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!
Glass Blowing is a profession known and practiced by very few in today´s day and age. The profession has been a prominent art form since the Phoenicians in 50BC. Glass Blowing Hot shops are hard to come by and learning can be very costly. Thankfully New York is such a vibrant metropolis it happens to be one of the few places where glass shops and glass blowing courses are readily available. For those that are interested you´ll want to check out this guide to some of the best places for glass blowing in New York. Enjoy discovering art through this unique medium unlike any other.
Urban Glass: Urban Glass offers some quality courses for beginners and first time users.
This urban glass shop regularly offers Weekend Glass-making Workshops. Visitors and Guests can choose from 3 different types of glass-making disciplines including, bead-making, kiln forming, and stained glass. They also offer private classes for one on one sessions with more advanced students. Rates vary accordingly so check the official site.
- Bead-making: Bead-making is another long practiced profession in the glassblowing family. This art is primarily made by burning rods of colored glass over a flame and then fusing them into beautiful designs and twisting canes. For those who are interested note that all the tools will be supplied and no experience is required. They also offer an intermediate class for those who wish to advance their skills beyond the basics.
- Kiln Forming: Kiln forming is done by fusing large sheets of colored glass into a variety of shapes and designs. Typically these sheets are arranged on a flat layer of clear glass and then you slowly heat and connect the colored panes. Expect to learn a great deal about basic fusing concepts. Again, no experience required but you will need to supply your own tools for this specific workshop.
- Stained Glass: Principles include glass cutting and assembly. You will also learn about design and working with colors. This class is easy and you´ll have a chance to walk away with your very own glass panel. All materials are included this time and once again no experience is required.
Address: (126 13th 3rd Floor between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave., Brooklyn)
Scanlan Glass: Prices are high as is generally the case with glassblowing classes however you´ll be guaranteed two hours of rigorous assistance and information as you work one on one with resident professor and artist Kevin Scanlan. Kevin Scanlan has been teaching for over 25 years and is extremely used to working with beginners and advanced artists. In short, Scanlan offers help to beginners and experts alike. Group classes are also offered over the course of six week sessions.
Address: (499 Van Brunt St Ste 2A. Brooklyn, Red Hook Neighborhood)
So now thanks to FeelNYC you can learn about this long standing tradition by trying yourself first hand. No more problems, no more complaints, now you have everything you need to have another once in a life time experience in the Big Apple! So get out there and visit the best glass shops in New York while you still can!
FeelNYC solves all your complaints with this guide to two of the best contemporary art galleries in New York.
New York City is full of art galleries and exhibitions. But with so many big name art pieces on display at can be very easy to overlook some less recognized albeit amazing works. That´s why FeelNYC is here to answer all you artists´ complaints and concerns with this review of two of the best under-appreciated NYC contemporary art galleries. For those who won´t have a chance to visit personally you can still enjoy these incredible photos!
Agora Gallery: Located in the Chelsea district and specializing in contemporary refined art this establishment has been around only since 1984. For starters, the good news is that entrance is free. The gallery is known for supporting emerging mid-level artists who have yet to make a name for themselves´. Address: (530 W 25th St. New York; open Tue-Sat 11AM-6PM)
SOHO Gallery for Digital Art: As with Agora admission here is free however there are occasional special events that do come with a 7 to 30$ admissions free. Inform yourself prior to visitng on the official website if you wish to know more about specific dates and event listings. Located conveniently in the heart of the SoHo District this often underappreciated art gallery caries a wide selection of beautiful digital art peices. For those who are into promising amateur animation, photography and digital art this is a great place to find inspiration from fellow budding artists. This gallery doubles as community space and often hosts a series of additional venues that range from comedy shows to book readings, and even film exhibitions. Address: (138 Sullivan St. New York.: open Tue-Sat 3PM-7PM)
Thanks to FeelNYC we hope we´ve answered all your amateur artists and art enthusiasts´ complaints. These are undeniably two of the best art galleries that tourist often overlook. So if you want to truly experience New York and have real local and cultural experience, come check out the Agora Gallery in Chelsea and the Digital Art Gallery in SoHo. Enjoy!
