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A NYC TV & Movie Tour

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Let’s explore New York City in a different way! If you’re a TV and movie fan, this NYC TV & Movie Tour is the perfect one for you! So, what are you waiting for? Let’s go!


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Take a guided bus for the NYC TV & Movie Tour to the sites of your favorite movies and TV shows!

New York is the most filmed city in the world, and this tour will allow you to see the New York your favorite TV and movie stars saw. You’ll even see a few celebrity homes.

Your tour is guided by a local New York City actor or actress who will share some tidbits about his or her experience on a film set.

This tour also provides a fun, unique way to explore Manhattan, for those that want a sightseeing tour with an entertainment twist. We start out at a central location in Times – Square, but along the way we visit locations in Greenwich Village, SoHo, and Chelsea.

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This tour is equally fantastic for tourists and locals, families and groups of friends. Your guide will entertain and inform you as you visit over 40 locations, including:

  • Pass the Oscorp and Daily Bugle office buildings from Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Visit the Park featured in Glee, The Mindy Project, and When Harry Met Sally, etc
  • Catch a glimpse of the hotel s featured in Modern Family and American Hustle
  • Spot The Original Soup Man, along with other Seinfeld locations
  • Visit popular spots from Friends including the gang’s apartment building
  • Stop at McGee’s Pub, the bar used as the inspiration for the one used on How I Met Your Mother
  • See new locations from Younger, Girls, Mr. Robot, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and more!

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Price: $51 / person
  • Duration: Tour runs Approximately 3 hours
  • Features over 40 TV & movie locations and is our most popular tour
  • Features the most recent locations used by TV shows and movie, but also includes classic sites from Friends, Seinfeld and Ghostbusters
  • All our tour guides are local actors who share insider information about filming in NYC
  • Features three stops for photo opportunities
  • Tour takes place on a comfortable, clean and air-conditioned bus
  • Gratuity: Gratuities are not included in the price of the tour ticket. A tip for exemplary service is always appreciated, but never required. 🙂

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To organize a behind the scenes tour for your team or a special group of clients, contact our experts to learn more about our Corporate Tours & Experiences.

If you enjoyed the NYC TV & Movie Tour, be sure to check what the Secret Behind The Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour is all about and the Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting.

Also, see the YouTube Video we shot and a list of 25 Most Iconic and Instagrammable Movie Locations in NYC!


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17th Annual New York Burlesque Festival

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The 17th Annual New York Burlesque Festival is just around the corner! It’s certainly a festival you should attend once in your life!

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You’ve never heard of the Annual New York Burlesque Festival? Well, it’s about time!

This is a 4 night, 5 event festival of burlesque, boylesque and variety. It will take place in New York City on September 26th through the 29th.

They are celebrating their 17th year of glitter and glamour in Gotham. So, we’re here to help spread the love for their art and work!

We’re excited with the entire festival, but specially the Saturday Spectacular at Sony Hall on Saturday, September 28th. In addition their is also the Sunday Burlesque Bazaar – a mini shopping mall full of glamorous goodies!

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“4 Days & Nights of Glitter and Glamour in Gotham with burlesque, live music, vending, classes and more.
Put on your top hat n tails for the Saturday Spectacular at Sony Hall, below The Paramount Hotel on 46th Street. This magical night is hosted by the king of comedy Murray Hill and showcases only the finest Burlesque performers from around the globe in a 1920’s supper club atmosphere. This is truly a luscious night, not to be missed!”

So, you can’t attend the festival but you enjoy burlesque art?

There are a few on going performances that happen in New York that you can also enjoy and that we really recommend going.

Company XIV, created by the Juilliard graduate Austin McCormick, they mix everything from dance, theater, circus, opera and burlesque, to a decadent design to create a one of a kind theatrical experience.  Their work has a huge inspiration on the reign of Louis XIV, but with a contemporary twist.

Dances of Vice is another priceless experience! I was going to try and explain it in my own words, but they just put it so beautifully. I decided to get an excerpt from them:

Dances of Vice is a fetishistic New York nightlife sensation specializing in highly stylized themed entertainment and fantasy clubbing experiences. Dances of Vice attracts a decadent menagerie of creative mavericks and sensual sophisticates who gather in mutual devotion to beauty and shared defiance of social convention to celebrate the liberating effects of fantasy and surrealism.”

