Interview with a Local: Frederick Bouchardy, Founder of Joya Studio

Interview with a Local: Frederick Bouchardy, Founder of Joya Studio

Joya Studio is a New York City-based fragrance design studio founded by Frederick Bouchardy. They opened their flagship location in 2016, in a retrofitted 19th century garage in the Clinton Hill neighborhood. It is Brooklyn’s first industrial perfumery. They host tours, events, workshops and interactive art installations. The hybrid studio space launch was featured in Vogue, The New York Times, WWD, Wallpaper and Hypebeast. Read on to learn more about the person behind it all.

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Our Favorite NYC Holiday Markets

Our Favorite NYC Holiday Markets

We love the winter holidays in NYC. Partially because of all the amazing holiday markets! We map out our favorite markets, when they open and what you can find there.

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Interview with a Local: Steven Zangrillo, Head Concierge at Mondrian Park Avenue Hotel

Interview with a Local: Steven Zangrillo, Head Concierge at Mondrian Park Avenue Hotel

We are excited to have a personal connection to a hot new hotel opening, Mondrian Park Avenue, in their Head Concierge, Steven Zangrillo. "...The property boasts sweeping New York City views from the rooftop lounge, a retreat overlooking the bustling city with indoor and outdoor seating, as well as Cleo, the award-winning Mediterranean culinary concept..."

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Why we love our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour

Why we love our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour

Join us on this 3 hour, food and fun filled experience in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It's a great way to meet locals, see street art, learn the history and have a meal! For only $50, this tour is a steal! Read on to learn more...

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Here's why you don't want to miss our Flatiron Food Tour this winter!

Here's why you don't want to miss our Flatiron Food Tour this winter!

The Flatiron District and Union Square are wonderful neighborhoods in winter! From beautiful Madison Square Park, great views of the Empire State Building on Fifth Avenue to the majestic Flatiron Building and of course all the wonderful restaurants and delicious foods that we have in store for you on our Flatiron Food Tour. Plus Eataly has a special rooftop surprise and there is an incredible public art piece...

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Interview with a Local: TJ Provenzano, Managing Partner, Mayanoki Sustainable Sushi & General Manager, Rooftop Reds

Interview with a Local: TJ Provenzano, Managing Partner, Mayanoki Sustainable Sushi & General Manager, Rooftop Reds

I am so excited for this interview / catch up with longtime friend of Like A Local, TJ Provenzano. We first got to know TJ at Brooklyn Oenology in Williamsburg and he's now at recently launched, sustainable sushi restaurant, Mayanoki (my-ya-no-key), which focuses on serving locally and sustainably sourced seafood. He's also General Manager at Rooftop Reds. 

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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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