We started Get Up and Ride back in 2012 with the idea of creating truly unique and intimate experiences on bikes. Over the years we’ve tried and tested all sorts of bike tours and local bike events that included food, yoga and sunset views of Manhattan.  We even came up with bring your own bike events for locals who wanted to be a part of our growing community. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to see the best bike tours and bike events we’ve offered in the past in NYC:

DAILY BIKE TOURS

Regularly scheduled on an almost daily basis, these bike tours were offered in small groups and came with a bike rental and walkie-talkies with headsets included (and sometimes even the food too). Although they’re not offered as it’s own stand-alone public tour many of the stops and routes we planned for these bike tours have been incorporated into existing tours or offered as a private tour option.

Bikeable Feast

One of our most popular and press worthy bike tours OF ALL TIME. The Bikeable Feast was a sunset bike tour in Williamsburg that combined stops at amazing local food purveyors with a 4 course catered dinner at North Brooklyn Farms with dinner being compliments of chef Shane McGarvey, an everything must be cooked over-an-open flame guru. Brooklyn Magazine quoted it as being the most Brooklyn thing you could do all summer and it really was. We ultimately discontinued it because of the complexity of operating it on a regular basis. It had many moving parts – from the cooking and food to the tour and rental of the outdoor space. Even at $150 x person the profit margin wasn’t enough to keep it going.

Featured in Brooklyn Magazine and NY Times

Brunch Bike Tour of Brooklyn

See that looping video on the home page with Felipe our Founder? That was actually taken a few years ago while on a Brunch Bike Tour in Brooklyn. One common factor across all our tours is that we stop for food and drink, and why not right? Excellent food and drink is one of the things NYC is known for. This tour combined the most iconic of NYC meals – BRUNCH – with a bike tour of North Brooklyn’s trendiest quick-eats stops. Some of these places are still around, many have since closed (that’s NYC rent for ya) but we still try to incorporate a sampling of NYC’s best foodie destinations to all our tours. We learned a valuable lesson running this tour, DON’T INCLUDE FOOD IN YOUR TOURS. Including the food validated its quality from the eye of many of our customers. We started to receive negative reviews because of the food being too cold, or not enough or “the proteins would have been better before the starches”. Read our only 1 star review in Brooklyn for a good laugh.

 

Brooklyn Pulse AKA Street Art and Graffiti Bike Tour

Another attempt at themed tours, our Brooklyn Pulse (AKA the Street Art / Graffiti Tour ) is something we still offer but as a private tour. We basically changed the name to the Artisanal and Artistic Tour since it emphasized the art and food culture that has migrated over to the neighborhoods of Bushwick, Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Much of the art has since changed and the area is more widely known now for street art now than a few years ago. We decided to cancel offering this tour because it just didn’t sell well enough for us to keep it going. It was also 50% walking tour since most of the graffiti was concentrated in one area of Bushwick known at the Bushwick Collective.

Featured in AFAR Magazine

BIKE EVENTS

Events we offered with much less frequency and more capacity, our bike events we typically one-offs experiments to gauge interest from the local community. These were mostly bring your own bike types of events

Pedals and Pies with Artists and Fleas

This event with Artists and Fleas happened a few years ago when the time came to sell our old bikes to make way for our new fleet. Originally we had a fleet of Public Bikes but opted to work with our new partner and local bike company Priority Bicycles here in NYC. Artists and Fleas attracts a ton of tourists and locals alike to their flea markets both in Williamsburg and Manhattan.

Bike and Yoga at the Brooklyn Grange Farm

The Brooklyn Grange offers a ton of really cool events regularly at their rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. As a partner of theres for over 5 years, we decided it would be cool to try and bring folks for their sunset rooftop yoga series. We LOVE yoga and practice it ourselves so we offered weekly departures at 6PM for their 7PM yoga.

Yoga for Cyclists

Offered at the start of our tours as an add-on, yoga for cyclists was our way of incorporating a yoga regimen to the start of our tours. Getting grounded before this biking experience was a great way to appreciate the day and stay flexible after the ride.

Urban Wellness Ride

Biking + Yoga + Waterfront picnic = BEST DAY EVER! That was the idea at least 🙂 Geared towards locals with their own bike and offered every other Saturday in the summer of 2017, the Urban Wellness Ride was a full day of biking in Brooklyn, combined with yoga and meditation in Prospect Park and a catered picnic on the waterfront compliments of the Perfect Picnic. Our very own in-house yogi and tour guide Megan Cuzzolino came up with the tour route and lead the yoga/meditation. Although the event garnered a lot of press initially and sparked interest with locals it didn’t have enough demand to offer as a regularly scheduled event. This eventually became an experience we offered to corporate groups as part of a team-building activity.