These immersive theatrical experiences and burlesque shows are always breathtaking and unpredictable. So, I’m sure you’ll have an unforgettable experience!

For more New York nightlife, see a few other spots!

www.thenewyorkburlesquefestival.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Festival and Green Bag Photography, MC Newman, Michael Blase, JBTO, Vintage Photography, Mandy Flame.

Top 10 Romantic Hotels In New York To Escape To

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New York City is an overwhelming place to visit but it can also be one of the most iconic vacation destinations. Take a look at the top 10 romantic hotels in New York to escape to this season.

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New York City is an overwhelming place to visit, but it can also be one of the most iconic vacation destinations. The city is called “the city that never sleeps” for countless reasons. On the other hand, when we talk about sleeping there are quite a few romantic hotels in New York that you should take a look!

Planning your trip is important especially choosing a vacation rental in NYC. In this article, we’ll take a look at the top 10 romantic hotels in New York.

Hopefully, it’ll help you plan your trip with someone special and make the most of the Big Apple!


Gramercy Park Hotel

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If a hotel is romantic enough for Humphrey Bogart’s wedding, it’s definitely romantic enough for your vacation too. That’s exactly what you’ll get at the Gramercy Park Hotel.

Originally opened back in 1925, it had a two-year hiatus in the mid nineties, as it was renovated by art collector Aby Rosen and artist Julian Schnabel. Now, you’ve got a Boho-chic hotel that has one of the most understated atmospheres in the city.

And, we haven’t got to the facilities yet. An Italian trattoria, bars overlooking Gramercy Park, and a flip-down bar make for an unforgettable stay!

Location: 2 Lexington Avenue

www.gramercyparkhotel.com


NoMo SoHo

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Hidden away in SoHo, almost bordering Little Italy, this small boutique hotel stands for nostalgic and modern, hence the name NoMo.

It’s a true hidden gem that you’ll be enamored with from the moment you walk under the forest of greenery in the hotel’s entryway. When you’re inside, you could be forgiven thinking that you’re in Santorini, which the blue and white décor will certainly put you in mind of.

A particularly great aspect of NoMo is that you can bring your furry friend – although you will need to pay an extra cleaning fee.

Location: 9 Crosby Street

www.nomosoho.com


The High Line Hotel

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Coming in at the lower end of the price scale, The High Line Hotel is a great option if you want a vacation to remember, but understandably can’t justify the crazy prices of some NY hotels.

The tasteful décor throughout the reception and guest rooms come from the 1800s and early 1900s, and the Refectory will make you think you’ve stepped into a scene from Harry Potter, that is also on Broadway now!

If you’re traveling to NY in the summer, don’t miss your chance to enjoy champagne and oysters on the hotel terrace!

Location: 180 10th Avenue

https://thehighlinehotel.com


The Nomad Hotel

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Not to be confused with NoMo SoHo, the NoMad hotel is a modern take on a Parisian flat. And where could be more romantic than the City of Love?! (except New York, of course).

In your room, you can choose between taking a dip in the clawfoot bathtub, writing a post card to your love at the French writing desk (presumably while they’re doing something else), or just admire the stunning artwork throughout.

When you get hungry, just head down to the restaurant where chef Daniel Humm works his magic in the kitchen!

Location: 1170 Broadway

www.thenomadhotel.com


The Bowery Hotel

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In the days of punk rock, you certainly wouldn’t have the East Village on your list of places to stay. However, times change, and now the five-star Bowery is one of the top romantic offerings in town.

Explore New York to your heart’s content with free bike rentals, before coming home to ultimate luxury. Factory windows bathe the Turkish rugs and wool blankets in natural light.

If you spend all the time in the room though, you’ll miss the vintage bar complete with a fireplace. And you don’t want to do that!

Location: 335 Bowery

www.theboweryhotel.com


The Library Hotel

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If you’re a book lover, there’s only one place you can even consider staying in the Big Apple. Each floor is themed on a category of the Dewey Decimal System, which is pretty cool.

Make sure you set aside some time to check out the Writer’s Den and Poetry Garden. It has sublime views of New York, and it’s perfect for getting those creative juices flowing.

The one problem with the Library Hotel? You might spend so much time lost in a good book that you forget to pay your partner any attention!

Location: 299 Madison Avenue

https://libraryhotel.com


The Knickerbocker Hotel

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Said to be the birthplace of the Martini (although that hasn’t been confirmed), the Knickerbocker has over 100 years of history and is one of the largest hotels on our list – with over 330 rooms!

