The Best Free NYC Events in June

There is always something interesting happening in New York City, and there is no better time than summer to enjoy NYC’s wide array of free attractions. Whether you are a first time visitor or a local you will find something exciting to do or to see in the city. Don’t forget your sunglasses and a sunscreen and let’s enjoy summer in the city!

Movies in the Park

Great option if you want to relax on a nice warm summer evening in the city. Free outdoor movie screenings are offered at parks all over the city. Some of the best places to catch an outdoor flick include Randall’s Island Park, Riverside Park South, Randall’s Island Park, Central Park’s Cedar Hill and Washington Square Park.

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Dance at Bryant Park

Come and enjoy an awesome Dance Party with music by superb bands and expert dance instruction, each Wednesday evening in May and June. All-ages are welcome to explore a different dance genre each week, including swing, tango, salsa, bachata and more. The event is absolutely free the only thing you need to bring is your great mood and a pair of comfy shoes.

Dance in Bryant Park

River to River Festival

14th annual River To River Festival is the largest free summer arts festival in Lower Manhattan, featuring music, film, dance, theater, art and participatory experiences in indoor and outdoor locations in downtown NYC and Governor’s Island. The Festival takes place on June 18 – 28. Night at the Museums event on June 23 is a part of the festival as well, which includes free neighborhood tours and museum admissions from 4 to 8 pm. Bring all the friends and family members to watch performances of the talented well-known artists.


Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival

This festival truly represents New York City and it’s ethnic and culinary diversity. Try the foods and learn about culture of three Lower East Side’s dominant populations: Chinese-Americans, Jewish Americans and Latin American. By popular demand the festival also showcase the contributions of the neighborhood’s Puerto Rican community.

Expect lots of fun, music and dance performances including klezmer, cantorial, Peking opera, bomba and plena music, even Yiddish, Mandarin and Spanish lessons, Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, yarmulke making, Chinese and Puerto Rican mask making, community arts and crafts, and of course kosher egg rolls, egg creams, empanadas and other delicious traditional foods.


The Mermaid Parade

For the artistic individuals or anybody who just want to have fun and be impressed The Mermaid Parade is a must go event. The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. It was founded in 1983 with goals to bring mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune, create self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment” and let artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public. Unlike most parades, this one has no ethnic, religious, or commercial aims. It’s a major New York holiday invented by artists. It’s features participants dressed in hand-made costumes based on themes and categories set by the parade organizers. It is truly a great creative event that let anybody enjoy themselves and share personal vision that has become how New York celebrates summer.






Easter in New York City

We love Easter, it is such a beautiful and colorful holiday and New York City is one of the best places in the world to celebrate it.

On Easter Sunday which is on March 27th, the Easter Parade will take place along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Street. It is a wonderful celebration of everyone strolling in their Easter finery. Bonnets are taken to an extreme that only New Yorkers can reach. You can expect to see live rabbits, pet snakes, flowers, clowns, and much more. The street is closed to traffic for parade participants and people watchers from roughly 10am until 4pm. The area around St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the ideal place to see the parade. This annual tradition has been taking place in New York City for over 100 years, starting as a spontaneous event in the 1870s. Some things have changed, but the bright colors and all the flowers have not. People from around the world come to New York City to participate. New York’s Easter parade was one of the main cultural expressions of Easter and one of the fundamental ways that Easter was identified and celebrated in the United States.


In the mid-19th century Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church began decorating their sanctuaries with Easter flowers. Within a few years the practice expanded and the floral displays became defining examples of style and taste. People attending churches started to incorporate flowers into their dress.


As New York’s parade became a very popular event in 1880, other cities such as Philadelphia and Boston also developed their own versions. In the 21st century, Easter parades are conducted in many cities, with the most prominent ones in Richmond, New Orleans and Toronto.

These days the parade outfits range from elegant to outrageous. From outfits accented with live animals to civil war period costumes and the latest high fashions, there is a little bit of everything for the parade viewer, just as New York itself is very diverse.

Another big event in New York City although not as big and historical as the Easter Parade but still very beautiful is Macy’s Flower Show. This year the show dates are March 20th to April 3rd. The 15-day extravaganza themed “America the Beautiful,” features hundreds of thousands of flowers in gardens that present the different landscapes of the United States. You can basically take a floral tour of the entire country just in one place right in the heart of Manhattan.


