Visiting museums for free in New York: a guide with days and time.

I’m not that kind of person whose favorite program is to visit a museum. I confess that I don’t have a lot of patience. However, I know a lot of people who loves to visit museums while traveling. And, New York has more museums than you think – yes, much more than the Museum of Natural History and MET. How about to know more of this world of culture and knowledge from New York museums spending little or spending anything? I’ve wrote a post here on the blog with a list of museums that have free admission days with and others you pay what you wish. Today, I present part 2, with more museums!

9/11 Memorial Museum – The 9/11 Memorial Museum serves as the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring 9/11’s continuing significance. The galleries include concrete pieces that belonging to the twin towers and even a fire truck that was used to rescue victims. In addition, there is a collection of personal objects, videos and other materials. In several galleries, the museum shows how the world was before and after the attacks. It is a thorough and impressive documentary work. One of the most thrilling galleries shows the pictures of all the people who lost their lives in the tragedy. Tip: Download the museum’s app on the phone to make the tour.

Free admission on Tuesdays, starting 5pm. Get your ticket online. Choose the last option – Free Admission Tuesdays, select day and number of tickets. Remember that you can only get tickets with 1 day in advance – that is, on Monday before of the visit.
Address: 911 Greenwich St,
You save: $24

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum – Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Cooper Hewitt educates, inspires, and empowers people through design by presenting exhibitions and educational programs and maintaining active publications. Cooper Hewitt’s collections include more than 210,000 design objects and a world-class design library. Its exhibitions, in-depth educational programs, and on-site, degree-granting master’s program explore the process of design, both historic and contemporary. There are four floors of exhibition galleries, including the first installation that occupies a full floor dedicated to pieces from the own collection. Cooper Hewitt is a must-see destination for anyone who wants to enjoy the history of design in a way never seen before. In addition, there are a multitude of interactive functions. There are touchscreen tables that let you explore the collection in UHD images; Immersion Room, where the public can create their own prototypes and Process Lab, where people are invited to solve a real-world design problem.

Pay what you wish on Saturdays, from 6pm to 9pm. 
Address: 2 East 91st street.
You save: $16

Met Breuer – this year, Met has expanded its domain and inaugurated a new address in New York. The building, which once housed the Whitney Museum, is now the headquarters of The Met Breuer, museum devoted to modern and contemporary artistic movements, as well as its historical influences. By September, there are two super cool exhibitions: a retrospective that brings together 130 works of art Nasreen Mohamedi, a contemporary Indian artist and the exhibition “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible”, which gathers and examines 198 works unfinished, from the Renaissance to the nowadays. Met Breuer is an additional space for the public to explore the art of the 20th and 21st centuries through the historical range of unsurpassed collection of Met.

Pay what you wish.
Address: 945 Madison Ave.
You save: $25

Morgan Library – A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. As early as 1890 Morgan had begun to assemble a collection of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints. Mr. Morgan’s library, as it was known in his lifetime, was built between 1902 and 1906 adjacent to his New York residence at Madison Avenue and 36th Street. Designed by Charles McKim of the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, the library was intended as something more than a repository of rare materials. Majestic in appearance yet intimate in scale, the structure was to reflect the nature and stature of its holdings. The result was an Italian Renaissance-style palazzo with three magnificent rooms epitomizing America’s Age of Elegance. In 1924, eleven years after Pierpont Morgan’s death, his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867–1943), known as Jack, realized that the library had become too important to remain in private hands. He fulfilled his father’s dream of making the library and its treasures available to scholars and the public alike by transforming it into a public institution. Pierpont Morgan’s immense holdings ranged from Egyptian art to Renaissance paintings to Chinese porcelains. For his library, Morgan acquired illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints.

Free admissions on Fridays, from 7pm to 10pm.
Address: 225 Madison Ave.
You save $20.

Museum of the City of New York – The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. The collection includes paintings, drawings, and photos of both the city and its inhabitants, as well as clothes, decorative items, toys, rare books and manuscripts, and collectibles armed, navy, police and fire brigade. There are also periodic exhibitions.

Pay what you wish.
Address: 1120 Fifth Ave.
You save $14.

