Loving New York https://loving-newyork.com Eine weitere WordPress-Seite Thu, 20 Jun 2019 17:54:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Things to do at the Jersey Shore https://loving-newyork.com/things-to-do-jersey-shore/ https://loving-newyork.com/things-to-do-jersey-shore/#respond Thu, 20 Jun 2019 17:54:35 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=86492 Living in New York City also means having the opportunity to escape the summer heat and hustle and bustle of […]

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Living in New York City also means having the opportunity to escape the summer heat and hustle and bustle of the city every now and then. While some of us enjoy going to the Hamptons my weekends are always filled with amazing trips down the shore.

You’re not sure if the Jersey Shore is fun? Let me share my summer experiences with you and show you that there’s more to this area than the TV Show “Jersey Shore” ever presented. There are so many fun things to do at the Jersey Shore, here are my 7 favorites.

How to get to the Jersey Shore

Before I tell you more about my favorite things to do at the Jersey Shore, let’s find out first how to get to the Jersey Shore. There are many ways to get to the Jersey Shore from New York City. We usually decide to take the car, since we’re local. It is also the fastest and cheapest way to get there. Here is a quick overview of the easiest ways to get to the Jersey Shore from the city.

  • North Jersey Coast Line towards Bay Head from Penn Station to Point Pleasant Station (Please check the schedule here)
  • The fastest & easiest way: Rental Car

If you are traveling from NYC and you want to take the train, the North Jersey Coast Line takes you from Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan in approximately 2 hours straight to the Jersey Shore. Costs: $16.75 per person

We highly recommend renting a car at and leave early in the morning or late at night to avoid traffic. You will get to the Jersey Shore in about 90 minutes.

There are also several buses that take you from Port Authority on 42nd Street in Manhattan to the Jersey Shore. In most cases, you will have to uber to your final destination. For Mantoloking Beach / Brick Township: Bus 137,  for Asbury Park and Belmar service, take the 130 toward Union Hill and then transfer to Bus No 836 toward Asbury Park. If you want to go to Belmar transfer again to North Jersey Coast Line train toward Bay Head. Costs: up to $15 per person

Operating seasonally from May 25 – September 22, ferries are available in the northernmost part of the shore, including Sandy Hook and Atlantic Highlands, and the southernmost part of shore at Cape May. The SeaStreak ferry that leaves from the Wall Street terminal in Manhattan provides service between Monmouth County and Manhattan, with daily weekday stops in Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, and Sandy Hook. If you want to go further you would have to take an uber here as well. Costs: up to $27 per person

Things to do at the Jersey Shore this summer

Explore Belmar during the day and night

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Belmar is everything you can expect when searching for the classic Jersey Shore town. A day in Belmar is exciting, fun and should definitely be on your list of the best things to do at the Jersey Shore. Belmar offers great beaches with soft, white sand and the restless Atlantic ocean right ahead of you. It is also one of the most popular beaches which is why it can become really crowded on the weekends. Plan smart and come on a weekday.

Belmar is known for its youthful crowd that hangs out on the beach by day and parties all night. Belmar actually has a reputation for being the Jersey Shore’s party destination. If you want to experience a little bit of this party life head to either D’Jais (Ocean Ave.) or Bar Anticipation (16th Ave.) on a hot summer night. This is where you will find the best parties in Belmar all summer long.

Go to the best beaches at the Jersey Shore

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When you are heading down the shore, pack your beachwear and beach chairs. There’s nothing like a relaxing day at one of the best beaches at the Jersey Shore. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the beaches at the Jersey Shore charge you to get a beach pass for the day. So, what are the nicest beaches at the Jersey Shore?

My absolute insider tip, if you are looking for more of a private beach vibe with super soft sand and beautiful scenery, visit Mantoloking Beach, near Brick Township. You will get to see some of the most expensive houses down the shore as well. The residences are right by the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Other than the beach there’s nothing else around though. So only come here when you like it calm and quiet. Day pass: $10 per person. 

If you want music, bars, and restaurants near you, Asbury Park Beach will be the best bet. The beach is more crowded but just as nice. The good thing is that you have everything you need within walking distance. It’s the complete opposite of Mantoloking Beach because, at the beach in Asbury Park, there’s a lot going on until late at night. Day pass: $5 weekdays; $7 weekends and holidays; free for children 12 and younger.

Especially great for kids the area of Point Pleasant Beach with the beaches Jenkinson’s, Martell’s, Bradshaw’s, Risden’s and Maryland Avenue Beaches are worth a trip. A lot of families come to Point Pleasant for a day at the beach. Day pass: $9 weekdays, $10 weekends and holidays for those 12 and older.

Spend the afternoon at Asbury Park

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We all remember the Bruce Springsteen album from 1973 named “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., right? Live music is Asbury Park’s secret sauce until today. With lots of bars and restaurants by the beach, Asbury Park offers the ultimate Jersey Shore experience. Don’t miss some of the world-famous music venues and clubs, plus more award-winning food and drinks locations.

From the 70s to 2000s Asbury Park was experiencing some rough times but it used to be the go-to spot for the upper class who came from out of town. You can still see the ghosts from the past in many of its remaining structures that are still in use today. The Convention Hall located on the boardwalk is home of the Paramount Theater which today attracts people with its unique shops, fancy restaurants, and great events during the summer. The old Casino is an excellent authentic reminder of the “old” Asbury Park. Today Asbury Park is a funky, gentrifying, up and coming town.

The Boardwalk itself is a must-do in Asbury Park as well. Stroll along the coast, have a drink at one of the many restaurants and bars, get your hand palm read and enjoy some delicious ice cream. When we are in the are these are our favorite bars to go to:

  • Festhalle & Biergarten Rooftop Bar (Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, 527 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ) With 31 beers on tap and 60 in the bottle, it’s not hard to spend an entire or afternoon here with family and friends. Their rooftop bar is definitely the main attraction which is overlooking the Ocean and the area of Asbury Park.
  • The Stone Pony (The Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ, USA) It owns the reputation of being the greatest music venues of all time thanks to the legendary musicians (Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi) in the ’70s and ’80s.
  • The Wonder Bar (The Wonder Bar, Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ, USA) Asbury Park is a very dog-friendly place 

But what else is there to do in Asbury Park? After spending your day or afternoon there, make sure to grab a blanket or beach chair and join one of the bonfires on the beach. Bonfires are held weekly (Fridays at 7 p.m. in June and September, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in July and August).

Visit the Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant

Things-to-do-Jersey-Shore Point Pleasant AquariumOne of the best things to do at the Jersey Shore for families is to visit the Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant. Along the famous Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, which stretches a mile along the shore, you will find lots of different activities for the entire family. Our favorite is the Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant which opened in 1991. You can spend up to 2 hours here and watch the penguins, turtles, stingrays and many other fish and ocean species.

Once you’re back on the Boardwalk make sure to get some Ice-Cream at Hoffman’s Ice Cream, which is an institution down the shore since 1976. They serve unusual flavors like the signature Jersey Monkey (banana ice cream with peanut butter swirls and chocolate chips).

For the adults, we recommend a pit stop at the one and only Tiki Bar in Point Pleasant Martell’s which you can find right by the beach. Great drinks, dancing and a lot of beach fun are guaranteed.

Have some fun at Seaside Heights

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Thanks to MTV, when people think about the Jersey Shore, all they have in mind is a party place called Seaside Heights. They think of the famous Jersey Shore house, drinking and endless parties at club Karma down the shore. As mentioned earlier there is way more to the story. Especially Seaside Heights, it is trying to get rid of the ghost of the Jersey Shore TV show and everything that comes with it.

After Hurricane Sandy, Seaside Heights had to go under renovation because a lot got destroyed in the tragic storm a few years back. The famous roller coaster ended up in the water so the beloved amusement park at Casino Pier got an upgrade as well.

Casino Pier is a must-do while visiting the Jersey Shore with your kids and a beautiful area to visit. There are many beautiful beach houses, a yacht club, great beaches and lots of fun things to do for the family. If you were ever wondering what is there to do at the Jersey Shore come to Seaside. The boardwalk is the busiest at the shore with a lot of attractions, restaurants, mini golf, go karts, boardwalk games, nice arcades, and stores.