The centerpiece of the show is the “All American Garden,” which boasts a floral replica of the Statue of Liberty’s torch, with a patriotic mix of red, white and blue blossoms at the base and a bright strawflower as the torch’s fire.

Nearly 100 people worked on the show for almost a year, including scenic designers, sculptors and carpenters. This year’s show includes 50 specimens of trees, and nearly 30,000 individual plants.

The event will also showcase top talent in the flower industry with a rotating “Bouquet of the Day,” featuring creations from six different floral and event designers. There is also a Children’s Garden which features a large brontosaurus made of succulents, and also buried fossil replicas that children can dig for.

A variety of special events will be held throughout the show, including a floral crown-making seminar on Monday led by floral stylist Christy Meisner Doramus, a class on how to build Southwestern terrariums on Thursday, and a wildflower bouquet seminar with Nic Faitos of Starbright Floral Design on Monday, March 28.


Easter in NYC is not only a visual holiday but also a culinary show. The best restaurants are presenting their versions of the perfect Easter Sunday brunch and since Easter is a family holiday, round up all the members of yours and hit up one of the best spots in the city for a festive feast. Here are a few of our favorite spots. The first one on the list is La Pecora Bianca which is a charming Flatiron trattoria. They will supplement their traditional brunch menu with a three-course holiday set menu for $35 per person. Chef Simone Bonelli will dispatch an amuse bouche of deviled eggs and caviar followed by a leek-truffle fondente on toast. For the main attraction, there will be a lamb burger with sheep’s milk cheese, red-onion chutney and fried sweet potato. Cap off the feast with sweet orange sorbet, an Italian Easter staple.

Another option is the beautiful Polo Bar. Ralph Lauren’s immaculately decorated restaurant will celebrate Easter with a selection of specials, such as a popover Benedict with creamed spinach and Gruyere ($23) along with corned beef hash with sunny-side eggs and cayenne hollandaise ($25). For those with a sweet tooth the restaurant is offering challah French toast with cinnamon-caramelized bananas, granola and Vermont maple syrup ($19).

The neighborhood brasserie The Smith at all three locations (East Village, Midtown, Lincoln Square), is offering Easter specials for $29 per person with mouthwatering dishes such as lamb shank with cauliflower cous cous, edamame hummus and za’atar gremolata. That star dish is complemented by offerings from the Smith’s regular menu, including breakfast pot pie, Sicilian baked eggs and vanilla-bean French toast.

We hope you will enjoy everything New York City has to offer and will come back for more next year.

Happy Easter





Thanksgiving Celebration in New York City

One of the biggest holiday season events in New York City is Macys’ Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year the 89th annual parade will begin on November 26th at 9AM. The Parade travels south beginning at 77th Street and Central Park and ending at Macy’s Herald Square. The recommended spots on the route for watching the Parade are along Central Park West, Time Warner Center and along Sixth Avenue. The area between 38th Street and Herald Square is closed to the public and occupied by the telecast crews. The viewing at Central Park West starts at 75th Street (two blocks down from the official start of the parade) and is open to the public only on the west side. Central Park will be closed for special guests with invite-only passes. The parade as we mentioned earlier starts at 9AM and will continue until 10:30AM, so if you want to find a good spot to watch it arrive around 6AM and make sure to dress very warmly and bring some food and hot beverages, as it might be quite cold. Another great spot for the Parade watching is The Shops at Columbus Circle (Time Warner Center). On Thanksgiving Day the mall is open at 9AM. You can enjoy an elevated view of the parade from the second and third floors. There is also a beautiful installation on view, called the Holiday Under the Stars Light display. And finally, for those who can’t get up too early, the floats and balloons reach the Sixth Avenue portion, which consists of 21 blocks, at around 9:30AM, so arrive as late as 7AM and you still will be able to find a good spot.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

In case you can’t make it to the Parade you can watch the inflation of the 25 parade balloons on Wednesday, November 25th, from 3PM until 10PM between 77th and 81st Street.

