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The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S.’ Tour in NYC

Curiosities City Secrets Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Friends Tour in NYC

So no one told you life was going to be this way…  That said, we decided to share with you the Ultimate Guide to Planning your ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S.’ Tour in NYC! Check it out!

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Little Owl restaurant in the West Village. Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

Any fan of the hit sitcom Friends will immediately sing along to these lines and find themselves clapping reflexively.

Years after its ten-year run, Friends continues to strike a chord among old fans and generations of new ones.

Although the series was filmed on a sound stage in California, the show will forever be associated with New York, where all the misadventures took place.

If you are planning a trip to New York and want a one-of-a-kind tour, why not dedicate a day to crafting your itinerary around some famous Friends locations to experience the city through your favorite characters’ shoes.

Enjoy our tips below to the Ultimate Guide to Planning Your ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S.’ Tour in NYC and have fun!


The one with the fountain

While singing those lyrics, you might have pictured a certain fountain with the whole cast playfully splashing around in their coordinated black and white outfits in the opening credits.

Although this was also shot on the Warner Bros back lot, debates abound on whether it is based on the Cherry Hill Fountain in Central Park or the Pulitzer Fountain in Midtown West’s Grand Army Plaza.

While you can choose which of these locations you prefer, feel free to dance around as much as you want as it’s a public space, after all. Just be sure that you don’t jump in!

Although the memorable orange couch won’t be stationed in front of the fountain as in the credits, you can still sit around, people watch, and perhaps even whip a guitar out and belt out ‘Smelly Cat’ à la Phoebe Buffay.


The one with the apartment building

Much of the Friends action takes place on the corner of Grove and Bedford Street in the West Village. It’s better known as the destination of the kitschy Central Perk coffee shop as well as majority of the clique’s apartments.

This little corner destination is also a spot on the NYC TV & Movie Tour, but sadly, you’ll have to use your imagination to visualize the Central Perk logo.

Instead, you can actually walk into the Little Owl restaurant in its place and have a cup of coffee or even a full meal. Don’t expect Gunther to serve you – just pretend you’re at your own cozy little neighborhood joint and enjoy the distant chatter.


The one with the bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge and Friends have inevitably become intertwined because of how prominently it is featured on the show – including many scenes of the gang driving along it.

Just last year, fans of the series congregated on the Brooklyn Bridge for a special reunion called the “Friends 25th Vegas Takeover” with Lego replicas of its sets, live performances, and an appearance of Ross’s former pet monkey, Marcel.

The landmark is often used to promote merchandise from the series and has been featured on traditional games like Scene It! and Trivial Pursuit.

The iconic bridge is still being used to promote Friends across digital mediums with a dedicated title among the selection of slot games on Cheeky Bingo putting the Brooklyn Bridge front and center.

This not only shows how Friends is reaching new fans, but how the Brooklyn Bridge has come to symbolize the show. Fans who want a tangible memento of this image can look into the array of merchandise, as the collectible box sets feature the main cast in front of the iconic bridge.


Friends has become a pop culture phenomenon and its memory continues to live on 25 years later.

As a reunion is in the pipeline and the series and all related things are within arm’s reach, all you have to do is plan your trip. No matter when you schedule your visit, know that these places will be there for you!


Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

15 Spots In New York For Every Photographer to Explore

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Today, we’re going to share you a different content. We’ve selected 15 spots in New York for every photographer to explore! And, great ones for the first timers too! So, let’s start with #1 in grand style, in DUMBO!

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DUMBO – Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

So, our 1st from the 15 spots in New York for every photographer to explore, is located in Brooklyn!

This photo above is at the intersection of Washington Street and Water Street and is easily classified as one of the most photogenic spots in New York. DUMBO, a neighborhood known for its cobbled streets, got its nickname because it is located right under the Manhattan Bridge (Down Under The Manhattan Bridge – aka DUMBO). Looking at the bridge from the crossroads you can easily see the Empire State Building under its arches. This is the New York that everyone wants to get a taste of

When we think of New York we are often wowed by its majestic value. It’s a place that excites us and a place many have grown up watching on TV. New York is full of areas that bring art to life and are a dream for both filmmakers and photographers alike.

Tourists too, often flock to many places in the city for the perfect Instagram post. If you are in New York, you will probably know of all the great spots to stay. Accommodation in the city is massive, there is something for everyone and if you are traveling and are carrying lots of bulky cases and equipment you may need somewhere to store it. You may want to look at baggage storage to ensure that you have somewhere to keep your things before your next flight.

So, what makes New York tick? Well, plenty!

A little tip: when you travel to New York, it’s important to always respect the daily life of the locals. New York is full of people who have lived here all their lives and tourism can get heavy. There are so many ways to enjoy the view of a point of interest without making tourism a nuisance

So, where are these places that are incredibly Instagram worthy? Let’s face it, in New York City, a subway station is an epic Instagram shot alone!

Here are some more of our top picks for novice New York travelers and for every photographer to explore.

