For native New Yorkers, it can be hard to appreciate the city like a visitor. It’s tempting to avoid tourist locations and crowds, but that’s also going to lead you away from some of the greatest areas. Instead of shying away from well publicized events, make it a point this Fall to take in some of the popular sites and fall in love with New York again.
1. Go See a Show
Almost eighty percent of people in the Broadway audience are tourists. It’s time for New Yorkers to take back their seats. With hundreds of choices for a cabaret in New York City, you are bound to find a show that interests you. It may even be a chance to try a different type of entertainment, from solo shows to musicals.
2. Spend a Day in Central Park
There is a reason that Central Park is a tourist hot spot – it’s beauty and expansiveness are impressive. However, it can offer locals some much needed greenery in a city full of bricks and concrete. Particularly if you have lived in New York for a long time, it’s easy to dismiss the positive effects of nature. Check the weather forecast and find a sunny evening or day off to bring a picnic and some friends.
3. Visit the Met
As obvious as it sounds, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is worth a regular visit. Not only do they have ever changing exhibits, but they also have amazing food. The Dining Room offers a unique culinary experience or just a great backdrop for afternoon tea. To avoid the largest crowds, pick a weekday afternoon where you can spare a few hours and enjoy one of the city’s top attractions.
For decades, locals have been told to avoid tourist locations and discover underground “real” New York City. However, the city has gone so far in that direction that people aren’t regularly enjoying some of the best the city has to offer. Take a deep breath, enjoy the diversity of the crowds and plan a fun day out.