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  • 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!

  • 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

  • Eating For a Good Cause

    Piers 92 & 94 on the Hudson River will be transformed into a foodie mecca when the New York Wine and Food Festival descends upon the Big Apple Oct 10 – 14 with a good cause. The festival has raised 11.5 million this year to feed hungry, with 100% of the net proceeds benefiting the No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Bank For New York City to end childhood hunger – in America and NYC.
    The festival attracts celebrity chefs from across the globe, as well as, local culinary all-star chefs, restaurateurs and purveyors, who host events & competitions and prepare the world-class meals served in their highly sought-after restaurants for lucky ticket buyers. Festival attendees can sample a variety of foods, participate in cooking classes, mingle with other foodies, and feel good about having contributed to a worthy cause. More info & tickets: www.nycwff.org

  • Open House New York

    Open House New York, the architecture lovers' favorite holiday, returns with an extra day this year. During the unique event, visitors can take a peek at many NY institutions normally not open to the public. Hundreds of NYC's architectural sites and cultural venues will open their doors from October 12–14 all over the city. Next to a few classics like the Brooklyn Army Terminal and the Woolworth Building, several newcomers like the 3 World Trade Center and landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn have been added to the docket. Some sites require reservations, so check out the website to plan your personal Open House weekend: ohny.org/weekend

     

  • Central Park Sculpture

    British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE brings Wind Sculpture (SG) I to the Central Parks southeastern entrance at 60th St. & 5th Ave. The 23-foot-tall piece that’s been hand-painted in colors inspired by the beaches of Lagos takes on the paradoxical task of manifesting the invisible. We can’t see wind, but we do see its effects, like in a piece of fabric, mimicked by the artwork. The sculpture will stick around until Oct 2018.

  • Smoked Watermelon Ham

    Some visitors simply shake their head over the unusual food trends popping up all over New York. The newest, absurd creation is the Smoked Watermelon Ham. It's not the typical dish of melon with prosciutto but rather a watermelon cured and smoked like a ham in a time-intensive process. Duck’s Eatery, the birthplace of this meat-fruit, can only serve two Smoked Watermelon Hams per night. Regardless of the high price tag of $75 its already sold out until November. Apparently, it's delicious!

  • The EL–New York's elevated train from 1878

    Public transportation has always been a tricky topic in New York, now just as much as 150 years ago. Unknown to many of today's visitors is the mass transit solution the city discovered back then, an elevated train soon called the “EL.” Unlike the above ground Subways today, which can mostly be found in Queens and Brooklyn, the original EL used to run along 3rd Avenue, from South Ferry to Grand Central. The first segment opened in 1878 and service was phased out in 1955. The Third Avenue EL was the last elevated line to operate in Manhattan and a frequent backdrop for movies. Those were the days!

  • Outdoor Movie Festival

    New York visitors should not be spending these warm summer days in dark movie theaters. The solution? Outdoor cinema with Rooftop Films. This festival presents an exciting mix of indies, docs, and shorts at changing locations. That means not just secluded parks and rooftops with stunning views but also exciting and unusual screening locations, such as cemeteries and industrial monuments. Roll it!

  • The Manhattan Bridge through centuries

    One of the most sought-after destinations in New York City is the iconic view of the Manhattan Bridge from Washington Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Featured in countless movie scenes and vacation photos the scenic image has been popular throughout centuries. Check out the bridge from its construction to the current date and share the timeless fascination.

  • Photographer's guide to New York City

    1.2 trillion photos are taken each year, many of them in New York City. Check out our photographer's guide to the city below to get most out of your vacation snaps or contact LOCALIKE New York, if you want to book a guided photo-safari through NYC.

    Exchange Place Waterfront, Jersey City
    The best pictures of Manhattan can be taken from across the river in either Brooklyn or New Jersey. The latter tends not to be overcrowded and its views—particularly of One World Trade Center (OWT)—are unparalleled.

    Lower Manhattan
    For a more unseen view of the OWT building, head over to the corner of Fulton & Nassau Sts where the stunning skyscraper lines up with the urban canyon for the perfect symbiosis of street life and architecture.

    Street Art 
    It's a bit of a trip but the mural series in Bushwick, Brooklyn is a fantastic destination. Start your hunt for the most colorful street art photo at St Nicholas Ave & Troutman St and let the murals guide you from there.

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