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5 Offbeat Museums in NYC You Should Visit

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You could visit the MoMA and take in the museum’s world-class modern art; or you could enjoy the medieval armor and Egyptian artifacts of The Met. But, you can also see 5 offbeat museums in NYC!

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Photo Credit: Black Paw Photo.

So, how about skipping those rudimentary Lonely Planet recommendations altogether and really jumping off the beaten path?

If you’re looking for a more unconventional approach to museum-hopping – or are simply fed up with long lines and $25-plus admission fees – Diane Pham, from 6sqft, has rounded up five unexpected experiences that only New York City insiders are keen to.

See below the 5 offbeat museums in NYC!


Harry Houdini Museum

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This tiny treasure hidden on the third floor of a Midtown building celebrates the world’s most important and influential magician, Harry Houdini.

In addition to housing a collection of several hundred of Houdini’s most important implements, including his straightjacket, a collection of handcuffs, and his escape coffin, the museum also hosts magic lectures and shows for the public.

When visiting, don’t be surprised if you run into your favorite magician or celeb, according to the museum’s site, “famous magicians hang out here every day.”

Admission: Free 

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm 

Location: 421 7th Avenue, 3rd floor, Midtown

www.houdinimuseumny.com/visit


New York Transit Museum

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Most don’t think of the NYC subway as much more that a means to get from point A to point B, but the city’s mass transit history is both rich and fascinating.

Housed in an authentic 1936 subway station beneath Downtown Brooklyn, this underground treasure covers every bit of NYC transit history – from the men who dug the subway tunnels more than 100 years ago to the technology that keeps trains running today.

Here, you can also jump behind the wheel of a city bus, sit in a vintage subway car, or take in the turnstiles of yore.

Admission:
Adults – $10
Children (2-17) – $5
Seniors 62+ – $5, Seniors are free on Wednesdays (excludes senior group visits)
Museum Members free 

Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays

Location: Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn

www.nytransitmuseum.org


Mmuseumm

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Located in a freight elevator just a few blocks south of Canal Street is a museum specializing in the “overlooked, dismissed, or ignored.”

Open every Saturday and Sunday, Mmuseumm introduces curious onlookers to everyday, unexpected, and unusual objects from around the world; recent exhibitions have included “ISIS Currency,” “Embalming Accessories,” and “The Fake U.S Fast Food Franchises of Iran.”

Permanent pieces meanwhile include a shoe thrown at George W. Bush at the Minister’s Palace in Baghdad. Just note: only three can squeeze into the museum at once.

Admission: Pay as you wish with a $5 suggested donation for regular admission.

Hours:
Saturdays & Sundays: 12pm – 6pm
Mmuseumm is visible 24/7 through the viewing windows and by calling into the audio guide 1(888) 763 8839 from your mobile phone.

Location: 4 Cortlandt Alley

www.mmuseumm.com


Museum of the American Gangster

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This diminutive, two-room museum dedicated to the history of the American gangster is very appropriately situated upstairs from a former speakeasy found along the St. Mark’s Place, in the East Village.

Beyond “newspapers, photographs and other original documents from the Prohibition Era,” the museum also keeps some incredible mob relics including John Dillinger’s death masks and bullets from the Saint Valentine’s Day massacre investigation. And still, one of the bullets that brought down bank robber Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd.

This museum is not for the faint of heart!

Admission:
*Includes guided tour.*
Adult – $20
Students & Seniors – $12
Groups of 10 and over should contact museum.

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 1pm – 6pm

Location: 80 St. Marks Place

www.museumoftheamericangangster.org


Explorer’s Club

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In theme with this list, we’d be remiss not to mention the Explorer’s Club Headquarters of New York.

Founded in 1904, the Explorers Club was created as a gathering place and a means to promote the work of those involved in the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space. The club is today housed in an 1910 Jacobean revival mansion on the Upper East Side.

It features a spectacular collection of 13,000 books, 1,000 museum objects, 5,000 maps, and 500 films. You’ll also find a trove of taxidermied animals on the top floor of the storied structure, most of which date back to the early days of the Club when taxidermy was used to preserve animals for study and education.

Back then, traveling anywhere required incredible effort, and the use of photography had not yet spread.

