NYC's Best Halloween Parties

NYC's Best Halloween Parties

Halloween in NYC is one of our favorite things ever. This year's costumes will be all about Wonder Woman, the kids from Stranger Things and Pennywise from IT -- I am scared just thinking about that one! Here's our top party list.

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VIP Brooklyn BBQ Tasting Tour

VIP Brooklyn BBQ Tasting Tour

I am so pleased to announce a new experience! Love BBQ? Go behind the scenes and meet some of the pit masters with a licensed tour guide who used to run a BBQ Joint in Brooklyn! From Williamsburg to Red Hook and in between, we've got you covered. We know what to order where.

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NYC Art Picks - go now!

NYC Art Picks - go now!

The summer blockbuster shows at the big museums might be over, but there is still some really great art to be seen at both the big venues and smaller galleries. 

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Brooklyn Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries

Brooklyn Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries

Get your buzz on with a visit to these Brooklyn breweries, wineries and distilleries! From Brooklyn Brewery to New York Distilling Company and more, read on and plan your beer, wine or spirits crawl!

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NYC Events Not to Miss this Fall!

NYC Events Not to Miss this Fall!

Fall in New York City is a magical time. Everyone's back from summer vacations or spending time upstate and in the Hamptons or North Fork, you can still sit outside for dinner and there is an amazing amount of festivals going on! We put together our list of top cultural and festival related events... 

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Interview with a Local: Frenchie Ferenczi, Director of Cultural Programming at The William Vale

Interview with a Local: Frenchie Ferenczi, Director of Cultural Programming at The William Vale

As we mentioned in our Where to Stay in NYC & Brooklyn articles, there is no shortage of fabulous accommodations in Brooklyn, and one of our favorites is The William Vale Hotel. I came to know about our next interviewee, Frenchie Ferenczi, through a couple of fantastic events that I attended at the hotel. 

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Like A Local is Featured in Abercrombie & Kent!

Like A Local is Featured in Abercrombie & Kent!

One of the best companies in the travel biz is Abercrombie & Kent, who has been arranging luxury travel for their clients since 1962. So I was thrilled when they joined our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour and then asked me to talk about a typical day in Williamsburg Brooklyn for their Sundowner Magazine!

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Dog Adopted on our Sunday Funday Brooklyn Tour!

Dog Adopted on our Sunday Funday Brooklyn Tour!

One of my all time favorite places in Brooklyn is Artists & Fleas. Aside from all the amazing vendors they have, they have hosted some fun events and are very much part of the Williamsburg community.

In celebration of National Dog Day on August 27, Artists & Fleas hosted Found My Animal for a day of puppy love, raising awareness for fostering and adoption, and to find forever homes for some four-legged pals.

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Like A Local Tours is Featured (& Recommended) by Verlocal!

Like A Local Tours is Featured (& Recommended) by Verlocal!

We are so excited to be featured in Verlocal's Host Spotlight! Verlocal is evolving the way individuals build businesses by connecting them to people looking to discover local classes, events, products, and services. From our food tours to Ikebana in Chicago or surf lessons in Washington, this awesome website has it all! We love their mission and how they're empowering individuals to share their passions with others! 

Try something new and use code VerlocalDIY for 10% OFF.

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Brooklyn Vintage Shopping

Brooklyn Vintage Shopping

Why spend all that dough on basic, boring clothes, when you can spend less and find one-of-a-kind pieces that have had a history! Don't be intimated -- Brooklyn has some of the best (and best priced) vintage shopping around! Use our handy guide below and get shopping!

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Second look: famous sculptures in NYC

Second look: famous sculptures in NYC

"Meet me by the Astor Place cube!" That's how this article came to be. Where did the cube come from, what does it symbolize? Read on to learn those answers and more about some of NYC's most prominent sculptures...

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Carbon Offsets: what is this all about anyway?

Carbon Offsets: what is this all about anyway?

