More Than A Concrete Jungle

Although we love the song, “Empire State of Mind” by Jay Z and Alicia Keys- we have to admit New York City is way more than a “Concrete Jungle.” There are so many fun things you can do outdoors in this city, and sometimes people just forget. Don’t worry, we are here to remind you:

1. Central Park- There are so many outdoor activities in this 843 acre park. Here are just a few: Rent a kayak, have a picnic, play baseball, go for a run, rent a bike, or go to the zoo.

2. Play Mini Golf at Pier 25 in Tribeca: With the view of the Manhattan skyline as your backdrop and only $5.00 per game, you can’t really go wrong here!

3. Soar Through The Sky at Trapeze School NYC - This activity is only for the brave. The staff makes sure you are having fun and are safe at the same time. Prices start at $47 per class. Looks like fun to us!

4. Cool off at the Gansevoort Hotel Outdoor Pool- Every Sunday this trendy hotel opens it’s doors to the public for the rooftop pool party. With house and trance DJ’s, a cocktail in your hand and your friends by your side, it would be almost impossible to have a bad time!

5. Hang Ten at Rockaway Beach- If you are a beach bum who wants to just lay in the sun, or if you want to catch a wave on your surfboard, Rockaway Beach has it all. It takes about 45 mintues to get to this beach from Manhattan. Take subway: A, Rockaway S to Rockaway Park–Beach 116th S.

These are just a few of the outdoor activities The Big Apple has to offer. Have we convinced you to get outside yet?

What’s your favorite thing to do outside in NYC?




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Free Fun in New York City!

It’s Friday and you are ready for a fun weekend and full of energy, but maybe your wallet isn’t? New York is an amazing city but can be pretty pricey if you don’t know about the free activities that are packed in this city. From a casual picnic to rockin live music, there is something free for everyone. We picked some of our favorite free things to do in the Big Apple and had to share them with all of you. Happy Friday everyone!



1. The Brooklyn Academy of Music- Every Friday and Saturday night this awesome place opens its BAMcafe free to the public. The vibe is jazz and world beat. The fun and funky artists keep the crowd hyped and rockin all night long!

2.The American Folk Art Museum- Free Admission every Friday evening from 5:30-7:30pm. Get your culture on and gaze through the collection of contemperary art with a friend, date or go solo.

3. The B.B. King Blues Club & Grill has free admission every Friday at 9pm to listen to some pretty amazing Jazz music. Make sure to get there early because this place fills up fast!

4. Visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for free all day Tuesday’s and on Saturday’s from 10:00 am- 12:00pm. This place is one oasis you don’t want to miss.

5.Have a picnic in Central Park! You can bring food from home and enjoy the beautiful park scenery with the city as the backdrop.

6. The Mark Bar in Greenpoint Brooklyn serves customers complimentary pizza and cold cuts every day of the week. On Sundays at noon, the bar also gives customers free coffee and bagels. Seems to good to be true, but it’s real!

7.Go To Bryant Park for a free outdoor movie screening! The films are every Monday at 8:00pm. Usually they are old classics but the genre ranges weekly. This is perfect for a date night or a fun evening with friends.

Which free activity is your favorite?

Cheers to the weekend!




We love You New York City!

Today we wanted to share our love of New York City with all of you with some fun photos to go along with it.

We can’t get enough of this city, and are thinking you probably feel the same way. Yellow cabs, high rises, cobble stone streets,the Brooklyn Bridge, unlimited food options, street performers,Time Square, the best shopping ever, people from all over the world, Central Park.. well, the list goes on. Enjoy!

Where is your favorite place in New York City?






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Rooftop Bars In New York City

Who doesn’t like a roof top bar? In addition, who doesn’t love a rooftop bar with a view of the New York City skyline? We found a great list of some of the most buzzed about roof top bars in the city and had to share them with you. From fancy schmancy hotel toppers to hipster-chill sky decks, New York has it all.

If you live in the city you should try to check some of these hot spots out! If you are coming to visit, make sure to add at least one of these roof top bars to your vacation bucket list.

What’s your favorite roof top bar in New York City?