The French Renaissance style hotel, located in Times Square, is one of the best-known in New York City, but curiously doesn’t boast a swimming pool!

It can, however, offer superb high-end cuisine, a rooftop terrace, and in-room spa treatments.

Location: 6 Times Square

https://theknickerbocker.com


The Carlyle

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Whichever of the top 10 romantic hotels in New York you choose to stay at, you simply have to come to the Carlyle for one reason.

Benelmans Bar, on the ground floor, is one of the finest cocktail bars in the entire world. The restaurant isn’t bad either, offering French haute-cuisine!

But wait! The Café Carlyle is another great spot inside the hotel to try.

Why? The one and only Woody Allen plays with his Jazz band, every Monday! Be sure to book your table, because they obviously sell out pretty fast.

Tickets cost from $190.00 – $245.00, all ages.

It’s a great spot for art lovers as it’s just a 9-minute walk to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Location: 35 East 76th Street

www.rosewoodhotels.com


Soho Grand Hotel

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Another option if your budget doesn’t stretch to five-stars every night is the Soho Grand Hotel. However, it’s also one of the most storied luxury hotels in New York, so don’t feel like you’re losing out on any of the experience of your romantic trip!

Velvet hangings on the wall, tasteful artwork, towering columns are just some of the things that add to this hotel’s character.

The 353 rooms mean that it’s possibly to get a late deal, although we would recommend booking with plenty of advance notice!

Location: 310 West Broadway

www.sohogrand.com


Greenwich Hotel

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If you’re a film buff, you probably already know about this place and you already want to stay. Why’s that? Well, it’s only owned by actor Robert De Niro!

Hidden away in one of the most picturesque neighborhoods of New York, TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal Street), the Greenwich Hotel does kind of resemble a movie set.

Although the rooms are supposed to resemble an Italian home, there are several Asian influences on the hotel too. One of the most enticing is the Shibui Spa, a real treat!

And there’s no food more romantic than Italian, so head down to the on-site Locanda Verde for a dinner to savor.

Location: 377 Greenwich Street

www.thegreenwichhotel.com


So, now you know about the 10 most romantic hotels in New York!

You’ll want to book up as they can go pretty fast!

For more information on the side of New York that not all tourists see, and to plan some off the beaten track/independent adventures, continue exploring our website! You’ll love our Tours & Experiences!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of all hotels and Michael Tommasiello (Woody Allen at The Carlyle)

Madame Tussauds NY, Because A Little Wax Is Fun

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There are endless things to do in New York and countless NY attractions. Meeting celebrities can be hard, but you might enjoy Madame Tussauds NY, because a little wax is always fun!

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Yes, yes! We know…this is a super touristy place to go and not the typical place we’d write about. But, there are certain NY attractions that you’ve got to try at least once in your life like the wax museum: Madame Tussauds.

I’ve been to Madame Tussauds, not only in New York, but places like London. And, I have to say…it’s quite amazing. The reality of the wax figures are amazing…some, even a bit scary for being too realist! It’s also a great place to go with kids and teens!

But wait, what is Madame Tussauds?

“They are the world’s #1 wax museum attraction, offers visitors the ultimate celebrity experience, allowing them to interact with jaw-droppingly life-like wax figures of the most famous pop stars, Hollywood legends, sporting heroes and historical icons – all within one attraction. You can sit with Obama in the Oval Office, dance with Michael Jackson, pose for the paparazzi with Lady Gaga, have a romantic dinner with George Clooney or relive key moments in time with iconic historical figures like Abraham Lincoln (Note: figures vary by attraction).”

Super cool, right? They are spread all over major world destinations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

So, if you’d like to explore some major NYC Attractions, you should consider this!

In addition, we recently wrote about the advantages and differences of the tourist passes that give access to the most renowned NY attractions. This will definitely help you not only save money, but also have the convenience of going in and out of the places you’re interested in visiting.

You can see the NYC Prices to chose what suits you best! So, enjoy your experience, and share with us what your thoughts about it!

Book tickets online and save up to $5 off standard admission to Madame Tussauds New York!

Madame Tussauds NY is the only place with no ropes or barriers holding you back from your favorite stars. Pose “in a moment in time” with the world’s most iconic musicians, A-list stars, sports legends, world leaders and much more.

