• An Old Icon Becomes Brooklyn’s Latest Hotspot

    What’s that new glass structure on the Williamsburg Hotel’s rooftop? It’s a bar – with a playful take on a classic New York icon: the water tower! The cozy Williamsburg bar has quickly become a fan favorite with its 360-degree views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan waterfronts. Its swanky décor is welcoming, colorful and warm. The comfy nooks within the otherwise airy space create the perfect conditions to sit back and enjoy a world-class drink, while enjoying a sunset or New York’s late-night charm.

  • Holiday Season in New York is in Full Swing

    Holiday markets are a must-see for visitors coming to the Big Apple in December. In the spirit of the season, LOCALIKE has hand-picked two destinations, making their NYC debut, that shouldn’t be missed.

    The Rooftop at Pier 17 Winterland
    Pier 17 is bringing Downtown chic to the best outdoor activities this season. Enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of Manhattan and Brooklyn at the only rooftop ice rink in New York City. Stop by the new lounge & restaurant to replenish energy burnt on the ice, or warm up with tasty seasonal drinks in the warming hut. The seasonal wonderland will also offer sporting activities, including skate & fitness lessons, and curling.

    Winterfest at Brooklyn Museum
    Brooklyn Museum, in Prospect Heights, is now a major destination for seasonal fun. Winterfest, a winter village & market, is turning the museum’s outdoor space into a family destination. You can shop for the perfect gift at the maker’s market, where local designers & artisans sell handmade items. Other attractions include Bouncy (the world’s largest snowman), a gravity-defying snow slide & a candy dome, where you can pick up some hot chocolate to warm those frosty toes & fingers. Stop by Santa’s house for a seasonal family selfie or enjoy a performance at one of the free events.

  • A Public Luxury: Bryant Park's Fancy Restrooms

    Can ‘public’ and ‘luxury’ be synonymous with each other? In New York, the answer is a resounding “yeaahh!” In fact, Bryant Park one of the city’s best-known public park also boats its most luxurious public restroom. 

    According to popular legend, the fancy restroom was built in 1992 after the famous philanthropist & socialite Brooke Astor, encountered a "hooligan” who tried to sell her drugs in the park. Astor asked her good friend David Rockefeller to clean up the area; and with the wave of a wand, the luxury bathroom came to life.

    The restroom recently underwent a $300,000 renovation with high-end fixtures, crown moldings, and imported tiling. The walls are now decorated with floral artwork by local artists, who often paint in the park's courtyard. The non-profit Bryant Park Corporation, which manages the park, foots the $75,000 per year bathroom bill, which includes a weekly fresh flower delivery.

  • New York's Hidden Culinary Gems

    New York has its share of Michelin-starred restaurants to which foodies from all over the globe flock to. We also have our fair share of small, unassuming food spots that might not garner as much international fame and in fact prefer a low-key status. Here, the food shines above anything else, much to the approval of locals.

    We have put together a list of three secret tips that will lead you hidden establishments you would not have stumbled across in any travel guide. Add these three local hot spots to your next trip for an authentic NYC experience, and enjoy a delicious meal in the company of the everyday people, who give this city its driving soul:

    In the mood for a taste of the Dominican Republic? Your first treasure hunt leads you to Acuario Cafe, which serves Dominican food in Manhattan's Garment District at 306 W 37th Street. Look for the delivery entrance next to the sewing shop to find your way in. Walk down the long hallway toward the freight elevator, next to which you will find the little restaurant. Favorites here include the stewed goat served with rice and beans, yucca (a root vegetable) with garlicky onions, or roasted pork served with rice and sweet plantains. The authentic Dominican flavors stand out without breaking the bank at this food counter where the Dominican Republic meets NYC’s equally vibrant foodie community.

    Hidden behind a large, unmarked red iron door at 68 Jay Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn, you’ll find the tiny Patisserie Burrow. It’s hard to miss, once you find the classic NY-style deli next door. Once inside, follow the sweet scent of freshly baked goods down the hall, towards the Japanese bakery best known for its playful, handcrafted and arty desserts. Croissants are baked fresh every morning, next to perfect sponge cakes which come out of the oven just in time for the early afternoon rush. The creative chef behind Burrow, Ayako Kurokawa, is never short on creative ideas: New recipes bursting with flavor constantly find their way onto the changing menu.

