NYC Things to Do | 12 of the best experiences from local New Yorker

NYC Things to Do | 12 of the best experiences from local New Yorker


Hey there, I’m Sarah a New York local and
today I’m going to show you what you should do in New York City. Now this isn’t
going to be your typical guide where I’m telling you to go to the Empire State
Building or Times Square, which I am right now. I hate this place but I had to do it. I’m gonna
show you the stuff that I think is the best from years of writing about what to
do in New York City. It’s going to be my favorite things, the most unique things,
the most interesting things, the things that you can only find in New York.
So let’s begin as I show you what to do when you come here to New York City. If you’re looking for some of New York
City’s best nightlife, head over to Mckittrick Hotel. This place has the
most amazing parties I have ever seen and I’ve been to a lot of different
parties in New York and this is consistently the most incredible. The
reason is because they do immersive theatrical experiences. It’s not just a
bunch of dancing and drinking, it’s live performance on stage, professional
dancers, confetti falling from the ceiling. One of the parties I went to
they literally had real grass on the floor. This is New York nightlife at its
finest. Hands down. They also are home to Sleep No More, which is one of the
award-winning shows that they put on here. Check out their events calendar
it’s really the events that are epic. That’s all I have to say! A great way to see the city by boat is through the North River Lobster Company. This is one of my favorite ways
to see the city. It’s only $10 to get on this boat, and they serve great drinks,
cocktails, and beer and wine, and also really incredible seafood. This boat
circles Manhattan every 45 minutes so it docks for 45 minutes and it circles
for 45 minutes. If you miss the boat it’s not a big deal because they
have a bar right on the pier. So it’s very convenient and a lot of locals
don’t even know this place exists so definitely a place to check out,
definitely one of those hidden gems in New York City. One of the most
breathtaking ways to see New York is from above by a helicopter or a plane.
It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience, and although it is expensive, I do
recommend it because it’s so beautiful. You can do helicopter rides for even as
short as 15 minutes or longer and also plane rides. I did one where I actually
learned how to fly a plane and we circled around the Statue of Liberty.
Beautiful experience, definitely recommend doing that. I’m a big believer in taking tours of the city to learn more about it, and I’ve taken many tours
in New York to get a visitor’s perspective and my favorite has always
been Urban Adventures and the reason is because they do small group or private
tours. Therefore you get more one-on-one with the tour guide and it’s a better
experience for you. I’ve taken their tours all over the world and loved them
some of my favorite tours that they do here in New York are the New York City
craft cocktail tour, the Brewed in Brooklyn tour, and Brooklyn tour, and the Sights and Bites
Tour. But they have so many other tours here in New York so check out their site
you can see everything there. They also do tours all over the world so no
matter where you are you can check out an Urban Adventures tour. One of my
favorite ways to see the city is by boat and if you’re looking for a luxurious
experience you can go on a Classic Harbor line cruise. They do several
themed boats throughout the year some holiday, they do a wine and cheese
pairing (which I love), they do brunch cruises which are really fun. There’s
tons of different options for you to do here at Classic Harbor Line Cruises.
If you’re looking for New York from a very luxurious standpoint on the water
just do a Classic Harbor Line Cruise so that’s option guys. Brunching here in New York is practically
a religion. It’s something that the locals do almost every weekend. It’s
often weekend’s are planned around brunches. Now if you don’t know what
brunch is, it’s the meal between breakfast and lunch. Often in New
York you get these boozy brunches which are so much fun.
Often it includes unlimited alcohol, which you need to be careful with at
