The only thing worse than being bored might be having so many options that it's hard to make any kind of decisions. So, we've teamed up with Line 39 Wines to save you from decision-making and guide you through the infinite adventures, places to be explored, and things you absolutely can't miss in New York. Whether you move a mile a minute or you're more into a relaxing hang, these adventures are tailored to fit the ever-changing moods of New Yorkers and visitors alike.
The Oculus at One World Trade: Not only does The World Trade Center hold an unparalleled significance to New Yorkers, but a visit to the centerpiece of its transportation hub -- better known as the Oculus -- will literally take your breath away. With its architectural design and intricate beauty, it's no wonder the multi-level shopping hub is at the top of the list.
Kings Theatre: The ornate decor and architectural style immediately give you a feel for the rich history that the building owns. Still, Kings Theatre is hardly just a landmark as it remains home to some of the largest concerts that come through New York.
Top of The Rock: Though you’ll find that the three-story observation deck atop Rockefeller Center (aka "30 Rock") on every New York bucket list, there's truly no replacement for the panoramic views you'll get from the best seat in the house. Leave your selfie stick at home, take a trip 70 floors up and soak in all of the city's lights like you're on top of the world.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A visit to the met is a quintessential New York experience, but the less advertised hours at this museum allow for perfect evening activity: roaming the galleries after dark. On Fridays and Saturdays, the doors won't close until 9 PM - which leaves plenty of time to take in the whole place without the stress of tourist and school groups galore.
Broadway Bites: The outdoor market of food vendors makes quite a name for itself from the moment the tents pop up in Midtown, Manhattan. With unique and bizarre twists on food lovers' favorites, and of course Raclette - known for its borderline seductive portions of warm cheese - there’s no shortage of ‘only in New York’ moments to be had here.
Dekalb Food Market: One of the largest food and entertainment centers in the city, Dekalb Food Market showcases 40 vendors who reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the borough. What's better than discovering the latest trends in Brooklyn cuisine by indulging in it?
Chelsea Market: One of the classic foodie first stops, The Chelsea Market is one of NY's most beloved food halls with more than 35 vendors, businesses and more. Start at Los Tacos No. 1, a tiny Tijuana-inspired taco joint with big flavor, and don't leave until you've got yourself some mix and match mini doughnuts from The Doughnuttery.
Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD): Mix it up a little! Take a small break from inhaling food and step back to admire its history, foreign cooking processes, and, of course, the 'gram-worthy wall lined from floor to ceiling with Chinese takeout boxes.
Stylish & Skillful
Dover Street Market: London’s Dover Street Market is revered for its 5 floors showcasing the trendiest brands and hottest styles shaping the fashion world and NYC’s branch is no different. The hip showcase of high-end designer wear is a fashion mecca for the stylish who wash down afternoons of big spending at the adjacent gourmet cafe.
Carrie Bradshaw’s Stoop: Though fictitious, Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, won the hearts and devoted love of Sex & The City fans and fashionistas instantly. Channel your own Carrie and visit the writer's own stoop in the UES.
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Green Fingers Market: When the Winter weather gets you down, a trip to Green Fingers Market can be refreshing and cleansing for the soul. Give in to temptation and take home a little greenery to keep nature close while the city freezes over all season.
Momofuku MILK Bar: You haven’t lived until you’ve tried the infamous ‘crack pie,’ but the trendy dessert chain takes it one step further, inviting dessert lovers to 'bake with the best' and learn the tips and tricks to making the MILK bar's most popular items.
Barclays Center: When it doesn’t serve as a stadium arena to sold-out crowds, Brooklyn's Barclays Center is home to the Brooklyn Nets, and the fast-paced basketball games, the roar of the enthusiastic New Yorkers in the crowd, and an occasional Ja Rule appearance - this is a must-see experience.
Royal Palms Shuffle Club: Get your shuffleboard on in a space far hipper than a retirement home. From the tasteful decor of old Florida -- think flamingos that royal palms covering the walls in perfect pink and green shades -- to the delicious food, this place caters to a much younger crowd than the name lets on.
Barcade: With multiple locations across the five boroughs, Barcade is essentially an arcade made for adults and complete with a large selection of arcade games, a full bar, and solid grub choices for those who work up an appetite. Compete in multiplayer Pac man with groups, get your game on over a few drinks and more.
