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42 Fantastic Things to Do in New York City at Night


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Gazing at a million lights shining from the top of the city. Wandering the dark streets learning the spooky history of NYC. Drinking a cocktail under neon lights in a basement speakeasy.  New York City at night is a magical adventure, where the hustle and bustle never stops even when the sun goes down.

Frank Sinatra once sang “​​I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps” and of course, he could only be talking about one place – New York, New York! At night the city comes alive with bright lights, bumping clubs, museums (open late, of course), live shows, excellent restaurants and so much more!

In a place like New York City, where the subway never closes, people are out and about all hours of the night and there is always something to do. You can go hard dancing all night, or just enjoy a lovely slice of NYC pizza. Welcome to New York City at night!

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Taking in New York at Night from the Top of the Rock!

New York City at Night FAQs

If you’re visiting NYC and wandering around at night you may have some questions… Like is New York City at night safe? Should I really take the subway after midnight? Does everyone turn into vampires and zombies in the city after the clock strikes twelve? (No one has ever asked that…). Here are some answers to your questions below!

Is it Safe to Walk around New York City at Night?

The short answer is — yes! Most of New York City at night is safe to walk around, and since the city never sleeps (nor do its residents), you’ll most likely find yourself surrounded by plenty of people at night. The city in general is extremely well-lit, so as long as you stick to the main thoroughfares you shouldn’t find yourself down any dark alleys.

At nighttime, you’ll probably find most activities are in midtown, which is a popular nightlife spot and one of the safer areas for you to explore. Like anywhere else, stay aware of your surroundings and your possessions. There is always a chance of something bad happening anywhere so always stay vigilant.

Can I Take the Subway at Night?

New Yorkers tend to avoid the subway after midnight, since fewer people ride it and it can be a little more sketchy (as well as the trains running more infrequently after 10pm and the routes being slighty changed).

If you are unable to take a ride share late at night (which I would recommend), try to ride in a subway car with other people (who are not acting erratically) and try not to put yourself in a situation where you are alone and vulnerable. Once again, be wary and remember there is safety in numbers.

If you are new to taking the Subway, check out this NYC Subway Guide for a very complete guide.

When’s the Best Time to Visit New York City at Night?

New York is best experienced in warmer weather, so I recommend going in April-June, or September-November. 

NYC in July-August is a hot, sticky, asphalt jungle mess, with sweltering subway trains making it feel like you’re on the express train to hell. While it’s not so hot at night, during the day it will be much warmer, and it’s also high tourist season (locals who can flee the city) which means that everything is more expensive. Basically, you’ll pay more to be miserable!

New York City in Winter is also a great time to visit if you don’t mind the cold and potential snow, and you’ll see way fewer crowds after the holiday season. But of course, a lot of the outdoor activities won’t be as enjoyable, and of course more of it will be “at night” since the sun goes down so early!


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Love it or hate it: Times Square at night is very NYC!

Things to do in New York City at Night

Here are some of the best things to do in New York City at Night, from the best restaurants and bars, museums that are open late, shows, city views and more!

See A Broadway Show

One of the most classic New York City at Night activities is visiting the Great White Way, also known as Broadway. Broadway is the name for the 41 theaters in the area that have 500 seats or more. That is the real definition of Broadway, not just the theatres that are actually on the street!

Here you’re going to see the largest, most spectacular shows on Earth, and even if flashy musicals aren’t your thing, they usually have regular plays with some of the best actors in the country gracing the floorboards. 

Below are some of the best shows on Broadway right now, and remember you can view all the shows on the Broadway website:

  • Kimberly Akimbo – This show won the Tony Award Winner for Best Musical 2023, and tells the story of a 16-year-old girl with a rare disease that makes her have the body of an old woman. This show isn’t a flashy spectacle like some others but it is witty, funny, and relatable – perfectly expressing the human experience.
  • Wicked – Since it opened in 2003, Wicked has remained one of the most well-attended shows on Broadway (and soon to be a movie!), and for good reason. It has spectacle, humor, drama, and explores the story of the Wizard of Oz from the Wicked Witch’s point of view!
  • Sweeny Todd – Sondheim has created some of the best American musicals, and the darkly macabre and humourous Sweeny Todd turns the cutesy Broadway musical on its head. Never has the story of one man’s murderous, revenge rampage been so beautifully operatic.

