Places to See Movie Cars

Love movies? Love cars? These are the places where you can see the vehicles that have starred in some classic films. If you live even remotely near any of these destinations, a road trip is definitely in order.

 

Petersen Automotive Museum

 

It only makes sense to visit an automotive museum in Los Angeles to see movie cars. The Petersen Automotive Museum is located on Wilshire Boulevard, right in the city’s Museum Row.

 

While you can see quite a few impressive cars in a building that used to be a department store, the real draw is the movie cars. Petersen swaps out exhibits often, but you can catch the likes of the DeLorean DMC12 from Back to the Future, Herbie the Love Bug, and even the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Batman movie.

 

Petersen will periodically play a clip behind each movie car, on a big screen. It shows the vehicle in a famous scene, so you get a sense for why it’s so famous and deserves to be there. That alone makes hanging out in the movie cars section worth the time.

 

Admittedly, the movie vehicles area is only a small portion of one of the museum’s floors. But kids will appreciate the second floor Cars discovery area. It features those lovable Pixar creations, and teaches them a thing or two about how automobiles work.

 

Voto Auto Museum

 

You probably don’t think of Illinois when it comes to movie cars, but it actually hosts one of the best collections around. As the name suggests, it’s located in the city of Volo, which is north of Chicago, about halfway to Milwaukee.

 

You get to explore over 33 unique exhibits, with a little something for everyone. Remember the Russian Duck, or car-boat thing from Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? It’s there. So is the 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI form Fast & Furious 7, Batman’s Tumbler, the Flintstones car, and many more.

 

The museum is actually contained in 12 different buildings, so you have plenty to explore. That consumes two city blocks, ensuring you get plenty of exercise, too. If the weather’s nice, park-like outdoor areas make for a great way to unwind after seeing all the cars.

 

Hollywood Cars Museum

 

From the name, you’d expect this to be located at least near Hollywood, or in Southern California at the least. Instead, check this museum out when you hit the Strip in Las Vegas.

 

Inside, you’ll find 30,000 square feet of vehicles that are somehow tied to movies and TV shows. Some of the highlights include Robocop’s ride, the General Lee, K.I.T from Knight Rider, several Fast & Furious cars, and the Coffin Dragster used in The Munsters.

 

There are enough vehicles, that they represent over 100 movies and TV shows. Some zany customized vehicles, like a piano car, are also included just for good measure. All in all, the collection is valued at about $7 million.

 

Rusty’s TV & Movie Car Museum

 

If you’re in the South, head to Jackson, Tennessee to check out Rusty’s TV & Movie Car Museum. While it’s not the largest museum on this list, if you can’t get to the others, this one still delivers some pretty iconic rides.

 

The 25-plus cars include one of the General Lees from the Dukes of Hazard, the AMC Gremlin from Wayne’s World, Lightning McQueen, the Mystery Machine, and one of the Back to the Future DeLoreans.

 

As you might be able to tell, this museum was started by a guy named Rusty. He’s been hard at work, collecting interesting vehicles for almost a quarter of a century. His private collection has reached 35 vehicles, and is still growing.

 

 

Auto Detailing Techniques to Elevate Your Ride to the Next Level

Some people rarely wash their car. You always know who they are, because their ride just doesn’t impress in the least. While you might wash and wax often, likely you’re missing some important details. Those with truly critical eyes will notice, and maybe you have, too.

 

Before you throw in your wash towel, literally, try these tips. They’ll take your auto detailing skills to the next level, and your car with them.

 

Kick the Bucket

 

You’ve probably been told to use two buckets for washing your car. One’s for the soapy water, and one’s to rinse your sponge or whatever you’re using to scrub the car. While that’s better than using just one bucket, some of the dirt from the rinse bucket will transfer to the other, defeating the whole purpose.

 

Better, ditch buckets altogether. Wash different sections of the car, starting from the roof and working your way down. Wet the area down, apply soap to your wash mitt, then clean the area before rinsing it thoroughly. The result will be obvious, and this technique is faster, as well as less tedious.

 

Use the Cleaning Tool

 

Many automotive shops, and even some hardware stores sell these auto detailing tools. They look like a small rubber utility knife, at least in a way.

 

The idea is to use the rubber edge to reach where you normally can’t. One prime area is the panel gaps in the center console. Crumbs, dirt, and even skin cells like to gather there. Sure, you can try vacuuming that out, but that might scratch the plastic or leather. Plus, the cleaning tool is more thorough.

 

Sometimes the kits come with small brushes, too. Use these aids, and your interior will look far better for it.