Kick Axe Throwing: In line with non-traditional sporting, Kick Axe is a new axe-throwing spot that invites you to unleash your inner lumberjack and throw deadly weapons for sport. Think of it as darts for adrenaline junkies who can't get enough thrill.
Dare to Explore
Bushwick Collective: Just off of Flushing Ave, Brooklyn's most preeminent outdoor art gallery is a stroll through the history of street art, as well as a praise to graffiti and the neighborhood's rich culture.
BabyCastles: One of the last standing DIY spaces serving the music and arts community, BabyCastles was created to simulate the experience of playing video games in a friend's basement and if you're looking to get weird, look no further. Plus, you can play arcade games that only exist in this space. A true once in a lifetime night out.
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Sleep No More: This is a bucket list experience for performance aficionados and those open to mind-bending, immersive theatre. Audience interaction allows you to enter the play, journey through your own path, and truly erase the barrier between actor and audience. Set inside the beautiful Mckittrick Hotel, Sleep No More is wickedly wonderful and an award-winning experience that tells Shakespeare's original Scottish tragedy through a captivating film noir lens.
The Dream House: It’s easy to miss The Dream House if you’re not looking for it, but once you enter, you’ll quickly be immersed in neon lighting and experimental sound. It’s free to enter, but only open Wednesday - Saturday, 2 PM to midnight.
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens: A stunning 52-acre in the heart of Brooklyn, come blossom with the flowers this Spring and dive deep in a world of delight, curiosity, and appreciation for Mother Earth. Bonus points for the Brooklyn Museum, conveniently located right next to the Gardens.
The New York Earth Room: In typical New York fashion, there is actually a room in SoHo that contains a million dollars worth of dirt and yet, the rich smell of soil and nature make this an unlikely place to restore.
Elizabeth Street Garden: A community sculpture garden of nearly one acre in Nolita, offering free public programming and never-ending volunteer opportunities to maintain the delicate Garden ecosystem and NYC a little greener.
Russian Baths of Brooklyn: Sweat out a week’s worth of toxins and decompress in your choice of the Russian Sauna or Turkish Steam room before spending Sunday Funday kicking back in the enclosed beer garden. It is truly a much-needed stay-cation.
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SoFar Sounds: Bringing the magic back to live music, SoFar Sounds transform spaces and organizes secret gigs everywhere in the city, transforming common spaces into immersive music experiences that bring both guests and artists closer together. Check their website to find the next show in your neighborhood.
Cat Yoga: The newest California trend finally arrived in Gotham City. Yes, you can now do yoga in the company of cats at Meow Parlour on Wednesdays + Thursdays. Downward-facing dog is so last year - it's time to go with the vinyasa flow with cute and furry feline friends!
Brooklyn Craft Company: A modern craft store offering a number of DIY workshops, is a true reflection of all of Brooklyn's aesthetics and abundant artistic culture. This spot truly 'makes crafts cool again' with tons of artist taught courses and DIY projects for days. Discover your next hidden talent here!
The Big Quiet: Inhale, exhale, and let go of all the city life stress you carry each day with a massive moment of meditation. Held in unique locations across the five boroughs. The Big Quiet creates community for those in tune with their conscious state while leading participants through breathing exercises, sound baths and more.
Relax and Restore
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Nap York: New York’s latest and greatest trending addition, Nap York, is almost exactly what the name says, but it’s also a spacious, modern and thought out workspace with greenery, sleep design and of course, plush beds to nap in.
Shakespeare Garden, Central Park: You might think it's impossible but there's actually a spot in Central Park that is not filled with kids running around and picnic enthusiasts. Enjoy the less-frequented attraction of the park and stroll along the relaxing paths of seasonal flora this Spring.
MNDFL: With three locations in New York, MNDFUL is a testament to the increasing interest in practicing conscious living. Though the offerings are by no means limited to sound baths, this is by far the most accessible practice. Be transported to a state of calm as the hum of crystal singing bowls help you escape city chaos.
Alternative Theater Hopping: If you hate screaming children ruining movie premieres, we're with ya. For a more relaxing, expansive theater experience, try a spot like the Metrograph, where independent films are regularly screening and directors even host film premieres or Nitehawk Cinemas - a guaranteed a good time.
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