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5 of our Favorite Annual Events in Manhattan

Want to experience more of what Manhattan has to offer, but feel overwhelmed by the amount of events that are out there? Not to worry. We’ve carefully put together a list of 6 of our favorite annual events and they are spread out through every season!

Put these on your calendar and you’ll be getting the most out of Manhattan in no time.

1. New Years Eve in Times Square: Dec 31st

We’ve all heard about this one, and that’s because it’s an absolute classic. If you haven’t experienced this already you’ve got to give it a try.

Every year around one million people gather in Times Square, and over a billion worldwide watch from their homes, as the famous New Year’s Eve Ball descends over Times Square.

The festivities start in the early evening on December 31st each year and includes fireworks, musical performances from the best of the best, lots of free party favors, tons of confetti, and a number of displays that let you see it all from wherever your standing. It’s basically just one huge party.

2. Ninth Avenue International Food Festival: Mid-May

Street Food in Manhattan

We. Love. Good. Food.

And lots of it.

This is event typically happens in mid-May, and it’s an absolute blast. The Ninth Avenue Association consistently puts together a diverse list of amazing international food businesses and the event is more and more successful every year. If you want to branch out and try something new, or just want to eat great food in a fun, social atmosphere, this is the event for you.

3. Museum Mile Festival: Mid-June

Enjoy award-winning art? Want to experience and learn about different cultures? Want to learn more history? Like going to museums for free? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this could be the event for you.

The Museum Mile Festival typically happens in mid-June and is a great way to experience a number of different museums in one day – and it’s free!

The list includes:

Museum of the City of New York – Love New York? Us too. As the name suggests this museum is all about New York City – it’s history, its cultural, and just about any other aspect of it you can think of.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET) – This is the largest and most prestigious art museum in the United States. It’s permanent collection contains over two million works. Visiting this museum is an absolute must.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – This is another amazing art museum and in contrast to the MET its focus is on the innovations and cultural explorations of modern and contemporary art.

El Museo Del Barrio – This is New York’s leading Latino cultural institution and it includes a wide-range of exhibitions, films, visual and performing art series, and educational programs that celebrate Latino, Carribean and Latin American cultures.

The Jewish Museum – And this is New York’s leading Jewish cultural institution. It includes nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media reflecting the global Jewish experience of more than 4,000 years and is a great way to explore all the amazing contributions Jewish Culture has made to the world.

Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum – This is the only museum in the United States devoted to historical and contemporary design and it is fascinating. It’s collections and exhibitions explore approximately 240 years of design aesthetic and creativity. Check it out!

4. Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks – July 4th

Fireworks in NYC

Much like New Years Eve in Times Square – this is one of New York’s most famous events. And the fame is well deserved. Every year, Macy’s fires thousands of shells to illuminate the New York City skyline as a way of celebrating Independence day and the birth of the United States of America.

On top of the amazing fireworks, this celebration also consistently features some of the most talented and popular Musicians and Artists there are.

5. New York Comedy Festival: Mid-Nov

We LOVE comedy. And so this is one of our favorite annual events.

The festival is produced in association with Comedy Central, the Huffington Post, and Caroline’s Caroline’s comedy club and is located in Time’s Square. Year after year, it features the biggest names in comedy, and all-in-all this includes over 200 comedians and 60 different shows.

With all these talented comedians and their diverse senses of humor, you can be sure you’ll be laughing in no time.

At the end of the day, Manhattan never sleeps, and there’s always something fun going on. Thinking about moving there? Ask us for a moving quote!

How to Make Friends With Your New Neighbors

So you just finished moving into your new apartment building, and the move could not have gone any better! The movers delivered your belongings safe and sound, you had a pleasant conversation with your new building superintendent, and now you’ve just finished unpacking.

You flop down on the couch, exhausted and ready to relax. But as the dust settles, the implications of being in a new apartment start to sink in. You suddenly start to feel lonely, out of place, and a little bit nervous.  Sure, you could invite some friends over, but by the time they arrive it would be time for them to go home again.

Laughter echoes from down the hallway and pulls you out of your thoughts. “Oh yeah,” you think. “Neighbors. I have neighbors.” You’re tempted to go knock on their door, but what would you say? What if they think you’re creepy? Let’s face it, moving is hard, and for many people making new friends is even harder. Not everyone is an extrovert, and that’s okay!

If you’re one of those people, here’s some tips to help you get to know your new neighbors:

 

1. Be Friendly

This may be stating the obvious but sometimes, as a society, we just forget to be friendly. Our days are often stressful and during the commute to/from work it’s not uncommon for our minds to be on another planet entirely. It’s nothing personal towards anyone, but over time it becomes a habit.

Saying “hi” is especially important when you’re in a new space. If it was your first day at a new company, would you ignore all of your co-workers? Most likely not. The same rules apply with your neighbors in your new apartment! Smiling and greeting people makes them feel more at ease around you, and thus more open to spending time getting to know you.

 

2. Break The Ice

         

Keep in mind, many people will be just as nervous as you are, if not more so! It may be that they’d also like to talk to you, but are terrified of being too forward. It will take some bravery the first few times, but don’t be afraid to knock on someone’s door and introduce yourself. We promise, it gets easier.  

