14 Non-Touristy Things Everybody Should Do In NYC

Explore the city’s lesser-known gems.

1. Glimpse what the subway was once like with a detour through a defunct underground station.

Take the Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 train past its last stop, Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall. The train will make a loop through the old City Hall station before traveling back uptown.

2. Grab some authentic Chinese food in Flushing.

Skip Chinatown! Flushing, Queens is one of the only places in America where you’ll find such a wide array of authentic regional Chinese cuisine.

3. Relax in the community gardens of the East Village.

Small oases in the city. You’ll find one of the largest gardens at 6th St. and Ave. B.

4. Find yourself in a medieval wonderland at The Cloisters.

A lovely, quiet museum in Washington Heights that houses The Met’s Medieval collection. The museum itself was built with parts of European abbeys that were shipped to New York!

5. Perhaps contemporary is more your jam? Head to The Whitney.

You’ll see an array of stellar modern works without having to suffer through MoMA’s long lines. Plus, the annual Whitney Biennial showcases excellent, lesser-known contemporary artists.

6. Maybe you’d rather try a gallery walk.

Thursday nights, from 6–8 p.m., are when new shows open in Chelsea. Wine flows, art abounds. Try Bushwick next!

7. Sample the city’s diverse cuisine at Smorgasburg.

Food vendors from all around NYC set up booths for this dynamite weekly occasion in Dumbo and Williamsburg. Eat near the water in either location and take in the cityscape.

8. Approach NYC’s history from a new angle at the Tenement Museum.

Located in a historical brick tenement building on the Lower East Side, the museum tells the story of NYC through the perspective of its immigrants.

9. Afterward, bike across the Williamsburg bridge!

The bridge is covered in colorful graffiti, and there are designated bike and pedestrian lanes. Bike rental is available at either end of the bridge.

10. Enjoy a pint (or several) at the Brooklyn Brewery.

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A great place to drink for tourists and locals alike.

11. Take a stroll along the Washington Mews.

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A private cobblestone street lined with converted 19th-century stables in Greenwich Village. The street is accessible to pedestrians!

12. Don’t forget to indulge in the city’s infamous street meat.

ESPECIALLY the famous Halal Guys at 53rd and 6th.

13. Weekend brunch is a MUST.

ANYWHERE.

14. Lastly, never forget to appreciate being in the city of dreams.

Whether you’re visiting or a native, it’s never too late to discover New York’s secret treasures!


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