Quirky and Off the Beaten Track Things to Do in New York City

Posted by on October 23, 2012

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First-time tourists to New York City have a wealth of things to do. For frequent tourists of New York City, however, quirky and off the beaten track things to do are not hard to find. Regardless if you are a newbie to the city or a frequent flier, you know you can always find cheap hotels in New York and explore these sites not on the usual list of things to do.

New York City

New York City

To find actual addresses, visit the New York City Library. Other less familiar tourist things to do in New York City include:

. Take in a day at a movie or TV filming on the streets of New York (You could be selected to be an acting extra.)
. Spend time at SoHo art studios and see painters at work
. Visit Little Italy during the San Gennaro Festival
. Plan to visit New York City for the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade
. Visit the annual Thanksgiving Day balloon and floats in the days leading up to the parade.
. Enjoy watching acting, dance or singing auditions in any of the largest New York City theaters
. Stroll through Central Park and enjoy the numerous kiosks and daily events
. Spend a day at an haute couture fashion show at any of the major fashion design houses.
. Visit the New York Aquarium for a day of aquatic fun
. Enjoy famous Coney Island hot dogs summer or winter at the world’s most famous hot dog stand
. Take part in the annual New York Marathon
. The Chrysler Building

Five Boroughs of New York City – Hundreds of Sights to See
Each of the five boroughs of New York City is vibrant and exciting and all offer a wealth of quirky things to do. For instance, on Staten Island, visit the ruins of the second oldest orphanage, Mount Loretto. Take a trip out to Flushing Meadow, Queens and see the 1964 World’s Fair Unisphere in Corona Park. In Brooklyn, there’s the Brooklyn Museum and of course, the famous Brooklyn Bridge. In the Bronx, tourists love to visit the Bronx Zoo or the New York Botanical Gardens where there’s always a special daily program for visitors. A great place for a quiet stroll in the Bronx is Wave Hill or Van Cortlandt Park. City Island in the Bronx is off the beaten path but avid fans of all things nautical find this worth their while.

The Gilded Age in Manhattan
In addition to Wall Street, City Hall, Chinatown, the garment and theater districts, tourists who love the Gilded Age can visit the site of President Chester A. Arthur’s inaugural address, King Manor, home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Andrew Carnegie Mansion or Dyckman House, the last remaining New York City farmhouse and the oldest building in New York City, the Morris-Jumel mansion.

Architectural Haunts

Among the most famous of New York City’s architectural sites are the Eldridge Street Synagogue, the Flat Iron Building, Manhattan’s first skyscraper, the Gothic revival-style Grace Church and the medieval style of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Sites For Lovers of Music
In Manhattan, there are a number of sites that are tributes to musicians like Louis Armstrong House, Will Marion Cook House, Duke Ellington House and the famous Carnegie Hall, a contribution of the Carnegie Foundation.

When The Sea Calls Tourists To New York City
Visit New York Harbor, the site of the Tall Ships Regatta races. South Street Seaport is a wonderland for tourists who love seaworthy activities. On South Street, tourists purchase freshest fruits and veggies at Fulton Stall Market, the former Fulton Fish Market. Enjoy box lunches at South Street Seaport or dinner at restaurants. Shops and entertainment flourish here.

bio – this article was written by Ross who writes at netflights.com and enjoys visiting New York City

 Photo:Navid Baraty

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