Boss Babes Series #5: Suzanne Palmer of Olly Oxen Free Vintage

Boss Babes Series #5: Suzanne Palmer of Olly Oxen Free Vintage

For the fifth article in our boss babes series, we sat down with Suzanne Palmer, owner of the incredible Brooklyn vintage store, Olly Oxen Free.

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Creative Gift Ideas for the NYC Lover

Creative Gift Ideas for the NYC Lover

From gifts under $100 by working NYC artists to a glass blowing class, we list our top ideas for creative gift giving for the NYC lover!

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Explore Brooklyn's Design Center With Us!

Explore Brooklyn's Design Center With Us!

Industry City has taken the heart of New York's former manufacturing hub and reimagined it for the 21st Century while still celebrating the city's historic ingenuity and work ethic. This is an immersive experience: where designer meets maker meets buyer. New ideas happen spontaneously in the various open spaces that allow people to naturally collide…

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Experience Industry City, Brooklyn's New Design District!

Experience Industry City, Brooklyn's New Design District!

You might have heard about Industry City, Brooklyn's 3.5 acre, 6 million square foot mixed used complex with amazing restaurants, shops, artist studios, co-working spaces and more. We were lucky to have been give a tour of the entire campus and we can't wait to share what we learned.

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NYC's Best Markets: Food Markets, Flea Markets & More!

NYC's Best Markets: Food Markets, Flea Markets & More!

Weekends are great for wandering and sometimes nothing is more fun than spending a few hours sampling inventive foods or shopping all kinds of locally made goods in one location. That's why we wanted to share the best of NYC's markets:

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Interview with a Local: Leah Snow, Fashion Stylist

Interview with a Local: Leah Snow, Fashion Stylist

We are so excited to introduce you to one of our favorite people in all of New York City. She is a very talented Fashion Stylist who is also heading up our Downtown Fashion Experience: Leah Snow!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Like A Local in NY by Style Mayvin

December 5, 2015: Most of the attractions New York has to offer have become household names, but what about the unique local spots that may become lost among the flash of the big city lights? Like A Local Tours strives to bring these special places into the limelight and give participants the “insider secrets” on the hottest spots only a local would know, while also touching on some of the crew’s favorite famous stops! I recently went on one of these tours and in a coming post I will be sharing my experience with some pretty awesome photos, but first...let me give you all of the logistics.

Tour guides Lauren Beebe and Robert Stout share a passion for their city and the creative charm that it holds. The two are a perfect pair to show you hidden wonders. Founder Lauren describes herself as being “passionate about people and knowing the best places to go”. Robert is a well-traveled photographer, once working alongside photography legend Annie Leibovitz, who loves his adopted city and enjoys sharing his personal knowledge and experience with visitors. “There is no better way to know a neighborhood and savor its unique charm than by walking in the shoes of its residents!” Lauren says. They also pride themselves on not being your typical guided tour. “Like our mustache logo implies, we specialize in creating stylish and buzz-worthy tours. We seek out local entrepreneurs who have started their businesses from scratch, so that really gives it that authentic local feel.”
So what tour should visitors choose to take? For the summer/early fall, or while the weather is still nice out now,  Like A Local Tours recommends their Williamsburg Bites and Sunday Funday Brooklyn tours. The Williamsburg Bites: A Brooklyn Food Tour allows tour-goers to indulge on gourmet foods from some of the best local spots while learning about the history of the neighborhood and how it became a foodie haven. Stops include many of the hot, single proprietor businesses influencing food trends including Odd Fellows Ice Cream, Momofuku Milk Bar, Mast Brothers Chocolate, The Bagel Store, Pies N Thighs and Best Pizza. Along the way, seven full portion tastings are provided on the two-and-a-half hour-long Saturday excursion. I did the Williamsburg Bites tour and I LOVED it!
Costs for the above tours are $50 and $55, respectively. The company also offers multiple other tours including Take Me Out NYC nightlife tours, Flatiron Food & History Tour, and their newest, the North Fork Wine Tour. Private tours can also be scheduled any day of the week.
Step into the shoes of a local and get to know the charm that Brooklyn brings to the table! For more information, please visit: www.likealocaltours.com.