 

Banish Hair

 

Getting rid of hair, whether it’s from pets or humans, can be tricky. The individual hairs often don’t all come out of carpeting or cloth upholstery, leaving at least some behind. The situation isn’t hopeless, if you have the right tools.

 

Likely, you’re just using a vacuum or your hands to do the dirty work. You’re going in the right direction with a hose, but you need something to loosen the hairs first. A pumice stone or rubber pet comb should do the trick. Even better, you can use them repeatedly, which you can’t do with tape or a sticky roller. Besides, this method yields better results.

 

Move the Seats

 

Surprisingly, people often keep their seats in the same positions, even when cleaning. If you do that, crumbs and other debris will gather under them, just like the floor beneath your fridge.

 

Scooting your seats all the way forward or back will reveal the filth underneath. It’s just another way to be more thorough with your detail efforts.

 

Follow Directions

 

There are many good cleaning products, including soaps and waxes. You might have your preferences, and that’s fine. Ultimately, no matter what you use, always follow the directions printed on the container. Disregarding them can at best not give you the best shine possible, and at worst ruin whatever you apply the product to.

Top Camera Rig Vehicles

When film crews need to take moving shots, they need a vehicle that’s up to the task. In the past, minivans have been default rig vehicles, but they come with numerous shortfalls. Sometimes crews will outfit a truck with a crane and other necessary gear, but that’s often because of a tight budget.

 

These are the vehicles crews use when they have the cash, and want the best.

 

Porsche Cayenne

 

This flashy SUV isn’t just about impressing people at the country club when you pull up. As a large and luxurious vehicle, it can easily handle a camera rig, even a large crane, without getting wobbly, which would mess up a shot. The wide track and heavy curb weight keeps everything firmly planted.

 

Also, the Cayenne is famous for being not only powerful, but also quick. It can keep up with sports cars, so if you need to film a quick chase scene, a vehicle whipping around a track, or whatever else, the SUV can handle the task.

 

Large brakes mean even with all that extra equipment, including a camera and large rig, the vehicle can stop quickly. After all, you don’t want to risk crashing, damaging your gear and possibly injuring anyone riding inside.

 

Speaking of people riding in the Cayenne, Porsche designed the SUV with loads of interior space. Considering you might have the cameraman, director, crane operator, driver, or any number of other people in it, with additional equipment crammed into the cabin, that’s super helpful as well.

Porsche Panamera

 

It might be the most controversial modern Porsche, and the second Porsche on this list, but the Panamera has become a favorite of some camera crews.

 

Chase Car has famously modified the four-door hatchbacks to make them even more practical than the Cayenne. It’s still fast and stable like the other Porsche, but the unique rear layout adds another dimension, and extra utility.

 

With the Cayenne, some crane operators complain that they can’t see well enough out the back. Chase Car builds a bubbled safety glass canopy on the hatch portion of the Panamera. This allows the crane operator to see well all around the car, remedying the problem.

Mini Cooper

 

Another car known for its stability, the Mini Cooper has also won over camera crews. It really shines because of a compact shape, enabling it to squeeze into more confined spaces so you can get that perfect shot not possible with a larger vehicle, such as filing in a parking garage.

 

Minis are also known to be surprisingly quick, as well as agile. That comes in handy if a crew needs to film a subject that’s moving quickly and changing directions often.

4 Must-Have Interior Car Cleaners

Cleaning the interior of your favorite vehicle doesn’t have to be complicated! There is a sea of products out there, but these are some of the best rated. Don’t hesitate, pick them up at your local Walmart or at Amazon.com. They also make great Christmas gifts for the upcoming season!

1. Leather Honey Conditioner

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Does your car have leather interior? There is simply no better product to care for your leather than the cult classic Leather Honey Conditioner. Recognized as the number one leather cleaner seller on Amazon, this product has been transforming worn out, stiff leather for years.

Leather Honey Conditioner has been around since 1968 and is super easy to use on the inside of your vehicle. Once you’ve cleaned your leather of grime and dirt, you can apply the product all over your leather seats and interior. According to the Leather Honey experts, “Let it absorb for a minimum of two hours – preferably overnight — then wipe off any excess using another dry lint-free cloth.”

One Amazon reviewer was fascinated at the outcome of using this effective product.

“Conditioning the cars’ seats took some time and plenty of effort, and I wish it were warmer so the Honey may be better absorbed into the leather, but I’ll tell you what, the difference in feel is amazing! The seats in my wife’s 9 year old Lexus weren’t this soft when the car was two years old! They didn’t ‘moo’, but it was close.”