If you still want to get a taste of the TV show, “Jersey Shore”, then we have this option for you.  How much does it cost to rent the “Jersey Shore” house? In case you have some extra cash to blow, feel free to spend $2,900 per night and the place is all yours. During the season from May 1 – July 15 it’s available to rent for $6,500 or $4,500 per night when you book 2 or more nights.

Get lost inside Island Beach State Park

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After visiting Seaside Heights head south to Island State Beach Park. The park is a 10-mile stretch of unmarred and undeveloped beach with white sands and nature programs such as kayaking, surf fishing, shellfish gardening and other special programs throughout the summer.

Island Beach State Park is one of New Jersey’s last significant remnants of a barrier island ecosystem. It used to exist along much of the coast and is also one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches on the north Atlantic coast. The entire park is incredibly beautiful and worth the trip. From all the things to do at the Jersey Shore, this is probably my favorite. How much does it cost to go to Island Beach State Park? You pay per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day which is $6/NJ Resident and $12/Non-Resident on weekdays and $10/NJ Resident and $20/Non-Resident

Have some delicious seafood

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The Jersey Shore is famous for its Seafood and every town you’re going to visit, there are great seafood restaurants for you have to try. You can find these excellent restaurants in various locations like right by the wide sandy beaches, close to dune grasses, right by scenic riverbanks and even at bustling marinas.

We had seafood at Bum Rogers Crabhouse at the Seaside Heights right before we entered the Island Beach State Park the last time we went. It’s very laid back,  casual and the food was delicious. Here are some more recommendations for the best seafood at the Jersey  Shore.

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Free Things To Do In NYC https://loving-newyork.com/free-things-to-do-in-nyc/ https://loving-newyork.com/free-things-to-do-in-nyc/#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:38:28 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=85771 Spending your vacation in New York City can be expensive. The main attraction in New York City like the Empire […]

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Spending your vacation in New York City can be expensive. The main attraction in New York City like the Empire State Building, One World Observatory, museums like the Guggenheim or just a simple boat trip on the Hudson charges a lot of money for their tickets.  There are sightseeing passes that will save you some cash, but did you know that there are a lot of free attractions in NYC? What are the actual free things to do in NYC? 

Us locals, we know all the tricks to live cheaper in a city like New York, where a cold brew coffee already costs $4 and up. If  you want to find out the best free things to do in NYC, this article is made for you:

Best free things to do in NYC

Visit Governors Island

Governors IslandEscape the hustle and busy city life to an island in the New York harbor that used to be a military site. It’s probably one of the best free things to do in the summer in NYC. Ride a bike, play mini golf, enjoy a picnic and take some photos of the nearby Statue of Liberty.

Governors Island is opened to the public free of charge from May 1st to Labor Day. Ferries leave from Battery Maritime Bldg, Slip 7, Lower Manhattan and cost $2.

Feel the magic of the beautiful Grand Central Station

free-things-to-do-in-nyc Grand Central StationOne of the main New York City attraction that doesn’t cost a dime is the beautiful Grand Central Station. So if you are wondering what is there in Manhattan to do for free, Grand Central is one of the best things to do and see. Walk around inside this magical terminal, watch the commuters rushing to work and soak it all in. There’s a lot of real New York life right inside this train station.

Brooklyn Brewery Tour

free-things-to-do-in-nyc brooklyn breweryWilliamsburg-based Brooklyn Brewery offers free tours of its facility every half hour on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6pm. If you always wanted to find out how beer is made, this is your place to go. After the tour, you can drink the beer for only $5 a pint which is a great deal for New York City.

Check out the best galleries

Sean Kelly art galleryDid you know that you can find one of the best art galleries in New York City? When we are getting asked what you can do in New York for free, visiting these amazing galleries in NYC is always on our list of recommendations. If you want to find out which art galleries are the best and worth visiting, check out our article about our favorite galleries in the city.

Get to explore Central Park

Another main attraction for free in NYC is Central Park. I go there to run others come to Central Park for picnics, walks or weddings. Central Park is beautiful and magical wherever you go which is why it’s on our list for the best free things to do in NYC.

The Museum at FIT

free-things-to-do-in-nycOverseen by fashion historian Valerie Steele, the Museum at FIT showcases selections from the institute’s permanent collection. But you will also find temporary exhibitions focusing on individual designers and fashion’s role in society now and then. The museum is free of charge and a perfect on a rainy day in NYC.

FIT owns one of the largest and most impressive collections of clothing, textiles, and accessories in the world. Did you know that they present 50,000 costumes and fabrics dating from the 5th century to the present? ( 227 W 27th Street)

Dance at Summerstage

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One of my favorite free things to do this summer is Summerstage in different parks across the five boroughs. You get to see big names in rock, indie, hip-hop, jazz, and more performing live on stage.

Just make sure to get there early to claim a spot close to the artists. It’s an amazing event with nearly 100 free and benefit performances from 200 artists in Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks across New York City.

Visit the Vessel at Hudson Yards

The Vessel at Hudson Yards close up lookJust recently opened but already one of the best free things to do in NYC is the Vessel at Hudson Yards. The oddly shaped piece of art invites its visitors to climb up the stairs free of charge to enjoy the views of the Hudson Yards territory and the High Line. Tickets should be reserved online in advance for free. More information about the Vessel and how to get the tickets can be found here.

Hop on the Staten Island Ferry

free things to do in NYC Staten-Island-FerryEnjoy the fresh breeze on board of the Staten Island Ferry which takes you in 25 minutes from Manhattan to Staten Island free of charge. It’s one of the best free attractions in NYC and also worth doing if you want to get a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. Our favorite time to ride the Staten Island Ferry is during sunset. There’s probably no better ambiance on the ferry than during that time of the day.

Escape to Eataly

free-things-to-do-on-a-rainy-day-in-nyc ItalyIf you’re looking for free things to do when it rains in NYC the Eataly is a really good bet. Either the Flatiron or Downtown location is both indoors and takes you to the delicious and fun world of Italy. Wandering around is completely free and definitely leaves you with the feeling you just visited Italy. I would also recommend either having pizza or gelato at the Eataly. This won’t be free obviously but it’s worth every penny.

Walk along the High Line

free-things-to-do-in-nyc High Line ParkWhen it’s nice out, make sure to check out the High Line in New York City. It’s one of the best free things to do in NYC and a place where you can watch the most beautiful sunset as well. The abandoned aboveground railroad track turned into an urban park and is now even connected to the Hudson Yards neighborhood. If you want to avoid the crowds make your way there early in the AM.

Take a break at the Public Library

free-things-to-do-in-new-york Public LibraryNew York City for free? Yes, that works. If you feel like you need a break from all of the sightseeing, city noises and crowds, go check out the New York Public Library. It’s not only where all Sex and the City fans will remember Carries almost wedding, but also a great place to take a quick break from the city.

Visiting the Public Library is free and should be on your list if you want to explore the best free things to do in NYC.

See the Christmas Tree

best-Free-things-to-do-in-nycOne of the free Christmas things to do is going to Rockefeller Center to check out the Christmas tree. The famous tree attracts thousands of visitors every day when it’s lit up during Christmas time in NYC. It’s very romantic too which is why a lot of men go down on one knee at this location in New York. So if you were wondering what is there in Manhattan to do for free, there you go.

Window shopping on Fifth Avenue

free-things-to-do-in-nyc 5th AvenueShopping on 5th Avenue isn’t for everyone. If you want to keep your budget for your New York trip in place enjoy a free walk on  New York Cities most famous avenue. Window shopping can be just as exciting as real shopping. Most of the stuff we see, we don’t need anyway.

Stay on your budget and enjoy New York for less by just looking at the shopping windows without actually going inside.

Explore Coney Island

free-things-to-do-in-nyc Coney IslandWithout a doubt, Coney Island is probably the most fun out of all the free things to do in NYC. There’s an amusement park, the beach, the boardwalk and so much more to explore in Coney Island. It’s a little bit of a hassle to get there but it’s definitely worth going. If you want you can spend an entire day in Coney Island. Don’t forget to try the most famous Hot Dog’s in the city at Nathan’s Famous.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

free-things-to-do-in-nyc Brooklyn BridgeJoin the crowds rain or shine and walk the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s not only one of the most beautiful things to do in NYC but also one of the best free things to do. We always recommend walking from Brooklyn to Manhattan (not the other way around) in order to enjoy the stunning views of the New York City skyline.