If you want to explore a bit more of the city, outside of museums, you’ll want to check out the 25 Most Iconic And Instagrammable Movie Locations In NYC.

Location: 234 West 42nd Street

www.madametussauds.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Madame Tussauds
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

25 Most Iconic And Instagrammable Movie Locations In NYC

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Can you name right away 3 movies that were filmed in New York City? I’m positive you can, since there is an infinite list for you to remember from. So, take a look at the 25 most iconic and Instagrammable movie locations in NYC for you to visit!

Myself and so many other people call New York “one of the best cities in the world”, and I think Hollywood thinks the same! Hahaha!

Besides, countless people come to NY in search of these places to take pictures at and share on their Instagram, right? At least, I get many messages of people asking for them!

So, with that in mind, I decided to start with a small list of the 25 most iconic and Instagrammable movie locations in NYC.

Take a look at video above to check some out. As well as the description of each below!


#1 Coyote Ugly – Coyote Ugly (2000)

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Piper Perabo (right), as Violet sings on the bar with Maria Bell, as Lil. Photo Credit: Coyote Ugly (2000)

Inspired by a famous Lower East Side bar, Coyote Ugly Saloon that opened its doors in January of 1993, the bar is where Violet Sanford (played by Piper Perabo) starts working when moving to NYC.

Closer to the end of the movie, Piper stand on top of the bar and starts singing to stop a massive fight that took over the entire place, because of her jealous boyfriend. What a mess!

The music she sings is “One Way or Another” by Blondie.

A bit more about its story:

On January 27th, 1993, the Coyote Ugly Saloon first opened its doors to the public.

A few years later, I had perfected my bar and Coyote Ugly Saloon quickly established itself in the hearts of New Yorkers as their preeminent drinking establishment. It gained national attention in early 1997 when a story called “The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon” written by former Coyote bartender Elizabeth Gilbert for GQ magazine: shined a spotlight on the little bar in the East Village.

Shortly after that, Hollywood came knocking and the movie rights to Lil’s story were sold. “Coyote Ugly” opened in August 2000, starring Piper Perabo and Maria Bello. It has grossed over $100 million and a worldwide audience quickly learned what the phrase “We don’t serve water here!” meant.

Location: 153 1st Avenue


#2 Grand Central Terminal – Friends with Benefits (2011)

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There are countless films featuring Grand Central Terminal. Popular films like Men in Black are well known.

As well as the romantic comedy, Friends with Benefits (2011), where Justin Timberlake sings, as an apology, for Mila Kunis with a huge flash mob. They also shoot at a window table at Pershing Square, just across the street, underneath the Pershing Bridge | Park Avenue Viaduct, on East 42nd Street.

Other movies date back to the 1940’s like the Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller, Spellbound (1945).

Location: 89 East 42nd Street


#3 New York Public Library – Sex & The City (2008)

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Probably one of my favorite spots in the city!

The New York Public Library was the background of epic movies like Ghostbusters (1984) and even the Sex and the City (2008) scene, where Carrie Bradshaw (a.k.a. Sarah Jessica Parker) is left practically at the altar by Big. What a *beep*!

Location: 476 5th Avenue


#4 The Plaza Hotel – Home Alone 2 (1992)

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The Plaza Hotel is one of the most gorgeous and traditional hotels in New York City. It’s been featured in, for example, the 2nd Season of Sex and the City.

But, was surely highlighted on the 1992 film, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Who doesn’t remember of Macaulay Culkin walking into the hotel…and bumping to Donald Trump. Yikes!

A bit of history now:

Did you know that the hotel has a “first version” that started construction in 1883, the owners ran out of money, new ones took over the hotel opened in 1890.

BUT, the curious thing is: in 1905 other owners demolished the entire building to start a bigger project costing back then $12.5 million dollars.

In less that 2 years, The Plaza, as we know today, was ready! The hotel formally opened to guests in 1907 and boasted with almost 20 super luxurious floors with 282 breathtaking rooms.

Location: 768 5th Avenue


#5 Queensboro Bridge – Manhattan (1979)

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Mary, played by Diane Keaton, and Woody Allen, as Isaac. ©Manhattan (1979)

This is surely a classic!

Woody Allen made this secluded spot almost under the Queensboro Bridge, called Sutton Place Park North, one of the most romantic spots in town.

