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Exploring A Bit Of New York: 3 NYC Hidden Gems

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In New York City, overcrowding is just something to get used to. However, with a bit of insider information, it’s easier to find a place shrouded in a bit of obscurity. Check out 3 NYC hidden gems!

We love New York City (dur, obviously…), and exploring the behind the scenes NYC secrets gems is what keep our eternal curiosity going and fiercely alive!

Every door you open can take you into an entire new universe and experience.

You’ll feel like you’re in on some kind of secret when you head to one of these destinations below.

Here are three NYC hidden gems, part of the best spots in New York City!


The Garret West

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The Garret West is a bar hidden on top of Five Guy’s, over on Bleecker Street, in the West Village.

A white, rustic atmosphere with tons of artwork welcomes you to this speakeasy-style bar.

The craft cocktails have unique names and flavors such as the “Hey Girl” accented by mezcal, elderflower liqueur, Prosecco and strawberries. The intimate atmosphere will make this place one of your go-to bars.

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 5pm – 1am
Thursday & Friday: 5pm – 2am
Saturday: 2pm – 2am
Sunday: 2pm – 1am

Location: 296 Bleecker Street

www.thegarretwest.com


La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez Community Garden

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 3 NYC Hidden Gems La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez Community Garden

Located in the East Village, La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez Community Garden community garden is the perfect spot to unwind and take a deep breath.

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, this is a fantastic destination or meeting spot. They partake in urban agriculture like composting and rain water collection, which is great to see.

There are even a few events held here, and the vibrancy is sure to guarantee your return.

Hours: Public hours are 10am – 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays, April 1st – October 31st, and when the gate is open and members are present.

Location: 9th Street & Avenue C

http://laplazacultural.com


Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 3 NYC Hidden Gems Roosevelt Island Tram by NoelYC
By: Courtesy of Noel Y. C.

Since the Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram services is mostly for residential area, it isn’t super popular with tourists. However, it offers a great view of the Manhattan’s breathtaking skyline, and a bit of a thrill at the same time.

It uses the MetroCard system and has a comparable fare to the subway at around $2.75 per ride.

Have a bit of fun 3,100 feet above the city! Oh, and be sure to have you iPhone or cameras ready!

Location: East 59th Street & 2nd Avenue

https://rioc.ny.gov


Moreover, transportation in the city can be chaotic. That goes without saying, right?!

You can flag down a taxi, try your luck with ride share services or do the smart thing and reserve a form of professional transportation when you’re planning out your adventure.

With a limousine, party bus, or car service, you aren’t going to have to worry about finding a designated driver or navigating the streets. One of the services you can hire is the NYC Party Bus, which will make a big difference!

Elevating your experience in the city is easy to do when you keep this arsenal of tips handy, so enjoy!

Finally, if you’re coming to NYC and you’re looking for Concierge Services, see how our we can help you out! Now, if you’re a company looking for Corporate Concierge Services, contact our experts to assist you.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel. Y. C. and the venues
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Cheryl Wat: From Marketing & Finance To A NYC Food Influencer

Curiosities Insider Interviews Cheryl Wat

Cheryl Wat went from Marketing & Finance to becoming a NYC Food Influencer! Take a look at her 7 secret New York City tips and be sure to add them to your To-Go spots!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Cheryl Wat

Cheryl Wat was born and raised on Long Island, but now lives in Queens. She graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Marketing and Finance and has 10 years of marketing experience working in the Finance industry as an Analyst in Marketing Research and Product Management.

During this time, Cheryl’s boyfriend wanted to open a restaurant. She became interested in learning about influencer marketing and using social media as a means to build his restaurant’s brand awareness and anticipation of its opening. To do this, she realized that she had to open up her own Instagram food account.

In July 2016, Cheryl established Book of Eats on Instagram and as a site, with the initial focus being restaurants, food, and beverages primarily in NYC area.

As she shared her dining experiences, she realized a community of people was being built who share the same interests. Since then, Book of Eats has expanded to travel, food around the world, and interesting food/travel related news.

See below her 7 secret New York City tips:


Trademark Taste & Grind

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“I love how this Midtown restaurant, called Trademark Taste & Grind is hidden behind a coffee shop. It’s one of the few places near Penn Station that I can think of with good food, isn’t touristy, and that I would want to bring someone.”

Yup! They are known for their delicious food, coffee and cocktails. The front area of the restaurant – Trademark Grind – is a coffee shop with a great selection of pastries and coffees. Walking towards the back area, you’ll find Trademark Taste serving new American comfort food.

It’s located in the Hotel Le Soleil.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7am – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 11pm

Location: 38 West 36th Street

www.trademarktaste.com


Fry Guys

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

“Fry Guys is a super cool retro looking French fry spot in the East Village with vinyl records all around the floors, walls, and ceiling. There’s even disco balls hanging from the ceilings. If you come here get the Drunk Guy, its fries are loaded with guacamole, bacon and cheese.”