Admission: Free

Hours:
September through June: The Club is open to members and their guests from 9am-9pm Monday – Friday. Certain designated rooms of the Club are open to the general public from 9am-6pm.
Summer Hours (July and August): Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm
The Club is closed on Saturdays & Sundays

Location: 46 East 70th Street

https://explorers.org


We have no doubt that you enjoyed these 5 offbeat museums in NYC. So, if you want to organize a private tour for you and your family, or you want a specific type of tour catered to you, contact our experts. We are able to cater any type of tour in New York.

Plus, we’ve worked with big Corporate groups, so if you are looking for assistance for your team, or your clients, we can assist you all the way.

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of the Museusms and Black Paw Photo

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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Secret FDR Tracks beneath the Waldorf Astoria Hotel

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:

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 (picture above!), beneath the Waldorf Astoria Hotel is one of the most protected sites. FDR, stands for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and was designed exclusively for him during his Presidency.

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:

…and still:

7. The Knickerbocker Hotel was once a very acclaimed hotel, here 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 whitness 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 loooove 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 wierd “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.

…finally:

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. Estella Nursery Decor Pillow, NY Metro Card (for Kids)
9. Sterling Industries 138-094 Double Sided Wall Clock with Map of New York Subway
10. New York Puzzle Company – New York City Transit MTA Subway Kids – 36 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle (for Kids)
11. Glossy Paper Subway Gift Bags
12. 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

Zenkichi Is A Hidden Modern Japanese Restaurant In Williamsburg

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Zenkichi, a modern Japanese restaurant in Williamsburg is the perfect combination of 3 things: Japanese cuisine, in a hidden location, in Brooklyn. Perfect math, if you ask us!

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They are a modern Japanese brasserie with a fantastic traditional Omakase menu. Perfect to experience a true Tokyoite meal!

Zenkichi opened it’s “camouflaged” doors in November 2006 by a homesick Tokyo-native. It’s a modern Japanese brasserie with an authentic dining experience of popular Tokyo establishments located in Williamsburg.

It’s surely a unique dining experience, from the hidden entrance, to the buzzer used to call the waiter, to the semi-private tables. The door is camouflaged within the façade, so do be alert while looking for it and let the excitement start!

The dime lights and the privacy obviously is perfect for a date night, so if you’re in search of a place to wow your loved one, this can be it!

As they mention, the biggest emphasis is of course placed on the Omakase – chef’s tasting menu – which changes every 5 weeks with different seasonal ingredients. There is a la carte menu that also changes every 3 months.

Also, it’s the perfect place to share dishes and this way, you can try a bit of it all!

If you’re not a big sake drinker, it’s ok. They are and they are experts! Just ask to pair it perfectly for you selecting from their 30+ selection of premium sakes. You’ll be amazed with the result!

Have fun at this fantastic Japanese restaurant in Williamsburg!

If you want to read more about Zenkichi, or if you want to explore a few other hidden Japanese gems, take a look at a post we’ve done for Glamour Magazine!

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 6pm – Midnight (Last call 11:00pm)
Sunday: 5:30pm – 11:30pm (Last call 10:30pm)

Location: 77 North 6th Street

www.zenkichi.com

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Zenkichi

NYC’s Food Scene: Subway Series: Indian-inspired Tapas Popup Party

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We love NYC’s food scene and all the fantastic events hosted by renowned and upcoming Chefs throughout the city! So, how about attending a “Subway Series: Indian-inspired Tapas Popup Party”?

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It gets even better when you join food with a secret NYC spot, right? We are, obviously, the biggest fans of secret locations and uncovered spots throughout the city!

We’ve written about chef Shuchi from 29. Private Kitchen and how she’s influencing NYC’s food scene.

The day we met her, was during a super exclusive and fantastic experience called “Dinner Under the Bridge“. We met at Jane’s Carrousel, and headed to a gorgeous private table at the waterfront at sunset. Dinner started, while the entire Manhattan skyline lit up. Breathtaking!

More about her upcoming, secret popup:

“Come join Chef Shuchi’s table at a unique underground cafe for the popup of a lifetime!

This cafe is located in a Subway corridor (yes!) and they have exclusive access for the evening (+ bragging rights forever after!).

And, if that’s not tempting enough, she will be serving a selection of her signature Indian-inspired small plates & tapas. Mostly veggies with some chicken or fish.

