When we think of New York, we think of the city that never sleeps.
There is always something to do, to see, to discover…
And because we want you to make the most of your trip there, we’ve put together a list of 25 great and intriguing activities to do that will get you to see the city in a less “traditional” way.
But before reading the list, get inspired by “The Big Apple” with the New York Video Tour!
1. The Famous Subway Vent
Visit the intersection of Lexington Avenue with 52nd Street, and see the famous subway vent that made Marilyn Monroe’s legs famous.
2.Gospel Choir Performances
Attend a Sunday Mass in Harlem and see a Gospel Choir perform.The best known churches are the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Antioch Baptist Church, the Lagree Baptist Church and the First Corinthian Baptist Church.
3. Spectacular Sunsets of “Manhattanhenge”
Enjoy the Manhattan Solstice! This happens twice a year, around 28th – 30th of May and 11th – 13th of June, when the setting sun aligns perfectly with the east-west street grid.
4. The Berlin Wall in New York
Feel like you’re in Berlin while sitting on a terrace having a coffee in Paley Park, where a small piece of the wall is exhibited.
5. Ride the Oldest Roller Coaster in the United States
If you are in New York, you cannot pass up a chance to ride the oldest roller coaster in the country, which was built in the ‘20s. Believe it or not, it’s still operational!
6. Grand Central Station
This has become such a special place for New Yorkers that many even come here to propose!
7. The Wall Street Bull
It is said that if you want good luck and fortune in you life, all you have to do is pat the nose of the Wall Street Bull!
8. Brooklyn Bridge Park
After enjoying the incredible view from the Empire State Building, what you should do next is head over to Brooklyn Bridge Park and admire the spectacular Manhattan skyline.
9. The World’s Largest Store
Visit Macy´s, it’s the world’s largest store!
10. Amazing Sights
If you want to have an amazing view of the entire city, you should definitely visit the Rockefeller Center!
11. Discover the Temple of Dendur
Exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this is one of the oldest buildings on earth! It was a gift from the Egyptian government to the United States in recognition of their assistance in preserving and saving other monuments that were threatened during the construction of the Aswan dam.
12. Village Vanguard
For jazz lovers, we recommend the Village Vanguard, which is thought to be one of the most legendary jazz clubs that New York has to offer.
13. The Japanese Garden in Brooklyn
If you have the chance, you should see the Japanese Garden in Brooklyn. Commissioned by Alfred T. White in 1914, this garden is one of the most appreciated parks in the city.
14. Ice skating in Central Park.
Going skating on the Wollman Rink in Central Park is a classic! You can skate on ice from October to April; for the rest of the months, a concrete track for rollerblading is set up.
15. Brooklyn Superheroes Store
Ever wanted to have superpowers? Well, it seems this store, unique of its kind, sells formulas that could make you stronger, faster, or invisible…why not give it a go? It might just surprise you!
This unique neighborhood has a charm of its own that is worth experiencing! The best time to go is first thing in the morning.
17. World Trade Center – Ground Zero
Also worth seeing, this is a monument which was built on the ground where the Twin Towers used to stand in memory of the 9/11 victims.
18. Kayaking on the Hudson River.
Feeling adventurous? If you want to experience something different, head over to dock 40 (72nd Street) with your swimsuit, and sign up for this amazing experience that will take you down the Hudson River.
19. Banquets at Union Square Greenmarket
Looking to fill your belly without paying a fortune? This is one of the best places to go! Here you can enjoy dishes prepared by regional farmers, fishermen or bakers who come and set up their stands Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
20. Free Juilliard Concert.
Every Tuesday night at 20 pm, you can catch the students from the renowned Julliard university holding a performance inside the atrium of 180 Maiden Lane – a great experience in an extravagant location!
21. Find peace in a Buddhist Temple
If you want to disconnect from all the hustle and bustle, escape to 133 Canal Street in Chinatown and visit the Mahayana Buddhist Temple; for just $ 1 you can rent a gown and enter this spectacular oasis where you can relax and find inner peace.
22. Hot Dogs in Coney Island
One thing is for sure, you cannot leave New York without going to Nathan’s and trying the best hot dogs in Coney Island. And if you find yourself in the neighborhood around the 4th of July, you can even participate in their hot dog eating competition!
23. Art in Chelsea
If you walk down 10th and 11th Avenue, you will find the greatest number of art galleries in New York. Inaugurations, conferences, free outdoor events free … every day there is something happening; if you love art, this is the place to be!
24. High Line Park, the New Avant-Garde Neighborhood
Located on a former railway found on the streets of New York that has not been in use since 1980, this area has been remodeled and has become a new hot spot for tourists!
25. The Outlet Stores
If you have time and want to go shopping for bargains, you have come to the right city – New York is full of outlet stores!
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