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Culture Trip launches first podcast series

Culture Trip – an app aimed at millennials and Gen Z travellers – yesterday announced the launch of its first-ever original podcast, titled Only In.

Culture Trip launches first podcast series
Alex Shebar: “With people still spending quite a lot of time at home, our podcast comes at the right time.”

The six-parter podcast series will put a spotlight on what makes New York City so unique from any other place in the world, say the publishers. It will celebrate the city during what has been a tough year so far, connecting people with cultural experiences as they still spend time at home with lockdowns only slowly being lifted. The episodes - each around 30 minutes long - will roll out weekly.

In addition to Culture Trip’s app and site and the brand’s social channels, the Only In podcast is a new touchpoint.

Five episodes of the podcast series will focus on the different boroughs of New York, inviting some of the residents - who are real local experts and bring something truly unique to this city - to share their insights. The final episode was created following New York’s lockdown shining a light on how the city that never sleeps begins to wake up.

Only In is available for download from iTunes and for streaming on Spotify and other streaming services.

Culture Trip’s Alex Shebar, creator and co-host of Only In said: "At Culture Trip we are dedicated to inspire our users with cultural content with a local perspective and authentic voice - we reveal what is special and unique about a place, its people and culture. Our new podcast Only In allows us to showcase the best of NYC with things you've heard of and things you probably haven't to show what makes the city so unique and iconic.

“With people still spending quite a lot of time at home, our podcast comes at the right time - it’s a great way for our brand to connect with our audience in a new way, and to connect our audience with the buzz and excitement of this amazing city which we all can’t wait to explore again hopefully soon. During what is a difficult time for the city our podcast reminds us of all the great people and experiences in it."

Culture Trip has provided the following episode overview:

Episode 1: House of Yes, released Aug 17

House of Yes in Bushwick, Brooklyn, is a nightlife institution with wild dance parties and daring aerialist performers, where everyone is invited. Co-founders Kae Burke and Anya Sapozhnikova reveal how they turned House of Yes from an illegal DIY arts space into the borough’s go-to spot to have your best night ever.

Episode 2: Grand Central Terminal, releases August 24

There’s a lot more to Grand Central Terminal than just its famous astrological ceiling. Director of Grand Central George Monasterio and architect Frank Prial tell us about the restoration of Grand Central Terminal in the ’90s, which they both worked on, and the many small details visitors may overlook. And Municipal Art Society docent tour guide Curtis Wayne shares Grand Central’s secrets, from underground parties thrown by Andy Warhol to the real value of that opal clock.

Episode 3: Enoteca Maria, releases August 31

Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry over to Enoteca Maria, a small restaurant where grandmothers rule the kitchen. Owner Jody Scaravella put an ad out for Italian grandmothers who wanted to share their native cooking with others — years later, the Nonnas of the World include chefs originally from Puerto Rico, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and many other parts of the world. In this episode, the hosts share a delicious meal from on-duty Italian grandmother Maria.

Episode 4: Museum of The Moving Image, releases September 7

The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, is pop-culture heaven for everyone from the cinema-obsessed to casual Netflixers. Curator Barbara Miller shows how this museum has embraced everything from video games to Star Wars toys to the Muppets. This hidden NYC gem delights young and old alike.

Episode 5: Hush Hip-Hop Tour, releases September 14

The Bronx is known as the birthplace of hip-hop. Famed hip-hop artists and Bronx residents Johnny Famous and Rayza take listeners through the history of hip-hop in The Boogie Down, everything from 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, the official birthplace of hip-hop, to Casa Amadeo, New York’s oldest record shop.

Episode 6: Only In - End of New York City Series Special, releases September 21

We’ve delved into New York’s 5 neighborhoods, but 2020 has changed the fabric of the city. In this end of series special Culture Trip looks at how the city has dealt with COVID-19 and how its residents are ensuring New York City stays special despite the many changes we have seen this year.