These guys are really experts when the subject is “fries”. Their food is gluten-free fries and made from delicious Idaho Russet potatoes. How do they make it? They hand-cut everything, season it and perfectly fry it to get that crunchy texture.

The décor of the place is also fantastic and it’s vintage kinda look will take you back decades. It’s most certainly a nostalgic feeling.

This is the place to splurge and forget your diet! Forget about calories and just be happy! Ha! After all, as they say ‘Every day is FryDay!’.

Location: 150 East 2nd Street


Gaijin, now Koyo

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“Gaijin is the only place in Astoria that I know of with a legit omakase sushi menu. I love the whole experience of sitting at the counter, interacting with the Chef, and being told the preferred way of eating the sushi is with my hands like in Japan. I can’t think of any other restaurants like this in Astoria, but in the city I definitely can.”

Chef Mark, a Chicago-native, is the artist behind it all. His outstanding culinary career gave him enough experience to open Gaijin – the result of his take on modern Japanese food.

Moreover, he blends his traditional Japanese cooking technique with a personal touch and inspiration. It’s known that his signature nigrizushi toppings are outstanding!

Nigirizushi (“hand-pressed sushi”) consists of an oblong mound of sushi rice that the chef presses between the palms of the hands to form an oval-shaped ball, and a topping (the neta) draped over the ball.” ~ Wikipedia

Gaijin has been rebranded to Koyo.

” The restaurant was originally opened as Gaijin which was a very popular local establishment that offers Omakase dining and robata grill a la carte menu fares. In the summer of August 2018, the team of Gaijin decided to refine what they do best, a modern omakase establishment and undergone a full update along with a new brand, Koyo.

Koyo means “Autumnal Foliage” which refers to the changing of Japanese maple tree leaves which signals the change of a seasonal. Koyo has a strong focus on seasonality and uses ingredients at its peak during that season to create a Kaiseki inspired multi-sensory dining experience.”

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 11pm

Location: 37-12 31st Avenue

www.koyonewyork.com


Vaccaro’s Bakery & Café

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS FAMOUS NYC BAKERY IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

“Vaccaro’s Bakery & Café is a bakery in Astoria, Queens, that has the most delicious “donnolis”. It’s basically a cannoli wrapped in a donut. It’s the best thing ever.”

This authentic Italian bakery was founded in 1981 and has been one of Astoria’s to-go spots. Loved by locals, they sell everything from delicious cakes, desserts and pastries, to breads and breakfast specials!

It will be hard to pick only a few things to try. But, remember you call always buy more and take home!

Location: 28-05 Steinway Street


The Last Word

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS SPEAKEASY IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

“A speakeasy in Astoria, called The Last Word, serves really good cocktails and is hidden behind a hardware store. I know in Astoria it’s well known, but I’m not sure about the general public.”

So, if you enjoy oysters paired with a good cocktail, this is the place for you! They still have a great menu with beer, wine and a few bites to nibble on.

They explain that: “Our name comes from the gin-based prohibition-era cocktail called, The Last Word.”

And still, if you enjoy Soul, Rhythm and Blues, they have it live, every Thursday night. It’s definitely a place to got more than once! You’ll love it!

Location: 31-30 Ditmars Blvd


Shuraku

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“Of course I have to mention my boyfriend’s restaurant on here. I’d be a terrible girlfriend if I didn’t, I’m also a bit biased, but read his Yelp reviews if you don’t believe me! Shuraku is a hidden Japanese Grilling restaurant without a sign on the building. You would only know it exists if you walk up close to the building and see a menu hanging from the window. This is the only place that I know of in NY that serves gyu-katsu (deep fried breaded steak).”

We love Shuraku too and we’ve recently visited and written about them.

They are certainly a new place to have in your To-Go places in New York, especially if you’re into high-end Japanese spots with unique tasting menus!

Hours:
Wednesday: 5:30pm – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11pm
Sunday: 5:30pm – 10pm 

Location: 47 8th Avenue

www.shurakunyc.com


Jason Naylor’s murals

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Jason Naylor, in action!

“The murals all around the city by Jason Naylor. Offhand, I can only think of the one on 60th and 2nd Ave and the one on 16th and 6th Ave. I’m amazed by his graffiti work. The colors he uses are so vibrant. It’s so distinct that you don’t even need to see that it’s his work, you’ll just know.”

Jason is not only an artist, but he’s also a designer, writer and creative director. In addition, his colorful art works certainly make the city look even more beautiful and the quotes are very inspiring!

He was born in Salt Lake City, but fell in love the NY at an early age. His works can be seen in the fashion industry, as well as magazine, footwear and even in tattoos. We personally love the Statue of Liberty in his left arm!

http://jasonnaylorcreative.com


Thank you, Cheryl, for participating in our Insider Interviews and sharing with us these 7 amazing secret New York City tips!