Besides the Parade there are many other places in New York City to visit during the holiday season. One of them is our favorite Winter Village at Bryant Park. Not only is there free admission for ice skating but also 125 boutique-like shops and local food eateries with delicious holiday treats. In case you get cold visit one of the two restaurants at the park. “Celsius” is a two-story, glass enclosed restaurant situated at the northeast corner of The Rink Grab.  Sit under the heat lamps or enjoy panoramic views of the rink from the second floor. The second option is “Bryant Park Grill” which is located on the Upper Terrace along 40th Street. The Grill is an elegant & sophisticated restaurant with a great menu and service. If you are around on the weekend make sure to get the brunch at the Grill, it’s worth the money! In case you are looking for more casual dining Bryant Park Cafe is right next door or just relax and hang out at the Cafe Bar. Another option for warming up at the park is “Ice Bites” inside the Skating Pavilion, try their hot chocolate and tasty treats.


The Union Square Holiday Market is the place you must visit if you want to experience intimate and enjoyable holiday shopping. The market is open from November 19th till December 24th, 2015. As soon as you get there you can feel the Holiday spirit in the air. This is a great place when looking for a holiday gifts such as local handmade jewelry, artworks, home goods crafted from natural wood, and gourmet pantry items, from small-batch jams to all natural olive oils. You can also just wonder around sipping delicious hot chocolate or apple cider from local vendors.

After visiting the Parade and spending the rest of the day shopping what can be better than a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at of the best restaurants in NYC?  The first on our list is Sarabeth’s Tribeca. If you like homey, bright places that make you think of your well-mannered grandmother’s house this place is for you. On the menu is pumpkin soup, beet and apple salad, crab cakes with fennel and filet mignon. And of course there will be turkey. The bird is free-range and comes with leek-and-sausage stuffing and brown butter-whipped potatoes. Desserts are traditional as well, with pumpkin pie taking the lead, followed by a seasonally-focused apple-cranberry crumble and a spicy ginger ice cream sandwich.

Second on the list is fancy Bouley also located in Tribeca at 163 Duane Street. An upscale meal in what looks like a cozy European living room, famous chef and restaurateur David Bouley is offering a lavish six-course Thanksgiving meal in his namesake eatery. The menu won’t be released until the day of, but you can expect the same great meals as last year, including Colorado lamb, Pennsylvania turkey, gnocchi with chestnuts, squash soup, local Brussels sprouts, black walnut-sage pudding and more. The dinner comes with a heavy price tag of $175.00 per person and additional $105.00 per person for the wine pairing, not a budget option but totally worth it, when else can you say a famous chef prepared my Thanksgiving dinner?

The number three option is The Smith. This place is known for an amazing comfort food, so it makes perfect sense to have Thanksgiving dinner there. They offer a three-course spread for $62.00 per person that includes Natural Heritage turkey, pot pie, roasted breast or osso buco with pumpkin risotto. Also on the menu is spiced pepita and crème fraîche-laced butternut squash soup, brioche stuffing, cranberry-orange jam and an amazing mac-n-cheese made in-house. You can choose from the three locations in the city: East Village, Midtown or Lincoln Square. Don’t leave without trying a dessert like the pumpkin cheesecake or sticky toffee pudding.


We hope you will enjoy your holidays in New York City.


Free NYC Events in September & October 2015

New York City is known for its impact on commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, technology and entertainment. NYC has a lot to offer to those who are visiting for the first time as well as regulars. Many great museums, theaters and restaurants are in the city and we all know sometimes it gets very pricey to visit them all. The good thing is that New York has attractions for every budget and for people with very different interests and we want to introduce you to some of the best free and low cost events and attractions that you can attend in September & October 2015.

History enthusiasts and architecture lovers can go behind the scenes during Open House New York.

For two days each October, the Annual Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York.

From historical to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events taking place over the course of OHNY Weekend.

FIT Museum


Fashion addicted individuals can get a fashion education at the Museum @ FIT

It’s always Fashion Week at the FIT Museum, which features rotating exhibits by students and a surprisingly interesting and detailed collection of the country’s first gallery of fashion, picked from a collection of 50,000 garments dating from the 18th century to present.

