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

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

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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Eisenberg's Famous Sandwich Shop now on our Flatiron Food Tour!

Eisenberg's Famous Sandwich Shop now on our Flatiron Food Tour!

We are so pleased to have this tiny but historic (and famous!), classic New York luncheonette on our Flatiron food adventure. We truly do bring you the best of New York City ... especially on a fork!

From a bygone era on Ladies' Mile, Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop is an institution. Located on Fifth Avenue just below 23rd Street and established in 1929, generations of family and friends have dined here.

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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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