

They also have catering and drinks for each of their two terraces.

www.thecrownnyc.com


Take pictures

Regardless of where you choose to party, make sure you party responsibly so you can have fun without worry.

And take a lot of photos to share on social media. This is one party you will not want to forget.

Lastly, if you enjoyed reading about the best rooftop venues for a Bachelorette party in New York, take a look at a few other Rooftop options: Best NYC Rooftop Bars for Your Night Out.


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Best off-beat musical venues in New York

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Come explore some of the best off-beat musical venues in New York for locals and curious visitors! You’ll be sure to have a great time!

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Today, we will share with you some hot tips of the best off-beat musical venues in New York that you have to add to your to Must-See spots in town!

New York officially adopted the nickname “The Big Apple” in 1971 to woo tourists, and what an incredible job it’s done!

The city finds a place in most travel itineraries of people traveling to the US, and for good reason.

It’s rammed with famous musical venues, right from Carnegie Hall to Bowery Ballroom. All of which do their bit to attract music enthusiasts in large numbers.

However, just like all cities, NYC has some less ‘touristy’ musical venues too. Places that few non-locals actually know about.

So, if you’re a New Yorker or just an audiophile, read on to take a closer look at some of the slightly more ‘off-beat’ musical destinations the city has to offer…


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As a music lover hunting for ‘outside the box’ tourist destinations in NYC, you cannot afford to miss these 4 tourist spots off your itinerary…

 

#1 Pete’s Candy Store

Pete’s Candy Store stands on Lorimer Street in Brooklyn.

And, even though it’s not the biggest tourist hot-spot, it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to music. In fact, it hosts musical performances!

Book yourself a ticket & you can help yourself to cocktails, snacks, and sandwiches, all whilst listening to a music performance.

But you know the best part? They’re free to attend!

The venue also hosts an open mic every Sunday, Quizzo on Wednesdays, and a reading competition called Dead Pete’s Society (a society to remember past poets) on a Friday.

Location: 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY

https://www.petescandystore.com

 

#2 Jalopy Theater

Fans of traditional folk music & live performances, need to get themselves to the Jalopy Theater.

Besides folk music itself has roots across other genres including country, bluegrass etc., so there’s a high chance it’ll be a vibe that most will enjoy.

You could also attend one of its many festivals like Roots n’ Ruckus Fest, The Brooklyn Folk Festival, and Midwinter Jug Band Rendezvous.

To make things even more interesting, they even offer adults classes and workshops, giving you the chance to learn various musical instruments like the banjo, fiddle, harmonica, guitar, and mandolin.

Location: 317 Columbia Street, Brooklyn

https://jalopytheatre.org

 

#3 Barbes

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Barbes, a combination of bar and performance space, has hosted more than 18,000 performances ever since its opening in 2002.

The venue first came about because of two French expatriates, who wished to provide a space for non-commercial musical projects.

In essence, it’s a small clubroom with a focus on the worldwide music scene.

There’s always some form of cultural music playing, be it Western classics, more American style genres or even music from places far as France or Brazil.

You can jump into events here from Monday to Friday between 5 PM to 2 AM and Saturday and Sunday between 2 PM to 2 AM.

Location: 376 9th Street, Brooklyn

https://www.barbesbrooklyn.com

 

#4 Flushing Town Hall

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Flushing Town Hall is a landmark in Queens (NYC) that’s steeped in history.

Aside from serving as a bank, jail, courthouse, and assembly hall, it’s now known for being a multidisciplinary venue for music & the arts.

Today, the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) looks to encourage jazz performances; the hall itself has been host to some of the best jazz performances in the USA!

Today, it hosts a whole range of musical events, showcasing all the various musical traditions from across the globe.

Plus, while you’re there, you could also enjoy Korean, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, American, and Taiwanese cuisines, as food is served regularly too.

Location: 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing

https://www.flushingtownhall.org


So yeah, that’s 4 lesser-known musical event destinations you can find tucked away in New York – AKA: The Big Apple!

Oh, and if you enjoyed this post, and you’re a Jazz Lover, be sure to check out these Must-See Jazz Spots In Harlem and our amazing Youtube video on them!