The Frick Collection – The Frick Collection is housed in the former residence of Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919), which was designed by Thomas Hastings and constructed in 1913–14. After Mrs. Frick’s death in 1931, changes and additions to the building were made by the architect John Russell Pope, and in 1935 the Collection was opened to the public. The Frick Collection includes masterpieces of European painting, major works of sculpture (among them one of the finest groups of small bronzes in the world), superb eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelain, old master and nineteenth-century works on paper, Limoges enamels, and other works of remarkable quality.

Pay what you wish on Sundays, from 11 am to 1 pm.
Address: 1 East 70th Street
You save: $22.

Whitney Museum – just over a year, famous Whitney Museum moved its location in New York – it left the Upper East Side and opened a new location in Chelsea, with double the space and nine floors. The fifth floor houses the largest open gallery in New York pillarless obstruction. The museum is dedicated to contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists.The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum’s key resource.  The place has also a rooftop with a wonderful view.

Pay what you wish on Fridays, from 7 pm to 10 pm.   
Address: 99 Gansevoort Street.
You save: $25.


3 stores to buy jeans in New York

Jeans is and always will be democratic. Shorts, skirt, pants, jacket, shirt … I confess that I love all the clothes made of the material. It is timeless and always has a style that will fit you, that will match with you. But a good jeans is not so easy to find. For a long time, in my teens, I was not a fan of jeans. It was synonymous with uncomfortable thing, you know? A good jeans fits well, lasts and makes you feel good! At the same time, jeans is so democratic that almost every shop / brand has. And here in New York is no different. Just enter in a Forever 21 and you will find numerous options for cheap prices. But speaking from my experience, this is not a good idea. The pants did not last anything – and not fit as well. Therefore, in my view, when we talk about jeans, you need to know where to buy and which brands will be worth the investment. Obviously, you already know the classic brands, whose name carries weight in the industry of this segment, such as Levi’s and Diesel. So when I thought about writing this post, I wanted to bring you not obvious choices.

I think if we talk about variety of styles and colors, American Eagle Outfitters is the champion of this post. I know it’s a name very popular – with women’s and men’s fashion, a very young and timeless style. I do not know if everyone knows the brand jeans. Jegging, Skinny, Flare: there are the classical styles and also its variations. My favorite is the Hi-Rise Jegging, that fits perfect and has super high waist, is beautiful in the body. I have lost count of how many times I used it. A few days ago, I bought a Super Hi-Rise Jegging and I’m in love. The pants are comfortable, fit well and do not spoil. For those who like high-waisted pants, like me, it is a full plate. Furthermore, American Eagle Outfitters has various color options, plain and destroyed. Prices range from $ 40 to $ 60. There are also a lot of men’s styles, traditional (Original Straight) to modern (Slim and Super Skinny). The brand sizes follow different standards for men and women. For men, is the two number system with 26×30 where 26 is the waist size and 30 is the measure of the leg. For women’s pants, the system of numerical sizes 00 to 20, followed by an indication or Regular Long, which refers to how long is the pants. You can check out more about the styles on the brand website.

Addresses: 1551-1555 Broadway / 40 West 34th Street / 19 Union Square West / 599 Broadway / 442 Fulton Street (Brooklyn) / 90-15 Queens Boulevard (Queens).

Madewell is also another excellent brand when it comes to jeans. The stores work with the concept of Denim Bar, a section that has several pants styles: High-Rise Skinny, Skinny, Crop, Flares, Boy and others. For those who like more classic jeans, is a great option. One of the most famous pants is the High-Rise Skinny, with super high waist and skinny style. The High-Rise Skinny crop – last pic in the assembly above – is shorter in the legs, ideal for those who like pants like this or who is shorty. I do not have a pair of Madewell yet, but I’ve been trying in the store and enjoyed the fit and comfort. It is very beautiful in the body! It is noteworthy that Madewell uses denim with technologies such as ISKO ™, which helps lift the body. Another super cool thing is the size system – by number, 23-32, and also the length of the leg (Regular, Tall and Taller), which is great for those who are very high. Oh, it is worth remembering that Madewell offers a super cool service customization of jeans – you can make a custom monogram. This service is available only online. Madewell only works with women’s trousers and you can click here and check out more about styles and colors. Madewell’s prices are a bit high, from $ 128.

