New York City is world famous for its legendary attractions, like the Statue of Liberty and Broadway Theater. But perhaps the real thrill lies in all its unique corners just waiting to be discovered. From insider haunts to up-and-coming locales, venture out like a New York insider. Below are some great finds that capture the distinct essence of New York history and its contemporary culture. Check them out, get out there, and uncover your own gems.
Upright Citizens Brigade (improv comedy). Improvisation comedy that’s hilarious, surprising and a bargain at $5. Keep a sharp eye out for guest star appearances.
Big Onion Walking Tours. With fun, friendly guides and an amazingly arcane knowledge of historic New York City, Big Onion's tours enthrall even the savviest locals. The many tours available include Central Park, Chinatown, Historic Harlem and Greenwich Village.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum. An original Lower East Side tenement house that's been turned into a museum, the rooms feel like time capsules from the 1870s, early 1900s and 1930s.
High Line Park. This former elevated freight railroad in the Meatpacking District has been redesigned as a greenway, and opened to critical acclaim in June, 2009.
Alice Austen House in Staten Island. Home of one of the first women to be a professional photographer, the Alice Austen House has lots of her work on display, and an astonishingly beautiful view of the NY harbor.
Jacques Marchais Tibetan Museum is the only museum devoted to Tibet in the U.S.
New Museum on Bowery St. is an interesting space featuring contemporary art and installations.
The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park rents row boats, kayaks and bikes, for a unique, serene perspective of the Park. Stop at the famous Boathouse Cafe for lunch or dinner afterwards.
Nolita (North of Little Italy) has a number of small fashion- and design-oriented shops. The jewelry shops are particularly fun.
Battery Park City is a planned community built on excavation rubble, dirt and sand from several construction projects that was deposited in the Hudson River. The city is a great place for walking and exploring.