Stay tuned for more upcoming interviews!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of the venues
*Last Update on April/2020.*

NYC Helicopter Tours & Airport Transfers

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Flying over and across New York City! If you’re looking for NYC helicopter tours and airport transfers, then, your search if finally over! We work with some of the best aviation companies in the city!

We are obviously completely in love with our beautiful concrete jungle and every little corner in it. Walking around the city and even going to many of the same spots never gets old but, how about exploring New York and surroundings through a different point of view? From above! We love going on Helicopter Tours in NYC!

One of the most breathtaking experiences you’ll ever have in New York City is from a helicopter! Kinda touristy? Maybe! But certainly worth the adventure, since we do have unique experiences!

Seeing the city from high up in the sky is certainly priceless, besides giving you some pretty good Instagrammable shots!

This is certainly the ultimate NYC helicopter experience!

Moreover,  if you need airport transfers to skip traffic, let our experts help you out! For Corporate requests, contact us.


Tour #1 – NYC Experience (Door-Off)

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A great entry level flight for those who want to get a taste of aerial photography and test out their skills, before committing to the longer, curated experiences.

This 16-minute, harbor-based flight offers signature downtown skyline views from a distinct vantage point that gets you up close and personal with Lady Liberty like no one else.

But, this experience starts way before you take flight. Check in early so you have plenty of time at the Terminal to revel in this amazing 10,000 square foot space.

It features a helicopter fuselage with an interactive floor that changes to showcase different cities below, a VR room that will take you to new heights with a click of a button. There is also a relaxing lounge areas where you can kick back with some complimentary coffee as you view our original print gallery and spectacular flight footage from around the country.

This warm welcome includes a group meeting where you map out your flight path and prepare to soar over the greatest city in the world. Within just a short two minutes after takeoff, NYC will be in your sight line so have your camera ready to capture amazing downtown landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Governor’s Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Battery Park, the Freedom Tower and NYC’s Financial District. And, there’s always time for your very own sneaker selfies that you will want to share across social media for the ultimate bragging rights…none of your friends will be able to post photos like that!

Duration: 16-19 minutes
Tour Price: $274 / person
Departs: From New Jersey
Max seats per helicopter: 5

Contact us to BOOK NOW! See more for Corporate requests.


Tour #2 – NYC Classic Experience (Door-Off)

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If you think that Tour #1 is too short and you’re still craving more, this is the one for you!

This expanded 30-minute doors-off flight allows you to customize your flight path and cover all of Manhattan at once for the ultimate NYC aerial photography experience.

The close proximity of the Kearny, NJ heliport provides amazing Manhattan skyline views and access to one of the most innovative Terminals available in the marketplace today.

As you enter the Terminal and prepare to check-in and all the perks (listed on #1).

Next, you will join your fellow flyers in the pre-flight area to meet your dedicated pilot and make a flight plan to make sure we hit all those bucket list #goals, creating a truly unique experience every single time. Don’t limit yourself to the Statue of Liberty and Battery Park. Create a shot list of your favorite spots and get your camera ready! And, the longer flight time allows your pilot to make a second pass for multiple angles, superior details and unique shots that present themselves every day. The NYC Classic offers multiple flight options all week long, and is the only flight that can get you over Central Park!

Duration: 30-33 minutes
Tour Price: $549 / person
Departs: From New Jersey
Max seats per helicopter: 5

Contact us to BOOK NOW! See more for Corporate requests.


Tour #3 – NYC Intro Experience (Doors-On)

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Considering a photo flight above NYC, but never been in a helicopter before? We have the perfect trial run for you to test the air. The NYC Intro flight is a family-friendly, doors-on, 12-minute excursion along the Hudson River that delivers a taste of our popular photo flight experience.

Prior to take-off, you and your group will check in at the state-of-the-art Terminal where you can capture “shoe selfies” from the helicopter fuselage that features an interactive floor below, step into the VR room for a virtual flight, or simply relax in the multiple lounge areas as you enjoy our original print gallery and spectacular flight footage from locations all over the country.

But, don’t get too comfy, because now it is time for the real deal. Meet your dedicated pilot and discuss your flight path before our expert staff walks you through pre-flight instructions in the safety briefing room. You are now ready to take to the air! After seeing the amazing views of downtown and Lady Liberty from this unique perspective and feeling the comfort and security of our award-winning safety protocol, we know you will be back for more.

Come on…what are you waiting for?

Duration: 12-15 minutes
Tour Price: $164 / person
Departs: From New Jersey
Max seats per helicopter: 6

Contact us to BOOK NOW! See more for Corporate requests.


Tour #4 – NYC VIP Experience (Doors-On)

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This expanded doors-on flight experience allows you to customize your flight path and cover all of Manhattan at once to deliver the ultimate NYC VIP aerial photography experience.