Over the last several years, graffiti has become a prominent part of the New York area sub-culture. Old and young alike take to the streets to make their art known to the world. For those who truly wish to visit the great city of N.Y. and have a first-hand taste of this pinnacle of American rebel sub-culture then this is a review you won´t want to miss. FeelNYC is pleased to present the best things to know about Graffiti in the Big Apple.
Graffiti battles where two crews compete are common around the Brooklyn, Bronx, and queens areas. For current news check out the kings of new york´s official site and find out where all the current graffiti wars are going on around the city. (As of this Monday the Tats Cru and BG 183 can be seen going at it around the Bronx!)
The Big Apple is also home to a number of historic Graffiti sites including the popular;
(Located in Harlem)
(Located on Long Island)
FeelNYC´s review of the best graffiti spots in N.Y.: also recommends you check out the following! If you´re looking for art supplies around the So Ho and TriBeCa area than look no further than the scrap yard. This store is specially equipped for graffiti artists and although the store itself is small it has a surprisingly large selection of cans and colored markers. It was also rumored that back in the day rival graffiti crews would get into fights out front of the store and it was not uncommon to have your art supplies robbed. Thankfully the location is safe for all to visit but this little store still remains a hallmark of graffiti culture in the Big Apple. Location: (300 W Broadway between Canal St & Grand St)
Planning to visit the Big Apple with your kids but don’t know where to go to get some much needed relief? No worries FeelNYC is here to solve all your problems with our review of the best playgrounds in New York. Now you can enjoy some quite time alone with that special someone while your kids run their little hearts out around the swing sets.
Sandbox and Swings Brooklyn Bridge Park: the Brooklyn Bridge Park by Pier 6 has so much sand and water you’ll think you’re at the beach. This is the newest park that you can find on the Brooklyn waterfront. The park has climable animal structures, a boulder that spits water and even a line up of child sized houses. (Address: Furman St. at Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn Heights)
Heckscher Playground: Heckscher Playground is a 1.8 acre park and his been deemed by many as one of the most comprehensive playgrounds in the city. It has all sorts of kid friendly play sets including a tunnel, slides, swing sets, chutes carved in cement and even sprinklers to cool off the kids during the summer time. (Address: Central Park South at Seventh Ave)
Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 Playground: The Hudson River Park is perfect for those who like sports of all ages. The younger kids have your generic slides, monkey bars, and jungle gyms while the older kids also have two climbing walls for those that want to try their hand at some mountain climbing. There’s even has a skate park for young teenagers as well as a miniature golf course. (Address: Hudson River Park between Harrison and North Moore Street)
So now you won’t have any more problems having a quiet evening with the kids. All thanks to the advice of FeelNYC and its review of the best playground in the New York district.
As the holiday season creeps around the corner many of you have been asking about where you can find a nice ice skating rink in New York. Well thanks to FeelNYC no more problems, no more complaints, thanks to our guide to the best ice-skating rinks in the Big Apple.
Rockefeller Center Ice Rink: The Rockefeller Center Ice Rink is one of the most well-known rinks in the city and it draws in tourists and locals alike. One of the best aspects of this rink is that it is right in the center of New York but they never allow more than 150 skaters on the ice at a time. This allows for a nice intimate feeling and avoids overcrowding the lanes.
Citi Pond at Bryant Park: The biggest advantage is that at the citi Pond Rink in Bryant Park its free to enter. They also offer to rent out any equipment you might need for the modest price of $14. You can even get some skating lessons if you like.
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers: The major advantage of using this particular facility is that it is open to skaters year round. The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers also welcomes any and all level skaters whether they be novice, hockey players, or figure skaters. For more information about seasonal hours of operations check out the Chelsea Piers Rink official website. Also worth noting: admission generally costs $13.50 for adults and $11 for youths and elderly.
So now no more problems or complaints about finding a cool ice skating rink to practice your moves or just skate with that special someone, all this thanks to the advice from FeelNYC.
Feel like having some croissants and or macaroons? Well FeelNYC solves all your problems with our guide to the best bakeries in New York! Yum!
Bien Cuit: Taste the delicious creations by renowned chef Zachary Golper. This professional baker used to work for the infamous Bec Fin a chic restaurant in France. Let yourself give in to temptation with these savory fruit pies or pain au chocolat. (Address : 120 Smith Street)
Almondine Bakery: Not only does this bakery offer a wide variety of french delicacies all in good taste and high quality, but it also offers deserts inspired American style. (Address: 80 Water Street)
So thanks to FeelNYC no more problems finding a snack in a delicious French bakery! Bon appetite!
