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Cool things to do in NYC over a long weekend?

What are some fun and interesting things to do with a few friends in NYC over a long weekend in Spring? besides Restaurants & Clubs or Nightlife?

(no budget constraints)

8 Answers

answered by
Zack from Brooklyn

Coney Island and Brighton Beach you have to take the B or Q train to get there but really simple. The boardwalk is amazing and if you get off at Coney Island and hang out for a bit you can walk 10 min to Brighton Beach. Such an unusual area with Ukrainian Russian street food and cafes and shops. Coney Island is interesting because it has old school amusement park huge candy store aquarium and this muscle beach little area. It's like experiencing an 80s movie.

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answered by
Steve from New York City

If you have no budget constraints there is literally nothing you can think of that you cant do in New York City.  

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answered by
Rudy from Tappan, New York

Check out @at the The McKittrick Hotel. Immersive theater at its best. Unique experience!

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answered by
Grace from New York City

New York never sleeps and always on the move! Keep up and take a group class:  Aerial Yoga at Om Factory Flight SchoolTrapeze School New YorkThe Fhitting Room or SoulCycle Union Square

Look out for shows at The Bowery ElectricBrooklyn BowlTerminal 5 or  Webster Hall. A lot of places offer live music as well, I follow an awesome cover band called City of Six and they play between Toshi's Living Room and Prohibition. Another option is to wake up early and take advantage of ABC's GMA Summer Concert Series, they have a solid lineup! More info here: 

Similar to the click through game Escape The Room NYC is frustrating, but rewarding at the end if you escape!

Last but not least, Museum Mile, inclusive of The Metropolitan Museum of ArtSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum and more! Museum of Modern ArtWhitney Museum and David Zwirner Gallery are all great as well!

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  2. Trapeze School New York (attraction)
  3. The Fhitting Room (attraction)
  4. SoulCycle Union Square (attraction)
  5. The Bowery Electric (attraction)
  6. Brooklyn Bowl (attraction)
  7. Terminal 5 (attraction)
  8. Webster Hall (attraction)
  9. Toshi's Living Room (attraction)
  10. Prohibition (restaurant)
  11. Escape The Room NYC (attraction)
  12. Museum Mile (attraction)
  13. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (attraction)
  14. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (attraction)
  15. Museum of Modern Art (attraction)
  16. Whitney Museum (attraction)
  17. David Zwirner Gallery (attraction)
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answered by
Sarah from Paris

Hi Ahmed, 

There are many things to do in NYC : Rockefeller Plaza to admire the city of NYC, walk in Central Park, enjoy a night in Times Square, take the boat to Staten Island and admire The Statue of Liberty while cruising, have a burger, have a typical breakfast, etc. 

If you want something more unsual, there are many startups such as BubbleGlobe or Vayable offering you the opportunity to visit NYC in a unusual way with locals. 

Have fun in NYC :)

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answered by
jami from New York City

Check out for lots and lots of info! There are so many things happening every weekend in the city. Festivals and concerts...Delacorte Theater does Shakespeare in the park..for FREE! There's the Governor's Ball this summer, on Governors Island. Street fairs all over the place. The San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy happens. Don't forget the Mets and the Yankees. So many things!!!

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answered by
Susan from New York City

Hey Ahmed, 

Here are a few ideas:

1) Do a Queen's food tour - Joe DiStefano of Chopsticks and Marrow (also featured on Bourdain and Zimmern's shows, does a number of them you can book through Vayable)

2) I recently built this itinerary for a friend who was visiting NYC. It's customized to her schedule for a long weekend in NYC a few weeks ago, but there may be some ideas there good for you, including a Chelsea (New York) art gallery tour, a visit to the new Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking District paired with great food at Santina (an 1960s Italian Coastal-themed restaurant), a jazz concert at Jazz Standard, and a few Brooklyn warehouse parties thrown in. 

3) Visit Hudson Valley and have dinner Blue Hill At Stone Barns

4) And if money is no object, of course, rent a house in the Hamptons and check out the nightlife scene there in the summer.

- Susan

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  2. Whitney Museum (attraction)
  3. Santina (restaurant)
  4. Jazz Standard (attraction)
  5. Blue Hill At Stone Barns (restaurant)
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answered first by
Nars from Boston

Consider Museum Hack, a great way to tour the MET. Perhaps the VIP night tour?

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