*Click photo above to see the whole list, or click on “roof top bars” link in first paragraph.





Free Summer Concerts in NYC

Hey guys! Are you tired of paying for over priced concert tickets? We are too. We found a pretty nice list of free concerts in NYC this summer and had to share them with you. There is literally music for everyone on this list- from classical to punk rock it’s all here!

Also the locations aren’t too bad either with Central Park, Madison Square Park and the Lincoln Center in the mix.

Check out all of the Free Concerts this summer by clicking—> HERE! or click the on the image above.

Summer just got a little bit better.. Happy Friday everyone!




101 Things To Do in The Summer in NYC

Rumor has it that most New Yorkers escape the city in the summer because of the heat, but if you are a person who doesn’t mind warm temperatures you might want to stick around this summer because there is a lot going on!

Check out this article brought to you by Time Out New York with a list of 101 fun things to do and see this summer in NYC!


One of our favorite things to do in NYC in the summer is to relax, explore, play volleyball, bike, skateboard, or picnic- all in Central Park. What’s your favorite summer activity in New York City?

Cheers to summer!



Live Music Anyone?

If you live in NYC or you are visiting, don’t forget to check out the variety of bars this city has to offer. One of the best things about New York City is the fact that you can pick any type of atmosphere, food or crowd you want in a bar and find it around almost any corner.

Another great thing- the music! There is so much talent in this city, so when you go to a bar with live music you usually will be pleasantly surprised how talented the band is.

We found a great list of 22 live music bars in NYC from that we had to share with you. Check out their “Best Live Music Bars in NYC” HERE!

If you are planning a trip to the city, make sure to check out at least one of these spots and you will feel like a real New Yorker in no time!

Rock on!


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Welcome to Eataly

If you love Italian food you may have just found your heaven. This 50,000 sq foot space includes 12 different restaurants filled with meats, cheeses, sea food, pasta, pizza, fresh produce, coffee, tea and don’t forget the gelato! Not only does this Italian heaven provide 12 different scrumptious restaurants, but they are all surrounded by 20 individual markets where you can purchase anything you are served. After all their motto is: “We cook what we sell and we sell what we cook.”

If 12 different restaurants and 20 unique markets wasn’t enough, Eataly also offers cooking classes taught by their famous chef, Lidia Bastianich for all food and wine lovers who want to improve their cooking and wine tasting skills. Check out the spring cooking class schedule here!

If you live in New York City and haven’t checked out Eataly yet, we would highly recommend it! Also, if you are coming to visit NYC make sure to stop in and check it out. Oh, and don’t forget to ask about the beer garden, which is located on the 14th floor!

Eataly is located at 200 5th Avenue. Check out their website here, 

Buon Appetito!

NYC Bike Paths

One of the many things we love about NYC is the fact that you can bike almost anywhere. For some, biking in NYC may seem a bit scary with the crazy traffic but there are actually a lot of areas where you can bike in your own bike lane or dedicated path. Whether you bike to work, the grocery store, or escape to a park for mountain biking- NYC has it all.

We found a great NYC biking planner and had to share it with our Manhattan Portage fans, so check it out here: Ride The City This site uses the official NYC DOT bike map to plan the safest bike routes.

Fun Fact: New York developed the country’s first bike path in 1894!

Where is your favorite place to bike in NYC?


Farmers Markets in NYC

Do you love Farmer’s Markets as much as we do? There are so many Farmer’s Markets in NYC that its hard to pick just one as a favorite. We found a really helpful site that tells  you all you need to know about the markets in NYC. Check out which ones are open now here,

Farmer’s markets not only bring the freshest produce to city folks, they also have fresh meats, baked goods, and herbs and spices.

Don’t forget to bring your Manhattan Portage bag to carry your farm fresh goods home in! Here is our favorite Tote to bring to the Farmer’s Markets:

The Windbreaker Tote Bag

Inspired by the outdoors, the new Manhattan Portage Windbreaker collection is a revamp of a classic. An urban spin on the classic tote bag, this lightweight Windbreaker tote is designed to carry around everything you need in style rain or shine.

What’s your favorite farmers market?

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