You might bump into quite a few tourists, which we are typically running away from, but for the 1st timer, these are the must-see spots:


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NYPL (New York Public Library) – Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

#2 New York Public Library

Also known as the Stephen A. Schwarzman building, has been not only the scene of countless blockbuster movies but, on the other hand, it’s a sacred refuge for New Yorkers that need time off from the noise.

#3 The Empire State Building

It’s great and definitely a place to visit if you never have before. But, we do love the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at the Rockefeller Center. Its 360º view is unbeatable.

#4 NY City Hall

Getting married in New York City is the dream of countless brides and brides-to-be out there, right? Well, to make it right – if you do make your dream come true – is go get your Marriage License at New York’s City Hall! So Carrie Bradshaw style…!

#5  Carry Bradshaw’s Apartment

…Which, we can’t forget when talking about the City of Dreams (and fashion, and art, and gastronomy…and…)! Well, it’s the best city. So, you must visit Carry Bradshaw’s apartment in the West Village – or just Village for the locals! 66 Perry Street.

#6 Foley Square

Located right in front of the famous New York County Supreme Court. Remember Harvey Spector and Mike Ross in the series Suits? We miss these guys…

#7 East Village

One of our favorite neighborhoods! It’s crazy (but we’re thankful), how tourists have not yet discovered how awesome the East Village area is! If you’re a food enthusiast, this area a great area to explore countless local gems!

#8 Little Italy

Mangia Che Ti Fa Benne! Literally, it translates to “Eat that it will make you well!”. Italians believe in the power of food and in the beauty of the entire food experience! And, Little Italy will welcome you into this mind set! Be sure to stop at any of the famous restaurants to enjoy pasta or pizza, with a nice glass of wine!

#9 Chinatown

Probably one of the most underrated areas in Manhattan. I guess, people just don’t know their way around the neighborhood, but those that do have a great time exploring speakeasy bars, amazing local restaurants like Buddha Bodai, creative cuisines…and some even venture into those small underground “spas” for a good foot massage.

#10 Soho

Not on the top of our list, but if you’re an Influencer, or aspiring Influencer, the area is the mecca for Instagram Fashion Photography. But yes, SoHo’s cobblestone streets are truly a beautiful background.

#11 Brooklyn Bridge

Probably the most famous Bridge in the world, and also one of the most unique for sure! It’s definitely a touristy attraction overflowing with visitors, locals bike riding their way across the bridge for work, local merchants selling small gifts…it’s a real confusion, hahaha! But, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge always gives me some of the most amazing feelings and you’re really able to experience New York City’s energy.

#12 Flatiron Building

Another great spot for photographers and visitors is the Flatiron Building. Its architecture is amazing, and it has a big history. Built in 1902, this magnificent building is located between 5th Avenue and Broadway. The neighborhood has become very popular and the pedestrian paths in front of the building as well as the nearby Madison Square Park are ideal scenery for photos.

#13 Brooklyn Wall Art

Graffiti is a huge deal in New York and has been relatively European, but not anymore. Lots of areas of Brooklyn have artistic walls, which make for great photography. Williamsburg, for example, has plenty of vivid graffiti murals that are unique and signed by famous names like Eduardo Kobra, or just Kobra! It’s time to discover the real New York. If you have time, go get lost in Bushwick (only a few subway stops from Williamsburg, also in Brooklyn), also known for The Bushwick Collective with its graffiti and street arts.

#14 Greenwich Village

One of the most beautiful places, the Greenwich Village, is known for its beautiful buildings, its red bricks or brownstones, and the different shades of green that exist in every corner of the area. Also, it boasts plenty of peace and quiet from the bustling city. The area is known for being a historic place in the fight for the LGBTQ+ rights and where the famous Stonewall Riot happened in 1969, kickstarting this movement.

#15 Liberty Island

Now this is surely a photographer’s dream location (but not a paradise for locals running away from the flocking tourists. Liberty Island is a small, uninhabited island, which hosts our beautiful and powerful Lady Liberty (aka Statue of Liberty).

The statue is 93 meters high and the seven rays of the crown represent the seven seas and seven continents. It takes about an hour to see it all and to take all the photos you’ll want – a bit longer if you really want to capture the hum of the city.

The view of Manhattan’s skyline, from the island, is unique and truly unforgettable – it’s a must for any new tourist to the city. If you do not want to get off the ferry boat, you might want to take the Staten Island Ferry that is a free option and you can see the Statue. Unless…you want to go inside the statue where it costs around $18.

It’s the true heart of NYC and a place that you will always remember visiting. The city itself is home to so much beauty so it’s always best to get around walking and exploring all neighborhoods. Leave the Ubers for nighttime when you decide to slip into those heals (or pretty shoes)!


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

New York City Before And After The Coronavirus [Part 2/2]

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“The City That Never Sleeps”, our New York City, is now resting. We’ve compiled an amazing 2nd selection of photos of New York City before and after the Coronavirus.

