Brooklyn

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!

Source: http://www.missfavela.com/

Source: http://www.missfavela.com/

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.

Source: http://www.missfavela.com/

Source: http://www.missfavela.com/

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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!

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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!

Recommendations:

  • 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)

 

The Skyline from Brooklyn Bridge Park

 

Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. Where is your favorite place to get a great shot of the NYC skyline? Let us know in the comments.

While there are many places with great views of the New York City skyline, one of my favorites is Brooklyn Bridge Park. From Pier 6 off Atlantic Ave to the Manhattan Bridge is a mile and a half greenway perfect for a day escape from the skyscrapers and busy streets of the city. If you are looking for some Instagram worthy pictures, start your trip at Pier 6.

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 Head to the end of Pier 6 for some great snaps of the southernmost point of the city. In the warmer months, spend time at the sand volleyball courts or take the family to the playground. From Memorial Day to Halloween you can catch a ride to Governors Island on the weekend ferry or hop aboard the sailboat Pilot to learn a bit about the history of the famous boat built in 1924.

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From Pier 6 head north to Pier 3. Relax on the lawn and take in the views of the city and the Statue of Liberty. Visit in the warmer months for shots of the city with the lush lawn and plants around the park. Use a telephoto lens and a tripod (or a steady hand) to snag a photo of Lady Liberty across the harbor.

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Just down from Pier 3 is the remnants of what was once Pier one. This spot is a favorite for photographers to get amazing shots of the city at sunset with the old pillars in the foreground. I recommend getting to this location early to scout your spot as it does get busy during golden hour.

 
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The next stop on the list is the corner of Water St and Old Fulton St. This area has an abundance of Instagram ready locations such as the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, The River Cafe, the Brooklyn Bridge lookout, and this cute Elmhurst Dairy truck.

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On the other side of the bridge is another popular sunset photo spot, Pebble Beach. From here you have great views of Jane’s Carousel, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline with the setting sun. Another spot in this area is St. Ann’s Warehouse. Snap a picture of the bridge through the windows in the courtyard for a picture of the bridge not many people think to get.

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From Pebble Beach head to the corner of Water St and Washington for the last stop on this list. Here you can get find one of the most iconic views in Dumbo, the Empire State Building framed by the Manhattan Bridge. Be prepared to wait in line for your chance to take your picture as it is a hot spot for many people wanting to get the perfect shot. Come during the day for the best lighting to showcase the red brick buildings, cobblestone street, and the bridge.

Getting there: There are many ways to get to the park from anywhere in the city. Take the F train to York St, the A/C to High street, or the 2/3 to Clark street. If you are staying in Manhattan, take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.!









 

Where to celebrate Lunar New Year in NYC

 

Welcome the Asian Lunar New Year -the year of the Pig- with these fun and colorful events happening all over the city.

The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is a festival that marks the beginning of the year in the Lunar calendar. It’s celebrated by most East Asian cultures on the same day, and it’s around the corner! While the official date is February 5th, there are festivities throughout the whole month so mark your calendar and set out to some of the best NYC events in February!

Source: https://www.tripsavvy.com/chinese-lunar-new-year-in-nyc-1612203

Source: https://www.tripsavvy.com/chinese-lunar-new-year-in-nyc-1612203

MANHATTAN EVENTS

Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

The Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival takes place in Manhattan's Chinatown on February 5th. As part of the annual traditions, the Better Chinatown Society lights thousands of firecrackers to welcome the new year and ward off evil spirits. Dancers and singers perform on a big stage while dragon and lion masked groups take over the streets.

The festival starts at 11:00 am and lasts until 3:30 pm near the basketball court in Sara Roosevelt Park.  

