If you appreciate the contrast between new and old, you will love Long Island. It’s a little paraide located in the North-East of the United States, extending off the coasts from the State of Connecticut to the south towards the Hudson. Long Island is known to be the theater of a real New York melting pot. Indeed, here, old buildings mix with the last trendy clubs, the young people and the less young share the beach in harmony.
The Hamptons, the St tropez of New York
Some History… It’s a simple part of the island where virgin nature and fishermen were immortalized under the brush of some great painters, The Hamptons quickly became a dynamic destination. In the early 70s, this heaven on earth becomes the new place with the visit of the biggest celebrities. This area is now visited every year by the New Yorker socialites and VIP who are looking for a little escape under the perfect breeze from May to September ! (Like Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick)
Visit the Hamptons with Harlem Spirituals
Begin your trip with a stop at Riverhead, for a warm and typical country breakfast, then continue east as you pass the Long Island Duck, before arriving to the famous Southampton where residents such as Jerry Seinfeld, Paris Hilton, David Letterman, Steven Spielberg, and others have made it their home.
Start the tour strolling down the picturesque main street, before heading down through the historical area, the harbor and along ocean drive, passing by the homes of the rich and famous along the way. You will then continue to Sag Harbor a picturesque and quaint town that invites its visitors to enjoy it’s unique atmosphere. Take your time to tour the harbor and see the yachts, then stop at the antique stores or the old world shops for some real bargains.
After lunch head west towards the Tanger Outlets where you’ll pick up your mall goodies and then explore the stores. Find your own bargain with brand name stores for less! You’ll conclude your visit in the late afternoon, and depart west for an evening arrival in New York.
Celebrated on July, 14, Bastille Day is the French national day and the most important bank holiday in France! Setting the storming of the Bastille in 1789 as an essential part of the French History. The 14th July has become a major public holiday, traditionally considered as the symbol of the French Revolution. There’s no shortage of parties to attend in honor of France’s National Day on July 14, which commemorates the Storming of the Bastille a turning point in the French Revolution.
Starting this weekend, several French restaurants will hold pétanque tournaments and block parties will fill East 60th Street, Carroll Gardens’ Smith Street and Harlem’s Saint Nicholas Avenue.
Where is Bastille Day in New York?
While the most popular Bastille Day celebration takes place on 60th Street between Lexington Avenue and Fifth Avenue on Sunday, July 9th, there are multiple events happening all over the city until Sunday, July 16th.
Bastille Day Ball 2017
Where: Club 404, 404 10th Ave. Midtown
When: 6 p.m. to midnight
The Committee of French Speaking Societies is hosting its annual Bastille Day Ball, featuring Chloe Perrier and the French Heart Jazz Band and DJ Olivier Meiji. There will be a raffle for two round-trip tickets to Paris with Air France, as well. Tickets start at $30.
Bastille Day Pétanque
Where: Cafe du Soleil, 2723 Broadway, Upper West Side
When: 6 p.m. to midnight
Cafe du Soleil is hosting a pétanque tournament on its terrace with live music and food and drink specials.
Carroll Gardens Bastille Day Celebration & Pétanque Tournament
Where: Smith Street, Carroll Gardens
When: Noon to 10 p.m.
Bar Tabac is back again this year with its annual Bastille Day celebration and pétanque tournament, with raffles, live music, food and drink by local businesses. Roughly 20,000 people are expected to turn out for this free event.
Bastille Day Block Party
Where: Maison Harlem, 341 Saint Nicholas Ave., Harlem
Maison Harlem and Bang Tidy, a Brooklyn antique and clothing market, are hosting a Bastille Day block party with live DJs, food, cotton candy, face painting and pétanque.
You can also go on any French bar or restaurant, I am pretty sure, you will have fun ! If you have any question, don’t hesitate to write me a message !
Independence Day referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation: the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies (in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States). Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.
What Can I expect from that day?
Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (such as the postal service and federal courts) are closed that day. Many politicians make it a point to appear at a public event as well, in order to praise the nation’s heritage, laws, history, society, and its people.
Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue; many take advantage of the day off and, in some may take a long weekend away to gather with relatives or friends. Decorations are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are often held in the morning, before family get-togethers, while fireworks displays occur in the evening after dark at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.
How to celebrate this exceptional day in New York?
As mentionned above, the majority of New Yorkers will be enjoying the day outside: Central Park is one of the destination for an impromptu picnic with family and friends to later meet again in the evening to see the fireworks. The show starts around 9:00pm on the East River. Brooklyn Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge offer the best view of Manhattan. Also, keep in mind nearly 3 million of spectators are expected so make sure you arrive around 11:00am to score the best spot. If you do not want to wait, I invite you to explore other options to admire the fireworks below.
A wonderful cruise to admire the fireworks !
