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Check out this MP fan rocking his New York Asian Film Festival Collaboration bag at the ComicCon Event last Sunday in New York City!

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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, http://eatalyny.com 

Buon Appetito!

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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, http://www.grownyc.org/ourmarkets

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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NYC Century Bike Tour (Sunday Sept .18, 2011)

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Transportation Alternatives, (The same people who bring you Bike Month), is in need for some volunteers this Sunday (September 18th) for the Century Bike Tour.  They need people in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens (sorry Staten Island) for serval different taks to pull this 100 mile event off.  So if you aren’t doing anything this weekend, the weather is supposed to be great!  Go get some sun and do a good deed.

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Online and In Store: Our Once a Year Sale!

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10th Anniversary: NYC Bicycle Film Festival

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For all bicyclists and bike enthusiasts alike, this is your week. Tomorrow through Sunday, June 20 New York City is playing host to the Bicycle Film Festival, celebrating bicycle culture through film. Check out their website for screening times and details. (And don’t miss this year’s trailer!)

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I spy with my MP eye…

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…the Reflective DJ Bag on Law and Order SVU, Season 11 Espisode 24!

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May 22: Celebrate Bike Month and Win an MP Bag!

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Join us in celebrating Bike Month at the ING Direct Cafe this Saturday, May 22 from 1-3 pm! Enjoy an afternoon of delicious coffee and treats while you learn to make bike repairs and play games to win Manhattan Portage bags (among other things!).  If you’re not the competitive type, don’t worry. All attendees will receive a whistle/lanyard (perfect for combating taxis on your morning ride) and a flier worth 10% off any purchase made at the Manhattan Portage/Token Store May 22-23.

ING Direct Cafe: 968 3rd Ave (at E 58th Street)

MP/Token Store: 258 Elizabeth Street

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Happy Earth Day!

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Thanks to the early and lovely Spring weather and the abundance of green markets, thinking green has been easy for us in NYC. But no matter where you live or what the weather, Earth Day is a great yearly reminder for the little things all of us can do to make our carbon footprint a little smaller. My personal favorite (and one of the easiest) changes to make is the switch from store plastic bags to reusable shopping bags. I know I’m guilty of forgetting to carry mine along, but now with a bag like the MP Organic Cotton Tote, the problem has been solved. Even the small size is spacious enough for all your daily necessities plus whatever you need to pick up at the store on your way home. The large size is perfect for weekend shopping trips and those who like to stock up on groceries in one go. Grab yours now, before these limited edition bags are gone!

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