This is not your conventional gift guide. Yep, we could tell you all about this fantastic bubble wrap wall calendar or the ridiculous/cool Lumio book lamp, yet aren’t experiences more valuable than things?
With two active communities in two of the greatest neighborhoods in the world, we thought we’d share a wishlist of experiences you could gift to your loved ones this holiday season or any time.
Our Favorite Experiences in New York City and San Francisco
For architecture aficionados and explorers:
New York City has some of the most iconic buildings in the world. Sign up for Open House New York and bring your friends on a tour of some of the city’s most iconic buildings and public works buildings. Tours are usually booked pretty quickly, so this is an exclusive treat for true fans of Roebling, Wright, and the like.
Our members in San Francisco took a walking tour to learn about the architecture of their city. If you want to plan a similar adventure, read our full write-up here.
For the active set:
Some of our members get together to work out or run together as often as possible. They enjoy a run across the Williamsburg bridge. If you’d like to explore Brooklyn’s hottest neighborhood of the moment, start your run at the lower east side. Once you reach Williamsburg, explore and try to find Common Havemeyer’s Butterfly for a great post run victory photo opp.
Everyone knows you can see some of the greatest teams play in New York. With Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center, and Yankee Stadium so accessible, it’s really easy to drop in. Yet, for something a little different, head to the Bronx to watch a game of Gaelic football or Hurling at Gaelic Park in the Bronx. What’s Gaelic football? It’s best experienced than described. See for yourself in 2017!
DQ is a project coordinator on our Space team. As part of her role, she travels to our homes to help get them ready for members to move in. Here are a few favorite spots she recommends you visit with friends:
“I spent weekends hiking or exploring different parks. My favorite park would be Dolores Park in the Mission District. A great morning hike towards the Twin Peaks is also a must! And you can’t miss Presidio Park, Golden Gate Park, and walking across the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito. Make sure you have a way back! These are all landmarks you have to hit when touring the city. Also great photo opps!”
For the adventurous foodies:
Chinatown is a staple, Koreatown is a hidden delight, yet no one ever talks about Little India. Check out this little-known zone of the best culinary exports from Southeast Asia. Don’t know where to start? Eater’s got you covered with their best picks from the area.
Gavan, from our Admissions team, spent some time in our SoMa homes this past summer too. His recommendations for the city’s best eats are the food trucks. Gavan shares, “Hit up one of the 3 food truck parks (Soma Streat Food Park, Spark Food Truck Park, G Food Truck Lounge). Go as a group. It’s the most fun because you order different foods and share.”
DQ also adds, “In the fiev weeks I spent in SF, I learned a lot about SoMa. One of my favorite things to do was start each morning off at The Market in the Twitter HQ building. As a New Yorker, I would equate the Market to a trendier/healthier hybrid of Urban Space in Midtown and a Whole Foods.”
For the music lovers:
New York has so many music venues all around Manhattan and Brooklyn. One hidden gem? Good Room in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. It’s Good Room section is built for live performances or DJ sets while it’s Bad Room has the larger bar set up. See some unknown bands mixed with a variety of known acts such as D’angelo and Chairlift.
For Those craving alternative bar scenes:
When you want to escape the monotonous bar scene, head to Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood for some fun at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. One of our members, Cole, tipped us off to this great spot. “It feels like you’ve stepped onto a Wes Anderson set. Don’t feel like paying for a shuffleboard court? Check out life-size Jenga!”
DQ was excited to find, “the famed Tonga Room inside the historic Fairmont Hotel. The experience alone will keep you talking about it for days to come! A sprawling tiki themed spot from the 1940’s with a pool and a floating raft that cover bands sing old songs.”
For the beauty Buffs:
Take your Sephora-obsessed friends to Bite Beauty Lip Lab for an indulgent treat. At the lab, guests can create their own lipstick from shade to texture to flavor. Choose from matte or shiny, over 200 shades, and 6 pretty appetizing flavors. I visited this spot with the team in December and had a blast.
Farewell to 2016
This past year was a blast, and we can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store. We visited Brooklyn’s best karaoke spot, opened our home to the community for a movie premiere, and celebrated our one-year anniversary. Learn more about homes and schedule a tour here.