Go for a run in Prospect Park

Best-free-things-to-do-in-nyc Run at Prospect ParkThey say “the best things in life are free”. Believe it or not, but there are actually tons of free things to do in NYC. If you’re into running try something different and join the Brooklyn folks running through Prospect Park. I know, running in Central Park seems to be the real deal, but Prospect Park is just as nice, hilly and enjoyable. You will also have fewer tourists, horses, dogs, and cyclist around you.

Free Yoga at Bryant Park

Since we were diving into free things to do in New York that are outdoors already, there is one more thing that I would like to share with all my Yogis who are reading this. Overall one of the best free things to do in New York this summer is the popular Bryant Park yoga classes are offered by Lululemon Athletica and last 1 hour.

Free Yoga in New York? Yes, you read this right. Tuesday morning classes are from 10am-11am and Thursday evening classes are from 6pm-7pm.

Bronx Zoo on a Wednesday

free-things-to-do-in-nyc Bronx ZooIf you’re interested in visiting the Bronx Zoo, go on a Wednesday, because it’s free all day. We always make a small donation to help support their operating costs and to aid their work in caring for animals here in New York. This totally up to you of course.

The Bronx Zoo on a Wednesday is high up on our list for free things to do in NYC with kids. Especially when you come to NYC with your children, it can get very expensive. Make sure to get there early, because it can get very crowded at the Zoo on a Wednesday.

Enjoy the view from Rosevelt Island Tramway

free-things-to-do-in-nyc Rosevelt IslandTechnically the Rosevelt Island Tramway isn’t free. They charge you $2.75 to ride it. But most tourists are taking advantage of the unlimited metro card, while they are visiting New York, so you don’t have to pay extra for it in that case. The views are pretty nice and you get the chance to take some really nice photos from up there.

Rosevelt Island itself is free. People actually live on that island and it’s getting more and more popular too. On the island, you can walk around and enjoy the tranquility for a little bit before you’re heading back to the tight sightseeing schedule in Manhattan.

Tour the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

We’re getting asked a lot if you can tour the Federal Reserve? The answer is: YES! Guided tours of the Federal Reserve are offered every weekday (excluding bank holidays). This is the only way to get into the Federal Reserve and see the Vault and other exhibits.

It’s a fantastic free activity to do in NYC. Besides the fact that you get to see a lot of real gold, you will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve. Just don’t forget that you have to book 1 month in advance.

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Summer in New York https://loving-newyork.com/summer-new-york/ https://loving-newyork.com/summer-new-york/#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2019 10:55:55 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=80308 There’s nothing quite like summer in New York City! Sunny days and warm summer nights make the city as vibrant […]

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There’s nothing quite like summer in New York City! Sunny days and warm summer nights make the city as vibrant as it gets. Should you be spending parts of your summer in New York, this guide will inform you about all you need to know: weather, activities, events, concerts, sports, and of course, our personal top things to do in New York this summer.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to extensive renovations, MoMA will stay closed from June 15 – October 21.

Other seasons Spring > Fall > Winter >
Monthly specials June > July > August >

New York Summer Weather

New York in the summer is best described in one single word: hot. In the US, summer season unofficially starts with Memorial Day Weekend at the end of May. Heat waves are not uncommon in the area and the city’s density tends to make it feel even hotter. That’s why we have compiled a handful of summer activities that are guaranteed to make even the hottest days enjoyable.

But how hot does it really get in New York? Here’s an overview of the average temperatures as well as sunshine and rain days to give you a general idea of the weather you should expect in NYC in the summer:

🌡 Temperature (day) 🌡 Temperature (night) 🌞  Sunshine (hours) 🌨Rain (days)
June 75 °F 64 °F 6 10
July 86 °F 68 °F 6 10
August 82 °F 68 °F 11 5

Considering these temperatures, you may be wondering if summer is a good time to go to New York. The answer is simple: yes! For us, of course, New York is always worth a trip, but we actually have some great arguments as to why New York in the summer will be worth your trip, too! You’ll find them in our top things to do below.

Another question we are frequently asked is “what should I wear in New York in the summer?”. Taking into account that it gets really hot during the summer, you really should plan for light clothing. On a regular summer day, you don’t need more than shorts, a shirt, and a pair of sandals. In New York, you’re free to dress as you like.

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Our Top Things to Do in NYC this Summer

Summer in New York means it’s time to get outside! We promise that you will never find yourself bored at any point in New York City in the summer! Fun activities are available in abundance. Our favorite things to do in New York in the summer include scouting for the newest ice cream flavors, cooling off at New York’s beaches or spend the day having a BBQ in one of the city’s countless green spaces.

Our absolute favorite way to enjoy a fresh breeze during the hot summer days in New York, however, is by taking cruises along the Hudson and East River. The fact that New York is surrounded by water makes it much easier to endure the heat. If you’re overwhelmed by the choices, you can take a look at the best summer boat tours in New York that we’ve listed. Below, you can see what else made it onto our list of favorite things to do in NYC in the summer:

New York Summer Activities

Summer in New York allows you to take advantage of a great number of outdoor activities that you would not be able to in other seasons. The first thing that comes to our minds when thinking about summer in NYC is rooftop bars! You may argue that you can also visit them during other months of the year which is true. What you can do only during the summer though is take advantage of the pools! Just imagine overlooking the city’s concrete jungle from a refreshing rooftop pool?

Sightseeing cruises are also far more enjoyable during the summer months in New York. What can beat being on the water and getting a fresh breeze? If you are feeling more adventurous, you also have plenty of opportunities to row boats, go kayaking, take a ride on a speed boat, or even ride a jet-ski on the Hudson River.

For some more low-key things to do in NYC this summer, we recommend heading to Governors Island or Coney Island. Both islands are easy to get to and also extremely affordable at $3 each! Governors Island can be accessed by a ferry. Once you are there, you can ride a bike, enjoy a picnic or attend one of the many events that take place there during the summer months. Coney Island, on the other hand, can be reached by subway. If you would actually like to enjoy the beach and go swimming, Coney Island is your best option! For families, the combination of beach and theme park comes in super handy.

Here are some more of our favorite places to spend the summer in New York City:

NYC Summer Events

Summertime celebrates one of the biggest holidays in the country: Independence Day on the 4th of July. In New York, you will find the largest fireworks and celebrations. It’s surely a special time to be visiting. Other spectacles you shouldn’t miss are Manhattanhenge, Restaurant Week and Pinknic. And don’t forget about Father’s Day in June!

These are some unmissable New York summer events that you can look forward to this summer:

Shows & summer concerts in NYC

This year, we have welcomed a couple of new shows on Broadway. Our picks if you’re in New York this summer, in particular, are Hadestown, Moulin Rouge and Beetlejuice. Hadestown dominated this year’s Tonys Awards with a whopping 8 wins, Moulin Rouge is coming to New York in June, and Beetlejuice is surely the most unique musical on Broadway right now that’s worth seeing despite having left the Tonys empty-handed. For more inspiration on plays and musicals to watch this summer, take a look at our favorite Broadway Shows in New York.

Of course, there’s more than Broadway Shows to enjoy during the summer. Summer in New York invites you to a series of summer concerts and festivals. One of the best-known festivals in the city is the free Summerstage Festival, but there many more open-air concerts and even theater pieces taking place in the summer, like Shakespeare in the Park. When it comes to concerts, Pier 17 offers the most spectacular venue which hosts an extensive concert series with the most stunning backdrop: the Brooklyn Bridge. Not to forget the FREE summer movies you can watch throughout the city.

Sports in New York this summer

If you are a sports enthusiast spending the summer in New York City, don’t worry – you won’t fall short! Though there are no football games throughout the summer months, you can cheer on New York’s basketball, baseball, and soccer teams. Attending a sports game is a great way to see famous landmarks like Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium or Barclays Arena. Tickets can be as cheap as $10 for a seat in the far back. Here’s an overview of the sports in NYC this summer:

🏀 Basketball

⚾ Baseball

⚽ Soccer

June

July

August

Our Team Guides

Tickets

More fun things to do in New York in the summer

For more amazing things to do in New York in the summer, we recommend heading to the many outdoor markets. Smorgasborg Food Market and Queens Night Market are enjoying increasing popularity. Both are every foodie’s dream! The best thing you can do to find fun summer activities in New York is to head to the respective monthly articles for June, July, or August.

