We´ve done reviews on where to get the best coffee or hot chocolate, but what goes best with a cup of joe? Yes, a sticky bun or a delicious pastry. Here at FeelNYC we have been round the city trying out bakeries in order to come up with the 3 best places to indulge in some Danish goodness!
Pecan sticky buns, The Queens
More widely known in the area for their grilles cheese sandwhiches, The Queens also makes a mean pecan sticky bun, perfect for the morning with a cup of their freshly made coffee!
40-17 Broadway, Queens, NY718-777-0913
Cinnamon rolls, Clementine Bakery
Located between Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy is the sweetest little vegan shop around. Their cinnamon rolls are to die for! The perfect place for anyone with allergies thanks to their gluten free options.
299 Greene Ave.Brooklyn, NY , 718.483.8788
Raisin Swirl, Croissanteria
Located in the east village, Croissanteria has a wide selection of pastries and buns for whatever your mood. Perfect for the morning with an espresso. They also offer lunch time croissants with various fillings.
68 Avenue A New York, NY
With this short guide from FeelNYC you should have no problems finding the perfect snack to go with your morning coffee!
Walking around New York City, you can´t help feeling utterly overwhelmed by the sheer size of everything, sometimes not being able to full appreciate the beauty of the city. One of the best ways to marvel at the city is from the air. Here at FeelNYC we have come up with a short guide to the best helicopter tours along with a selection of spectacular images captured from the air.
Complete New York Helicopter tour
Embark on the ultimate helicopter tour over the city, viewing the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building, Empire State, Central Park, Yankee Stadium and many other famous landmarks in a way that’s impossible from the ground. Start off by flying down the Hudson River toward the harbour and soak in that wonderful magic that the city possesses!
Pier 6 Heliport, New York. $199 pp (infants free)
Big Apple Helicopter tour.
In this slightly shorter tour you will see all of the famous landmarks with equal effect. Starting at the Downtown Heliport your flight will start with a view of the world trade centre, Battery Park, the Empire State etc.
Downtown Heliport, New York. $145pp (infants free)
Private tour: Manhattan heli tour.
Take a private tour in an exclusive craft, flying over Central Park, the Empire State and getting so close to the Statue of Liberty that you can almost touch it. Perfect for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or just for a special night out this tour allows intimacy and privacy of the highest order.
Downtown Heliport, New York. Prices from $248.75 pp.
There really is no better way to see the city than from the air and thanks to this guide from FeelNYC, you should have no problems finding a tour that suits you!
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!
Now everyone knows that New York is famed for its bagels, it´s an iconic bread that is sold all over the world. However, there is nowhere better in the world to get a bagel than from in the City, more precisely Brooklyn. Here at FeelNYC, we know that as a tourist coming to the city it can be overwhelming with the amount of choice and not knowing where is good, and where quite frankly isn´t. Hence, we´ve been round Brooklyn testing numerous bagel shops in order to compile a list of what we think are the top 5- don´t thank us, we enjoyed it!
The superb bagels that are being produced by Bagel hole are becoming more well known by the day for the perfectly crunchy crust, yet beautifully soft interior packed with flavor. All bagels are freshly baked on the premises throughout the day- you can even grab a fresh one in the evening.
400 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215, (718) 788-4014
This full service deli goes further than the normal butter or cream cheese, making it a long standing favorite. Whatever filling you want, they´ve got it- even on sandwiches too if you fancy. They also stay open 24hrs on Fridays and Saturdays for the late night crowd!
8002 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209, (718) 748-0366
Another renowned, undisputed bagel house in NYC is Terrace Bagels. Although the crust may be a little chewier than others, they compensate in size; the perfectly rolled bagels are so good, there´s barely a hole! They also have a wide selection of sweets so make sure you don´t fill yourself up!
224 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 768-3943
Mile End Bagels
Montreal has always claimed that they make better bagels than NYC. We´re not sure who´s are better; however these Quebecoise imported bagels are definitely worth trying! Slightly sweeter and thinner than the traditional NYC bagel and imported from the famed St. Viateur, these bagels are the perfect way to start your day!
97 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718) 852-7510
Montague Street Bagels
This little bagel house is tucked away amongst Brooklyn Heights´ brownstones. Staying open 24hrs, producing fresh bagels throughout draws a constant stream of custom. Promise you won´t be disappointed!
108 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 237-2512
Hopefully with this brief guide from FeelNYC to the best Bagels in Brooklyn, you´ll have no complaints that you stopped at a lesser shop than the ones we have advised!
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!