See A Non-Broadway Show

New York City is more than just Broadway shows, even if they are fantastic! There are plenty of unique theatrical experiences in NYC just waiting for you to discover them. 

  • See a live TV Taping – Have you ever wanted to be in a live studio audience? Well, NYC has you covered! You can see your favorite shows live like Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and so many more. Saturday Night Live is the only show that truly tapes at night (many of the “night shows” are taped at 5pm), so it’s your best bet if you want the “nightlife” experience. Check out this excellent guide to score tickets for your favorite shows.
  • Lips Drag Queen Show Palace Restaurant & Bar – If you’re looking for a New York at nighttime activity with a bit more glitz and glamour, Lips is the place to be! Here you can see one of NYC’s premier drag shows with gorgeous divas singing, dancing, and putting on an unforgettable show. You can just get drinks from the bar (two-drink minimum) or enjoy a 3-course meal! This is one dinner and a show that will be a drag, in a good way!
  • Slipper Room – For even more titillating action, check out the Slipper Room in Lower Manhattan. Here you can find some of the best burlesque, featuring comedy, sideshow, magic, strip tease, circus, and more! The performances are light-hearted and fun, and the staff will make you feel welcome. It’s like stepping back into the days of vaudeville and getting to see a bunch of unique talents!
  • Shakespeare in the Park – One of the best free things you can do is check out Shakespeare in the Park in the Summer! Put on by The Public Theater, these shows play in Central Park (but not in 2024 as the theatre is being renovated) and feature traditional versions and colorful adaptations of the Bard’s work. These professional productions make Shaekspeare’s work accessible and understandable even if you weren’t a theatre kid *ahem*
  • See a Yankees Game – While not a show per se, baseball is kind of a show! You know, there are players, a stage, costumes (er…). Anyway, even if you’re not a huge sports fan going to a big arena game is electric. Fans cheering, home runs, hot dogs, beer – you know, the important parts! 


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The Wednesday from The Woo Woo!

Get A Fancy Drink

Nighttime and cocktails go hand-in-hand, so why not find your new favorite haunt. There is even a speakeasy tour if you want to find three “secret” spots and learn this history of NYC prohibition!

  • Ophelia Lounge – Drinks with a view? This stunning sky lounge is in a 1928 Art Deco building that has sweeping views of the Hudson River, and is a great place to take in the city from above on a chilly night (like the Pepsi Cola sign!). Under the twinkling star lights hanging from the ceiling sip on the Purple Tuxedo, with gin, absinthe, plum bitters, and more which makes it purple, sweet and refreshing as well as the Beekman classic palo santo martini, a gin martini with a smokey twist.
  • Lillie’s Victorian Establishment – At this bar, red leather chairs and gilded mirrors line the bar, stained glass windows are illuminated on the walls alongside portraits of Oscar Wilde, and they have plenty of handcrafted cocktails on the menu, many named for Old Hollywood celebrities. Try the Humphrey Bogart with Yellowstone Bourbon, House Smoked Syrup, Angostura & Orange Bitters.This drink is “cedar smoked” and came fully on fire!
  • Dante – Dante opened in 1915 is a registered historic landmark where famous faces like Al Pacino, Whoopi Goldberg, Alec Baldwin, and Bob Dylan have stopped in for a drink or two. You’ll feel very Parisian sitting at the bar surrounded by mint green and white accents, soft lighting and music floating in the background. The bar is famous for Martinis and aperitivo, and from 3 to 5 pm you can enjoy discount martinis during “martini hour”. Try the With A Twist martini with hints of grapefruit, lemon, and lime, and if martinis aren’t your thing, try the Negroni Bianco garnished with little white flowers. 
  • Rudy’s Bar & Grill – This hole in the wall in Hell’s Kitchen is easily findable by the statue of a big pig in a red jacket waving out front. Inside you’ll find cheap beer and drinks, and free hot dogs with any purchase! I love this place because it’s a true dive – dark, unpretentious, and inexpensive, something NYC sometimes fails to provide. The music and good and the vibes are right. Be aware Rudy’s is cash only!
  • HiLot – This vision in pink in Alphabet City is home to fancy cocktails, with rose gold mirrors, green lamps, and heavy velvet curtains lining the interior. It’s like stepping into a mod, elegant spaceship with gorgeous glassware to match. The drinks are fancy as the interior, like the fuschia Lavender Haze with Bombay London Dry Gin, Hibiscus, Cinnamon, Butterfly Pea Flower, Lemon and Co2. You can make a reservation, but they usually keep tables for walk-ins.
  • The Woo Woo – The Woo Woo is an 80s-themed speakeasy bar (yes you read that right) decked out in neon in the basement of a building in Times Square. The ambiance here is top-notch, and you are required to enter through a secret doorway (which is very well-themed – but I won’t spoil it!). They have lots of fun drinks here (I got the Wednesday) and it’s the perfect place to enjoy a nightcap after a Broadway show! 
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The Kaeng Kieow Waan from Thai Diner.