You can pick up Leather Honey Conditioner on Amazon for under $18. For more information on the product line, visit their site here.

2. Armor All Carpet & Upholstery Foam Cleaner

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When you jump into a brand new car, the smell is intoxicating. It just smells…new. There are no random stains on the upholstery and other unwanted smells haunting the interior. You can recreate this experience in your own car with Armor All.

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Although there are a bunch of different Armor All products, one of our favorites is the Carpet & Upholstery Foam Cleaner. You can use this product on fabrics in your car. This product won’t discolor your upholstery and removes dirt, grease, and odors! You can buy this up for less than $6 at most stores like Walmart.

One reviewer explains, “I just received an older car with a very light colored fabric interior. I used this Armor All Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner on all the seats to get rid of the build up they received over the years and it did better than expected. It got rid of all the set in stains and the car looks much brighter! I used one entire can on the whole backseat, two front seats and most the carpet on floor in the back. I recommend this cleaner and will be ordering it again :)”

3. Car Vacuum Kit

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Have you ever tried to clean the dirt between the seats of your car and not been able to reach it? How frustrating! Instead of hauling your own home vacuum outside and cleaning your car, why not invest in a car vacuum kit? One of the best is the Metro Vac N’ Blo 500 Car Vacuum. Considered one of the greatest by Best.com, this product comes with different attachments so you can get your car spotless.

Light at only 3.5lbs, you can easily maneuver this product around the interior of your vehicle. You have the option to use your cigarette lighter for power or a standard outlet plug. The 500 watt motor keeps the product working beautifully and the suction is guaranteed for up to five years.

One very happy truck owner offered up a great review on Autoanything.com

“Very portable and can easily be stored in vehicle for routine cleaning of interior. Has great suction and helps keep the inside of my truck spotless. A must for any neat freak.”

4. Meguiar’s Ultimate Interior Detailer

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Looking for a product to wipe down your interior surfaces quickly? Meguiar’s G16216 Ultimate Interior Detailer is the perfect solution! Known as the “quick interior detailer,” this product safely cleans ALL surfaces of your car, even the LCD displays!

According to AutoDeets.com, all you need to do is spray and wipe. If you want to keep your vehicle looking sharp, keep a bottle of this spray and a roll of paper towels in your trunk. Whenever you car is looking less than fresh, grab it and go at it! The cleaning only takes about five minutes and Meguiars wipes away dust efficiently. The smell is also great.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, order it online for less than $5 and get free shipping. One reviewer on the site said this,

This is a great product. Doesn’t leave a glossy and slippery residue so it can be used throughout the entire interior of the car including the steering wheel. This is a hard-to-find product as this is usually only found in higher end auto parts stores. Definitely will buy again.”

What are you waiting for? Treat your car right now!

 

8 Songs To Groove To When On A Road Trip

There’s just something about jamming with the windows down. Whether you’re headed a few blocks or a few states, you’ll want to turn these beats up!

1. Shut Up and Drive, Rihanna

Isn’t it obvious this tune is perfect for driving? Instead of chatting it up, Rihanna encourages everyone to just “shut up and drive.” Released in 2007, this song was on her third album titled Good Girl Gone Bad. Fun lyrics like,

Cause it’s zero to sixty in three point five

Baby you got the keys

Now shut up and drive, drive, drive”

Make this song perfect for driving on an open road and try not to talk.

 

2. Send Me On My Way, Rusted Root

Depending on your age, you may recognize this song from the children’s movie, Matilda. Matilda is a little girl who has magic powers. Her family doesn’t appreciate her and she’s passionate about reading and education. When her parents leave her home alone, this song comes on as she makes her own pancakes and gets herself ready for the day on her own. This upbeat song will remind you of Summer weather and fun times with friends.

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The lyrics of Send Me On My Way include,

“Well, I would like to hold my little hand

And we will run, we will, we will crawl, we will

I would like to hold my little hand

And we will run, we will, we will crawl”

The song doesn’t hint where they are headed, but the song’s about moving! The lyrics were written by Rusted Root’s Michael Glabicki. The song is from the album When I Woke.

3. I’ve Been Everywhere, Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash is a traditional road trip pick. Covering blues, country, and folk, Cash could easily be the backdrop of an entire trip. If you’re not keen on playing Johnny the entire time you’re traveling, add the single song, I’ve Been Everywhere.

