New York City, is notoriously known as the city that never sleeps. A standing hub possessing a vibrant amalgamation of cultures, art and people, New York City attracts thousands of travelers every day. While there are some things that everybody must visit during their time in New York City, a lot of the times it also entails dealing with large crowds of fellow tourists as well.
Here are some fun non-touristy alternatives to the usual and obligatory New York City sights and sounds.
1) PICNIC IN THE PARK – Instead of Central Park go to the Highline
Yes, regardless of whether or not you’d like to avoid the touristy activities of NYC, Central Park is definitely a must-see. However, for a refreshing change of scenery, Highline Park offers an alternative perspective when it comes to parks. This two kilometer linear park is located on an elevated section of an old New York Central Railroad and offers unreal views of popular NYC boroughs such as the Meatpacking District and Chelsea.
2) CHINATOWN EATS – Instead of Downtown Manhattan go to Flushing, Queens
While NYC is notorious for the number of Chinatowns it possesses, the Chinatown located in Downtown Manhattan is one of the most visited. While it’s one of the most popular destinations in the heart of NYC, it is also one of the busiest. The Chinatown found in Flushing is a great alternative, providing a wide variety of Asian-inspired eats, without fighting the crowd.
3) SHOPPING – Instead of Fifth Avenue go to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue is home to many luxurious and glamorous designer brands such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany and Co. Though they are pretty to look at, shopping for items around this area requires a bottomless bank account. The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a great alternative for those wanting to shop for one-of-a-kind trinkets, without the pretentiousness that might come with shopping along Fifth Ave. Held nightly on Fridays and Saturdays, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers great treats and eats for shopaholics everywhere.
4) FOR THE VIEWS – Instead of the Empire State Building go to the Top of the Rock
The iconic Empire State Building offers spectacular views of the city skyline. Without a doubt, it is definitely a must-do in the city. The Top of the Rock observation deck at the Rockefeller Center is another great alternative, offering breath-taking views of the city (the Empire State Building included), for the fraction of the admission price.
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