10 ways to live like a New Yorker
Going native in a new place and getting the lowdown on the best things to do in such a short time can be daunting. That’s why we’ve come together with Klook to compile a list of experiences for you to try in New York so you can feel right at home, even though you couldn’t be further away from it.
10) HIT THE CLUBS
One thing your typical tourist doesn’t do is go clubbing; they’ll be tucked up in bed with an eye on the sights they’re planning on seeing next morning. Hudson Terrace in Midtown West is the city’s biggest rooftop club, boasting spectacular panoramic views and three stunning areas: The Rooftop Lounge with fully retractable roof; The Garden Terrace, a zen-like oasis perfect for al fresco gatherings; and The Salon, a contemporary space for New York’s high-flyers. Make the most of your visit by booking through Klook and enjoy a complimentary drink.
9) SWING, BATTER, SWING
Pay a visit to the iconic Yankee Stadium sporting venue thanks to Klook’s Go New York City Card – Explorer Pass. You may not be a die-hard fan, or have even watched a game of baseball before, but the sheer spectacle and atmosphere at the stadium is worth the price of admission. We’d strongly recommend booking tickets to a game, too. If you fancy something a little less obvious than the Yankees, there’s also the Mets, who play at Citi Field.
8) SOAK IN SPORTS
New Yorkers love sports, even if they don’t always see eye to eye. For baseball, we’ve already mentioned the iconic Yankees and amiable underdogs the Mets. Basketball, meanwhile, has the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks, while the NFL boasts both the Giants and the Jets, so choose wisely. If you fancy hunkering down and acquainting yourself with the American world of sport, SideBAR in Union Square is worth a visit. Book through Klook to catch the Two-Hour Open Bar promo.
7) TO THE FIVE BOROUGHS
There’s nothing wrong with tackling New York like a tourist, but a lot of your time can end up being spent in Times Square (again, no bad thing!). And that’s not what your typical New Yorker would do. The great thing about Klook’s New York Boroughs: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Harlem, Coney Island & Queens Day Tour is that you can take in all five boroughs, thereby seeing an entirely different side to one of the greatest cities on earth.
6) MAKE A REAL SPLASH
One way to escape New York’s tourists is to literally leave the city! And that means booking through Klook and taking a flight to the world-famous Niagara Falls. If you go during the winter, you’ll join the Journey Behind the Falls and see the power of nature from a tunnel and platform. Sure, take a photo, but these are memories that you’ll treasure forever.
5) ON YOUR BIKE
As any keen cyclist will tell you, to see a city from an entirely new perspective, get on a bike. The Harlem Highlights Guided Bike Tour takes in such sights as Hamilton Heights, Schomburg Library, Malcolm X Mosque, the Harriet Tubman statue and much more.
4) A LOVELY TRIP TO THE GARDEN
Similar to London’s O2 Arena, Madison Square Garden is an iconic sports and entertainment venue with good reason. A whole host of all-time greats have performed at this incredible arena, and the Madison Square Garden: All Access Tour continues to prove hugely popular with Klook fans (just check out that average star rating! That tells its own story). You’ll pass through the locker rooms of the NBA’s New York Knicks team and the NHL’s New York Rangers team, and get to see how the floor changes from basketball court to ice rink. You’ll also have the chance to come face to face with some phenomenal memorabilia from the greats of entertainment.
3) GO OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
OK, a walking tour might not scream ‘live like a New Yorker’, but this one comes with a twist. That’s because it takes in some of the city’s less obvious locales, such as SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
Soho takes in the Cast Iron Historic District, while in Little Italy your guide will tell you stories about the local Mob bosses such as John Gotti. And if you’re peckish, we heartily recommend a delicious Chinese meal in Chinatown. This section of the trip will also show where the notorious Tong Wars of the late 1800s took place.
2) BE A CULTURE VULTURE
Tourists queue; natives plan. Which is why you need Klook’s winning Metropolitan Museum of Art Admission Ticket which enables you to skip the line. Yes, please! With 2 million works and 17 different sections, we would advise dedicating a good chunk of your day to one of the world’s most-beloved museums.
1) BROADWAY, BABY
Why not see one of the most spectacular shows Broadway has witnessed for some time: Frozen. Boasting an extended score written by the great Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, this is a chance to catch a show before it comes to London. And, let’s be honest, doing things you can only do in New York is such a part of the trip in the first place, right? If you’re after something a bit more glitzy, then Moulin Rouge, with its splendour, excess and grandeur, may be just the thing. But then again, if you haven’t yet seen the world’s most popular musical, The Phantom of the Opera, New York is definitely the place to see it as there’s nothing quite like a Broadway show!