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This classic song, which was covered by Cash in 1996, was written by Geoff Mack, an Australian country singer. The American version was switched up to include American cities like “Boston” and “Nashville.”

4. Highway To Hell, AC/DC

Let’s hope you’re not driving straight into Hades…but this song is catchy. Highway To Hell is a rock ballad from AC/DC. Perfect for the hardcore rockers at heart and a group of girl besties, this song has lyrics that fit driving perfectly.

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The song was released on the 27th of July, 1979. The title of the song also was the title of album. The lyrics explain that the singer is driving to Hell. There’s not a lot of room for interpretation with the words like,

No stop signs, speed limit

Nobody’s gonna slow me down

Like a wheel, gonna spin it

Nobody’s gonna mess me around

Hey Satan, paid my dues

Playing in a rocking band

Hey mama, look at me

I’m on my way to the promised land, whoo!”

Don’t be tempted to speed while listening to this track, but do imagine joining AC/DC and rocking out.

5. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers

Walking five hundred miles is very different than driving five hundred miles, but this song from The Proclaimers sets the mood for a road trip anyway. A song most pals will know and will want to sing along with, I’m Gonna Be, is an energetic song about a man that will walk five hundred miles to be near his lover. When the chorus begins, singing,

“But I would walk five hundred miles

And I would walk five hundred more

Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles

To fall down at your door”

…it’ll be hard to not yell out the lyrics. Whether you’re driving for business or are celebrating a bachelorette party, this song will hit the spot.

6. Homecoming, Kanye West

Rapping about Chi-city, his hometown, Kanye West wrote Homecoming. This song is all about him coming home to his city. If you’ve ever been far from home, you know the emotions that come when you’re driving back. Memories flood back and sometimes it’s comforting to be nostalgic.

Even though you may be driving from or to NYC, this song may hit a nerve. Some of the lyrics that reflect coming home say,

“I’m coming home again

Do you think about me now and then?

Do you think about me now and then?

Cause I’m coming home again”

7. Mud On the Tires, Brad Paisley

Have you ever felt the excitement of driving a new car? Even if you’re driving a rental, you will still feel the energy of a different vehicle. As our friend Brad Paisley says in Mud On the Tires,

“And I’m holdin’ the keys to a brand new Chevrolet

Have you been outside, it sure is a nice night

How about a little test drive

Down by the lake?”

The song highlights the romantic thought of driving out into the sunset and spending time in the back of a truck bed. Even if you’re not behind a four wheel drive vehicle, you may still appreciate the idea of getting away. Mud On the Tires was released in 2003 and was also the name of the album. Sometimes a little bit of country fits a driving afternoon perfectly.

8. A Thousand Miles, Vanessa Carlton

If you’ve seen the 2004 movie, White Chicks, you have probably sung this song a time or two while driving. A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton is the girl’s “song” in the movie and they sing it obnoxiously in the car. Later, another actor, Terry Crews, sings the song to one of the men posing as a woman. As hilarious as the movie is that highlights the song, there is something about A Thousand Miles that makes you want to get behind the wheel.

The lyrics highlight the singer walking 1000 miles just to be by their lover’s side. Some of the words hit close to home for those who are traveling to be near friends or family.

“Making my way downtown

Walking fast

Faces pass

And I’m home-bound

Staring blankly ahead

Just making my way

Making a way

Through the crowd”

The song was released in 2004 and was nominated for a Grammy.

Get Your Shopping On At These 4 Interesting NYC Shops

Planning on going shopping while in New York City? You’re in luck because The Big Apple has some of the most interesting stores in the world! From a store that sells superhero supplies to a shop that changes their look on a regular basis, you won’t ever run out of things to spend your money on!

1. Global Table

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Since 1996, the Global Table has been a popular stop for design lovers in New York. The store showcases table-top accessories and decor accents for the home. You can find items from all over the world in the store ranging from bowls to candles.

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The main style focus of Global Table is “simple lines and vivid finishes.” You may recognize the shop from popular magazines such as Oprah, Elle Decor, and Bon Appetit.

Fun products include the Sperm Whale Platter, a beautiful serving tray which has a large sperm whale on the front, and a Seagrass Pitcher, which is made of seagrass and glass. This past November, Global Table was voted “best tabletop accessories” in the ONE STOP SHOP Guide from Real Simple magazine.

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One shopper, Charles, reviews on Yelp saying,

Tiny store packed to the gills with cool housewares. We have been to this place half a dozen times and have always find things we “really need”. On our last visit we purchased one of the large faux snakeskin rectangular trays…Their selection is constantly changing and their prices appear to be moderate for the ultra cool designs.”