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Fifth Avenue. Before: Vlad Hilitanu; After: Dalia Maidi

I’m sure that after seeing our post “New York City Before And After The Coronavirus [Part 1/2]“, you got curious to continue exploring NYC streets during this unique time in history, right? Or am I wrong?

Well, like we mentioned, photographers have been doing a fantastic job reporting different corners of the city. Now, as most of us know, the city’s reopening will be done in phases, and slowly the city will awake.

Until then, let’s take a look at a few more extraordinary shot with scenes of New York we’d never imagine even in our craziest dreams.

And again, thank you to ALL these talented eyes behind each lens, that are sharing us us this great work!

Take a look at more shots of New York City Before and After the Coronavirus:


St. Patricks Cathedral

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St. Patricks Cathedral. Before: Miltiadis Fragkidis; After: Alex Carvalho

One of the most famous Cathedrals in the world is nestled right in the heart of Manhattan, on 5th Avenue! St. Patricks Cathedral is a neo-gothic Catholic cathedral dating back to 1879.

“The story of New York’s great cathedral mirrors the story of the city itself. Created to affirm the ascendance of religious freedom and tolerance, St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built in the democratic spirit, paid for not only by the contributions of thousands of poor immigrants but also by the largesse of 103 prominent citizens who pledged $1,000 each.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral proves the maxim that no generation builds a cathedral. It is rather, a kind of ongoing conversation linking generations past, present and future.” ~ St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Rockefeller Center

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Rockefeller Center. Before: Noel Y Calingasan; After: Alex Carvalho

Maybe one of the first places people ask to visit when they come to New York City, is the Rockefeller Center. In our opinion the Top of the Rock has the best observatory in the city. Why? Well, you’ll have a 360º view where you can spot the Statue of Liberty looking South, as well as gaze at the see of trees at Central Park, to the North. And, of course, you can see New Jersey on one side and Brooklyn / Queens on the other.

Also, the Rockefeller Center is the home of New York’s famous Christmas Tree that people anxiously wait for every year! It’s truly a beauty and kicks off the holiday season in style, once the tree is lit up!

Oh, and it’s part of our post: 10 Top Secrets Of New York City That You Probably Don’t Know! There’s always a little secret behind these famous attractions, so go take a look!

Radio City Music Hall

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Radio City. Before: Goh Rhy Yan; After: Alex Carvalho

Completed and open to the public in December 27th, 1932, Radio City Music Hall is an important piece in New York’s entertainment history.

“More than 300 million people have come to the Music Hall to enjoy stage shows, movies, concerts and special events. There’s no place like it to see a show or stage a show. Everything about it is larger than life. Radio City Music Hall is the largest indoor theatre in the world.

The popular movie-and-stage-show format remained a Radio City signature until 1979, when the mass showcasing of new films called for a new focus. Today, the Music Hall still premieres selected films, but is best known as the country’s leading hall for popular concerts, stage shows, special attractions and media events.” ~ MSG

Read more about Radio City Music Hall’s history, if you’re curious!

5th Avenue

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Fifth Avenue. Before: Vlad Hilitanu; After: Dalia Maidi

Did you know that 5th Avenue starts at the North end of Washington Square Park and stretches all the way up to West 143rd Street, in Harlem? It’s quite a stretch, right?

But, many people crave the walk up and down 5th Avenue starting at 59th Street, where The Plaza Hotel and the iconic Apple’s Fifth Avenue “Cube” store are located – and heading South!

The biggest retailers in the world from the top luxury brands like Harry Winston, Bulgari and Valentino, to more accessible fashion brands like Gap, Nike and Uniqlo are spread throughout the blocks. Now, the streets are as silent as you can imagine.

East Village

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East Village. Before: Noel Y Calingasan; After: Alex Carvalho

The East Village is certainly one of our favorite neighborhood in Manhattan. It’s the home of countless fantastic local businesses, while still not attracting a huge touristy crowd. Good for us! While tourists are crazy exploring and fighting their way through Times Square and Midtown, the more niche tourists are uncovering the beauties of this neighborhood.

It’s also the home of some pretty amazing graffiti works, like this one called Black or White (featuring Michael Jackson) – on 180 1st Avenue. The artist is the world-known Brazilian artist, Kobra. New York currently has a total of 19 murals by Kobra spread throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Bryant Park

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Bryant Park. Before: Noel Y Calingasan; After: Clara Kesser

New York City has so many amazing, and well cared for parks, but Bryant Park has something special. It’s located between West 40th and West 42nd Streets, and 6th and 5th Avenue.

Even though it’s literally steps from Times Square, it has a totally different vibe. It’s also the home of one of our favorite “getaways” in the City: the New York Public Library. We do tend to go a lot there and just chill for a few hours in The Rose Main Reading Room.

During the warmer months, the park hosts open air movie sessions on their lawn, and in the winter, they have a skiing rink with great vendors in their Holiday Shops, selling winter apparel and delicious hot chocolates.