Other Seasons in New York

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The Time Out Market is Not Like Any Other Food Hall https://loving-newyork.com/time-out-market-nyc/ https://loving-newyork.com/time-out-market-nyc/#respond Tue, 11 Jun 2019 18:45:03 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=86455 Another food hall has opened up and this time it’s in DUMBO, Brooklyn. But, this isn’t just any other food […]

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Another food hall has opened up and this time it’s in DUMBO, Brooklyn. But, this isn’t just any other food hall like Chelsea Market or Mercado Little Spain. The concept of this DUMBO market is what differentiates this from the rest in NYC.  Officially called Time Out Market, it invites the best restaurants in the city under one roof to set up a stand. It’s a big feat and takes the curating game to a whole new level.

The restaurants participating in this food hall is considered the best by Time Out New York. The location is in a premier real estate as well. It’s right next to DUMBO House (SoHo House) and has scenic views of the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and quick access to the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Time Out Market is An Upscale Food Hall

There are many things that differentiate Time Out Market NYC to other food halls in the city. For one, you’ll notice that your food will be served in chinaware, glassware, and silverware. There aren’t any disposables and brand ambassadors will be floating around the DUMBO market to assist you. Also, as I mentioned in the first paragraph, the vendors here are restaurants and eateries ranked by Time Out New York. This puts some of the best eats of NYC in one location making it a powerhouse food court. There will be about 21 vendors to choose from including 3 bars.

Many of our favorite restaurants are represented here at Time Out Market. Below are just some of them.

There’s also a good amount of seats to choose from as well. Time Out Market isn’t just located on one floor. There’s even rooftop access with a bar and other extra food vendors.

Is Time Out Market NYC Expensive?

With so many restaurants right next to the water overlooking Lower Manhattan, it becomes the perfect place to have lunch or dinner. The only thing is, the current restaurants in the area can hurt your pockets. This brings us to our next topic. No, Time Out Market is not expensive and it is affordable, but, don’t expect some discount pricing. Remember what you’re being offered here. You have perfect views, arguably the best food in NYC has to offer and the experience makes it all worth it.

Where is Time Out Market NYC Located?

Time Out Market in New York is located in the Brooklyn neighborhood, right in between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge. It’s a huge tourist site and a great location for the food hall. The address is 55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201. You can get here by taking the F train to York Street or the AC trains to High St. From there it’s about a 10-15 minute walk to this NYC food market. Don’t let that long walk deter you though. Along the way, you’ll experience the DUMBO neighborhood which has a cool and edgy vibe to it.

Are there other Time Out Market Locations?

Currently, there are three Time Out Markets spread across the globe. Lisbon was the first one to open followed by Miami and New York. Future openings will be located in Boston, Chicago, Montreal, London, and Praha.

Check out these other Food Halls in NYC

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Gossip Girl Tour in NYC https://loving-newyork.com/gossip-girl-tour-nyc/ https://loving-newyork.com/gossip-girl-tour-nyc/#respond Sun, 09 Jun 2019 16:43:59 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=78478 Hello Upper East Siders! Gossip Girl here. And I have the biggest news ever: The most fun way to see […]

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Hello Upper East Siders! Gossip Girl here. And I have the biggest news ever: The most fun way to see New York is by taking the Gossip Girl Tour! You will walk in the footsteps of Blair, Serena, Chuck & Co. and discover the locations featured on the show. XOXO.

NYC Gossip Girl Tour Details

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Why take the Gossip Girl Tour in NYC?

MET steps during the Gossip Girl Tour in NYC

1) The Gossip Girl Tour is the perfect way to combine sightseeing in New York with your favorite show!

2) There will be an actor or actress on board to guide the Gossip Girl tour to make sure you don’t miss anything. The tour guide will also provide you with little known facts about the cast, some of whom actually live in New York! The actors and actresses are super energetic and fun, which makes the tour entertaining.

3) You will get to see over 30 top filming locations, including the famous steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). While inside the bus, you and your friends will enjoy clips from the show that truly allow you to relive your favorite scenes from Gossip Girl. Whenever you make a stop, you’ll have plenty of time to take photos.

Details of the Gossip Girl Tour NYC

Here’s a summary of what you need to know about the Gossip Girl Tour through New York:

  • 3-hour long, narrated tour
  • more than 30 spots
  • mobile tickets
  • offered in English
  • bathroom on board

Where does the Gossip Girl Bus Tour depart? 

The bus departs in front of the Palace Hotel located on Madison Ave between 50th and 51st Streets (Midtown Manhattan) which is also one of the main filming locations of the TV show.

Is there an age restriction for the Gossip Girl Tour?

The tour is available for ages 9 and over.

How much is a ticket for the Gossip Girl Tour NYC?

A regular ticket is $49, however, a VIP ticket with priority boarding is available for an additional fee.

We don’t think the VIP ticket is needed. Go with a standard ticket!

⚠ If you have a New York Explorer Pass, the Gossip Girl Tour will be free! You can use one of your attraction choices to book the tour!

What is the schedule for the tour?

The Gossip Girl Tour through NYC takes place daily in the summer and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the winter months. The bus departs at 10 am, except for holidays, where the Gossip Girl Tour NYC will start at 2 pm.

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Gossip Girl Filming Locations in New York

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If you decide to take the Gossip Girl Tour in NYC, you will notice that most spots are located on the Upper East Side and Midtown Manhattan. These are some of the hotspots you’ll get to see on the Gossip Girl Tour:

  • The New York Palace Hotel
    where the Van der Woodsen and Bass family once used to live
    (455 Madison Ave)
  • Constance Billiard-St. Judes School
    where the Gossip Girls went to school
    (72 E 93rd St)
  • The movie theater
    where Serena didn’t show up for her date with Dan
  • The penthouse building on Fifth Avenue
    where Blair used to live
    (1136 5th Ave)
  • Former Henri Bendel Location
    where Serena and Blair loved to shop
    (712 5th Ave)
  • The steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met)
    where Blair frequently enjoys lunch with friends
    (1000 5th Ave)
  • Vera Wang Boutique
    where Blair put on her wedding gown for the first time
    (991 Madison Ave)
  • Dylan’s Candy Bar
    where Dan and Vanessa shopped for Nate
    (1011 3rd Ave)
  • The Empire Hotel
    where Chuck Bass lived
    (44 W 63rd St)
  • The Grand Central Terminal
    where, in the first episode, Serena returned to New York
    (89 E 42nd St)
  • Ladurée
    where Blair buys her favorite macaroons
    (864 Madison Ave)
  • Harry Winston
    where Chuck chose the perfect engagement ring for Blair
    (701 5th Ave)
  • Bethesda Terrace
    where Blair and Chuck got married in the season finale
    (72 Terrace Dr – Central Park)

…and many more

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Gossip Girl Tour Reviews

See what people who have taken the Gossip Girl Tour NYC have to say here.

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We love New York City for its bar scene: from small, low key bars to perfectly designed, modern locations, there are so many different bars to choose from. Check out the 25 most beautiful bars, this city has to offer. From Manhattan to Queens and Brooklyn,  we found them all. 

Where can I go out in NYC?

It’s the weekend, you just had a wonderful dinner and now you’re wondering where you could go out in New York City. Let us share our favorite bars, which also happen to be the most beautiful ones in town. It’s nice to surround yourself with the locals, sip fancy cocktails or enjoy a really good glass of wine. We narrowed down the 25 best places to go to.

The 25 most beautiful bars in town

1. The Back Room

The Back Room Bar is a really special bar and one of a kind. If you think about speakeasy bars in the 1920s, that’s what the Back Room has to offer. They are open daily from 6:30 pm and you’ll need a password to get in (check their Facebook Page to find out). There’s live jazz and lot’s of good vibes that reflect the good old days in the city.

