When you step foot into New York City a feeling that can’t be found anywhere else is followed. It’s bustling all day with workers filling up Wall Street, looking to fulfill their “concrete jungle dream” as Alicia Keys and Jay Z put it. As night approaches you’d think the city would be less crowded, and you would be mistaken.
The nights are filled with precisely as much life, but there’s a different feel in the air. There’s a transformation from the amazing busy sentiment of the day, to a feeling that the night is young and there are many corners to explore. And explore you should! Before you plan your trip to the city, stray from the obvious and consider adding these things to your checklist.
Get ink at Bang Bang
Rihanna, Courtesy of Bang Bang
Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy is notably one of the best tattoo artists in his field. Many stars have received a tattoo from him, including Cara Delevingne, Justin Bieber, and Rihanna. Why not have some fun in the city that never sleeps and get that tattoo you’ve mapped out in detail as well!
Visit the Museum of the American Gangster and brush up on your knowledge of organized crime
Museum of the American Gangster in East Village, Manhattan, New York City
Get this — this museum only includes two rooms, but the amount of information you can receive is astounding. Located at 80 St. Mark’s place in the East Village in Manhattan, this building was once one of Manhattan’s most notorious speakeasies. Investigate the historical background of some of the most prominent figures during the American prohibition period such as Al Capone and dive into New York City’s darker past.
Catch an outdoor film at Bryant Park
Free outdoor movie in Bryant Park
On a lovely summer day, what’s a better combination than the outdoors and flicks? On a summer night spend an evening at HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, one of Manhattan’s most cherished outdoor movie events.
Get amused at the iconic Comedy Cellar
The Comedy Cellar in Manhattan, New York
The Comedy Cellar is a comedy club situated in Manhattan, in the core of Greenwich Village. Established in 1982, many top New York comedians have performed. In the event that you’re sitting front row at one of these shows don’t be surprised if you’re the center of one of the many jokes, and better yet don’t be shocked if the clowning is done by huge stars like Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, and Chris Rock. Discover the greatest stand-up comedians New York City has to offer and have an amazing night.
Watch a movie while you sip on a cocktail
Food served at the Nitehawk Cinema
Check out Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema, Bushwick’s Syndicated, or Downtown Brooklyn’s Alamo Drafthouse. They all offer an exquisite movie watching experience in which new movie releases, as well as classics, are offered for viewing. The chef-created menus offer more than butter-covered popcorn. And it gets better, cocktails are served while you watch.
Live out your inner foodie dreams
Free Ice Cream at the Museum of Food and Drink
At the Museum of Food and Drink visitors get the pleasure to touch, smell and taste its exhibits. If you’re passionate about food you’ll be happy to catch wind about everything from food science to culinary history. The current exhibit, Chow, allows food enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the history of Chinese-American restaurants. Expect to taste dishes like beef chow fun and freshly folded fortune cookies as well.
The MoMA will always be great, but there’s just so much more of New York to explore. Give these places a try and check them off your bucket list!