DUMBO

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Dumbo. Before: Dalia Maidi; After: Leo Macias

Many people don’t know that DUMBO is actually short for: Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It’s on the very tip of Brooklyn, right on the East River.

This area has immensely grown not only with businesses like Burrow and Foragers City Grocer, but with new high-end residential renovated apartments and modern office spaces. Yes, rent there is crazy expensive and a 1-bedroom can cost over $4,000/month in rent. Only in New York City, right?

In addition, one our favorite hotels, the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, is just “around the corner”.

This view you see in the picture above is one of the most sought-after corners that not only tourists, but influencers and photographers come to shoot. It’s the intersection of Washington Street and Water Street, in case you’re curious.


New York is a strong city, and New Yorkers are one of the most resilient people on this Earth.

That said, we know that we’re passing through really, really tough times. The world is changing, we are surely changing and we CAN’T go back to normal….after all the normal was not working!

Together, we are stronger and we will get out of this with more clarity and hopefully the whole of humanity will come out of this with more compassion, empathy and love for each other!

Stay safe, guys! Stay strong!



(This piece was originally written for and published on Glamour Brazil Online.)

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Clara Kesser (@PommePommeNYC), Noel Y. Calingasan (@NycLovesNyc), Dalia Maidi (@nyc.from.my.eyes),  Alex Carvalho (@AlexCarvalhoNY), Leo Macias (@LeoMacias) and Unsplash photographers

New York City Before And After The Coronavirus [Part 1/2]

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Known as “The City That Never Sleeps”, New York City is now at rest. Come take a look at an amazing compilation of photos of New York City before and after the Coronavirus.

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Madison Avenue. Before: John Arano; After: Clara Kesser

The other day, I read: “For a city like New York, this is just a nap.” I have to agree.

Manhattan’s streets are practically deserted. Neighborhoods like SoHo, Chelsea, the Meatpacking District, large avenues like Park Avenue and areas close to Central Park remind us of that movie with Will Smith, I Am Legend.

The heart of New York, Times Square, continues beating with its countless electronic panels and thousands of colorful lights. However, the streets and avenues are simply empty. Nobody is there to look.

In such a fantastic city, loved worldwide, photographers have not stopped their work and their captures. The result is surprising, but also heartbreaking.

But, as everyone knows, New Yorkers are resilient and are more united than ever! Soon, the city will again pulsing in its “new normal”!

Before we start, thank you to ALL these talented eyes behind each lens, spread throughout our city!

Take a look at these shots of New York City before and after the Coronavirus:


Grand Central Terminal

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Grand Central Terminal. Before: Behind The Scenes NYC; After: Clara Kesser

We love Grand Central Terminal, yes, Terminal! Not Station. It’s definitely one of our favorite top NYC attractions. Every so often, we change our itinerary, just to pass through it.

Now, the cool part is actually the Secret Behind The Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour that we offer in collaboration with a fantastic partner! Once the city reopens, be sure to check it out!

Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge. Before: Dalia Maidi; After: LittleKidNYC

The Brooklyn Bridge is certainly one of New York’s timeless attractions. Open to the public on May of 1883, it became one of the world’s most famous – and gorgeous – bridges! Similar to the Grand Central Terminal, we have a super cool Secrets Of The Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour.

Did you know that a guy called George C. Parker was known of having “sold” the bridge many times to different new prospect owners? He did a huge load of money out of this hoax and was eventually sent to jail for life. You’ll listen to this story and other pretty cool ones during the tour!

The Oculus (WTC)

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World Trade Center. Before: Emmanuel Kontokalos; After: Noel Y Calingasan

Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub, also known as The Oculus, is certainly a spot not to miss! Now, can you guess how much this massive construction costed?

No? Let us “wow” you then! The Oculus, in addition to the PATH station, costed $3.9 billion. The thing is, not everyone was happy with the outrageous cost.

Washington Square Park

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Washington Square Park. Before: Behind the Scenes NYC; After: Alex Carvalho

Washington Square Park is located in lower Manhattan and has a really great story! It’s the burial ground of thousands and thousands of bodies, was a farm land back when the Dutch had colonized NYC and was called New Amsterdam. Today, it hosts countless artists and creatives, has been the location of riots and important moments in history and yet…it’s a super important spot for the LGBTQ movement!

42nd Street

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Tudor City. Before: Noel Y Calingasan; After: Alex Carvalho

One of the spots photographers love shooting and being creative, is 42nd Street. It’s been captured from all different angles and definitely has a unique view, starting with the beautiful Chrysler Building in the back!

Times Square

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Times Square. Before: Noel Y Calingasan; After: Dalia Maidi

If some asked if they’d ever imagine seeing Times Square completely empty, the universal answer would most likely be a big fat “No!”. Well, then again, I guess no one ever expected Covid-19, right? Many Broadway shows, that have been running continuously for decades, in addition to all the newest ones, have been cancelled until further notice.

Now, we have a pretty cool experience that you can look forward to! Have you ever imagined having a Private Diner and a Post Show Meet & Greet with the Broadway Stars? Surely a memorable experience to go home with, right!?

