In the past, New York City was a hippie wonderland. There were so many creatives, revolutionaries, and artists running around. Nowadays, it has gone a bit corporate and stuffy, but there are still some amazing places to visit to help gain some perspective.
Stonewall is a little bar that started a revolution in this country about LGBTQ+ rights. Go to the bar and have a few drinks before wandering around the neighborhood. You will be able to get some great ice cream, sing along to showtunes, and shop at stores that are independently owned.
Visit Central Park
Central Park is one of the most beautiful areas of New York City and there is tons to do here. I’d suggest going to see the John Lennon Memorial. Usually, there are people playing guitar on the pathway and everyone is really chill and calm, which is difficult to find in NYC.
There are plenty of natural beauties to see in Central Park as well. Go for a boat ride, walk around the rose garden, or just sit on the grass and take in the beauty.
Go To The Strand
If you like to read, there is no better place than The Strand. This is a massive independent book store that is super accessible. Go there and walk around – but make sure you get off the first floor. Go upstairs to explore rare books or go downstairs to see the selection they offer.
Don’t just walk around and touch the books – actually make a purchase.
Go To Museums
There are so many different museums in NYC that you can visit. Whether you like art, design, history, or fashion, you will be able to find so many different things to explore. The museums are world class and many of them are quite affordable. If you plan your timing right, you might even get to go to some of them for free.
Eat Eat Eat
Of course, some of the best things you can do include going to different restaurants. Whether you are vegan, love pizza, or want to get some authentic cuisine, New York offers so much in terms of food. You can get some of the best foods you will ever eat in the smallest, dirtiest little shops or you can spend a lot of money in fancy restaurants.
There are so many different crystal stores in NYC that you should visit. From Namaste to the Smithsonian, you can find different kinds of crystals everywhere. While you are there, you can get your fortune told, have your cards read, or even talk to a medium.
While attending a Broadway show may seem a bit corporate, this one is different. With an amazing creative team (including Anais Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin) is a great show with overtones that we can all appreciate.
Hadestown follows the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and Hades and Persephone. It tells what happens when one man gets too much power and someone comes to disrupt that power. The show promises to show you how the world could be – and what happens we we start standing up for each other.
New York City may not seem to be a hippie dreamland – and it certainly isn’t the world that it once was – but it is still a great place to visit and roam around. Don’t be afraid to use your phone for navigation!