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10 Things You'd Miss About New York (If You Ever Left...)
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10 Things You'd Miss About New York (If You Ever Left...)

Picture of Jess Dwyer
Updated: 24 April 2017
New York City is unlike any other in the world, and those lucky enough to call it home may find it strange to even contemplate leaving. NYC has everything and anything amidst its five boroughs. While most (approximately 55 million yearly) visit on holiday, we can pretty much guarantee that everyone will miss several things on this list upon leaving.
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The View

The New York City skyline is unmistakable and absolutely beautiful at any time of day for locals and tourists alike. While there are several attractions, bars and parks from which to view the glorious sight that is the NYC skyline, the newest is the One World Observatory at One World Trade Center, having just opened in May 2015. The tallest building in the western hemisphere is the perfect place to view the bustling metropolis in all its glory.

One World Observatory, 285 Fulton Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 844 696 1776

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Spring

Any New Yorker would tell you the most glorious time of year is spring. After months of dreary winter, the city bursts back to life as parks and streets are packed with people ready to soak up the sun. As soon as the warm weather hits, be sure to check out The High Line. Built on elevated train tracks last used in 1980, the park runs from the Meatpacking District to West 34th street and 10th Avenue. This urban green space features a beautiful combination of plant design, art installations and architecture. With daily events from stargazing, dance parties and tai chi, there is truly something for everyone.

The High Line, (Meatpacking entrance) Washington Street & Ganesvoort Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 206 9922

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The Subway

Nearly 8.5 million people live in NYC and the subway is an essential part of daily life. In comparison to other subway systems around the world, the MTA has more train lines, stations, and miles of track than any other country. In addition, several stations serve as art exhibitions. Check out the famous Main Concourse of Grand Central Station; painted in 1912, the astronomical ceiling is a work of art. Fun fact – in 1996 the ceiling was restored to its original beauty, but one small patch was left untouched to show visitors the effect decades of smoking in the terminal caused.

Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 340 2583

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The Shopping

People from all over the world hit the streets of NYC to shop. Specialty shops ranging from decadent food stores to trendy clothing boutiques, high-end designer shops, neighborhood record stores and bohemian thrift shops offer anything your heart desires. Swing by Beacon’s Closet for one-of-a-kind vintage finds.

Beacon’s Closet, 10 West 13th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 917 261 4863

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Innovation

The city has always been on the edge of invention, be it food, fun or function. With new food innovation hitting the scene daily, there are endless exciting delights to try, from the Cronut to barber shop bars, the ramen burger, cream cheese-stuffed bagel balls and frozen s’mores. To indulge in the original Cronut, Dominique Ansel’s croissant-donut hybrid, or his more recent ‘cookie shot’ – a shot glass made of a chewy chocolate chip cookie, lined with silky milk chocolate and filled with cold vanilla-infused milk, head to Dominique Ansel Bakery.

Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 219 2773

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Happy Hour

Nothing beats ending a long workday (or a long day exploring the city) like happy hour. Over 1,700 restaurants and bars offer happy hour so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding spot to enjoy. Head over to Night of Joy to enjoy a drink on their large rooftop garden with twinkling lights, or in the comfortable, Victorian-style room space filled with intimate sitting areas. Try one of their custom cocktails or a frozen margarita for a mere $6 or a cold brew for $4 from 5 to 8pm daily.

Night of Joy, 667 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 388 8693

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The Markets

All year round, the city is filled with various artisan and craft markets offering goodies to the masses. Each new season brings a new market to explore, from the Holiday Market in Union Square to Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg; there is truly something for everyone. Since 2008, the Brooklyn Flea has attracted locals and visitors alike. You can easily spend hours exploring vintage clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts, collectables and furniture. There are three locations with hundreds of vendors so plan on spending hours diving in.

Brooklyn Flea, 50 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 928 6603

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The City That Never Sleeps

Yes, our bars are open until 4am. All hours of the day or night you can find something new and exciting to do. Try the Midnight Naughties at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg. Nitehawk is an independent cinema and New Yorks’s original cinema eatery. After midnight you can order a beer and some late-night munchies while watching Scandinavian erotic cinema from the 1960s and 70s. These cult classics are sure to excite you after midnight.

Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 384 3980

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The Boroughs

Manhattan is a fabulous place, but so are the other four boroughs that make up New York City’s diverse metropolis. One of the oldest attractions in town, The Coney Island Cyclone was built in 1927, and although it wasn’t named a New York City landmark until 1988, it is worth the hike. Coney Island is filled with various rides, games and other amusements, not to mention the large sandy beach filled with sunlight throughout the day.

Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, USA

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Brunch

Brunch is one of the many things that New Yorkers do best. No longer confined to Sundays, you can find brunch throughout the city every day of the week. For an unconventional alternative to your usual omelet-and-mimosa combo, try the chicken and waffles at Walter Foods in Fort Greene and Williamsburg for this crunchy but light dish served with hot sauce and maple syrup.

Walter Foods, 253 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 387 8783

Jess Dwyer