Experience Brooklyn Like A Local

Experience Brooklyn Like A Local

Last month we partnered with Localgrapher and shared our insight on how to "Experience Brooklyn Like A Local".  Read on to discover our top 5 ways to explore Brooklyn.

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Why we are still obsessed with the High Line

Why we are still obsessed with the High Line

Although it's been open since 2006, the High Line is always in our top 10 of things people should when visiting NYC. The High Line has incredible history, landscaping, vistas, architecture, and art. Read on to learn about fantastic upcoming events and why it's still one of our favorite things to do in NYC.

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What's hot in NYC & Brooklyn?! And the best places to cool off ... with a cocktail al fresco!

What's hot in NYC & Brooklyn?! And the best places to cool off ... with a cocktail al fresco!

New York City in the summer is a magical place. Markets, festivals, outdoor dining, parks, the waterfront, the energy! We could go on. Here are our picks for what’s hot:

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Summertime at Brooklyn Bridge Park & DUMBO

Summertime at Brooklyn Bridge Park & DUMBO

According to the NY Harbor Parks website, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade will take your breath away. Made famous by cameo appearances in movies like Annie Hall and Moonstruck, it is one of the most romantic spots in New York City, and has been the destination for thousands of first dates, wedding proposals and anniversary celebrations. One-third of a mile long, it offers a vista of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and the majestic Brooklyn Bridge. Lined with flower beds, trees, benches and playgrounds, the promenade is a favorite destination for tourists, joggers, strollers, families and lovers.

It's a great place to visit whether you're local or visiting from out of town. If you're staying in Manhattan, we recommend a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and then a few hours to enjoy the promenade. Plan your visit to finish up around sunset for incredible views (and photos!). The walk across the bridge takes about an hour, so plan accordingly....

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CUBA! Adventures in Havana and beyond!

CUBA! Adventures in Havana and beyond!

Cuba is all the rage with Americans right now (and for good reason) so we had to get down there to see for ourselves! We met lots of incredible people, learned about the revolution and it's modern day ramifications, learned how to salsa, enjoyed lots of live music (day and night) and had many memorable meals. And enjoyed more than a few mojitos and Cuba libres!

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Jazz it up!

Jazz it up!

We received lots of questions about our previous article featuring where to see the best live music in Brooklyn so we decided to do a post about where to see the best live jazz in Manhattan!

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NYC: 5 things not to miss in April!

NYC: 5 things not to miss in April!

Spring has sprung in New York City and we couldn't be happier! Here is our list of top 5 events not to miss in April!

1. A Celebration of NYC's Best Margaritas (April 29) A Grand Ole Fiesta sampling the city's best margaritas as your favorite restaurants duke it out for the title at the Margarita Rumble! Fiesta like there's no mañana when the Margarita Rumble kicks off at Dobbin St.  Over 15 specially curated, best of the best, bars & restaurants send their mixologists in to compete for the title of Best Margarita in NYC. Sample the best margaritas (and then vote for your favorite!) while live music keeps you la bamba'ing.

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NYC's 7 Best Locations for an Amazing Photoshoot

NYC's 7 Best Locations for an Amazing Photoshoot

We’ve partnered with an awesome company called Localgrapher for this post. If you need a photographer while in a new city (or in general), check ‘em out!

When you think of New York City, images of Times Square and the Empire State Building come to mind instantly. While these are classic icons, you don’t want your NYC photos to be like everyone else’s, do you? 

A city as big and historical as New York has many hidden gems where you can get away from the crowds and the cliché. Get away from the expected and turn your photoshoot into art with these spots that will make your friends think you’ve turned into a New Yorker. 

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Finally! Smorgasburg is back. Here's what to eat at this Brooklyn Foodie Mecca!

Finally! Smorgasburg is back. Here's what to eat at this Brooklyn Foodie Mecca!

We always know summer is around the corner when our beloved Smorgasburg is back in business. Located on the Williamsburg Brooklyn waterfront (the views of NYC are fabulous as is the food), this is one of our favorite Saturday activities. After our Flatiron Food Tour and Williamsburg Brooklyn Food Tour of course. 

"Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors

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Calling all wine, cheese and history buffs!

Calling all wine, cheese and history buffs!

Crown Finish Caves is a cheese aging facility located in an 1850's lagering tunnel thirty feet below the street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. According to their website, "We are located in the historic former Nassau Brewery building in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Our caves are the old lagering tunnels of the brewery, and at approximately 50 degrees fahrenheit year round, they are the perfect temperature for aging cheese. 

This weekend they are hosting a special event...

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Interview with a Local: Hartje Andresen of Pudge Knuckles

Interview with a Local: Hartje Andresen of Pudge Knuckles

This month, we spoke to Hartje Andresen of Pudge Knuckles, a coffee shop favorited by locals, as well as a wine bar and roastery. It's also a featured stop on our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour and Sunday Funday Boozy Brooklyn Tour. As their website states, "Packed with the full flavor and energy of New York City, PUDGE KNUCKLES is not just another coffee shop. PUDGE KNUCKLES was started by Ivan Greene & Hartje Andresen. Ivan is a former top ranked professional rock climber and Hartje is a highly sought after professional model."