This memorable scene was shot with Mary (played by the talented Diane Keaton) and Woody Allen himself, as Isaac – on the waterfront of the East River, at a very late hour.

As Woody said: “Boy, this is really a great city. I don’t care what anyone says. It’s really a knockout, you know?”

And, don’t you agree!? We do!

Location: 12 Sutton Square


#6 Lexington Avenue – The Seven Year Itch (1955)

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One of the most photographed corners in Manhattan, is located on Lexington Avenue with 52nd Street. Why?

Well, here the beautiful Marilyn Monroe wow’ed the world, with that famous skirt-blowing scene! Remember? She’s walking on the subway grates, when….tchan tchan tchan, the air blew it up for the delight of every men around.

This memorable scene was shot in front of a current restaurant called Le Relais de Venise l’Entrecote.

Location: Lexington Avenue with 52nd Street


And still, SO many other famous, blockbuster movies and series have been filmed in our beautiful New York City!

  • Feast of San Genaro – The Godfather Part II (1974)
  • Grand Central Terminal | Chrysler Building | Midtown – The Avengers (2012)
  • Café Lalo | Zabar’s | Riverside Park – You’ve got Mail (1998)
  • Verrazano Narrows Bridge | Bay Ridge, BK – Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  • Central Park | Tavern on the Green | The Dakota – New York, I Love You (2008)
  • Times Square – Birdman (2014)
  • Katz’s Delicatessen – When Harry met Sally (1989)
  • American Museum of Natural History | Central Park – Night at the Museum (2006)
  • The walking piano at FAO Schwarz (now with a new location) – Big (1988)
  • Tiffany 5th Avenue – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  • Park Slope, BK | Boathouse at Prospect Park – The Age of Innocence (1993)
  • Current Lincoln Center on Upper West Side – West Side Story (1961)

Phiuf! And the list goes on, and on!

If you know more movies, share with us on the comments below! We’d love to know!

Lastly, if you enjoyed this post about the 25 most iconic and Instagrammable movie locations in NYC, you might also want to take a look at “10 Top Secrets Of New York City That You Probably Don’t Know“.


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*Last Update on March/2020.*

16 Things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC [PART 3/4]

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Ahh! New York City, I love you! But, there are a few secrets you must know before coming here. So, I decided to share 16 things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC.

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There are a few rules and tips to make your NY experience seamless and memorable, and we decided to share a bunch of them with you!

We split this topic into 4 different posts, so see below Part 3 of 16 things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC! And check out Part 1 and Part 2, if you haven’t already!


#9 Yes, yes, we are “behind the scenes”, but certain attractions are must-sees!

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Guys, I’m all about exploring the off-the-beaten-path spots and staying away from the touristy scene, BUT this is New York City. What this means is that there are countless attractions that you HAVE TO go see at least once in your life, after all it’s culture, right?

So, yes, you have to walk through once (or twice) the crazy streets of Times Square to see the infinite sea of lights, bump into the Naked Cowboy and Cowgirl, hear the never ending symphony of cars honking their loud, annoying horns, be in the middle of crazy people walking up and down and pushing you to the side, etc! Phiuf! I got stressed just talking about it!

But, after that, if you’re not actually going to a Broadway show or going to our Behind the Scenes Dining with the Broadway Stars Experience, then I wouldn’t recommend going back there too often.

To see which are the touristy locations we recommend in NY, take a look at our lists: 1st Cheap NYC Guide: 40+ Top Attractions and the 2nd Cheap NYC Guide: 30 Top Attractions.


#10 NEVER IN YOUR LIFE hop on a Central Park carriage ride! Why?

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And I’ll tell you why! It can seem like a nice activity to do, right? But, the reality is that most of these horses are super badly treated of over-worked during the day.

They barely rest, don’t eat enough, and many don’t have good hoof pads protecting their hoofs from the concrete streets. It’s not unusual to suddenly see a horse collapsing in the middle of the streets from exhaustion.

We need help from the tourists to stop with these silly horse carriage rides and spare these animals of being mistreated.

In addition, there is just SO much to do in Central Park, that you can surely skip this carriage ride. We can help you book bike rides around the main spots, or even explore the Secrets Of Central Park Walking Tour.

P.S. – I have talked to a company that does horseback riding inside Central Park. These guys told me that their horse have a max limit of hours or rides per day. They are securely transported in and out of the city and have a specific treatment. You can read more here. Aside of them, I don’t know any other company that has this type of careful approach with the animals.