Eat A Delicious Meal

You can’t go wrong eating an amazing meal you can only get in NYC, and these are some of our favorite places in the city:

  • Thai Diner – Thai Diner is like if you mixed a Thai restaurant with a Tiki Bar, with whimsical decorations to match. The dishes epitomize Thai with a twist, like the decadent Kaeng Kieow Waan with curry braised beef short ribs with eggplant, shallots, and basil. They also have fun combination drinks, like the Thai-rish coffee, with Jameson whiskey, espresso, and condensed milk whipped cream. 
  • Left Bank – Left Bank features simple farm-to-table food that leans into American/Italian fare. The best part is that from 5-7pm Monday-Friday and 4-6pm Saturday & Sunday you can order from their happy hour menu, which includes pasta and a glass of wine, a burger and beer, and two appetizers at a fixed price. For your app, try the the shaved brussel salad or the half dozen East Coast oysters and and for your entree the capricci cacio e pepe (with your choice of wine, of course). Their parmesan fries are also on the happy hour menu, which makes a great additional app if you want something truly decadent.
  • Capizzi– This pizzeria was born out of the owner working in his own father’s pizzeria as a child, so this is some ancestral pizza action. The restaurant is intimate and decorated in a cozy, Italian way, with a wood-burning pizza oven which is the sign you’ll be getting some incredible pizza. Start with their Arancini Spinaci which are spinach, garlic & cheese rice balls, that are crispy and so decadent. For your pizza order, I highly recommend the Hot Honey pepperoni pizza if they currently have it on the menu (it seems to rotate), if not the Loaded Pizza with provolone, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, roasted peppers & whole roasted garlic should do the trick.


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The Brooklyn Museum at Night has performances and plenty of art to explore! (Photo Credit)

Enjoy a Night at the Museum

I get it, you’re a brainiac who wants to not only explore the museums during the day but at night too! Here are some of the museums that are regularly open late so you can get your exploration on once the sun goes down. 

  • Fotografiska New York: The Contemporary Museum of Photography, Art & Culture –  This museum is for all you photography lovers! Come explore the art of the image in this gorgeous museum, which has new shows constantly rotating through. Be sure to check out the speakeasy-style Chapel Bar for a drink before you head out as well. Fotografiska is open until 9pm every night.
  • Museum of Sex – The Museum of Sex is hot, real hot, and explores sex and sexuality from the middle of the century through today! Be sure to check out the Super Funland: Journey into the Erotic Carnival for an interactive, neon wonderland that explores the link between sex and the history of carnivals. Stop by the Carnal Carnival Bar to grab a drink to sip while you explore! The museum is open til 10pm most nights, and some nights 12am!
  • New York Historical Society Museum & Library – Open until 8pm on Fridays, you can explore 400 years of NY history alongside Tiffany lamps, Picasso works, films, and so much more! It’s easy to spend a fancy Friday night here!
  • Whitney Museum of American Art – This museum is not only open until 10pm on Fridays, but free between 5-10pm! Here you’ll see premier contemporary American art, with over 20,000 works in the permanent collection, including pieces by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and many more. You have quite the evening set out for you see as much as you can! Just be sure you reserve advance tickets.
  • Brooklyn Museum – The first Saturday of each month the Brooklyn Museum is open until 11pm, and it’s free (just make sure you make a reservation in advance)! This special night includes performances/films and/or activities, making it a truly engaging evening. Explore the museum and have a blast into the night!

