NEW YORK CITY – The Big Apple is awesome almost any time of year. Here are five great ways to enjoy the city in fall or winter.
EXPLORE A NEW AREA: Almost everyone knows now that Brooklyn is the hip and happening area of New York City, with awesome bars and restaurants around the Park Slope and Williamsburg areas. But now Bedford Stuyvesant, for years the sort of place visitors wouldn’t dream of venturing into, has become a hot spot for cool bars. Also popular with foodies is Queens, which has amazing ethnic restaurants where you can get a meal for next to nothing; everything from Korean to Indonesian and more. Little Italy in Manhattan gets more attention from tourists, but Little Italy up in the Bronx (centred around Arthur Avenue) is much more authentic and fun to kick around.
DIG THE GARDENS: Central Park you’ve probably heard of. And the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, too, I suspect. They’re both awesome spots to check out. But if you want something different, head to Wave Hill Gardens in the Bronx; a lovely and peaceful park that sits on a bluff high above the Hudson River. The fall colours are great at Wave Hill, and also at Bronx Park and Van Cortlandt Park, both in The Bronx. Prospect Park in Brooklyn is a wonderful slice of nature that was designed by the same architect who designed Central Park.
SEE A SHOW: The Big Apple is arguably the live theatre centre of the world, with tons of full-scale, lavish Broadway shows and a huge array of smaller productions. By all means, check out the big boys such as Kinky Boots, Matilda or Book of Mormon. And check into the TKTS booth in Times Square for discounts of up to 50% on same-day shows.
TRY A FREEBIE: The city’s tourism folks have a vast list of free things to do in town, including free days at museums and other attractions. The unforgettable 9/11 Memorial and Museum is free on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to closing time. The Museum of Modern Art is free on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. Some museums are free all the time, including the wonderful National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan, which includes displays on native Canadians, and the American Folk Art Museum. TV show tapings are generally free, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Good Morning America with Robin Roberts and company.
THE GREAT INDOORS: The free museums are a great way to spend a cold day in New York City. There also are, of course, a few places to shop. Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan has tons of new shops, including Babesta children’s boutique, J .Crew, Lulu Lemon and Kamakura Shirts. You may have heard of Eataly, the Italian food and market emporium that’s been a huge hit in midtown Manhattan. There’s now a second branch in lower Manhattan at 4 World Trade Center.
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