Addresses: 1144 Madison Avenue / 115 5th Avenue / 486 Broadway.

BDG is a Urban Outfitters brand. I have always heard positive comments about the jeans of the brand – until I got one from a friend and I could prove that yes, it is a wonderful jeans. Comfortable, fits well and is durable. There are styles such as High-Rise and Boyfriend, with classic colors. The brand has even the Mom style. With straight cut, high waist and without washing, “mom jeans” has retro air and is a hit among models and fashionistas this season. The size chart goes from 24 to 32. Prices range from $ 59 to $ 79 and a few styles are sold exclusively online. You can click here to get an idea. BDG also has men’s options. A tip to get a good price is to spy on Sale section of Urban Outfitters stores  – always give to find some piece by a value greater price.

Addresses: 2633 Broadway / 1511 3rd Ave / 999 3rd Avenue / 521 Fifth Ave. / 1333 Broadway / 526 Avenue of the Americas / 162 2nd Avenue / 628 Broadway / 182 Broadway / 98 N. 6th Street (Brooklyn). 

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Video: Everyday Beauty Lab – a japanese and korean cosmetics paradise in New York

If you follow me for some time, you know it: I am a Korean beauty fan. That’s why I was so amazed when I found out about Everyday Beauty Lab. It’s an amazing store that brings together a lot of Korean and Japanese beauty brands. A paradise! On this video, I show you guys a little bit of this place and I talked about some products that you’re gonna find at the store. There are English subtitles, enjoy it!

2 new music festivals in New York

After Governors Ball, music festival that has become a tradition during New York summer, and Panorama, an event presented by the same organizers of Coachella and that happens this weekend – you can check a post about the two events here – it’s time to talk about two new music festivals that will take place in New York in the fall. The Roots Picnic and the Meadows Music and Arts Festival held the first weekend of October, with different proposals.

Roots Picnic is a hip-hop and R&B festival organized by The Roots for 9 years in Philadelphia. This year the event will be brought to Manhattan, specifically to Bryant Park, right in the heart of the island, on October 1st and 2nd. The event is being produced by Live Nation and Maverick in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation and will be curated entirely by the Roots, with headliners that reflect the group’s extensive rolodex and penchant for the unexpected. The first night will feature a headlining jam with D’Angelo and John Mayer, while the second night — billed as a Love Letter to NYC — will be headlined by the entire Wu-Tang Clan, David Byrne and Nile Rodgers, all backed by the Roots. Swizz Beatz, Jeremih, Kevin Gates, X Ambassadors, Trombone Shorty and EPMD are also among the scheduled performers, with plenty of surprise guests slated to take the stage as well. The line-up has more than 30 names! For more information, tickets and complete line-up, click here. The Picnic will also be the first-ever ticketed concert event held in Bryant Park

Announced and released about a month ago, Meadows Music and Arts Festival is a new festival from Founders Entertainment, also responsible for the Governors Ball. eaturing the very best in hip hop, electronic, indie rock and more, The Meadows will offer a four stage festival experience that is enhanced by a carefully curated food program, artisanal cocktail offerings, graffiti art installations, and more. The festival will take place in Queens, more specifically at Citi Field in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, on October 1st and 2nd – yes, the two festivals take place on the same weekend. Line-up includes names like Kanye West, The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper and Kygo. In total, more than 30 names! For more information, tickets and complete line-up, click here

Lunch at Rainbow Room in New York – and its amazing view

One of the things me and Thiago most like to do here in New York is eating! You are probably tired of reading about how the city is rich in gastronomy and how there are options for everybody, right? They say you can spend a lifetime here, lunching and dining every day at different locations, without repeating. There are many places – some are in the market for a short time, because the turnover is large and others are classics that already have a history in the city. This is the case of the Rainbow Room, a restaurant located at Rockefeller Plaza and opened in 1934!

Rainbow Room is located on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Plaza – the same building where is Top of the Rock observatory. It is certainly not a place that you can visit several times, due to its price. But it’s nice to note that this is not merely a restaurant, but an experience as a whole. We’ve been there a few weeks ago and I took some pictures to write about it here on the blog. If you are looking for a special place in New York (whether honeymoon, wedding propose, celebration, etc.) you need to know Rainbow Room.