2. CityStore

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So, you’re visiting New York City? It may be time for indulging in some “I heart New York” items. Sure, there are hundreds of shops everywhere you look selling mementos, but there is one that sticks out from the rest. CityStore is known as “the official store of the city of New York.” This shop has anything and everything you’re looking for that falls under the theme New York City.

Some of the categories of gifts at CityStore include: magnets, jewelry, home accents, books, and much more. The shop is a licensed store that sells NYPD, FDNY, and DSNY items. Unique and quirky items are to be found at this fun location. A popular item is the NYC Manhole Cover Floor Mat. This mat looks like a real manhole and says “NYC Sewer” on it.

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Of course you can’t forget the kids in your life while away on a business trip or vacation. At the CityStore you can pick up a Wooden Taxi Teether, onesies in a number of different designs, and map playing cards. Another hot item is the FDNY Mini Ladder Truck, which is part of the NYC toy fleet available at the store.

CityStore is operated by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services. 100% of sales benefit the city of New York and the shop is located in the David N. Dinkins Municipal Building.

3. Brooklyn Superhero Company

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At one time or another everyone wanted to be a superhero, right? Well, if you’re even remotely interested in saving the world in a single bound, you may want to visit the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. The shop isn’t a myth, it’s a real brick-and-mortar storefront in NYC. The coolest part is that when you purchase items, the proceeds go to the nonprofit which supports students ages 6-18 with their writing skills.

In fact, Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. explains it in their own words saying, “826NYC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.”

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The shop sells capes, masks, maps, books, posters, and mugs. Stranger items that are more for the novelty include cans of “doom” and “gloom,” muscle massive strength enhancer, and secret identity kits. One of the best purchases from Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co? Pick up a Make Your Own Superhero Cape Kit From Seedling. This adorably DIY kit comes with a base cape, glitter glue, and felt squares to design your own costume!


A tip about visiting? Call ahead to make sure they’re open! They have irregular hours since they are ran by volunteers.

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4. Story

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Chances are, you’ve never visited a store quite like Story. “Point of view like a magazine, changes like a gallery, sells things like a store,” is this NYC establishment’s motto. Basically, this means that the store takes a 180 degrees every four to eight weeks. The merchandise and the style inside the 2,000 square foot space changes.

Time Out NY has placed Story on the list “15 Top NY Shops.” Founder Rachel Shechtman is the brains behind the operation and has received accolades from other top entrepreneurs. Each shop is called a “story.”

Different stories have included: Have Fun! Home For the Holidays 2015, Well Being, His, and more. Until July 24th the current story at Story is called Disrupt. This “shop” looks like you’re in a garage. There are tube lighting and even a skee-ball machine between shelves.

Story explains, “The word “Disruption” has become a startup mantra, but what does it actually mean to disrupt culture and alter the status quo? From June 6th through July 24th STORY is joining forces with USA’s award-winning series MR. ROBOT to highlight a blend of disruptive creatives, technologists, and entrepreneurs and explore the people, objects, and ideas that will ultimately give shape to our future.”

 

Make the Most of the Sunny Weather by Grabbing a Table at These 3 Restaurant Patios in NYC

This summer enjoy a drink outside while people-watching or catching up with a friend. These three restaurants have the best patios in all of New York City!

1. The Farm on Adderley

 

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Located in Brooklyn, this New American restaurant is the place to go for evening cocktails and delicious food. The eatery has all different types of menus, from brunch to dessert, and specializes in farm fresh cuisine. Some of the most popular dishes include the Roasted Chicken and Farm Burger. The Farm Burger is made of pasture-raised beef on a homemade english muffin.

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One of the best things about The Farm on Adderley is its lovely garden space. The inside of the restaurant opens up to the back which has a fenced in patio. Trees, overgrown vines, and hanging twinkle lights make you want to spend the entire night here. New dishes on the menu are written with chalkboard paint and when you receive your check a small plastic farm animal will be placed on top.


“Best burgers in the hood. Staff is great for the most part. Love their back patio. We always try to go during off-peak hours as it gets packed really quickly. And for good reason.” one regular explains.

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2. Forest Point

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Mis-matched furniture and a creative urban feel characterize Forest Point. Located in Bushwick, this restaurant embraces what it called “ambitious creativity.” The cuisine is a modern take on Middle Eastern food. You can enjoy lunch and dinner everyday and a decadent brunch on the weekends.

