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Park Slope – the ultimate NYC neighbourhood

2014/09/24 3:10 PM    |    by Cristina Iannone
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Park Slope, over the Brooklyn Bridge, is located in Brooklyn and is bordered by Prospect Heights, Boerum Hill, Windsor Terrace, Downtown Brooklyn, Gowanus, Greenwood Heights and Fort Greene. Almost a neighbourhood of the past, currently the most popular in New York.

Park Slope Brooklyn is a slice of idyllic tree-lined streets and terraced houses Brownstone (bricks made of red sandstone, which are typical of New York), the convenience of 10 metro lines close by, vintage shopping, nightlife, cultural attractions , and a beautiful park: Prospect Park, a place where the residents of the neighborhood are particularly fond of. A green area of 242 acres, the beautiful park was designed by the same architect who designed Central Park. It offers many activities: a botanical garden, the Brooklyn Museum, a zoo, picnic areas, trails for cyclists, skating rinks, a horse riding center and concerts during the spring – summertime. It is not surprising that Park Slope has been elected by major American newspapers as the best neighborhood to live in New York.

The organic market in Park Slope is beloved by its residents. It is so popular that the communities living in the neighboring districts are used to pass the entire Saturday morning in Park Slope.

Around the neighborhood there are a lot of recreational fun and is easily everything you need: the great beers of the Double Windsor, the wonderful baked bagel in the morning, and a coffee shop on the corner in which to sit and observe the comings and goings of the people.

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange multidisciplinary space, with over 50 performances per season, especially dance and performances by emerging choreographers appreciated by a public alternative. If you visit the Old Stone House in Washington Park, you will see the reproduction of a typical Dutch house of the 17th century which houses a museum about the history of Brooklyn.

Trivia: the most amazing shop is Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company: masks, cloaks, spray to become invisible, superpowers to drink in cans.. A surreal shop with everything and more to become superheroes. The store is located in the same place 826NYC, a nonprofit center for children aged 6 to 18 years and where they organize courses and workshops in creative writing.

Find out about our Short-term apartment rentals in ManhattanBrooklyn and Queens. New York city boasts an exceptional metro and bus system, so wherever you decide to accommodate it is very easy and quick to go from one borough to the other.

If you need help in your search go to our website Metro-Homes Properties and get in contact with our real estate agents. Thank you for the visit.

How to get to and from JKF Airport

2014/09/19 12:08 PM    |    by Cristina Iannone
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John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) is located in Queens, 15 miles away from midtown Manhattan and located on Jamaica Bay. A very common arrival point for international travelers, this airport is very large and about 45 minutes from midtown Manhattan by car, longer if you take public transport.

Getting from JFK to Manhattan (& back):

Public Transportation to JFK:
Take the quick and easy AirTrain. Consult the New York City Subway Map to determine the best connections to take to get to your destination. $2.50 subway fare (available 24 hours). If you return to JFK via subway, make sure to take the A train marked Far Rockaway or Rockaway Park, NOT Lefferts Blvd.

Taxis: $52 flat fare (plus tolls) to any Manhattan location. Taxis are available outside of every terminal and there is typically a taxi stand where you will be directed to a taxi. You may also want to familiarize yourself with the Taxi Rider’s Bill of Rights. There is no additional charge for luggage and rates are based per car, not per passenger (up to four passengers).

Car Services: Prearrange for a car service to meet you at the airport, or call one when your flight touches down. This is a great option if you want to avoid waiting in line for a taxi or if you have a group larger than four people and want to arrange for a van or limousine.

Private Shuttles: Several companies offer shuttles to Manhattan, including:
Go Airlink NYC: Go Airlink NYC offers shared transfers from JFK (starting at $18/person), as well as private transfers via sedan or van for groups. Rides are available 24 hours a day.
NYC Airporter: The official bus service of NYC area airports, NYC Airporter offers transportation between Penn Station, Port Authority and Grand Central and JFK for $16 ($29 round-trip). Every 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.

