New York City is that kind of place where you have to go at least once to make sure it is what they really say: magical, mysterious and out of this world. You’ve probably heard about the historical places and buildings, but did you know that there are other things to see, besides the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty which are the most obvious tourist spots.
If you’re looking to discover something more, here are some tips you might consider:
1. Brooklyn Bridge
The place you probably know from Instagram, since the first thing every influencer does is to take a photo next to the Brooklyn Bridge that spans the East River and is a truly magnificent place. One of the most famous bridges in the world, Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn since 1883. You can either walk along, bike or drive, but it’s important to remember that sunsets and evenings from Brooklyn Bridge are one of the most stunning sunsets you’ll ever see. And after you’re done crossing the bridge, you can try some ice cream as Brooklyn has some of the best ice cream places in New York.
2. Central Park
Everyone knows about Central Park, after all, it is an iconic place after all. Whether you prefer to walk and admire the scenery, or do yoga, Central Part is the place to be. You can also rent a bike or play some sports or just enjoy the sun while watching New Yorkers go about their day. If you prefer fishing, you can go to Harlem Meer or in case you happen to be during the winter, you can try ice skating at Woolman Rink. Also, some of the most notable attractions of New York such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim Museum and the American Museum of National History, are all located in Central Park.
3. Go some bar hopping
Since New York is known as the city that never sleeps, there is no better way to spend your evenings (and nights) than going through some bars and trying various delicious cocktails and other drinks. The best place to do this is, of course, Manhattan, which is also known for great bars and clubs that serve fabulous drinks. If you want to take things up a notch, you can try some premium cocktails made by a renowned mixologist in NYC which is known to serve the best drinks that the New York party scene has to offer. Besides Manhattan, you can try partying and bar hopping in East Village, and Brooklyn.
4. Chelsea Market
If you love all things vintage and enjoy cruising flea markets, then the Chelsea market is the right place for you. This place is located in the Meatpacking district on Ninth Avenue, and has many interesting places that are definitely worth visiting. Whether you love pop-up shops or simply prefer to try various delicious foods and wines, one thing is certain: whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it there. Chelsea Market is not only about food as it is also known as the food hall offering cuisine from around the world. Fun fact: the original Nabisco factory that makes Oreo cookies was first invented and produced there.
5. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
For those who prefer all things art related, the Museum of Modern Art is the place for you. This downtown gallery has been home to some of the most iconic works of art such as Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, Monet’s “Water Lilies” and Andy Warhol’s “Campbell Soup Cans”. The entrance fee can be a bit steep (about $25 for adults) but no one who was there ever regretted it so it’s definitely money well spent. The MoMA is located on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, so if you happen to be in New York for a few days, be sure to check it outbecause it is truly one of the most stunning places where you can enjoy an impressive art collection.
In conclusion, New York has a lot to offer, and there is too little time to see everything the first time you are there, so always make sure you plan your return, because it would be too bad to see such an amazing city only once in ‘all their lives.