Credits: All images courtesy of the venues and Edward Eyer

8 Top Reasons Why You Should Visit NYC

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There are so many amazing places to visit, but New York City is definitely at the top of the list. Here are the top reasons why you should visit NYC.

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There are endless things to see and do in this city that never sleeps, and you could easily spend weeks exploring its neighborhoods. There is something for everyone in NYC. Here are the top reasons why you should visit NYC.


#1 It is Always an Exciting Experience to Watch Live NBA Matches

If you are a basketball fan, then visiting NYC is the best way to follow your favorite teams playing in person.

It doesn’t matter if you prefer watching the New York Knicks or other visiting teams play at Madison Square Garden throughout the season, as this is always one of the most popular sporting events in NYC.

You will always find NBA tickets in NYC to purchase whenever you want to attend an exciting game of your favorite sport.

Ensure to check different websites for discounted NBA tickets to get the lowest price before finalizing your purchase.

 

#2 New York City is a Vibrant and Exciting Place to Spend Time

NYC bustles with energy from morning until the early hours of the morning. The city never sleeps, and there is always something going on here.

It’s full of iconic landmarks, including the famous Empire State Building, Times Square and the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as a wide variety of museums, parks, shops, and other attractions that will appeal to all kinds of people.

 

#3 NYC Has Some Excellent Shopping Opportunities

There are many great shops selling everything from clothes and jewelry to art, antiques, and collectibles throughout New York City that will appeal to all kinds of visitors.

Whether you prefer the excitement of Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan or more unusual boutiques scattered through different neighborhoods in the city, you will find it all!

Some recommendations would be the amazing local vintage and thrift shops where you’ll find the most unique pieces!

 

#4 The World-Famous Museums of New York City are Full of Unique Exhibits

The museums in NYC are some of the best globally, with options for everyone, including children to vintage car enthusiasts.

There are so many fascinating art galleries and unique specialty museums that you could easily spend days or even weeks visiting all of them.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a glimpse into different cultures worldwide to smaller, more specialized exhibits like the Tenement Museum telling stories about daily life over 100 years ago.

There is something new to discover whenever you visit NYC’s museums.

 

#5 Eating out in NYC is Always an Exciting Experience

NYC has some of the most diverse dining options anywhere in the world, with eateries representing more than 60 countries around the globe.

Whether you prefer to dine at Greek, Italian, or Chinese restaurants or go out for Mexican food, there are many excellent choices throughout this city.

There are also plenty of interesting ethnic restaurants offering everything from Indian cuisine to Middle Eastern dishes located throughout New York City that will appeal to all kinds of visitors.

 

#6 New York City is Full of Friendly People

Despite of the “urban legends”, the locals in our fantastic city are some of the friendliest people you’ll meet anywhere. And, they’ll always go out of their way to make you feel welcome during your visit.

They’re proud of their city and enjoy sharing its many delights with new arrivals.

So, don’t be surprised if you’re offered recommendations for places to visit. Or even, sample traditional meals by the locals here whenever you come for a vacation or business trip.

 

#7 New York City is One of the Most Exciting and Lively Places Globally

Even though much of the city shut down at night or on weekends, New York City still has a beautiful 24/7 vibe. There are people around every corner and always something going on.

There is no better way to explore this fascinating place than by wandering through its streets and exploring new places at all times of day or night.

New York City truly offers an experience like no other.

 

#8 Inspiration Can Be Found Throughout New York City

NYC is full of inspiration, and there is no better place for people who love to create art or write stories than here.

The city’s countless attractions offer endless possibilities for those who want to explore the world around them. And, there are innumerable cafes and other places where writing can happen daily.

Whether you’re inspired by historical events that took place at landmarks like the 9/11 Memorial Museum or you prefer romantic old theaters like those on Broadway, NYC offers an inspiring backdrop.

When you come to New York City, there is so much that this fantastic city has to offer.

Whether you’re looking to relax and enjoy some time away from home or are looking for a place where there’s always something new to do, NYC is an ideal destination.


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How to Prepare for Your Moving Day in NYC: Tips for Executing a Flawless Move

How to Prepare for Your Moving Day in NYC Tips for Executing a Flawless Move

Moving from point A to point B within the City of New York is tricky even on the best of days. So, today we’ll help to prepare for your moving day in NYC with priceless tips for executing a flawless move!

