15 non-tourist spots worth visiting in New York
You may have already visited the top of the Empire State Building, taken a selfie in Times Square and tasted street food, but now you don’t know what to do next. In New York, there are many more tourist places to visit. But why not leave the beaten track and go on an unusual journey? Edition Stasher shared a selection of unique non-tourist locations of the Big Apple.
“You will not find these places in any guidebook, so keep them secret,” the author recommends.
- Visit NYC's Secret Bars
The Prohibition era is long gone, but there are still dozens of secret establishments all over New York. “Don’t worry, all these bars are legal and you don’t need a fancy password to get inside. All you need to know is where to find these well-hidden bars, ”the author writes.
Here are some tips to help you get started.
First off, go to 8 Stuyvesant Street in East Village. Here you will find Village Yokocho Japanese Restaurant. Look for a side door at the entrance - it will lead you to one of the most famous bars in the city. Enjoy a drink while admiring the stunning views of the Stuyvesant Triangle. The bar is open from 18:00 to 1:30 in the morning every day of the week.
If you're looking for a more historic spot, visit Chumley's at 86 Bedford Street. This cult institution was opened in the 1920s. In the early 2000s, the bar received significant damage, but was reconstructed and is currently open to visitors. Opening hours: from 17:30 to 00:00 from Monday to Saturday and from 11:30 to 15:30 on Sundays.
- Feel aromas colors on The flower district
Located on 28th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, this tiny neighborhood has been providing New Yorkers with exquisite fresh flowers for decades. Delivery trucks usually arrive at Flower Quarter at 3 a.m. every day to deliver the freshest flowers imaginable.
The best time to visit the area is 8am, when most florists are open to the public. Even if you are not going to buy anything, you should wake up early to see colorful flowers in this wonderful area of the city.
- Visit the food market Smorgasburg
Visit Brooklyn's most popular grocery market - Smorgasburg. This open market with over 100 food vendors is a haven for gourmets interested in international cuisine. It is much better to visit this place on weekends than the more touristy and crowded Chelsea Market.
Smorgasburg is open from 11:00 to 18:00 every weekend from April to November. On Saturday, Smorgasburg is in East River Park, and on Sunday, Breeze Hill is in Prospect Park.
- Admire street art in bushwick
The best place to enjoy New York's street art is at Bushwick Brooklyn, just off Flushing Avenue. There are about 100 neighborhoods of street art.
The best time for a more secluded viewing of these works of art is between morning and lunch Monday through Thursday.
If you want to know more about artists and their work, go on a guided walking tour of the area.
- Explore Victorian Architecture at Ditmas Park
When people think of Brooklyn, the images of Victorian houses do not usually come to mind. Interestingly, in Ditmas Park in the center of Brooklyn, there are about 2000 exquisite Victorian houses. This makes the park one of the most unique places in the city where you can go on a quick architectural tour.
In addition to Ditmas Park, be sure to stroll past the many beautiful homes in Prospect Park South and Albemarle-Kenmore Terraces, all three of which are now listed as official historic neighborhoods.
- Take a walk on the High Line
One of Manhattan's most fascinating walks is along the High Line city line. Ever since it opened to pedestrians in 2009, this former railway line connecting the Hudson Yards and north Chelsea has become a popular destination for nature lovers in New York. The High Line is almost 3 km long. This road is especially beautiful in the warmer months; and throughout the year, it is decorated with many fabulous art installations.
If you travel by metro, High Line is just a few minutes walk from the station on 14th Street.
- Relax on the elevation of The Elevated Acre
After taking a selfie with a bull on Wall Street, walk along 55th Water Street on the East River. Here you will find an elevator that takes you to the well-guarded garden known as The Elevated Acre. In addition to stunning views of the East River and Brooklyn Bridge, this relatively unknown green area also has an amphitheater. Although Wall Street is within walking distance, many people who work in the Financial District are unaware of this fabulous park.
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