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Want to Get A Real Taste of the Big Apple? Follow the Locals With these 5 Secret Tips
Most tourists have a pretty set routine around NYC. They visit the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty — you get the drift. These globally-recognized tourist attractions are tried and tested. But if you truly want to experience the unique flavor of the Big Apple, you’ll do what the locals do with these secret tips.
Tread Along Williamsburg Bridge
While the Brooklyn Bridge is a tourist-flocked structural icon, the less flashy Williamsburg Bridge offers views that are equally spectacular without the bustle of millions of tourists. The bridge connects Williamsburg in Brooklyn to the Lower East Side. Walking over the bridge will open your world to the way local Brooklynites live, while delivering breathtaking views of the Manhattan cityscape.
Stride Through Washington Mews
Washington Mews is one of the prettiest (and most underrated) streets in NYC. Unlike the rest of the vibrant city, it is a quiet, cobblestone-paved street that offers old-world European charm. The old stables have been converted into studios and offices, but the grand architectural finesse remains. A walk down the street will transport you to a different century. Washington Mews is a mile away from the Hilton New York Fashion District and the Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC.
Visit Grace Church
Built in 1897, Grace Church is a Neo-Gothic masterpiece that holds a special place in New York’s history but remains a secret to many tourists. A beautiful and tranquil space in a busy neighborhood, this National Historic Landmark reflects traditional Gothic architecture with its tall peaks and marble façade. Visit on Saturday or Sunday for the meditative organ hour. Guests of the Refinery Hotel or the Sheraton Tribeca should note that Grace Church is just a short drive away.
Enjoy A Picnic At Tompkins Square Park
Tompkins Square Park was once a refuge for the homeless, but refurbishment has converted this park into an eclectic haven for everyone to enjoy. With amenities like playgrounds, dog-walking paths, picnic spots and the occasional cultural event, this locally-thronged park perfectly captures the dynamism of New York City. Enjoy a picnic or a long romantic walk to soak in the beauty of nature.
Soak In Medieval Culture At the Cloisters
The Cloisters in Washington Heights is a quiet branch of the Metropolitan Museum or Art that offers visitors the opportunity to scour an extensive Medieval architectural collection. And since it faces the Hudson River, you can enjoy scenic delights in a serene environment.
Whether you’re staying at a luxurious or any of the cheap hotels in New York City, these lesser known but equally spectacular attractions are not to be missed. Take a break from the teeming crowds to drop in for a change of pace. They’ll make you feel right at home.