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At Forest Point, some of the more popular dishes for lunch include Steak Tacos and their Cast Iron Cheeseburger. Dinner consists of similar choices but with items like their Shawarma Style Chicken Flatbread mixed in. On an evening out with friends, don’t hesitate to order the Forest Point Cast Iron S’mores. This perfect summer dessert can be shared and is made with a buttery graham cracker crust, Valrhona chocolate ganache, and marshmallow.

One reviewer from Brooklyn described the space, “Located on Flushing Avenue, this restaurant is a classic. Their huge inside allows you to think about a big party dinner or lunch with all your friends and their beautiful garden to a romantic or chill moment in the forest. Nature you said ? Of course. A gorgeous outdoor totally out of time, like a tiny jungle in the middle of the streets.”


Hanging baskets with flowers and a brick patio make Forest Point a great place to sit back outside. Rustic seating and hanging chandeliers make for a cozy evening. When the sun sets, waiters place mason jars with tea lights in them to make the atmosphere even more cozy. Bright colored murals cover the outside and inside wall of this restaurant and makes it a NYC favorite.

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3. Mulberry Project

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Who knew speakeasies could have such awesome back patios? At the Mulberry Project you’ll find a hip restaurant as well as a backyard space that’s begging for you to bust a move in. Street art, a live DJ, hanging flower beds, and ample seating make this one of the best places to enjoy the outdoors while dining.

In the front of the Mulberry Project you’ll find a speakeasy that’s inspired by “the popular renegade culture of New York City.” There’s small bites like guacamole and chips and skirt steak skewers. The main highlight of the Mulberry Project is it’s cocktails. All you need to do is tell the bartender your favorite ingredients and they’ll whip up the perfect drink for you.

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The backyard experience at the Mulberry Project is referred to as the La Isla Escondida pop-up. There’s art hanging outside from artists like Bass and Faile. Groups dance to a live DJ and enjoy some of the best cocktails in the city.


A big fan of the Mulberry Project offered tips on Yelp saying, “Great spot to hang out after work! Showed up around 8PM on a Thursday night and the place got filled up pretty quickly. After standing around for a bit we managed to score 3 seats at the bar.  There were a few tables in the place, but unless you are with a big group, I would strongly suggest you try getting a bar stool.  Lots of great ingredients here and a good amount of creativity.  The food here is a nice touch as well.  The buttermilk chicken sandwich and fries were awesome! You can also order food from next door as well if the bar snacks don’t do it for you.”

5 Apps to Download When Visiting NYC

When visiting NYC you can benefit from downloading some of these Big Apple-specific apps on your smartphone. From learning about the best restaurants to finding a parking place, these apps are your trick to having a great visit!

ParkMe

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ParkMe is the world’s largest and most accurate parking application! It’s free and works on all major phone platforms. With this app, you can find parking spots all around NYC. You’ll also be able to see in real time how many parking spots are available in specific garages. At a glance, you can make an informative choice on the cheapest parking spots in the area you want to park. There are also great maps of NYC and parking options.

Included in the free app is a timer so you don’t ever over-pay for staying longer in a parking spot. If you’re renting a car in New York City, this is a must-have application!

TripIt

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It can be hard to get all of your travel plans organized. That’s where TripIt comes into play! This creative application makes planning a tip and organizing all of your documents a breeze. For free you can send all of your confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com. From there, the application will automatically transform your emails into a comprehensive itinerary. You’ll be able to see all of your trip plans in one place and you can access it from anywhere.


There are two different versions of TripIt. The first is free and the second is TripIt Pro and it’s a set amount every month. (Currently $4.09 per month.) With the free app, you can organize your travel plans all in one place, access them on a smartphone or tablet, sync travel plans with your calendar, share your travel plans with others, and store all of your travel documents in one place! Some of the travel reservations that TripIt accepts includes dinner plans, hotel stays, and flights. This application works with almost all phones, tablets, and laptops.

New York Pass Travel Guide

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With the New York Pass, you’ll have information on all the best attractions in the New York at your fingertips. This popular application has been rated 5 stars and is free. The program is updated automatically on all the best things to do in New York City.

There’s information in the app about over seventy different attractions and a new feature which allows you to budget for your trip. Depending on which phone you use, there is also six pre-set sightseeing itineraries and an itinerary sections which lets you plan each day. Another cool aspect of the app is that it works without an internet connection.

