One of the hardest things about traveling is packing for the weather! There is always that question about bringing that heavier jacket or pair of hat and gloves. Let Feel NY, help you solve this problem! Here is what to expect throughout the year in NYC!
Winter Months: December, January February
- Average Low: 27F
- Average High: 54F
- What to expect: In New York City, it can get very windy and very cold. There is a possibilities of snow, sleet, and hail that can make your visit uncomfortable and slippery
- What to wear: Bring a heavy coat, scarf, heavy gloves, hats, and socks.
Spring Months: March, April, May
- Average Low: 35F
- Average High: 72F
- What to expect: These are some of the most beautiful months in NYC! The weather is warm enough to enjoy walking but cold enough not to seat and be uncomfortable. You can enjoy all NYC attractions
- What to wear: Light Jacket, Long sleeve tops, jeans, and light plants!
Summer Months: June, July, August
- Average Low: 63F
- Average High: 92F
- What to expect: NYC is one place where it can get quite hot! Between all the people, the tall buildings, and the amount of traffic you may find yourself sweating a bit! As long as you stay hydrated and periodically go under some shade, it is a beautiful time to enjoy NYC
- What to wear: Wear loose clothes like shorts, short sleeved shirts, summer dresses…
Fall Months: September, October, November
- Average Low: 41F
- Average High: 76F
- What to expect: Fall is one of the best times for New York City. The weather is crisp and fresh.
- What to wear: Bring a few jackets, sweaters, long pants and long sleeves! Nothing is better than NYC´s sweater weather!
Hopes this blog helps you on staying comfortable in one of the best cities in the world!
With the imminent arrival of the most romantic day of the year, you´re probably thinking what to buy for that special person in your life. Without a shadow of a doubt, New York is a perfect place to indulge in the finer things in life. However with so much choice, there can be problems trying to decide. Fear not, here at FeelNYC we have collated a brief yet hugely diverse list of the best things to buy, or do on Valentine´s day in the Big Apple.
Traditionally when you think of valentines gifts, chocolate or flowers come to mind. Why not break the mold with this high end bottle of tequila? Tequila is said to increase endorphin levels, reduce anxiety and keep heart problems at bay (in moderation). This exclusive tequila is only available in NYC and has been enjoyed by the likes of Usher and Alicia Keys. Qui is perfect straight, on the rocks or in a cocktail making it the perfect gift for whoever it may be! Chin chin!
Available from Rosetta Wines.
40 Exchange Place, New York, NY (212) 361-0007
Valentine´s cooking classes
Fancy something a little different than going out for a meal? Why not enjoy the fruits of your labour by taking part in this intimate cooking class with renowned chef Bouleyin his Test Kitchen. The exclusive cooking classes will teach you how to make a 6 course mean (yes 6 courses!) using the very best locally sourced ingredients. Not only will you learn how to make some amazing dishes and get to eat what you have made, you will leave with newly acquired culinary skills, ingredients and kitchen confidence!
163 Duane Street, New York, NY (212) 964-2525
Massage day at Guerlain Spa.
What better way to spoil your other half than with a day of pampering at a luxury spa. The spa offer couples experiences that comprises an 80 minute side by side massage, a spa treatment in specialist suite with dual rain shower heads and a private steam room. All accompanied by champagne and truffles. Enjoy!
301 Park Avenue, New York, NY (212) 355-3000 www.guerlainspas.com/waldorf-astoria/
Hand dipped Salt Caramels
Caramel and salt I hear you cry? A rising trend in the world of confectionary, these caramels dipped in sea salt are a best seller for Nunu Chocolates in Brooklyn. Also try the chocolate covered potato chips for even more experimental indulgence.
529 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 718-834-1818
There you have it, FeelNYC´s guide to the best valentine´s gifts in NYC. Thanks to us you should have no problems wowing your other half this year!
With New York being recognized as one of the birthplaces of skateboarding, it’s not surprising that there is a large skateboarder community. Although it was street skateboarding that originates in NYC, it is becoming increasingly difficult to take to the streets due to stricter law enforcement and regular busts.
It was the construction of the high rise buildings in the 70´s and 80´s that gave the city such a multi-dimensional skating scene. The large plazas on which the new buildings were built incorporated granite and marble ledges, as well as different sized stair sets that were perfect for the originators of street skating to develop their skills.
The famous Brooklyn banks were a somewhat mecca for skateboarders all over the world, with guys coming from all over the world to get a taste of real street skateboarding. Unfortunately the banks, located on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge were closed in 2010 due to a bridge renovation project. This close caused much controversy and dismay within the skateboarding community who fought for years previous to keep their little bit of New York alive. The banks are now fenced off and what is left is a mere shadow of what was previous.
The thing that was most attractive about the banks was that it wasn´t meant to be a skatepark, thus further nurturing a skateboarders ability to view a piece of architecture and find alternative uses for it. The construction work is scheduled to be completed by 2014 with the view of the banks being brought back to life.
With the banks out of action and the police becoming stricter and stricter, street skateboarders are gradually being forced to use skate parks that are dotted around the city. Granted, skating a park is never the same as skating the streets but when there is no other choice, you have to make do. There are many parks that have been constructed or that are being constructed in the city; below is a brief guide to 3 which we at FeelNYC think are the best.
Flushing meadows-Corona Park.