The 4th of July cruises are very trendy right now in New York. Indeed more and more people embark on board of a small boat to be near the fireworks and celebrate this national event with friends and family, while remaining away from the hurly-burly of New York. The cruise lasts for 5 hours during which you will be able to witness the best perspective of Manhattan and its skyline. To top it all, this escape includes the magic of one of the best DJs of New York. It is one wonderful moment which will remain engraved forever in your memory. If you are hungry or you wish to have a drink, there is a service bar/restaurant available in the boat. To book it, CLICK HERE
An helicopter tour
If sailing is not your thing, maybe you have the heart of a bird and air is for you!? If that’s the case, you will be thrilled by this tour which will enable you to enjoy the most exceptional sights of the city. After a takeoff above the Hudson River, you will move right towards the mythical Statue of Liberty and will be able to admire the Empire State Building and other iconic buildings of New York! If you want to make a success of your trip in New York, I strongly advise you o take this tour. To book it, CLICK HERE
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New York is a magic city! Its gigantic avenues, its high buildings, its various districts offer the feeling to be with the crossroads of the world! Times Square, Central Park, Soho, Meatpacking, West Village, all these districts deserve to be explored in order to get the spirit of the Big Apple. There is always something to discover !
To manage perfectly your adventure, you might want wearing running shoes and get a metrocard! Easy, it is what would comes to mind to each of us but have you thought of experiencing a different side of New York : Exploring the city in the luxury of your own private stretch limousine. This VIP option will enable you see unique views of the city. We live only once so why not!?
The star of New York is You !
Who said you deserve to be treated like a star?! There are multiple formulas for a large range of prices and each one of them has the merit to offer the services of a private driver who will join you in this adventure. You need to know that you can decide of the itinary you want to follow, but your private driver will give its best advice to make sure the trip is a success. You have a true expert of the roads with you and it’s priceless 😉
Imagine one second yourself on board of this Dream limo, dazzled by the magic lights of the buildings around you. Do you plan a romantic night with your lover? Do you need to celebrate a birthday or a special occasion, all the excuses are great to offer yourself a little treat! The limo can embark 5 people max!
A wonderful & customized tour
Of course, you can of course customize your trip by choosing your background music and celebrating the evening with the best champagne E tutti quanti!
My advise to you : At least make a a stop on the Brooklyn Bridge to admire the panoramic view of Manhattan. An unforgettable memory fits forever in your American adventure.
Harlem Spirituals offers 3 excellent formulas for you
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Private Tour with champagne, dinner in a mythical Jazz Club
Experience a night out in New York City in style! Sit back, relax, and sip on champagne, while you explore NYC in the luxury of your own private stretch limo. After the tour, enjoy dinner and live swing jazz at one of New York’s best jazz clubs. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!Explore NYC on a two-hour private stretch limo tour. See Manhattan’s famous sights with you own personal guide
Enjoy dinner and live swing jazz at one of New York’s best jazz clubs.
Experience one of New York’s best evening tours in a luxurious super-stretch limousine with champagne, a feast and jazz show at a famous NYC jazz club! When the sun goes down, the lights go up as you tour past Times Square, Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue and many other locations. The tour departs from your hotel in Manhattan, where a local New York City tour guide will greet you. The itinerary follows Midtown and the hip Meatpacking District, New York City’s newest and trendiest neighborhood! As you are driven through Manhattan in your luxurious limousine, you will see New York’s nightlife and beautiful illuminations! After your two-hour tour, you will be taken to one of the famous NYC jazz clubs where you will enjoy dinner and a fantastic live swing jazz show. The perfect way to spend an evening in the City That Never Sleeps!
Price : $90 per person if 5 people are on board or $446
Experience the City’s lights in VIP style! Sit back, enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and enjoy the sights. Your tour begins when we pick up your party at your hotel location in your very own private stretch limousine. Discover NYC on a two hour private stretch limo tour. See the City’s famous sights with your own personal guide. Enjoy complimentary champagne along the way.
Our deluxe private vehicles with tour guide will pick up guests from their lobby and treat them to customized itineraries including tours of Manhattan, Harlem, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Travelers can select the neighborhood, theme and duration of the tour. Private tours are available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese.
Enjoy an amazing experience in VIP style! Tour the City in your own private stretch limousine with your own personal navigator to guide you. Sit back, enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and take in the Big Apple like a star! Discover NYC on a three-hour private stretch limo tour. See the City’s famous sights with your own personal guide. Enjoy complimentary champagne along the way.
Your private tour of the City begins with direct pick-up from your hotel. Your personal guide will then show you around town, where you will see famous NYC neighborhoods, landmarks and attractions, including West Village, SoHo, TriBeCa, Chinatown, Little Italy, Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, the World Financial Center, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Heights Promenade and many more! You will have the opportunity to get out at most locations along the way to explore and take photos.
Central Park is located in the heart of Manhattan. It is one of the most mythical places in New York. Jogging, picnic, rides with bicycle, all is allowed in this gigantic garden which extends from the 59th to the 110th Street. Let’s go for a personalized tour!
The green lung of Big Apple
Space was arranged but one also finds there parts of nature that have remained wild. Central Park accommodates more than 35 million of visitors per year it increases every year.
Throughout the year, the park offers a great diversity of tourist sites and activities. In short, one is never bored there! As indicated previously, Central Park offers multiple sites to be visited. You may not be able to discover it all on your first visit, this is why I have selected “the best of the best“ for you!
