Alyssa Simakas | September 19th, 2018
I love exploring New York City. I have been here for 3.5 years and it still doesn't get old because there is always something new to do! Believe it or not, I still have those "pinch me" moments - like do I really live here?! If you have never been to New York, below are some non-tourist activities to do and if you do live here you should definitely check these out if you haven't yet.
1. Outdoor Movie Night: For a girls night or date night go to one of the outdoor movie showings all over the city (click here for the list). I recently went to Hunter’s Point in Long Island City. It was a 4 minute ferry ride from Manhattan 34th St Ferry. You can bring food and alcohol and sit on the turf or grass area. They have a nice concession stand where you can purchase food and drinks. Also, Azure Rooftop and Rooftop Reds in Brooklyn shows movies with nice views! Dress: leggings or flexible shorts or pants since you are sitting in grass, also a light sweater or hoodie.
2. Head to Brooklyn for Smorgasburg: This is where all the best food trucks in the country are every weekend. Try a ramen burger or lobster roll, it doesn't matter - your mouth will be drooling at every stand. Also, local artists sell art, home goods, clothing, and jewelry. Plus the view of Manhattan in unbelievable! Check out their delectable Instagram @smorgasburg.
Dress: super casual- sneakers or comfortable shoes because it is a grass/dirt area.
3. Rooftop Drinks: New York has the best rooftop bars and there are so many to choose from. Mr. Purple (at Hotel Indigo-pictured below), Plunge Rooftop (at The Gansevoort Hotel), Le Bain (at Standard Hotel), Gallow Green, Westlight, Magic Hour (at Moxy Hotel), Jimmy (at the James Hotel), THE ROOF (at Public Hotel).
Dress: most of these places are in a hotel so they are a little more upscale - if I've never been to a place I check out their Instagram page and look at the tags and location to see what other people have worn!
4. Picnic in Central Park: there are big areas of grass where you can go. Popular areas are Sheep Meadow (by Tavern on the Green & their restrooms) and The Great Lawn. Whole Foods is right in Columbus Circle if you need to pick anything up! Be cautious of the park cops- they will fine you if your dog is not on a leash and for alcohol. You are technically not allowed but everyone does it. Just don’t be obnoxious and put it in a water bottle!
Dress: I normally wear a bathing suit top under a tee because it gets SO hot in the field. Plus you can catch good rays!
5. Ferry to Governor's Island: A 172 acre island south of downtown Manhattan lies Gov Island. I finally made it there for the first time this summer and it is so charming! You can catch the ferry (right next to the Staten Island Ferry Port) for $3 for a quick 10 minute ride. The ferry departs every 30 minutes from the city. We first hit up Island Oyster which had an amazing view of downtown Manhattan, then walked the island and learned about the local history. You can also rent bikes there!
Dress: Comfortable walking shoes and breathable clothing!
Follow me on Instagram @nofilter_newyork and my blog www.nofilternewyork.com for more! Many XO's,Alyssa