How to Prepare for Your Moving Day in NYC Tips for Executing a Flawless Move

When you’re just changing to another address in the same city, your responsibilities aren’t limited to the regular checklist you need to tick off when moving. So, let’s talk about how to prepare for your moving day in NYC!

Instead, you’ll also have to deal with frustrating local laws, traffic, and people on both ends of your trip.

But before you lose hope, you should know that there are ways to make things easier for yourself.

All you have to do is make sure you’re ready well before the moving day in NYC comes along.


So, how to Get Ready for Your Moving Day in NYC?

Executing a flawless move in New York takes some research and a good amount of street smarts. So, let’s see how we can make your moving day less stressful.

 

#1 Book Your Movers on Time

For such an enormous city, New York doesn’t really have that many reputable moving companies. So, anyone looking to have a stress-free moving day ought to book their movers on time.

If possible, you should start researching for movers in New York City several weeks or even months ahead of your move.

Once you have a list of companies you might use, make sure to get cost estimates from each.

To get proper quotes, your movers will need to know whether there are elevators or just stairs in the buildings you’re moving in and out of.

Also, if walking is the only option, you might want to let the movers know how many flights of stairs they’ll be looking at.

Even if we’re talking about buildings with elevators, having a freight elevator at your disposal would certainly be an advantage during your move.

On top of that, the time of the move may further affect your final price, as would any additional insurance.

But, of course, these are all things you should discuss with the movers before you book them.

 

#2 Dispose of the Items You No Longer Want

As your moving day draws closer, you’ll probably want to hit up some local businesses for cardboard boxes.

But, once you start filling them, you’ll find that not everything in your apartment will end up at your new place.

At that point, you’ll be presented with two options — either hand the items off to someone else or chuck them in the trash.

Of course, some items will simply be too big to jam into a trash container.

Luckily, the New York Department of Sanitation has a handy tool on its site that will tell you how you can dispose of different items.

At the same time, that’s not to say that you need to arrange for a curb side pickup of your old pieces of furniture.

There are other ways to get rid of items that are still usable. Namely, you could sell or even give them away for free on Craigslist and similar platforms.

 

#3 Consider New York’s Parking Regulations

New York City is a busy place. The last thing you’ll want to hear on your moving day is someone yelling at you to move along while you’re trying to help the movers unload your stuff.

That’s why you should understand the parking regulations that will affect your move.

Don’t be surprised if someone comes and writes you up for blocking the entrance to your new building for more than three hours.

Legally, that is the amount of time you’ll have for both loading and unloading.

So, you’ll want to work fast! Luckily, your movers should be pretty helpful in that regard.

Needless to say, someone will need to stay with the mover’s vehicle at all times.

On top of that, you’ll probably need a good parking spot, especially if you’re moving to or from the Lower Manhattan Blue zone, the Garment District, or Midtown.

Each of those areas has additional parking restrictions you should keep in mind.

 

#4 Notify Your Neighbors In Advance

To make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, you should make a point of telling your neighbors that you’re moving on both ends of your route.

First and foremost, you’ll want to speak with the building management. They’ll fill you in on any restrictions you might have to deal with.

If you’re not too familiar with the area you’re moving to, ask if there’s a loading dock and service elevator. That kind of information will also help the movers prepare.

Secondly, you could also let your neighbors know the exact date and time of your move. You can either speak to them in person or put up some signage.

Either option should alleviate people’s frustration if the movers end up blocking the sidewalk.

Of course, some may interpret a written notice as an invitation to “borrow” stuff from the mover’s vehicle. But having someone with the truck at all times should prevent such occurrences.

If you live in an area where people park wherever they want to, you can also state that you will call a tow company if the movers can’t park near the building on the day of the move.

You’re leaving anyway, so you might as well burn those bridges while you’re at it.

 

#5 Have Snacks and Beverages On Hand

The weather in New York City can be pretty harsh, especially if you’re moving in the summer or winter months. So, you might want to get some snacks and drinks on hand for both you and your movers.

Juice and water are always refreshing, and during the colder months, you could also have tea or coffee in a thermos.

