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Looking for new, non-touristy things to do during my 3rd trip to NYC!

Hello!! I'm traveling to New York City at the beginning of August, this will be my 3rd trip. I've done most "touristy" things and am looking for new unexpected things to do. Any suggestions?

7 Answers

answered by
Jared from Sydney

Catch a show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre - the comedy and improvisation theatre founded by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh. I lined up for a free Saturday night show back in Feb 2014 - felt like a very NY experience. Was freezing cold, but made plenty of friends in the line with local comedians and show-goers. Check the schedule at

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answered by
Emme from United Kingdom

Hi Shanda, 

My picks would be; 

1. Berlin Wall at Paley Park 

 2. Find the five waterfalls in Central Park

 3. Inwood Hill Park

 4. Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street 

 5. La Plaza Cultural 

 If you want more info on above you can check out my blog post here: 

Hope that helps. Have a fantastic time! 


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  2. Central Park (attraction)
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answered by
Matt from New York City

Walk the High Line Park from 34th to 14th street (it's an elevated train track turned landscaped pedestrian walkway...and it's awesome). Offers views of the city you won't see anywhere else. Hit Tortilla Flats afterwards for casual and tasty Mexican food.

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answered by
Adam from New Jersey

Consider exploring the Bronx or Queens.  Jackson Heights, NY has a slew of ethnic food.  Queens also has the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria - a great neighborhood for cafes and such.

In the Bronx there is Wave Hill, a lovely public garden.  You can also check out Arthur Avenue Market - actually the entire Arthur Avenue neighborhood - the last true Little Italy in New York.  Finally, there is the Botanical Garden which is running a Frida Kahlo exhibit through the time you are going to be in New York.  Enjoy!

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answered by
Van from Maryland

Take a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn.

Go to Queens and visit SingleCut Beersmiths

Go to Brooklyn and visit The Noble Experiment NYC

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answered by
Susie from Tulsa

Check out the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. They have several great tours that give you insights into the life of immigrants during the 1800s. Have fun!

Also check out The Frick Collection. It's a great spot to see incredible art in a beautiful home setting.

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answered first by
Nars from Boston

Consider these if you haven't already (probably touristy):

High Line Park

One World Observatory

Whitney Museum

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