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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Celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC & Brooklyn!

Celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC & Brooklyn!

Here is our list of recommended events. And don't forget about Brooklyn's own Oktoberfest beer brought to you by Brooklyn Brewery! Saturday, Oct. 1. Celebratory Keg Tapping, Pig Roasts, Mug Holding Competitions, Live Brass Bands!! No Cover, Festivities Begin Saturdays at 1pm! ...

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Fall in Brooklyn! Openings, Events & Discounts!

Fall in Brooklyn! Openings, Events & Discounts!

Fall Happenings in Brooklyn! Fall is an incredible time to visit NYC & Brooklyn! Everyone is back from the beach, the weather is cooling off and there are tons of openings and happenings. Read on for some of our top picks as well as special discounts! ...

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The Daily Telegraph: Brooklyn, New York City: What to eat, shop and see in hipster central

The Daily Telegraph: Brooklyn, New York City: What to eat, shop and see in hipster central

September 7, 2016 by Kristie Kellahan // In Brooklyn, they go hard. Take it from Jay-Z, you don’t want to miss out on BK. Five boroughs make up New York City, and Brooklyn is one of them. First-time visitors might think Manhattan is all there is, as it’s home to famous landmarks including Times Square, Central Park, Wall Street and the Empire State Building.

But skip Brooklyn and you’ll be missing out on the excitement of late-night live music, food markets, shops stuffed with vintage threads and some of the best pizza in the world. ...

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Amazing events you don't want to miss during NYFW!

Amazing events you don't want to miss during NYFW!

New York is really turning up the heat during Fashion Week! Even if you aren't invited to any of the runway shows, be part of the action at these events! 1. ART & FASHION FUNHOUSE: Refinery29 invites you to experience fashion week in New York in a way that puts you in the center of art, cinema, technology and fashion

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What do Birthdays, Bachelorettes and Graduations have in common?

What do Birthdays, Bachelorettes and Graduations have in common?

They are all reasons to celebrate with a Like A Local private or custom tour! This past weekend, we hosted 4 amazing groups celebrating with friends and family. We are thrilled they chose to celebrate with us and we hope you will too! Contact lauren@likealocaltours.com for more information. Cheers!

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Like A Local Tours Wins Unique Tour Operator of the Year for Brooklyn

Like A Local Tours Wins Unique Tour Operator of the Year for Brooklyn

Like A Local Tours has won Unique Tour Operator of the Year for Brooklyn in the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards! From Luxury Travel Guide:

"The awards program selects winners based on their achievements and strengths in the travel industry. We received an overwhelming number of superb nominations this year and the judging panel had the unenviable task of selecting those firms, teams and individuals within each category most worthy of an award."

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Like A Local Tours is Awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016!

Like A Local Tours is Awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016!

Like A Local Tours today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

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Like A Local Tours Nominated for 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards by Luxury Travel Guide

Like A Local Tours Nominated for 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards by Luxury Travel Guide

The Luxury Travel Guide are pleased to announce Like A Local Tours has been nominated as a potential winner in the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards. Over the past 12 months we have been receiving votes for individuals & companies throughout the Americas, with our subscribers, hotel guests, travel agencies and industry experts all voting on who they feel is most deserving. Celebrating & rewarding excellence in many areas, these awards recognise companies regardless of size or location across categories including...

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Like A Local Tours has been selected for the 2016 Best of Brooklyn Awards for Tours!

Like A Local Tours has been selected for the 2016 Best of Brooklyn Awards for Tours!

The Brooklyn Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Brooklyn area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. Each year, the Brooklyn Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Brooklyn area a great place to live, work and play.

