9/11 Memorial & Museum


Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. Have you visited New York museums? Let us know your favorite in the comments.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, known as the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, is an educational and historical institution that commemorates the September 11, 2001 attacks, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

The Memorial

The memorial is located where the Twin Towers once stood at the World Trade Center site. It occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site and features the two biggest manmade waterfalls ever constructed in North America, and two reflecting pools. The names of the victims are inscribed into bronze panels surrounding the pools and the white oak trees that surround the plaza give the memorial area a sense of calm from the bustling metropolis.

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The Museum

The 9/11 Museum, honors the victims of the attacks through videos, audios, and personal stories of those who experienced these tragic events. It features guided tours, exhibitions, and the displays artifacts, including large steel pieces of the facade of the original North Tower.


The Museum is open to the public every day of the week and tickets can be reserved online on the Museum’s website. On Tuesdays, free tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis, after 4:00 pm.

Displayed artifacts and tributes


“May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.” -Memorial.org


9/11 Memorial

Daily, 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

9/11 Memorial Museum

Open Daily

Sun - Thu, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., last entry at 6 p.m.

Fri and Sat, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., last entry at 7 p.m.

Note: An average visit takes approximately two hours.

Where: 180 Greenwich Street. New York, NY 10007.

Click here for details on the various options to get there.


Stay active in NYC for free with Class Pass


If you are visiting the Big Apple for a few weeks and want to stay active and healthy, ClassPass offers you the possibility to take workout classes for free for one month!

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ClassPass is a membership-based app designed for you to try workout classes, selecting from a wide range of gyms and studios in over 80 cities in the world, with the option to cancel at any time.

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How it works

Memberships start at $35, once you sign up you obtain credits to book a variety of workouts ranging from strength training to yoga, cycling and many more. First-time users get the first month for free, with 40 credits with which you can use to book up to 10 classes. The credits needed for a class vary depending on the workout type and studio/gym, but it typically ranges from 4 to 10, and up to 16-20 for classes at upscale studios.

Once your free trial ends you will be automatically enrolled for the paid monthly plan, but you can cancel at any time during your trial period to avoid being charged.

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So don’t worry hold back trying all the food that NYC has to offer! Use ClassPass to stay active, energized, and have fun trying new fitness fads at little to no cost!


Central Park North


Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. Where is your favorite place in Central Park? Let us know in the comments.

In comparison to the busy, tourist filled paths of the lower half of the park, the quieter north half of Central Park almost feels like a completely different place. Here nature is the focal point and the winding paths create an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city around you. There are many great photo opportunities in the park no matter what time of year you visit. In order to fully enjoy the experience as I capture the sites with my camera, I decided to split the park in half around 82nd St with the Great Lawn being my center point. Here are my top photo spots in the northern half of the park, from the Great Lawn to 110th st.


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

Head north from the Great Lawn and you will reach the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, here you can get some great shots of nature, bridges, and views of the east and west skylines across the reservoir. The path closest to the water is a running path so be mindful of runners and stick to the walker-friendly Bridle Path. There are many openings connecting the two paths that you can use snap some quick pictures.


Cast Iron Bridges

Bridges No. 24, No. 27, and No. 28 are the three cast iron bridges that span the Bridle Path around the reservoir. Bridge No.. 24 and No. 27 are on the southern end of the reservoir near the 86th st transverse road and are two of the oldest cast iron bridges in the US. Bridge No. 28, also known as the Gothic Bridge, is located on the northwestern side of the reservoir and is a favorite among photographers.


The Pool

North of the Reservoir is the quaint, lesser-known pond known as the Pool. Surrounded by grassy lawns, beautiful trees, and hidden waterfalls, this is a great spot any time of the year. The pool is just north of the 100th street entrance for easy access from the upper west side.


The Ravine

Near the Pool is the only stream valley in the park known as the Ravine. Here the city views are blocked by the trees and nature is the focal point. Walk along the path to escape the city and capture the beauty of the Loch, waterfalls, bridges and arches, and the nature around you.


Glen Span Arch and Huddlestone Arch

On either end of the Ravine are two arches that are favorites in the park. Glen Span Arch is located on the southern end of the Ravine and is known for its geometric stones and views of the waterfall from the pool. The north end of the Ravine is home to Huddlestone Arch. Made of uncut boulders held together by gravity alone the arch makes for a unique place for photos.

Other locations

There are quite a few other locations that are worth mentioning but were unable to make the list because of season or renovation.

Conservatory Gardens: Best visited in the spring and summer months. The gardens hold a vast amount of flowers, plants, and fountains perfect for an instagram snap.

North Meadow Butterfly Garden: Best visited in the spring and summer. The flowers and plants found in this meadow are home to butterflies and hummingbirds in the warmer months of the year.

Wildflower Meadow: Located between the North Meadow and the Ravine is a meadow full of wildflowers that are local to the New York area. Visit in the warmer spring and summer months to see the flowers in full bloom.


Central Park South


Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. Where is your favorite place in Central Park? Let us know in the comments.

