Top 10 Activities For Your Holidays in New York

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The holiday season in New York City is indisputably one of the best times to be here. As if the city didn’t have enough going on, the number of activities and attractions nearly triple during this time of the year. Anyone who’s ever spent Holidays in New York can tell you that there is a lengthy list of things to do by the end of it. With so much happening, here are our top 10 activities to best enjoy the holiday season in the city that never sleeps!

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Staff Picks: Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

There’s virtually a rooftop bar in New York City for each taste: do you prefer classic or trendy? Sophisticated or edgy? Manhattan or Brooklyn? Here are our favorite rooftop bars that you can find throughout the city. So get out there, and get your drink on!

1- 230 Fifth (230 5th Ave, corner of 27th street New York, NY, 10001)

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6 Fun Free Things To Do in NYC This Summer

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New York offers plenty of fun things to do and see which don’t cost a dime. Get the scoop on these and enjoy the end of the summer in the City without breaking the bank!

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9 Most Hipster Things That Have Ever Happened in Brooklyn

9 Most Hipster Things That Have Ever Happened in Brooklyn

Nowadays when you hear Brooklyn, you’re probably thinking hipsters, street art, coffee shops, yoga studios, etc … While these do not apply to every parts of Brooklyn, they surely are all over Williamsburg, and have been for at least the past decade. While the word “hipster” itself is a term mostly used to describe people who represent a certain subculture, New Yorkers are also using it to describe all the unusual matters that they encounter in Brooklyn.

No doubt that by now you must have heard millions of things about Brooklyn. But to separate fact from fiction, we invite you to experience this borough for yourself. Our Brooklyn Walking tour will not only show you the trendy side of Brooklyn but also take you off the beaten path so you can soak in all the borough’s flavor. It even includes an all-day Ferry pass so you can explore the New York Harbor afterwards. Another great option is our BBQ & BBQ- Bronx, Brooklyn & Queens tour w. BBQ Lunch which allow you to get a glimpse of the real New York by visiting 3 major NYC boroughs in one day, complete with a BBQ lunch in Brooklyn! This is especially ideal for those who are short on time but still looking to see all the New York greatness.

Now, before you join us to see Brooklyn’s hipster magic with your own eyes, here’s our list of the 9 most hipster things to ever have happened in Brooklyn:

1. The Baby DJ school 

Yes, you read that right; parents in Brooklyn are so concerned about making sure that their little ones become very productive members of our society that they send them to vocational schools very early on 🙂 Do you want your baby spinning at Coachella or other music festivals in a couple of years? No need to panic, Brooklyn Baby DJ School has got your back and will help coach your little super star as early as three months after birth!

2. The morning raves
I mean, who else but the creative and energetic hipsters of Brooklyn can work up the audacity to come up with something as genius as partying early in the morning? These types of parties are nothing new in Williamsburg, but they have become so much of “a thing” that early morning gatherings are now popular in Manhattan and other cities. You may be wondering, what does one wear to a 6 a.m. turn up on a weekday? They recommend that you “dress to sweat” since some of these bashes include exercising and doing some yoga. To get your morning groove on, check out Daybreaker and Morning Gloryville.

3. Halloween or Williamsburg

Halloween or Williamsburg(IMG from Halloween or Williamsburg)

Oh boy, where do we even start…. The blog may be called Halloween or Williamsburg, but the truth is that the same joke can be applied to several other neighborhoods in the Big Apple. As you may know by now, New Yorkers LOVE fashion but they also enjoy expressing individuality through clothes; even though some of the outfit can often leave us all wondering about the day of the year *Is it October already or is it Comic-Con week? * This answer can be found in a calendar but for now, let’s just agree that everyday is Halloween in Williamsburg.

4. The Pizza Box made out of Pizza

(Photo by Vinnie’s Pizzeria)

This one won’t surprise those who know how serious New Yorkers are about their pizzas. But, this place in Brooklyn just took it to a whole new level with their new *Wait for it* … Pizza Box pizza! That’s right, the makers of the famous “pizza on pizza” in Brooklyn have done it again with their newest extreme pizza.