As for snacks, sandwiches and energy bars are a good option. Alternatively, you can buy chips and similar options at the store a day or two before the move.

In any case, keeping everyone’s energy up should make your move pretty easy.

When all your stuff is at your new place, make sure you thank your movers with a tip.

Generally, people should set aside about 5% of the total moving costs, which usually amounts to about $20 per person. A small price to pay for helping you deal with a stressful New York move!


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8 Things You Can Do in New York That Will Make Your Trip Special

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People moving to New York normally visit the city to get a taste of the Big Apple’s famous sites and masterpieces. But most people miss out on the real excitement. So today we’ll share with you 8 things you can do in New York that will make your trip special.

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New York has several secret treasures that require some digging to know them. After checking off all the must-see touristy spots – which are countless, now it’s time to explore what NYC is really about!

Whether you are visiting or planning to relocate there, there are so many hidden germs in New York you need to explore.

And, as you all know, we are ALL about off-the-beaten-path spots to make your time in NYC even more special and juicy!

Below are 8 things you can do in New York that will make your trip so special.


#1 Tour the Whispering Gallery

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The Whispering Gallery, inside Grand Central Station, is among the most popular hidden treasures in New York.

It is also known as the most romantic secret treasure you can visit in New York.

It is constructed in a circular wall to allow whispered communication from all parts of the internal sides.

The mysterious walls allow the sound to travel across the round ceiling.

Thus, when two individuals stand at slanting arches, they can clearly hear each other’s whispers. To ensure you do not miss the true excitement of New York, you need to visit the Whispering Gallery.

We also offer an amazing tour called “Secret Behind The Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour”, where you’ll be able to have the full story behind this iconic spot!

 

#2 Take a Ferry ride to Governors Island

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Another great site worth visiting is Governors Island.

The island in New York Harbor has a rich history and is full of family activities. Whether you are touring New York or a newcomer, it is a place worth your time.

The island used to be a military outpost for centuries.

By taking the ferry ride from Manhattan or Brooklyn, you will enjoy a trip around the island. It is a great place to be if you want to get away from the city’s noise and stress.

Governors Island is popular with New Yorkers during summer Weekends.

But, if you visit the place during weekdays, you might have the island all alone.

You can decide to rent bikes, have a picnic, or choose to explore the island on foot. The Island is one of the hidden charms in New York.

Oh, just a quick bonus tip: The Staten Island Ferry is one of the best FREE attractions in NYC…and the view of the Statue of Liberty and of downtown Manhattan is priceless!

 

#3 Take a trip to the Elevated Acre

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If you are planning to move to New York City, hiring commercial movers will make the process stress-free.

They will ensure your office or home belongings reach unspoiled.

Once you have settled, you need to take a trip to the Elevated Acre!

As the name suggests, the Elevated Acre is a green space on an elevated level – 55 Water Street.

It is an outstanding place to escape the chaos of the busy city streets. It has several unique features for couples and people looking for a quiet getaway.

 

#4 Visit the Smallpox Hospital, on Roosevelt Island

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Very few New Yorkers know or visit the Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island.

These are ruins of Renwick Hospital that housed the Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital. It was the center of smallpox treatment in New York City in the 1950s.

In 1975, the building was declared a city landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The building is being renovated and people visit the area to catch the aged beauty of the building.

Thus, if you are visiting New York, this might be a nice place to tour before it is turned into a different building.

 

#5 Explore the Secret Gardens of Rockefeller Center

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The Rockefeller Center has become a hotspot for travelers and newcomers.

Although it might not be flooded like other famous sites, it is an area worth visiting.

When you are at the site, you notice the ice-skating rink, the great Christmas tree, and other popular features.

If you are new to New York, explore the Secret Gardens of Rockefeller Center to see the good-looking private garden and the unbelievable views of St. Patrick Cathedral.

 

#6 Take a tour of the Old City Hall Subway Stop

If you are planning to relocate your office or family to New York, you need to ensure you move with ease.

The best way to make sure your precious items are safe is by involving office movers such as NYC movers.

They will make the moving process simple and without moving challenges. Once you have settled in New York, take a tour to the Old City Hall Subway Stop.

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The old subway stop was an energetic station in the ancient days. However, it was shut down due to its failure to be renovated in 1945. It received a low amount of traffic then and it could not be rebuilt into a modern subway.

