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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.

eagle1effi via Flickr

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.

Amanda Jayne via Pinterest

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.

Kristoffer Akesson via Pinterest

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.

Berlin Wall in NY
stevenkaye via Flickr

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!

Jamie Bennish via Pinterest

6. Grand Central Station

This has become such a special place for New Yorkers that many even come here to propose!

Grand Central
eDDIE via Pinterest

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!

Wall Street Bull
Blass Hollingsworth via Pinterest

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.

Brooklyn Bridge Park
Michael Xander via Pinterest

9. The World’s Largest Store

Visit Macy´s, it’s the world’s largest store!

Cat Yap via Pinterest

10. Amazing Sights

If you want to have an amazing view of the entire city, you should definitely visit the Rockefeller Center!

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.

Dendur temple
agennari via Flickr

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.

Jazz Village Vanguard
Adele Ray via Pinterest

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.

Japanese Garden Brooklyn

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.

Wollman Rink
Zumra Cakir via Pinterest

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!

Brooklyn Superhero Supply
Baby Ink via Pinterest

16. Chinatown

This unique neighborhood has a charm of its own that is worth experiencing! The best time to go is first thing in the morning.

Phillip Van Nostrand via Pinterest

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.

Ground Zero
Oscar Granados via Pinterest

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.

River Hudson
Robert Coleman via Flickr

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.

Union Square Greenmarket
Nicole Franzen via Pinterest

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!

Dance U101 via Pinterest

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.

Buddhist Temple Mahayana
guillenperez via Flickr

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!

Coney Island

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!

Art Gallery Chelsea
Christy Erickson via Pinterest

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!

 High Line Park

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!

Woodbury Common


Check out other extraordinary sights and buildings in New York , and get inspired for your next trip!

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