New York is known for its bustling activity and aggressive citizens. The city seems like the world’s largest anthill (made of people that is). The basic things to see in the city that everyone knows about like Times Square or the Statue of Liberty can not only feel bland but are full of people. If you’re one to take the less beaten path then I’d advise taking a look at these 5 things that are still fun but less known about.
Brunch in Brooklyn
Brooklyn is my favorite neighborhood in Long Island. It has a can do attitude and toughness that can only be found there. The area is becoming more and more gentrified but don’t let that discourage you from making the trek down. With all the new businesses and energy coming to the area there are more and more opportunities for great food and culture.
My friends and I decided to find a place with bottomless mimosas and discovered that Brooklyn is the king of brunch. If you just walk down the street you’ll find something. I recommend performing a little research before randomly walking into restaurants but regardless Brooklyn is the place to look.
Grab some food at Smorgasburg
Don’t let the strange name fool you, Smorgasburg is one of the best low key things to do while in New York. It’s held every Saturday from April through October in Williamburg and is an amazing open-air food market. The idea of having great food outside of the confines of a restaurant was always so intriguing to me and I’m so glad that I experienced it. I hope you do the same!
Walk the Highline
The Highline is a little south of Hell’s Kitchen and is one of the most natural parts of New York City. With sprawling views of the city skyline and being on the water looking at New Jersey, the Highline is a great place to just…walk. It sounds simple enough but the Highline offers an opportunity like nowhere else in New York.
What I think I liked most about the Highline was its simplicity. It’s really just an elevated walkway with some foliage along the perimeter. However, the experience is like no other and provides for a slower paced take on views in the city. I’d really recommend it as a place to go on a date even!
Party in Meatpacking District
I know the basis of this article was to talk about more low key things to do in New York and partying might not seem like one of them, but the meatpacking district is one of my favorite places to do just that! It has plenty of places to dress up and have an amazing night on the town that aren’t too crowded. There’s even a beer garden in the area that has massive benches and a wide open area perfect to bring friends and have your own spot. No more competing at nightclubs to get behind a velvet rope.
Chill in Union Square
Everyone knows about Central Park, but Union Square is a favorite of mine. Yes, it is much smaller than Central Park but it has a different appeal. It’s somewhat nestled within the city and provides for a sort of break. In a way I feel it’s similar to the Highline in that it’s an urban area with plants but Union Square is an actual park. You can still play chess against some bohemian players, listen to some music events that are often held there, or even just relax on a bench and share a moment with yourself. It’s not the most action-packed place in the city but you can still have a great time.
One of my favorite things about New York City is the number of opportunities there are to have fun. There are things to do for everyone, everywhere. And whether your cup of tea is to visit Times Square, grab a cup of coffee, or go for a run along the water, you’ll be able to find something that suits your fancy. I hope you explore the items on this list and that they help you find other things to do that become your favorite when you visit the city.