CyclePop Scavenger Hunt

Part bring your own bike tour, part scavenger hunt. This bike event encouraged folks to join a team, follow our clues to a grad prize of all the booze you could drink at an after party with our friends at the Most Definitely.

TOP THREE BARS

Union Pool: My first “hipster” bar and many people’s introduction to life in North Brooklyn

McSorley’s: Oldest bar in NYC and excellent Irish bar full of great beer and interesting history

The Well: Massive selection of beers tucked inside a historic brewery now home to murals, food trucks (in the summer), performing arts stages, and much more

 

TOP THREE RESTAURANTS

Dekalb Market Hall: The best of the best, over 40 of Brooklyn’s best vendors

Punjabi: 24/7 vegetarian Sikh quick restaurant, a favorite among cab drivers, locals, or anyone on a budget

Ippudo: There is no better ramen restaurant than this outside of Japan. This place can’t be beat.

 

TOP THREE EVENTS

Central Park Summer Stage

Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Celebrate Brooklyn

 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH TO TAKE FRIENDS, FAMILY 

Governor’s Island: Former fortresses turned art gallery, Governor’s Island has some of the best views of NYC harbor and the Statue of Liberty in NYC, plus it’s free to go there in the morning

Jackson Heights, Queens: Travel the world in a matter of blocks in Jax Heights, the most diverse neighborhood in the most diverse city in the world

Lower East Side/Chinatown: These neighborhoods are an exciting mashup of old and new NY.

 

TOP THREE PARKS

Grand Ferry Park: Great place to unwind in Williamsburg, especially at sunset, right on the waterfront

Madison Square Park: It doesn’t get more iconic than having a quick bite to eat looking at the Flatiron Building and the Empire State Buildling

Forest Park: I’ve gotten lost (on purpose) many, many times on the trails of this untapped, massive collection of oak trees

 

TOP THREE BOUTIQUE SHOPS

Friends NYC: My favorite vintage/boutique store, I never leave here empty handed

South Side Guitars: The best selection of vintage guitars in NYC, and a very friendly staff. I’ve spent many many hours here

Fine & Raw Chocolatiers: They put the “hip” in chocolate chip. I can’t leave here without cleaning their sample tray.

 

TOP THREE FACTOIDS

-Even though Brooklyn has been part of NYC for over 120 years, many Brooklynites still think of BK as it’s own city

-NYC is one of the most diverse cities in the world, home to nearly 800 languages and dialects

-Almost 2/3 of NY’ers do not own a car, while many Manhattanites don’t even have a driver’s license

 

TOP THREE FREE THINGS TO DO
Top 3 free things to do

-Walk the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset

-Crash a Chelsea art gallery opening

-Take the ferry to Governor’s Island

 

ABOUT JAMES

James Quinlan has been living all over Brooklyn for nearly 7 years and wouldn’t have it any other way. This Miami native thrives on culture and is always seeking out new and interesting places to check out and recommend. As a musician and composer, James knows all the best music venues and groups NYC has to offer. When he’s not playing music, you can find him on his Schwinn pedaling to new places around Kings County or just cooking at home.

 

 

 

