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10 offbeat haunted spots in New York City

By Lucie Levine, Mon, October 25, 2021

St. Paul’s Chapel via Flickr cc

‘Tis the season to voluntarily spook yourself! But if haunted houses and tourist-friendly ghost tours are not for you, New York’s bustling burrows are home to a slew of the more naturally born spirits. You’ll find Dracula’s extended family on 23rd Street, a host of oracles on Orchard Street, and the site of the cruel crime that led to the nation’s first recorded murder trial on Spring Street. If you’re searching for a necropolis in the metropolis, here are ten of the best sites in New York to spot specters.

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Events, Features, holidays, Top Stories

Photo of 2015 Village Halloween Parade by Peter Burka on Flickr

New York City really shows its creative side for Halloween, and after a year of laying low, everyone’s ready for some trick-or-treat action. The epic Village Halloween Parade is back on, parks and pumpkin patches are putting their fall bounty on display, and our favorite gathering, shopping, and dining spots are stocking up on candy and planning fun events. For the best ideas, browse our list of Halloween haunts and happenings from family-friendly to wicked and wild.

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Events, Features, NYC Guides, Upstate

The 7 best places to see fall foliage outside NYC

By Rebecca Fishbein, Fri, October 1, 2021

A downside to living in a thriving city is that air pollution makes for poor fall foliage, though some spots in town—Wave Hill, Pelham Bay Park—still boast colorful leaves at the end of October. But if you take a short trip outside the city limits, you can see some beautiful autumn colors, all within a day’s drive. Ahead, we’ve rounded up our seven favorites, from Mohonk Mountain House to Bear Mountain to the Storm King Art Center.

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Events, Features, NYC Guides, Top Stories

The 10 best apple and pumpkin picking spots near NYC

By Rebecca Fishbein, Thu, September 30, 2021

Photo via Pixabay

With autumn in New York City quickly approaching, you can take in the changing leaves and crisp air, and there are few places better to do that than a local farm. Some of the best spots near town offer apple and pumpkin picking, in addition to a slew of other fall-ready activities, making it easy to bring some of the season home with you. Ahead, we’ve rounded up our 10 favorite spots to check out this year.

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Events, Features, NYC Guides, Restaurants

12 best spots for beers and brats in NYC this Oktoberfest

By Devin Gannon, Fri, September 17, 2021

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels

While the world’s largest folk festival in Germany has been canceled for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus, New Yorkers can still commemorate Oktoberfest. Starting this weekend, breweries, beer gardens, and bars across New York City are celebrating Bavarian culture with big brews, German-inspired grub, live music, and fun contests. Ahead, find 11 spots that recreate the magic of Munich during Oktoberfest. And remember, if you’re dining and drinking inside, you’ll have to show proof of vaccination.

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Chinatown, Features, holidays, NYC Guides, Restaurants

13 places to find Mooncakes in New York City

By Dana Schulz, Thu, September 16, 2021

Image by daniel64 from Pixabay

Tuesday, September 21 marks the first day of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, the Asian holiday celebrates what is considered the brightest and fullest moon of the year, as well as the fall harvest. In China, where perhaps the holiday is most popular, it’s similar to Thanksgiving, with families gathering for a meal, accompanied by lantern lighting. Mooncakes, the namesake food of the vent, are another important component. The round pastries are traditionally filled with red bean or lotus seed paste, wrapped around a salted dug egg that symbolizes the moon. They’re then pressed into a mold to emboss the top of the pastry in elaborate designs, which all have different meanings. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the 13 best places in New York City to find all varieties of mooncakes, along with a few options for ordering online.

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Features, History, immigration

Latin in Manhattan: A look at early Hispanic New York

By Lucie Levine, Thu, September 16, 2021

New Amsterdam in 1671, via Wiki Commons

Every year starting on September 15, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of Hispanic Americans. Over 2.4 million New Yorkers, or nearly one-third of the city’s population, identify as Hispanic or Latino. The city’s thriving Latin community marks the most recent chapter in the history of Latin New York, which stretches over 400 years. Ahead, learn about early Hispanic New York, starting with the arrival of Juan Rodriguez, the first non-Native American person to live in New York City.

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Events, Features, little italy, NYC Guides

A guide to Little Italy’s 95th annual Feast of San Gennaro

By Devin Gannon, Mon, September 13, 2021

Photo by Tom Marvel on Flickr

The Feast of San Gennaro returns to Manhattan’s Little Italy neighborhood this week after last year’s event was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Kicking off on Thursday, the 11-day celebration began in 1926 as a way for immigrants in New York to maintain the Italian tradition of honoring the patron saint of Naples, Saint Januarius, with a feast every September. While the makeup of Little Italy has evolved over the last century, shrinking in size from 30 blocks to about nine, the Feast of San Gennaro remains one of New York City’s most popular events. Ahead, get a taste for all things Italian with our guide to one of the city’s largest street fairs, from the history of the iconic event to cannoli-eating contests and religious processions.

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Art, Features, Midtown, Transportation

Nick Cave, subway mosaic, 42nd Street Shuttle passage, NYC subway art

All photos © Dana Schulz for 6sqft

Artist Nick Cave is best known for his Soundsuits, wearable sculptures made of natural materials like dyed human hair and feathers that make noise when worn. For his latest endeavor, creating a public art piece for the passageway that connects the B, D, F, and M trains to the 42nd Street shuttle, Cave translated his Soundsuits into colorful, energetic mosaics of dancers in Soundsuits made of raffia and fur. According to the New York Times, the $1.8M project was commissioned by MTA Arts & Design as part of the larger $250 million undertaking to revamp the shuttle. In addition to more than 24 intricate mosaics, Cave’s piece, titled “Every One,” includes a series of 11 digital screens that play videos of people in actual Soundsuits dancing.

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City Living, Features

The 6 best furniture rental companies in NYC

By Devin Gannon, Thu, September 9, 2021

Photo by Alexandra Gorn on Unsplash

New Yorkers are no strangers to moving, whether it’s because they found a new roommate, a better rent deal, or a more convenient neighborhood. Not only is furnishing your apartment expensive, but it’s also not guaranteed that the new sofa you bought will fit in your next place. As a result, many nomadic city dwellers are turning to furniture rentals to outfit their temporary abodes. Furniture rental companies offer a cheaper, more flexible, and more sustainable alternative to buying new. Plus, most companies deliver, assemble, and then remove the furniture when your rental term is up, alleviating some of that moving-related stress. Ahead, we take a look at six of the best furniture rental companies that serve New York City and break down each by the products offered, lease terms, and rent-to-buy options.

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