All this and plenty of great conversation makes this is a must-do night out in May. Be there, or…be there! And, witness a unique, Indian-inspired Tapas secret party.”

  • Date: Wednesday, May 3rd
  • Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Price: $75pp (incl. tax & gratuity)

Only 12 Spots!
Small Plates & Tapas* + Dessert

Location & other details sent only to confirmed guests.
*No dietary requests can be accommodated for this meal.*

Tickets HERE.

To check out other events by Chef Shuchi, take a look at her website!

Plus, if you are interested in hosting a private event for your friends & family, or if you’re looking for a great chef for your upcoming Corporate Event, let our experts help you. We can find the perfect chef for your event, and also, connect you directly with Chef Shuchi.

http://29calories.com

 

Photo and Text Credit: Chef Shuchi, aka 29. PRIVATE KITCHEN

A BTSNYC secret gig in New York City with Sofar Sounds

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A BTSNYC secret gig in New York City! This is our 1st Sofar Sounds curated by Behind the Scenes NYC, taking place in the coolest neighborhood in Brooklyn: Bushwick!

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OMG! We are SOOOOO excited!

We have partnered up with Sofar Sounds and have curated an extremely special intimate gig with 3 amazing bands. This event will happen on the night of March 14th!

If you’ve never heard of Sofar Sounds, they host the most exclusive, secret and intimate gigs in over 300 cites all over the Globe!

“Bringing the magic back to live music. Amazing artists in intimate spaces, performing stripped-back sets to carefully curated audiences. Please, arrive on time, stay to the end. Sit down, settle in and just listen. You’re gonna love it.”

This is a BYOB (Bring.Your.Own.Bottle) event and you can bring your own booze! So, feel free to bring wine, beer, or whatever makes you happy!

And, get your coat ready to face the snow! We can’t wait to see you all there!!!

It will certainly be one of the best nights ever, since we are bringing in some of the most amazing bands in New York today!!!

Read more about Sofar Sounds and what are the other upcoming secret gig in New York City and other parts of the world.

Link to purchase tickets: HERE!

Where: A secret location in Bushwick
Closest station: Morgan Av (L) and Jefferson St (L)
Date: Tuesday, March 14th
Arrival time: 8:00pm – 8:15pm
Tickets: $15/person

Promo-Code!!!! Use: BTSNYC-8136E – you’ll automatically skip the line and immediately purchase tickets for the show!!!

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sofar Sounds

Sofar Sounds NYC: Bringing the magic back to live music

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If you’re into music, really good music, incredible artists and intimate events in unique spots, this is for you! Many have already heard of Sofar Sounds NYC, right?!

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It all started with a group of friends playing great live music in someone’s living room, back in London! People were chit-chatting during the show and this group of friends couldn’t really enjoy the band, as they wanted.

So, they decided to start hosting private, secret gigs, with fantastic upcoming bands, in their own living room. In no time, rooms were filled up and people were fighting for a spot at their events.

Then, their concept simply went global, and they started hosting events in several different cities and countries. Today, they are in over 300 cities and are still able to keep it private and secret.

How it works? You’re able to see the neighborhood the shows will happen, but you have no idea which 3 bands are performing. When you sign up, you need to wait for the confirmation that your ticket is confirmed. Then, the exact location is sent through email only a few hours prior to the show.

But wait!!! All Behind the Scenes NYC followers have a promo-code allows you to skip the line and guarantees you instant access when purchasing tickets! WUHU! The code is: BTSNYC-8493B (Code might change every now and then, so reach out if it doesn’t work!)

NYC’s Sofar scene has now grown and they host almost 100 events a month. Lucky us!

Take a look below at the upcoming ones and go online to save your spot! Don’t forget to use our promo-code!

  • July 27th – Cobble Hill
  • July 27th – TriBeCa
  • July 28th – Carroll Gardens
  • July 28th – SoHo
  • July 29th – West Village
  • July 29th – Greenwich Village
  • July 30th – Crown Heights
  • July 30th – North Williamsburg
  • July 31st – Lower East Side

More information on their story:

Formally Founded in 2010 and based…all over the place. Sofar is an expanding network of artists and music lovers. A Global Music Community. Each month Sofar is happening in 263 cities all around the world.

