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New York City’s personalised travel service which allows visitors to ‘live like a local’ shares 10 New York trends to discover…

With New York attracting more than 60 million tourists each year, this innovative service replaces biased reviews, recommendations and time-consuming web research with efficient, personal itineraries created with tried and tested insider knowledge not found in any guidebook or online.

LOCALIKE New York is the brainchild of Manhattanite Andreas Leuzinger, after planning countless trips for his friends in the city, Andreas was inspired to launch LOCALIKE New York.

“Receiving advice from locals has always been a cherished travel resource,” outlines Leuzinger. “We are able to decode the city’s DNA for visitors who may not be familiar with, or who may want to see a different side of the city. We have our finger on the pulse of the real New York City.”

The experts at LOCALIKE are well-travelled, with local insider information at their fingertips to provide unusual recommendations, exclusive access and opportunities to meet the people that make the city tick. With this in mind, here are the top 10 trends:

1) Shopping – increased product customisation and experiences
Across a wide range of products, NYC will see an increased trend towards customisation including personalised stationery, tailored jeans and bespoke lipstick colors created during a personal consultation With Bite Beauty Lip Lab New York create a unique, individualised lipstick shade or visit 3×1 for bespoke jeans, designed and fitted in a choice of more than 70 different denim fabrics from across the world.

2) Restaurant – new Japanese dining concepts are hitting the city
A wide range of innovative Japanese restaurants are opening in NYC, like Ikinari Steak, where customers eat steaks cut to order standing up. Another example is the Tokyo Record Bar; here an izakaya prix fixe menu is served to a self-selected vinyl playlist by customers.

3) Entertainment – immersive theatre
A steady trend has been the unique play, in which for a small audience group, the lines between fiction and reality are blurred. A recent and truly terrifying version is This Is Real, where in a mix of escape room and theatre, the audience has been kidnapped and needs to break free in creative ways.

4) Authenticity – exploring neighborhoods untouched by tourism
New York City and Manhattan, in particular, has been optimised for tourists however experiences frequently remain interchangeable. Therefore, particular individualist travelers are seeking out neighborhoods that are authentic melting pot communities such as Jackson Heights in Queens.

5) Real Estate – reinventing Manhattan’s West Side
Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States. At a cost of US$20 billion, a completely new area is being developed on Manhattan’s West Side that will combine state of the art shopping, dining, and culture.  A new observation deck 75 floors up will top the Empire State Building’s deck by 50 feet (15 meters). A sculpture called “The Vessel” is predicted to become the “Eiffel Tower of New York City.” The accessible structure designed by British architect Thomas Heatherwick has 154 interlocking stairways consisting of a total of 2,500 steps.

6) Broadway – Hollywood is coming to NYC
In the upcoming month, the celebrity density in Broadway productions will be even higher than usual with Denzel Washington, Uma Thurman, Bette Midler, Clive Owen and Jason Mraz.

7) Food trends – sweet treats continuously get more inventive and exclusive
Bakeries are popping up right and left, many with innovative creations such as a charcoal meringue squid-ink brioche. At the same time, increased attention is being paid to desserts. A dessert-only-restaurant recently opened, and a two Michelin stars restaurant serving a 5-course dessert tasting menu.

8) Day trips – New York is rediscovering its beaches
New York City’s coastline— which stretches a total of 520 miles and is longer than the coastlines of Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco combined– has a wealth of beautiful beaches. These have lately received a hipster makeover with taco eateries and tiki bars.

9) NYC’s waters – repurposed barges attract New Yorkers
More and more converted and repurposes barges have drawn New Yorkers to the piers in Manhattan and Brooklyn. What started with a fancy Oyster bar has been picked up by alternative eateries and even inspired a barge with a little orchard.

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Tap into these trends with a LOCALIKE New York Personal itinerary, starting at $79 (approximately £59) for one day. For more information please go on the LOCALIKE website or call +1 646 568 3171.”

The process is simple: travellers complete a profile on LOCALIKE’s website in 15-20 minutes, highlighting their preferences and interests during their time in the city. Within five business days, LOCALIKE’s local experts will create a personalised itinerary. Recognising the time-sensitive needs of business travellers, a fast-turn around service is also available upon request to see a completed profile returned in two working days. Each in-depth and comprehensive Trip Planner includes bespoke advice on the most up-to-date and off the beaten path sights, launches and events. These can be tailored geographically around the visitor’s city hub for ease of time and transportation.

Tracy Burrows102 Posts

    If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel magazine platform for cost effective, luxury, unusual and extraordinary but mostly immersive travel ideas around the globe. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona Magazine (South African Airways inflight magazine). Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment comes from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. So thank you for inspiring me, and for joining our journey!


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