Address: 102 Norfolk St | Neighborhood: Lower East Side

2. Westlight NYC in Brooklyn

Rooftop bars in Williamsburg
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Westlight in Williamsburg caught our eye just recently and is a great place to go out in New York City. Westlight is a very modern and beautiful execution of a rooftop bar. The atmosphere is low key and exactly what you would expect when you go to a bar in Williamsburg.

Address: 111 N 12th St 22nd Floor, Brooklyn | Read more | Neighborhood: Williamsburg

3. Barely Disfigured

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The Barely Disfigured Cocktail-Bar is one of these spots, where you would just walk by if you didn’t know about it. It’s a real insider and local bar. Once you’re inside you will understand why this bar made it on our list of the most beautiful bars in NYC. The interior design is stunning, the vibe is great and the drinks are awesome too. If you want to take your date to a special place, this is where you should go. On their website, they call themselves “luxurious and seductive”. Go find out, if you agree.

Address: 257 Smith St, Brooklyn  | Neighborhood: Cobble Hills Brooklyn

4. Oscar Wilde NYC

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Even though we like it clean and neat when it comes to interior design, Oscar Wilde is a must and had to make its appearance on our list of the most beautiful bars in NYC. Steffen spent 2 hours at this bar last time he came to visit us and got a little overwhelmed because there’s so much going on here. In case you are wondering, yes this glamorous bar was inspired by the iconic playwright and author Oscar Wilde.

Address: 45 W 27th St |Neighborhood: Flatiron District

5. Dear Irving on Hudson

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Dear Irving on Hudson is an absolute secret in the city located on the 40th & 41st floor inside the Aliz Hotel. In the middle of Times Square, this bar pairs the glimpse of the city lights and skyline views with the best cocktails in town. Your favorite drink isn’t on the menu? Just ask the bartender and he will make it for you.

Address: 310 W 40th St. in Aliz Hotel on Times Square | Neighborhood: Midtown

6. McSorley’s Old Ale House

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McSorley’s Old Ale House is a true legend. The bar has been open since 1854 and nothing has changed inside ever since. Cheese plates like your parents used to make (onion, cheese, mustard, and crackers) and a huge variety of delicious dark beer are offered here. Also, nothing can beat the pricing here: 2 good beers for 5$! Not only the historical relevance of this place makes it worth coming here.

Address: 15 E 7th St | Neighborhood: East Village

7. The Press Lounge

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When it comes to the best rooftop bars in NYC, The Press Lounge is a place you have to visit to enjoy a drink. On top of the Ink48 Hotel, this gorgeous bar offers stunning views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. It also gets consistently recognized as one of the best rooftop bars in the world. No wonder this spot is on our list of the best and most beautiful bars in NYC.

Address: 653 11th Ave | Read more | Neighborhood: Chelsea

8. Apotheke in Chinatown

If you know, you know. Apotheke in Chinatown is one of those speakeasy types of bars that are still super trendy to go to. It still maintains the classic look and almost speakeasy vibe from back in the days. The menu is called the “prescription list” and they call their bar not just a bar, but a “stage”, “A lab” or “a theatre”. Sounds dramatic, right? Make sure to check this special place out,  when you’re in town.

Address: 9 Doyers St between Bowery & Pell St | Neighborhood: Chinatown

9. The Proletariat East Village

best bars in nycThe proletariat is one of our favorite bars in the city and for sure one of the best bars in NYC. It’s a low key, tiny bar in the village with a relaxed and laid back atmosphere that offers a fine local variety of beers. The bar food is pretty good as well. We are always getting the beer-braised brat sandwich and a lamb burger. If you want to feel and go out like a local, this is the place to do so. The most tourist doesn’t come here since it’s still an insider tip.

Address: 102 St Marks Pl. | Neighborhood: East Village

10. The Campbell Apartment

This small bar inside Grand Central Station just got newly renovated and is one of the hidden secrets of the Grand Central Station. Did you even know this place was there? Back in the ’20s, this bar used to be the office of jazz musician John W. Campbell where this beautiful bar got his name from also. Make sure to order the Old Fashioned Cocktail, it’s one of the best on the menu.

Address: 15 Vanderbilt Ave | Neighborhood: Midtown

11. Brandy Library in Tribeca

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Do you like Whiskey? If you do, you will love the Brandy Library in Tribeca. It has the library aesthetic that you would expect from its name. Instead of books, you’ll find thousands of different types of whiskeys, cognacs, and rums.

It is very close to the One World Trade Center, so when you’re visiting this attraction, make your way over to the Brandy Library for a drink.

Address: 25 N Moore St | Neighborhood: Tribeca

12. Winebar Upholstery West Village

The city is full of wine bars. One of our favorites and also one of the best bars in NYC is the winebar Upholstery in the West Village. The tiny place is cozy and with a clean, simple design.  There’s a lot of blue throughout the bar which is located on a very quiet block in the neighborhood. The wine selection is impressive at this hidden treasure. It’s great for a romantic night out, or just because.

Address: 713 Washington St | Neighborhood: West Village

13. Bemelman’s Bar on the Upper East Side

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After a stroll in Central Park, this bar will be the perfect spot to relax, enjoy a drink and eat a delicious burger. Bemelman’s Bar is our go-to spot and high on our list of the most beautiful bar in NYC. The interior is cozy, simple and just about right to enjoy a glass of wine, or beer after a long day of sightseeing.

Address: 35 E 76th St. at the Carlyle Restaurant | Neighborhood: Upper East Side

14. (Rooftop-)Bar at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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This bar is a special one. Not only because celebs like Beyoncé and Jay-Z celebrated their birthday here, but also because this view is hard to beat. The bar on top of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge offers views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Drinks are okay and a little expensive (you really come here for the priceless views).

Address: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn | Show me more | Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights

15. Black Tail NYC at Pier A Harbor House

Black Tail NYC at Pier A Harbor House

Sure, Pier A Harbor House is an amazing place to go, but have you heard about Black Tail? The first floor of the restaurant (which is, by the way, one of our favorite places to eat by the water) invites you to enjoy some really good drink with a view of the Statue of Liberty. On top of that, there will be Cuban cuisine a lot of Carribean atmosphere. We love this place!

Address: Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place | Neighborhood: Lower Manhattan

16. Refinery Rooftop Bar

Best Bars in NYCDo you want to get a close-up from the Empire State Building? We’ve got you covered. Very close to Bryant Park you can find a beautiful bar in NYC on top of the Refinery Hotel. This two-level rooftop bar offers stunning views of the Empire State Building, great cocktails (by Alex Ott) and a nice atmosphere.

Address: 63 W 38th St. | Neighborhood: Midtown

17. NoMad Bar

To get into the NoMad Bar you have to sneak behind a curtain as you cross through the restaurant dining room. So it’s almost a speakeasy bar that made it on our list of the most beautiful bars in NYC. You can expect top-notch service in an amazing ambiance which makes this place great for a date night. The drink list is extensive and creative. This is one of the best bars in NYC for sure.

Adresse: 10 W 28th St | Neighborhood: Midtown

18. Dead Rabbit Bar & Grocery

Have you ever thought about how to take the Irish Pub into the 21st century? Go check out the Dead Rabbit bar and find out. This modern Irish pub and restaurant, which opened in 2013, is one of our favorite bars of all times. It’s like exploring a whole new world once you’re inside the location. We enjoy the ambiance, the hospitality, and of course the drinks.

Address: 30 Water St. | Neighborhood: Lower Manhattan

19. Ophelia Lounge NYC Midtown East

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Ophelia is one of the newest additions to the local bar scene in Midtown East. The beautiful bar in NYC comes with 360-degree views of the East River and Manhattan skyline.  Inspired by the 1920s and 30s, this place feels like a setback to the good old days where there were record players, stylish antique silverware and lots of tarot cards.

They did a great job transforming this space into a cocktail lounge but still showing the historic features that were once witnessed by artists like Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, and Frank Zappa.

Address: 3 Mitchell Pl. (26th floor) | Neighborhood: Midtown

20. Copper & Oak

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We lost our hearts to this bar a few years ago. First of all, Copper and Oaks and the Brandy Library in Tribeca are owned by the same people, so it’s pretty obvious what Copper and Oaks is all about. That’s right: Whiskey! The vibe is similar, the drinks just as good. The area of the Lower East Side does give a certain extra touch to it though which is why Copper and Oaks also made it on our list of the beautiful bars in NYC.

