Manhattan Guide: Take a Virtual Tour

Alex Hunter from Attaché (the show that gets you in, out, and around some of the world’s greatest cities in under 20 minutes), humorously takes a look at transportation options from New York airports. There are three of these which are all equally bad – but thankfully they are also all slated for major redevelopment in the next decade.  Here we get a review of the various options of getting from the airports to town.  Really good cab system.  The airporter is another option, flat fee $17 each way, free wifi, drops off at Penn Station.

The Color Factory

The Color Factory in NY is a pop-up art exhibit that explores and displays each color. Housed in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, this exhibit features 16 participatory installations.

Visitors enjoy this multi-sensory experience which includes playing in an enormous ball pit. The Color Factory explores color in a vivid and creative way that’s fun for all ages. They museum has garnered criticism for being an “Instagram museum,” a museum geared towards millennials who visit museums to photograph themselves and share pictures on social media.

Co-founder Jordan Ferney has refuted these claims, stating that her goal “had always been to make something that was beautiful to experience, not photograph.”

The museum also created the Manhattan Color Walk, a unique map of colorful landmarks within Manhattan. The Manhattan Color Walk allowed visitors to explore neighborhoods through its creation of a colorful portrait of this diverse city.

NYC Fire Museum

Interested in learning more about firefighting? This museum is the place to visit.

The New York City Fire Museum is a museum that’s housed in a renovated 1904 firehouse. The museum is located at 278 Spring Street and receives over 40,000 visitors each year.

The museum contains more than 10,000 objects including photographs and other memorabilia. A special memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who died on September 11 is on permanent display at the museum.

The museum showcases items dating back to the mid-18th century. Displays trace the evolution of firefighting, from bucket brigades and volunteers to firetrucks and salaried firefighters.

In addition to sharing this slice of history, the museum offers rentable space for events and birthday parties. They also offer interactive exhibits for students as well as sessions on fire safety.

A New Haven for Book Lovers

Wow, while Gucci might have an ulterior motive in creating the Gucci Wooster Bookstore at 375 West Broadway, we aren’t sure that we care. Can you imagine if all of the hottest clothing stores, electronic stores and other locations started to highlight books? And had an inviting nook where you could shed your coat (hopefully your phone too) and curl up with a real book?

The Gucci Wooster Bookstore has just opened, curated by Dashwood Books, and it’s certainly a place to see. It’s inside the Wooster store and it’s a cozy, intimate reading nook where you’re actually supposed to curl up and…read!  They plan to have book signings and cultural events too. They actually brought in Dashwood Books founder, David Strettell, to curate the 2000 titles.

Don’t know about you – but we plan to be spending a lot of time in this haven for book lovers in the coming months!

Lipstick Made to Order with SheSpoke

If you don’t know about SheSpoke, a beauty bar in SoHo, you absolutely must. Stephanie March, she of the television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is also a business woman and entrepreneur. She started Rouge, with a friend, a walk-in Midtown salon that offers professional makeup services and has been doing so since 2013.

Now, at SheSpoke in SoHo, you can get a custom designed lipstick in exactly the color you love.  Brilliant never looked this good!

This is such a brilliant idea and one certainly worth checking out here: https://shespokemakeup.com/

 

Holiday Window Displays

New York is home to many famous window displays. Stores on Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue join the holiday fun with their elaborately decorated holiday windows.

This year is no exception. Tiffany’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s—these flagship stores feature displays that are festive, imaginative and fun. This year, the themes of many window displays focus on charity and giving.

New York is not the only big city to use store windows as a showpiece of holiday fun. In nearby Chicago, Marshall Field’s (now Macy’s) has a holiday window display that will be exhibited from November 1st to January 5th. Each window is beautifully decorated and tells a story as visitors walk from one window to the next.

This holiday window display started over a century ago in 1897, making it a Chicago tradition.

If you’re only visiting Chicago, consider starting a new tradition by staying at the Crowne Plaza Rosemont. The Crown Plaza Rosemont is centrally located so you can easily visit family and friends.

Deluxe amenities and holiday-themed activities will help you enjoy this winter season.

New Spots Around New York

Here’s a bit of fun! If you enjoy New York City and you’ve been there a lot, you might enjoy hearing about some new digs. Here is a great list of food spots that you might not already know about:

A few of the hot spots include these great places. They are worth knowing more about and reading about!

Tompkins Square Bagels: Here is what they say about this bagel place. “The bagels are perfectly fluffy, with a nicely finished outside. A notable feature of this spot? They also make their own cream cheese and feature countless flavors including pumpkin for the fall. ”

Bagel Bob

Prince Street Pizza

PN Wood Fired Pizza

Two Hands: Here is what they wrote “Two Hands is the perfect brunch spot. This Australian café has two locations and features a diverse, amazing menu that is perfect for your Instagram, too. Order a big slice of banana bread with a decadent espresso mascarpone on top, then make your own egg plate which features the softest scrambled eggs and sides of your choosing and/or an amazingly crafted smashed avocado toast.”

Up and Coming Fashion Designer in SoHo

A local kid recently got some amazing press in the New York Times about his fashion design success. Peter Wenger is only 16, but this home-schooled kid is lighting up SoHo with his fashion finesse. He was part of a children’s tournament on Chopped when he was 12 and now he’s setting his sights on fashion.

As Peter’s mom said, “Because I’m an entrepreneur and my husband is an investor, it’s in the air for Peter. He meets these young founders and sees that everything possible.” Since 2013, he’s been working with Morgane Press, a “fashion mentor.”

He had his own show in SoHo at the same time as New York Fashion week, and he definitely appears to be one to watch.

SoHo Welcomes Birkenstock

Here’s a fun one. Birkenstock is opening its first retail store in the U.S. – and we are getting it in SoHo. Many might say – “But everyone buys online these days. Why open a brick and mortar store?”

The answer to this question is quite interesting. More brands have actually been turning to brick and mortar stores lately. The SoHo location for the Birkenstock store is actually their 47th brand-owned store globally. As their CEO Oliver Reichert said recently, “It is an important part of our ambition to open our own retail stores in strategic locations and vibrant neighborhoods.”

Reichert continued by saying that New York is “one of the few remaining fashion capitals in the world that shapes global cultural and consumer trends. Being here will keep our brand vivid and will also create visibility for all the innovations in our collection towards a group of enlightened, highly influential consumers.”