Source: https://ny.curbed.com/2017/1/28/14424166/lunar-chinese-new-year-parades-nyc

Source: https://ny.curbed.com/2017/1/28/14424166/lunar-chinese-new-year-parades-nyc

Annual Chinese New Year Parade

The Chinese New Year Parade and Festival takes place on a different day than the Firecracker Festival. This year it will be celebrated on Sunday, February 17th. The spectacle includes musicians, lion and dragon dances, stunning outfits, acrobats and martial art performers. More than 5,000 people participate in the parade. The event starts at 1:00 pm at Mott and Hester streets and ends in Roosevelt Park, at around 4:30 pm.

Source: https://ny.curbed.com/2017/1/28/14424166/lunar-chinese-new-year-parades-nyc

Source: https://ny.curbed.com/2017/1/28/14424166/lunar-chinese-new-year-parades-nyc


BROOKLYN EVENTS

Chinese New Year Parade on 8th Avenue

The Chinese New Year is also celebrated all over Brooklyn. The annual Brooklyn Lunar New Year Parade takes place February 5th on 8th Avenue, from 50th Street to 61st Street. It features traditional dancing, singing, kung fu demonstrations, and firecrackers!

Source: https://bklyner.com/year-dog-celebrating-lunar-new-year-brooklyn/

Source: https://bklyner.com/year-dog-celebrating-lunar-new-year-brooklyn/

Lunar New Year in Prospect Park

Also on February 5th, a wide range of activities will be taking place at Prospect Park. From paper-lantern making to Bingo and card games, the Prospect Park Alliance has a fun set of free activities planned for families to enjoy the Chinese holiday. RSVP and see more event details.

Source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/04/bay-area-2018-lunar-new-year-festivals-and-events/

Source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/04/bay-area-2018-lunar-new-year-festivals-and-events/

Queens Events

Lunar New Year Parade and Reception

Festivities for the Lunar New Year will start at the historic St. George’s Church with a reception held by the Greater Flushings Chamber of Commerce on February 9th. The reception will be from 9:30 am until 10:30 and will be showcasing performances by local artists and organizations, a prize raffle, and local refreshments. After the reception, head over to Union St and 37th Ave for the parade that starts around 11 am.

Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flushing-lunar-new-year-parade-reception-2019-tickets-53067716970

Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flushing-lunar-new-year-parade-reception-2019-tickets-53067716970

Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar

The Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar will take place on February 17 at the Flushings town hall. Temple fairs are a popular tradition for the Lunar New Year going back centuries. The fair will have a variety of performances, art-making, and food to celebrate the new year. This family-friendly event will take place in two timed entry sessions at 11 am and 2 pm. You will need your $5 ticket to participate so make sure you snag your tickets for this event before they sell out. Follow the link below the picture to purchase tickets.

Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flushing-lunar-new-year-parade-reception-2019-tickets-53067716970

Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flushing-lunar-new-year-parade-reception-2019-tickets-53067716970

Interesting fact: New York City is home to the highest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere. Manhattan’s Chinatown is known to be one of the oldest Chinese communities in the United States.

See more on the Chinese New Year Origins and Traditions

 

Smorgasburg Winter Market & Brooklyn Flea

 

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

Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors under the summer sun. But now that it’s winter and the weather is not well suited for sampling food in the park, Smorgasburg Winter Market moves indoors.

Source: https://www.smorgasburg.com/

Source: https://www.smorgasburg.com/

The market, called “The Woodstock of eating” by the New York Times, has a food option for everybody’s taste. From Indian to Venezuelan, Italian and everything in between.

Mao Bao: Specialized in Sheng Jian Bao

Mao Bao: Specialized in Sheng Jian Bao

Bolivian Llama Party: Bolivian food

Bolivian Llama Party: Bolivian food

Avo Bites: Avocado-based street food

Avo Bites: Avocado-based street food

Chickpea & Olive: Plant-based comfort food

Chickpea & Olive: Plant-based comfort food

The market is based in two main locations in Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Prospect Park, moving to Atlantic plaza for the winter season only.