The VIP treatment begins immediately as you and your group are greeted at the Terminal and entertained and regaled in the amazing 10,000 square space. Take a seat in the helicopter fuselage and capture your very own “shoe selfie” with your location of choice by simply changing the interactive floor below you. Step into the VR room and take flight with the click of a button.

Relax in one of the lounge areas and enjoy our original print gallery and unique flight footage from locations all over the country. There will plenty of photo ops before you even leave the Terminal!

Next stop is the safety briefing room where you and your group will review pre-flight instructions and collaborate with your pilot to plot your course to deliver unique vantage points of some of the most iconic New York City landmarks, including Central Park.

And, thanks to the close proximity of the heliport, you’ll get amazing Manhattan skyline views just seconds after takeoff and then the views get better and better.

Duration: 24-27 minutes
Tour Price: $219 / person
Departs: From New Jersey
Max seats per helicopter: 6

Contact us to BOOK NOW! See more for Corporate requests.


Airport Transfers:

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Lastly, if you’re in a rush to the airport and just want to skip all that traffic nonsense during New York’s rush hours, let us help you!

Helicopter airport transfers are certainly the best way to get there in no time and have enough time to check-in and relax.

Contact us to BOOK NOW! See more for Corporate requests.


Videography: Renata Meirelles
Photo Credits: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of our Partner

*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

The Standing Room: One Of The Best Stand-Up Comedy Spots In LIC

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We all know that New York City is the home to some of the best stand-up comedy spots, but finding them is not necessarily easy.  The Standing Room in Long Island City – a.k.a. LIC, is one of our to-go spots for a fun night, with fantastic drinks and cool, low-key people.

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS BAR IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

There are some very well-known venues, but the behind the scenes, secret ones are surely our preference, as you know!

The Standing Room is actually the “little sister” to The Stand Comedy Club in Gramercy – that has been named by the NY Magazine, the “Best Comedy Club”.

The Standing Room is an intimate speakeasy style cocktail bar that has definitely called our attention for numerous reasons. After going there once, for a night that we weren’t really sure what to expect, we became totally obsessed with the place.

As you enter a small door (we loved it already!), you’ll find a beautiful long wooden full bar. Lights are very dim, music is pretty good, sitting area is scarce with only a few stools around the bar, but it’s actually just perfect. The bartenders are all pretty stylish and very friendly folks that’ll help you out figuring out the best drink for you.

The house is known for offering Long Island City’s premier cocktail experience, and their signature cocktails are surely worth trying! The recipes were created by the award winning Mixologists, Joji Watanabe.

One of the cocktails we always order is the “Flower” made with dry gin, lavender, elderflower and cranberry. The best? It’s served inside a super cool lightbulb (picture on image gallery)!

We’ve also tried other cocktails like the “Smoke”, made with bourbon, ancho chile, cyan and house bitters. “Truffle” is quite interesting, mixing bison grass vodka, truffle honey, muscat and grapefruit.

The list is endless, so you’ll definitely have a great time trying them all! Prices range from $11 – $13, which is pretty good too!

They don’t really serve food, except for a few bites like:

  • Cheese Board – A selection of 3 cheeses sourced from beecher’s handmade cheeses
  • Charcuterie Board – A selection of 3 cheeses sourced from beecher’s handmade cheeses accompanied by a pairing 3 artisan cured meats
  • Beef / Pork Jerky – House cured sweet pork and beef jerky
  • Steamed Cheeburger – Served on egg challah roll with vermont sharp chedder

Now! Let’s talk about the Comedy Nights! To start, it’s free!

So, what to expect from the comedians? Well, they are surely some of the best up and coming stand-up comedians in Queens, so it’s practically impossible to go wrong. Their line up is always fantastic and they usually have around 4 different performances at 2 different times – 8pm and 10pm.

Even if you decide to just hang around the see the 2nd performance, you’ll definitely see the beauty of how improve can change the course of their show.

We are sure you’ll have one of the best nights, so just grab your drink and enjoy!

If you want to take off a day to experience the neighborhood, you might want to see the 7 Best Places in LIC for Art Lovers.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 9pm
Friday – Sunday: 5pm – 11pm

Location:
4738 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, Queens


Photo Credits: Courtesy of The Standing Room
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

7 Best Places In Long Island City For Art Lovers

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You’ve done Museum Mile, hit up the Chelsea galleries on a Thursday, and perused the sidewalk art in SoHo. So, for your next art fix, head to Queens’ Long Island City for a less touristy roster of artsy offerings. See the 7 best places in Long Island City for art lovers.

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We are huge fans of Queens and we love exploring this beautiful Borough. It’s the largest Borough in size, but loses to Brooklyn regarding the total population. Yes, Brooklyn wins! Almost 50% of the neighborhood are foreigners which is an astounding number right?

We just love this diversity and everything that comes with it! Different cultures, styles, fashion, accents, languages, points of view, music, art. It’s all so inspiring!