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Like A Local Tours — Sunday Funday Brooklyn Tour by The Travel Bite

November 2, 2015 - Sunday Funday is a Brooklyn tour designed to show both tourists and natives what’s going on in The Hipster Capital of the World, Williamsburg. AKA “Billysburg.” When you live in a city as big as New York, it’s not hard to feel like a tourist even when you’re from the next ‘hood over – who has time to see them all? This was a great way to spend a beautiful Sunday morning, and as a former Williamsburg resident, I have to agree – the itinerary was pretty on par with local activity. Five stars for that.

First we stopped by this mural of Warhol and Basquiat as boxers. One has to wonder, what were they defending?

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The first destination: Brooklyn Brewery. We wanted to get the most bang for our token (tokens are their currency) so of course we got the Sorachi Ace, recommended by our knowledgeable tour guide. It was crisp and fragrant.

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Then we went to Mabel’s. As soon as you walk through the door, a heavy smell of old wood and freshly smoked pork hits your nostrils. It smells like the South. Delicious.

Also, Mable’s has a BBQ sauce made with jalapeno-infused vinegar.

Family-style tables and a cozy little bar. The exposed steel beams and secondhand furniture boast a classic Williamsburg/Brooklyn aesthetic: Just another repurposed establishment with nothing to hide.

A little behind-the-glass action of the kitchen. Ahem. Did I mention, this place has JALAPEÑO INFUSED VINEGAR in their BBQ sauce? Obviously had to get a picture of the Wizards behind that one.

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And –The BBQ pulled pork sandwich! Great job, Mabel. I approve. They even had a vegetarian option. A vegetarian in the group held it up and announced that a mistake had been made, but they assured her that despite the way it looked, her sandwich had *no* meat in it. Her skepticism turned into a happy face after the first bite.

On the way to the next stop we swung by Wythe Hotel, which has one of the best views of Manhattan, by the way. Our tour guide highly recommended their rooftop bar “The Ides.” I was at the bar opening, actually, and let me tell you – nothing like a free open bar and high elevation to get your spirits up.

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Across the way we saw an advertisement for Black Jesus, hand-painted, our guide pointed out.

Next up was Williamsburg’s local artisan bazaar, Artists & Fleas – speaking of fleas…

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A few favorite booths were Lovewild Design, Shipped to Sea, and Omanour4Leather.

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Loved this map up front. It seems the majority of visitors were from Europe and Japan.

Up next: The waterfront! With a great view of the Brooklyn ferry nearby.

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It was so refreshing to see the East River! You can really forget that you’re on an island sometimes, no thanks to all of these waterside high-rises. That view is real estate, baby!

As we walked away from the waterfront, our guide pointed to a large empty lot with plans to build in the next few years. “It all changes so fast around here. It’s a different place than it was a decade ago. There’s no telling what it will look like in the next one,” she said, with what I thought was a hint of sadness.

After some odd flavors of ice cream from Oddfellows, such as “burnt honey rosemary” and “red cedar vanilla” — DELICIOUS — (sorry, no pics, too many tastes) we arrived at our penultimate stop: Brooklyn Oenology. An all-local winemaker, bar and tasting room. All local vines, local ingredients, and every label made by local artists.

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This particular artist did a really incredible floral installment, painting on both sides of a pane of glass-for depth. Did you know that early cartoons were made in much the same way?! I knew it was a good idea to bring my boyfriend along. He’s a smart one.

What a cozy little oenology bar! I had never heard of this place before the tour and felt very reaffirmed in the notion that tours are great for locals, too.

Also: more of that aforementioned raw-beam aesthetic in the ceilings. It’s EVERYWHERE in these parts.

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The white blend tasted very much of Pinot Gris. It went fast.

The final stop was Mast Brothers. Two brothers with a passion, and easily the most sterile chocolate factory you’ve ever been in. So clean, I would have eaten our dark chocolate samples off the floor, even if they weren’t chocolate. The verdict: pristine, complex and bittersweet. A pleasant day-cap to a crisp morning in Billysburg.

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If you’d like a similar Brooklyn Tour experience, head on over to the Like A Local Tour next time you’re visiting this side of the Apple. But be sure to take a camera/clear your phone, because you’re bound to see some interesting renovations in repurposed spaces. Beyond the view, the vibe (albeit rustic) is incredibly refreshing; the perfect combination of charm and mortar. And hey — a cleverer collection of storefront signs? Fuhgeddaboutit.

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