While the Brooklyn Flea runs in separate locations in summer, in winter both markets share space at Atlantic Plaza, providing goers with a wide selection of antiques, vintage clothing, hand made art, crafts and more to enjoy as they munch on their Smorgasburg fare.

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New York City and gastronomy go hand and hand; Smorgasburg is the perfect place to try all sorts of some of NYC’s favorite eats in one place.

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Recommendations: Go with friends to share and sample as many options as possible! Or simply pick one or two of your favorites!

When: Saturdays 11am - 8pm / Sundays 11am -  5pm

Where: 625 Atlantic Ave (Atlantic Center across from Barclays Center) Brooklyn, NY, 11217 (about a 12 min subway ride from Our Place)

 
 

NYC Street Art - Greenery in BK

 

New York City is filled with artistic talent, and it's no surprise that the streets are filled with art, whether commissioned / legal or not. Every week, we post 1 new cool find from our sidewalk meanderings. Do you know the artist? Have a cool spot to recommend? Please let us know in the comments!

You can see this beautiful mural on the corner of Lexington Ave and Bedford Ave in Bed-Stuy.

You can see this beautiful mural on the corner of Lexington Ave and Bedford Ave in Bed-Stuy.

 

NYC Street Art - Japan in BK

 

New York City is filled with artistic talent, and it's no surprise that the streets are filled with art, whether commissioned / legal or not. Every week, we post 1 new cool find from our sidewalk meanderings. Do you know the artist? Have a cool spot to recommend? Please let us know in the comments!

Spotted on N 6th St between Bedford and Driggs in Williamsburg.

Spotted on N 6th St between Bedford and Driggs in Williamsburg.

 

Marine Park

 
 

Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. Where in the city do you go to feel like you’ve escaped the city? Let us know in the comments.

Last week, we explored Marine Park in Brooklyn for something distinctly different and we weren’t disappointed. The largest park in Brooklyn is located nearly as far south as you can go in the borough before Flatbush Avenue crosses the bridge into the Rockaways, Queens. In other words, it’s coastal!

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We started our journey by entering at the Seba Playground Skatepark on Gerritsen Avenue. and followed a path into the woods past the Radio Control Society of Marine Park. What’s that you ask? A model airplane flying club, complete with model-sized landing strip. It was a Sunday morning, so we got to see quite a few impressive model planes zipping around over the course of our hike.

We didn’t run into anyone on the trails in this part of the park, but we passed quite a few quiet fishermen at the water’s edge. The trails here were muddy and the coastline looked like it would have been unpassable at high tide, but even though our feet got a little wet it was cool to explore a NYC place with so few other people.

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Next we headed to the Salt Marsh Nature Center on Avenue U and Burnett Ave. This is at the northernmost end of the park and across the street from a boat & bike rental spot (if you’re looking to get even closer to the water). There is a beautiful stone patio & wall overlooking the water behind the Nature Center, complete with free scopes to watch the birds and wildlife. We saw gray heron, egrets, green herons, a variety of ducks, fish jumping, and an amazing amount of Monarch butterflies!

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We followed the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Trail loop. It’s an easy walk along a gravel path with beautiful views of the salt marsh. Not much shade though, so bring a hat and sunscreen on sunny days!

Overall, this was a beautiful place within the city limits. It can be hard to get to without a car and/or some patience, but if you’re looking for something decidedly different than what you’d expect to find in NYC, check out Marine Park.

Cost: Free!

Where: 3301 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11234 - 53 minute bus ride from Our Place

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NYC Street Art - Biggie

 

New York City is filled with artistic talent, and it's no surprise that the streets are filled with art, whether commissioned / legal or not. Every week, we post 1 new cool find from our sidewalk meanderings. Do you know the artist? Have a cool spot to recommend? Please let us know in the comments!

Located just a few blocks from Our Place on the corner of Bedford & Quincy. Learn more about this  mural of Notorious BIG .

Located just a few blocks from Our Place on the corner of Bedford & Quincy. Learn more about this mural of Notorious BIG.