TOP THREE BARS
Clover Club (best martini I’ve ever had)
Other Half Brewing Company (If you have a thing for stouts, Other Half is STELLAR)
TOP THREE RESTAURANTS
Hometown BBQ, Red Hook (Brooklyn) – Texas-styled BBQ. Try it. All of it.
Butterfunk Kitchen, Windsor Terrace (Brooklyn) – Soul Food. Atmosphere. Faded Family Photos on wall. AMAZING.
Fort Defiance, Red Hook (Brooklyn) – If you want to brunch like a New Yorker without dealing with lines like in Williamsburg, go here!
TOP THREE EVENTS
Shakespeare in the Park in the summertime.
Subway Series Baseball Matchups (Yankees vs. Mets). If you can find tickets!
Campfire Conversations in Prospect Park – Local event to inspire community conversations about different topics.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH TO TAKE FRIENDS, FAMILY 
Cobble Hill Cinemas – This is what a neighborhood movie theater should feel like
Bushwick Vintage Clothes shops. Essentially in and around the Flushing/Willoughby intersection.
Take the ferry to The Rockaways. THIS is an amazing summer activity.
TOP THREE PARKS
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Maria Hernandez, Bushwick, Brooklyn (to see how gentrification affects public spaces)
Louis Valentino, Jr Park and Pier (best view of the Statue of Liberty in Brooklyn, plus it’s close to Hometown BBQ!)
TOP THREE BOUTIQUE SHOPS
Books Are Magic
Brooklyn Brainery (cool place devoted to affordable classes of random subjects!)
TOP THREE FACTOIDS
During the construction of the NYC subway there were men who dug the tunnels under the rivers for the subway system. They were African-Americans as well as Italian and Irish immigrants. These guys were the real deal, and in an age where discrimination ran amuck in the workplace, the only qualification for this job was whether or not you could do this job. A job that daily brushed with near-death experience on a daily level. They were nicknamed “Sandhogs”. Mad props to these guys.
New York City is the 5th most diverse city in the United States when it comes to Racial and Ethnic diversity (1st place Oakland, CA) and 4th most linguistically diverse (1st place Jersey City, NJ) – (WalletHub 2017 study). New York City isn’t a pushover though – there are over 200 languages spoken here. It’s a fantastic language playground for polyglots.
At one point New York City was home to three different baseball teams, the New York Yankees, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. The Dodgers and Giants would both move to California both in 1957 and 1958 respectively (and continue their bitter rivalry to this day), while the Yankees continue to baseball in New York City. For a time, Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds (New York Giants home field) were built in view of each other, with merely the Harlem River dividing them.
TOP THREE FREE THINGS TO DO
People watch at Washington Square Park.
Staten Island Ferry. Everyone talks about this one, but seriously, it’s awesome.
Listen to Rhapsody in Blue while walking the streets of Manhattan, especially near the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station. It’s a life-changing experience.
ABOUT ALEX 
As a child, Alex’s love for biking began in forest trails of Northern Virginia (Lake Accotink trail – Google it). He’s been a pedaler ever since. From the trails of NoVA to the streets of LA, to at last the bike lanes of Brooklyn – Alex believes in three fundamental truths. 
 
1. New York City stories are best told while on a bicycle. 
2. LA is the bike city that no one knows about (not even LA)
3. Guacamole.
 
He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, a fellow city bike enthusiast. When he is not giving tours, you can find Alex making, writing or talking about movies. He also showboats as a film maker. You can see  his stuff here: https://vimeo.com/millinerentertainment

If you’ve been on a bike tour with us in Brooklyn then you know how much we love Greenpoint. Tucked away on the northern tip of the borough, Greenpoint offers a little bit of everything for those looking to get really off the beaten path and experience a Brooklyn neighborhood like a local. Charming commercial streets, excellent food and nightlife, breathtaking views of Manhattan, interesting history … Greenpoint is MUST see for any stop over in Brooklyn. Here’s a quick list of our favorites in the neighborhood.

OLD-SCHOOL GREENPOINT

PAULIE GEE’S (Best for…Pizza)
Pizza Gods be damned, our favorite pizzeria in North Brooklyn is Paulie Gee’s without a doubt! Tucked away in an old carriage house, it’s likely you’ll meet Paulie himself who will undoubetly ask “which pizza was your favorite?” wearing his standard issue flannel shirt, glasses and trucker hat. What’s our pro-tip? Get there early (like right when they open and order the Greenpointer or Hellboy pizza). The pies are often too much food for one person but too little for two to share so throw caution to the wind and order away! Afterwords walk over to nearby Transmitter Park for excellent nighttime views of Manhattan.

KROLEWSKIE JADLO (Best for… Dinner)
Pierogi, kielbasa & other hearty Polish staples are served in a medieval-themed setting. Go Polish-crazy with Borscht, Goulash, Pheasant, and so much more.

CAPRI SOCIAL CLUB (Best for… Dive bar drinking)
The Capri Social Club (also called Irene’s) is a time warp that’s hidden away on a residential street. This is a former members-only club with a wooden phone booth and a jukebox. Not so much old-school as super local. I recommend enjoying the atmosphere and ordering a $6-strong-mixed-drink. THIS IS A DIVE BAR in it’s purest form. It’s also coincidentally the most sought after bar for film and television shoots since it’s so average looking!