Address: 157 Allen St. | Neighborhood: Lower East Side

21. Death & Company East Village

Recognized as one of the 50 best bars in the world, Death & Company in the beautiful East Village is also one of our favorite spots to go out in NYC. The cozy, tiny spot is a real insider tip, offers amazing cocktails. Pricing is a bit high with $17 for a drink, but it’s worth going.

Address: 433 E 6th St. | Neighborhood: East Village

22. La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels in Little Italy

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This French wine bar is one of the best in the city. Don’t judge a book by its cover. From the outside “La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels” doesn’t look as special and chic as it is from the inside. This beautiful bar in New York has an incredible selection of wine and excellent French food.

Address: 249 Centre St. | Neighborhood: Little Italy

23. Le Boudoir

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Le Boudoir has two separate areas: One is decorated in Victorian style with velvet walls and old-timey decorations and the other is a brick basement. Locals come here for the excellent drinks at very reasonable prices by NYC standards and the 30s live Jazz on Mondays.

Address: 135 Atlantic Ave | Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights

24. One of our favorite pubs: Connolly’s

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At Connolly’s, you will feel like you’re in Ireland. With three locations in the city, this family-owned business is the place to go for good, local food, beers, and an amazing ambiance. What we love the most is the comfortable and laid back atmosphere. It’s a true Irish host that offers the best Shepherd’s Pie you can find in the city.

Address: 43 W 54th St between 5th Ave & 6th Ave | Neighborhood: Midtown

25. Cibar

Last but not least on our list of the most beautiful bars in New York City, I would like to recommend the Cibar near Union Square. It’s also one of these hidden places, where you have to walk into to evaluate their specialty. Try the “Hedo Rick” drink and enjoy the atmosphere. Overall their drinks have great twists on modern classics elevating them beyond a typical paletted drink. The interior is a bit old school which makes this place even more perfect.!

Address: 56 Irving Pl.  | Neighborhood: Midtown

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Day Trip to Philadelphia and Amish Country from NYC https://loving-newyork.com/philadelphia-amish-country-day-trip-nyc/ https://loving-newyork.com/philadelphia-amish-country-day-trip-nyc/#respond Sun, 26 May 2019 18:58:33 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=85939 Day trips from New York City are abundant and offer multiple destinations for customers. For example, you can choose to […]

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Day trips from New York City are abundant and offer multiple destinations for customers. For example, you can choose to go to Boston or even Washington D.C. However, one trip that is frequently overlooked is the Philadelphia day trip from NYC. In addition, you also make a quick stop to Lancaster, Pennsylvania which is also known as Amish Country. If you’re curious about the history of the United States as well as learning about different cultures, then this tour is definitely for you. In addition, if you need a live translator, the tour offers live tour guides in Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese.

How Long is the Day Trip to Philadelphia from NYC?

Be prepared to wake up early in the morning on the day of the New York to Philadelphia trip. The tour itself is about 13-14 hours, granted if there isn’t any crazy traffic. You’ll spend about two to three hours in the bus to Philadelphia from NYC and then probably another one to two hours to Lancaster, PA. Lancaster County is America’s oldest Amish settlement. Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and extra cash for food and of course, souvenirs.

There will be a good amount of walking, but don’t worry, because you’ll get plenty of rest on the bus. There is free Wi-Fi on the bus as well. During the ride, the guide will talk to you about the history of NYC, Philadelphia, and Lancaster.

Where do we meet for the Philly & Amish Country Day Trip from NYC?

The tour guide will meet you at The Gray Line Visitor Center located on 777 8th Avenue between 47th and 48th Street in Midtown Manhattan. The meetup time is 7 AM, but make sure you get there 15-30 minutes earlier. Make sure to have your ID as well. You can get to the meeting spot via subway on the N, R, W line and getting off 49th Street Station.

There are multiple day trips going on at once so the tour company needs to do a head count and separate you into your respected day trip buses. Also, make sure to stick close to your group because there could be a lot of people and it can be easy to get mixed up. You will then be boarded onto the bus where you get a quick briefing. After that, you’ll be on your way to New York to Philadelphia.

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What are the Philadelphia Day Trip Highlights?

The Founding of the United States of America

Philadelphia is also known as the “City of Brotherly Love” and is famous for its sports cheesesteaks (more on this later) and the Rocky steps. But, what people tend to forget is that the foundation of the United States also started here. In Philadelphia, you’ll get to visit the infamous Liberty Bell. You’ll be given a tour of USA’s first location for the House of Representatives as well. If you somehow get their early than planned, you might even get to see one of the many drafts of the Declaration of Independence. There’s a lot of history in this beautiful city.

Elfreth’s Alley

Another highlight of the day trip is Elfreth’s Alley. It’s considered the oldest street in America and it dates back to 1702. People still live on this street. There are about 30 houses on this block. Just imagine seeing tourists flock in front of your house every single day. It must be a sight to see.

Visiting Benjamin Franklin’s Printing Press

Because we were running early on schedule, we made a quick stop at Benjamin Franklin’s old printing press. Here, the staff at this location demonstrated to us how “easy” it was to make mass copies. Obviously, today making mass copies of documents back in the day was a tedious task. For them, however, the printing press was very convenient.

The Rocky Statue and Rocky Steps

A day trip to Philadelphia from NYC isn’t complete without visiting the infamous Rocky Statue and Rocky Steps. It’s an absolute must. If you’re not familiar with the movie series, Rocky, we suggest you watch it before making the trip. That way, you can relate to it. The stairs symbolize hard work, dedication and conquering your dreams. There’s a specific scene in the movie where Rocky is seen running up the stairs with the city of Philadelphia is in the background. He gets to the top and raises both of his arms.

And that’s exactly what you’re expected to do here. Seriously. No one walks these steps unless you really don’t want to. You’re supposed to run up just like Rocky. It’s pretty neat because 90 percent of the people run it.

Lunch Break Means Philly Cheesesteaks

Ever heard of the Philly cheesesteaks? Did you ever want one? Well, this is your chance to get one. During our tour, we had an hour lunch break in between the printing press tour and the Rocky steps. Make sure to get one so you can experience Philadelphia as one should.

Where is Amish Country in Pennsylvania?

Welcome to Lancaster County. It’s also known as Amish Country and is America’s oldest Amish settlement. After making a stop in Philadelphia, the day trip then continues here where we get to learn a lot all about the Amish. You might have some preconceived notions about their culture and hopefully, this day trip gives you an insight into their daily lives.

Taking a Ride in Their Buggy

When we arrived in Lancaster, we were greeted by two older gentlemen which happened to be the drivers of the buggy. Their buggy consists of a ten passenger wagon with two horses that powers it. The Amish truly live as simple as they can which can be fascinating. The driver took us through the area as we passed by different farms. The buggy makes a pitstop at a family farm where they sold us homemade cookies and lemonade. All of it was amazing. The ride itself was probably about 45 minutes.

Experience The Amish Markets

After the buggy, we hopped back onto the bus and drove right down the street where there were plenty of markets and small eateries. They had a store specifically for jams, leather, and even ice cream. This is where we had our last break and was also our last stop. We spent about an hour and 30 minutes here, so we had plenty of time to do some shopping and get food.

Can we Take Videos or Pictures of the Amish?

This is something that you should be aware of when it comes to the Amish. They are very private people and out of respect, you should definitely ask to take a picture. Some of them say yes, but most of the time they will say no. Make sure to please respect that. Our buggy driver was kind enough to take an awesome portrait with us though!

Overall, the day trip to Philadelphia and Amish Country from NYC was a great experience. You really get to learn a lot about the founding of The United States and even get to learn and experience a different culture with the Amish.

Details of the Day Trip

Meeting Location: The Gray Line Visitor Center (777 8th Avenue between 47th and 48th Street)

Meet Time: 7 AM (Be there 30-15 minutes early)

Day Trip Duration: 13-14 hours

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Westlight in Brooklyn https://loving-newyork.com/westlight-brooklyn/ https://loving-newyork.com/westlight-brooklyn/#respond Fri, 24 May 2019 08:18:54 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=85884 Westlight in Brooklyn is one of the most gorgeous rooftop bars in New York and I got to experience it […]

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Westlight in Brooklyn is one of the most gorgeous rooftop bars in New York and I got to experience it first-hand during my most recent visit. Sitting atop the William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, it has everything you could want: a rooftop bar, a lounge area, a bar, and a restaurant.