#11 Never make eye contact! LOL!

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Do you know these guys that are mostly around touristy locations like Times Square, Central Park, etc…calling you? They are trying to sell you on a tour or an activity! Unless it’s your life’s last craving going on top of that crowded 2-story touristy bus that roams around town, I’d just walk away.

If you do look, be sure they WILL approach you to try and sell something!

Also, if anyone is just randomly standing in the street, looking at people with an iPad in their hand…they are also going to ask for 2 minutes, that actually add up to 10minutes, to try and sell something else. In addition to getting your email and spamming you with promo emails.

The real New Yorker flies by these folks as if they were in the middle of that Olympic Speed Walking modality! Hahaha!

But, on the other hand, it’s an amazing feeling to walk around town – in non touristy areas – and just make eye contact with people! You’ll be surprise in how many will literally smile back!


#12 Holding the door can be polite, but….

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Sure! I do super recommend you being polite and helping out someone by opening the door but, be smart about it. You might be holding the door all-day-long with an endless river of people flowing in and out, if you’re not smart, specially in places like Times Square!

I always encourage you to help moms with strollers, elderly folks, kids, someone carrying something super heavy with no spare hands or anyone that apparently needs help. Otherwise, be mindful and kind with anyone walking in and out, but just go with the flow.

Ah! And in the winter, don’t think about holding the door open for too long. The people inside will surely start starting at you with fierce eyes!


So, this was our Part 3 of the 16 things NO ONE EVER tells you about NYC.

But wait! There is still a few last tips: Part 4!

There is just so much to know when coming to New York for the 1st time, that you might as well get ready to have the best time of your life!!!

And finally, if you need any type of assistance for large groups and specially for corporate groups, contact our team.


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and Courtesy of Nirosha Methananda
*Last Update on March/2020.*

The 7 Best Cocktail Places In NY By Rachel And Kyle Ford

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Rachel and Kyle Ford, from Ford Media Lab, know cocktails. They shared with us their 7 best cocktail places in NY and we can’t wait to check them all out!

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This week we bring you a super talented duo to talk about the best cocktail places in NY.

Named two of Saveur Magazine’s 15 Cocktail Instagrams to Follow in 2017, Rachel Ford and Kyle Ford of Ford Media Lab know cocktails.

Formerly cocktail bartenders and brand ambassadors for top spirit brands, Rachel and Kyle used their insider knowledge when creating 1806 Magazine.

To discover more of their favorite spots and behind-the-scenes stories of the people behind cocktail culture in New York City – including more about those listed below– pick up a copy of 1806 Magazine, Volume 1: New York City at Ford Media Lab (FML). 


Rachel Ford:

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After attending OTIS College of Art and Design for Fashion, Rachel earned a degree in Business, merging her creative talents with a keen understanding of brand marketing and strategy.

A love of creating a unique consumer experience led Rachel to the hospitality industry, where she made a name for herself internationally.

Rachel went on to represent Tanqueray gin as the National Ambassador, demonstrating unparalleled influence and strategic vision.

Her inimitable story-telling ability served as a basis for FML’s expansion into creative brand consulting and independent publications.

She is known as a figure in the world of media, appearing on Bar Rescue, and within the pages of Chilled, Cocktail Lovers, and The Daily Beast.


Kyle Ford:

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With a degree in Economics and Philosophy, Kyle began his professional life in
Finance. Creative energies eventually prompted him to quit his job and pursue his keen interest in craft cocktails and photography.

Kyle became the resident cocktail and spirits expert for Rémy Cointreau and managed their international brand advocacy initiative.

During this time, his strategic use of social media and photography inspired a business opportunity.

The combination of these two worlds served as a basis for the formation of FML and its first creative partnerships with international spirits companies.

Kyle’s work and personality has been featured such places as Fox & Friends, VH1, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Wine Enthusiast, and Nylon Magazine.

 

Take a look below to see their 7 Best Cocktail Places in NY:


Lighthouse – Williamsburg

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“Have you ever walked into a space and felt a positive energy that you couldn’t quite put your finger on? For us, that place is Lighthouse. Run by the kindest brother/sister team on the planet with a passion for sustainability, Lighthouse serves great food that you can feel good about eating. Be sure to visit for brunch; the chilequiles are a favorite and the house-baked bread is some of the best around. The cocktails are not to be missed either!”

