10 Non-Tourist Things to Do in New York City

Tired of the old Empire State Building tour and spin around Times Square? On your next visit to New York City, try a few new things off the beaten path can really enlighten your traveling heart and help you see a whole other side of this city.

1. Central Park - Jogging and Relaxing in Sheeps Meadow

It's easy to get lost in Central Park, as it many paths and roads weave in and out of lush, green trees. however, if you're hoping to take a leisurely stroll, try a pick up frisbee gang or simply hang out, Sheeps Meadow is the place to relax. Perfect during the spring or summer, or even in the winter if you're brave,

2. Egg & Cheese Bagel in the morning

Honestly, bagels in New York are an artform, especially if the shop takes these doughy little rings of heaven seriously. It can be a chore to decide where the best bagel bar is in this massive city, but if you're in Brooklyn, stop by The Bagel Store. They have created this fluffy, crusty bagel that is covered in egg, bacon and cheddar so you don't even have to add anything to it for breakfast. But if you're extra ravenous, any bagel shop around this borough will do crammed with fresh egg and melty cheese - the perfect morning meal.

3. The High Line

On Manhattan's West side, creative designers have turned one man's trash into treasure. Along some elevated, abandoned train track a park grows and allows guests to enjoy the view through pretty gardens and pathways. It's accessible from Gansevoort Street to West 30th and can be the ideal spot for a date, snapping some photos or simply checking out Some Big Apple beauty.

4. Chelsea Market

Choosing where to eat can sometimes be the toughest decision you'll make on your trip to NYC. Why not try a little bit of everything while grazing through Chelsea Market? This giant food concourse has things like artisanal pasta and baked good to popsicles and fresh seafood.

5. Chelsea Galleries

After eating your fill at the Chelsea Market, take some time in the area to peruse the wealth of art galleries. Painters, sculptors, photographers and more call Chelsea home and welcome art fans to visit their shops.

6. Coney Island

No matter how old you are, you'll be brought back to fond childhood memories at Coney Island. Ride classic carnival attractions, see a parade or take a look inside the quirky gift shops for some fun souvenirs.

7. Dim Sum in Chinatown

Dim Sum is best served in New York's Chinatown -little dumplings of joy filled with meats, veggies and seafood. Order up a big steamed basket for you and your friends on the fly and usually on the cheap.

8. Sunday Brunch

New Yorkers do brunch right, usually complete with one or four mimosas. Check out the brunch specials listed at Manhattan cafes that have a series of menu items paired with adult beverages. If you're feeling brave,m the Sunburnt Cow in the East Village has unlimited drinks.

9. Donuts at Donut Plants

Yes we've mentioned breakfast, but make sure you save room for a visit to Doughnut Plant too. With varieties like Marzipan cake and creme brulee filled, these amazing treats can't be beat.

10. Alphabet City

Alphabet City sometimes gets a bad rap, but these days the area is thriving with festivals, art shows and active movie sets. Take a walk through and see what you can discover among the tried and true New Yorkers who live there.


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