New York City is home to more than 50 farmers markets

Greenmarket was founded in New York City in 1976. What began as a one-day-a-week farmer’s market in Union Square supporting seven farmers has since exploded. Today, the Greenmarket runs 52 markets which supports 240 farmers in seven states. The mission of the markets is to promote local agriculture and provide New Yorkers access to healthy locally grown foods. The program gives regional farms the opportunity to sell their products directly to city residents on a regular basis. It also allows locals to get to know those who grow the food they buy. Middlemen or brokers are not allowed. Greenmarket’s farmers… Read More

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Alphabet City Walking Tour

Years ago Alphabet City was considered dangerous but today it is a mix of affluent New Yorkers, NYU students, artists, musicians and free spirits. Alphabet City is the area from 14th Street to Houston Street, and from Avenue A to Avenue D in New York’s East Village. Before it was bustling with buildings, this area was marsh. In the 1800’s developers began building apartments and a large German community sprang up. By the early 20th century the area became more diverse with Jewish, Irish and Italian immigrants making this area their home. During the 1980s, Alphabet City was home to a mix of Puerto Rican and African… Read More

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Jefferson Market Library: a library inside a landmark building

When local residents of Greenwich Village head to their local library, they see more than just books and periodicals. That is because the Jefferson Market Library is an architectural gem steeped with history. The Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library is located at 425 Sixth Avenue at the corner of 10th Street. The building was originally built as the Third Judicial Courthouse from 1874-1877 and was designed by architects Frederick Clarke Withers and Calvert Vaux (who also was involved in designing Central Park). When it was completed the second floor (now the adult reading room) was a civil… Read More

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See the real New York City beyond the usual tourist sites with We Can Tour That

First time visitors to New York City generally head straight for Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. While these are all must see attractions, they are just the tip of the iceberg of all that the city has to offer. To really get to know the city, you need to venture outside the well trafficked tourist districts and head for the neighborhoods where New Yorkers live. In other words, you have to go off the beaten path and explore. Our goal at We Can Tour That is to assist you in seeing all that New… Read More

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Ready to go zip lining in the Bronx?

When one thinks of zip lining through the trees Costa Rica or Belize generally come to mind. The Bronx is usually not one of the first places associated with this type of activity. That is, until now. The new zip line and aerial ropes course are now open at the Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure. At this zip line you step off a platform 50 feet off the ground and fly 400 feet across the Bronx River. You then get to repeat this process for your return trip to the other side. Another challenge awaits you at the Ropes Course. There are… Read More

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Yorkville Neighborhood Historical Walking Tour

Yorkville –  The Historic Manhattan Neighborhood You May   Not Know This Upper East Side neighborhood is one that is not often visited by tourist yet is rich in history. It is a residential community between 79th and 96th Streets, from Third Avenue to the East River. The area was home to many immigrants from Germany as well as Czechs, Slovaks and Hungarians in the early 20th century. This tour begins and ends at the entrance to the new Second Avenue Subway. We’ll visit historic German establishments Heidelberg Restaurant, Schaller and Weber butchers and Glaser’s Bakery. We’ll be seeing one of just… Read More

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Manhattan’s oldest house is in Washington Heights

The recent Broadway show In The Heights helped put Washington Heights in the spotlight. The upper Manhattan neighborhood is a vibrant community with many family owned restaurants serving up Latin cuisine. The area is home to many immigrants from the Dominican Republic and has amazing views of the Hudson River. Washington Heights is also home to a lot of New York City history. One of the must see sites in the area is the Morris-Jumel Mansion. It is the oldest house in the borough of Manhattan and was built in 1765 by British military officer Roger Morris. The building served… Read More

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