Even though the beautiful ancient station is not open to the public, there are guided tours. You can check the schedules to be part of the visitors touring the station.

Here, you will learn a few things about the Old City Hall Subway Stop and more about the early stations.

If you want some help from the Pro’s, we also have another amazing tour called “Underground New York Subway Tour”, where you’ll learn everything about the incredible New York’s underground subway system!

 

#7 Learn more about The Berlin Wall

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To learn more about the Berlin Wall, you need to take a look at a piece of the Berlin Wall in New York City.

Although some people mistake the historic art for just another piece of art, the masterpiece is done by German artists and consists of concrete slabs of the original Berlin Wall.

 

#8 A visit to Alexander Hamilton’s Grave

Another off-beaten-path spot in New York City is the gravesite of Alexander Hamilton and his wife Elizabeth.

You will find their graves at Trinity Church Cemetery.

Many guests visit the site to pay their last respect. Alexander Hamilton was one of the founding fathers of the United States.

There are many other famous figures in the Trinity Church cemetery.

Thus, it is a great place to visit with family and friends. As you visit the cemetery, make sure to enter the church to see the gorgeous interior of church.


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Getaways from NYC: The Best Road Trips within 3 Hours of NYC

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Check out the best road trips within 3 hours of NYC and plan an exciting and relaxing weekend away from all the city’s buzz!

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Long work hours and busy schedules can be a huge cause of stress. So, today we will share some getaways from NYC that can be the best road trips to have fun away from the city!

study conducted in 2020 by the World Health Organization determined that these long work hours can be unhealthy and taking a vacation or going away on a road trip can do wonders for both physical and mental health.

But what are some good getaways within a three-hour drive from New York City?


The Catskills (2 Hours by Car)

The Catskills are a mountain range in southeastern New York. It is most known for its nature preserve, wildlife, hiking trails, ski resorts, and more. It is a perfect place to get some fresh air outside of the city.

Even though it’s only 2 hours away, because it’s a rocky terrain, choosing a truck over a city car would be a smart step; after all, pickup trucks can handle dirt roads better. In the summer months, there are incredible trails to hike or bike on with beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes.

Such spots as Kaaterskill Falls and Sunset Rock are very popular spots due to their natural beauty. There are also a lot of incredible places in the Catskills for swimming with a number of lakes, ponds, creeks, and swimming holes in the area that attract tourists.

The winter months have just as much to offer. In the Catskills, you will find some popular resorts for skiing and snowboarding. There are also opportunities to go snowshoeing through the snowy mountains and woods for some truly incredible and unique views.

Atlantic City (2 Hours by Car)

Atlantic City is a resort city that sits right on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey.

What was once a seedy place that most would avoid at all cost, this city has slowly improved itself over the years and is now a glamorous, must-visit on the east coast.

Because the city is still trying to shake off its old, questionable reputation, everything is relatively affordable. Within the city, you will be able to find many different delicious restaurants, incredible spas, lavish hotels, and entertaining casinos.

All at prices that won’t end up breaking the bank. The city also has the world’s oldest boardwalk, which can make for a lovely place for a walk.

Hudson Valley (90 Minutes)

Hudson Valley is a region in New York State that is full of farms, orchards, and wineries. Yes, within 90 minutes of New York City there are over twenty different wineries just waiting to be visited.

Outside of the wineries, the area has a lot of notable restaurants, historic landmarks, gorgeous Estates to enjoy  for down time, art museums, beautiful state parks and nature reserves, world-class farmers markets, and orchards where you can pick your own fruit.

Whatever it is that a person might like to do on a weekend getaway, the Hudson Valley area probably has it.

Take a day trip there, up from the city or stay in one of the area’s fantastic hotels for a whole long weekend and experience all that this beautiful part of New York has to offer.


It can be very beneficial to go on a vacation or getaway, but it can be hard to know where to go and what to do.

Whether you want to take a day trip, go for a long weekend, or a whole week, there is a lot you can do within driving distance of New York City that will help you relax and unwind.


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Luxury New York Hotels that are Perfect for Families

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Are you starting to plan a trip to New York City with kids? If so, take a look at a few luxury New York hotels that are perfect for families!