Dance the Night Away

Wanna go to the clerb? Well,  NYC’s got you covered for that! So many places to dance, whether you wanna see live DJs, go salsa dancing, or just bop to some Jazz. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club – This club is located on historic Restaurant Row in New York City’s Times Square neighborhood and is based on the swinging supper clubs of the 1940s. While you can reserve a table for dinner, no reservation is necessary to show up Tuesday-Sunday for a free dance lesson between 8:30-9pm (there is a cover however). They will teach you the basics of classic dances such as the Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Shag, Waltz, Foxtrot, Charleston, and more! So grab a drink and get dancing!
  • House of Yes – This colorful club in Bushwick, Brooklyn is home to high-intensity music, performances by acrobats over the dancefloor, and enough energy to keep you going all night. The point of HoY is to participate, which you can do by wearing your craziest club outfit and going along for the ride! Check out their calendar for different themed nights and performances.
  • Retroclubnyc – If you’re an elder Millenial like me you may be craving tunes from the 70s, 80s, and 90s specializing in disco and freestyle music. Well, hey, here’s a place! Retroclubnyc is less snooty than other clubs and towns and is musically curated for those who want to dance but maybe also have a bedtime.
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The melding of nature and city in Central Park! (Photo Credit)

Take a Stroll Through the Park

New York is the city that never sleeps, remember? Luckily, if you want to go on a nighttime park stroll you can! That being said, you don’t want to go too late and open yourself up to anything bad happening. Stick to well-lit areas, use the buddy system, and have an idea of where you’re going!

  • Central Park – Central Park at nighttime has the allure of your natural surroundings – trees, ponds, sprawling lawns – with the added bonus of skyscrapers glowing right beyond them. It definitely feels like the convergence of natural and manmade, and has the true NYC magic. Some of the best places to stick to at night at the Mall & Literary Walk, the Reservoir, and the Ramble. While Central Park is open until 1am, I’d say 10pm is probably the best cut-off time for you to be wandering the park.
  • The High Line – This historic elevated rail line has been transformed into a park in the sky, allowing you to walk past native plants and trees, sit on benches, admire huge murals, sculptures, and performance art, and see NYC shining at nighttime from an entirely different point of view. The High Line is 1.45 miles long and makes for a great stroll for about an hour. The Highline is open until 10pm between April 1- November 30.
  • Little Island – Little Island is hard to miss, it looks like little white floating clouds on the Hudson River with a lush, green park on top! It’s beautifully manicured with flowers and grasses, filled with art installations, and has beautiful overviews of the river and city perfect for nighttime shots. It also happens to be right off the High Line! Click here to check the hours, but should be open until 11pm or 12am depending on when you visit.


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Do Late Night Shopping (& Eating) at a Night Market

Night markets are electric – people coming together to shop, eat, and listen to music underneath the lights of the city! Luckily NYC has several to choose from!

  • Chelsea Market – This 1.2 million sq feet building is one of the most bustling, exciting, and delicious indoor markets in the world (also close to the High Line), and a fabulous place to grab a bite since it is open until 10pm every night (though some stores close early, check the website). Make sure you get to Los Tacos No. 1, a quick-service restaurant that has a limited menu that is all fantastic, like the Adobada pork tacos with pineapple on top is the best taco I’ve ever had in my life (you can find Los Tacos No. 1 all over NYC as well). 
  • Uptown Market – On the second Thursday between April and October from 4-10pm you will find the Uptown Market in Harlem, which tous 80+ vendors, food, local musical talent, and celebrates the unique cultural flavors of Harlem! 
  • Brooklyn Market – The last Monday of the month between April and October from 4-10pm the Brooklyn Market takes place at Industry City, a hip industrial complex that houses plenty of it’s own shops and eateries. But during the Brooklyn Market you get an additional 60 vendors and music in their beautiful outdoor space overlooking the water beyond!cultural flavors of Harlemunique cultural flavors of Harlem unique cultural flavors of Harle

Explore Chinatown

Chinatown at night is an explosion of color, with red lanterns hanging above, great places to eat, and shopping! While it’s quieter than during the day, it’s very atmospheric to walk around and take in all the culture and history. 

  • Take a stroll down Doyers Street – Once known as Bloody Angle due to the Chinese gang violence on the street in the early 1900s, Doyers Street today is the colorful, mural-covered heart of Chinatown. Here you can take in the ambiance, including gazing at the pegasus made entirely of noodles soaring over adjoining Pell Street. This is a great place to start your Chinatown adventure, and then roam Mulberry, Mott, Elizabeth, and Pell Streets.
  • Nom Wah Tea Parlor – Also located on Doyers Street is Nom Wah Tea Parlor which opened in the 1920s and is the oldest continuously running restaurant in Chinatown. This incredible dumpling and dim sum joint cannot be missed. Get the pan-fried pork dumplings, chicken soup dumplings, sticky rice with Chinese sausage, and steamed lotus buns. Be aware this place is cash-only (but very affordable), with small dishes perfect for sharing. You may also need to wait outside for a table, but the line generally moves quickly!
  • Rooftop93 – Above the Wyndham Garden Chinatown Hotel is Rooftop93, a sophisticated rooftop bar and indoor lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows that give you some of the most stunning views of Manhattan. This is a great place to end your Chinatown exploration and take in the city lights, or start here and watch the gorgeous colors of the sunset over the city. The drinks here are classic, from margaritas to Aperol Spritz to martinis, so take in Chinatown from above!