Flavour

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Photo Credit: Tasting Table

There are so many wonderful dining options in New York. Unfortunately, you may choose a less-than-great place to grab dinner or drinks if you don’t do your homework. If you don’t have the time to look up different tasty options, download the Flavour app! This application has been suggested by The Tasting Table and other notable foodie authorities. The application is sleek and easy to use. All you do is put in your location and then choose your restaurant based on neighborhood and cuisine. You can also make special requests. Flavour will do all the hard work and present you with plenty of delicious destinations.

Along with finding places near you, Falvour also has collections of destinations to browse. Notable chefs and other foodies create their collections and you can follow along.

Each destination has the location, how far away it is from you, a price range, and special dish suggestions. While driving around NYC, you can pull out this app and know you’re headed to a fabulous dining destination.

Central Park

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The Central Park Conservatory offers a great free app for Central Park! This free app includes a full, interactive map of Central Park. Considered the perfect app for first time visitors and native New Yorkers alike, this free resource has the answer to plenty of your questions about NYC’s green space.

Central Park has GPS technology which tells you where you are. It also has a celebrity audio guide and a list of iconic locations. While using this app, you’ll learn where the nearest bathroom is to you and where you can buy food for a picnic. There’s also a list of the 21 parks in Central Park. If you want, you can see all the latest events taking place in the park and sync them to your calendar.

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Central Park says,

“It’s the most comprehensive app for Central Park from the people who made the Park the world-renowned landmark it is today. Now you can be more Central to the Park than ever, compliments of our members and staff, who know Central Park inside and out. “

 

Top Places in NYC for Business Meetings

Tarallucci e Vino

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Tarallucci e Vino is an Italian restaurant that serves up espresso drinks and wine by the glass. Perfect for a lunch meeting or even late dinner meeting, this space offers an “artisanal Italian dining experience.” Business Insider considers it one of the top “25 Restaurants and Bars Where Cool New York Tech People Schmooze.

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Many locals enjoy the restaurant’s authentic Italian wine and tiramisu. The breakfast options are vast. From whole wheat croissants to smoked salmon, everyone on your invitation list will be able to find something to eat.

Business Insider mentioned that Spark Capital’s Bijan Sabet took a picture there while at a business meeting. The preferred location is in Union Square at 15 East 18th Street. Tarallucci e Vino also offers private event organization and catering.

Bobby Van’s Steakhouse & Grill

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Gayot, The Guide to the Good Life, claims that Bobby Van’s Steakhouse & Grill is the perfect spot to meet with potential clients for a business lunch. The club setting and formal vibes make this a good location for talking and even making presentations. There are lots of different branches in the city, but the location at 25 Broad Street is the favorite among Wall Street businessmen and businesswomen.

Bobby Van’s Steakhouse & Grill on Broad is located in a restored Wall Street bank. The formal dining room can be found in the lobby of the former JP Morgan Bank. If you’re looking for a little more of a casual affair, you can dine at the Vault Grill, which is located below the lobby in the antique bank vaults. Walk through the vault and take in the historic space while getting business done!

Gayot suggested this special dining location as a place to do business because of its close proximity to the New York Stock Exchange. The space is quiet and you can reserve a private space for two or two hundred.

Bobby Van’s recommends, “If you are taking a noontime lunch at the Grill, try our famous 12oz. New York sirloin, replete with fresh-cut fries and creamed spinach. The Colorado lamb chops are also a staple, and are served with mashed potatoes and are topped off with a hot mint jelly reduction.”

Delmonico’s

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Do you have a big meeting coming up and want to take your client to one of the best New York City classic restaurants? If so, call and make reservations for Delmonico’s. Many foursquare users agree that this steakhouse is great for having conversations and meeting business associates.

Claiming to have “visited for the history, stayed for the food,” many guests are pleased with the atmosphere and delicious bites. Recognized as the first fine dining restaurant in the country, Delmonico’s opened in 1837. The restaurant is located in the Financial District and was uniquely “the first dining establishment in America to be called its French name, “restaurant.”

You can order from numerous different menus which include: lunch, dinner, grill, snacks, and desserts. Michael L from Washington says that Delmonico’s is great for a business dinner. In his Yelp review he explained further,

If you are looking for a great place to have a steak and talk business over a cocktail or bottle of wine, this is a NYC standby. Attentive service, great dry aged steaks and really nice wall street ambiance.”

If you’re planning a bigger-scale meeting or launch event, contact the restaurant’s Sales and Marketing Director.

La Colombe Torrefaction

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Business Insider says that AOL Ventures and TechStars people frequent La Colombe Torrefaction, a hip coffee shop located on 400 Lafayette Street. Perfect for a quick meeting, this hot spot is known for their lattes and expert roasting abilities.