The Subway

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Subway. Before: Victor Rodriguez; After: Jenna Day

Ah, the New York subway. Home to all our friendly rats and roaches, but also so much loved, as hated by us New Yorkers. I have to confess that I’m personally pretty fond of it and aways enjoy me ride, regardless of the awkward odors and clear discomfort many times.

And, I love it so much, that we decided to offer a few different tours to share more about its story. So, check out the Underground New York Subway Tour and the Underground Art In The NYC Subway Tour, and let us know what you loved the most!

Now wait! The pictures of New York City before and after the Coronavirus are not yet finished!!

Take a look our Part 2 and what places like St. Patricks Cathedral, the Rockefeller Center, the famous and luxurious 5th Avenue, Radio City look like! Oh, and don’t forget about the East Village, Dumbo in Brooklyn and one of the most beautiful parks, Bryant Park!



(This piece was originally written for and published on Glamour Brazil Online.)

Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC, Courtesy of Clara Kesser (@PommePommeNYC), John Arano, Noel Y. Calingasan (@NycLovesNyc),  Dalia Maidi (@nyc.from.my.eyes),  Alex Carvalho (@AlexCarvalhoNY), @LittleKidNYC, Leo Macias (@LeoMacias) and Unsplash photographers

Fun Things To Do In NYC This Fall

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New York, New York is a fabled city of dreams. Considered the epicenter of American multiculturalism, New York City brings together the best of tourism, scenery, and choice. Today we will share with you some pretty fun things to do in NYC this Fall!

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Andrae Ricketts

Unfortunately, since New York City has taken a considerable hit since COVID-19 infiltrated its borders, most of its iconic spots and activities have been suspended through the summer. However, it’s still possible to plan a fall trip for this year that blends the timelessness of tourist spots with the eclectic spirit of its hidden gems. We’re gonna show you some fun things to do in NYC this Fall!

Formerly known as New Amsterdam, the city we now know as New York was initially settled on the Hudson River by the Dutch in 1624. Forty years later, the English took over and gave the city the name we know and love today: New York.

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It is perhaps most famously known as the “gateway to America,” as the city saw a massive influx of immigrants between 1892 and 1954.

Because of this fact, it’s estimated that up to 40% of Americans can trace their lineage back to this group of immigrants who entered the country via Ellis Island, which could arguably be America’s most famous border stop.

New York’s rich cultural history has cemented its status as one of America’s must-see cities.

But for those unfamiliar with its geographical and social landscape, it might be overwhelming to dive in and navigate.

Fortunately, we’re here today to provide you with a list of sites you’ll visit during your time in ‘The Big Apple.’

These might look like pretty touristy spots to go, far from a “behind the scenes” experience at first glance, but we always tweak the experience into a memorable and unique one!

So, keep on reading and check out a few fun things to do in NYC this fall, with our “behind the scenes NYC juice” to top it off:


Taking Broadway to another level with a Meet & Greet experience!

There’s no business, like show business, baby!

Any American who can carry a tune has heard of Broadway; its world-class theater productions draw millions of international visitors each year.

Many of its iconic shows and songs have woven their way into the cultural fabric and lexicon. Broadway itself is the name of the street where most of those theater companies made their home in the early 1900’s, a time when the height of the Industrial Revolution ushered in massive public transportation shifts.

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New York’s new subway system made getting around the city far easier, and with it came the popularization of live theater entertainment.

Nowadays, Broadway’s definition has expanded to include all streets between 42nd Street and 53rd Street in Midtown and is appropriately named the Theater District.

While there was a downturn in demand for theater productions during the Great Depression, Broadway would soon rise again.

There’s several acclaimed Broadway shows in production this fall, and anyone who wants to get an authentic taste of the city would be wise to buy a ticket to see one of these shows.

If you’re new to the theater world, consider The Lion King.

Not only is the story familiar thanks to Disney’s hit 1994 animated film, but it’s also the highest-grossing Broadway show of all time, raking in over $2 million every week.

That’s $1.4 billion in total since the beginning of its run! If you’re looking for a brief account of American history with a modern-day twist, then we recommend Hamilton, one of the most popular shows to hit Broadway in years.

If you’d like to see this show but aren’t too keen on shelling out $150 for a ticket, you can enter a digital lottery to win one for $10.

Now, for our “behind the scenes NYC juice”! Watching a Broadway show is definitely an amazing experience, but we can make it priceless with a pre-dinner with the stars and a backstage meet & greet after the show!

How about that for a memorable experience, huh?! Definitely one of the highlights of fun thing to do in NYC next Fall!


Central Park and all its secrets!

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If New York is America’s most famous city, then Central Park is America’s most famous park.

The New York State Legislature set aside 750 acres of central land on Manhattan Island for park development on July 21, 1853. Central Park would become America’s first and largest public park and kicked off the urban park movement that would continue to spread throughout the country in the coming decades.