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The Brooklyn Bridge at night is just as iconic as during the day!

Bop Around Brooklyn at Night

Brooklyn may not be Manhattan, but it’s right there – and it’s cool! Brooklyn is a great place to check out at night, with plenty of great views, fun activities, and drinking options! 

  • Brooklyn Bridge – The Brooklyn Bridge is magical, if not more magical, at night. Fewer crowds, city lights, cool air blowing across the East River – it’s the total NYC experience. After 9pm there are fewer crowds, but still enough people and lighting to be safe. Stroll across the ⅓ mile bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn or do an out-and-back from Brooklyn for unforgettable Manhattan views!
  • The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club – I know what you’re thinking: isn’t shuffleboard for retirees in Florida? Well, yes, but if you’re in Brooklyn it’s cool, okay! The ambiance here is Florida flamingo chic and you can rent shuffleboard courts with your friends, while jamming to loud music and getting great beer and cocktails from the bar. Haven’t played? They’ll give you a quick rundown (it’s easy!) and in no time you’ll be shuffling!
  • Randolph Beer – For more views of Manhattan, check out Randolph Beer’s Rooftop patio. Randolph Beer is known for its super fun game room (downstairs) and is only one of 5 places in the country with Belgian feather bowling, but the real star is the view of Manhattan, the bridges, and the beer! They have over 20 beers on tap including such delightful flavors as the Orange You Lovely IPA and the Left On Red Wheat Beer. If beer isn’t your thing, they also have some excellent cocktails like the smokey yet refreshing  EL Pepino Fresco with mezcal, St. Germain, lime, cucumber, and Peychaud’s.
  • House of Wax Bar – This has to be one of the oddest places to get a drink – a bar… full of waxwork sculptures? Here you can find life-size and realistic displays of anatomy, anthropology, and even death masks of famous folks with some truly horrific sights – we’re talking wax depictions of syphilis, lungs overtaken with tuberculosis, and even realistic birth scenes. This collection was last seen in 1922 in Berlin, where it was packed away for good – until it was purchased in 2016 and put on display in this rendition of an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. So grab a drink, check out the wax oddities, and stay for a movie if you like!
  • Nowadays – This is the perfect outdoor summer spot, where you can dance the night away in a garden! They also do cinema nights so you can take a movie under the twinkling lights of the garden. They serve food (Mexican cuisine) and have some great mixed drinks. Really, this place is somewhat out of a fairytale!
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The Washington Square Arch is one of the fascinating (and spooky) stops on the Greenwich Village Ghost Tour!

Take a New York City Night Tour

New York City at night can be even more exciting with a guide, highlighting the sites and the stories of the city. 

  • Greenwich Ghost Tour – A fabulous way to learn about the spooks and stories of the city is on this 2-hour Greenwich Ghost Tour. This tour is not a collection of silly and unverified ghost stories, but rather a collection of true tales in NYC’s history you’ll hear while visiting the sites where they took place. You’ll go past where the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory stood, where one of the deadliest industrial fires in the country where 146 garment workers died, an eerie hanging tree, and stroll through Washington Square Park and more. Our guide Luke had a lot of energy and great storytelling skills – this is not a tour to miss. Also, stop by Bleecker Street Pizza after the tour for an excellent slice of NY pizza!
  • Circle Line: New York City Harbor Lights Cruise – On this 2-hour cruise, you can take in the sparkling lights of the city from the water! You’ll see landmarks like One World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and many more. Besides the stunning views (which are worth the cruise alone), it is the most comprehensive and fun way to learn about the city from one of the fabulous commentators – you’ll learn things like how Manhattan means “land of many hills” in the Lenape language, how Wall Street used to have a literal wall built by the Dutch to keep the English out, and that Brooklyn is almost the size of Chicago. You can also get beer, wine, and cocktails as you learn about the city. This is a must-do activity!
  • New York Catacombs by Candlelight – This has to be one of the strangest tours you can take in New York City at night… exploring catacombs, under the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral?? On this 1.5-hour tour, you’ll explore the Basilica in-depth, pun intended, as you dive into the only Catholic catacombs in NYC and even get to wander around the graveyard. While this tour is spooky in essence, it’s not a ghost tour per se so expect to learn a bit more about the history of the church, Catholicism, and spirituality rather than just the ooky spooky bits.