The decor is amazing. The crystal chandeliers, the tables, the floor: all the details contribute to the sophistication of the place. In addition, Raimbow Room has an exclusivity atmosphere: it only opens on Sundays for brunch / lunch. It works like this: for a fixed price ($125 per person, alcoholic beverages and tips not included) you eat everything you want. There are juices and yogurts, a buffet with bacon and special hams and pancake station, all for you to serve. Separately, a menu with omelets and other main dishes (with meat, shrimp, chicken, etc.), that you order to the waiter. You can serve yourself as many times as you want and also order how many dishes you want. Coffees are also included.

Food is delicious. We tried some things from the buffet – the hams are neat – and we ordered three entrées: Shrimp Nola and Grips, Black Truffle Macaroni and cheese and The Luger (steak and omelet). All very tasty, even. I have nothing to complain about the food. Not to mention that the service is impeccable and there is a live band playing jazz. Rainbow Room also offers a dessert station with cheesecake, cupcakes, s’mores, ice cream … all included in the price per person.

Besides that, there is still this wonderful view. The tables next to windows offer views of various sides of the city – such as Central Park and the Empire State. Basically it is the same view from Top of the Rock. Even if you do not seat close to the window, do not worry: there is a sort of balcony overlooking the Empire State which is open during the operation of the restaurant.

Remember: Rainbow Room opens only on Sundays from 11am to 3:30 pm. You can make your reservation through the website by clicking here. Remember, Rainbow Room also features Bar SixtyFive on the same floor, with amazing views, which opens from Monday to Friday, from 5pm until close. You can also make a reservation and check out the menu on the website. I want to go there and then I tell you!

Don’t forget that both restaurant and bar are places that require a dress code. The suggested dress code is business casual. You don’t need a suit and tie or long dresses. But can not really wear sneakers and sportswear ….

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza. 

Traveling alone to New York – tips and testimonials – Part 4

It was beautiful, it was inspiring, fun and wonderful follow all these testimonials of people who traveled alone to New York. Today, I finish this post series with the fourth and final part of the testimonials. Again, I want to thank everyone who participated – and also those who wanted to contribute after I had reached a satisfactory number of stories. I say again: I hope that all these posts may have inspired you to not give up a trip for not having company! If you have not seen the other posts, just click here.

Maura Richard, 26 years old. Belo Horizonte- MG, she works in the business market. She stayed in a hotel. 

“New York has always been a dream: every time I watched a movie that was in the city I promised myself I would visit that place! And I think that it was destiny, because I won the trip from the company where I work! At first, I thought it was kind of crazy, because I don’t speak English and just a little Spanish. But this was what most motivated me, that would be several adventures together: travel alone, knowing the US and visiting New York without speaking English. I ended up making friends. In the first flight, from Belo Horizonte to São Paulo, I met an American from Miami and she invited me to go to the VIP room, where we exchanged several tips from NY and BH. On the first day in New York, I was looking to get on the Top of The Rock, I entered the building and tried to ask the guard where it was. The man I spoke to did not understand Portuguese or Spanish, however, a young woman asked if I had understood and I thought, wait a minute, you speak Portuguese, you’re from Brazil ?,She was from Jacarei, SP, and she was with two Cuban that work with her in Dallas. We went to  the observation deck and took great pictures. Then, they invited me to go with them to Cirque du Soleil in Paramour, we watched the show together and eat the traditional hot dog. I loved the invitation because I was alone all day, basically without talking and loved to practice some Spanish with the Cubans and meet Carol! I learned a lot traveling alone, I learned to trust my intuition and my taste.

What advice would give to anyone who is thinking about traveling alone to New York?  Do not travel without an itinerary. As New York has numerous sights and even walk through the city is a great adventure, the script helps to save time to know where to go, where to take nice pictures, what to eat, what to do. My itinerary was essential for my trip to be perfect!