5. When they made rainbow bagels a thing
Not long ago, people on the Internet lost their mind over some colorful and photogenic bagels because rainbow foods are all the rage these days. The multicolored bagels are brought to us by a place fittingly called The Bagel Store located in Williamsburg. It’s safe to say that the rainbow bagels are still selling out every day. So if you want to get a taste, be sure to call and place an order the day before.

6. Dumpster Dining

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You know about dumpster diving… But have you tried Dumpster dining in Brooklyn yet? Yeah we know that you are currently asking yourself what the rest of us have been wondering about for a while – is there anything the hipsters of Brooklyn won’t try as long as it looks cool on the surface? The answer is no 🙂 However, in this particular instance they are doing it for charity. So while seeing Brooklynites leave their lovely brownstones to go dine in a Dumpster may look pretentious, the Salvage Superclub was actually doing it for a good cause.

7. When there was a real dumpster for rent
If you are familiar with apartment hunting in this city, you know that things are not always what they sounds like. But, if someone describes a place as “art deco hipster retro mini apartment from a converted dumpster” for rent, believe them and run away! Because this is not a joke and it will even cost you a pretty penny to rent it. For those who are into unique homes, this one may be right up your alley and you too can have the home of your Instagram dreams in Williamsburg.

8. The Adult “Preschool”

Adult Preschool-Brooklyn(Photo courtesy of Preschool Mastermind)

This one of a kind “school” in Brooklyn, is also branded the Preschool Mastermind. Even though it’s just for adults, the school offers a realistic day care experience that includes non-age-appropriate activities like finger painting, Play-Doh and Crayola arts and crafts, field trips, and most importantly nap-time! If you agree that the best way to cope with stress is to reconnect with your inner child, then this may just be your best option. Besides, nothing ain’t cool unless Brooklyn says it is!

9. Williamsburg Hipsters’ New Year’s resolutions
When Buzzfeed asked hipsters in Brooklyn about their New Year’s resolutions, they brought it, I mean they kept it 100 percent REAL and blew everyone’s mind with their amazingly organized, logical and thoughtful resolutions. Check it out.

Yes hipsters have left their marks on Brooklyn but, don’t stop yourself at reading these wild stories; come and see for yourself on our new Brooklyn walking tour, an ever-expanding tour through Brooklyn’s must-see neighborhoods that will introduce you to the rich diversity of its historic districts. 

5 Reasons To Visit The Bronx

5 Reasons To Visit The Bronx

Today the Bronx is on everyone’s lips. Though its shadowy past seems to linger around and still gives it an imbalanced reputation, the Bronx has long left the past behind to become one of New York City’s most exciting boroughs. If you are not already acquainted with its history, beside the fact that it’s the famous birthplace of the Hip Hop culture, please allow us to school you on why you should visit the Bronx 🙂

We at Harlem Spirituals-New York Visions have been pioneers in creating off the beaten path guided visits to showcase the multiple facets of Big Apple. Long overshadowed by other boroughs, the Bronx remains one of our favorite places in the City and we are very proud and happy to offer our guests a glimpse of all the wonders the Bronx has to offer. Join one of our 3 tours of the Bronx to explore the borough and see for yourself what the hype is all about. Our tours are an ideal option if you are a bit short on time or if you are not keen on getting there by yourself… You’ll get to see all the Bronx’s most famous landmarks, its most exciting neighborhoods and attractions, as well some hidden gems only New Yorkers know about. Click the links below to find out more:

Hidden Treasure of the Bronx w/ Lunch on City Island
Bronx Tour and Bronx Zoo Experience
Bronx, Brooklyn & Queens Tour w. BBQ Lunch

Need more convincing? Check our list of the 5 reasons why you should visit the Bronx!

1- The Architecture 

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