Diane Pham and Dana Schutz, from 6sqft have put together the 7 best places in Long Island City for art lovers. The neighborhood is also know as LIC – short and intimate.

And, just because you’re crossing into Queens, don’t think you’ll be sacrificing any creativity or imprimatur.

From world-famous contemporary art collections to smaller spots like a workspace dedicated to figurative drawing.


Noguchi Museum

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It’s not uncommon for a museum to be dedicated to a specific artist, but it is rare for it to be designed and established by the artist himself, in this case Japanese American artist and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi.

In 1985, his Noguchi Museum opened, displaying what he considered the most representative examples of his life’s work and becoming the catalyst for change in the neighborhood.

In addition, a decade earlier, the artist had purchased a small photogravure plant and gas station across from his studio and filled it with his sculptures, architectural models, stage designs, drawings, and furniture designs.

After a major 2004 renovation, the museum now features two floors of indoor exhibition space, indoor-outdoor galleries, and an outdoor sculpture garden. So, temporary exhibits are now part of the programming, and these explore Noguchi’s influence on contemporary culture.

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Closed Mondays & Tuesday

Location: 9-01 33rd Road

http://www.noguchi.org 


Socrates Sculpture Park

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A block away from the Noguchi Museum is the Socrates Sculpture Park, a waterfront park and public art museum.

The location was previously an abandoned landfill and illegal dumpsite, but in 1986 a group of local artists and residents, headed up by artist Mark di Suvero, transformed the four-acre site into a public sculpture museum.

Guests have the option of a self-guided tour or a guided tour, and the organization also offers a farmers market, seasonal outdoor film screenings, and activities such as yoga, capoeira, tai chi, and kayaking and canoeing.

And, throughout the year there are plenty of performances, ranging from dance to theater to opera. Plus, it’s free and open every day of the year.

Hours: 365 days a year from 9am to sunset

Location: 32-01 Vernon Blvd

http://socratessculpturepark.org


Sculpture Center

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NYC has plenty places to see contemporary art, but this is the only such museum dedicated to contemporary sculpture.

The Sculpture Center moved to its current location in a former trolley repair shop in 2002, and today this building serves as a sculptural piece in itself.

Artist and designer Maya Lin handled the initial redesign and just a few years ago, Andrew Berman Architects expanded and renovated the building, adding an enclosed courtyard for outdoor exhibitions and events.

Furthermore, unlike many institutions, the Sculpture Center is a non-collecting museum, meaning every year you’ll get to see a fresh batch of experimental, innovative exhibits.

They commission new work, as well as present exhibits by emerging and established artists and also have a series of free public programs and events such as artist talks, open studio days, and film screenings.

Hours:
Thursday – Monday: 11am – 6pm
Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Location: 44-19 Purves Street

www.sculpture-center.org


Fisher Landau Center for Art

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Adaptive reuse is a theme when it comes to the locations of LIC arts institutions and the Fisher Landau Center for Art is no exception, housed in a former parachute harness factory.

Designed by the late English architect Max Gordon, the modern museum (which offers free admission) houses the 1,500-work contemporary art collection of Emily Fisher Landau.

Moreover, these includes the work of some of the past 50 years’ most influential artists, like Andy Warhol, Kiki Smith, Glenn Ligon, Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, Jenny Holzer, and Robert Mapplethorpe, many of whom she supported early in their careers.

Also, on display is Ms. Landau’s 150-piece collection of mid-century furniture designer Warren McArthur, as well as a rotating exhibit series.

Hours:
Thursday – Monday, 12pm – 5pm
Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Location: 38-27 30th Street

www.flcart.org


Eleventh Street Arts

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Eleventh Street Arts veers from the modern to the traditional, presenting new works of drawings, paintings, and sculptures that invoke, challenge, and celebrate classical tradition.

Also unique is the fact that its exhibitions are curated by artists who lend their own interpretation to a specific style or theme such as still life, nudes, or architecture.

In addition, Eleventh Street Arts offers a chamber music series, from Chiaroscuro to Bach, and sponsors a resident chamber music artist.

Hours: Monday – Saturday: By appointment only.

Location: 46-06 11th Street

www.eleventhstreetarts.com 


Grand Central Atelier

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Adjacent to Eleventh Street Arts is the Grand Central Atelier, a collaborative workspace dedicated to figurative drawing, painting, and sculpture.

In addition to exhibitions, concerts, lectures, concerts related to this study, the organization provides rigorous training and open sketch nights, as well as artistic competitions and fellowships.

So, those interested in more formal study of the traditional art form can enroll in a full-time program that lasts up to four years.

In addition, the shorter, one-day workshops and classes, ranges in topic from self-portrait and foundations of figure drawing, to still life to the classical architecture methods of the École des Beaux-Arts.

Hours: By appointment only.
Wednesday evenings – 5:30pm
Friday afternoons – 12:30pm

Location: 46-06 11th Street

http://grandcentralatelier.org


MoMA PS1

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MoMA PS1 became an affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art in 2000. But, it’s actually one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the nation.

