Will be staying in midtown east for three days in late November and this will be my fourth visit to this city. Although one day is dedicated to shopping, would really like to experience it less like a tourist...ideas?
Tanya, I'm going to piggy-back on Rodger's response and tell you to come visit the outer boros.
In Queens, take a trip out to
Jackson Heights, NY, which is a little India neighborhood with a lot of great kitschy shops and a great choice of Indian restaurants. Or, visit
Flushing: try the dimsum at the
New World Mall Food Court, a food court of Asian cuisine.
Enjoy your stay!
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if you're into good drinks and hanging with locals, I suggest B-Side, a little cool bar on Avenue B in the East Village.
If you're into museums but want to avoid crowds, visit the
Rubin Museum of Art, it's one of New Yorks most beautiful museum that not a lot of tourists know about.
Take a long walk inside Central Park. Everytime I visit the city, I always take 2-3 hours in the morning, grab a sandwich and a hot chocolate enjoy the park (start from The Pond, The Mall, Bethesda fountain, and keep going until you pass the softball fields, Strawberry fields, The lake, the bow bridge, turtle pond,Belvedere castle, etc.). Central Park
I will also recommend to take a walk along the 1 mile High Line Park. To me, fall is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit the High Line. It opens from 7am to 10pm and you can gaze starts, planets, and moon through the telescopes. Of course you can shop, have lunch or dinner. High Line Park
A really cool and (cheap) thing to do is to take the Staten Island Ferry just to check out the city from the water. So cool.
Check out the speakeasy Attaboy. It's in the old Milk & Honey space down in the Lower East Side. You tell them the type of drink you like and they whip up something special. Really unique experience in my book.