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Like A Local Featured by Headout: Discover New York City Like A Local

Like A Local Featured by Headout: Discover New York City Like A Local

March 11, 2017 - Eating local food, exploring hidden hot spots, and frequenting the joints locals flock to are some of the best ways to discover the soul of a city.  

In New York, you can head to a Jewish cafe and taste Israel in Williamsburg, or, walk the streets of Brooklyn and enjoy pizza from a wood oven burning for over a hundred years. You can stroll past historic buildings in Brewer’s Row, or stop by Artists and Fleas to buy yourself a treasure.

Lauren Beebe, founder of  Like A Local Tours, always felt that there was a disconnect between how tourists, even locals to some extent, experience NYC. She wanted to bring out the unique experiences centred around food, art and history. It was this desire that gave birth to Like A Local Tours. Today, her company is recognized as one of the most fascinating ways to dive straight into the heart of the city.

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Interview with a Local: Anna Ward, Artists & Fleas Market Manager

Interview with a Local: Anna Ward, Artists & Fleas Market Manager

If you’re local, you have likely been to Artists and Fleas. If not, according to Founders Amy and Ronen, Artists & Fleas is, “Part community gathering spot, part hipster haven, Artists & Fleas has hosted thousands of artists and vendors since opening its doors. It's a place where buyers find unique designs, artists and vintage collectors in an atmosphere that’s in the tradition of old world marketplaces with a firm foot in what is contemporary, original and hip.” 

They first opened their doors in an empty warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and have since expanded to Chelsea Market in NYC, downtown Los Angeles as well as Venice, CA. 

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Warm Up with Live Music in Brooklyn

Warm Up with Live Music in Brooklyn

One of the best things to do in NYC and Brooklyn is catch live music. Especially in winter. Whether you're down for a romantic night of jazz or want to see some up and coming indie bands, Brooklyn has a venue for everything. We put together an exhaustive list of all our favorite music spots. Here we profile the intimate venues.

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NYC on the cheap!

NYC on the cheap!

We came across this article from Australian travel website Traveller and wanted to share our favorite recommendations for ways to experience New York City on the cheap.

New York city guide on a budget: The best things to see and do in New York on the cheap. By Rob McFarland // Jan 13 2017 // The city's tourism body, NYC & Company, has a series of guides to help travellers on a budget (nycgo.com/free) and initiatives such as the ever-expanding network of free Wi-Fi enabled LinkNYC kiosks have made the city even easier to navigate.

CHEAP SLEEPS

Accommodation will probably be your biggest expense but the flip side is that it's also where you can make the greatest savings. Peak season in New York is during the US summer (July and August), so visiting in winter (particularly January and February) can save you a small fortune.

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How to celebrate Valentine's Day in NYC

How to celebrate Valentine's Day in NYC

They say Paris it the most romantic city. We agree but also think NYC isn't far behind. Here are our favorite ways to spend a romantic day and night in the Big Apple:

1. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Guggenheim, then make your way through Central Park down to the Plaza Hotel and warm up with tea or champagne. It's about a 1.5 mile walk so you can always hop in a cab on 5th Avenue and sneak some smooching in if you get chilly. 

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Super Bowl Sunday! Our picks for where to watch!

Super Bowl Sunday! Our picks for where to watch!

While our team didn't make it, we still love watching the Super Bowl with friends, great beer and great food. If you're not planning to watch at home, there are amazing options to watch in NYC or Brooklyn! Here are our top picks. Oh! And we recommend enjoying our Sunday Funday Boozy Brooklyn Tour first!

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NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week runs from January 23 - February 10. There are over 400 restaurants participating for lunch and dinner. Here are our top 5 picks for dinner! PS - Make your reservations asap and check back for last minute openings often...

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2 for 1 Tickets! Attractions Week in NYC!

2 for 1 Tickets! Attractions Week in NYC!

January 6, 2016 — Get 2-for-1 tickets to 74 museums, tours and more during first-ever NYC Attractions Week. Use offer code AWW17 to redeem. Living in New York is never boring — so many trendy things to stand in line for! — but there are probably a few places you’ve always meant to visit but just haven’t gotten around to. Now, you have no excuse: Beginning Jan. 17 through Feb. 5, over 70 museums, cultural spots and tours across the five boroughs are offering two-for-one admission during the first-ever NYC Attractions Week...

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Vice Munchies: Saturday Night Pizza

Vice Munchies: Saturday Night Pizza

Wanna know the real history of pizza in NYC & Brooklyn? Watch this episode of Viceland TV featuring Frank Pinello of Best Pizza (one of the stops on our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour)...

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