NYC Met Cloisters Wows With Medieval Abbeys

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The Cuxa Cloister at the Met Cloisters.

Most visitors to New York City will want to explore the world-class museums along the Upper East Side’s Museum Mile or experience the larger than life glitz of Times Square. (And you should!)

But in the northern tip of Manhattan, the Met Cloisters transports visitors away from the busy city. Instead, you find yourself in nearly a half dozen French monasteries that are more than 500 years old. The historical architecture from another era houses religious art, artifacts, furniture, and more. It makes the Met Cloisters an engaging museum to visit as you, quite literally, walk through history.

There is no shortage of attractions and things to do in Manhattan. But this spot in Fort Tryon Park is one of the more unique museums the city has to offer.

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4 Great East Coast Dog Friendly Beaches

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The Outer Banks' Jockey's Ridge State Park is a dog-friendly attraction that's free to visit. It's also a great East Coast dog friendly beach.

The beach is a wonderland from a dog’s perspective. On dog friendly beaches, there are all of those great scents, you can run around a bit, there’s sand to dig in, and there are birds to keep an eye on. The ocean also tends to be a bit of a novelty: Do you chase it? Do you swim in it? Do you just splash in it? And you certainly never turn your back to it, that’s for sure! It’s a dog’s life, indeed. But sometimes finding beaches that allow dogs can be a challenge. Not to worry, I’ve got four great East Coast dog friendly beaches that you’ll love.

While many beaches don’t allow dogs during the summer, the offseason is prime season for a beach vacation with Man’s Best Friend! But there are many beaches that allow dogs even during the peak season.

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Enjoy a Coney Island Dog-Friendly Getaway

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Enjoy a walk on the dog-friendly Coney Island boardwalk.

Brooklyn’s Coney Island is famous for its amusement parks and hot dogs. A place of timeless nostalgia where rollercoasters race and bright lights blink. And a place where families make memories. But that doesn’t mean that your dog can’t get in on the action. Enjoy a Coney Island dog-friendly getaway with miles of sandy beaches to walk and so much for you and your furry friend to explore. During the offseason, dogs are even welcome on the Coney Island beach. The Brooklyn seaside spot is just one of the dog friendly beaches NYC has to offer.

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Fun Things to Do in Coney Island in Winter

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Visitors walk the boardwalk during winter at Coney Island.

The mere words “Coney Island” are enough to bring to mind visions of a whimsical turn of the century amusement park along the crashing waves of the sea. Even if you’ve never been to Coney Island, you have an idea of what it’s like. But warm weather isn’t a requirement for visiting. There is a special ghostly charm to Coney Island in the winter during the off-season. And there’s no shortage of fun things to do in Coney Island in winter, from a stroll on the boardwalk to a lazy lunch for an enjoyable day out during those coldest months of the year.

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Post by . Originally published February 25, 2019. Last updated September 13, 2020.

5 of the Best Upper East Side Museums

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The New York City skyline and the Central Park Reservoir seen from the Upper East Side.

Because there are so many Upper East Side museums, a section of the New York City neighborhood is dubbed Museum Mile. Visitors to NYC are spoilt for choice. New York City is full of so many great things to see and do. But if museums are more your speed, you’ll want to head uptown. The stretch of Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th Streets, bordering Central Park, is home to some of the best museums in the city. In fact, they’re world-class museums. But the great museums on the Upper East Side aren’t limited to just Museum Mile! There are a few others outside of those hallowed blocks. Having a hard time deciding which museum to visit? Here are five great Upper East Side museums to prioritize the next time you’re in the Big Apple!

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Best Free Things to Do in New York City

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Cruising by the Statue of Liberty on the Staten Island Ferry is one of the great free things to do in New York City.

Although the Big Apple is known for being rather pricey, there are plenty of free things to do in New York City. Even if you are a luxury traveler, you have no excuses to enjoy some of these free attractions. With as large and diverse as NYC is, there are some really fun and engaging things to see and do that do not cost a dime. Instead of shelling out the big bucks for a view from the Empire State Building or a cruise on one of the city’s rivers, you can find alternatives that not only are free but sometimes can be far less crowded. I have put together a list of my favorite free things to do in NYC! You’ll have such a good time that you’ll forget you are not even spending any money with these free things to do in New York City.