    You have probably heard of those NYC restaurants hidden behind bodegas, a Latin-styled deli. Well, 5 de Mayo Food Market is one of those! The weekend-only taqueria is located at 81-06 Roosevelt Ave in Jackson Heights, Queens. A quick walk through the colorful fruit & vegetable stands, past the spices and the Cinco de Mayo décor, leaves you at a butcher’s counter where a few seats await diners in the know. Here, tacos filled with crispy or slow-cooked meats are dished up in fresh corn tortillas with crunchy & aromatic toppings. Bienvenidos a México!

  • Rise of the NYC Mega Mansion

    The race for Manhattan’s most talked about mega mansion continues to heat up. A townhouse at 134 Charles Street in the West Village has joined the growing list of luxury homes on New York’s real estate market – including the similarly priced penthouse on the 95th floor of 432 Park Avenue, located just a few steps away from Central Park.
    The new $80 Million West Village mansion will not top the famous Woolworth Building’s record-breaking price tag for its penthouse, which is set at a whopping $110 Million. However, the 18,000 square foot townhouse, designed by Leroy Street Studio and the renowned Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects, promises to reach new heights in indoor/outdoor luxury living.
    Amenities in the 6-bedroom home include a rooftop infinity-edge swimming pool, a stadium-style home movie theatre and a full-size squash court. Exclusive panoramic views of the Hudson River and Manhattan’s beautiful skyline will crown this private city retreat once it’s completed.

  • Food Loves Tech Looks Toward the Future

    Can you imagine what the future of food and drink looks like? Food Loves Tech returns to the Big Apple for its third year to help us envision that future today. The two-day event will take place in Industry City, Brooklyn on November 2-3, 2018. Next to live food and tech demos, guests can also listen to industry experts discuss topics around food innovation & health, as well as sustainability on land & in our oceans. Who are the innovators of the future, and what does local and global innovation look like in this space? Explore new frontiers on food cultivation and consumption while sampling your way through a variety of dishes & drinks. More info here: foodlovestech.com

  • Top Secret New York: Sylvan Terrace

    Sylvan Terrace is one of New York’s best kept secrets, even for many locals. Twenty quaint row houses line a side street in Washington Heights, Manhattan, where an unassuming staircase between apartment buildings on St. Nicholas Avenue leads up to this surprising sight. At the end of Sylvan Terrace, which was originally a carriage drive, sits the Morris-Jumel Mansion – the oldest house in Manhattan. The house is located inside the Roger Morris Park and once served as George Washington’s temporary headquarters during the Revolutionary War. It is also the former home of the politician Aaron Burr. Why does that name sound familiar? Perhaps the fact that Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote parts of his 2015 musical Hamilton here should be a hint.

  • MoMa's Upcoming Expansion

    Construction involving any prestigious institution is a rare undertaking. The Museum of Modern Art's ambitious plan by star architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro to substantially extend and convert the current space has been getting a lot of buzz. The idea behind the re-design is to make the museum more open and welcoming; plans include a revamping of the museum's lobby and the famous Bauhaus staircase, expanding gallery space by 50,000 square feet (about 4,600 square meters), and opening up the East hall. MoMa is always worth a visit for architecture and modern art fans, but the completion of the re-design in 2019 will definitely add a layer of urgency to the next visit.

  • Tony Oursler's "Tear of the Cloud" Brings Riverside Park to Life

    "Tear of the Cloud" is a breathtaking sound and installation art experience by Tony Oursler taking over Riverside Park for three weeks, Oct 10 – 31, 2018. Exhibition visitors can watch the intersection of popular culture, technology, 19th century history, artificial intelligence, and more come alive through spectacular multimedia projections on the Hudson River and its surroundings. Oursler’s work is partly inspired by the river’s many arms (or tributaries) converging together to feed the river, which mirrors the multilayered past and future of our culture and environment. More info on this free exhibition: https://www.publicartfund.org/view/exhibitions/6645_tony_oursler_tear_of_the_cloud

  • Mickey's 90th Birthday Bash in Chelsea

    Some of our childhood heroes have already reached old age. Mickey Mouse, for example, is celebrating his 90th birthday this year. To honor the cartoon mouse’s legacy, Disney is opening an immersive exhibition in Chelsea, "Mickey: The True Original Exhibition." Renowned artists, such as Kenny Scharf, Amanda Ross-Ho, and Shinique Smith have created Mickey-inspired artworks, which will be showing in a temporary pop-up gallery. A few historic pieces and interactive installations will be on display as well. Happy Birthday!
    When: November 11, 2018 to February 10, 2019
    Where: 60 10th Ave. (Manhattan)
    Infos: partners.disney.com/mickey-the-true-original-exhibition

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