New York is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with so many great attractions. You can see the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Centre, have breakfast at Tiffanys and spend a day in Central Park. But once you’ve done all of that tourist stuff, you might be at a bit of a loss. It’s good to see those sights but that’s only scratching the surface of what this incredible city has to offer. If you really want to get the most out of your trip to New York, you need to have a more authentic experience. With that in mind, here’s how to visit New York like a local.
New York has some amazing galleries like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, but the art scene in the city moves outside of those attractions. There is a rich street art culture in the city which is not to be missed if you’re interested in that sort of thing. One of the best places to go is Bushwick. A local artist started a movement which has grown beyond what he ever imagined. Now, local businesses offer up their wall space to artists so they can paint some breathtaking murals on them. Take a walk around the area and you’ll find something new around every corner. The Lower East Side is another hotspot where you can see the 100 gates project; artists are teamed up with businesses to paint murals on the shutters on their windows, turning the whole district into an outdoor gallery after the sun goes down.
You could stay in some of the more popular hotels around the city but if you want a more authentic experience, it’s better to stay local. Places like the Marriott Vacation Club Pulse in Manhattan offer the same luxury as other hotels but it also gives you a more authentic New Yorker experience. You could also consider staying in an Airbnb instead of a hotel so you can experience a real life New York apartment.
Eat Street Food
The food culture in New York is massive. With so many different cultures in all of the different districts, you get some incredible fusions that take disparate palettes and combine them to create some wonderful dishes. While you’re there, you should absolutely experience some of the amazing restaurants on offer but if you want to live like a true New Yorker, you’ve got to eat street food. From the humble New York hot dog to South Indian crepes from NY Dosas, there is just so much on offer. The food is only part of the experience as well. The queues for street food carts are a melting pot for the diverse population in New York. You’ll meet so many different people and start to get an understanding of just how passionate they are about their rich culinary heritage. Everybody has their own favorite food cart so it’s a good place to discover those hidden gems that are dotted around the city.
The tourist stuff in New York is still worth seeing, but if you want to get at the heart of what makes this city so amazing, you’ve got to live like a local.