The unmissable of Central Park
Great Lawn (from the 79e to the 86e street – West Side)
It’s a green space of the park which has the characteristic to count many grounds of baseball and playgrounds. In summer, many events are organized there: projection of films in open air, gigantic picnic, “white dinner” etc
Strawberry Fields: Remain of John Lennon (from the 71rst to the 74th street – West Side)
Strawberry Fields is a monument in memory of John Lennon and a symbol of peace. It was inaugurated at the exact place where the famous singer used to talk his walk. Every day, the fans of John Lennon lay there flowers, poems and candles to pay him homage.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Réservoir (from the 85th to the 96th street – West Side)
In 1994, this Tank was renamed “Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir” in honour of the latter which was accustomed to practising the race with feet there. It is one of the places most attended by the runners.
Madagascar at Central Park! (From the 63rd to the 66th street – East side)
The zoo of Central Park is in the south-east of Central Park. It is managed by Wildlife Society Conservation. One can visit a tropical greenhouse, see polar bears and otaries. It preserves animal species in danger such as the tamarin, the clamping plate of Wyoming or the small panda. Most large animals were transferred to the zoo from Bronx.
The place was popularized thanks to films such as The Wild and Madagascar and especially, the series derived “the Penguins from Madagascar”. Opening hours: In winter from 13:00pm to 4:30, in summer of 10:00am at 5:00pm and the weekend of 10:00am to 5:30pm.
The Belvedere Castle (79th street, in the center of the park)
“Belvedere” means in italian “beautiful view”. This castle with uncommon architecture was built at the top of the Vista Rock, which is a 450 millions years old rock! Until the Sixties, this place sheltered the buildings of the weather observatory of New York. Today, the place is especially snuffed by the romantic ones.
Sheep Meadow (from the 66th to the 69th street – West Side)
Sheep Meadow is an old pasture with sheep (which justifies its name). It is the place of relaxation “par excellence” at Central Park. During the summer time, visitors get sun baths every day.Since this lawn, you will be able to benefit from a spectacular sight on scrapes-ciels surrounding the park.
Shakespeare Garden (79th and 80th street – West Side)
The Shakespeare Garden is a real tribute to Shakespeare’s work. It counts many trees and a special mulberry tree which one says that it was put out of ground by Shakespeare himself in 1602.
The garden is located near the Delacorte Theater where many plays take place between May and August. Thus, celebrities such Al Pacino, Mery Streep or Natalie Portman already worked there. The free tickets are limited. If you absolutely want to try the experience ,you will have to be armed with your patience (queue: approximately 3h)
The Bethesda Terrace (On 72nd street)
The Bethesda Terrace was drawn like the heart of Central Park. The staircases offer a marvellous lake view and on the Great Lawn. For the music enthusiasts, you need to know that many travelling artists choose to occur there because the place presents amazing acoustics naturalness. In the middle of the place, there is the Bethesda Fountain called Angel of the Toilets. The four cherubs being located below the angel represent the virtues: Temperance, Purity, Prosperity and Peace.
Some practical information to visit Central Park like a pro!
From the end of October to March, two ice rinks are installed in Central Park: The Wollman Rink (entertaining skating rink) and The Lasker Rink (for the hockey). If deep in your heart, you feel like a Chris Creveling, you should absolutely do it!
Wollman Rink: 59th Street and 6th avenue
Lasker Rink: West Side, 110th Street
3 best ways to discover Central Park
You can obviously discover the park by walk, but there are also other options for you. let’s find out together which way would be best for you.
1) Ride a bicycle!
I think the best to discover Central Park is by bicycle. My advise for you is to book your bicycle a few days in advance especially if you have a family. Keep an eye on the road, there are professional runners police officers and horses!
Price: Approximately $30 dollars per person fo 90 minutes
Harlem Spirituals is happy to make an exceptional offer for our readers: “Central Park Bike rental for 2 hours” is only 22 dollars. if you want to book it with us, CLICK HERE
Velotaxi/VeloTour is a very interesting activity if one wishes to ride a bike accompanied by a guide. Indeed, it’s great to get funny anecdotes about New York and Central Park while keeping a certain independence. It will cost you $60 per hour for an adult and $50 for a kid. As for Velicabs, which, obviously is very snuffed by the tourists, it makes it possible to discover the park under a different angle. Note that the pedicab can carry only 2 people maximum.
Prince: approximately $130 per hour.
3) Romance in Horse Carriage
Have you ever dreamt to rent a horse carriage in Central Park? it’s totally possible, Love Story guaranteed! Indeed, it’s an unforgettable experiment. You will be able to discover the innumerable bridges, fountains and statues of Central Park. This activity is a true privileged moment. Family, friends or even only for yourself! it is a single way to explore one of the most famous parks in the world. A blanket will be offered to you to warm you up.
Price: Between $180 and $220 for 45 minutes. If you book it with our agency, you get the lowest price because we have privileged partnerships.
Harlem Spirituals offers this tour for $150 (4 people). if you want to book it with us, CLICK HERE.
That’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed our Central Park tour! If you have tang question about New York and its secret, do not hesitate to write me a message on Facebook or to come say hi to your office/boutique localized near Times Square.