New York is a well-known fashion capital and if you are one of the fashion fanatics then you must visit their current exhibition called Global Fashion Capitals. The exhibition opens with a digital style map that geographically locates the fashion capitals and showcases their latest runway and street style photographs. Global Fashion Capitals continues city-by-city, starting with Paris, the birthplace of haute couture, represented by designs from Charles Frederick Worth, Gabrielle Chanel, Christian Dior, and the emerging couturier, Bouchra Jarrar. The New York section begins with a circa 1938 iridescent evening gown by Nettie Rosenstein and ends with Alexander Wang’s sporty spring/summer 2015 neon orange dress. New York also includes styles by Claire McCardell, Halston, and Ralph Lauren.

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Those who appreciate creativity and modern art will love the Art in Odd Places Festival.

Art in Odd Places presents visual and performance art in unexpected public spaces. It produces an annual festival along 14th Street in Manhattan, NYC from Avenue C to the Hudson River each October.

Art in Odd Places aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas.

Rockefeller Center Iceskating

All athletes and fun lovers must hit the ice at Rockefeller Center during the preseason rates.

If you want to ice skate at the NYC’s most famous rink you better be prepared for a long line and high price. The preseason rates at Rockefeller Center are half of what they’ll be over the holidays. Take advantage of the discounted price (and lack of crowds) from October 8 to November 3 to practice your spins and jumps—and tick an item off your New York bucket list.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

In case you get tired of the noise and overwhelming energy of the Big Apple, head to a huge nature preserve located in the middle of all this urban sprawl. The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is one of the most important urban wildlife refuges in the United States. Encompassing 9,155 acres, it is comprised of diverse habitats including a salt marsh, several fresh and brackish water ponds, upland field and woods, and an open expanse of bay and islands – all located within the limits of New York City. In the fall, head over to the West Pond, where you can expect to see ducks, mute swans, snow geese and other birds that haven’t joined their cowardly brethren in warmer seasonal climes.


If you are looking for an esoteric experience feel free to lose your head during a visit to Sleepy Hollow.

For the fans of spooky experiences such as Washington Irving’s story and Tim Burton’s film we recommend visiting notoriously famous Sleepy Hollow and it’s cemetery, which is open daily from 8:30am to 4pm, giving day-trippers plenty of time to explore the 90-acre grounds. You’ll find almost as many famous New Yorkers there as at Brooklyn’s famed Green-Wood: Take your own self-guided tour (free maps are available), and look out for the graves of Elizabeth Arden, Brook Astor and Irving himself.


And finally for anyone who wants to have fun in NYC the Columbus Day Parade on October 12th is a great option to watch 35,000 marchers and nearly 1 million spectators along Fifth Avenue, which marks the day in history when Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas. It also celebrates the heritage of the Italian-American community. The parade travels from 47th Street to 72nd Street and marching bands will perform along its length. Arrive early to secure a spot along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

We hope you will enjoy your visit to the most diverse and fun city in the world :)


River to River Art Festival

River to River Art Festival is annual and the largest New York City’s free art festival and cornerstone of Lower Manhattan culture. It’s been providing an intense artistic way to experience the parks, waterfronts, historic landmarks and other downtown sites since 2002.

The Festival includes a host of free events that take place in public spaces. It includes series such as the Hudson River Festival, which features free musical performances in and around the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, and the Evening Stars Music and Dance Festival, which features free outdoor performances by leading dance companies and music ensembles.

Some highlights of 2015 include “Bang on a Can Marathon” which happens June 21 at Brookfield Plaza Winter Garden. The Marathon is a super mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world. It will feature 10 hours rare performance by some of the most innovative musicians side-by-side with most pioneering artists.

Bang on a Can Marathon

Another not to be missed performance is Olga Bell’s ‘KRAI’ (Russian word for edge) on June 23 at Pier 15. ‘KRAI’ is an audio-visual performance concerned with Russian town, wilderness, the inhabitants and their stories. ‘KRAI’ is forty minutes journey across the Eurasian Landcross.

Krai Olga Bell


Number one on our list of performances at the River to River Festival is Grammy-award winning project ‘Roomful of Teeth’ which performs on June 24 at 8 pm at 28 Liberty Plaza. The eight person ensemble is dedicated to expand the potential of human voice, continually growing it’s vocabulary of singing techniques, which include throat singing, yodeling, belting, Korean Pansori, Georgian singing and Persian classical singing.