They’re located in an abandoned 19th-century public school building, which they often transform into site-specific works. The most well-known of which, may be their annual summer Warm Up. There, a winning entrant turns the open-air courtyard into a temporary, environmentally focused installation that accompanies a music series.

Satisfying their commitment to displaying the world’s most experimental art, past retrospectives have included Mike Kelley, Franz West, and Gordon Matta-Clark.

So, be sure to see light artist James Turrell’s permanent installation “Meeting,” one of his famed skyspaces. Plus, other long-term installations by Sol LeWitt, Cecily Brown, Alan Saret, and Richard Serra.

Hours:
Thursday – Monday: 12pm – 6pm
Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Location: 22-25 Jackson Avenue

www.moma.org/ps1


Lastly, if you are loving the idea of heading out into Long Island City, in Queens to explore these 7 best places in Long Island City for art lovers, but prefer going with a fantastic tour guide, contact us! Our experts can provide art specialists to help you around.

Plus, we work a lot with Corporate groups of all sizes, so let our experts cater a fantastic experience for your team or your clients.


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Scott Hoffmann for MoMa PS1; Nicholas Knight/©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY/ARS; Kyle Knodell for Sculpture Center, Kelly Akashi for Sculpture Center; Mariana Hernandez-Rivera for Grande Central Atelier; and all museums & galleries.
*Last Update on March/2020.*

We Love Uncovering The NYC Subway Secrets

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One of the things we love the most in New York City, is uncovering the NYC subway secrets. We compiled a few of what we most enjoyed!

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There is just so much to talk about when the subject is: NYC subway secrets. It’s hard even to know where to start from.

To start, maybe we should go back and see how it all began:


“At 2:35 on the afternoon of October 27, 1904, New York City Mayor George McClellan takes the controls on the inaugural run of the city’s innovative new rapid transit system: the subway.

At 7 p.m. that evening, the subway opened to the general public, and more than 100,000 people paid a nickel each to take their first ride under Manhattan.

IRT service expanded to the Bronx in 1905, to Brooklyn in 1908 and to Queens in 1915.

Since 1968, the subway has been controlled by the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA). The system now has 26 lines and 468 stations in operation; the longest line, the 8th Avenue “A” Express train, stretches more than 32 miles, from the northern tip of Manhattan to the far southeast corner of Queens.

Every day, some 4.5 million passengers take the subway in New York.”

~ via History.com


That said, we can still list some other peculiarities that we love about the NYC subway secrets:

1. Did you know that there are many abandoned platforms, like the one underneath 42nd street on the A/C/E line?

2.  The FDR Subway Track – Track 61 (picture above!), beneath the Waldorf Astoria Hotel is one of the most protected sites. FDR, stands for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and was used exclusively by him during his Presidency, due to his physical impairment, after contracting Polio. Even though we had to luck of going down there, today Track 61 is completely out of bounds for the public.

3. Wanderlust Projects, know for their illegal parties, that trespasses authorized areas, has organized an illegal party in an abandoned Subway Station. We love these guys!

4. Up through 2006, the New York City transit system operated an armored Money Train that took all money collected from fairs to a safe place at 370 Jay Street, Brooklyn. (You can see more at the New York Transit Museum).

5.  Joralemon Street, in Brooklyn Heights, has a fake townhouse, in the middle of several others colored ones, that hides a ventilation shaft for the Subway.

6. MTA Arts for Transit invited the sculpture Tom Otterness, in 2004, to create those beautiful little bronze creature spread through out the 14th Station and 8th Avenue. See more about his project below:

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7. The Knickerbocker Hotel was once a very acclaimed hotel, where names like F.Scott Fitzgerald and John D. Rockefeller used to “hang”. The forgotten white door at Track 1 on Times Square/42nd Street station.

8. When you get the Q Line from Dekalb into Manhattan (the abandoned Myrtle Ave station), you will be able to witness the Masstransiscope artwork by Bill Brand, installed in the year of 1980. This was once the is located in the abandoned Myrtle Ave station. Facing the front of the train, you need to sit on the left side seats.

9. We love the Underbelly Project, dating back a few years to 2009. See below where some of the most amazing works of art are secretly hidden.

10. Decommissioned in 1945, the famous City Hall Subway Station has maybe the most amazing architectural designs of all. How to see it? Stay on the 6 train after its last stop, at Brooklyn Bridge. It will continue running, and you’ll be able to see a bit from this station, when you pass by. Beware: it might get a little dark, since lights might go out at some point. Just, stay cool.

11. The Woolworth Building had an exclusive and direct access into the subway, for all the tenants. For an exclusive tour into the building, contact our experts!

12. The weird “finger-pointing” moment that every conductor does before opening the train’s doors, is simply for safety reasons, indicating that the train is completely stopped.