Sofar Sounds started in 2009, in a tiny North London flat. Frustrated by of the traditional live music experience, we hosted three young artists who played to a carefully selected audience of true music lovers. And after that show, those people went and told their friends…

We are now the world’s largest live music discovery community; curating secret, intimate gigs in unique spaces all around the world. Bringing the magic back to live music.

Sofar Sounds offers artists and music fans the unique opportunity to perform and experience intimate gigs in packed living rooms regularly. 

Join us in creating a better way to discover live music. If you can get in.”

Lucky you are part of our BTSNYC world, so you can skip the line, right? You might bump into us and our Founder, – she’s always there with friends!

Have fun!

Check out their website for further information!

www.sofarsounds.com

 

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sofar Sounds

The Ship NYC: A Secret Soho Restaurant In A Basement

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If you are walking through Lafayette Street, in SoHo, and see a little door saying The Ship NYC, do walk in and you’ll surely have a pleasant surprise! This secret Soho restaurant, in a basement, will take you on a journey!

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One of our Contributors, Lygia Santos, went to The Ship NYC the other night and tried their amazing drinks and delicious food. This Soho restaurant is a great option of a special night! Owned by Michael Auerbach, it’s definitely an experience worth having in NYC!


“As I walked into the bar founded in 2014, I was immediately approached by one of the owners, Cervantes Ramirez, that gave me a fantastic tour around the place. He is also the head bartender there and very well known in the New York bar scene.

The drinks were both very refreshing and perfect for the NY summer. I tried the sangria with gin, allspice dram, pinot noir, orange, lemon, served on cracked ice and a super traditional pina colada.

If you are not a huge fan of cocktail drinks, it’s ok! You can have one of their excellent draft beers or try their wine list. Oh! The “Bartender’s Choice” is always a good pick if you’re the adventurous type!

The kitchen, managed by Chef Lucas Cerqueira (Brazilian born), is simple, yet extremely tasty.

I started with a slow cooked octopus with celery root puree, horseradish and sunomono. Then I tried the citric ceviche served with red onion, fluke, cilantro and leech de tigre. They were both amazing.

But, if you don’t really enjoy seafood, they have other great options too!

You can order dishes like the chicken liver foie gras, charcuterie and a Korean style BBQ called kalbi sliders. They also offer small bites like the artichoke feta cheese spread and the homemade ricotta.

Robert Jamieson, the owner’s friend, is responsible for the unique and intriguing décor, that portrays the inside of a Ship. Very cool!”

They accept reservation only from Monday – Wednesday, with 24 hours advance. We do recommend!

If you have a sweet tooth, you can head for an additional dessert and coffee at a few places close by. We love Maman, the super famous and traditional Eileen’s Special Cheesecake (that as you can see is a blogger haven), and also Cha Cha Matcha, that has been a sensation since it’s launch!

We also recommend simply getting lost around SoHo! It’s the best way to discover new places!

Opening Hours: 
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 1am
Friday – Saturday: 6pm – 3am

Location: 158 Lafayette Street

www.theshipnyc.com

*Cervantes Ramirez is no longer one of the owners at The Ship NYC.*

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Ship NYC

Secret NY Dinners: Scottish dinner inside a church, in Brooklyn

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Dinner with Chef Kwaku Boah, the starred chef de cuisine from Lola Restaurant? Secret addresses disclosed only on the day of the event? A huge group of people have a great time around the same table? Come explore secret NY dinners, with Dinner Lab.

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Dinner Lab is a a membership-based social dining experiment that unites undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners who want something different from the traditional restaurant experience.

They have Free and Select Memberships. The main difference is that Select Members receive early access to purchase tickets to events. Tickets for their events sell out pretty fast. Select members also receive tickets at a discounted premium price.

“We don’t dictate what our chefs cook. Instead, we ask them to tell a story through their menu – recipes that speak to their background or heritage, ingredients they’re passionate about, or completely new dishes they’ve been honing and are ready to share with you. Our cuisine, venues, and patrons are constantly in flux, so each Dinner Lab event exists for one night only.”

Founded by Brian Bordainick in New Orleans, in the year of 2011, they started offering unique dinners for guests. It suddenly grew into being part of the gastronomy pop-up scene in several different cities.