What is the coolest part of traveling alone?  Traveling alone is amazing,: you literally do what you love to do. For example, I woke up at 6:30 am, I had coffee in my time and get out to do what I wanted. At 8am, I was already walking through the streets of New York! It is best to not have to expect anything from no one, to not worry about anything, eat whatever you want and if you want …

And what is the most annoying part? Honestly, the most annoying part are the selfies. I took over 3000 photos; 2,789 were selfies! There was no one to take a great picture of you.

A must-do program for those traveling alone to New York is… crossing Brooklyn Bridge! The walk on the bridge was amazing, I would repeat if I had time. And ice cream trucks those who play songs.

Paula Montagner, 23 years old, São Paulo/SP, advertising. She was in a student accommodation.

“I wanted to have the experience of discovering New York by myself, without the influence of any other person. I always wanted to see / live in New York and wanted to do an interchange to improve my English. I was there from December 7th  (2012) until February 17 th (2013). I intend to work with events / fashion / wedding, so, my tastes are more specific. The idea of traveling alone pleased me because, that way, I could go to the places that I have interest instead of just knowing the most famous sights. I intend to return: all my plans are meant to live in NY. I don’t know if it would be alone or with someone. I am very attached to my mother and I would love to go to NY with her (to show the city or to live there). Another very important person to me was the friend I met while I was studying  and we were planning how our lives would be in NY. As a Kaplan student, I was in student accommodation at the New Yorker Hotel. With this experience, I learned to do things by my own. I realized that I can control the money I had to spend, organize my studies, combining students and social life. As I live with my mother, I think I was just used to and, spending some time alone, I realized that when I need I can do everything. Moreover, this experience allowed me to decide on my future, I realized that I really want to work with fashion and / or marriages in NY. “

What advice would give to anyone who is thinking about traveling alone to New York? You must have good communication. It is essential to be able to communicate with everyone, or to request information, directions or just to chat.

What is the coolest part of traveling alone?  Being free to do whatever you want.

And what is the most annoying part?  Feeling alone.

A must-do program for those traveling alone to New York is… I think this is very personal, but two essential things to me were sitting in the middle of Times Square and keep watching the movement, people. It seems that in the midst of so many people I could be at peace. And talk to the largest number of store employees / restaurants as possible. I always went in the same cafeterias and restaurants. And I ended up helping the attendants. I think this experience with local people was essential!

Regina Alves, 42 years old, São Paulo-SP, financial analyst. She used Airbnb.

“I had been in New York twice, accompanied, but I always thought I needed more time in that city, I always have the impression that something was missing still, and that feeling has not passed. Since I was a kid, I always wanted to visit New York, I do not know if it was because of so many movies that we spend our lives watching, whether it is due to the fashion shows (which I love) or something from past life … I say this because when I first arrived, my hotel was one block from Times Square, and after having placed the bags in the room, I went and stood on the corner and I had the feeling that I knew everything, that it was not a place strange, that was part of me. It was a feeling I had never felt elsewhere, and the days that followed were all like that. I walked on the streets and I passed by the people as if it all was something of my daily life. My trip alone to New York happened when I was on vacation in Toronto for 20 days, but the longing for New York was so great that from there I took a bus low cost faced 12-hour trip each way and 12-hour trip back. I don’t know how to explain my joy to see the bus coming in that city! I spent four days alone, walking and observing every detail. Traveling together is good when companies are nice, but traveling alone makes you learn a lot of things. You do not have someone to share the trouble and have to make decisions sometimes fast and alone. It makes you realize how strong you are in times of trouble and can have a time of his own and take time to know yourself better. “

What advice would give to anyone who is thinking about traveling alone to New York? Take a risk, lose yourself searching addresses, subway lines, you will learn with everything. You’ll see you are much stronger than you think and you will come back with your soul modified  forever, it is an unparalleled experience!

What is the coolest part of traveling alone? Spending hours lost in the streets, and ends up finding things that you would never see if you had not been lost!

And what is the most annoying part? Get sick while you are traveling is one of the worst things that can happen to you. Therefore, I advise everyone to take the medications for the trip because if you have to find something in the city’s drugstores is crazy.

A must-do program for those traveling alone to New York is…  Metropolitan Museum and Central Park. Metropolitan because it is one of the most beautiful museums I have ever seen. And Central Park is for you to have some time to yourself in the midst of the metropolis, see the kids running through the park, people walking, each with a different style.