Showing posts with label New York. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New York. Show all posts


Boozy Ice Cream 'Barlour' Coming to NYC!

Are you ready to get ice cream wasted?

You can thank Melissa Tavss, ice cream sommelier and founder of Tipsy Scoop, for infusing your favorite wholesome treat with vodka, bourbon, tequila and other intoxicants like stouts and wines. Tipsy Scoop is a compound venue, featuring a bar and ice cream counter (barlour). Expect sinful flavors ranging from dark chocolate whiskey caramel and cake batter vodka martini to strawberry rhubarb bourbon and spiked hazelnut coffee.

Customers can choose from 15 classic flavors, including seasonal options that have yet to be determined. They can also get their buzz from ice cream sandwiches and an assortment of cakes and pies.

According to Tavss, each pint of her handmade artisanal ice cream contains five percent alcohol, so customers will need to show photo ID to make a purchase. Sorry kiddos! Each scoop will set you back $4.50, but you will be able to get discounted prices for double scoops at $6.50 — and four flavors for $10.50.

Currently, you can place an order on the Tipsy Scoop website or at retailers like Morton Williams, City Fresh Market and Whole Foods. They also sell to Sedutto NYC, an ice cream and yogurt shop on the upper east side. For her next project, Tavss is working on boozy toppings. Seems appropriate!

The barlour will be open for business May 7th from noon to 9:00 p.m. Hours of operations will be noon to 10:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 9:00 p.m on Sundays. The first 25 patrons on opening day will receive $1 ice cream scoops and the first 50 will be gifted with either free tank tops or tote bags.

Photos: Tipsy Scoop
Tipsy Scoop
Where: 217 East 26th Street (near Third Avenue)


A New Yorker's Guide to the Best Staycation Spots

Photo: Nu Hotel

If you're strapped for cash or just don't want to put up with all the travails of traveling, you're in luck. I've got your guide to the best staycation spots in NYC.


Jones Beach
Located in Nassau County,  Jones beach is the perfect suburban oceanfront to unwind. You can frolic in the white sand, surf, play miniature golf or just enjoy many of its nice restaurants. I even hear, it's an "unofficial nude beach," if you're into that sort of thing :)

Coney Island Beach
Coney Island's rolling waves makes it the ideal summer getaway and since it's open all-year-round, there's really no excuse not to visit. There's a reason why this scenic landmark has remained one of NYC's main attractions. It offers many exciting recreational activities, such as baseball, basketball and volleyball, an amusement park and many well-known events like the Mermaid Parade.

Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach is perfect for family picnics or just lounging around and catching some rays. Its features include several playgrounds, swings, a sprinkler system and decorative motifs of marine life. To truly enjoy your respite, leave the car at home as parking can get a little pricey. 

Parks & Secluded Spots

The High Line
Built on an abandoned railway track, the High Line offers visitors an iconic view of Midtown's iconic skyscrapers. Despite the beautiful vista, the park's beauty is in its interior, which is full of wildflowers, benches and arts and attractions. This urban oasis is not to be missed.

Central Park
There's so much to explore at Central Park. In the wintertime, you can have a romantic time at Wollman Rink but as the weather heats up, you can enjoy a nice picnic at the Great Lawn, go bird-watching at Belvedere Castle or even enjoy a free theater performance, courtesy of Shakespeare in the Park.

New York Botanical Garden
Located in the Bronx, this historic landmark is the perfect secluded spot to unwind and become one with nature. Once there, you'll have access to 28 specialty gardens, a conservatory and a 40-acre forest.

Snug Harbor
You can access this hidden 19th century estate by taking the Staten Island Ferry. It houses museums, performing art venues, a greenhouse and a farm.


If you're a foodie, Smorgasburg is where you need to be. It's full of NYC food trucks and delicious fare. Best of all, it's overlooking the Williamsburg Waterfront.

Dreaming of a Mexican getaway? Head to Fonda, its vibrant colors, drink menu and dishes are extensive, not to mention addictive.

Peter Luger
If you've never experienced a New York steakhouse, you must go to Peter Luger. Their dry-aged steaks, creamed spinach and monstrous slabs of bacon are to die for.


Unleash your inner daredevil by taking a trapeze class. Aerial Arts NYC, located on the East side of Midtown, offers private lessons on trapeze, rope, acrobatics and more.

Strayboots Scavenger Hunt
The way this works is that the company sends fun challenges directly to your cellphone that takes you to interesting spots in NYC. After each challenge is completed, you're then rewarded with fun facts about the areas you've visited.

Miniature Golf
Chelsea Piers has one of NYC's premier golf destinations, with a scenic view of the Hudson River to boot.


The Soho House
Although this is an exclusive club, nonmembers can still access its amenities, which includes a rooftop pool. Do you remember when Samantha from "Sex and the City" was denied access to the Soho House and used the alias, "Annabelle Bronstein" to get in?

The NoMad Hotel
It's a little bit of Paris in New York City.  Their chic rooms feature freestanding claw-foot tubs and unique art collections. If you decide to stay at the Nomad, be sure to sample their famed roasted chicken.

Nu Hotel
Brace yourselves. The rooms in this downtown Brooklyn hotel comes complete with hammocks. How fun is that? But don't worry, there are also comfortable beds, too.


Christmas in New York

New York City is so magical during the holiday season. The city transforms into a veritable winter wonderland, with ornate Christmas trees, holiday window displays and dazzling lights in every corner. Even as a New York native, I find myself in awe of the spectacular sights each year.


Bryant Park In The Summertime

Nestled in the midst of chaotic time square, Bryant Park's suburban atmosphere has always put me at ease. I find everything about it magical, from its lush manicured lawn, and blooming flowers in the summer, scattered multi-hued leaves in the fall, right down to its winter wonderland transformation in the winter. It's just one of those little oases' in the city that is near-and-dear to my heart.

The park hosts a variety of fun events, like the reading room, morning yoga, Shakespeare in the park, movie nights during the summer months and in the winter, you can ice skate for free (permitting that you bring your own skates). Do you have a place like that, where you can go to clear your mind and recharge? I think everyone should.

I usually go to Bryant Park to relax, catch up on a bit of light reading or to people watch. There's something so sublime about watching people with their guards down, completely immersed in laughter and banter, sans reticence. Those moments are usually fleeting but when I witness them, I just fall in love with humanity, all over again.
(Photographs by me)


Coney Island

See, I told you I'd post something really soon. These are just a few of the photographs from my "entertainment" photo essay for J-School. Can you spot my reflection from one of the pictures? I'm the one holding the camera :)
(Pictures by yours truly)
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