What sets Westlight NYC apart from many other spots, including fellow rooftop bars, is the 100% unobstructed, panoramic view of Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. If you are looking for a rooftop bar that combines nothing but the best of everything, there’s hardly any way past Westlight. Yet, it’s not only the impressive views that fascinated me but also the relaxed and uncomplicated atmosphere. While many rooftop bars rather tend to be somewhat snobby and elitist, you’ll truly feel welcome at Westlight in Brooklyn.

A peek into Westlight in Brooklyn

Inside Westlight Brooklyn Rooftopbar Bar at Westlight Brooklyn Seating at Westlight Brooklyn

As you can see from the Westlight NYC photos above, the spot is furnished with great attention to detail, making it look incredibly harmonious. That’s also one of the reasons, it has made it to our 25 most beautiful bars in NYC. To experience Westlight Brooklyn in the evening, I urge you to book a table due to the fact that the rooftop bar is receiving an increasing number of visitors.

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Westlight is one of my absolute favorite spots in all of New York!

Relaxing rooftop bar with unparalleled views

View of Midtown Manhattan from Westlight Rooftop Bar
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Above you can see exactly where Tino and I spent several hours during our last visit. If it had been up to me, we could have sat here forever. Taking in the sweeping views while enjoying a glass of wine was topped by relaxing lounge music that was playing in the background. The setting was flawless and the views never got boring. In fact, it was rather the contrary. Experiencing the sunset from the rooftop bar at Westlight Brooklyn was beyond magical.

FAQ about Westlight NYC

Can children visit Westlight in Brooklyn?

Yes! If you’re planning to spend some time at Westlight with your children, you can do so as long as you schedule your visit to be in the morning or afternoon, as minors (under 21) will not be allowed to enter after 6 pm.

What’s the average price of a drink at Westlight?

Just to give you a reference, a cocktail will cost you $18, a beer $9, and a cappuccino $7. After all, you’re not only paying for your top-notch drink but also for this gorgeous location and its mesmerizing views of the city. For me, it was more than worth it!

What does the Westlight NYC menu have to offer?

Beyond a large selection of cocktails, beers, and wines, Westlight in Brooklyn also offers small plates such as potato skins, olives, and tacos. Even though a visit is already worth it for the views alone, you can check the Westlight menu beforehand to ensure that it is to your liking.

Do I need reservations for the Westlight rooftop bar?

Westlight has become an extremely popular rooftop bar in New York. Reservations are not required, however, I do recommend making some if Westlight NYC is on your bucket list. It’s always good to have a guaranteed table, especially on a Saturday. Simply reserve through the official website or through OpenTable.

What’s the best time to visit Westlight in Brooklyn?

Saturdays are typically the most crowded days at Westlight NYC, which is why it may not be the best day to visit. I do recommend stopping by on a Monday evening if you happen to be in New York on that day of the week. Starting at 7:30 pm, you’ll not only get to enjoy signature cocktails and, again, panoramic views but also live jazz and funk music. Simply great!

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Cool Things To Do In NYC https://loving-newyork.com/cool-things-to-do-in-nyc/ https://loving-newyork.com/cool-things-to-do-in-nyc/#respond Tue, 21 May 2019 21:03:27 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=85454 Have you ever asked yourself what New Yorkers do in their free time? Which are the Cool Things To Do […]

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Have you ever asked yourself what New Yorkers do in their free time? Which are the Cool Things To Do that locals do? In NYC This article will give you all the answers. After several years of living in the city, we have done it all. The sightseeing, the super fun things to do in NYC, the hidden NYC attractions, we have tried the best restaurants and bars in NYC and have seen the most incredible museums New York City has to offer. 

If you are coming to New York and you’re looking for really cool things to do in NYC, or if you’re already living here and have friends or family coming over and you have no clue what to do with them, keep reading. We got you. Fun fact: not a single one involves going to Times Square and I’m sure you may even want to save a few of our NYC local tips for yourself.

14 Really Cool Things To Do In NYC

The Cloisters / Fort Tryon Park / Inwood Hill Park

Free – $$ / Manhattan 

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The Cloisters in NYC

People say New York City offers everything you can possibly imagine. This might be true because you can even visit a medieval castle. So if you’re looking for unique things to do in NYC, this is something you should consider going. The Cloisters is a branch of the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art and will blow you away with fabulous works of art and medieval tapestries.

The entrance can be found through Fort Tyrons Park’s lush gardens where you’ll be able to enjoy breathtaking views. That alone is worth the visit. If you want to save some money, check out the sightseeing passes for NYC. Most of them already come with a free ticket to the Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Dr, Uptown A Train to Dyckmann Street).

Take the challenge and go for a run

Free / Manhattan 

Running in Central Park
Sabrina is running in Central Park

The running community in NYC is huge and probably one of the best you can find in the world. One of the fun things to do in NYC  that I also always do is challenging myself and go for a run in Central Park. Running in Central Park, no matter if you’re an experienced runner or a total beginner, is both amazing and a real challenge. The hills in Central Park such as Cat Hill or Harlem Hill require your full power and will leave you with lots of endorphins.

Enter the park at Columbus Circle and start running by going right. Early mornings are more peaceful without the crowds. If you want to find a crew to run with, make sure to visit the Jack Rabbits Running Store inside the Shops at Columbus Circle (Central Park, A Train to Columbus Circle).

Get a tattoo at Bang Bang Tattoos

$$-$$$$ / Manhattan

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Bang Bang Tattoos in NYC

With now two locations (SoHo and Chinatown) Bang Bang Tattoos (owned by Keith McCurdy known as “Bang Bang”) will help you to get your NYC souvenir that will last forever. The team at Bang Bang Tattoos are the world’s best tattoo artists who are all specialized in different styles and incredibly talented. I have several tattoos from them and they are all just beautiful.

Bang  Bang Tattoos offers walk-ins and accepts online bookings via email as long as you know exactly what kind of tattoo you want. As probably one of the most unique things to do in NYC getting inked at Bang Bang tattoos is something you will tell your grandchildren about. The experience is amazing.

If you’re wondering how much a tattoo at Bang Bang cost: Tattoos at Bang Bang start at $400. They range from that minimum price to an hourly rate of $400 and up. Each artist may have a different billing structure though. Remember to also tip your artist (62 Grand Street & 328 Broome Street).

Spend a night at the museum

$$ / Manhattan

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Blue Whale inside the Museum of Natural History

One of the really cool things to do with kids in NYC is spending the night at the museum. Your one-of-a-kind Sleepover with your little one at the American Museum of Natural History will be a once in a lifetime experience. You will be sleeping beneath the 94-foot-long blue whale, next to African elephants, or at the base of a striking volcanic formation.

The world’s most beloved museum offers the sleepover only a few times per year. Here is more information on how to sign up (Museum of Natural History, C Train to Museum of Natural History).

Explore the neighborhood of Red Hook

$$ / Red Hook

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Red Hook Neighborhood in Brooklyn

The cute neighborhood of Red Hook is only a ferry ride away and offers close-up views of the Statue of Liberty. Red Hook is a real insider tip and one of the cool things to do in Brooklyn. So what is there to do in Red Hook? The ferry ride there is an activity on its own but spending a day in Red Hook will show you a whole new perspective about NYC.

Red Hook is a tiny neighborhood that offers shopping on Van Brunt Street, great seafood, live music, exhibitions and good times at Brooklyn Crab, with mini golf and a lot of entertainment. On top of that, you will find lots of authentic local bars and probably the best key lime pie on the East Coast (Red Hook, South Brooklyn Ferry to Red Hook).

Go indoor rock climbing

$ / Chelsea

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The sports complex Chelsea Piers

My favorite thing to do on a rainy day in New York is heading to Chelsea Piers for rock climbing. Chelsea Piers is a sports complex with tons of great activities. Their indoor rock wall is friendly for beginners but can also be a tough challenge for experienced rock climbers.