Rental Cars: Consult this list of rental car companies serving JFK if you need to rent a car. I discourage visitors to New York City from renting cars, unless they’re planning extensive travel outside of the major metropolitan area. Parking is both expensive and difficult to find, and you will find your money better spent on mass transit and taxis.

For other transit options, including suburban areas, inter-airport transfers and the five boroughs, consult JFK Transportation Options.

Find out about our Short-term apartment rentals in ManhattanBrooklyn and Queens. New York city boasts an exceptional metro and bus system, so wherever you decide to accommodate it is very easy and quick to go from one borough to the other.

If you need help in your search go to our website Metro-Homes Properties and get in contact with our real estate agents. Thank you for the visit.

Must see in New York City at night

2014/07/27 2:41 PM    |    by Cristina Iannone
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There are areas of the City that have great views during the day, but are just plain cool at night. Places like Brooklyn Heights Promenade, The Brooklyn Bridge, The Staten Island Ferry, and the Top of the Rock:

1.The Brooklyn Heights Promenade is magical. From here you can see the entire New York Harbor. The lights of Downtown shine brightly across the river. The Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan Bridges are illuminated, casting a glow on the river. You can also take the kids to Grimaldi’s for that famous Brooklyn Pizza and the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Both are in Fulton Landing, right next door to Brooklyn Heights.

2. There are neighborhoods that are up and alive til well after Midnight. Often these places have late nite eateries and nice bars as well. Check out places like Greenwich Village, Williamsburg

3. Union Square is a great place to visit after dark. Orators, vendors, tourists, teens, skaters, punks, artists, moms with strollers, all vie for space in this lively after dark setting.

4.See the Empire State Building, Times Square, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, the Lower East Side, Rockefeller Center and more aboard a public transport, and travel to Brooklyn to walk along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for unbeatable views of the glittering Manhattan skyline. This is the perfect way to rest your feet after a full day of sightseeing and start your night out on the town.

Find out more about our Short-term apartment rentals in ManhattanBrooklyn and Queens. New York city boasts an exceptional metro and bus system, so wherever you decide to accommodate it is very easy and quick to go from one borough to the other.

If you need help in your search go to our website Metro-Homes Properties and get in contact with our real estate agents. Thank you for the visit.

Food varieties in New York

2014/05/29 1:40 PM    |    by Cristina Iannone
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Known as the melting pot of the United States, New York is a city where many ethnic groups are within walking distance of each other. Take a walking tour in one of the five boroughs, and you feel like jumping from one continent to another. Several languages ​​are spoken in every block, people stroll along the boulevards draped in their traditional attire, and the selection of international food is plentiful.
You can take the French crepes for breakfast, eat authentic Chinese food in Chinatown for lunch, and cod Dominican in Washington Heights for dinner. Although New York is without a doubt one of the best places for a food lover, there are some very specific cuisines that are not readily available. However, if you’re willing to hunt in order to enjoy the most diverse cuisines, you can satisfy your palate with some of the most unique flavors in the world.
South African
Restaurant: Kaia Wine Bar
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Address: 1614 3rd Ave

Although kitchens Portuguese, African, English and Malay are not difficult to meet in New York, the cuisine that combines all of these elements is not so easy to find. The South African cuisine has not been very well represented in Gotham, but in recent years, meats, and traditional South African Boerewors rol have begun to emerge on the boards of New Yorkers. The menu Kaia takes you on a journey through many communities in South Africa and various types of cuisine, so you can visit the country in the pot. This is probably the reason for which it was named the best restaurant in South Africa in New York last year.
Swiss
Restaurant: Trestle on Tenth
Neighborhood : Chelsea
Address: 242 10th Avenue .

Many Americans carry snacks names (Swiss Swiss Swiss Rolls and hot chocolate), but finding the authentic Swiss cuisine in the city is not the easiest task to accomplish. Trestle on Tenth in Chelsea, however, offers many traditional Swiss dishes. While the veal kidneys in a sauce of beer do not seem as appetizing as what Little Debbie has to offer, the lattice on Tenth Nusstorte is a traditional dessert that will bring shame to the Swiss commercial sweets wrapped in the plastic.