5 Non-Touristy Things To Do in New York City
As you may know, I'm in New York City this week as part of my MFA program. Since I've been to NYC several times before, this time around I'm looking to spend the free time I have discovering some of the city's lesser-known attractions. Here are five non-touristy things to do in New York City, perfect for the traveller who wants to share the local experience.
1. Have a Beer at the Brooklyn Brewery - Sampling local home-brewed beers around the world is one of my favourite ways to experience the flavour of a new city. In all my previous trips to NYC, I've never make it across the bridge to Brooklyn. On my day off this time I'd like to take an afternoon to wander around the borough and grab a pint of something local.
2. Check out Live Storytelling at The Moth - As a student of Creative Nonfiction, The Moth sounds like my happy-place: a venue where writers tell their stories, live, in front of an audience. Perfectly combining my love of nonfiction and theatre, live storytelling at The Moth sounds perfect for anyone who loves what they call, a true story, well told.
3. Visit Chelsea's Indie Art Galleries - Once you've seen the MoMA and the Met, it's time to check out some lesser-known contemporary artists. This website has a convenient map of all the independent galleries in Chelsea and indicates which exhibits are currently on show.
4. See an Off-Broadway Show - Seeing a Broadway show is an important right of passage for any New York traveller, but for those of us who've done that a few times before, the next step is to check out the rest of NYC's amazing theatre scene. On this trip, I've got ticket to Sleep No More, an immersive, post-modern adaptation of Macbeth.
5. Visit the New York Public Library - Maybe it's because I'm a huge book-nerd, but I love visiting libraries in other cities when I travel. From what I've seen in Sex and the City: The Movie, the New York Public Library looks worth visiting for the architecture alone. But even if books and buildings aren't your thing, they've got art exhibitions, performing arts events, films, other talks and more.
What are your favourite things to do in New York City? Have you done anything on this list?