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13. Famous people have done fantastic works of “art” in the subway. Take a look at what Aaron from Underground_NYC has created through the dance moves of the famous Brazilian ballerina, Ingrid Silva:

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Ingrid Silva by Underground_NYC.

…there is just so much more, but we’ll leave it for a second article about the NYC subway secrets!

So, with all this, there are a few books and gadgets we’d like to recommend, if you’re into these secret subway stories and adventures like us:

1. Beneath the Streets: The Hidden Relics of New York’s Subway System
2. The City Beneath Us: Building the New York Subway
3. Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure: A TOON Graphic (Toon Graphics) (for Kids)
4. Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story
5. The New York City Subway: The History of America’s Largest and Most Famous Subway System
6. My Subway Ride (for Kids)
7. The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway
8. Sterling Industries 138-094 Double Sided Wall Clock with Map of New York Subway
9. New York Puzzle Company – New York City Transit MTA Subway Kids – 36 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle (for Kids)
10. Glossy Paper Subway Gift Bags
11. and still, a New York City Subway Map Poster Print

And last, we hope you enjoyed this post, as much as we enjoyed doing it!

Yup, we are fascinated with uncovering the NYC subway secrets!


Text Excerpts: History.com
Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and Courtesy of Underground_NYC
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Meet & Greet Lady Gaga during the Joanne World Tour

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Meet & Greet Lady Gaga in New York City – and other 45+ cities in the world – during her Joanne World Tour 2017! This will certainly be a memorable event that you’ll talk about forever!

BTSNYC Experiences Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour 2017

After performing a memorable show during the intervals of this year’s Super Bowl, Lady Gaga is getting ready for her upcoming tour called “Joanne World Tour”!

We love Lady Gaga, and we are SOOOOO excited for the New York City show. It will happen on August 28th at the Citi Field! Already working on that countdown!

But, what’s even more exciting it the exclusive VIP Meet& Greet opportunity that we are offering! So, if you’re interested in knowing further details and pricing for this super exclusive VIP Package, contact us!

Furthermore, it includes: Meet & Greet Lady Gaga, a super cool photo with her, backstage tours, soundcheck access and much more!

I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E, right!?

We do have access to over +45 cities across the globe, part of the Joanne World Tour, so contact us with your location and we’ll confirm prices and availability!

**TICKETS ARE LIMITED!!!**


See complete of cities:

Aug. 1: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
Aug. 3: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
Aug. 5: Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
Aug. 8: The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 11: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Aug. 13: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
Aug. 15: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
Aug. 19: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NB
Aug. 21: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
Aug. 23: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Aug. 25: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
Aug. 28: Citi Field, New York, NY
Sept. 1: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Sept. 4: Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
Sept. 6: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Sept. 10: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 15: Rock in Rio Festival, Rio De Janeiro, BR (on sale Apr. 6)
Sept. 22: Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, ES
Sept. 24: Hallenstadion, Zurich, CH
Sept. 26: Mediolanum Forum, Milan, IT
Sept. 29: Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, DE
Oct. 1: Sportpaleis, Antwerp, BE
Oct. 3: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, NL
Oct. 6: AccorHotels Arena, Paris, FR
Oct. 9: O2 Arena, London, UK
Oct 15: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, UK
Oct. 17: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
Oct. 21: Royal Arena, Copenhagen, DK
Oct. 23: Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, SE
Oct: 26: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, DE
Oct. 28: Lanxess Arena, Koln, DE
Nov. 5: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Nov 7: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
Nov. 10: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
Nov. 13: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
Nov. 15: Sprint Center, Kansas City, KS
Nov. 16: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
Nov. 19: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Nov. 20: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 28: Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Nov. 30: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
Dec. 1: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Dec. 3: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Dec. 5: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
Dec. 8: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Dec. 9: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Dec. 12: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Dec. 14: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT


We can’t wait to Meet & Greet Lady Gaga at the Joanne World Tour!! This will be fantastic!!!

Plus, if you enjoy all types of Meet & Greet VIP experiences, you will probably enjoy our BTSNYC Experiences! Plus, we have very exclusive Meet & Greet Dinner with Broadway Stars!

In addition, let our team of experts organize it all for you and your family. Or, if you’re a company, we can help cater to your NHW clients.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lady Gaga

15 Great Places To Visit In Astoria by Untapped New York

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Our friends at Untapped New York shared a list of 15 great places to visit in Astoria, Queens! What are you waiting for!?

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Just a few decades ago, the two major ethnic groups in Astoria were Greeks and Italians but today, it’s one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Queens. Certainly, the most diverse of the 5 New York City’s boroughs.

According to recent Census data people from nearly 100 countries live in Astoria. Nationalities range from Greeks, Italians and Mexicans to Ecuadorians, Moroccans and Egyptians–plus, everything in between.