Instructor-led climbing sessions are available every Wednesday and Thursday night for just $25 per person. I have done it many times already and once you reach the very top of the rock wall, you’ll feel like a superhero (Chelsea Piers, 62 Chelsea Piers, 1 Train to 23rd Street)

Cool Things To Do In NYC: Smorgasburg

$-$$$ / Williamsburg, Park Slope

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Smorgasburg in Williamsburg

25 new vendors are coming to Smorgasburg this year. The premier outdoor eating and drinking destination is a cool non-touristy thing to do while visiting New York. You’ll get to see and taste the best 100 local food vendors New York City has to offer while enjoying incredible city views from the Williamsburg Waterfront. Every Saturday from 11:00 to 6:00 pm (90 Kent Ave, L Train to Bedford Avenue)

Visit the Hayden Planetarium

$ / Manhattan

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The Hayden Planetarium in NYC

Another great thing to do on a rainy day in New York City is to come to see the Hayden Planetarium inside the Museum of Natural History. The one of a kind Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space uses state-of-the-art technology to communicate cutting-edge science and is still a hidden attraction in NYC. It works with a digital video system which projects across the theater’s 67-foot-wide hemispheric dome.

Museum Plus One tickets include admission to the Museum and Rose Center for Earth and Space plus one special exhibition, IMAX film, or Hayden Planetarium Space Show (Museum of Natural History, C Train to Museum of Natural History).

Have some Soul Food in Harlem

$ / Manhattan

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Soul Food Restaurant in Harlem

To me personally, Harlem is one of the most exciting neighborhoods in the city. I love going there for the amazing soul food. Now you may ask yourself what defines soul food? For the Harlem community, soul food touches and delights the soul. Dishes like fried chicken, pork/beef ribs, collard greens, potato salad, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, and smoked ham hocks are great examples for authentic Harlem soul food.

My go to restaurants for soul food in Harlem is Amy Ruth’s who serve the best chicken and waffles in town, Melba’s and the BLVD Bistro on 122nd Street (Uptown A Train to 125th Street)

Check out Hudson Yards

free / Manhattan

The Vessel on the Hudson Yards
The Vessel at Hudson Yards

One cool cheap things to do in NYC right now is checking out the newest neighborhood Hudson Yards. Explore the Vessel, the mall “Shops at Hudson Yards“, or catch an art exhibition/concert at the Shed.

The Hudson Yards is the place to be right now and there’s more to come. By the end of the year, we will be able to enjoy the view of New York City from the highest observation deck in the city called “the Edge”. Make sure to check out our exciting neighborhood guide about the area before you go (Hudson Yards, 7 Train to Hudson Yards Station).

Watch a Broadway show

One of the most unique things to do in New York is to catch one of the unparalleled musicals and shows on Broadway. It’s great on a rainy day in NYC or if you are looking for great things to do in New York with your girlfriend (or boyfriend). The Broadway is incredibly inspiring and you should definitely enjoy a special evening (or afternoon) on New York’s famous Broadway.

See forever at the One World Trade Center

$ – $$
Financial District

cool-things-to-do-in-nyc One World Trade CenterAs one of the most exciting sightseeing attractions in NYC visiting One World Observatory for sure will have long lines, many tourists with multiple cameras and huge crowds, but its all worth it.

The view from the currently highest building in the Western Hemisphere is more than breathtaking. Compared to other observation decks in the city, One WTC is an entire experience that looks back to the past to 9/11 and the days after. It also shows what’s possible when standing together as a city and building everything new from scratch if necessary. It’s one of the cool and fun things to do in NYC that you can also do when you visit New York City with your kids. It will leave you all with much more than just goosebumps.

Relax at Aire Ancient Baths Spa

$$ / Downtown

One of my absolute favorite things to do on a rainy day in NYC is escaping the bustle and fast-paced rhythm of the city to one of the most exclusive spas right in TriBeCa. The AIRE experience at Aire Ancient Baths Spa is designed to balance mind and body and offers you an unforgettable journey through sensations across the various baths with water at different temperatures that will transport you to the ancient times of the Roman, Greek and Ottoman traditions. Book a package with a complimentary massage and enjoy a special day in NYC.

I got to try it out after a Half Marathon this month and it was one of the coolest things I have done so far in NYC. Movie fans should stay alert because the blockbuster John Wick was filmed in here (88 Franklin Street, 1 train to Franklin Street).

Catch a Jazz Show

$ – $$
Multiple locations

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Jazz in NYC

New York City is one of the best places to catch live jazz. If you’re looking for cool things to do in NYC, make sure to go to Jazz Standard, Arthur’s Tavern, and Minton’s.

Vintage lighting, great cocktails, and vaulted ceilings will give you the old New York feels from back in the days.

Ride the Staten Island Ferry during Sunset

free / Manhattan

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Views from the Staten Island Ferry during sunset

Do you need ideas on what to do with your significant other in NYC? One of the best and cheapest things to do in NYC is riding the Staten Island Ferry. But don’t go at any hour of the day.

My personal recommendation for unforgettable moments during your ferry ride and also checking out one of the cool things to do in NYC is to hop on the boat during sunset. You might hit some rush hour commuters, but they don’t really care much about the views so you will have the magical moments all to yourself (Staten Island Ferry Terminal, 1 train to South Ferry).

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Empire Outlets Puts Staten Island “Back on the Radar” https://loving-newyork.com/empire-outlets-staten-island/ https://loving-newyork.com/empire-outlets-staten-island/#respond Mon, 20 May 2019 20:21:51 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=85676 There are so many shopping experiences in NYC, but when it comes to outlets, one must travel pretty far just […]

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There are so many shopping experiences in NYC, but when it comes to outlets, one must travel pretty far just to find one. This is where Empire Outlets in Staten Island comes in. The outlets become NYC’s first, which is pretty surprising when the city is filled with so many shops. It’s been about 7 years since the planning began and now it’s finally open.

This also benefits Staten Island as well. Some will argue that the borough has been “forgotten”, but Empire Outlets will effectively bring in more foot traffic and puts Staten Island “back on the radar”. On its inaugural weekend, Empire Outlets had over 165,000 visitors. Getting there is a breeze also. Just take the Staten Island Ferry and you’re there.

What stores are at Empire Outlets in Staten Island?

Empire outlets will have an array of stores including mainstream favorites such as H&M, True Religion, and many more. Since the outlets are relatively new, the majority of the stores is not open yet. But for now, here is some a list of the stores making its way to Staten Island. Please find the complete list of stores at the Empire Outlets here.

  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Nike Factory Store
  • Levis
  • Guess Factory Store
  • GAP Factory Store
  • Converse
  • Columbia Factory Store
  • Banana Republic Factory Store

This list is just an example of some of the many stores that will open at Empire Outlets in Staten Island. So, what’s so special about outlet stores? People love outlets because of the great deals customers can get. What would typically run for retail at a regular store, would run for a much lower cost at outlets, sometimes more than 50 percent less.

That’s why people will flock to Staten Island. The buying opportunity is great and your favorite brands usually have a store there. Once fully completed, the shopping center will have about 100 stores and a parking garage as well. There will also be a hotel which will help make Staten Island a go-to destination. You can now add Staten Island as a shopping destination along with SoHo, 5th Avenue, and the Meatpacking District.

What Restaurants are at Empire Outlets?

Food selections at Empire Outlets will be vast and diverse. Some of the vendors will be:

We’re pretty sure more restaurants and dining options will open and be revealed later on in the summer.

Why is it cheaper to shop at Outlets?

Outlets are generally cheaper primarily because of two things. Stores usually carry styles that are in excess inventory and didn’t sell in their main stores. Another reason is that the brands specifically make products for their outlet stores. This doesn’t mean the quality is of the products have decreased, but some small details such as extra zippers or certain buttons would be left out, to cut cost. Either way, it’s definitely a great way to buy a product from high-end brands.

How Do You Get To Staten Island?

Getting to Staten Island is very easy and cost effective. It’s free and there’s always plenty of room. You can catch the boat near the South Ferry Station located in downtown Manhattan. While riding the ferry, make sure to take in the scenery. You’ll be able to get amazing views of Lower Manhattan with the One World Trade and the ferry passes by The Statue of Liberty as well. Once you get off the ferry, the Empire Outlets will meet you right at the exit. It’s actually the first thing you’ll notice once you get to the island.

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