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Like A Local Tours Featured in "A Professional Drinkers Guide to NYC"

April 18, 2016: Looking for the best bars in NYC? Though we like to consider ourselves seasoned barflies, it’s always best to defer to the professionals. So we asked cocktail experts about their favorite spots to catch a buzz in NYC. Here is the first installment of their favorite bars, breweries, and speakeasies in the city. Click here for the full article!NYC Cocktails

Like A Local Tours Praised by Part Time Trophy Wife Blog

Like A Local Tours Praised by Part Time Trophy Wife Blog

Day 3 Highlights: On day 2, we booked a last minute tour with Eat Like a Local for their Boozy Sunday tour of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. First thing though, we headed out to the Empire State Building, where there was a surprisingly minimal line up for Sunday at 10AM. The trip to the 86th floor was $32pp – moderately worth it. If I could have a do-over, I’d trade this for the NBC studio tour and trip to the top of the Rockefeller. From here we walked (yes, walked), south and across the Williamsburg bridge into Brooklyn for a 3.5 hour food and art tour ($55pp), which was well worth it! Stops ranged from beer and bbq to wine and ice-cream, topped off with a visit to a local flea market. I would definitely recommend this – especially the 1001 beer at the Brooklyn Brewery. Stuffed and satisfied, we took the subway (first time!) back into the city.

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NYC | The Art Scene Grows in Brooklyn

I was in Bushwick to take a Brooklyn Art Tour with Like a Local Tours. In addition to art tours in Bushwick AND Park Slope/Gowanus, Like a Local Tours also offers food and booze tours of Williamsburg, tours of the Flatiron district, and tours of North Fork wineries on Long Island.

We started off our tour with Lauren, the founder of Like a Local tours, outside of AP Cafe where I grabbed a chai to comfort me on that gloomy day. Like a Local tour groups are traditionally small (around 15 max), but our group was even tinier, which I’m sure was due to the weather.

I’ve been on a lot of tours in my day but I’d never been on one that seemed like I was just walking around with a group of friends until last weekend. It was more of a conversation than a tour. Lauren took us around to the popular outdoor gallery of street art, the Bushwick Collective, which reminded me of my visit to 5 Pointz, which I explored just two days before it was surprise white-washed. There are blocks and blocks of buildings covered in a diverse array of street art. I loved the bright colors against the bleak sky we had that day.

Lauren told us about the history of the Bushwick Collective, how it got started, and got into details about specific artists (which you’ll have to experience when you go on the tour yourself). The art work will freshen up every once in a while, as the artists are contracted for a specific amount of time, but the most popular artists’ work will stay longer. So get out there soon and get out there often.

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After walking around outdoors for a while, we entered Brooklyn Brush Studios where we were given access to three artists’ studios AND the artists themselves – a true treat.

Luis Martin, @ArtEngineer, took us around the studio and showed us his collages, many made of pictures from magazines + paint.

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Samantha Robinson, @samantha___robinson, walked us through her process, which includes constructing wooden frames into different shapes and painting silk fabric to stretch over the frames.

We talked with Annesta Le, @annesta_le, who forms her artwork with straight tubes of neon and bends them over fire with her unprotected-from-the-heat hands.

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After seeing their artwork and asking them questions in their studios, the tour concluded with a “mixer” with the artists where we drank wine and had some snacks, along with some more conversation with the artists and Lauren.

Would I recommend this tour? One word, as represented on the side of this building:

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Many thanks, Like a Local Tours and Young Travel Professionals for hosting me on this tour and to my dear friend The World Wanderer for letting me know about it!

NY Travel Fest: LIKE A LOCAL TOURS HAS A NEW ART TOUR!

Like A Local Tours is proud to present an insider look at the art world. Participants will meet and learn from working Brooklyn artists in their studio. The tour is interactive and experiential and mediums involved include paint, neon, sculpture and more. Two tour options present an opportunity to experience Brooklyn’s most exciting art destinations, Park Slope/Gowanus and Bushwick – which some say is reminiscent of the art scene in Soho in the 70s but is quickly disappearing.

Lauren Beebe, Founder of Like A Local Tours says, “The goal of this tour is not only to open the door to an experience not available to most people, but also to educate, inspire and pull back the curtain on some of the art world, so to speak. Most people are unfamiliar with the emerging art world. There is truly fantastic yet affordable art out there. Myself, and the organizations we have partnered with, want to provide a unique and comfortable environment to turn people on to emerging artists as well as show their work. Maybe we will even help someone start an art collection!”