Anyone can be a member and attend a Dinner Lab event, as long as you sign up for a free account on their website. You’ll receive access to all their upcoming dinners in the city you live.

All members can purchase event tickets for themselves as well as a guest, with event prices averaging $50 – $80/person – including 5+ courses, beverages, tax and gratuity. You can view information about the chef and menu ahead of time, but the location is kept a secret until the night before. So exciting!

We had at great experience at Burns Night – a night that always centers around a supper that features a few key components. This time, it was a Scottish dinner, inside a church, in Brooklyn.

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“One of the main focuses of the evening is paying homage to Robert Burns, so poems are read and sung in unison,” says Peter Karras, Master of Scotch at Pernod Ricard. “The night is filled with Scottish tunes. Bagpipes, acoustic guitar, or fiddles are a must.”

Here is what we ate:

  • #1 Course: Scotch Broth – pearled barley, charred onion, root vegetables, tallow toast
  • #2 Course: Cured Scottish Salmon – crispy sunchokes & potatoes, cultured cream, preserved lemon
  • #3 Course: Charcoal Roasted Cauliflower – soubise, herb crumble, leeks, farmer’s cheese
  • #4 Course: Smoked Lamb Haggis – sour cabbage, neeps & tatties, stone fruit mustard
  • #5 Course: Whisky Oatcakes – popcorn custard, barley malt, bramble butter

In addition, this event was hosted inside a church in Fort Greene Brooklyn. Besides being one of the neighborhoods we love the most, it’s definitely a different dining spot, right?

Their upcoming dinners will be on: April 1st, 9th and 16th, so go onto their website to register! We can’t wait!

If these secret NY dinners are the types of events you are looking for, then, take a look at what they guys at Komeeda are up to!

We are able to cater priceless experiences for you. So, for private dinners, let us know what you imagined in creating! For corporate events with a unique twist for your team or clients, contact our experts to assist you.

THIS RESTAURANT IS UNFORTUNATELY PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dinner Lab, Caitie Mccabe (www.caitiemccabe.com) Jeff Thibodeau, Katie Bird Photography, Aaron Lyles, Ryan Green, Nicolai A. McCrary, Debby Wolvos

9 Best Speakeasies in New York City you’ll have fun #UnCovering

Nightlife Bars Apotheke Glamour Magazine Brazil

We contributed during 1 year for Glamour Brazil. This post was about 9 best speakeasies in New York City that are secret spots!

Here is the Portuguese version and below, the English version:

In the US, Prohibition Era happened between the years of 1920 through 1933. During these years, the American Constitution banned the sale and manufacture of alcoholic beverages in the entire country! It did not take long for the black market liquor traffic to appear and quickly grow.

One of the most famous traffickers this time was the famous Al Capone! Consequently, bars hidden deep inside restaurants or in the basements of bakeries, spread across the country. These places were called “Speakeasy” and served illegal alcohol for customers!

In New York there are still several speakeasies around the city, but obviously today are all legal. Anyway, it’s always a thrill to go into one of these bars, as they remain hidden behind small doors or in secret rooms, in the most unlikely places!

We reveals 9 best speakeasies in New York City at some of the most sought after addresses:

55 Bar

Nightlife Bars 55 Bar Glamour Magazine Brazil

Located in the Greenwich Village, 55 Bar has wonderful jazz concerts, funk and blues nights, seven days a week!

It is one of the bars with the best vibe, incredible music, a more intimate place, where bands interact with the public, which in turn is laid back, the decor is super cool … and the best: zero tourists!

Surely a perfect place for those who want to feel like a real New Yorker!

Take a look at their website to see what is their upcoming events and bands playing. If you live in New York, be sure go to there too!

Location: 55 Christopher Street

www.55bar.com


Please Don’t Tell

Nightlife Bars Please Don't Tell Glamour Magazine Brazil Credit Smoke Oakum's Gunpowder Rum

Nightlife Bars Please Don't Tell Glamour Magazine Brazil Credit Creamynals

After entering a small hot dog restaurant called Crif Dog, in the East Village, you will see an old phone booth to your left. This cabin is actually the entrance to the speakeasy called Please Don’t Tell (great name, by the way!).

As you pick up the phone, you inform the hostess the number of people with you and she will open the door!