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Before meeting with a client, take out your laptop and get some work done on next week’s report or catch up on emails. The space is large and filled with light. Chances are, you won’t be the only one working or meeting with someone for a quick snack.

From coffees to croissants, this cafe has everything you need. Order your coffee to-go, or sit down with a ceramic mug and relax. If you need more than just a bagel, try the La Colombe Torrefaction tomato mozzarella basil pastry.

The only drawback is that the cafe can be crowded and a little too loud for serious meetings.

 

Enjoy Spring with These One-Of-A-Kind NYC Events

Spring is here! If you’re visiting The Big Apple, you’re in luck. There are plenty of things to see and do during April and May. Whether you’re down for a forty mile bike ride or want to peruse the beautiful orchids at the New York Botanical Garden, this season is for you!

Star Wars and the Power of Costume

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Are you one of the Star Wars enthusiasts that saw The Force Awakens three times in the theater? If so, you don’t want to miss this unique display in Times Square! Star Wars and the Power of Costume will be displayed at the interactive NYC museum, Discovery Times Square. This exhibit will run until September.

You’ll have a chance to see 70 hand-crafted costumes from the first six Star Wars films. Along with the costumes, the exhibit will go into the creative process of their development. Be on the look out for Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, and the Yoda.

The New York Times reviewed the exhibit saying,

All comers will be sent out of this exhibition with two surprises. First, after emerging from galleries full of the memorabilia from the first six movies, visitors come into a final room with costumes from the new movie, “The Force Awakens.” And the show concludes with an amusing visual trick: You stand before a mirror, and in it you see a “Star Wars” character moving as you’re moving. Reach to the right spot and you suddenly have a light saber in your hand. Good luck getting small children past this bit of wizardry and out the door.”

Tickets are $27.50 for adults, $24 for Seniors, and $20 for kids.

The Orchid Show

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This year is the 14th annual orchid show at the New York Botanical Garden. From February 27th until April 17th you can visit this unique celebration of orchids designed by Christian Primeau and Curated by Marc Hachadourian. The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium will lead you through the history of orchids. Along with the history of orchid collecting and the rescuing of illegal orchids, there will be shopping, poetry readings, and orchid care demonstrations.

Thousands of orchids have been designed and fill the exhibit. From waterfalls to bright colors, you’ll be transfixed on the beauty of flower. To learn more about the extra events happening, you can visit the New York Botanical Garden’s website. There will be two different film screenings of Adaption and Vanilla:The Sacred Orchid.

During the week, tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for children. On weekends and Monday holidays the price is $25 for adults and $10 for children. The tickets include access to Enid A. Haupt Conservatory (where the orchid show is held), Special Exhibitions, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, Rock Garden (April–October) and Tram Tour.

Electric Daisy Carnival

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Electronic dance music (EDM) is the key part of the Electric Daisy Carnival. Spanning over two days, May 14 and May 15th, this music festival is unlike any you’ve ever heard of! In New York City, the event will be held at Citi Field in Flushing NY. The large outdoor space will be broken up into different zones, from the Cosmic Meadow to the Kinetic Field.

The Electric Daisy Carnival was launched in 1997 in Los Angeles. Since then, it’s expanded and has landed in Chicago and the United Kingdom. Two-day tickets to the event include live performances by the biggest names in EDM music. The lineup lists Dada Life, David Guetta, Seven Lions, and so many more.

Electric Daisy Carnival will also have carnival rides, art installations, fireworks, lasers, food trucks, and bars. Tickets for the festival can be purchased here.

TD Five Boro Bike Tour

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With the weather warmed up, it’s time to get out and take your bike for a spin. The TD Five Boro Bike Tour makes this easier-than-ever! Inspiring New Yorkers to “grab life by the handlebars,” this event brings together 32,000 cyclists together to ride the streets of the city. During the event the streets are closed off just for cyclists!

Recognized as America’s largest charitable bike ride, the event partners with all different types of charities and has its own. Five Boro Bike Tour is presented by REI and the funds go to their free bike education program. Some of these charities include Every Mother Counts, Keep A Child Alive, Broadway Green Alliance, Livestrong Foundation, and more.

This year, the Five Boro Bike Tour will take place on May 1rst. The ride spans 40 miles, 5 boros, and 1 day. There are no cars allowed and all the riders range in their skill level. Unfortunately standard and VIP registration is full, but you can still register on behalf of a charity partner. This is an exhilarating event to both participate in and watch while visiting New York!

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