When asked about the tour, Krista Saunders Scenna, Co-director of Ground Floor Gallery shared her excitement in teaming up. “By far, the most rewarding aspect of my job as a gallerist is the relationship I nurture with the talented, emerging artists in my network. Second to that, is the opportunity to introduce a new art buyer to one of these up-and-coming talents in the intimate, creative space of the studio. Where else can you witness the artist’s creative process, firsthand, and get to know them in such a relaxed atmosphere?”

The tour begins with a welcome drink and a curator led talk about the current exhibition. Then the group visits the studios of two artists. “Each artist studio is its own universe with its own gravity. It is very much the artist’s stage where they perform,” says Luis Martin, Director of Programming and Chief Curator, Brooklyn Brush Studios.

A large portion of tour proceeds go to the artists and art organizations. Tour highlights include a complimentary piece of artwork from one of the artists on the tour and swag bag with art related goodies and information on how to start an art collection.

The art organizations involved include Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn Art Space, Parenthesis Art Space and Brooklyn Brush Studios. For those interested in embarking and experiencing the Brooklyn Artist Studio Tour with Like A Local Tours, you can book your adventure today at www.likealocaltours.com/brooklyn-art-tour.

Top five ways to get the best out of New York in 2016

March 12, 2016: BOREDOM is not an option in the city that never sleeps. New York City continually reinvents itself, presenting visitors with thrilling new experiences. Here’s our guide to the best of 2016 in the new New York City.

Go behind the scenes with a studio tour of working Brooklyn artists’ spaces. Like A Local Tours (likealocaltours.com) offers participants a choice from two of the borough’s most exciting art destinations – Park Slope/Gowanus and Bushwick.

Take a Brooklyn art tour and see the street art of Bushwick. Picture: Alamy

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All the Single Ladies: New York for Solo Women Travelers by CityGuide

March 8, 2016:

NYC for Solo Women: Recommended New York Tours

Like A Local Tours

Williamsburg Bites explores local fare, including Mast Brothers Chocolate.

Looking to do some sightseeing, but don't want to feel like a tourist? Like A Local Tours offers a variety of Manhattan and Brooklyn tours give the insider slant on everything from the Flatiron District to Williamsburg to food and beer tastings. For film buffs, On Location Tours covers NYC's favorite TV and film sites, including tours dedicated to TCM Classic Movies, Central Park, and Sex and the City.

NYC for Solo Women: Public Art

Eleanor Roosevelt statue at Riverside Park

Eleanor Roosevelt at Riverside Park/flickr/Eden, Janine & Jim

Honor your foremothers at the (relatively few) statues of prominent women salted around New York. Sunk in thought, an eight-foot high statue of Eleanor Roosevelt is in Riverside Park at West 72 Street. A bronze bust of Gertrude Stein is in Bryant Park, behind the New York Public Library. Abolitionist Harriet Tubman meets your gaze where St. Nicholas Avenue and West 122 Street meet. All locations are in Manhattan.

NYC for Solo Women: Cocktails

King Cole Bar

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Have a drink (alcoholic or not) at one of the city's glamorous bars, like the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel. This iconic bar has spelled sophistication since it opened in 1932. Gaze at the Maxwell Parish mural of the King himself while sipping an old-world cocktail like a Manhattan and pretend that Marilyn Monroe just walked in. For maximum fun, dress up a little.

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A Behind-the-Scenes Studio Tour with Brooklyn Artists!

BROOKLYN, NY (March 1, 2016) - Like A Local Tours is proud to present an insider look at the art world. Participants will meet and learn from working Brooklyn artists in their studio. The tour is interactive and experiential and mediums involved include paint, neon, sculpture and more. Two tour options present an opportunity to experience Brooklyn’s most exciting art destinations, Park Slope/Gowanus and Bushwick - which some say is reminiscent of the art scene in Soho in the 70s but is quickly disappearing. Lauren Beebe, Founder of Like A Local Tours says, “The goal of this tour is not only to open the door to an experience not available to most people, but also to educate, inspire and pull back the curtain on some of the art world, so to speak. Most people are unfamiliar with the emerging art world. There is truly fantastic yet affordable art out there. Myself, and the organizations we have partnered with, want to provide a unique and comfortable environment to turn people on to emerging artists as well as show their work. Maybe we will even help someone start an art collection!”