certain locations, and just like mounds of breakfast food that’s covered in
sugar. A great website to find a brunch is called Bitches Who Brunch, and they
have honest reviews of all the brunches in New York. One of the best and brunches
is at La Sirena and they have a very classy atmosphere, outdoor patio and
that’s actually the top-rated brunch so that’s one that you might want to see. It
is on the more expensive side. If you’re looking for a cheaper brunch, go
to Bitches Who Brunch and they have a nice sorting feature that allows you to
choose what you’re looking for. But when you come to New York definitely try
brunching because that is such a local thing to do here especially boozy
brunches. Now I can’t show you everything there is to do in New York City sadly. I
do have other videos on more specific things but you’re going to need a guide
book when you come here. My favorite is Marco Polo.
I used them all over the world and they are fantastic, it’s great especially in
New York because they just made this one has tons of insider tips. Also they have
a pull-out map and my favorite part is their interactive app that has walking
tours of the city that you can just go on yourself. There are tons of them so no
matter where you are in the city you can find a specific walking tour for that
area and they’ll tell you all the facts all the history. When you’re here you should
see a Broadway show. There are few experiences as New York as seeing a
Broadway show. I used to work on Broadway and I’ve seen a lot of them but my
favorites are The Lion King, Book of Mormon, Hamilton, Beautiful and also The
Cursed Child just opened so that’s one that you should probably experience. I
haven’t seen it though but I’ve heard it’s really good. Since I did use to work on
Broadway, I have some tips on how you can get tickets for cheap. The best
recommendation I have is to just buy tickets at midweek, so Tuesday evening,
Wednesday evening, a matinee. Those are going to be cheaper than buying a Friday
evening or a Saturday evening show. Also if you’re here in January that is when
the tickets are at the cheapest and the reason is because we had the least
amount of tourists in January so the tickets for Broadway go down
significantly. There’s a lot of people that sell discounted tickets but often
you won’t get that for the really good shows like The Lion King and Hamilton
and things like that. At Sea the City Jet Ski, you can take a
jet ski tour around the peninsula of Manhattan and around the Statue of
Liberty. It’s a pretty amazing way to see the city. We’re about to do it right now.
It’s April so it’s cold here but normally you wouldn’t have this much
clothes on. I’m gonna put on this suit, get it all up and we’re gonna jump in.
I’ll see you on the water. When you’re looking for an escape from
the concrete jungle and just want some nature in your life, head over to Central
Park or the Hudson River Greenway. This is one of my favorite places to bike or
skate or run. The Hudson River Greenway has tons of stops along it, as well. They
have restaurants, bars, bike rental places, gardens. You can really find it all here.
It’s a lovely way to spend a beautiful sunny day, whether it’s winter or summer,
as long as it’s like above 50 degrees there tends to be a lot of activity here
at the Hudson River Greenway. Before coming to New York, you should
watch my other videos on New York City. I have had videos on insider tips, secret
spots, and tourist trap, and they’ll be more coming. That will really help you in
deciding on what you want to do in this wonderful city. Central Park has so many things to do in
it and one of the most memorable ways to experience Central Park is by horseback
riding through it. This is an experience that many locals don’t even know exist.
You can do it through Central Park Sightseeing. And you truly sit on a horse
and ride along paths, lakes, rivers – it’s well it’s a lake in Central Park so you
know – but it’s just it’s really beautiful. If you don’t want to do horseback riding,
also bike riding is a beautiful thing to do there. You could spend the whole day
there just have a picnic and explore. And that’s a wrap! Those are my favorite
things to do here in New York City. If you enjoyed this video, remember to
subscribe, follow me on Instagram at @sarahfunky, and I will see you next time!

