Jessica Dante shows us five unusual things to do in New York.
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Ah, New York City. If you have the chance to visit, it’s something that you would be a fool to pass up. But if hoards of tourists in Times Square and at the Empire State Building are not your thing, check out these 5 alternative things to do and see in New York City.
Shop at the Chelsea Market
Located on the West side of Manhattan in the hip neighborhood of Chelsea, this market is a food lover’s dream. The Chelsea Market is filled with speciality food shops, delicious restaurants, and gift nooks. If you’re looking for some good Italian food, get your fill at Rana or if you’re yearning more for a sweet snack, grab a brownie at Fat Witch Bakery
Take a stroll on the Highline
No matter what the weather during your visit to New York City, a walk along the Highline in a must. This old elevated subway track was refurbished and brought back to life a few years ago and is now lined with trees, flowers, seating, and food and art vendors. Walk all 22 blocks of it and you’ll get a unique view of the city’s west side as well as a bit of rare NYC greenery.
Flag down a food truck
New York City has long been known for its fantastic restaurants that serve cuisine from all over the world, and now this notoriety has translated to the city’s street food. New York’s food truck scene is booming, and instead of just serving the typical greasy gyro, you’ll find high-quality and delicious dishes that will cure just about any craving. When you’re hungry and ready for a food truck experience, use the NYC Food Truck app to see which ones are parked up closest to you.
Drink at the Frying Pan
Forget a boring river cruise– head to the Frying Pan if you want some fun on a boat. This wooden-ship-turned-bar is a great place to watch the sunset on the Hudson river while partaking in some casual alcohol consumption. It’s a cool experience that you can’t miss if the weather is nice. Just be sure to get there before 7pm or you’ll get stuck waiting in line to get on.
Relax in Madison Square Park
Madison Square Park is a bit underrated, despite its convenient location. Size-wise, it’s surely no Central Park, but it’s shady, well-maintained, and when you’re hungry, you can hop online for one of Shake Shack’s phenomenal burgers. There’s often cool things going on in the park as well, like a jumbo screen showing a live Met’s game, an art exhibit that you can wander through, or a night of live music. It’s the perfect spot to take a break from sight-seeing and enjoy the scenery.
Jessica Dante is freelance travel blogger whose worldwide travels include volunteering in Nicaragua, backpacking through Europe, and a year of adventures in Italy. She’s the creator of The Abroad Guide, a blog that helps American students make the most of their study abroad experience. You can also follow her experiences as a new expat on her personal blog Love and London.
Do you have any more alternative things to add to our list?