Those lobbying for the construction of the park argued that a big public park would contribute to the collective benefit of both society and public health. Their reasoning struck a chord, as nowadays America boasts over 53 national parks and 6600 state parks. Smaller public parks are estimated to double or triple the last number.

If you think all there is to do in Central Park is walk around, think again. You can fish for bass, explore Belvedere Castle, take in the floral scenery at the Conservatory Garden, and catch some Shakespearean theater if you’re so inclined.

What makes Central Park so amazing is that there’s something for everyone here.

Want to spread a blanket out on the Big Lawn and bask in the sun? You can do that–just don’t forget your prescription sunglasses (it gets pretty bright out there!).

Would you rather experience all the romance of a gondola ride without making a trip to Venice, Italy? Well, you can do that too on Central Park’s lake. If you’re new to the city, you have to make your way to America’s most beautiful and most memorable park before you go.

And still, let us organize a beautiful full picnic for you and your friend’s or loved ones! We’ll take care of everything from setting it up, to cleaning it all, when you’re done! It’s one of the fun outdoor activities you never thought about doing in New York.

Last, but not least, you can also sign up and experience the Secret of Central Park Walking Tour! So fun and you’ll learn even more, and explore a couple more off-the-beaten-path areas.


The Secret NYC Underground!

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Doyers Street, Chinatown. Photo Credit: Noel Y. Calingasan (@NYCLovesNYC)

Perhaps, though, these tourist destinations aren’t your cup of tea – even though we added our unique twist. So here are some secret and fun things to do in NYC this Fall.

If this is the case, rest assured you’re in the right place to explore and discover a trove of establishments that generally fly under the radar.

New York City is teeming with cocktail bars and live music hubs that can give you a taste of the undercurrent of the city’s culture.

Peachy’s Cocktail Bar has an impressive set of house rules that accosts every visitor before entry: NO FIGHTING, NO PHOTOS. Indeed, in today’s picture-perfect world, a bar like Peachy’s is an excellent place to relax with a drink and unplug. Located at 5 Doyers Street in Chinatown, this chic speakeasy-like lounge is under Chinese Tuxedo – a restaurant we love!!

But the phone-free element is not the only part of its unique vibe. Peachy’s cocktail bar dons some seriously fresh tiger-print wallpaper, intricate floral arrangements, and myriad flickering candles that all work together to create a funky yet beautifully understated mood.

Its most famous drink comes with complementary blue algae, but don’t worry. Not only are these algae safe for consumption, but it’s flavored with pineapple to conjure up childhood memories of blue Fun Dip. Talk about a sweet spot!

Are you looking for a laugh? Then, check out Live @ The Apt.

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What began as a three-person venture out of a 5th floor apartment has evolved into a comedy club with multiple locations across the city. Known as one of the hottest modern comedy clubs, Live @ The Apt has featured some of today’s most prominent, up-and-coming comedians, including Hannibal Buress, Hasan Minhaj, and Phoebe Robinson.

Live @ The Apt also partners with Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels’ Above Average Network to bring you the best on comedy production. They’ve also expanded their shows to national tours and branded content campaigns.

You won’t be disappointed if you make a trip to Live at The Apt. Just remember to bring your funny bone with you.


The list of things to do in NYC this Fall doesn’t stop here. But, we’d be here all day if we wanted to dig into all the uniquely incredible activities you could do in New York City.

However, know that it’s always good to keep your street smarts about you while you’re navigating the city.

We also have some travel recommendations for out-of-towners, and you can see the 16 Things NO ONE EVER Tells You About NYC.

Some additional tips include:

  • never getting into an unmarked cab (all yellow NYC cabs feature their driver’s medallion number on their taxi light),
  • sticking to well-lit, populated streets,
  • offering to panhandlers valuables like subway cards or food instead of money,
  • and keeping your wallet on you and within reach at all times (gotta watch out for those pickpockets).

So, we hope you’ve learned a little bit about our beautiful city today. We hope that you’ll get the chance to see it for yourself someday.


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and courtesy of Andrae Ricketts on Unsplash

5 Unique Behind the Scenes NYC Experiences On Vogue Brazil

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Vogue Brazil featured 5 unique Behind the Scenes NYC experiences we offer to our clients and corporate clients! Come check them out in this short Insider’s Guide to enjoy NYC in a different way!

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Vogue Brasil asked us to share 5 unique Behind the Scenes NYC experiences we offer to our clients and corporate clients!

Take a look below and check out the original post specially if you are a Portuguese speaker!


New York: an insider’s guide to enjoying the city

Are you traveling to the Big Apple? We’ll tell you five out of the ordinary tours!

Did you choose New York as your next vacation destination, but haven’t started planning your itinerary yet?

There is no reason to worry. Go beyond the conventional attractions found on Google and, this time, book tours outs of the box.

To help you organize this, Fernanda Paronetto, Founder at Behind The Scenes NYC, a company that offers a series of experiences and exclusive tours for families and companies in the Big Apple, share with Vogue five options that will surprise you.