When asked about the tour, Krista Saunders Scenna, Co-director of Ground Floor Gallery shared her excitement in teaming up. “By far, the most rewarding aspect of my job as a gallerist is the relationship I nurture with the talented, emerging artists in my network. Second to that, is the opportunity to introduce a new art buyer to one of these up-and-coming talents in the intimate, creative space of the studio. Where else can you witness the artist’s creative process, firsthand, and get to know them in such a relaxed atmosphere?”

The tour begins with a welcome drink and a curator led talk about the current exhibition. Then  the group visits the studios of two artists. “Each artist studio is its own universe with its own gravity. It is very much the artist’s stage where they perform,” says Luis Martin, Director of Brooklyn Brush Studios.

A large portion of tour proceeds go to the artists and art organizations. Tour highlights include a complimentary piece of artwork from one of the artists on the tour and swag bag with art related goodies and information on how to start an art collection. The Bushwick Art Tour kicks off with the incredible outdoor art gallery created by The Bushwick Collective which features over 50 large scale street art murals from famous street artists.

The art organizations involved include Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn Art Space, Parenthesis Art Space and Brooklyn Brush Studios. For those interested in embarking and experiencing the Brooklyn Artist Studio Tour with Like A Local Tours, you can book your adventure today at www.likealocaltours.com/brooklyn-art-tour.

For more information, including hi-res photography, please contact Lauren Beebe at lauren@likealocaltours.com or (917) 417-0378.

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ABOUT LIKE A LOCAL TOURS

Like A Local Tours offers Brooklyn & NYC food and art tours made for tourists and locals alike. Like A Local Tours has received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence every year and is recommended by Fodor’s, Vogue Australia, HollywoodLife and many many more. In 2015, Like A Local Tours was rated top 10 Tours & Attractions in NYC’ by NYC & Co and top 5 NYC Food Tours by Sherman’s Travel. Specializing in stylish and buzz-worthy tours, from epicurean adventures to must-see sights, these unique and memorable tours are a one stop source to experiencing Brooklyn & NYC … like a local.

Tours include: Brooklyn Art Tour, Flatiron Food & History Tour, Williamsburg Bites Foodie Tour, Sunday Funday Boozy Brooklyn Tour and several self guided tours.

www.likealocaltours.com

ABOUT BROOKLYN ART SPACE

Brooklyn Art Space is an arts organization that provides studio space to contemporary artists. Located in the Park Slope/Gowanus area of Brooklyn, BAS offers 24/7 studio space in New York City with open studio access, semi-private and private studios. Brooklyn Art Space also supports Trestle Gallery, a visual arts exhibition space that shows 8-12 exhibitions each year. Trestle also provides figure drawing sessions, art talks, critiques, screenings, performance art events, technique-focused art classes, professional development opportunities, and two studio space residencies: the Brooklyn Art Space/Trestle Residency, and the Visiting Artist Residency.  

www.brooklynartspace.org 

ABOUT GROUND FLOOR GALLERY

Ground Floor Gallery is Park Slope, Brooklyn's only commercial art gallery.  We connect local, emerging artists in our network with new art buyers through inviting exhibitions of contemporary art, studio visits and artist salons. 

www.groundfloorbk.com

ABOUT PARENTHESIS ART SPACE & BROOKLYN BRUSH STUDIOS

Parenthesis Art Space make space for art. We are a platform for Artists to share their work in our art space at Brooklyn Brush Studios and our temporary curated Outposts throughout the city. We provide art service, create art centric content, curate shows and build community and tribe with public and private entities. Our mission is to engage Artist through lucrative projects that foster longevity for working Artists. 

