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What better time to take an adventure than Summer? The experts of adventures from Go Dream have shared their favorite Summer adventures to do in New York City. Go Dream was founded in 2007 by Nicolai Billie Krogh, and gives people the opportunity to give fun life experiences as gifts. They have been able to share over two million experiences, and also offer more than 5,000 experiences. Check out these once in a lifetime experiences that can help you send Summer out with a bang.
.1. Paragliding In The Catskills
Get your adrenaline pumping by paragliding in Catskills. At $145, you can learn to paraglide with a certified instructor. After completing your lesson, you’ll be able to see scenic New York from a bird’s-eye view.
2. Drive a Ferrari
Who doesn’t want to drive a supercar? At $99, you can take a Ferrari out for a test drive. With this experience you get half an hour to drive on an adrenaline filled, but safe course with either a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or McLaren.
3. Fly A Helicopter
Starting at $440, you can fly a helicopter around Upstate, New York. You get a safety briefing beforehand, then you and your instructor will take flight around Westchester county, the Hudson River, and the New York/Connecticut coastline. At the end of your flight, you can take home an HD recording to show your friends and family all the sights you flew by.
4. Ice Cream Treats Tour
Beat the Summer heat by taking an ice cream tour in Manhattan. Starting at $55, you’ll begin the tour at Union Square, then explore neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Little Italy, and Soho. This tour isn’t just about ice cream though, you’ll also learn about the areas you visit while taking in the beautiful scenery.
5. Wine Tasting Sail Trip
Enjoy a relaxing sail around New York City while also enjoying a fine selection of wine. Starting at $199, you can go on a wine cruise which will include charcuterie and cheese along with a special selection or theme of wines. While you’re sailing, you’ll also learn basic knowledge to understand various wines. The sail will last for two hours, and upon arrival you can choose which wine cruise you would like to go on as each one has a different selection of wines and themes.
6. VIP Golf Lessons
If you love to golf, this once in a lifetime experience would be perfect for you. For $100, you’ll be able to learn gold techniques personally from a PGA professional in Manhattan. After your lesson, a video of your swing can be viewed on a premiere Golf Channel Academy website so you can show off your skills. The best part is you can be any skill level to do this experience.
7. Downtown Jet Ski
Want to tour New York in a unique way? For $139, you and a friend can take a jet ski tour to see the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, and more. All equipment is included, and the tour will last for an hour.
8. Hot Air Balloon Upstate and New Jersey
Experience parts of New York you haven’t seen before from high up in the sky on a hot air balloon. Starting at $248, you can travel by hot air balloon over Upstate New York where you can see Lake George along with vineyards and farmlands. You can even enjoy lunch and champagne included with your balloon tour.
By Shaunna Redman
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Manhattan streets and in between the chill, urban setting that is Brooklyn is Ditmas Park, a neighborhood in Brooklyn striking with small town appeal. Victorian houses line the streets on each side, each shaded by a tree reaching above the roofs remind the inhabitants and visitors of suburban America. That small town appeal continues in the main public streets with edge to edge restaurants of different cuisines and shopping stores of different cultures. Because there’s so many, visitors are often compelled to return.
One of the best places to hang out near Ditmas Park is actually Lakeside in Prospect Park. Besides the regular picnic in the park adventure, Lakeside offers activities that residents can engage in during each season. In the spring and summer time, residents can boating on the lake in one of the paddleboats, biking around the trails, and kids can hang out in the splash pad. There’s also a skating rink where every Friday the rink is open, Ditmas Park resident Lola Star hosts a roller skating party. During the wintertime, residents can go ice skating, go curling or practice their figure skating.
If you're looking to move to Ditmas Park you may want to check out 416 Marlborough Road. This large, 2,500 sq.ft., legal 2 family Ditmas Park, Victorian house, contains 3 floors, plus a full basement of original details including hardwood floors, stained glass windows, pocket doors, fireplaces, and 4 separate outdoor porches. Sitting on a tree lined block, this home offers both historical charm, plus all the modern and trendy accessibility of Cortelyou Road. This 100 year old, 2 family house, has 7 bedrooms, 3 baths and has been lovingly cared for by the same family for over 25 years. It preserves an abundance of original details and is in strong mechanical condition.
The home rests on 4,000 sq.ft. of land with a beautiful backyard highlighted by a free-standing meticulously built gazebo that easily seats more than a dozen guests. In addition, for many options to personalize this beautiful house, there is also room to add a driveway for private parking. Priced to sell, with low annual taxes and with two legal apartments that can be rented, this house would yield a highly desirable cap rate return in excess of 4.5%.
The Brooklyn Center for Performing Art in Brooklyn College is an art place for music and theatre performance. They deliver performances with reflection to Brooklyn’s communities as well as encourage creativity with exposure to different cultures. The building hosts four different spaces for performances and practices, though the Walt Whitman theatre is closed for repairs until June 2018.
With so many restaurant favorites from the residents as well as visitors that stop by Ditmas Park, it’s hard to mention just one, so here’s a few. Grab a slice of tres leches cake at the La Nueva Union bakery or head for brunch at Hunger Pang serving dishes like Shrimp Po’ Bao or Okonomiyaki. For curry and roti with Caribbean influences, head to Shayna’s where most of her food is super affordable. Lastly, check out Cafe Tibet for favourites like dumplings and thenthuk, a Tibetan soup. These are just a few restaurants to check out at Ditmas Park. You should head there yourself to see what you can find!