59th Street to 110th Street between 5th and 8th Avenues is home to Central Park. The 843 acre park hosts about 25 million visitors every year making it one of the most visited urban parks in the United States. It’s not surprising that there are many great photo opportunities no matter the time of year. I wanted to enjoy the park as I explored with my camera so I decided to split the park in half around 82nd St with the Great Lawn being my center point. Here are my top photo spots in the southern half of the Central Park from 59th St to the Great Lawn.


Gapstow Bridge

Gapstow Bridge is in the south-eastern corner around 62nd St. Capture the beauty of the park with a view of the city skyline in the background. The famous Plaza Hotel can be seen from the north side of the bridge and in the winter you can see the Wolfman ice skating rink from the south. On calm days reflections of the bridge and the cities skyscrapers will reflect off the pond making for beautiful photos.


Central Park Dairy

Just up the path from Gapstow Bridge is the Central Park Dairy. What is now a visitors center and gift shop was originally built to provide a safe place for families to purchase fresh milk for children while visiting the park. Located in the original children’s district, the gingerbread-like building provides a whimsical backdrop for your photoshoot.

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Head west up the path from the Dairy and you’ll find one of young park-goers favorite attractions, the Carousel. With 57 hand-carved and beautifully decorated horses, this 111-year-old carousel is a great Instagram snap waiting to happen.


The Mall

From 66th St. to 72nd St. runs the only intentional straight path in all of Central Park. Framed by rows of American Elms the Mall is one of the most visited and photographed areas in the park. Take in the beauty on one of the rows of benches lining the walkway or stroll through the local vendors and street performers that set up here when the weather is nice. No matter what time of year you visit, you are bound to get great photos.


Bethesda Terrace

Located at the north end of the Mall is beautiful Bethesda Terrace. The arches, tiled ceiling, fountain, staircases, arcade, and views of the lake are only a few of the things that make the Terrace the perfect place for photos. The beauty of the area makes this a favorite among visitors so go early for your best chance at photos sans crowd.


Bow Bridge

Just west of Bethesda Terrace is one of the most romantic spots in New York City. Between the beauty of the bridge itself and the views around it, Bow Bridge is a favorite spot for couples as well as photographers and filmmakers. With the Ramble to the north, Cherry Hill to the south, and stunning views of Central Park West, 5th Avenue, and the Lake, you can get a great shot from any direction.


Obelisk (Cleopatra’s Needle)

The Obelisk, better known as Cleopatra’s Needle, is the oldest man-made object in Central Park and one of the oldest Egyptian obelisks in the world. The Obelisk in New York is one of three in the world known as Cleopatra’s Needle the other two being located in Paris and London. Despite their name, the obelisk in central park and its twin in Paris were actually made in 1475 BC, thousands of years before Cleopatra reigned. It was moved to the park in 1881 near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Other locations

There are quite a few other locations that are worth mentioning but were not on this list because of season or renovation.

Strawberry Fields: The memorial to John Lennon is open year round but the best time to visit is in the spring and summer when the plants are in bloom.

Cherry Hill: Located near Strawberry Fields, Cherry Hill is best to visit at the end of March through April when the forsythia and azaleas are in bloom.

Loeb Boathouse: Visit in the warmer months to get snaps of the paddle boats on the lake and around the famous boathouse.

Belvedere Castle: The castle is currently under renovations but will be open later in 2019. Check the Central Park website for updates.

Shakespeare Garden: Best visited in the warmer months when the roses are in bloom.

Arches: There are an abundance of arches in Central Park that make for great Instagram shots.


Percy's Pizza - the Quest for the Best $1 Slice


NYC on a budget highlights budget-friendly attractions, activities and food places worth checking out. What’s your favorite New York pizza place so far?

We’ve been on a quest to find the best dollar pizza slice in NYC & so far Percy’s pizza, located on Bleecker street, in the Greenwich Village nightclub district, is the winner! The compact, brick-walled counter serves inexpensive, thin-crushed slices. A great option to eat on a budget.

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Well cooked, foldable, crispy and the fresh-tasting sauce distinguishes it from any other ¢99 and $1 pizza we have tried in the city. Percy’s is especially great when it’s hot right out of the oven, and it can actually stand on its own, not needing heaps of seasoning post-purchase.

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A pizza pie at Percy’s goes from $8 for the classic cheese and up to $18 for any three-toppins pie. Plain slices start at $1 and most topped slices are $1.50. 2 slices and a drink go for $2.75!

Note it’s cash only, like most dollar slice spots.

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Hours: 11 am - 2 am

Where: 190 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012 (a 29 minutes subway ride from Our Place)

Phone: (212) 388-1355 (for pick up).


Miss Favela


Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. What’s your favorite place for good food and live music? Let us know in the comments.

Williamsburg, a must-stop while in NYC, is home to a particularly energetic place. Samba, caipirinhas, feijoada and great vibes are Miss Favela’s offer to locals and visitors. A real taste of Brazil!

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Miss Favela is a cozy restaurant inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s bars concept. It offers a great cuisine selection, Brazilian common drinks and beer, and a vibrant environment.

