Places To Be: A List of Experiences
New York City has been dubbed as the greatest city in the world. There are so many restaurants, attractions, and events there that you can’t call NYC a boring city. That being said, it is so easy to get overwhelmed and lost. Here is a list of the top ten places to go (in no specific order).
- MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) 11 W 53rd St–MoMA is obviously going on the list because, no matter how many times you’ve been there, there will always be a new exhibit. What sets this museum apart from a lot is how modern it is; we know about DaVinci and Monet, but do we know who El Anatsui or Marina Abramovic are?
- 2. The Market NYC 166 Mulberry St- This is a great place to go shopping because the people who designed these products are the ones selling them. Want to look unique? Want to know where the product comes from? Give the designer ideas on what you’d like to see next? This is your place. Not only do you get to know who is making your clothes, but you also get to support the local designer community. You can get anything from adult footie pajamas to vegan soaps.
- South Street Seaport 19 Fulton St- Many shops surround the South Street Seaport, making it a destination for anyone who wants to get some shopping going in. There are also outdoor food courts, and ports that give a beautiful view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Keep an eye out for the taqueria El Luchador (87 South St) which looks like a van from the outside.
- Nintendo Store Rockefeller Center, 10 Rockefeller Plaza- Unleash your inner video game freak. You can’t not go to the Nintendo store if you enjoy their video games. All of Nintendo’s latest innovations in one place (and not what you find in your usual GameStop). Also, the second floor has a museum!
- Central Park– This isn’t your local park; Central Park hosts salsa lessons and summer concerts. There are places to eat, places to walk, an ice skate rink in the winter, and canoeing in the summer. Central park is surrounded by restaurants and museums.
- Whitney Museum of American Art 99 Gansevoort St- Even though this isn’t the best-known museum in NYC, it is one of the most interesting places to visit. It doesn’t have the wide variety that other museums do, but it gives a different take on American history with various perspectives of history. It demonstrates how culture impacts art, which it does through different mediums.
- Housing Works Thrift Shops 306 Columbus Ave- Want to go for that authentic vintage look? Go to the Housing Works thrift shops, which are available in many locations, including Harlem and the Upper East Side. This is more than your local Goodwill; The products here are curated, good quality, and high-end. Not only do you get a sweet look, you can also feel good about your conscience, as proceeds go to the NYC homeless affected by AIDS.
- 14th Street- Union Square Greenmarket Farmer’s Market 14th Street- Union Square – Every weekend, right off the Union Street subway station, many farmers sell their products. These products are grown locally and must be organic in order to be sold here. Greenmarket’s mission is to make sure every New Yorker has access to healthy, organic food while also supporting local farms and businesses.
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn- Arguably, one of New York City’s most interesting places. The vibrant colors in this garden contrast the grays of New York City streets. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is home to thousands of flower species.
- The High Line W 23rd Street and 10th Ave- Originally an above-ground train tracks, this line was renovated for strollers to walk on. Along the sides of the highline are art pieces, such as a sculpture of moldy Pepsi cans, My Mom Drinks Pepsi II, a mural of Albert Einstein holding a picket fence that states “Love is the answer”, and Lego murals. This also leads to the Chelsea Pier, which is right across the river from Hoboken.