Okay I know it sounds dumb, but I have been to NY twice already and am kinda tired of the "sightseeing" things. I want to delve a little deeper into what NY has to offer. I already have plans to hit up a poetry slam and would like some other outside the box suggestions of things to do or see. My friend and I are planning the trip from January 1st through the 5th. We are going to try and brave Times Square for New Years...so any suggestions on that would be great as well. Thanks in advance!
I have lived in NJ my entire life and never have I ever considered spending new years eve in Times Square. It is packed, there are no bathrooms, an you have to stand around for hours. Anyway that is a discussion for another time. I would recommend taking the subway to Flushing in Queens. This is the real chinatown! Great food, culture, and just a great place to explore... I would head to Brooklyn for exploration, food, shopping, and the bars.. Basically I would head to any of the other boroughs other than Manhattan..
yeah I'm right with you. spent my entire life in philly and have never gone to times square for new years.
and yeah check out the other 4 boroughs and philly
Leaving all the main touristy things aside I would recommend the following (in no particular order):
1. Check out BAM theatre in Brooklyn, or St Anne's Warehouse - see what sort of plays they've got going. They are two really cool theatres, and BAM especially has got a whole range of stuff happening if theatre isn't your bag.
2. Try and get out on the water to get a different perspective of Manhattan, especially in the evenings when it's lit up.
3. Get up earlyish on a Saturday morning and head down to the East Village while it's still sleepy. Have brunch and visit the Russian & Turkish baths for a unique experience (east 10th street at 2nd ave)
4. Check out Cafe Mogador for a late dinner at the weekend. Serving until 2am. They dont take reservations. It's Moroccan and one of the cosiest chilled out village spots! Have the Lamb Tangine!!
5. Not sure if Irish pubs are your thing, but Dempseys (4th street at 2nd ave) on Tuesday night has live music going on (I play there in fact! ) and it's a great session, even if Irish traditional music isn't your cup of tea!
6. If you like photography, I recommend the Center of Photography NYC on 6th ave/44th street.
7. If youre an enormous geek like me, get yourself over to Pier 81 and spend a day on the Intrepid which is now an official museum. Check out the submarine and air fleet.
8. If youre looking for poetry nights, google to see what's going on out in Williamsburg. Dates change all the time, but there are lots of great nights out there.
9. FOr real New York pizza, get the subway over to Fulton Street in Brooklyn and get in line for Grimaldis. Totally worth it! Good idea to combine this with trip to St Anns Warehouse, as it's right around the corner.
10. For a rooftop treat, get yourself to the Shelbourne Hotel on 38th and Lexington on Saturday. Get there around 7/8ish if you want a seat. You might have to queue - entrance at the side of the hotel. Cocktails are about $15 each (which actually isn't too bad for Manhattan) and the view is great - Empire State on one side, Chrysler on the other.
11. Cant recommend off broadway plays enough. There's a ridiculous amount to choose from. If you're staying for longer than a week, it's a good idea to get Time Out magazine when you arrive and choose from that.
12. Greenwich village is touristy at the best of times, but still a great place to hang out. There's a great club called Sounds of Brazil, which is good for Sunday night! Varick Street at West Houston.
13. For cinema, hit the Angelika Theater also on West Houston.
14. I could keep going.....if you need any restaurant/bar recommednations while you're here let me know!
Hope that helps!
actually, just as an afterthought, I think steff from this site might have been to Times Square for New Years when she was here in New York at the start of this year. She would be a good person to ask about it.
Samsara - that was a great list of things to do and I will def. be checking them out while we are there. If you have any restaurant suggestions please feel free to drop some knowledge of me as well.
Hi there, I would also visit Sheepsheadbay, Brooklyn. It is a very nice area, by the water front. Also don't forget to check out Coney Island area of Brooklyn, and get a meal at Nathan's Hot Dogs.