The siblings, Assaf and Namma Tamir, truly do a great job at this neighborhood spot. Their entire business model revolves around sustainable values that we definitely support.

They offer a menu with New American fare, working with super fresh and seasonal ingredients, sourced locally from local growers and farmers. There is also a Pre-Fix Family-style option that is great for bigger groups and they can accommodate diet restrictions too!

Their drink options range from their signature cocktails, to a great selection of organic, biodynamic and natural wines.

“We recycle, compost, and collaborate with other green minded organizations to grow, improve and educate ourselves, our staff, our guests.”

It’s a great spot for brunch or dinner, so be sure to add them to your To-Go List! Oh! And still, they offer spaces for private events and catering services.

Note: We loved it so much that we went back there to shoot with Assaf and Namma for our YouTube video Where To Go For The Best Cocktails In Brooklyn?

Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 6pm – 11pm
Friday: 6pm – 12pm
Saturday: 12pm – 4pm | 6pm – 12pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm | 6pm – 11pm

Location: 145 Borinquen Place

http://lighthousebk.com


Long Island Bar – Cobble Hill

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“Imagine enjoying a Cosmopolitan cocktail – made by the man who created the recipe we know today – in a bar that feels both modern and preserved in time. With a team of bartenders formerly behind bars like Death and Company and Flatiron Lounge, at Long Island Bar you’re in good hands – even if Toby Cecchini himself isn’t around to make you feel like Carrie Bradshaw.”

The story of this place starts back in 1951, when it was family owned by Emma Sullivan and her husband, in partnership with her cousins. Then, in 2013, it was renovated and relaunched by Joel Tompkins and Toby Cecchini.

Today, they’ve been chosen and featured by food experts for having the best burgers, French fries and cocktails.

As Tompkins said to Grub Street: “It’s a fifties bar, it’s near the water, and it’s the most gorgeous, warm place you’d want to have a drink in.”

Go check it out!

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 12am
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm – 2am

Location: 110 Atlantic Avenue

http://thelongislandbar.com


The Rum House – Times Square

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“The Rum House is literally the best place to get a drink in the worst place on earth. Once a seedy bar with an honor-system beer cooler and clouds of cigarette smoke, The Rum House has transformed the space into a magical cocktail haven with nightly live music and old New York nostalgia. Word has it they make a mean Daiquiri.”

Times Square is definitely not a place in our radar, but we have to confess that there is a hand full of great hidden spots there. This one is a great option if you’re into run and cocktails in general.

If you’re into good live music, be sure to see their website and see which bands are lined up for the week!

Hours: Daily, 12pm – 4am

Location: 228 West 47th Street

http://therumhousenyc.com


Amor y Amargo – East Village

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“The name of this beloved thirteen-seat bar and bitters shop, Amor Y Amargo, literally translates to “love and bitters.” Responsible for turning those in-the-know on to the world of Italian amaro, at this intimate East Village bar you’ll find a carefully curated menu of stirred and spirituous cocktails – but first you need to find a seat. Go early!”

Founded in 2011, this is a great spot to go if you’re into tasting. Plus, it’s a small space, just like we enjoy.

They have a bit of everything and you’ll be surprise by their cocktail options. If you’re not really an expert, even better! They’ll be able to recommend their best drinks, catered to what you like.

We’re positive you won’t leave disappointed!

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

Location: 443 East 6th Street

www.amoryamargony.com


Bar Goto – Lower East Side

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“When the former Head Bartender of the famed Pegu Club decided to open his own bar on the Lower East Side, Bar Goto, he paid homage to his Japanese heritage. From the meticulously-crafted cocktails, to the delicious okonomiyaki, to his grandmother’s obe belt hanging on the wall, he did just that. Standout items include the Sakura Martini and the celery (trust us, you’ll love it – even if you’d never pair “love” and “celery” together).”

Ahhh, the Lower East Side of Manhattan is definitely one of the neighborhoods we enjoy exploring the most!

This place is a “first come, first serve”, so depending on the day, you might wait a while. But, it’s surely worth the wait.

Bar Goto opened in 2015 and from the day they launched, they have collected countless nominations from “Best NYC Bars” to “Top 15 Cocktails” and more!

They offer everything from wine, sake, beer and champaign. Their menus is based on Japanese comfort food from curry ramen and miso wings, to spicy cod roe spaghetti with squid and other delicious options.

Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 5pm – 12am
Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 2am
Sunday: 5pm – 12am

Location: 245 Eldridge Street

www.bargoto.com


Cocktail Kingdom – Flatiron District

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“Where do all the top bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts buy their barware? Cocktail Kingdom. While you can order online, it’s much more fun to visit in person – but you have to know where to look.

Tucked inside an office building on 25th Street is a treasure-trove of everything from copper-hued bar spoons to etched glassware and cocktail books filled with mouth-watering recipes. If you’re lucky, owner and cocktail savant Greg Boehm may show you his vintage book library.”

Yup, they have it all! It’s surely an experience to go there and see everything they offer.

Make your list and go crazy with everything from bar spoons, strainers, jiggers, mixing glasses, to bitters bottles, trays, bags, cases and shakers!

Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30am – 5pm

Location: 36 West 25th Street, 5th Floor

www.cocktailkingdom.com


Jupiter Disco – Bushwick

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“If you weren’t looking for Jupiter Disco, you’d probably never know it’s there. Marked by a single red light, it feels like you’ve discovered a super cool secret when you walk through the unmarked door to find a dark cocktail bar and a DJ spinning for a hip industry crowd. The cocktail menu is displayed on screens on either side of the bar amongst the neon lights; remember to look up!”

Looking for a hidden, sci-fi inspired spot with fantastic cocktails and DJs playing all night long for a hype crowd? This is the place for you!

They have only a few food options: the empanadas, but their drinks are awesome! Plus, it’s divided in the menu into some fun topics like: “Introduction to Orbit”, “When the Kite String Pops…”and “Generation Ship”.

Get ready for take off!

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6pm – 4am

Location: 1237 Flushing Avenue

www.jupiterdisco.com


Thank you Rachel and Kyle for sharing your 7 best cocktail places in NY, and keep up the amazing work at Ford Media Lab!

If you enjoyed these tips, you might also enjoy reading out other places to enjoy New York’s nightlife!

To organize Corporate Events with tastings and the best mixologists in town, contact our experts.


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Rachel and Kyle Ford,  Alice Gao, and all the venues.
*Last Update on March/2020.*

A New York theatrical dinner Queen of the Night mixes decay with glamour

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The legendary hotspot Diamond Horseshoe reopened at the Paramount Hotel! This New York theatrical dinner Queen of the Night is there newest attraction, shaking the city!

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

From 1938 through 1951, if you passed through Times Square, you would most probably stop by the Diamond Horseshoe – a dinner theater and club in the basement of the Paramount Hotel.

After 62 years of being closed down it experiencing a millionaire restoration that costed $20million. Finally, the place reopened the New Years Eve of 2014 with a breathtaking and surprising night for guests.

We know…it’s in Times Square! But, this is maybe one of the very few posts you’ll ever see with recommendations of things to do there. This is surely a worthy exception!

The talented Fashion Editor we adore, Giovanna Battaglia, is the Creative Director of this theatrical dinner named today as the “Queen of the Night”.

Is was reborn as a mixture of theater, music, circus, culinary experience, design and nightlife. It offers guests an interactive entertainment experience with a complete sit-down dinner.

Cocktail or gala attire is required! So, as they say: “Dress for the Queen”!

What are the comments about it? See what the best experts are saying:

  • “Delicious, decadent and provocatively intimate.” ~ The Hollywood Reporter
  • “Variety show for the senses.” ~ The Daily Beast
  • “A mixture of decadence and glamorous decay” ~ Vanity Fair
  • “Redefines NYC dinner theater.” ~ ZAGAT
  • “Take your idea of dinner theater and trash it.” ~ Yahoo!

Take a look at this quick video with Giovanna Battaglia to get a feel of what it’s all about:

This New York theatrical dinner Queen of the Night is definitely “the” place to go!

If you enjoy these type of theatrical performances, you might also enjoy the House of Yes, in Bushwick, Brooklyn. They have similar performances, with a mixture of burlesque.

Also, before the show, you might want to start the night with a drink at The Press Lounge rooftop, just a few blocks away!

We know that New York can be quite overwhelming with so many different shows, places, events to chose from. Let our experts behind our Concierge Services and our Corporate Services help you out.

Have fun with the best that the city has to offer!

Location: 235 West 46th Street


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Queen of the Night and Nowness (video)

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