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NYC’s Frick Collection is Mansion Turned Art Museum

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Inside the Frick Collection's Garden Court.

New York City is full of world class museums with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, arguably, casting the largest shadow. But if you’ve ever walked along 5th Avenue, the eastern border of Central Park, you’ve likely passed the Frick Collection and maybe didn’t even know it.

From the street, the building looks pretty much like any other in the quiet neighborhood. Well maintained, it’s set back from the street a little, surrounded by a modest formal garden. But inside the building on the corner of 5th Avenue and 70th Street is a substantial art collection that includes works by Rembrandt, Renoir, Whistler among many others!

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Post by . Originally published August 28, 2017. Last updated July 29, 2018.

Iron Chef Morimoto’s Momosan Elevates Ramen

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Tonkotsu from Momosan.

Perhaps the most prominent chef of Japanese cuisine in America, Iron Chef Morimoto is challenging himself in a new way. He has an impressive list of fine dining restaurants around the world. You can taste his Japanese fusion food in Philadelphia (where he opened his first restaurant in 2001) to Las Vegas. And while ramen, a Japanese staple, has been on his menus since the beginning, it’s never been the focus, that is, until now.

Last year, in Midtown Manhattan, Morimoto opened Momosan Ramen & Sake, his first restaurant dedicated to ramen. But at Momosan, Iron Chef Morimoto elevates ramen to a whole new level.

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Post by . Originally published August 16, 2017. Last updated January 19, 2019.

Visit to: Coffee and Tea Festival NYC 2017

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coffee and tea festival nyc 2017

What is better than a hot cup of coffee or tea on a snowy winter’s day? How about sampling dozens of different coffees and teas? This past weekend my husband and I took the ferry to NYC and trekked to Brooklyn. The annual Coffee and Tea Festival was being held in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. After attending the Philadelphia arm of the festival a year or two ago, I was looking forward to the NYC version.

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Post by . Originally published March 22, 2017. Last updated July 9, 2017.

Sail to NYC with NY Waterway Ferry

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Leave your car at home. Enjoy this view of Manhattan's Upper West Side with the NY Waterway Ferry.

If you’re not flying into New York City, the question is: how do you get there? I recently took a day trip to the Big Apple and that was the million dollar question question. Nobody in their right mind wants to battle the traffic and then search for parking. You have to have plenty of time, money and, most importantly: patience. That leaves a couple of public transit options: Amtrak train, park & ride train or park & ride ferry. Without a doubt, taking the NY Waterway ferry is my new favorite way to reach Manhattan!
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Cruising on the Staten Island Ferry

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Cruising by Ellis Island on the Staten Island Ferry is one of the great free things to do in New York City.

“Have you heard of the Staten Island Ferry?” That’s what a guy we were talking to in Brooklyn asked. I’d heard of the ferry, of course, but I didn’t know anything about it. Turns out there’s a free ferry between Manhattan and Staten Island and it transports 60,000 passengers between the islands on weekdays. It takes about a half hour each way and the views can’t be beat. So the morning of our last day in NYC, before we left Manhattan, we hoofed it down to the tip of the island, cutting through TriBeCa and the Financial District — where people were lined up to take their photo next to Wall Street’s famous bull statue — on the way. If you’re looking for free things to do in NYC, then the Staten Island Ferry should be at the top of your list!

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A Visit to Harney & Sons SoHo

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Harney & Sons SoHo Tea Shop & Tasting Room

When we traveled to Manhattan last month we did have one goal that had to be accomplished. It could not be missed. Visiting Harney & Sons SoHo Shop & Tasting Room. I fell for Harney teas after having their Paris blend with my delicious French toast at Cantine Parisienne, which sadly now is closed. I quickly placed an order and haven’t been disappointed yet. When we visited the restaurant last month, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed that they didn’t have Harney & Sons‘ tea but some other French brand.
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Post by . Originally published November 13, 2013. Last updated November 1, 2020.