The Best Underrated Spots in NYC
Leah Walker February 5, 2018

New York City is a city of wonders, lights, and famous places. There are several world-renowned landmarks, including the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Central Park. While you should take the time to see these things, it is important for tourists to remember that there is much more to New York City than these iconic or flashy sights.

Top of the Rock

New York City is famous for its cityscape. Many tourists flock to the top of the Chrysler or Empire State Building to photograph this incredible view. However, you’ll find a better view at the Rockefeller Center. While te tickets cost much the same, the deck is bigger, and the crowd is much smaller as people don’t typically go there to capture the view.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

As a tourist in New York City, you’ll want to take a walk in the iconic Central Park. While this is a great park – it’s a film star! – and has gorgeous flora and fauna, the crowds can be overwhelming. Head over there, tag yourself and take a selfie: then head over to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the rest of the afternoon.

This underrated NYC park boasts an incredible view of downtown Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. You can have a picnic with your family, take a few photographs of New York’s most famous residents, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the city.

The New York Public Library

Grand Central Station is a popular tourist destination in NYC for several reasons – especially for the awe-inspiring ceiling. However, it is important to remember that Grand Central is still a train station through which many people are running daily on their way to work, home, and more.

For an equally incredible ceiling, head over to the less-crowded New York Public Library. Right around the corner, this overlooked tourist attraction often sees tourists taking photos outside while very few go inside. With cathedral-like ceilings, you’ll find no angry commuters or swollen crowds. Located in a peaceful library, it is truly a beautiful escape from the bustling city.

Don’t Bother with Upscale

When you head over to New York City for a visit, chances are you want to see the fanciest spots. This may very well include four-star restaurants and top-notch shopping. However, while this is a special experience, there is much more to see within New York City’s shops and eateries.

New York City has thousands of restaurants, from Chinese to Cuban and Italian cuisine. You can try a slice of pizza for $1, taste authentic New York cheesecake, and support every sort of local business. NYC is also home to incredibly diverse thrift shops throughout all five boroughs. Find something truly unique during your next trip to New York City.

Stray from the Norm

When it comes to making the most of your trip to NYC, you’ll feel overwhelmed and your bucket list will be miles long. While you should take time to see the biggest contenders – you’ll find discounted Liberty Cruise tickets if you budget your trip – find your way into the true New York City and tour like a local.

There is too much to do in New York City for a single trip or even several. It is a city that is always growing, always changing, and you’ll find yourself hard-pressed to see everything. Check out these underrated spots and see what really needs to be seen in NYC.

Leah Walker

Leah's a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. She documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. Leah freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, The Daily Basics, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's thrilled to call Paris home after being awarded the coveted three-year Compétences & Talents visa from France, though her talents don't extend to speaking French. Yet.

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