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New York City’s personalised travel service allows visitors to ‘live like a local’ and shares 9 New York trends for you 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 9 trends:

  • Shopping – increased product customisation and experiences.
  • Restaurant – new Japanese dining concepts are hitting the city.
  • Entertainment – immersive theatre.
  • Authenticity – exploring neighborhoods untouched by tourism.
  • Real Estate – reinventing Manhattan’s West Side.
  • Broadway – taking it online!
  • Food trends – sweet treats continuously get more inventive and exclusive.
  • Day trips – New York is rediscovering its beaches.
  • NYC’s waters – repurposed barges attract New Yorkers.

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. You can 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.

And now, Lip Lab launched “At Home”, a digital service by BITE during COVID19 to create custom lipstick from the comfort of your home.

With experiential retail concepts in New York (Soho and Brooklyn), California (Orange Country), and Canada (Toronto), beauty aficionados can book appointments to create their perfect shade, add a scent, pick a finish, and engrave their lip stick cap with the help of a “Color Expert.”

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.

Alternatively a venue of choice is The Escape Game New York City considered a top-tier venue where adventures stage like Hollywood Blockbusters with twists, turns and startling suprsises.

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.

Then, Williamsburg’s spirit of creativity made it a popular destination that remains one of its most powerful draws.

Brighton Beach, the Brooklyn neighborhood is known for its tight-knit, Russian-speaking community and the colorful shops, food emporiums and restaurants. that line Brighton Beach Avenue beneath the rumble of the elevated subway lines.  

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.

Broadway – Stream Your Favorite Broadway Hits! Anytime, Anywhere!

Due to Covid19 Broadway Theatre is closed until June 2021. But eager Broadway fans can stream Broadway shows via www.broadwayhd.com

Must see:

A Doll House

A Doll’s House, Nora Helmer, having fraudulently borrowed money to save her husband, is forced to reveal her secret and, in doing so, reassess her life as it stands.

A Killer Party

When Varthur McArthur invites his troupe of disgruntled actors and collaborators to the first read of an “immersive murder mystery dinner party,” no one knew that he would be the victim. Or did they? Sifting through lies and red herrings and a truly baffling murder mystery script left by the deceased, Detective Case vows to find the truth.

Pippin

Winner of 5 Tony Awards, Pippin is a Broadway musical that is not only a contemporary classic but also the play that made director choreographer Bob Fosse a famous name long before Cabaret and All That Jazz.

Present Laughter

Noel Coward’s totally-irresistible and semi-autobiographical comedy follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Freely indulging his considerable appetite for wine, women and sleeping late, the theatre’s favorite leading man suddenly finds himself caught between fawning ingénues, crazed playwrights, and secret trysts. 

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.

Old-fashioned rice pudding has been reinvented at SoHo’s tongue-in-cheek Rice to Riches, where flavors range from “coconut coma” to “almond shmalmond”; it’s super-filling, so even the “solo” size is best to share.

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.

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.

Tap into these trends with a LOCALIKE New York Personal itinerary. For more information please go on the LOCALIKE website www.localike-newyork.com

LOCALIKE decodes the city’s complex DNA and shows facets that are not described in any travel guide. Straightforward. Direct. Uncomplicated.

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.

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Tracy Burrows103 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 LatestSightings.com 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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