What springs to mind when you hear the words New York City? Is it the Empire State building or the Statue of Liberty? Maybe it’s the sprawling mass that is Manhattan itself? Or, could it be the hipster destination of Brooklyn, home to the great and the good of the creative world? The point being there are plenty of world-famous attractions to keep you occupied for a day out in the infamous NYC. The city never sleeps, so there is absolutely no excuse to be bored. There’s always something worth seeing!
In the midst of the excitement and normal chaos, it’s easy to miss the diamonds in the rough that add the za-za-zing to NYC. The big sights get the most PR, and rightly so, while the little ones fly under the radar. In many ways, this is what makes them unique – they aren’t overcrowded or fake. Still, it’s pointless being a tourist attraction if no one knows about them. It’s a tricky situation to be in, which brings us to the list below.
(Not taken in NYC – but it gives me all the NYC vibes)
Here you’re going to find four streets in NYC you should know, some of which will be a surprise. Do yourself a favor and keep them close to your chest to maintain the magic (and snag some awesome photos!).
#1: Wall Street, Manhattan
Wait a minute… everyone knows about the street of debauchery, fraud, and infamous scandal, right? If they didn’t before, they do now thanks to the Wolf of Wall Street – have you seen it? Yes, it’s an incredibly famous area even for New York City. Its infamy has only gained new levels of awareness with both cinematic fame and seemingly endless financial incidents. The Wall Street bull, for example, is a picture you’ll see on Instagram quite often. However, not everywhere within the zip code is on the beaten path. Head down the backstreets off the main road and you’ll find a quaint yet atmospheric drinking area. In the summer, it’s an unbelievable place to sip cocktails and eat delicious food while the chaos rumbles in the background. In fact, the Wall Street area is home to some of the best bars and restaurants in New York. It’s a bold claim yet that doesn’t make it any less true.
#2: Bleecker Street, Manhattan
Bleecker may ring a bell but it won’t hit it with a clang. Some people may have talked about it in passing yet it still won’t come to mind. Your imagination feels as if it is home even though it’s a haze of streetlights and passing cars. Bleecker is famous in its way. Plenty of New Yorkers love this place because it has everything one could need. From bars and restaurants to laundry mats and beauty stores, it’s like one huge store along a very long street. Probably the best thing about this place is the bakeries and small cafes. Their cupcakes and tea combinations are to die for, so much so you’ll think you’re in England – more tea if you please!
#3: West 27th Street, Manhattan
In the interest of honesty, let’s start by saying this street doesn’t have a whole lot. Anyone who tries to replicate the treats of the above destinations is going to be a little disappointed. There are shops and stores and big buildings etc., but it’s like plenty of other streets and avenues in Manhattan. So, you’re wondering why it’s landed a shout out on this list? One word (or three rather): the McKittrick Hotel. A great place to stay, this establishment has a deuce up its sleeve. The hit show Sleep No More is showing at this amazing venue and it isn’t to be missed. Lasting up to six hours, attendees wander around wearing masks watching an excellent drama unfold. Talk about a unique NYC experience! And, of course, there is a bar for refreshments. It’s an experience like no other and it’s only available on 27th Street.
#4: West 23rd Street
Only four blocks away is West 23rd Street. It takes about three minutes to get from the hotel to your destination. Again, it isn’t a spectacularly remarkable place except for one thing – High Line. High Line is an abandoned railway line which the city renovated a few years back. Now, it’s one of the best parks and greenery sections in all of New York. Sure, it doesn’t have the size of Central Park but it’s a remarkably creative space. The walk alone is awesome because you’re 9m off the ground and it’s 1.5 miles long. Along the way, there’s a good chance you’ll come across live music and makeshift beer shacks. As far as attractions go, this is at the top along with the big hitters!
What New York City streets or attractions would make your list?