20 Unique Things To Do In New York (from a Native)

New York is one of those cities that you could visit a million times and still find something you haven’t experienced yet.

There’s always somewhere new popping up, whether it’s a restaurant or a museum or something so wacky you don’t even know what to call it.

When looking at guides or “must-see” lists for New York City, there’s the standard listicle of attractions that every first-time visitor wants to experience, and that’s totally okay. Have you really even been to NYC if you didn’t see the Statue of Liberty or walk through the mob scene of Times Square?

But if this is your second (or third or fourth) visit to NYC, try some of these unique attractions and activities and get a new perspective of the Big Apple.


Here are ten of my favorite, under-the-radar things to do in New York City. Trust me, I’m a local ;)

  1. Rent a paddle boat at the Loeb Boat House
  2. Graffiti Tour in Brooklyn
  3. Sleep-No-More (check out my experience here)
  4. FlyNYON Doorless Helicopter Tour
  5. Trapeze School
  6. Stone Street
  7. The Cloisters
  8. Drink at a speakeasy (take your pick!)
  9. Aire Ancient Baths
  10. Brooklyn Flea Market
  11. and a stop at Smorgasburg!
  12. Make your own chocolate in Red Hook
  13. Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm
  14. Le Train Bleu (a low-key restaurant inside Bloomingdales, which is now sadly closed!)
  15. North River Lobster Company
  16. Smallpox Hospital Ruins on Roosevelt Island (vacant and creepy, but cool)
  17. Rooftop Cinema Club
  18. Learn to make pizza (or macarons or dumplings!) with CocuSocial
  19. Hayden Planetarium (at the Natural History Museum)
  20. Let some aggression out at The Wrecking Club

Have any other suggestions of unique thing to do in NYC? Let me know in the comments! xx

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