PETER PAN DONUT & PASTRY SHOP (Best for… Donuts)
Peter Pan has been around since the 1950’s, and looks like it hasn’t been updated since. Order from the counter for charming service and incredible donuts. Grab a stool if they are empty but don’t expect a warm and fuzzy reception for the slew of ladies working behind the counter. I recommend Maple Glazed Cake, Old-Fashioned Plain, or Boston Creme. You also can’t go wrong with a bagel with bacon, egg and cheese if you really can’t stomach a donut. BE WARNED – They do sell out of donuts

TRENDY GREENPOINT

FIVE LEAVES (Best for… Dinner)
Heath Ledger’s lasting legacy in Greenpoint (his best friend started it and Heath was an early investor before he passed away) this new American restaurant with a focus on sourcing local produce, sustainable seafood, free-range meat and poultry is arguable one of the neighborhoods best and most popular. We recommend the homemade ricotta, Five Leaves burger, baked lemon curd, and all the cocktails. PRO TIP – It gets really busy, try to get there early (or around 3PM) and during the week. Weekends are next to impossible unless you’re willing to wait a while. Also, sit outside and enjoy some people watching!

MILK & ROSES (Best for… Cocktails + Happy Hour)
Huge backyard and cozy Italian-focused cocktail bar with full menu, grand piano and old books. Very romantic. PRO TIP – Ask them to make you something special, they tout themselves as a mixology bar.

ACHILLES HEEL (Best for… Beer + Wine + Happy Hour)
Gastropub-style small plates, house cocktails & brews in a quaint corner tavern with a tin ceiling. Plus, a fireplace! I recommend grabbing those seats by the fire and having a glass of wine or excellent draft beer. Also a short walk from Transmitter Park so waterfront views abound.

VAN LEEUWEN ARTISAN ICE CREAM (Best for… Ice Cream + Coffee)
Classic, incredibly delicious ice cream is their thing. And this chic, cozy location serves it well. Location serves a full menu of their vegan and classic ice creams, sundaes and milkshakes along with coffee by Toby’s Estate, Organic teas by Rishi and fresh pastries daily from Balthazaar and Ovenly. I recommend their Mint Chip or the affogato.

OVENLY (Best for… Cookies)
Once a stop on our Brunch tour in Brooklyn, this local bakery has rapidly become one of NYC’s largest artisanal bakeries. Chances are if you’ve ordered a pastry from a local coffee shop, it came from Ovenly. This cute little shop is their flagship store and center of their baking empire. They specialize in sweet and savory combinations like their salted chocolate chip cookie (which is also vegan) and salted peanut butter cookie (which is gluten free). You honestly can’t go wrong with ANYTHING you get here.

ALTER (Best for… Clothes )
Hipster trends, simple colors and just all around cool. Reasonable prices and sometimes sales prices that are a steal. This truly local boutique is worth a gander.

UNIQUE LOCAL ACTIVITIES

SUNSHINE LAUNDROMAT & PINBALL (Best for… Pinball + Beer + Pizza)
There is a Pinball Bar Hidden Inside Greenpoint’s Sunshine Laundromat, and it is fantastic and fun. You have to walk through a washer/dryer to get to the arcade! I recommended doing all that with a beer.

BROOKLYN BAZAAR (Best for… Games + Shopping + Music + Making a Night of it)
Flea-market scene with live bands, food stands, beer & wine, art galore & Ping-Pong. It is free to enter, and the music is ticketed. I recommend playing mini-golf with a cold one and then checking on the live music. The Ping-Pong is also super fun.

WNYC TRANSMITTER PARK (Best for… the View)
Once the working home of the WNYC radio transmission towers, the park is now a stunning green space, with both natural areas and also recreation. The park includes an overlook to the south, seating, and a waterfront esplanade.

It’s no secret, North Brooklyn is a night owl’s dream! With endless drink and food options, it’s no wonder Williamsburg has become a king of nightlife. With so many options to choose from, we thought we’d help you skip the crap and go straight to the best of the best. Here’s our top picks that won’t tear up your wallet AND will keep you feeling like you’re taking full advantage of this rambunctious neighborhood.

1ST STOP: Rocka Rolla – 486 Metropolitan Ave, BK, NY 11211 (corner of Rodney St)

Dive into this official dive bar complete with a gigantic jukebox, $3 beers and more retro hairdos than you will know what to do with. Oh ya, there’s also a dope backyard for chilling + your brew + your crew. Perfect first stop to perk up your bar crawl feelers and throw back a couple cold ones.

