As much as I love doing the classic cheesy touristy stuff when traveling (i.e. Big Red Bus tours), I usually try to find unique things to do that are more off the beaten path. I don’t know why, but researching and finding unique activities makes me feel like I gain better experiences and end up with more exciting stories. Or at least I’d like to think that I do! 🙂
Here is a list of some unique finds in New York that you might want to check out. Let me know if you end up with any crazy stories!
32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Their claim to fame is being America’s FIRST pizzeria. I don’t know about you, but the historical value alone is reason enough to check them out. So when I decided to stop and eat here, it was a great surprise that not only is this a historic location, but the pizza is very good as well!
FYI, this place is cash only. If you decide to go in and dine, I’d recommend going with a large pizza. It’s only around $3 more than the regular size and it visually looks almost twice the size (great for photo-ops). Besides, who doesn’t love leftovers??
The High Line
Street level access on W 34th st (between 11th and 12th ave) midtown west
The High Line is a historic elevated freight rail turned public park. Walking this trail offers a unique birds eye view and immerses you into the city as the trail runs through the center of blocks in between buildings. There are various art installations, wall murals, and look-out points along the way, so you don’t forget your camera! The trail runs from West 34th Street in Midtown to Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, between 10th and 12th Avenues.
Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment – 64 Perry St, New york, NY 10014
friends Apartment building – 90 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014
Both apartment buildings are conveniently located within walking distance of one another in the Greenwich Village. It’s fun to go hunt for these buildings during the day since there are many little shops and restaurants to see in the area. Carrie’s apartment in the show is located on the third floor of the building. Visitors are able to take photos outside of the property but, since it is a private residence, the stairs are chained off. The Friend’s apartment building is located on the corner of Bedford and Grove St. This is the building where Monica and Joey’s apartments are located. Unfortunately, Central Perk does not exist, but there is a cute little restaurant located in its place.
Cake Decorating Classes at Carlo’s Bake Shop
631 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ 07030
I stumbled upon this class though Groupon and I’m so glad I did because it was one of the best experiences I had on my trip. The class focused on the basics of working with fondant. It was fun, simple, and not at all overwhelming. Before the class you get to take a mini-tour of the warehouse and at the end you get to take home your apron and cake. I flew home the next day and was able to take the cake with me as a carry-on item. Classes are held at various locations throughout New Jersey, with the Lakawana location being closest to Manhattan.
889 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
If you are looking for fun kitschy souvenirs, I’d recommended checking out Fishs Eddy, an Americana themed kitchenware and gift store. You may be wondering why you would purchase kitchenware as a souvenir (which is the same thing I asked myself when my friend dragged me in there), BUT you’d be surprised with the unique New York/Brooklyn themed finds that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum gift shop actually carries Fishs Eddy items, so just cut the middle man and go directly to the store. I purchased the cutest miniature Statue of Liberty (about 2 inches tall) and my friend fell in love with a Ruth Ginsburg mug. Other fun items for sale include New York/Brooklyn themed tote bags, dish towels, trays, shot glasses, coasters, etc. Go in and have a look. It’s at least a cute location to window shop.