7 Things To Do In New York City That You Didn’t Know About
It’s certainly no secret that New York City is one of the world’s biggest and best cities to explore – with its endless landmarks, prevalent history and blend of cultures it makes for one of the most interesting and exciting holidays one could have. In fact, no trip to the US would be complete without it.
However, if you’ve already seen the sights and done the typical tourist activities, these 7 things could breathe new life into NYC when you think you’ve seen it all.
7 Things To Do In New York City That You Didn’t Know About:
Head out to Coney Island
Okay, so Coney Island isn’t exactly a secret—it’s arguably one of the USA’s most iconic destinations, with travelers from far and wide frolicking upon the shore and enjoying the old-time attractions here. With rides such as the iconic Cyclone roller coaster to enjoy alongside traditional eateries serving up everything from clams to ice cream, this is the quintessential seaside getaway lying on the outskirts of America’s biggest city.
Be warned—it does get busy over at Coney Island, but it’s unlikely to spoil your time. In fact, when the sun’s out and people flock to the beach, it makes for a more energetic and lively trip.
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Walk the High Line
One of the things New York City does exceedingly well is repurposing locations and effectively opening up the city with greener areas and public spaces—and the High Line is arguably the most impressive example of that.
Situated on a former railroad on the west side of Manhattan, the High Line is elevated above ground level, with plenty of greenery, benches to sit upon and trails to explore. The line even runs through buildings at a certain point, beautifully entwined with its surroundings in a way only New York City can pull off.
Book a dinner at Blue Note
Despite being one of the world’s most iconic venues for jazz, the Blue Note club situated in Greenwich Village is wildly underrated and unnoticed by visitors to the city.
Often showcasing some of the best up-and-coming talent as well as established acts, Blue Note promises one of the most authentic jazz nights you’ll ever experience. It’s in high demand, so book far in advance—and prepare to shell out too—but it’s absolutely worth the effort.
Pig out at Smorgasburg Williamsburg
Although there’s certainly no shortage of good food in New York City’s boroughs, Brooklyn boasts one of the most incredible blends of different cultures and dishes in Williamsburg’s Smorgasburg.
Boasting the title of the largest open-air food market in America, tens of thousands travel to Smorgasburg every weekend between the months of April and October to sample the hundreds of foods on offer—with vegan and kosher options available amongst many others. If you consider yourself a foodie, this needs to be on your itinerary.
Watch a show at the Paris Theater
Watching a movie at the Paris Theater will likely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience—after all, it is the only remaining single-screen cinema in Manhattan. Showing just one film a week at multiple times of the day, this 586-seat theatre is truly something special.
With beautiful architecture and a traditional balcony to its name, the Paris Theater is a true hark back to the golden age of cinema, transporting visitors back to a time many, many years ago.
Grab a dollar slice of pizza
Pizza is one of New York City’s traditional dishes—you’ll find pizzerias on nearly every street, each likely as delectable as the next.
However, make sure you don’t shy away from the dollar slices available in the smaller establishments. You may be put off by the price, but with just a dollar or two, you may score one of the best slices of pizza you’ll ever taste.
Joe’s Pizza is said to be the best in the city, serving up slices that are quintessentially New York.
Explore the less-traveled boroughs
Don’t rule out Harlem or the Bronx during your exploration of the Big Apple. These boroughs all offer something unique despite often being skipped over by travelers—from the Bronx Zoo to Harlem’s incredible churches (be sure to sit in on an energetic, upbeat gospel service), they’re a great way to understand just how much of a cultural blend New York City truly is.
What things did we miss from our list? Be sure to recommend some more places to see in New York City in the comments below.
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