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New York City: After Dark

Picture of Nadia Elysse
US Editorial Team Lead
Updated: 25 April 2018

If you’ve never had the good fortune to experience the unyielding tempo of the Big Apple at night, you’ve missed New York City in its truest form—bright lights, eclectic nightlife, and provocative fashion. From twirling street performers to fine cuisine at 3am, “the city that never sleeps” certainly lives up to its name.

 

Here, we examine New York from dusk to dawn. These pieces will give you a deeper understanding of what happens in the hours between 7pm and 7am, when spirits are high and the possibilities seem endless.

 

What happens at a late-night party without alcohol? Why is it so hard to find a great diner? Who are the city’s masked crusaders taking crime fighting into their own hands? And, once and for all, are the most fabulous drag queens at Lucky Cheng’s or Lips NYC?

 

We’ve got the answers to all of those questions, and so much more. This is New York, after dark.

 

 

vigilante

Real-Life Superheroes Defend New York City’s Streets

Every night in New York, a handful of civilians take to the streets to fight crime.

 

waverly diner

Where Have All the Diners Gone?

New York diners have seen a 60 percent decline in the past 25 years due to

rising rent costs and discerning millennial palates.

 

conscious clubbing

At This Sober New York Rave, Movement Is Medicine

By 7pm, the dance floor at Brooklyn nightclub House of Yes is already heaving.

 

drag and cabaret

What Is the Best Drag Show in NYC?

Fit for royalty—here are New York City’s best drag and cabaret shows.

 

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The Enchanting Witches of New York

Even in a diverse city like New York, the word “witch” can be problematic.

 

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Should New York City Shut Down Its 24-Hour Subway?

A proposed plan to shut down the city’s 24-hour service strikes

a nerve with New Yorkers.

 

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These Nightclubs Are Better Than Bed Could Ever Be

Put on your dancing shoes—we’re introducing you to

the best nightclubs in New York City.

 

rocky horror

Sex, Liberation, and Controversy: It’s Rocky Horror NYC

The raucous show accompanying Rocky Horror’s midnight screenings

in Manhattan continues to delight thousands.

 

best karaoke bars

Karaoke Culture in NYC Is Unmatched

Life in New York City is certainly worth singing about.

 

90s fashion

’90s Rave Fashion in New York City: A Beautiful Disaster

When it comes to fashion, New York has always been ahead of its time.

 

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 Have a Ball in NYC Without Bars or Booze

DIY food crawls, free museum nights, and more—alcohol-free fun

can hardly be called dry here.

 

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The Best Gay Bars in New York City

From history-making spots to the new kids on the block, here are the best

gay bars in New York City. 

 

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Axe-Throwing Is Part of the Fun at This NYC Bar

Everything one would need for the optimal axe-throwing experience

is provided at this Brooklyn bar.