Roomful of Theeth


For dance lovers Trisha Brown Dance Company will be performing at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park on June 21 at 4 pm and 6 pm. These assembled site-specific programs provide a new lens to look at Brown’s vast span of work, demystifying the complexity through special dialogue and audience intimacy.

Trisha Brown Dance Company

On June 24, 26 and 27 Michelle Boule will be exploring the invisible architectures created by movement and choreographic forms. The dancer’s material bodies become tools for transmitting the immaterial, and dance is treated like sound in its ability to travel across space.

Michelle Boule Dance


Museum are participating as well as a part of the River to River Art Festival 14 distinctive museums and historic sites in Lower Manhattan will offer free admission on June 23 4-8 pm.

There are much more to see within River to River Art Festival for the full schedule of performances please visit .

We hope you will enjoy the art  :)

Free May Events in New York City

Spring has finally arrived in NYC, and we can’t wait to attend awesome May events.The Big Apple has a lot to offer when it comes to entertainment and outdoors activities, don’t worry about the cost as they are completely free.

Our first stop would be a place already well known to downtown residents, Brookfield Place.  This recently opened world-class destination for shopping and dining with a luxury retail collection, a 25,000 square-foot French marketplace, waterfront dining and exceptional restaurants, offers a series of exciting cultural experiences and free community events throughout the year. This Spring Brookfield Place presents the Global Beat Festival in the Winter Garden on May 7th, 8th and 9th. The Global Beat Festival explores music from around the world befitting the stunning acoustics of the magnificent glass-vaulted Winter Garden. Each night pairs two groups from different traditions for an unforgettable 3-day experience. The list of participants includes The Libyans, Feedel Band, Niyaz, Emel Mathlouthi, Flavia Coelho, Guayo Cedeño and + Coco Bar.



Another great downtown destination is The South Street Seaport. A historic area in New York City, it is centered where Fulton Street meets the East River, and is adjacent to the Financial District. The Seaport is a designated historic district, and is distinct from the neighboring Financial District. It features some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan, and includes the largest concentration of restored early 19th-century commercial buildings in the city. This includes renovated original mercantile buildings, renovated sailing ships, the former Fulton Fish Market, and modern tourist malls featuring food, shopping, and nightlife, with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge. The South Street Seaport offers  fashion, sports, educational and cultural events all year long. This year every Thursday from April 30th through May 21st at 21 Fulton Street you can join Stella Flame Jewelry and Farm Candy for a featured artist reception. Each event is from 5PM-8PM and located at 21 Fulton Street. Featured Artists: Quentin Vidor, Alex McMichael, Andrea Blanch, Terri Gold.

South St Seaport


On May 17 learn how to take steps to lead a healthier lifestyle at the Highway to Health Festival at The South Street Seaport Historic District. Founded in 2003 by heart surgeon and daytime Emmy Award-winning host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa, this event is infused with live entertainment, workouts, giveaways, health screenings, and opportunities to consult with health and fitness professionals. Don’t miss the opportunity to become more educated about your health.

While enjoying beautiful May weather and outdoor activities don’t forget about air conditioned museums where you can escape the heat. One of the places we would recommend visiting is the National Museum of The American Indian. This museum is never as crowded as other ones in New York City and admission is always free, which makes it a very attractive option for a weekend afternoon. Visit the Circle of Dance exhibition – a five-year exhibition that presents Native dance as a vibrant, meaningful, and diverse form of cultural expression. Featuring ten social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas, the exhibition illuminates the significance of each dance and highlights the unique characteristics of its movements and music.


Our last destination is beloved by locals and tourists. Central Park this May is hosting Japan Day on May 10th. This celebration of Japanese culture kicks off with the four-mile Japan Run and Kids’ Race in Central Park. Afterward, it follows the style of traditional Japanese summer festivals providing plenty of food and family-friendly activities, as well as performances showcasing traditional and contemporary Japanese performers around the Central Park Bandshell.

Japan day Centrak Park


Have fun :)

The Tribeca Film Festival Highlights

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff.    With a goal of establishing New York as a center for film and celebrating the city’s vibrant culture, the festival has since brought an estimated $750 million worth of economic activity to Manhattan and revitalized the hearts, minds, and businesses of countless city residents. The Tribeca Film Festival has reached an audience of over four million international festival-goers in its relatively young life. In NYC for the past few years,The Festival hosted screenings throughout Manhattan as its 1,000-plus screening schedule outgrew the capacity downtown. We are very happy that this year finally, after spending many years in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, the Tribeca Film Festival event has moved back to our beloved TriBeCa in which it was born.

