In New York City, overcrowding is just something to get used to. However, with a bit of insider information, it’s easier to find a place shrouded in a bit of obscurity. Check out 3 NYC hidden gems!
We love New York City (durr, obviously…), and exploring the behind the scenes city secrets and gems is what keep our eternal curiosity going and fiercely alive! Every door you open can take you into an entire new universe and experience.
You’ll feel like you’re in on some kind of secret when you head to one of these destinations below.
Here are three NYC hidden gems, part of the best spots in New York City!
The Garret West
The Garret West is a bar hidden on top of Five Guy’s, over on Bleecker Street, in the West Village.
A white, rustic atmosphere with tons of artwork welcomes you to this speakeasy-style bar.
The craft cocktails have unique names and flavors such as the “Hey Girl” accented by mezcal, elderflower liqueur, prosecco and strawberries. The intimate atmosphere will make this place one of your go-to bars.
Monday – Wednesday: 5pm – 1am
Thursday & Friday: 5pm – 2am
Saturday: 2pm – 2am
Sunday: 2pm – 1am
Location: 296 Bleecker Street
La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez Community Garden
Located in the East Village, La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez Community Garden community garden is the perfect spot to unwind and take a deep breath.
Whether you’re a tourist or a local, this is a fantastic destination or meeting spot. They partake in urban agriculture like composting and rain water collection, which is great to see.
There are even a few events held here, and the vibrancy is sure to guarantee your return.
Public hours are 10am – 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays, April 1st – October 31st, and when the gate is open and members are present.
Location: 9th Street & Avenue C
Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram
Since the Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram services is mostly for residential area, it isn’t super popular with tourists. However, it offers a great view of the Manhattan’s breathtaking skyline, and a bit of a thrill at the same time.
It uses the MetroCard system and has a comparable fare to the subway at around $2.75 per ride.
Have a bit of fun 3,100 feet above the city! Oh, and be sure to have you iPhone or cameras ready!
Location: East 59th Street & 2nd Avenue
Moreover, transportation in the city can be chaotic. That goes without saying, right?!
You can flag down a taxi, try your luck with ride share services or do the smart thing and reserve a form of professional transportation when you’re planning out your adventure.
With a limousine, party bus, or car service, you aren’t going to have to worry about finding a designated driver or navigating the streets. One of the services you can hire is the NY Party Bus, which will make a big difference!
Elevating your experience in the city is easy to do when you keep this arsenal of tips handy, so enjoy!
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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel. Y. C. and the venues