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Just because you’re traveling to New York with your family, it doesn’t mean that a luxury experience is out of the question.

Adults with children or teenagers should get to have an indulgent trip too, which is fun for everyone.

So, if you’re planning on being in New York City with your family, you need a suitable place to stay. There are various options for accommodation, but hotels are ideal when you want to be cared for a little.

You don’t have to cook or clean while staying in a hotel, and it’s a fun experience for the kids too.

Take a look at these luxury New York Hotels that are perfect for families:


The Muse New York

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Located in Midtown Manhattan, The Muse is a fantastic hotel choice if you’re looking for a quieter spot for your family.

You can enjoy leafy parks, beautiful views, and hidden nooks and crannies.

At the same time, it’s only a few minutes walk from Times Square, Broadway, Central Park, and more.

The hotel itself is a trendy option, with some excellent family-friendly perks. There are lots of rooms with two beds, including rooms in corner clusters.

Kids get a toy at check-in, plus there are babysitting services available for when parents want to escape.

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The St Regis New York

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The St. Regis has been open since 1904. In 2013, major renovations were carried out, with help from many consultants and contractors, including Peter DiTommaso and his company Interstate Drywall Corporation.

Today, the hotel combines both historical and modern styles. It’s a Marriott hotel that has plenty of rooms and suites with multiple beds, making it a great choice for families.

You can choose a room with two double beds or even the presidential suite with two bedrooms if you’re feeling particularly fancy.

Nearby family activities include Central Park, Bryant Park, The High Line, and the Staten Island Ferry.

www.marriott.com/the-st-regis-new-york

 

Four Seasons Hotel New York

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The suites at the Four Seasons are ideal for families, with the Gotham Junior Suite offering a king, two doubles, and space for a crib or rollaway bed too.

Their concierge can create the perfect family itinerary for you and there’s babysitting for when you want some adult time.

Children get welcome amenities when you arrive, and there’s a games and DVD library to keep them entertained.

They also get complimentary coloring books and toys. You can even keep them safe with childproofing items available for your room.

www.fourseasons.com/newyork

 

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

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The Gansevoort in the Meatpacking district is a modern hotel with a year-round heated rooftop pool.

If that’s not enough to tempt you, the hotel is full of handy tech, from the Google Nest Hub to a fitness MIRROR for in-room workouts.

The hotel can provide sofa beds, free for children under 13, and baby supplies such as cribs, diapers, and bath amenities.

It’s also a pet-friendly hotel, so even your furry four-legged family member can come.

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New York City’s luxury hotels do everything they can to cater to their guests, including being welcoming to families. Find one you love for your next trip.

If you enjoyed this post about luxury New York Hotels that are perfect for families, but you’re going to New York City on a romantic trip, take a look this post: “Top 10 Romantic Hotels In New York To Escape To”.


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Here’s What’s Next For NYC’s Food Scene

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Curious to know what’s next for NYC’s Food Scene? Well, take a look below so we can tell you all about it! Get ready to enjoy!

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New York City’s food scene is like no other in the world: locals equally rave about hot dogs from hot dog carts and eclectic cuisine from Michelin-starred restaurants, all in the same breath.

And while the Big Apple’s food culture doesn’t need much to improve it, experts and food enthusiasts are predicting that new NYC food trends are going to shake things up to gain the interest of even the most jaded foodie in the city.

Here’s what’s next for NYC’s vibrant and eclectic food scene.


Nostalgic Comfort Foods

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During times of uncertainty, people tend to gravitate towards comfort food, especially comfort food from their youth.

A recent poll has found that two in three Americans ate more comfort food in 2020. And, people will be seeking more of this type of food: 69 percent said that they’ll continue to enjoy the same amount of comfort food in the coming years.

This means that New Yorkers may see more hearty fare offered in their favorite bistros, cafes and restaurants. For example, a deep dish chicken pot pie or a lasagna cooked in a spring form pan, breakfast pizza, mac & cheese, and chili – all possible to emulate at home with a non-stick pan.

Immunity-Boosting Foods

As people are looking for ways to stay healthy, it’s likely that renowned NYC food institutions will be offering more food and drinks with natural immunity boosters.

