Discovering NYC Series: What to do on Governors Island, NYC

Discovering NYC Series: What to do on Governors Island, NYC

What was once deemed a place for youngsters to gather for music events, has now turned into a must-see New York City attraction. Governors Island’s rich historical past and incredible views of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn have gained the attention of both locals as well as travelers visiting the city. From now until October 1, 2017, escape the midtown crowds and plan a day trip to explore Governors Island. Here is everything you need to know to plan your trip: How to get there: There are two ferries that will get you to get to the island. If you’re coming from Lower Manhattan, head over to the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street and catch the ferry. The Manhattan ferries run Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday / Sunday from 10am to 7pm. On weekends, you can venture out from Brooklyn and take the ferry direct from Pier 1 right next to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Be sure to check out the ferry schedule as there are times you can even ride for free! What to do while you’re there: So. Many. Activities! With over 172 acres, there are infinite things to do. Consider these fun activities: Have a picnic on The Hills—offering breath taking views of Lady Liberty. If you didn’t pack a bite to eat, head over to Liggett Terrace Food Court, offering plenty of scrumptious treats. Slide down Manhattan’s longest slide. Use your Citi Bike pass to ride around the island. Take advantage of Free Bike Mornings with Blazing Saddle Bike Rentals from 10am until noon. Explore the rich history of Fort Jay...
4 Fun Things to Do in Lower Manhattan this May 2017

4 Fun Things to Do in Lower Manhattan this May 2017

The trees have blossomed and so have New York City’s events. Some of May’s most exciting happenings are outdoors so get inspired to leave the house and explore what Manhattan has to offer! Here are four fun things you should consider: Visit Governors Island (Governors Island; Now until October 1) Governors Island is now open for the season! Hop on the ferry from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street in Downtown Manhattan or Pier 1 next to Brooklyn Bridge Park and see what all of the hype is about. From New York City’s largest slide, to grassy knolls across manmade hills, there’s something for everyone. Cocktail Show (The Imbible, 340 West 50th Street; May 12 – June 30) Named an “Absolute must-do in NYC” by Thrillist, The Imbible showcases comedy, history, science and of course drinking by taking audiences on a musical journey as they learn about the history of cocktails and spirits. Each ticket includes three complimentary craft cocktails. NY Harbor Oyster Classic 5K (Governors Island National Monument; May 13, 8am – 10am) Leave the craze of Lower Manhattan behind and head over to Governors Island for the NY Harbor Oyster Classic 5K. Run the island with unmatched views of New York City. There is a $35 registration fee to participate and runners must be on the ferry by 8am. 2017 Sunday Outdoor Fulton Stall Market (South Street Seaport, 207A Front Street, Now until December 24) The Fulton Stall Market is back for its third season bringing local farmers and producers to Lower Manhattan residents. Search for your seasonal favorites or simply hang out to hear...
Travel Tips: 5 Ways to Stay Like a Local

Travel Tips: 5 Ways to Stay Like a Local

From respecting your destination’s culture to saving money, there are many reasons to travel like a local on your next adventure. Tourist spots may still be worth checking out, but your greatest memories often come from full immersion in a new environment.  Here are 5 tips to get you started: Learn key phrases Learning key phrases is essential for navigating the city with ease. It can also help gain trust and respect from the destination’s residents. Download language apps like Google Translate or TripLingo for learning on-the-go. Identify appropriate attire for the destination In addition to researching the weather, it’s also wise to check for any followed dress codes or norms. You wouldn’t want to be traveling through a conservative country with only tank tops and shorts. Read fiction/non-fiction books about the city Give yourself the opportunity to fall in love with the city before you even visit. You’ll familiarize yourself with lay-of-the-land and iconic landmarks through a different perspective. Once you arrive, enjoy forming your own viewpoints! Rent temporary housing or stay in a bed & breakfast If you truly want to travel and live like a local, live with the locals! This option may not be for everyone, but home rental in the community and temporary apartment websites provide a variety of full residence and room-share options. Use public transportation Aside from saving money on cabs, public transportation will allow you to get to know  your surroundings a lot faster. Download travel maps before you depart for your trip and run a few searches. We recommend: CityMapper or CityMaps2Go. Ready to go? Leave those socks with sandals...
Spring Recipe: One-Skillet Steak and Spring Veg with Spicy Mustard

Spring Recipe: One-Skillet Steak and Spring Veg with Spicy Mustard

The farmer’s markets are setting up their stalls; the new seasonal vegetable are arriving; and the temperature outside is finally warming up. Now it’s time to switch out those hearty, healthy winter meals to light and fresh spring delights. What’s for dinner? Something easy and fresh with seasonal veggies—one-skillet steak and spring vegetable covered with spicy mustard that serves 4. Ingredients: 1 pound boneless New York strip steak, patted dry Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 5 garlic cloves, 1 grated, 4 thinly sliced ⅓ cup Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon honey 1-2 pinches cayenne pepper ⅓ cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, divided 1 10-ounce bag frozen peas 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces Preparation: Season steak on both sides with salt and pepper. Whisk grated garlic, mustard, vinegar, honey, cayenne, ⅓ cup oil, and 1 tbsp. water in a medium bowl to combine; season spicy mustard with salt and pepper. Heat a dry medium skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat. Rub steak all over with 1 tbsp. oil and cook, turning every 2 minutes or so for 10 minutes until medium-rare for 10 minutes. Transfer steak to a plate to rest. Pour off oil from skillet, leaving crispy bits behind. Heat remaining 2 tbsps. oil in same skillet over low heat and add sliced garlic and all but about 2 tbsps. scallions (save those for serving) and cook, stirring often, until translucent and softened for about 3 minutes. Add peas and a splash of water and cook, stirring and mashing to break up...
4 Fun Things to Do In Lower Manhattan this April 2017

4 Fun Things to Do In Lower Manhattan this April 2017

The snow has finally melted, the air is warm and the trees have started to blossom. It’s officially spring in New York City. Take a break while spring cleaning your apartment and go outside to discover these fun city-wide events happening this April: Tribeca Film Festival (Locations vary, April 19 – 30) Fans of cutting-edge cinema, it’s that time of year again – the Tribeca Film Festival and this year they added new technology – an app! Available for Android and iPhone, check out line-ups, celebrity talks and more. Check out Cate Blanchett’s 90-minute feature of her 13-character art installation previously displayed at the Armory or the second sequel to 2010’s food-and-celebrity impressions, The Trip. New York International Auto Show (Jacob Javits Center, April 14 – 23) Whether you have a need for speed or are looking for the latest environmentally-friendly automobile, the New York International Auto Show has it all. Visit the Jacob Javits Center and see Lincoln’s latest model or Honda’s newest plug in vehicle. Cherry Blossom Viewing (Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn; Now until April 30) Nothing says spring has sprung better than the blossoming of soft pink petals falling from hundreds of cherry trees. Spend an afternoon meandering around Brooklyn Botanical Garden viewing dozens of vegetal exhibits and the cherry blossom trees. Before planning your adventure, visit their website to track the blooms. Wine on Wheels 2017 (City Winery NYC 155 Varick Street; April 29, 1pm) Join many others on April 29th for the Wine on Wheels Grand Tasting event and Silent Auction! This event features over 200 wines served by as many...