Rocka Rolla Williamsburg rockarolla2

GET UP AND RIDE PRO TIP: Get a schooner, $3 for a LARGE and icy cold Bud Light OR the Oreo smoothie – vodka and ice cream, need we say more.

2ND STOP: Commodore – 366 Metropolitan Ave, New York, NY 11211 (corner of Havenmeyer)

After all those schooners, you’re probably hungry. Don’t let yourself get hangry, just cruise a block up to hipster haven, Commodore. It may look like a dive bar, but this spot not only has delishous drinks, their food is on point too! Fish tacos? So perfect. Cadillac nachos? You won’t believe it. That fried chicken? Some of the best in the city. Sit out back and take in the tropical foliage or chill at the bar and catch some “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” that’s usually streaming on the TV in the back.

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GET UP AND RIDE PRO TIP: The fried chicken is the same recipe as famed Pies N’ Thighs so skip the lines over there and get at this over here:

3RD STOP: St Mazie – 345 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

It’s the midway point, let’s class it up a bit and get some relaxed cocktails. Just a few blocks over, perched on a quiet street with twinkle lights rimming its edges, sits St. Mazie. Dipped in that cool European wine bar styling, this place boasts sipping-spirits with a twist like the Brown Derby and the Mexican Firing Squad AND serves up high-quality music from all sides of the world. Did we mention there’s a garden? Ya, there’s a garden, get at it.

stmaize

GET UP AND RIDE PRO TIP: Every Friday is Flamenco Fridays! Groove, schmooze, booze.

4TH STOP: Miss Favela – 57 S 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (corner of Wythe)

Let’s perk back up with some Brazilian music! Rio de Janeiro’s festive air kisses you on the lips at Miss Favella. A “botequim” or a Brazilian neighborhood bistro, serving up traditional cuisine, colorful décor and tons of live music – their drinks and vigorous staff will get you ready for late night parties. Plus, so much dancing.

Miss Favela Willamsburg Brooklyn

GET UP AND RIDE PRO TIP: Every Sunday is FoccoSundays. Party, food and live music. Enough said!

5TH STOP: Baby’s All Right – 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (corner of Bedford)

You made it. Your bar crawl has crept into the late night shenanigans of wburg and that means Baby’s All Right. Sick bar and even sicker stage, Baby’s is known for its diverse live music and crazy high-energy atmosphere – and it doesn’t disappoint. From local bands to big traveling shows, it feels like you’re in the center of the world (and aren’t we kinda?). Check this calendar for shows and be weary, if it’s a popular group, there might be a line. It’s worth it, trust us.

babys all right brooklyn

GET UP AND RIDE PRO TIP: Pink baby drink + thai fried chicken + give over to the music:

That’s it! Ok, now go do it.

 

We hate it when it rains. Fortunately this city is jam-packed with fun things to do even when the weather sucks that aren’t just getting drunk at the bar. Here’s a list of our favorite spots and activities in the city:

IN MANHATTAN 

TENEMENT-MUSEUM of NYC

Museums – This is a no brainer. Learn something, get cultured and cross off those “tousity” items from your list. Highlights for us include the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), The Whitney Museum, Fraunces Tavern and Tenement Museum (eat some dumplings or pancake sandwiches around the corner from the Tenement Museum at the Nom Wah Tea Parlor). For those looking to get in-depth into the history of NYC, check out the Museum of the City of NY or the NY Historical SocietyPro Tip: Get there early to avoid the crowds and book/pay in advance so you zip through the lines. 

Spin NYC

Spin NYC – The holy grail of Ping Pong in the city. Spin NYC located in Midtown Manhattan has excellent food, good music and bar serving tasty suds for you to enjoy. Susan Sarandon is an investor in the bar and has been known to swing by on occasion.

Fat Cat in NYC

Fat Cat – Ping Pong (not as serious at Spin), table-top Shuffleboard, Billiards, drinks AND live jazz. YES! This is the go-to place for hunkering down and waiting out a storm. Pro Tip: Go when it starts to rain, people don’t venture out once it starts to rain! 

the uncommons in NYC

The Uncommons – Manhattan’s only board game cafe serving beer and wine. You can literally play anything you want from Settlers of Catan to Magic the Gathering. Pro Tip: Go mid-week during the day to get a table, it can be next to impossible to sit on the weekends.

