Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Great New York City Souviner Ideas

When you visit New York City you will be bombarded by hundreds of different street vendors and small gift shops trying to sell you NYC souvenirs. The problem is there is nothing unique or authentic about these tacky items. When I visit New York City, I look for a souvenir that is useful, and handmade by the wonderful artisans of New York City.

Here is one of my all-time favorite things I have ever purchased from New York City and you can purchase these on Etsy as well.They are tumbled marble coasters with a print of a vintage map of New York City featured on the top. They look great in my living room, and are used every day.

You can find them on Etsy by going here or my clicking on the image: http://etsy.me/1hmxkJX


I also saw these awesome I Love New York coasters, which I think I might purchase for my dining room. I like the modern chic feel these coasters have. They are featured here: http://etsy.me/1hvuzoi



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

NYC FREE: Landmarks & Famous Attractions

New York City is home to more landmarks and other famous attractions than any other place in the country. What's even better is that many of these places are totally free. Here is a list of the best free Landmarks and Famous Attractions in the Big Apple:

1.) Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry runs from Battery Park to Staten Island offering riders a chance to experience amazing views of Lower Manhattan for free. The only bad part is that it takes you to Staten Island.


2.) Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal was built in 1913 and is one of New York City's most famous landmarks. The beautiful ceiling, energy of the crowd, and the sounds of trains docking the stations will make you fall in love with this amazing NYC landmark.


3.) The New York Public Library

Nothing beats the smell of old books! Especially if those old books are housed in the beautiful New York Public Library.  In addition to beautiful architecture and an impressive book collection, the museum is features temporary exhibits on a variety of topics. Once you are finished touring the library, go directly behind the library to my next attraction.


4.) Bryant Park

Smaller than central park, but just as beautiful. Tree lined walkways, hundreds of tables, large lawn and surrounded by mid-town skyscrapers, it's easy to see why people love Bryant Park. Bryant Park also offer free summer movies in their lawn, as well as plays, ice skating and music.   


5.) St. Patrick's Cathedral

Bloomingdale's isn't the only landmark on 5th avenue, because right in the middle of all the amazing shopping sits one of the country's most beautiful cathedrals. St. Patrick's Cathedral is stunning. Words can't describe it.


6.) Rockefeller Center 

Built during the Great Depression, the construction of Rockefeller Center is in the heart of Manhattan. Rockefeller Center has continued to be an important New York City complex and visitors can enjoy the Art Deco architecture, watch live broadcasts of NBC shows and take in the occasional live performances of some of the world's biggest acts.  


Monday, October 8, 2012

FREE Shows in New York City

If you are planning a trip to New York City, did you know that you can attend a live taping of your favorite talk shows? Here’s a list of the city's most popular shows that you can attend while on your visit:

- The Late Show with David Letterman

- The Daily Show with John Stewart
- The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

- Live with Kelly and Michael

- The Rachel Ray Show

- Good Morning America

- The Early Show

Sunday, October 7, 2012

10 Cheap Things: New York City

There are millions of things to do in New York City, and here I will highlight some of my favorite affordable things to do in the Big Apple. If you've been planning a trip, or currently live New York then you know how expensive this city can be. So here are some fun and affordable options for the city:

10.) The New York Aquarium - Coney Island 

The suggested donation on Pay What You Wish to See the Friday Fish Day is $13.00 at the New York Aquarium at Coney Island. But having been there several times, I would suggest you only pay a few dollars to get in.

9.) New York Transit Museum

 If you live in New York or your planning a trip, I would suggest visiting the  New York Transit Museum. Here you can learn about the history of the amazing transit system, and see some great artifacts. It's a true New York museum celebrating the real New York way of travel.

8.) Chinese Bus to Atlantic City

Are you a gambler? Would you like to get away from the city for the day? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then I would suggest heading to Chinatown and jumping on one of their buses to Atlantic City. You will pay roughly $12.00 for a round trip bus ticket, but once you arrive to the casino you will be given $20.00 to begin placing your bets. So you are technically getting paid to visit what is the second largest gaming town in the country. Enjoy.    

7.) Cathedral of St. John the Devine

Head to Morningside Heights and enjoy the largest cathedral in the world, along with their biblical gardens.