  1. Meet & Greet and Dine with the Stars of Broadway Shows in NYC
  2. Meet & Greet with the World’s Top Celebrities
  3. Go to the best New York Fashion Week shows
  4. Jet Skiing on the Hudson River
  5. The Most Coveted NYC Helicopter Tours: Seeing NYC from Above

Read the full article on Vogue Brazil!


If you got excited with all these options, don’t wait another second to contact our team to start planning the perfect New York experience.

For Corporate groups, that’s where we shine! Let our experts cater the perfect event, tour or activity for your, your team or your valuable clients! We work with clients from all over the globe.

We have catered to groups small as six people and to delegations of over 150 people! So, don’t hesitate to contact us!

The Bridges Run Tour For The Fitness Lovers

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If you’re a runner, New York is a great place to exercise. The backdrop of the city is an inspiration on it’s own! So, take a look at The Bridges Run Tour and come join us!


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The Bridges Run Tour perfectly combines a gorgeous sightseeing experience with a solid workout which will kick start your day!

Run both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, breathe in the cool morning air, and look down at the timeless harbor as the sun rises.

You’ll then finish your 4.5 mile morning run by the Charging Bull in the financial district. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, you’ll start your day feeling accomplished and energized.

You’ll also learn a bit about New York’s history!

The Course:

We meet every Monday at 7am at the Chinatown Information Kiosk on the southeast side of Canal and Baxter streets.

This is close to several subways 4,6,N,R,W,Q,A,C,E,B,D. Your guide will be wearing a blue T-shirt.

We’ll run over the Manhattan Bridge, into Brooklyn for a bit, then back into Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge. We round out our run tour by the Charging Bull by Bowling Green right near the 4,5,1,J,Z subways.

We run on both city sidewalks and running paths.

Some of what you’ll see:

  • Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges
  • The South Street Seaport
  • New York Harbor
  • Battery Park
  • Bowling Green
  • The Charging Bull
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Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

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What to Expect:

This is a group running tour that will be led by licensed NYC sightseeing guides who are also certified running coaches. To insure no one is left behind and that all can hear the guide we will run at an easy, conversation pace.

We will make periodically stops to view and discuss notable points of interest throughout the tour. You should be able to comfortably run 4.5 miles for this tour.

The duration of the tour is approximately 90 minutes. Although your guide will run with a backpack and can store small items for you such as phones or keys, we recommend bringing very little on the tour.

As always, it’s important to stay hydrated during a run, so please bring a small bottle of water.

We will begin our tour right at the scheduled start time, however if you are running late please be sure to email or phone us no later than 15 minutes prior to the start. Travel to and from our tours is usually fastest via subway, so please bring a MetroCard.

 

What to Bring:

Try to bring as little as possible besides your water bottle!

Check in Information:

  • We will meet at the Chinatown Information Kiosk on the southeast side of Canal and Baxter streets
  • Closest Subway Lines/Stops – 4,6,N,R,W,Q,A,C,E,B,D

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So, if you enjoyed this tour, you might also want to check out the Secrets Of The Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour! Also, go to the top NYC attractions by checking out the different Tour Passes in New York!

If you’re looking for a private tour contact us and we’ll work on this with you! For Corporate Tours, let our experts help you out and share exclusive rates!


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

Brooklyn Group Graffiti Workshop

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Take a Graffiti Lesson from a Brooklyn graffiti artist and create a collaborative art project. Try the Brooklyn Group Graffiti Workshop! Have fun!


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Book a hands-on workshop – the Brooklyn Group Graffiti Workshop – to learn spray painting techniques and create your own graffiti art project in our Brooklyn art studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Immerse yourself in graffiti culture, and bring a new piece of art home! You’ll get a one of a kind art experience in New York City!

This unique hands-on workshop allows you to create your own graffiti art project with the help of an authentic NYC graffiti artist. Learn the tips and techniques of aerosol art, from fill-ins to masterpieces, as you immerse yourself in graffiti art culture.

The workshop takes place in a beautiful Brooklyn art studio in the heart of Bushwick. It’s a great experience not only for kids, but also for adults!

Cultivating creative thought and a welcoming environment, this experience is designed for all ages and talent levels. Leave this workshop with a greater understanding of this still misunderstood craft, and take your newly created work home!

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TOUR DETAILS:
Price: $40 / person (All Ages)
Duration: 1 Hour
Meeting Location: The graffiti lesson takes place at a Brooklyn Art Studio. Meet at 282 Meserole Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The closest subway stop is the Montrose L Train stop.
What It Includes: They supply paint, canvas, gloves, studio time, and of course, a NYC graffiti artist.
What to Bring: Bring your own bag to bring your work home with you. A tote bag or backpack is great. Please be prepared to wait 15 minutes after the workshop finishes to let your artwork dry before you pack it up.
What to Wear: Wear casual clothes (nothing you would regret getting paint on). The paint does come off, but it gives everyone less anxiety if you don’t wear a gown or a tux.