Worst case scenario? They don’t answer.

Once basic introductions are out of the way, your neighbors will be more likely to strike up a conversation the next time they see you in passing. With most people, a little goes a long way towards establishing a friendship.

 

3. Use It Or Lose It

           

Not all apartments have amenities that go above and beyond, but if you’re lucky enough to have them, take advantage of them! If there’s a pool, use it! If you’re a workaholic and there’s a co-working space, use it! If you’re a fitness nut and your apartment has a fitness center, use it! You see the pattern.

Not only is this a good way to get the most out of your rent, it’s also a great way to get to know your neighbors and meet people that you’re likely to have things in common with. Generally speaking, people who share your interests are far easier to talk to than those who do not. It will also help you to better familiarize yourself with your new digs.

 

4. Get a Dog?

Okay, now hear us out, because there are some disclaimers that apply to this one. Dogs are not for everyone, so do your research!

  • First off, find out if your apartment allows dogs and, if they do, check to see if there are any additional fees or restrictions involved
  • Second, reflect on your lifestyle to determine the personality and physical traits your ideal dog would have. Many shelters will take this into consideration when helping you to find your new four-legged friend!
  • Third, make sure you’re in a position where you’re able to care for a dog– both financially and personally. Dogs are terrific company, but they’re also expensive and require a lot of your time

But, if you have a hard time breaking the ice with people and have done all your homework, inviting a dog into your home may be the best decision you’ve ever made, for yourself and your social life! Just ask any dog owner, and most will eagerly tell you a long-winded story about the time their dog helped them make a new friend. Your fellow dog-loving residents will stop to greet your dog, and by default, you! Dogs are a great conversation starter that can slowly help you pave the path to friendship.

Additionally, having a dog around can make a space feel much less empty. So even on your quiet nights alone, you can rest assured that there will always be at least one faithful friend nearby.

 

Lonely No More

So, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and put yourself out there. When it comes to meeting new people, a little goes a long way. Obviously, everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another, but with these tips you’ll be well on your way to making some new, like-minded friends.

Being in an unfamiliar place can be intimidating, but the moving process doesn’t have to be!

If you’re thinking about moving, let us do all of the heavy-lifting so that you can sit back and focus the smaller things, like getting to know your new neighbors.

Best Markets in Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, being the most populous borough in New York City, is also a melting pot of some of the best markets to watch out for. This could range from flea markets selling furniture and vintage finds to a plethora of farmer’s markets with fresh produce being sold at affordable prices.

If you’re new to New York City, or are planning a move to Brooklyn, we want to make sure you find all the best markets in town.

Fresh Produce at Brooklyn Farmers Markets

Here are 4 of the best markets in Brooklyn:

1. Williamsburg Flea Market

Location:
Wythe Avenue between South Second and South Third Street, Brooklyn
Schedule:
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Since the late 1990s, Williamsburg has undergone gentrification characterized by hipster culture, a contemporary art scene, and vibrant nightlife. So it is, indeed, no wonder that it has become the go-to place to browse for one-of-a-kind items from different vendors and try homegrown cuisine in a party atmosphere with good music to boot.

2. Brooklyn Flea

Locations:

  • 176 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
  • 50 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg
  • 180 7th Avenue, Park Slope

Schedules:

  • Fort Greene: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Williamsburg: Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Park Slope: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Brooklyn Flea is probably the borough’s most epochal flea market. Now with three locations, this flea market has become almost synonymous with all things handmade, vintage, and unique. In May 2016, organizers also launched an outdoor market at Grand Army Plaza. This al-fresco shopping experience features items from 30 “carefully selected vendors with an emphasis on makers and unique design offerings.”

Outdoor Markets in Brooklyn

3. Greenpoint–McCarren Park Farmer’s Market

Location:
Bedford Avenue at Lorimer Street in McCarren Park
Schedule:
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Open all year round, this small but pleasant greenmarket features fresh, locally grown, and mostly organic produce meat, dairy, and baked goods. On any given weekend, you will see people lined up ten deep to purchase bottles of fresh milk and yogurt, while a wide array of meat including grass-fed beef, pork, chicken and rabbit draws its own crowd. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are piled high, and honey, preserves, eggs, and juices are definite crowd-pleasers. Over the years, this market has adapted to the changing face of the surrounding neighborhood while staying true to its’ loyal customers.

4. Carroll Gardens Farmer’s Market

Location:
Carroll Street and Smith Street, Brooklyn
Schedule:
Sundays, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Carroll Gardens Farmer’s Market feels more of a neighborhood hangout than an actual shopping destination. Farmers can be seen interacting with regular customers, and shoppers can stop and smell the roses, strawberries, and arugula without being trampled by swarms of locavores. This is a market well known for its fresh, locally-grown produce, seasonal fruit, locally-sourced honey, and high-quality baked goods. To support environmental sustainability, organizers also collect food scraps for composting and textiles for recycling.

Apples and Peaches at Brooklyn Farmers Market

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