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  • Musical Instrument in New York Subway

    Since 1995, a public instrument in the New York City subway has engaged travelers to connect musically with their urban environment. Waiting pedestrians reach up and wave their hands in front of one of the eight openings, to interrupt a beam of light. This activates the artwork titled REACH, which then emits a range of sounds—from melodic instruments (flute) to environmental sounds (rain forest). The piece by Christopher Janney is installed on both the uptown and downtown platforms of the 34th Street N/R station. Jam with your fellow subway riders! See a live performance here: https://youtu.be/yFzfcjogMxg


  • Horses in New York City

    To most NYC visitors, horses are only a familiar sight in Central Park, when in fact the NYPD has its own unit of 55 horses. The lucky 22 animals, which happen to be stationed in NYC call fancy new stables located on the ground floor of the luxury rental Mercedes House in Hell’s Kitchen their home. It's next door to the Mercedes dealership that gives the building its name. The horses enjoy a 26,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that features 27 stalls, two hot water horse showers, automatic water feeders, an exercise ring, and an on-site horseshoer.
    Walk along West 53rd Street, and we promise, you will be able to sniff out the right building.

  • The largest rhino sculpture in the world

    The Last Three the largest rhino sculpture in the world has been unveiled at Astor Place, New York. The artists created the statue to raise awareness for the endangered species and started a petition online against the use of rhino horns. The massive 16-foot bronze sculpture depicts the last three surviving northern white rhinoceros, one of which has unfortunately died recently.
    Learn more about their project and how to help here: goodbyerhinos.org

  • Tips to get around NYC without your phone

    Thanks to the street grid system, finding your way around New York is actually pretty easy. That being said, there are always confusing situations: which way is south and which way is north? East? West? And where in Central Park am I, exactly? We’ve assembled six tips to help you navigate your way around the city like a local.

    1. Central Park is enormous and it’s easy to lose your orientation there. For this reason, the park’s lampposts serve as reference points. Most are marked with numbers that correspond to the crossroads, which are located at the same height on both sides of the park. If a lantern is marked with the number 7304, for example, you’re between 73rd & 74th Streets.

    2. Traffic in Manhattan usually only travels in one direction. On streets with odd numbers (i.e., 17th Street), the traffic travels west. On even-numbered streets, traffic travels east.

    3. Traffic on avenues (i.e. 5th Avenue) travels north and south, almost always in alternating directions (beginning with 1st Avenue, which is north-bound).

    4. There’s a trick that will help you remember the order of the avenues (e.g., Lexington Avenue) in Manhattan: “You can take a CAB back home if it’s Late PM.” Columbus, Amsterdam, and Broadway are on the west side of the city; Lexington, Park, and Madison Avenue are on the east side.

    5. 5th Avenue divides Manhattan’s east and west sides. On each side, the street numbering starts at 5th Avenue. 10 East 36th Street is east of 5th Avenue and is an altogether different address than 10 West 36th Street. The only exception is Broadway, which in some places runs diagonally through the city.

    6. In Manhattan, most of the northbound (or uptown-bound) subway lines can be accessed on the east side of a given street. The southbound (or downtown-bound) lines tend to be located on the west side of the street. Remembering this will save you from having to cross the street at the last minute before taking the subway.

    When all else fails, there is, of course, still Google Maps—or LOCALIKE New York. :)

  • New York landmark in Tribeca

    One of New York's favorite new landmarks is the Jenga-like skyscraper by the Swiss star architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. The 60-story residential tower at 56 Leonard Street in Tribeca features a stacked-blocked form, which draws comparisons with the wooden blocks used in a game of Jenga. The design is fished off with ten unique penthouses and a bulbous mirrored sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor on the ground floor. Other significant projects by the prestigious architectural firm are the Tate Modern in London and the Beijing National Stadium also known as the Bird's Nest.

  • Win New York Knicks tickets

    #ThankYouNewYork for always being yourself.
    LOCALIKE is celebrating its five-year anniversary – and you can help: we’re giving away five pairs of tickets for a New York Knicks home game in Madison Square Garden! Just like this page and send an email with your name to win@localike.com. The winners will be informed on Sunday via email. Best of luck!
    Conditions of participation: localike-newyork.com/birthday

  • Invented in New York

    The world has New York to thank for these dishes, simply because they were invented here:

    Eggs Benedikt
    This dish was served for the first time following instructions of a hungover hotel guest of the Waldorf Astoria. The chef later added it to the menu, and now half the world has it for breakfast.