Drink Usually crowded but worth the wait is McSorley’s Ale House – the oldest family owned bar in the city (and it looks like it). You only have two options for beer, light or dark. Pro Tip: Don’t be surprised if they give you two beers when you order one, every order consists of two pints! Other favorites include The Dead Rabbit in FiDi and Leave Rochelle Out of It in NoLita are guide favorites. 

Food Crawl – Pick a neighborhood and use Yelp to guide you on a culinary quest through the city. Yelp is the most popular user review website for restaurants in NYC, we recommend only ordering 1 entree at each establishment and trying to sample 3-4 spots. If you go for quick eats like dumplings or bbq sandwich you may be able to do more!

IN BROOKLYN 

spritzenahus in Greenpoint Brooklyn
Spritzenhaus Beer Hall – We point out this gem in Greenpoint often when we do our Brooklyn bike tour. Spritzenhaus is a German style beer hall with endless amounts of beers on tap and tasty pretzels and sausages on the menu. The tables are communal so you can strike up a conversation with friendly locals and they even have Jenga. Best of all there’s a huge fire pit in the center of the bar so it’s particularly nice on cold days. Pro Tip – Weekend days can be pretty crowded so try going off hours. 

Brooklyn Bowl Williamsburg Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bowl – Another featured stop on our Brooklyn bike tour, Brooklyn Bowl is a bowling alley, bar, restaurant and music venue all rolled into one! Bowling is roughly $50 x hour x lane so grab some friends and reserve a lane early, it gets busy! Check out the lineup in advance or just go and trust they only feature top talent. Pro Tip – Get there early if you want to bowl, it gets busy. Saturday’s during the day are reserved for families. 

 

palm shuffleboard in Gowanus Brooklyn

Palms Shuffleboard – This is why we love Brooklyn. The Palms Shuffleboard is a gorgeous warehouse in Gowanus, Brooklyn with 10 full-sized shuffleboard courts, a bar and restaurant. It’s deep in the neighborhood of Brooklyn so plan accordingly if you’re planning to visit. Check out Dinosaur BBQ next door and grab a beer at Threes Brewing down the street. Pro Tip – Avoid Sundays, they have league play those days so it’s difficult to get a lane. 

big whiskey

The Big Whiskey – This sports bar in Williamsburg is perfect for catching any American Sport (sorry soccer/football fans) and enjoying pub games too. Ping Pong in the back, a giant of Jenga, board games and tabletop shuffleboard downstairs, you can’t go wrong with this divey sports bar in the BURG.

Chocolate Tour – Artisan Chocolate is so hot right now. Visit the most famous artisan chocolate maker in Williamsburg, The Mast Brothers and take a tour and sample their tasty treats first hand. Tours are only $10 x person, last about 30 minutes and come with a bunch of samples to try. Visit them here to find our details about their tours – https://mastbrothers.com/pages/visit

Let’s face it, planning a trip to NYC can be a pretty daunting task. With so much information out there it’s hard to find good, honest suggestions for what to do and see, where to stay and what to experience when here in NYC. Fortunately for you, we’re here to help.

GETTING AROUND

Biking – Did you think we’d suggest otherwise? Biking lets you cover the most ground while still letting you see and experience the energy on the street. Biking infrastructure has improved tremendously in the past 10 years so getting around NYC on a bike is easier than ever. All Get Up and Ride tours come standard with a bike but if you’re looking to ride on non-tour days, check out Sun & Air in Williamsburg or CitiBike with convenient locations all around the Citi. Just make sure you know where the bike lanes are and where Citi Bike stations are.

Subway – Our #1 suggestion, take the subway! – It’s typically the most convenient and reliable way to get around, especially if you’re on a time crunch (like coming on our tour or catching a show). Here’s a great video, with tons of information (maybe not the best production quality):

Uber – New York City now has 4 Ubers for every Taxi cab. No need to tip or wonder how much your trip is going to cost, pricing is shown to you up front with this convenient app. Not to mention you can see when your ride is there. Use the code FEELING22 for free ride worth $22 if you’re a first time user of Uber. 

WHERE TO STAY

Airbnb – Although it’s been demonized in the past few years for contributing to the un-affordability of the city, staying with a local Airbnb is the best way to connect with local culture and save money on lodging. Our favorite neighborhoods to stay in are Williamsburg, Brooklyn or the East Village in Manhattan. BE AWARE – booking an entire apartment when the landlord isn’t there is technically illegal so opt for shared rooms or private rooms that share a common living space!