Our favorite skate park is located in the city´s second biggest park; Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
The reason we love this park so much is that many of the aspects are replicas of famed spots from the streets including copies of the nine-stair rail from the Banks, the handicap rail from Union Square, the renowned grate and ledge from the Unisphere, and 11 more obstacles beloved by the skating community.
Hudson river park-Pier 62
Our second choice is a park that is somewhat contradictory to the history of the NYC skating scene. A west coast style park with pool style bowls can be found in the Hudson River Park. Built by Californian designers this park gives the east coast skaters a taste of Dogtown!
Open Road Skate park
What was once a contaminated, gnarly park has now been re-surfaced with 7 layers of specifically manufactured acrylic, making it the smoothest surface in the City. Check out Mark Gonzales´ Krooked eyes mural!
Thanks to this short history and guide to skateboarding from FeelNYC, you should have no problems knowing where to go and furthermore, have no excuse not to go and shred in one of the best cities in the world!
The night before Christmas is an especially magical night, and at times a very stressful night too. Whether you have finished all your Christmas shopping or decorating, this quick guide on how to spend your evening should solve all your problems.
Christmas Eve falls on a Monday this year, meaning that if you have any last minute bits of shopping to do, you can. Hopefully though you have got everything organized and can enjoy some of the festive cheer that encapsulates the city on this special night.
As stated in a previous post there are many ice rinks open throughout the city during the holiday season however on Christmas Eve many of them close early. The only non-cost rink in the city (Citi Pond, Byrant Park) stays open until midnight on Christmas Eve, allowing you to welcome Christmas day whilst skating!
Holiday Train show
This beautiful annual tradition that takes place at the New York Botanical Gardens is open until 3pm, and the more modest display at the New York City Transit Museum in Grand Central Terminal is open until 6pm.
Watch a holiday show at the theatre
Although most theaters are usually closed on a Monday, there are many showings of festive classics on this special Monday; Radio City Christmas Spectacular, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, the Holiday Circus in Brooklyn, Angelina Ballerina the Very Merry Holiday Musicaland A Christmas Story the Musical.
Marvel at the window displays
Walking through the city on Christmas Eve will get you in an unbeatable festive mood. The enormous Christmas trees dotted throughout Manhattan and the beautiful lights are simply delightful. The department store window displays are also spectacular. The Disney animated short at Barneys and the Cirque du Soleil windows at Bloomingdale’s are two favorites with kids.
Every year, at 5pm crowds gather under the Washington Square Arch next to the large Christmas tree to sing Christmas carols. Accompanied by the Rob Susman Brass Quartet, singers are provided with a songbook and nothing more. If you fancy joining the more crowds for a sing song and some festive cheer you can continue with candle light caroling at West Stuyvesant Square Park and Gramercy Park, both at 6pm.
Here at FeelNYC we hope that this short guide will provide you with some ideas on how to spend Christmas Eve in NYC although don´t complain if you haven’t finished your shopping!
Christmas is fast approaching and the festive cheer can be felt all round the City, with the lights that line practically every street and the ice rinks full of joyous children it is a quite wonderful time of year. There is however the stressful ordeal of Christmas shopping. With this quick guide to the best holiday pop up stores in the city, you´ll have no problems finding an original and unique gift for that special someone.
The wired store (538 broadway, between Prince and Houston)
For all your technical needs, get yourself down to this high tech pop up that showcases some of the most intelligent and advanced gadgets on the market. The interactive shopping experience offered takes Christmas shopping to another level. The store is open for 11am to 7pm and is closed on Mondays.
Everlane workshop (74 Gansevoort Street)
The sought after e-tailer is bringing their luxurious basics to the meatpacking district this winter. Be sure to take a walk around and browse some of their exquisite silks and cashmeres, perfect for your mother!
Dannijo pop up (27 Prince Street)
The Dannijo bibs are quickly becoming a hot accessory to have and this 600 square foot space that has opened is the perfect, chic environment to browse the collection to find something special. The store is open from 11am-7pm Monday to Saturday.
The Styleliner truck
The chic mobile boutique that is in fact a revamped potato chip truck is the brain child of Joey Wolffer, a budding entrepreneur, designer and now a truck driver too! An eclectic selection one-of-a-kind and limited edition accessories are available within. You can catch the truck in front of Eataly at 5th Avenue and 23rd Street on Wednesday and Thursdays from 11:30am-7:00pm, or head to the Meatpacking District and hop on at Washington Street- Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30am-7:00pm and Sundays from 11:30am-6:00pm.
Dylans Candy bar
The impressive life size gingerbread house and the Christmas tree made of candy are even worth the trip alone. Within there is a vast selection of sweets and treats for your every mood. Even better, to buy for a friend with a serious sweet tooth. Candy heaven is located at 1095 6th Avenue, across from Bryant Park. It is open from 10:00am-9:00pm on weekdays, 10:00am-10:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 11:00am-9:00pm on Sundays through January 7th.
Artists and fleas Chelsea Market pop up
The famous Brooklyn market Artists & fleas is now in Chelsea market for the festive season. This means you won’t even have to leave Manhattan to enjoy the 50+ independent Brooklyn based designers. The market is located in Chelsea Market at 88 Tenth Avenue, near 15th Street. Store hours are 10:30AM-7:00pm daily.
With this brief guide to the best holiday pop ups you should receive no complaints regarding your original gifts this year!