New York City, the city that never sleeps. There's lots to do with never a dull moment. We hope that you plan your trip to catch a few of the unique attractions that make New York so great.
Here are things we highly recommend and some general getting around tips from local organizers.
If you have specific questions, email us and we'll do out best to help you out or point you to trusty info.
You will walk. A lot. Bring comfortable shoes. It's also a really great way to explore the city, especially downtown Manhattan.
NYC is known for its public transportation. The subway runs 24/7. You'll be able to get anywhere. Anytime. Late, late night trains run less frequently and there can be weekend train work.
- Embark (iPhone)
- New York Subway Map (iPhone)
- NYC Bus & Subway Maps (Android)
- Exit Strategy Maps plus know were to stand to get in and out of the Subway with ease—it does make a difference. (iPhone, Android, Blackberry)
The CitiBike bike sharing program makes it really easy to get around the city by bike. A fantastic way to get around and explore the city, Transportation Alternatives has maps and good resources about biking in NYC. GoogleMaps will route bike routes for you.
Art. Arte. Museums and more
Friday is Free Museum night.
Free and Donation Based Museum
Many of our museums are donation based, listed prices are merely suggested donation. There are the big ones like the Met and the Natural History Museum, but there are many other less well known, but equally fun museums throughout the city.
- El Museo Del Barrio has its Latin American Biennial.
- Museum of comic and Cartoon Art at the Society of Illustrators Museum.
- Art in General was founded in 1981 by artists Martin Weinstein and Teresa Liszka in the who aimed to create a space where artists could exhibit unconventional work and exchange ideas with their peers. Free. Near Scholastic. History on Wikipedia
- Must See The Earth Room, 2 blocks away from Scholastic. Admission is free. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 pm (closed from 3-3:30 pm)
- Dream House is a Sound and Light Environment. The Dream House is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 2:00pm - Midnight. NY Observer on Dream House
- City Reliquary a permanent display of New York City artifacts, rotating exhibits of community collections, and annual cultural events, The City Reliquary connects visitors to both the past and present of New York. Thurs – Sun 12-6 PM.
Paid and worth it
- Tenement Museum has a great Lower East Side historic walking tour.
- Transit Museumm for those that arrive early in the week.
- Intrepid Sea, Air, Space Museum
- Rockwood shows are always free. Independent, local musicians. (F train )
- The Stone is unique East Village venue. 100% of revenues go to the artist.
- See an improve show at some of the top improv comedy venues for cheap: Upright Citizens Brigade, the Peoples Improv Theater, and Magnet Theater.
- Catch a Jazz show at Smalls, a classic West Village spot.
- Joe's Pub
TKTS Discount Booths offer tickets to Broadway and Off Broadway musicals and plays at up to 50% off. Beat the Times Square lines by heading to South Street Seaport in Manhattan or Metrotech in Brooklyn. If you're interested in seeing a play (denoted with a P), make sure you get on the shorter Play line.
- Spectacle Theatre is tiny, gem of a theatre. Fully volunteer run, Spetacle's programming encompasses overlooked works, and offbeat gems.
- See a midnight movie at Film Forum, Landmark Theatres, or IFC
- Avantgarde programming at the great arthouse Angelika Theatre
Suggestions for Fun Adventures
- Walk The Highline and then get Artichoke pizza or other food spots. Self guided visit and art guide. End by stopping byPrinted Matter, the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to publications made by artists. Yelp
- Walk the Brooklyn Promenade. Get ice cream at Brooklyn River Ice Cream and enjoy it at Brooklyn Bridge Park or stroll around the Village while enjoying a cone from Big Gay Ice Cream
- Try unique flavors of greek yogurt at the Chobai Store, just few blocks from Scholastic. You won't find these flavors in the store. Yogurt Creations
- Take a fun classes for cheap at Brooklyn Brainery all determined by the things you want to learn and teach. It's a place to experiment with all kinds of topics, hobbies, and ideas — think book clubs on steroids.
- Relax at Spa Castle
- Take the train uptown and walk Historic East and West Harlem.
- Walk the East River Park to South Street Seaport. Catch the ferry to Red Hook and explore Brooklyn's off the beaten track neighborhood.
Keep up with what's Going On
- Meetup.com A dizzying number of events every night of the week, from tech to beyond.
- Nonsense NYC is a discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in New York City.
- Gary's Guide Best Guide for Tech related events.
- Scout Mob Publishes an interesting What to Do Guide
- Time Our New York Grab one of these at any Bodega. Comprehensives lists of things for the week, best shows to see on and off Broadway. Your essential guide to gotham
- Forgotten NYC Unique tours and history.