Brooklyn Hotels – Enjoy the most breathtaking views of the city by staying in Brooklyn. We love the Wythe Hotel, William Vale and new Williamsburg Hotel. A little less pricey option in Greenpoint that we love is the Box House Hotel.

Manhattan Hotels – AVOID Time Square, it’s touristy and far from the best restaurants and nightlife in the city (but if you’ve already booked a hotel in Times Sqaure, we still love you!). Opt for hotels in Lower Manhattan or around Central Park. Our favorites include: the Sixty LES or Sixty Soho (call their reservation department and mention Get Up and Ride for 10% off your stay), The Soho Grand and Roxy hotels, the Standard Hotel in the Meat Packing or East Village or the Nomad Hotel.

BROADWAY SHOWS 

YesBroadway – Our friends started this blog to make it easy to know provide those interested in theatre and  easy to digest review of give people an insiders look at Broadway

TodayTix – Don’t wait in line at the TKTS booth, download the TodayTix app and get the same discount you’d get at the booth without waiting in line! Use the code MYLTT for $10 off any ticket!

WEEKLY HAPPENINGS 

The Skint– a personal favorite of the team, its the go-to newsletter for free and relatively cheap things to do in the city. A lot of comedy nights and storytelling shows for those of you wanting to get an authentic local crowd.

TimeOut NY or Village Voice – You can get physical copies of TimeOut every Wednesday around popular cafes around the city; the Village Voice is also distributed at newspaper stands around the city. From restaurants and bar reviews to events for all types of interests (LGBT, Theatre, Film and Literature), both these newsletter offer  great resource for timely things to do. Keep in mind, they’re the most popular weekly publications so be mindful of big crowds if they’re promoting a cool event! Pro Tip – Don’t bother looking at these publications until the day you arrive.

OhMyRockness – Great list of small, indie shows playing all over NYC. The list specifically pics the best up and coming bands instead of only pushing the biggest stars.

FOOD 

Yelp – In NYC it seems that everyone’s a food critic. If you don’t mind reading the lengthy reviews by wanna-be writers, you can rest-assured 4 to 5 star reviews for local restaurants are a solid recommendations. Best of all, you can find good places near you.

Eater – Things like the Heat Map with the hottest restaurants in every neighborhood and in-depth reviews of all the best restaurants, Eater NY has enough recommendations for even the most hardcore foodie.

 

If getting “off the beaten path” is how you explore the city then Red Hook, Brooklyn has to be on your list of neighborhoods to visit. This former Revolutionary War outpost and center of Brooklyn’s industrial age is home to funky art spaces, distilleries, tasty restaurants and quirky bars. Here’s our list of the best places to scope out on your walk through the area:

Louis Valentino Jr. Park with beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty

Noble Tree Coffee Roasters AKA Noble Tree By the Sea – Taking artisanal coffee to the next level. They make their coffee with a steampunk brewery system (yes, you read correctly.) No wifi means the only thing you can do here is “experience” the ridiculously good coffee while enjoying beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty.

Kings Coffee Roasters – We honestly don’t know how these guys stay in business since they’re only open Thursday – Sunday but we honestly don’t care. Try their cold-brew coffee and admire the attention to detail.

Baked – Good ole fashioned bakery offering a mix of sweet and savory treats right along Van Brunt Street, the main drag of Red Hook.

Court Street Grocers Hero Shop – Quite possible the BEST sandwiches in Brooklyn. This unassuming locale is a spin-off of a local grocery store who’s sandwiches were SO popular they decided to open up a shop just for them! Try their Italian, it’s our personal favorite.

Pioneer Works – A non profit dedicated to multidisciplinary creativity in the arts and sciences. They organize cool events, exhibits, talks, performances and so much more in a beautifully restored 100+ year old warehouse. Swing by on any given weekend and chances are you’ll find something fun happening.

Raaka Chocolate Factory – It’s a chocolate factory, it’s vegan (and delicious) and they have tons of free samples. What else do you want us to say?!

Red Hook Winery –

Sixpoint Brewery

Red Hook Bait and Tackle Bar

Foxy and Winston

Van Brunt Stillhouse

Coolest Events:

Red Hook Crit – 4/28

Formula E Race – 7/14 – 7/15