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Seeing the NYC skyline at night will truly take your breath away!

See The City from the Top of the Rock

Seeing New York City at night from above is like nothing else, especially if you get to experience the sunset followed by the lights twinkling on illuminating the city. The scope of the city is hard to take in from below! While there are several observation decks, Top of the Rock takes the cake for the best views and atmosphere.

From the Top of the Rock, you’ll be able to see some iconic spots in NYC including the Empire State Building, the One World Trade Center, and Central Park. It’s located right in Midtown and has expansive, 360-degree views from 850ft over Manhattan. It may not be the highest platform in the city, but it has a less expensive admission ticket, fewer crowds, a great location and gorgeous Art Deco architecture.

If you can, try to arrive a little bit before sunset (also keep in mind it takes about 20-30 minutes to actually get up on the deck). This way you can see the city during golden hour and then watch the city light up all around you. There is something so special about seeing millions of twinkling city lights that feels so NYC.

One of the biggest selling points is that there is an outdoor deck, meaning you’ll get stunning pictures and really get to see the city with your own eyes (some observation decks don’t have outdoor space!). There are also several more stairs up to higher platforms than the level you enter from the elevator, so don’t forget to explore those too! Plan to spend about 45 minutes to an hour on the observation deck. 

Where to stay in New York City at Night

  •  citizenM Time Square – Located near Time Square, The citizenM has everything you need – three outdoor terraces, a rooftop bar, and hot & cold breakfast buffet! Not to mention the hotel itself is super cozy and modern rooms where you can control all aspects of the room with an iPad. You’ll be super close to the action of Manhattan and the subway, so this is the perfect place to base yourself!
  • Pod Times Square – These “pod” rooms may be on the smaller side, but they are inexpensive and don’t leave out the comfort of staying in a hotel! The hotel itself is stylish and cool with its own bar, and they even have double bunk rooms, which is a great option if traveling with a friend. It’s a few blocks away from Times Square, so super convenient!
  • The Standard, High Line – Now if you truly want to stay right on top of the High Line park with some truly gorgeous views of the Hudson River, check out the Standard. This hotel exudes luxury without the price tag of full-blown luxury, with white and wooden accents, and each room features floor-to-ceiling windows and a city or river view. Also, check out the adjoining biergarten under the High Line.


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About The Author: Richie Goff is a Louisville, Kentucky native with a great love of the outdoors. When he is not growing flowers for fun, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Practical Wanderlust and Let’s Go Louisville. He has been a friend of Lia’s since high school, and they have taken plenty of their own disaster-prone adventures together!

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Gazing at a million lights shining from the top of the city. Wandering the dark streets learning the spooky history of NYC. Drinking a cocktail under neon lights in a basement speakeasy.  New York City at night is a magical adventure, where the hustle and bustle never stops even when the sun goes down.

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  • Tours: We love booking guided tours, especially food tours and walking tours, to get a local’s perspective and a history lesson while sight-seeing! We book our tours using Viator and GetYourGuide.
  • Transportation: We use Rome2Rio to figure out how to get from place to place, and book local transportation online using Bookaway wherever we can. When we book a rental car, we use DiscoverCars to compare rental companies and find the best deal.
  • Luggage Storage: Whenever we’re checking out early or taking advantage of a long layover, we use LuggageHero to safely store our luggage while we’re running around. Use the code PRACTICALW for 2 hours of free luggage storage on us.
  • VPN Service: A VPN keeps your digital information (like website login details, bank info, etc) safe, even when you’re connected to an unsecured network while traveling. Plus, it lets you use Netflix & other streaming sites abroad! We use NordVPN. Use the code WANDERLUSTPROMO when you sign up!
  • What to Pack: Here are the travel essentials that we bring on every trip. We also have packing lists for hot weather, cold weather, and many more. Take a look at all of our packing guides!


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