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Hop over the Hudson to cycle beyond the city limits and dial down the pace with massages and more on this om-inducing tour.
The image of the “city that never sleeps,” where time zooms by in a “New York minute” is no myth: this is a frenetic, constantly evolving city. But gradually, visitors to NYC are learning to slow down, take time out and look beyond the classic diversions. As Melanie Rousselet, founder of calm-inducing candle brand, Artisane NYC, puts it: “As much as we love the city, even us locals have moments when we’re looking for a breather, for some peace and quiet.” She recommends exiting Manhattan and heading to Brooklyn or Queens for the day, or hopping on a ferry. “It costs about two dollars, and it’s a great way to photograph the city and discover up-and-coming areas, like Long Island City.”
So, whether you’re cycling upstate or simply exploring a satellite neighborhood, it’s worth getting to know the real New York – the one beyond the cloud-piercing skyscrapers and Times Square touts. We’ve scouted three standout experiences to help scratch the city’s more serene surface, as well as a hotel that’s made for luxuriant long stays, all bookable on Culture Trip…
One way to connect with fellow travelers and escape the urban crush is on a cycling tour – this one takes you across the iconic George Washington Bridge to the town of Nyack in upstate New York, along the left bank of the Hudson River. As well as experiencing a New York State of mind, you’ll cycle the Palisades Interstate Park – where New Yorkers come to hike, bike and fish – and tuck into an organic picnic in the tranquil, forested Tallman Mountain State Park.
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