No doubt it will be a grand entrance! The place is gorgeous, with a full bar and it can get pretty packed!

Nonetheless, you will have a great time!

Location: 113 Saint Marks Place

http://pdtnyc.com


Apotheke

Nightlife Bars Apotheke Glamour Magazine Brazil

Inside an old opium den located in the famous, hidden Doyers Street, in Chinatown, an Austrian named Albert Trummer, founded Apotheke. Imagine a place where a mad scientist meets a mixologist in a place full of opium! It is strange!

This speakeasy is one of the most stylish in the city, with a bar offering more than 250 drinks and 500 bottles of liquor brought in from different parts of the world.

Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays they have live music, but the coolest day is Wednesday with the house’s jazz band, but note…the entrance is permitted only with a password!

Location: 9 Doyers Street #1

www.apothekenyc.com


Bathtub Gin

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Hidden deep in a cafe in Chelsea, Bathtub Gin has a very good menu and an interesting beverage menu with elaborate cocktails!

The name of the bar is in homage to the homemade Gin, who during the years of Prohibition in the United States, was very popular. Bathtub Gin portrays the poor quality of the drink that was available during that time in the country.

The suggestion is to try to make a reservation to ensure that you’ll be able to get it, since it can be tough at the door. You can still be lucky enough to attend one of the burlesque shows that take place at night!

Location: 132 Ninth Avenue

www.bathtubginnyc.com


Here are a few more of the best speakeasies in New York City:

The Raines Law Room at Flatiron District – www.raineslawroom.com
Employees Only in the West Village – www.employeesonlynyc.com
Death & Company in the Lower East Side – www.deathandcompany.com
The Richardson in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – www.therichardsonnyc.com
Hotel Delmano in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – www.hoteldelmano.com

If you are looking to organize a unique company gathering for your team, we are sure our team of experts behind our Concierge Services will do a fantastic job.

But, if your in town with friends, family, or if you live here, but don’t have time to organize a dinner, your birthday, a small event, let us help you out!

 

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Venues, Max R. Sequeira Photography, Smoke & Oakum’s Gunpowder Rum and The Creamynals

Curiosities of Grand Central Terminal, a New York Landmark

Curiosities City Secrets Curiosities of Grand Central Terminal New York Landmark by Anu Mahendran

Grand Central Terminal is a New York landmark that we just can’t ignore. This is actually one of our favorite spots in the city and the secret stories behind this monumental place is incredible. Below are some curiosities you will enjoy!

Curiosities City Secrets Curiosities of Grand Central Terminal New York Landmark by Anu Mahendran
Photo Credit: Anu Mahendran

We have to confess: we are a little obsessed with the Grand Central Terminal and its story. In addition, we’ve written about them before and we never get tired. There is just so many behind the scenes secret stories to share…

Everything is thrilling, from all the secrets it holds, to the uncovered mysterious places in it, to the breathtaking architecture and the startling number of people that passed by it daily – 750,000!

That is to say, our friends at Untapped Cities have put together a sensational post with 10 quick curiosities about the Grand Central Terminal. We decided to share it with you!

So, did you know that:

  1. You can play tennis in Grand Central;
  2. There is a top secret room that doesn’t even appear on maps or blueprints;
  3. A hidden brick is an effective, if unintentional, anti-smoking ad;
  4. Some of the iron eagles have gone missing;
  5. No one knows if the “whispering gallery” was built to whisper on purpose;
  6. Grand Central houses a hidden bar;
  7. The sculptor who designed the statue in front of the building was kind of a snob;
  8. Track 61 still serves as a means of clandestine transportation;
  9. Grand Central has the largest basement of any building in New York City;
  10. And last, the ceiling is backwards!

If you enjoy uncovering these types of spots when you travel, we offer a fantastic Secret Behind The Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour that will blow your mind. You will have an experience that not everyone is able to have. Plus, we visit many of the spots that we mentioned on the list above!

Super cool, right?

Lastly, if you are a company and need help organizing a unique experience for your executives or clients, we are also able to assist you. For private tours, email us too.

Location: 89 East 42nd Street

www.grandcentralterminal.com

 

Text Excerpts: Originally from Untapped Cities
Photo Credit: Anu Mahendran from anoomaggie.blogspot.com 

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