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If you enjoyed the Brooklyn Group Graffiti Workshop, you might want to check out our Exclusive Art Tours In New York City and the Underground Art In The NYC Subway Tour.

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


Photo Credit: Courtesy of our partner

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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The famous Friends apartment. ©Behind the Scenes NYC

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!


Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

6 Under The Radar Museums In Manhattan

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There is nothing better than exploring unusual spots around New York. So, we decided to share with you 6 under the radar museums in Manhattan! Have fun!

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Yes, we know that New York City’s world-famous museums are definitely places to visit, but they aren’t the only ones around. There are some quite amazing under the radar museums in Manhattan.

Indeed, it’s now estimated there are about 100 first-rate museums spread throughout the Big Apple’s five boroughs.

If you have just checked out of your Airbnb, you’re not ready to check out some of New York’s hidden gems before heading out. So, be sure to read our guide.

Below, we share six under the radar museums in Manhattan with amazing experiences but that you can easily find.

So, fire up your Google Maps, store your luggage, and go explore!


1. Travel Back in Time at the Tenement Museum

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Photo: Courtesy of The Tenement Museum

To get a feel for New York’s gritty past, definitely stop by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, at 103 Orchard Street.

In addition to touring an authentic 19th century tenement house, this museum hosts highly interactive neighborhood tours with guides dressed in period costume.

All of the Tenement Museum’s exhibits are designed to illuminate the realities of American immigration from the 1800s onwards.

Oh! And before visiting the Tenement Museum, feel free to drop your heavy bags at one of the convenient Stasher locations in nearby SoHo or Chinatown.

Location: 103 Orchard Street

https://www.tenement.org


2. Tour the Teensy-Tiny Mmuseumm

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Only large enough for three people, Lower Manhattan’s Mmuseumm won’t win any accolades for its extensive collection.

Despite the Mmuseumm’s amusingly small size, visitors rave about the constantly rotating selection of newsworthy artifacts.

We can’t promise you’ll feel overwhelmed by the Mmuseumm’s offerings, but you certainly won’t forget your visit.

The Mmuseumm’s is located close to the Canal Street Metro.

Location: 4 Cortlandt Alley

http://www.mmuseumm.com


3. See the Original “Winnie The Pooh” Plush

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Despite protestations from British leaders, the stuffed animals that inspired A. A. Milne’s “Winnie The Pooh” remains in the New York Public Library.

In addition to Pooh Bear, visitors will get to see the original Kanga, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet dolls that Christopher Robin once played with.

Note: the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is the library branch that holds these treasured toys.

You can easily find this building near the 5th Avenue/Bryant Park Metro.

Location: 476 5th Avenue

https://www.nypl.org/schwarzman


4. Explore the Himalayas at the Rubin Museum of Art

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Looking for some Buddhist serenity in the Big Apple? Consider visiting the underrated Chelsea’s Rubin Museum of Art. We truly love exploring it!

This easy-to-miss museum houses thousands of ornate art objects from the mystifying Himalayas.

From Tibet and India to Nepal and Pakistan, you’ll need a few reincarnations to appreciate all the art on display here.

The Rubin Museum of Art is less than a mile’s walk south of Penn Station near the 18th Street Metro. Bag storage is limited, so be sure to check out Stasher’s convenient luggage storage options in Penn Station before your visit.

Location: 150 West 17th Street

http://rubinmuseum.org


5. Get Your James Bond on at SPYSCAPE

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Get ready to live out your own James Bond adventure in the SPYSCAPE museum, launched back in 2018. It’s a pretty new addition to New York’s list of attractions.

After viewing dozens of espionage-related artifacts, visitors can test their spy skills through a series of highly immersive challenges, like solving encrypted codes and walking through laser sensors.

You might even be able to talk with resident hackers about the importance of Internet Privacy.

You can find this exhilarating museum on 8th Avenue, which is less than a mile from Carnegie Hall.

Location: 928 8th Avenue

https://spyscape.com


6. Soar to New Heights at the Skyscraper Museum

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Honestly, what other city is more deserving of having a Skyscraper Museum?

Sure, the art of skyscrapers has now gone global, but New York City’s skyline will always remain the world’s most iconic.

Inside Battery Park’s Skyscraper Museum, you can learn the engineering behind all of New York’s famous buildings.

This museum also works hard to present the stories of the countless engineers and investors who made New York City what it is today.

Oh, a while back we experienced an amazing 2-day tour with Siemens where they showed us how their technology also helped build NYC! You might find this pretty cool as well!

You can easily reach the Skyscraper Museum on foot from the Wall Street Metro. Before visiting, please take a peek at Stasher’s convenient storage destinations in the Financial District.

Location: 39 Battery Place

https://skyscraper.org


If you enjoyed reading this post about the under the radar museums in Manhattan, you might want to see a few more hidden museums around the city!

Check out the 5 Offbeat Museums In NYC You Should Visit or read about the Most Different Museum In New York Of All Times.

If you’re looking for custom tours or need to put together a corporate experience, let our experts help you out!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of all the Museums
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