100 Replies to “NYC Things to Do | 12 of the best experiences from local New Yorker”

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  2. Ok just a tip I went to the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building and they are both soooooooo boring I’m sorry to say don’t go. But go to the new world trade centre idk what it is called now

  3. You are not the type of person i want as my tour guide, your instagram pics showed me why, nothing personal.

  4. I will be going to the Guggenheim Museum this coming Saturday do you have any suggestions of casual good food nearby or anything else to do near that part of New York City? I'm only there for the day with a friend taking the train from Rhode Island and coming back at night.

  5. Thanks Sarah especially for the North river cruise! I'm definitely going to do with my daughter for her birthday! Hope there's no age limit? I called but the were closed off-season.

  6. Thanks so much Sarah. Wife and I are visiting family in Manhattan 5/5-5/11. We are celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary. I was there last year but it's been 10yrs for wife. I grew up on LES till I moved to Houston in 2000 and feel like a tourist…lol

    Love the info u are providing. Writing everything down and your videos will help us alot. Thanks sarah

  7. I’ve watched tons of these must do in New York and honestly why does no one talk about broadway. It’s truly magical and really can turn your whole trip around. Just my opinion

  8. Thank you Sarah, I am travelling to New York next week. Your video is definitely helpful! By the way, you have the best smile <3

  9. Thank you for the jet ski ideaaa!!!! So hyped nowww super excited thanks

    Update: YO I DID IT! they were so friendly, the go pro videos and pictures are fantastic! I loved it!!! Really worth it

  10. I wish I had a friend in NYC to show me around on my first time on NY in my next trip in a couple of months.

  11. In the Manhattan area over this past week. I went out to Garfunkels speakeasy above Burgary restaurant. We had the excellent cocktails & left with a list of local bars in the area to try: Galloway Green, Attaboy, The Backroom etc. Thank you for posting this video, without it we wouldn't have enjoyed the trip as much as we did.

  12. I just found your channel due to an upcoming month long trip to New York for the first time and I was looking for tips on places to go. I love your videos! Im from Chicago so I'm excited to see New York. I look forward to checking out your website and other videos. Cant believe there are 289 thumbs down, always gonna be haters.

  13. Even though I have been in NYC for a couple of years, I still get excited about exploring this city. Thank you for reminding me about the helicopter ride. It has been on my to-do list for a while. Keep up the good work Sarah:)

  14. I’m going to New York in a month. Never been before and thank you for this! I also watched a few more of your videos

  15. Can you please share some thoughts and tips about the most beautiful jazz spot in NYC? I am a jazz fan and know some jazz spots by name, besides the most famous one like Blue Note or Birdland, which are for me shoddy and tourist-like. I mean the SMoke, the Smalls are famous.

  16. This is actually a really helpful video. I live in Knoxville, TN. and I'm considering a flight up to NYC by myself. I'm going to watch the tourist trap video next. Savannah is similar.

  17. Love this!! I’ll be in NY in July. I’ve been dozens of times with family but this time it’s just me and a friend. Definitely adding a few of these to our list.

  18. Hi Sarah,
    We will be in NYC for the 4th July. Do you have any recommendations where to go for watching the fireworks?

  19. Horseback riding shouldn’t even have been here. Don’t ya see how much the horses suffer because of dusty ass tourist and even New Yorkers want that experience? Just go out to a ranch for a day. I’m so mad. I’ve seen horses just collapse in manhattan from being so tired.

  20. Hey Sarah I have a question for you , I live in nj and I was planning on taking my Girlfriend out to the city to eat and adventure. You have any suggestions?

  21. The content of this channel is amazing!! I am a new yorker and I've barely enjoyed this city. Thank you for all these ideas!

  22. This video struck me as one giant ad. You seem to promote specific companies. I'm guessing you were paid by some of these companies.

  23. Thank you Sarah Funk for inspiring me to vlog! here's what I experienced in New York! https://youtu.be/dx41JPqocBw

    Hope to get new subscribers here too! FLMTrips!

  24. Going to NYC for the first time ever in a few weeks and I'm bringing your videos so I can experience the best of the city! Coming from Germany btw and first time in the US in general heheheh

  25. Sarah – thank you for all this great information!! I'm planning a trip to NYC over Thanksgiving 2019 with my two teenagers ( I know – not the best time to come but I have to do it when they have a school break). I'm watching all your videos – so helpful! Do you have any particular suggestions for what to do or not to do during the Thanksgiving holiday? (I'm sure you'll recommend NOT going to the Macy's parade – fine with me!)

  26. Hi 😁 I will be visiting new York from Saturday until Thursday for the first time in the USA. I am looking for helicopter flight to do. I saw that flynyon has do it for 149 dollar. But they are in New Jersey. Can you recommend me that. Or have you other alternative?

  27. Hi Sarah me and my girlfriend are coming to New York in December Boxing Day what recommendation do you make love your videos hope to do some of the tours that you mention

  28. Oh my god thank u so much must do ill be there this weekend can't wait i used to live in new york now live in vegas how much i do miss home I never knew some of these places even exist thanks to u

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