www.parenthesisspace.com 

Fodor's Travel: Best Tours in New York City

The Best New York Tours: Sometimes a guided tour is the way to go, even if you usually prefer to fly solo. It can be a great way to investigate out-of-the-way areas, to get an insider's perspective on where locals eat and play in the city, and to learn about interesting aspects of the city's history, inhabitants, or architecture. Whether you want the classic hop-on, hop-off bus tour to get oriented in the city or a more personal, interest-specific walk, you'll find it here. Some of the bigger tour companies offer discounts if you book in advance online. Like A Local. Walk like a local, talk like a local, and best of all eat like a local with a highly curated tour from Like A Local. Tours include the Flatiron Food tour, which is a lovely walk from the Flatiron District to Union Square with a lot of tasty stops, photo ops, local history, and private kitchen visits along the way. If you're looking to feel like a hip local in Brooklyn, take the Sunday Funday tour of Williamsburg. New York, New York. www.likealocaltours.com.

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The Next Big Travel Trend for Those Who've Seen and Done It All

A small but growing segment of visitors have been clued into the existence of these districts and are embracing them, seeking to experience the hipster culture.

With all that said, perhaps it's worth pausing for just a moment, to define exactly what a hipster is (at least according to the WTM report).

The report's very academic definition of a hipster describes someone who follows the latest trends and fashions, particularly those outside the cultural mainstream. Hipster neighborhoods meanwhile, are typically places filled with pop-up restaurants, vegan cafes, independent shops and art galleries.

Interestingly, Airbnb is given a great deal of credit for playing a key role in opening up such areas to tourists, because many hipster neighborhoods lack hotels (at least for now), and private rentals are often the only option.

Among Europe's leading hipster capitals are Berlin's Kreuzberg neighborhood, District VII in Budapest and the Malasana district in Madrid, to name a few.

Adam Groffman, a Berlin-based travel writer, is a stereotypical hipster when it comes to his vacation choices and how he arrives upon them.

When the 31-year-old year visits a new place, it's often after doing research on Instagram or perhaps searching for someplace that hosts a good film or music festival. In other words, if you're reading between the lines here, the days of purchasing a staid or traditional guidebook issued by Fodor's or Lonely Planet, are perhaps fading among the hipsters.

"Finding places through social media is a great way to stay abreast of cool places," Groffman says. "Scour social media. On Instagram, you can search by location, and you find photos of different cities and places and you see things that look cool. It can become addicting."

Foursquare is another social media platform that Groffman suggests when on the hunt for intriguing new places to visit in a foreign city.

"Also, when I'm in a new city and I don't know where to go and what to do, I tend to look for record stores because usually they're going to be somewhere that's more edgy and alternative," he says. "And I talk to the people in the record store about the neighborhood, because they usually know about the alternative scene in the city."

Good to know right?

Groffman's travel blog, Travelsofadam, was actually referenced in the WTM report as one of the leading guides to hipster haunts, one that lists up-to-date reviews of the planet's ever changing hipster scene. Among the hipster destinations topping his list are Berlin's Neukolln neighborhood (just south of the city's center) and London's Dalston and Hackney communities.

Likealocal was also highlighted as a site to use when seeking information about such neighborhoods.

Some travel companies are also starting to jump on the bandwagon, offering hipster tours of specific city districts, often led by local residents to enhance the authenticity. Vayable is one such company highlighted in the 2015 trends report.

But ultimately, having a hipster travel experience simply comes down to being able to immerse yourself in a local, non-touristy, community, or its customs, events or traditions when traveling, having an experience that leaves you with some sort of unique and lasting knowledge to take home.

"Hipsters want to learn something or take something away from a holiday. And they want to want to have experiences with local individuals that they can take back," Groffman explains. "Its about being able to take this knowledge and incorporate it into your life readily, whether its new music, coffee of food. I went to this totally hipster music festival in Sweden, that was attended by all Swedish hipsters. It was very cool to just be in that community for a while."

So for those who'd like to get in on the hipster holiday trend, here's a look at a few other notable hipster hotspots. And remember, social media is the new guide to hipster travel.

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