    Chicken & Waffles
    1930s: The Jazz musicians of Harlem's clubs were looking for a snack after their nighttime performances. Since it was still too early for breakfast, they were served leftover chicken with the US breakfast stable: waffles.

    General Tso's Chicken
    This classic dish of every Chinese restaurant in New York is surprisingly unknown in its alleged homeland. The sweet and sour dish was invented by a Taiwanese chef on East 40th Street in 1950, and since then New Yorkers go crazy for it.

  • Dessert Goals Festival

    New York is Dessert Central, so it comes as no surprise that one of the city's famous food festivals is dedicated exclusively to this delicious course of (every) meal. The Dessert Goals Festival features Cruffins-a croissant baked like a muffin, chewy mochi, gigantic cotton candy and much more by many of New York's favorite vendors. Luckily the festival spreads over two weekends this time around, so the chances to score one of the desired tickets are twice as high.
    When: March 17/18 & 24/25
    Where: Sound River Studios, Long Island City (Queens)
    Tickets: dessertgoals.com

  • New York's streets are his canvas

    American artist Tom Bob has been transforming the streets of New York City, using the most ordinary objects-pipes, poles, sewers-as his canvas. His whimsical pieces interact with their surroundings and have frequently popped up all over New York City. Keep up with his latest creations via Instagram: @tombobnyc

  • The Grande Dame of New York: Grand Central Station

    More than 750,000 people step foot in Grand Central Terminal each day. Some are lured in by the shops, others by the restaurants. The train station is also a tourist magnet and attracts over 22 million visitors every year. New Yorkers, however, usually go straight to one of the 44 platforms that provide access to 67 different tracks – more than any other train station in the world.
    What is probably the world’s most famous train station and one of New York's biggest attractions is also filled with secrets and a rich history of interesting stories.
    Opened in 1913, Grand Central has become one of the most celebrated buildings in the city. However, it has been threatened with demolition several times, at first because it seemed old-fashioned, and later because people wanted to replace it with the tallest building in the world. In retrospect, it’s hard to believe that anyone would have taken these plans seriously.

    The Backwards Constellation
    The huge constellation depicted on the ceiling of the main hall (called the "Main Concourse") raises some issues. After the station opened, it took a while before someone alerted the Vanderbilt family, who built the station, that the entire ceiling had been painted from the wrong perspective. They quickly tried to come up with an explanation, saying that it was the so-called “divine” view of the stars, i.e. the impression from above. However, that only accounted for some of the zodiac signs – others weren’t backwards at all. To sum up, the painting is as much of a mess as it is a beauty.

    The Hidden Platform
    This extra train track was originally built for the transport of goods. Over time, though, it became a highly exclusive private track for those who were rich enough to commute via train between the station and the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The most famous passenger was President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His private train wagon is still in the station today and available for viewing.

    Short Films While You Wait
    Between 1937 and 1967, there was a cinema with 242 seats right next to track 17. It showed short films, news, and cartoons. All of the productions were under 20 minutes – a perfect length for passing time between train rides.

    A Nicotine Patch on the Ceiling
    In 1998, the ceiling of the main hall was opulently restored – only a small black spot was left in its original state. Research shows that 70% of the pollution came from nicotine and tar rather than from train exhaust.

    The Jewel in the Jewel
    The clock above the information desk (also in the main hall) is said to be worth over $10 million. Each of its four faces was made from a separate piece of opal.

    The Whispering Gallery
    This special space is located next to the famous Grand Central Oyster Bar and consists of four arches connected by a curved ceiling. Its special characteristic: when a person speaks in a normal volume into one corner, the person in the opposite corner can hear the words clearly, despite the fact that the distance between them is over 15 meters. To this day, nobody is sure whether the gallery was planned this way or whether it is an architectural coincidence.
    This New York icon is far from just a train station – it has much more to offer than boarding and transferring. The Grand Central Terminal is deeply connected to New York at large and offers its own deep insight about the city. Take a look behind the scenes: LOCALIKE will help you organize an unforgettable tour of this magnificent landmark.

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