The festival program this year was typical of Tribeca, mixing narrative features and documentaries with strong music and sports programming and special events that include outdoor “Drive In” screenings and a 25th-anniversary screening of Martin Scorsese’s “GoodFellas” on closing night.

This year the Festival showcased more diverse filmmakers than in years past. As no human being could possibly manage to see every film screening at the festival, we’ve rounded up the films we were most looking forward to. Here is the list of six films we think you should pay attention to …

“Meadowland” – Story of a couple (Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson) who struggle to find solace after their son goes missing. Kevin Corrigan, John Leguizamo, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple and Merritt Wever co-star.

Olivia Wilde (Sarah) Photo credit: Reed Morano

“The Adderall Diaries” – About a frustrated, drug-dependent writer who gets sucked into a murder case, The Adderall Diaries stars James Franco, Amber Heard and Cynthia Nixon.

Stephen Elliott (James Franco) and Neil Elliott (Ed Harris) Anna Kooris

“Anesthesia” – Tim Blake Nelson wrote and directed this reflective drama about a beloved Columbia professor (Sam Waterston) who is mugged in New York City and retraces his steps to find what led to the attack. Enter a cast of motley characters played by Nelson, Kristen Stewart, Glenn Close, Corey Stoll, K. Todd Freedman and Gretchen Mol.


“When I Live My Life Over Again” – Jude (Amber Heard) is fed up with the big city, so she spends some time with her father (Christopher Walken), who lives in the Hamptons and is staging a musical comeback in the winter of his life. You read that right: Christopher Walken plays an over-the-hill singer desperate to resurrect his career — if living with his daughter doesn’t drive them both crazy first. Written and directed by Robert Edwards, “When I Live My Life Over Again” also features Kelli Garner, Hamish Linklater and Oliver Platt.


“Bleeding Heart” – Jessica Biel stars in Bleeding Heart as May, whose life is thrown out of balance when she decides to rescue her long-lost, haphazard sister, Shiva, from a life of prostitution and abuse (Zosia Mamet).


“Franny” – Richard Gere joins Dakota Fanning in this drama about an eccentric, meddling man who weaves his way into the lives of a newly married couple.


Of course these films mentioned above are only a small portion of the fabulous Festival’s selection, hopefully you were able to see more of it. And not only films, there are many amazing opportunities to watch filmmaker interviews, live performances, and panel discussions throughout the festival. “Tribeca Talks” offer tons of relevant conversations about filmmaking in general—like a recently lauded chat between George Lucas and Stephen Colbert—as well as sneak previews and targeted talks leading up to festival screenings.

You don’t even have to be in NYC to see the festival. Film lovers outside of New York City can enjoy the unique curatorial perspective of the Festival through a variety of streaming and Internet-based programs. This year’s New Online Work showcase focuses on new-media creators, and can be viewed online for free.

We look forward to the Tribeca Film Festival every April and hope you will come stay with us to enjoy it.

Coffee destinations in TriBeCa

Finally New York City is taking it’s coffee seriously.

With a hundreds of coffee shops all over the City it should be easy to find a good quality coffee, but unfortunately there are still places that serve a brownish liquid with sour smell that slightly similar to real coffee. The biggest problem is finding good espresso. Here is a few things you should look for in a coffee shop – the first one is coffee bean grinders, good coffee shops have a skyline of grinders, one for espresso, one for decaffeinated espresso and one for brewed coffee. Beans should be grinded to order so they preserve the freshness and your espresso comes out aromatic with a nice dense but thin layer of foam. Milk steamed to order as well for each macchiato or latte. A telltale sign is arsenal of pitchers, instead of one big one and of course good coffee shops use only manual espresso machines run by baristas who have been trained by the leading roasting companies in the intricateness  of the device.

With all this being said, let us introduce you to the coffee destinations in TriBeCa. We will start with the most well-known chain and it’s Starbucks of course. Starbucks is definitely the most conveniently located option (right in the same building, just with a separate entrance) for those who is looking for a morning fuel and doesn’t want to walk any further than to the next door. But the good thing is that TriBeCa has plenty of options for picky coffee lovers and we are happy to share our coffee experience with you, so you know where to get a good cup of Joe.