FeelNYC solves all your financial problems with a review of the best FREE things to see and do in NYC
With the financial problems being experienced by much of the world and the main attractions in NYC being expensive to say the least, we at FeelNYC provide you with a review of the best free things to do in the big apple.
Probably one of the most famous things to do in New York is to visit Central Park. Like most parks it is free to enter however most parks aren´t Central Park. The park is full of free events, street performers, human statues and pretty much anything else you can think of. There is also an “imagine” mosaic where John Lenon was killed in 1980 which is worth visiting.
After walking round the park, quench your thirst with a visit to Brooklyn breweries with free tours that run on the hour from 1-5 on Saturdays and 1-4 on Sundays. The brewery can be found at 79 N 11th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
If seeing some of New York´s finest art is on your wish list, try visiting the Chelsea galleries; the most concentrated group of art galleries in the city found in the 20s Streets between 10th and 11th Avenues. For an even better experience, try going on a Thursday when they have wine and cheese openings.
If animals is more your thing why not visit the Bronx zoo on a Wednesday. They offer a “pay what you wish” policy. Obviously they expect a small donation but this seems a small price to pay to visit the country´s biggest and oldest zoo.
The only complaint you might have is that your kids won´t want to leave!
Planning on visiting the Big Apple this coming November? No problem! FeelNYC solves everything with our review of key dates and events in New York this November 2012!
The 2012 New York Marathon: The Marathon in New York takes place every November Sunday since 1970. It’s a bit late to sign up now but you can still post up on the side lines and cheer on the participants. When you ask? (4th of November)
The Chocolate Show 2012: The greatest chocolatiers will meetin New York for the 15thedition of the Chocolate Show, a popular chocolate salon which caters to all those with a sweet tooth. When you ask? (9th till 11th of November)
The Veteran’s Day Parade: The Veterans Day parade is aspectacle in honor of all who have served as a military combatant. This event is known for attracting over 20,000 spectators every year. On the program you have: tanks, infantrymen, and bands. So make sure you head down to 5th Avenue between 23rd street (start line) and 59th street (finish line) for an amazing show. When you ask? (10th of November)
The Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade: This is a renowned large scale parade organized by non other than the huge American conglomerate, Macy’s. Expect to see hundreds of gigantic floats being driven through the huge streets of New York.The parade begins at 9AM at the corner of 77th street and Central Park West. It will end at Macy’s herald Square on 34th street. (22nd of November)
Black Friday: Black Friday is a day of folly and excitement in America. On this day all the shops hold huge price rebates on tons of usually expensive items and electronics. It’s the perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping. When you ask? (23rd of November)
Thanks to FeelNYC now you won’t have any more worries or problems this November while trying to plan your fall trip to New York.
With Christmas just around the corner more and more kids are beginning to fill up their wish list. No need to fear though, FeelNYC solves all you kids complaints and makes their dreams come true with our review of the best toy stores in the New York. So now while you’re visiting the Big Apple you can take advantage of this one of a kind city and get your’ shopping done early!
Fao Schwarz: Every plush teddy bear, superhero, or animal ever made can be found at this huge outlet store. Fao Schwarz is the epitome of toy stores. If you can’t find the stuffed animal you’re looking for here you won’t be likely to find it anywhere else in New York. (Address: 767 Fifth Ave. NYC (212-644-9400))
Kidding Around: Located in the Chelsea district, Kidding Around, is a one of a kind toy store with tons of novelty items that are perfect for young children. The store offers a variety of toys including interactive science kits, lie detectors, and microscopes for any budding scientists out there. (Address: 60 W. 15th St. NYC (212.645.6336))
Babesta: This quaint and trendy toy stores has a number of stylish items including cool one of a kind clothes, punk alphabet books, and even, believe it or not, lullaby renditions of Kanye West and Black Sabbath. In short, babesta is a must see for those who want their kids looking fly and trendy. (66 West Broadway NYC (212.608.4522))
So now, no more problems and complaints from your kids all thanks to the advice of FeelNYC. Have a good complaint free trip and happy holidays!