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We visited on a Saturday afternoon and by 3 pm the place was already full, so, if you are going on a Saturday, you may want to consider arriving a little early to grab a seat.

This spot is for everyone, there were families having lunch, couples having a drink or cup of coffee, friends celebrating birthdays (us!) and even though every seat was taken, more and more people kept coming in!


So if you’re you looking forward to a warm, relaxed, and cheerful evening… go check out Miss Favela and dance the day away to the sound of live Samba music!


  • Live music days: Thurs. Sat. and Sundays starting at 2 pm.

  • Everything on the menu

Cost: beer from $7 - cocktails $12 + / Appetizers: $6 - $12 / Brunch: $14 fixed price / Mains: $20 - $24

Happy Hour: 2 for 1 drinks at the bar until 7 - Tuesdays and Fridays

Where: 57 S 5th St Brooklyn, NY, 11211 (a 19 minutes bus ride from Our Place)


7 Safety tips for a solo-girl exploring NYC


Housemate Advice comes from an Our Place Housemate with knowledge to share. Here, Tania Quiros from Costa Rica shares safety tips for exploring NYC on your own.

Have you ever heard the saying ‘common sense isn’t always common’? Some of the following tips may sound obvious but a simple reminder can go a long way. Keep them in mind before heading out to explore the BIG city!


1. Act, look, BE confident

Look like you know where you’re going, even if you don't! It's a fast-paced city, walk confidently, head high, with a smile on your face ;)

2. Blend with the locals

There is nothing wrong with being a tourist or visitor, and you may want to stand out with a chic outfit, it’s New York, right? But we are talking about minimizing risks, you don’t want to have all eyes on you when trying to find your way around, so, dress comfortably and appropriately for the day’s activities.

3. Don’t carry a big bag

We girls manage to carry a million things in our bags, but do we really need all that? Not in NYC! Essentials things only. Carry a copy of your ID and passport, your phone and money in a safe small bag. Don’t forget your lip balm!


4. Taking the subway…

can be quite the adventure but it can be a little intimidating if you’re not used to it. To avoid looking like you’re lost you want to know where you’re going. Phone apps like Google maps or Citymapper can get you around, but if you can memorize where the stations are and which trains you need to take you won’t have to be looking at your phone the entire time.

5. Once on the subway

Keep your belongings at sight, don’t put things in your back pockets, look around, see who’s next to you. Be calm, confident and if something odd is going in the subway car you’re in. Switch to the next car at the next stop.

It’s wise to have your wits about you at all times of the day and night, but be particular alert if you must ride the subway alone late at night. If you do have to travel alone, choose the car with at least 5-10 people on it. There is power in numbers, even if they are strangers to you.


6. Careful with your money

If USD is not your currency, there’s homework to do. Research and ask around to get an idea of what are reasonable prices for the things you want to do/buy.

Don’t carry all your money with you and only take it out when you’re at the register to make a purchase - never in the middle of a crowded area.

7. Out at night

Nightlife in NYC is very exciting and a must-have experience. We’ve all heard about Times Square and the trillion bars and clubs there are, right? If you’re into checking it out, enjoy it! Just be sure to be aware of your surroundings and yourself. Drinking is fun, but make sure you are well enough to navigate your way back home at the end of the night. Be mindful who you befriend, and use your better judgment when considering leaving the bar/club with new friends.


Bonus: If you’re feeling uneasy and not confident enough to go out and about on your own, join a group! There are many tours and activities for travelers. Not only will it make you feel safer, it will also give you the chance to meet new people and make new friends!


Keeping safe when traveling should be your No.1 priority but that should not keep you from enjoying your trip! Don’t be afraid to go out and explore the amazing city of New York; just Trust Your Instincts, and use your street smarts!


NYC on a budget: Club Free Time


Looking for free things to do in NYC? Club Free Time is like a friend who’s got an in!

There are so many free and affordable things happening in New York City that are worth checking out, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. CFT is a web-based organization that provides info about cultural events that take place in New York City, mainly in Manhattan. You can find detailed info about free workshops, plays, films, tours, and other events listed in one place.

For a monthly subscription of $2.95, you get access to CFT’s free activities calendar, making it easy to map out your free adventures for the month. Additionally, CFT provides information about discount tickets for music events, concerts, and even Off-Broadway shows.


The event catalog covers a broad range of topics to suit anyone’s interests. Think yoga classes, writing workshops, city walks & tours, networking and professional development - CFT covers it all. Having fun and exploring all NYC has to offer doesn’t need to be expensive.

The first event we attended was a Career Development Workshop at the Science, Industry and Business Library. It was hosted by David Lees, cofounder of The Illumination Group, an executive career coaching consultancy based in NY. Fancy!


Interesting fact: CFT started as a newsletter about free cultural events in New York in 1987, and was funded by Natella Vaidman, a Russian immigrant. Since then, the organization has grown significantly and has been featured in publications like The New York Times and Wall Street Journal!

Thank you Natella, for being the catalyst for this great resource for New Yorkers on a budget.