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The first place on our list is Kaffe 1668, located 3 blocks from the Cosmo on 275 Greenwich Street. This café has everything the hungry and thirsty worker could ask for – WiFi, outlets, nice communal table and industrial yet homey vibe. They offer a decent selection of salads and cold sandwiches as well as pastry for breakfast, we also love the variety of cold pressed healthy juices and the coffee is some of the best in the city. Kaffe 1668 has one of the most varied coffee menus around the city. Drip coffee is brewed to order on a clover machine and around six different single origins are available. They use locally produced, non-homogenized high quality milk. The space is deceptively large, with additional sitting downstairs and cute, furry hand-made sheep, which are not only a part of the interior but you can actually purchase it for $85.00 (not cheap but very original). Overall Kaffe 1668 is a great place with very friendly atmosphere, where you can bring your lap top and work  or just enjoy  a cup of cappuccino or macchiato (which is really good) with a friend.








The second place on the list is Laughing Man, located only couple blocks away from the hotel on 184 Duane Street. The whole concept of the company Laughing Man Coffee & Tea, which is owned by Hugh Jackman and David Stingard is awesome, 100% of its revenue goes to education, community development and new business development. But the concept is not the only great thing about the place. This tiny shop (with a room only for few customers) and no sitting area, unless you count a cramped windowsill (better than nothing) offers a very good coffee. We would recommend to order flat white with perfect consistency of the foam and ratio of milk and espresso, simply perfection in a cup. Shop also offers wide selection of teas and some sweet and sour pastries. Make sure to stop by when  in TriBeCa, skip the chains like Starbucks and support a great establishment that gives back and cares about the livelihood of the people that put hard work so we can appreciate a great cup of coffee.







Another coffee spot in TriBeCa, located only two blocks away from the Cosmo and just one block from City Hall Park on 280 Broadway, is The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. This shop is part of a rapidly expanding chain that has been around for about 50 years.  The space is amazingly large with a bathroom a size of one bedroom NYC apartment, complimentary WiFi and very friendly baristas. They serve decent coffee and have a wide selection of breakfast pastries. What we love about the place is the powders they use for coffee based and caffeine free drinks. Vanilla and chocolate powders have very rich flavor, it’s like drinking a chocolate cake, which makes this place a must go for Hot Chocolate and Macchiato lovers. But what really got our attention is Chai Latte – rich, deep flavor of cinnamon and spices will mingle in your mouth with a splash of milky sweetness, simply a little delicious heaven in a cup. Chai comes sweet but you can tailor it to your taste, just ask barista for a sugar free version. And of course we had to mention a selection of teas, we lost count of all the flavors and kinds of tea they offer, you should check it yourself, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is a place where you can always find a table so it makes it a perfect spot for individuals who likes to work on their lap tops in a quite, friendly atmosphere with aromatic cup of coffee.

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And finally our last choice is the best of the best in the coffee shop industry in NYC (the only reason is the last on our list is the location, you would have to walk about 10 min from the hotel, in our opinion it’s totally worth it)  and it’s La Colombe Torrefacation. This amazing coffee shop located in the historic TriBeCa building on 319 Church Street. This was the first New York home for respected Philadelphia roaster La Colombe.

La Colombe Torrefacation takes coffee and everything that related to it very seriously, with hand-made cups, polished wooden interior and twin Faema E61 (one of the best on the market espresso machine) all making an appearance. Espresso is truly amazing here, it has perfect whitish dense but thin foam and the aroma is breathtaking. They use high quality organic milk and pastries are always fresh and delicious. La Colombe is a perfect stylish café where you will enjoy some of the best coffee made by the most experienced baristas in the City.

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Best Desserts in Downtown NYC

New York City offers a vast selection of restaurants and coffee shops with all different types of foods and desserts. But more options you have harder it is to choose the right one. And when we say the right one we mean a truly good, one of a kind dessert ,the dessert that will blow your mind with its rich flavor and consistency. We explored few places in the city and here is the list of five top dessert destinations in the Big Apple that you must visit.