Be on the lookout for salads with a lot of ingredients that can build up the immune system, such as citrus fruits, broccoli, and bell peppers. Ginger is also about to become a star ingredient. It can help to decrease inflammation and reduce the symptoms of various respiratory illnesses.

Think warming soups such as cream of squash and roasted ginger, or pickled ginger as a side dish.

Dessert could be a ginger ice cream, such as the one that can be found at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. NYC restaurants can elevate this treat by serving it with whipped coconut cream and lychees.

Eclectic Twist on Classic Favorites

NYC foodies are about to go on a food adventure: a lot of classic favorites, such as burgers and pizza, are predicted to undergo an eclectic makeover.

Think New York style pizza with kimchi, ramen burgers, or Thai-style fries, which are fries cooked with spices, peanut oil, peanut butter, lime juice, and fish sauce.

Dessert bars are also predicted to offer more ice cream with international flavors, such as ube, which is a type of purple yam that comes from the Philippines, red bean paste, which is a favorite in South Korea, and miso, which is a mainstay in Japanese dishes.

NYC’s food scene is about to get even more interesting. And, we’re about to see more classic comfort foods, healthy meals, and diverse ingredients offered by popular and up-and-coming institutions.

Be on the lookout for these trends and indulge your taste buds with the best NYC treats.


So, Can You Afford to Move to NYC?

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Many people dream of packing up their life, getting out of that one-horse town, and starting anew in New York City, and why wouldn’t they? But, can you afford to move to NYC?!

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As the cultural capital of the world, New York has something for everybody, but the question is: Can you afford to move to NYC?

Like any big city, you need to be able to afford it, and while you’ve romanticized boho dreams of the struggling artist, there is nothing glamorous about struggling to make ends meet.

Our founder, Fernanda, did THE move almost 6 years ago and has quite an exciting story to share!

Before making your move to the Big Apple, here’s what you need to know.


Fix Your Finances

Fixing your finances is vital before you make any significant move. So, it’s not wise to make your move while still partying off debts, especially considering how expensive New York can be.

There are solutions to help you, though.

For example, the Debt to Success System is completely legitimate, and it can assist in fixing your finances and providing crucial debt relief to make you more confident before making your move.

Another idea is to start putting together a thorough spreadsheet where you can start listing all your future expenses to understand what your monthly cost would be. With that number in mind, it will be easier to start planning.


Know The Neighborhood

There are plenty of neighborhoods across New York. Some of them are hip and fun, whereas others have seen better days. This might be something that appeals to you, so it’s worth knowing where you want to live, and whether that’s even possible.

For families, Metropolitan New York is the best place to go, but if you want to be close to culture and the financial hub, there is nowhere more suitable than Manhattan.

However, you could also consider Brooklyn and Queens, while Staten Island and the Bronx are enjoying something of a regeneration, with plenty of low-income housing available to help mitigate the initial costs.


Finding a Job

There are plenty of jobs in New York, but this could depend on what you’re looking for.

Many people come to New York to live their dream. They want to get into TV, or they want to take Broadway by storm. While there’s nothing wrong with having these dreams, the competition can be fierce and brutal.

Don’t expect to be able to waltz in and have your pick of the jobs available unless you have arranged beforehand, whether you’re a US citizen or someone coming in on a working visa.

There are ways to supplement your income in the interim, with hospitality opportunities in abundance. Well,  it’s actually something to keep your eyes on and follow the post Covid scenario.


Making Concessions

As of last year, the average rent for a two-bed apartment in the city is $2,499, while studio and one-bedroom places are $1,889 and $2,098 for the month. This means, if you want to afford to live in NYC, you’ll need to make several concessions.

Apartment sharing is popular (and necessary), while you may also have to give up luxuries.

Some of these luxuries won’t matter, such as your car because of the wealth of transport options, but you may also need to give Netflix a miss too, at least until you find your footing.


The City So Nice

There are uncountable reasons why so many people flock to New York City every year with dreams of making it big or even experiencing one of the most exciting places in the world.

The city can be as expensive as you make it, but you’ll still need to have a decent backup of funds before you arrive.

So, start planning yourself and don’t forget to count on unexpected expenses…they always show up in New York City! Plan, plan and plan!


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