6.) Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Do you like to fish? If so, then you should head to the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. Here children of all ages can fish, and they will provide you with the equipment you need to get started. The only catch is that you have to throw your catch back.

5.)  Julliard School

There is no greater place for the performing arts than Julliard. Here you will find the world's most talented musicians, dancers, and actors. Come and enjoy one of their FREE live shows.

4.) Big Traffic

Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate have teamed up and helped put Williamsburg in the comedy spotlight with their weekly stand-up show, which features touring comedians as well as local stars. Check it out! 

3.) Catch the Subway 

If you are adventurous and not afraid of possibly getting lost in a city of 11 million people, then I would suggest hoping on a subway car and jumping off at a random stop you have never been before. You will get to discover new things and see how others live in this diverse city. You will this to be vary enlightening and liberating. So get out there and try new things.

2.) Walking Tours

Walking tours are some of the most education and fun tours you can experience in the city. Many times these tours are led by New York residents, and they can give you the insight into NYC that will have you looking at the city in a whole new way.

Here are some of my favorite tours:

Big Apple Greeters
The New York City Big Adventure
Free Tours by Foot - New York
Bronx Trolley Tours
Made In NY 

1.) Get Lost

Get lost, ask for directions, try news things, and just enjoy the fact you are in the greatest city in the world. 

The Best NYC Art Galleries

New York is home to many world-class art galleries. So if you will be visiting New York in the near future and you appreciate fine art and culture, here are some of my favorite art galleries for you to explore. 

Lehmann Maupin Gallery
540 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10001

This is one of my favorite galleries in the city, and it's located in the Chelsea district. Here you will find works of art by up-and-coming artists working in various forms who will change the contemporary art space. 

L&M Arts
45 E. 78th St., New York, NY 10075

You don't have to go to the Met to find works of art by renowned artists such as Picasso, and that's what makes L&M Arts one of the hidden treasures of New York City. Here at their uptown location, you will find amazing pieces of art in a vary unique setting. It's a must-see for art lovers.    

Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11225

At the Brooklyn Museum of Art, you will find a work that is sure to spark your interest, as their permanent collections represent every part of the world. BOMA is one of the oldest and largest museums in the country, you’ll view masterpieces, African wood sculptures and of course the famous Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden. 

Agora Gallery

530 West 25th Street
New York, NY 11225 

Established in 1984 to provide artists who are entering the New York art market and opportunity to showcase their work, Agora has become an iconic gallery in the heart of NYC. Come here to discover the undiscovered artists that make up New York's flourishing art scene. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Fun Facts about New York City

Here are some fun and interesting facts about the Big Apple:

1. The Brooklyn Bridge is the first bridge to be lit at night by electricity.

2. The average temperature of New York City’s pavement on a hot summer day is 150 degrees.
3. Only Hong Kong has more skyscapers. 
4. New York City has 4,000 street food vendors.
5. Manhattan’s Chinatown is the largest Chinese enclave in the Western Hemisphere.
7. New York has more street performers than any other city in the US.
9. Roughly 50 percent of New York City’s residents over the age of 5 speak a language other than English. 
10. New York is the Greatest City on earth! 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Central Park: The Happiest Place on Earth

Central Park could rival Disney World as being the happy place on earth. Well, during the daytime anyway. There is so much to explore within the park's 843 acres. It's one place that both residents and tourists love equally, and once you step into the park you will immediate appreciate all beauty. There is a sports complex, zoo, amusement park, ponds, flower gardens, a castle and so much more. That's right, I said a castle

For the lovebirds, take a carriage ride through the park or enjoy a picnic on the lawn. During the winter time, there is nothing more romantic than ice skating on the pond before dusk. And for the parents, you can take your kids to the awesome zoo, or amusement park.

Here is a list of my top things to do in Central Park:

1.) The Loeb Boathouse

2.) Shakespeare in the Park

3.) Picnic in the Park

4.) Get Lost in the Park

5.) A Clearing in the Forest

6.) Central Park Circuit (Running)

*Fun Fact: From 1864 to 1934 a flock of pedigree sheep grazed in the park.  They where removed to prospect parkin Brooklyn in 1934.