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NYC Cultural Treasure Hunt: 10 Activities For A Rainy Day
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NYC Cultural Treasure Hunt: 10 Activities For A Rainy Day

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Updated: 8 January 2017
From winter snowstorms to summer heat waves, New York sees its fair share of bad weather. In the city that never sleeps, there’s more to rainy days than Netflix binges and take-out dinners. For bar-hoppers, bowlers, and more, here are ten of our favorite rainy day activities.

Spot Dessert Bar

Dessert Shop, Restaurant, Asian, American, Dessert, $$$
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Spot Dessert Bar

Instagram addicts will love Spot Dessert Bar, an Asian-inspired café serving creative confections almost too pretty to eat. Escape the rain while you indulge in chocolate green tea lava cake, condensed milk ice cream, and smoked coconut cheesecake. Sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, Spot’s extensive and unique menu will keep you busy long after the rain has stopped.

Spot Dessert Bar, 13 St. Marks Place, New York, NY, USA +1 212 677 5670

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Sun:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wed:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu - Fri:
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun:
1:00 pm - 1:00 am

Saturdays

Store, Shop
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Bollitos
Bollitos | © Ana Reyes/Flickr

Saturdays

The sun’s always shining at Saturdays, a SoHo surf shop marrying laid-back living and downtown-cool. Featuring everything from coffee table books to wet suits, the shop’s curated collection of men’s goods exudes a refreshing, bohemian spirit. Also hosting an espresso bar stocked with La Colombe brews, Saturdays is the perfect place to lounge and explore while dreaming of better weather to come.

Saturdays, 31 Crosby Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 966 7875

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Sun:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Caracas

Embark on a culinary journey at Caracas, a Venezuelan eatery serving up tasty and traditional Latin fare. The restaurant’s flavorful menu of cheese-stuffed plantains, chorizo croquettes, and plenty of popular arepa varieties will transport you to sunny Venezuela with just one bite. Also offering an array of tropical-inspired desserts and cocktails, Caracas makes rainy city days feel like a vacation.

Caracas, 93 1/2 East 7th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 529 2314

Brooklyn Museum | © Jon Grizzle
Brooklyn Museum | © Jon Grizzle

Brooklyn Museum

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Robert Gober, Untitled Leg. 1989 – 1990, 11 3/8 x 7 3/4 x 20” (28.9 x 19.7 x 50.8 cm) | Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Dannheiser Foundation,
Robert Gober, Untitled Leg. 1989 – 1990, 11 3/8 x 7 3/4 x 20” (28.9 x 19.7 x 50.8 cm) | © 2014 Robert Gober.

Brooklyn Museum

Spend a rainy day visiting one of New York’s best-quality cultural institutions not featured on the average tourist’s to-do list. Honoring the diversity of its patrons, the Brooklyn Museum offers collections and exhibitions focusing on everything from Williamsburg murals to feminist installation artwork. Balancing global and local influences, Brooklyn Museum promises patrons an enriching and educational cultural experience.

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 638 5000

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Sun:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Nitehawk Cinema

Cinema
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Meow Parlour
Meow Parlour | © Ethan Covey

Nitehawk Cinema

Rainy days and movie-watching go hand in hand, and with its fully-stocked bar and elevated movie snack menu, Nitehawk Cinema beats out your living room for the best venue to watch a film. Trading in candy and chocolate for meatball hoagies, spicy fried pickles, and truffle butter popcorn, Nighthawk redefines the concept of ‘dinner and a show.’ Showcasing contemporary indie flicks and documentaries alongside time-honored classics, this unique spot offers something for every film fanatic.

Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 782 8370

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Meow Parlour | © Ethan Covey
Meow Parlour | © Ethan Covey

Meow Parlour

Cafe, Tea , American, $$$
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Meow Parlour

Meow Parlour is New York City’s long-awaited answer to those pesky ‘no pet’ policies. Manhattan’s first-ever cat café unites sweet treats, free wifi, and furry friends under one roof, allowing animal-lovers to interact with adoptable cats while munching on macaroons, Blue Bottle coffee, and more. Good fun for a great cause, Meow Parlor is an ideal spot for a rainy day catnap.

Meow Parlour, 46 Hester Street, New York, NY, USA

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Sun:
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Beauty Bar

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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New York Public Library
New York Public Library | © Jiahui Huang/Flickr

Beauty Bar

Martinis, manicures, and more await you at Beauty Bar, a delightfully kitschy night club/nail salon catering to a diverse crowd of fun-loving New Yorkers. An unbeatable ladies’ night destination, Beauty Bar’s live comedy shows, ’80s playlists, and retro décor are sure to cure your rainy day blues.

Beauty Bar, 231 East 14th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 539 1389

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Sun - Mon:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Mon - Tue:
5:00 pm - 4:00 am
Tue - Wed:
5:00 pm - 4:00 am
Wed - Thu:
5:00 pm - 4:00 am
Thu - Fri:
5:00 pm - 4:00 am
Fri - Sat:
5:00 pm - 4:00 am
Sat - Sun:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
New York Public Library | © Jiahui Huang/Flickr
New York Public Library | © Jiahui Huang/Flickr

Rose Main Reading Room

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Butterfly
Butterfly | © Ted/Flickr

Rose Main Reading Room

Sit back with a good book at the Rose Main Reading Room, one of the New York Public Library’s most iconic aspects. A haven for bibliophiles and aficionados of local history, the room provides a peaceful and elegant environment for reading and studying.

Rose Main Reading Room is currently closed for repairs and is set to re-open in 2017.

New York Public Library, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 917 275 6975

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Sun:
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Butterfly | © Ted/Flickr
Butterfly | © Ted/Flickr

The Butterfly Conservatory

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American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West | Courtesy of The Gutter

The Butterfly Conservatory

Bad weather doesn’t have to keep you from experiencing nature. The Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History invites patrons to explore its indoor arena filled with flowers, foliage, and free-roaming butterflies while learning about the environment’s flying friends. Educational as well as entertaining, this exhibition is an excellent option for those rainy days you don’t want to spend indoors.

American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 769 5100

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Sun:
10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 5:45 pm
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Courtesy of The Gutter

The Gutter

Bar, Pub Grub, American, $$$
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The Gutter

Combining your love of craft beer and bowling, The Gutter is a no-frills Brooklyn bowling alley boasting a vintage vibe, affordable prices, and laid-back environment. With its ‘adults only’ policy and carefully-curated selection of brews, The Gutter is a great place for kids-at-heart to indulge in some grown-up fun.

The Gutter, 200 North 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 387 3585

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Sun - Mon:
12:00 pm - 4:00 am
Mon - Tue:
4:00 pm - 4:00 am
Tue - Wed:
4:00 pm - 4:00 am
Wed - Thu:
4:00 pm - 4:00 am
Thu - Fri:
4:00 pm - 4:00 am
Fri - Sat:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 4:00 am