25 Reasons to Have a Staycation in New York City


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1. Forget the subway for once. Of all the ways to commute to Manhattan, the air tram from Roosevelt Island has to be the most fun. Take it and enjoy the views as you make your way to Midtown.

2. Who doesn’t love browsing a good flea market? The Brooklyn Flea is the perfect mix of local artisans and vintage sellers. Foodies—go hungry and enjoy everything from lobster rolls to snow cones.

3. Only opened in the summer, Governors Island is an island just off the coast of the southern tip of Manhattan. Ride bicycles, enjoy large art installations and explore this former military base.

4. Pizza is a New York City staple—but have you really tasted all the city has to offer? Have a slice or ten(!) with Scott’s Pizza Tour.

5. You’re no stranger to the American Museum of Natural History but have you ever taken in a show at the ‎Hayden Planetarium? Part of the Rose Center for Earth and Space, this theater offers entertaining but educational programs narrated by none other than Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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6. Get a taste of the local flavor by hitting up Union Square Green Market. It’s usually packed on Saturdays so go during the week and pick up locally harvested veggies, honey and fresh flowers.

7. You probably see the Brooklyn Bridge daily but take an afternoon to walk across the 1.1 mile landmark. Of course, no trip across the Brooklyn Bridge is complete without an ice cream cone from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.

8. If you’re not afraid of heights (and how can you be with all these high rises?), practice your acrobatic skills by taking a class at New York’s Trapeze School. Soar through the air with the greatest of ease!

9. Fraunces Tavern served as a headquarters for George Washington during the American Revolution. Still standing, this building houses a museum as well as a fantastic whiskey bar.

10. Staying close to home? Well, use the Krrb app to see what’s selling locally. You never know what you’ll discover.

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11. Attend one of the many live tapings of television shows filmed daily in New York.

12. Stay on the 6 train and get a glimpse of the old City Hall station. This abandoned metro station was once the gem of the transit system.

13. Commandeer the iconic Big Piano at FAO Schwarz and master Bach. Or a simpler ditty like Happy Birthday, still impressive.

14. Brooklyn-made items are hotter than ever. Head over to By Brooklyn and stock up on locally made goods.

15. Pick up a bag lunch at the Chelsea Market and make your way upstairs to the Highline, an elevated park on the westside of Manhattan. Enjoy lunch in the Fishbowl where you can people watch for hours.

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16. Hidden inside the Grand Central Station is the Hall of Whispers. Out of a Harry Potter book, this architectural treat is a fun way to enjoy one of the city’s biggest commuter hubs.

17. For a minute, let’s forget about the Yankees or the Mets. Head to the end of the F train for a Coney Island Cyclones baseball game. Enjoy a Nathan’s Hot Dog while you’re at it.

18. See a show at the famous Apollo Theater. Deep in the heart of Harlem, this venue is the place to see jazz, Afro-soul or hip hop music.

19. Ahoy matey! Got a whole day to yourself? Take a sailing lesson off the Hudson River and feel the wind in your hair.

20.Enjoy greasy fries out of a paper bag at Burger Joint. This hidden dive restaurant is inside Le Parker Meridien Hotel. Don’t forget to leave your signature on the walls!

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21. While away the morning by browsing through books at the Strand. This independent bookstore has new and used books galore. I love pawing through the art books on the top floor.

22. So many shows and movies are shot on the streets of New York. Break out and become an extra in whatever is shooting next. Remember, there are no small parts.

23. This popular spot in Central Park is a romantic way to spend a day. Rent a row boat at the Loeb Boathouse, explore the lake and then follow it up with a delicious lunch at the grill.

24. Comedians are at the heart of this city. See an Asssscat 3000 show with up-and-coming performers at the renowned Upright Citizens Brigade.

25. Play chess in Bryant Park. You’re sure to meet a few new friends.

What about you? What are you favorite staycation spots in New York City?


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