Union Square Cafe

Union Square Cafe has been offering great food and service to New Yorkers for almost 30 years. However, only in past four years this place really bloomed with fantastic selection of desserts. Thanks to it’s pastry chef Sunny Raymond. Try Pumpkin Cheesecake ($9.50) with toasted pumpkin seeds. The texture is more like a smooth mousse than a cheesecake. On top, a thin nest of crisped carrots add a pleasant crunch, and the whipped cream is flavored with toasted coconut. The cake’s beautiful colors and mild sweetness make it easy to love. Another dessert we love is the Banana Tart ($9.50). Imagine a banana tarte tatin, except with a crunchy brûléed crust and a well-baked butter cookie base. It’s just a tart perfection. Don’t hesitate to try Raymond’s crème brûlée scones, which remind of a less sweet Macao-style Portuguese egg custard tart. They’re available all day and in the brunch pastry basket.

21 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003

uNION Square Cafe


Cookshop is one of the most popular brunch spots in the City, located conveniently right next to the High Line. Unfortunately  is not well known for its great desserts from pastry chef Amanda Cook. There are two must-order items on the dessert menu. The first is a textural masterpiece called the Bourbon Pecan Pie Sundae ($9). A deeply flavorful bourbon caramel ice cream is paired with crunchy candied pecans and pieces of pecan pie crust. Instead of chocolate or butterscotch sauce, a more subtle sweet brown sugar honey is drizzled into the glass. You’ll need the extra long spoon they provide to make certain you get each component in every bite.

The second one is Chocolate Deliciousness ($9).It delivers chocolate four ways: a moist fudge strip, a milk chocolate ganache, a dark chocolate ganache, and an airy malted milk chocolate mousse. Crunchy dark chocolate pearls and whipped cream round out the dish. In our opinion this dessert is a chocolate perfection.

156 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011


Chikalicious Dessert Bar

New York’s first dessert-only restaurant,  that was opened 11 years ago by Chika Tillman and husband Don. And despite opening two more shops in New York and expanding internationally, they still work their own New York kitchens. Their new West Side Dessert Club offers seven different seasonal plated desserts that can be put together into a three-course tasting with drinks for $32. We recommend the Steamed Apple Pudding Cake with warm vanilla anglaise and shredded apple. This moist apple cake sits in and soaks up the fragrant, lightly sweetened vanilla custard. The combination of the spicy cake and sweet vanilla makes this dessert irresistible. Another great dessert is Mocha Hazelnut Trifle is a slightly heartier dessert that features a memorable white coffee ice cream. A square of light chocolate cake that’s been soaked in coffee syrup sits in Frangelico pastry cream, whose smooth texture is contrasted with crunchy toasted hazelnuts. A generous scoop of white coffee ice cream, with a strong coffee flavor, sits on top.

203 East 10th Street, New York NY 10003




Otto has been drawing locals and tourists alike for years for their great pasta. But this place has not only great food but amazing ice cream as well. Their pastry chef Meredith Kurtzman delivers consistently mouthwatering sorbet and gelato. The must-order is the Olive Oil Copetta ($11), which starts with a buttery, grassy olive oil ice cream and heaps on accompaniments that change with the seasons. Tart citrus curd and granita, fresh fruit, and herbs bring out all the fruity, pungent, and grassy flavors of olive oil for a sundae that shows that unusual dessert  ingredients can be even better option.

15th Avenue, New York, NY ‎10003

otta olive oil copetta


We love it’s $20 three-course dessert tasting. Like the savory side of the kitchen, the dessert offerings change nightly, but co-owner and pastry chef Fabian Von Huske always uses seasonal ingredients in clever ways.

He is best at light desserts that bring a multitude of flavors and textures. The Roasted Sunchoke Mousse at first seems like a simple plate, but fresh apples are used five different ways. Underneath a fluffy whipped mouse sits a thin layer of caramel made with reduced apple juice syrup. The result is a sweet and acidic apple caramel. Pickled apples balance the sweet of the caramel and dried apple bits add some crunch. A subtly flavored apple granita finishes things off in cool, refreshing way. Popcorn Parfait with a delicious concentrated grape juice and salty-sweet popcorn powder. Rice Pudding featured peanut butter custard with coconut snow and peanut brittle. For the lightness, flavor, creativity, and price point, this tasting is like nothing else in New York.

138 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

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