I love travel. And it's safe to say, if you're reading this, that you do too. But one thing you might not think about is the fact that airplanes are one of the worst polluters, sponsored by us, the travelers who fly. BUT, don’t despair, you can easily help offset your carbon footprint. For years, the idea of offsetting your carbon footprint has been very confusing to me, until I came across this website...

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Events not to miss this summer!

Events not to miss this summer!

New York City in summer is packed with tons of outdoor events to enjoy. Street fairs, concerts, movies, art and more. We list a few of our favorites...

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Where to stay in Brooklyn

Where to stay in Brooklyn

Brooklyn is a must visit on any trip to New York City, even for first time visitors. And, in the past few years, Brooklyn's hotel scene has really stepped it up to accommodate those interested to make Brooklyn home base during their trip. All of the hotels we recommend are an easy 5-10 minute subway ride to Manhattan!

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Where to stay in NYC

Where to stay in NYC

With over 50 neighborhoods in Manhattan, how does one decide where to stay?! Many visitors to New York City choose Times Square, with an abundance of large, reasonably priced hotels. But after being asked by several first time visitors where we would stay, we put together our top ten hotels based on neighborhood, budget, amenities, service and style. Our recommendations involve boutique hotels or small hotel companies and we chose neighborhoods favorited by locals. We've really narrowed it down!

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200 5th Avenue's Former Life

200 5th Avenue's Former Life

200 Fifth Avenue was formerly known as The Toy Building and is currently home to Eataly as well as the corporate offices of Tiffany & Co among others. But, before The Toy Building was built in 1909, the site had several former (and wildly different) lives.

The Fifth Avenue Hotel was a luxury hotel located at 200 Fifth Avenue in New York City from 1859 to 1908...

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Our Highlights from Brooklyn Eats 2017

Our Highlights from Brooklyn Eats 2017

There are many great food and beverage companies being formed in Brooklyn! This year, we were lucky to be invited to check out Brooklyn Eats, Brooklyn’s first food & beverage trade show, supporting our manufacturing businesses and creating a borough- wide community of food producers.

The event took place at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott Hotel and featured over 100 exhibitors. All vendors were Brooklyn-based food manufacturers and businesses that are involved in packaging and distributing at least one made-in-Brooklyn product...

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New Indoor Brooklyn Food Market!

New Indoor Brooklyn Food Market!

For anyone who wanted to try Katz's Deli food and potentially skip the nonstop insanity that is their Houston Street location, we've got your answer! DeKalb Market Hall! 

Dekalb Market Hall showcases 40 vendors, that, according to their website, "reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the borough." They also reflect the latest in food trends as represented by vendors that also participate at Smorgasburg, Bergen, Le District and other great food markets that can be found in NYC and Brooklyn...

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Interview with a Local: Meghan Love of Mable's Smokehouse

Interview with a Local: Meghan Love of Mable's Smokehouse

Mable’s Smokehouse has been a neighborhood gem in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, since it opened in 2012. A BBQ joint is a bit unorthodox for the neighborhood and perhaps that precisely why it’s so beloved. Praised by the New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, Eater, Travel Channel, New York Magazine, The Village Voice and many many more. We were fortunate to chat with Meghan Love, of the husband and wife team behind it all. 

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Interview with a Local: Mohan Kumar of OddFellows Ice Cream

Interview with a Local: Mohan Kumar of OddFellows Ice Cream

OddFellows Ice Cream Co. is a Brooklyn-based, family-owned and operated small business founded by husband-and-wife team Mohan and Holiday Kumar and Chef Sam Mason. They opened their flagship location in June 2013 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. And it's often the favorite stop for attendees on our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour and Sunday Funday Williamsburg Tour, so we wanted to dig deeper to share their story.

Every scoop of their ice cream is made from scratch in the Williamsburg kitchen. They offer 14 different flavors, and because they produce their super-premium ice cream in small batches, the flavors rotate regularly and often times throughout the day!

We spoke with one of the founders (and friend of Like A Local) Mohan Kumar. We even got the scoop (get it?!) on a secret popup opening later this month! 

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