Here are the 15 must-go-to spots in the neighborhood:

1. Architecture: Steinway Mansion
2. Architecture: Modern Art Foundry
3. Coffee Shop: Omonia Cafe
4. Endless Hookah Places: Hookah lounges along Steinway Street
5. Museum: Museum of the Moving Image
6. Museum: Noguchi Museum
7. Restaurant: Queens Comfort
8. Restaurant: El Basuero
9. Parks: Socrates Sculpture Park
10. Parks: Athens Park
11. Parks: Astoria Park
12. Historical Sites: Steinway & Sons Factory
13. Shopping: Ukulele at the Uke Hut
14. Cool Street: Steinway Street
15. Quirky Spot: Ingraham’s Mountain

Read more about each of spot on the full post by Untapped Cities!

Astoria can be a bit overwhelming if you’ve never been there, but it’s an amazing neighborhood. We have readers and clients that have been with us to private day tours and loved it all.

See how our Concierge Services and Corporate Services (for corporate groups) works!

Oh! Not sure where Astoria is located? We’ll help you out!

15 Must See Places in Astoria by Untapped Cities


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Peter Aaron/Esto and the Museum of Moving Image
Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Gastronauts Scavenger Hunt: Not an Ordinary NYC Scavender Hunt

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A Gastronauts Scavenger Hunt! Don’t get this wrong, guys…this is NOT an ordinary NYC Scavenger Hunt as all the others you’re heard about! We simply loved this!

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We all know how scavenger hunts can be boring and the same as every other one around. Usually, the tips are very simple and not very unique.

Well, the team at Gastronauts have used every neuron in their brains to put together this super unique scavenger hunt around Queens!

Yes! We love exploring other boroughs like Astoria and getting you guys outside of Manhattan too!


Take a look at how they explain it:

…Folks, this isn’t an ordinary game of Clue. This ain’t no clumsy corporate team building exercise. No way. We’ve spent weeks coming up with our own Delicious Da Vinci Code, designing our own secret dinner decoder ring, and building a back alley brainteaser that will send you crisscrossing Jackson Heights and eating up the puzzle.

How much fun will this be? Well, we have Joe diStefano of Chopsticks and Marrow and his insane knowledge of everything there is to eat and see in Queens helping us.

We have our professional game designer friends at Interactive Escapes helping us come up with the perfect Game of Gastronauts, that involves eating, drinking, and thinking.

We can’t tell you where we’ll be meeting – you’ll find out when you need to know. And the rest, well, you’ll have to figure it out.

So come hungry. Come smart. Come ready to explore Jackson Heights inside and out. Because, by the end of this you’ll have explored its nooks and crannies.


This is pretty cool, right? So, go to their website to sign up for the Gastronauts Scavenger Hunt, and see you all there!

When: October 15th
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Location: Starts at a secret location in Queens

www.gastronauts.net


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gastronauts

A 21st Century Vision For The New York State Pavilion

Curiosities City Secrets Hanging Meadows 21st Century Vision Credit Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan

We are huge fans of following what’s going in the NY design and architecture world. See a 21st Century vision for the New York State Pavilion, named Hanging Meadows.

Curiosities City Secrets Hanging Meadows 21st Century Vision Credit Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan
Hanging Meadows. Photo Credit: Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan/National Trust for Historic Preservation

Like us, our friends at Untapped New York simply love architecture! They recently shared a cool information about the a competition. Contestants has to create a 21st Century vision for the New York State Pavilion, in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park.


“In March, we announced that the National Trust for Historic Preservation would run a competition. The objective was to reimagine the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park. It was originally designed by architect Philip Johnson for the 1964 World’s Fair.

The site, an iconic landmark along Grand Central Parkway, has been popular for urban explorers – as seen in photographs of the crumbling towers and of the pavilion itself.

Furthermore, steady community activism, including a documentary film, has led to numerous local and national government initiatives over the past few years. In addition, the site has been opened up on occasion to the public.

Yesterday, at the Queens Museum, the winners of the National Trust competition were announced. The designs will be on exhibit inside the museum until August 28th.

In addition, the competition was meant to be visionary. It was meant to inspire in the public and government officials the possibilities of what the New York State Pavilion could become in the 21st century.”

The First Prize Winner:

“Perhaps the most visually stunning, we can see why “Hanging Meadows” by Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan was selected. The futuristic greenhouse makes a strong contrast with the Modernist original Pavilion, futuristic for its time in the mid-20th century.

The Pavilion becomes a base to a suspended natural environment, which would contain native plants and flowers from the northeastern United States. Plus, suspended walkways would provide paths within the greenhouse structure and give views of New York City.

Below the suspended garden, there would be a new planetarium and classroom space, which leaves room for open public access on the original floor of the structure.”


This is fantastic, right?!

The project is amazing! Their creativity is certainly inspiring and we do hope that someday this monument can come to life!

So, they have our support!

For more City Secrets, continue exploring our website!


Photo Credit: Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan/National Trust for Historic Preservation
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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