10 Cool & Unique Things to do in NYC
Only in New York City!
1. Play Tennis in Grand Central Station
It is said that over 500,000 people pass through the Station every day, but what many of these people might not be aware of are the Tennis Courts hidden within it. Now known as Vanderbilt Tennis and Fitness Club, for those Tennis-lovers with deep pockets for $200+ you can play at this unique location.
2. Show off your Shuffleboard Skills
The Royal Palms Club in Brooklyn combines alcohol, your favourite board games and of course, Shuffleboard. They have 10 Shuffleboards in the club, but make sure you get there early because they get reserved quickly. To reserve, when you arrive head to the Ticket Desk.There are a heap of other board games to keep you busy while you wait for your Shuffleboard lane!
3. Play the Hamilton Lottery for your chance to see the hottest Show on Broadway
Hamilton is the story of the Founding Father (Alexander Hamilton) that has taken Broadway by storm. With the best seats costing $849 and the regular seats being around $150 a piece, that rules most of us budget-travellers out of seeing this landmark show!Where there is a will, there's a way! In an attempt to expand the audience of the show to more people, the company have created the Hamilton Lottery. This is a Lottery App (download for free) that allows you to submit a ticket every day that the show plays. If you're lucky enough to win, you'll be able to buy a maximum of 2 tickets for $10 each and attend the show for a fraction of the standard price!
4. Take a stroll in Washington Square Park
Want to hang out in a NYC park without all of the tourists? Why not take a walk through this bustling park any time of day. It's always filled with people, laughter, music and performers. After you could grab yourself some food at any of the cool spots in The Village. We grabbed some great Caribbean food at Miss Lily's just a short walk away!
5. Hit a few balls at Chelsea Piers Driving Range
If you have any energy left after your day of exploring this remarkable city, then perhaps you could practice your swing at the Chelsea Piers Driving Range. Starting at 94 balls for $30 and hire your clubs for under $10, it's a fun way to spend an afternoon and soaking up the views at the pier.
6. Get a Photo of the Bull on Wall Street without the Crowds
The legendary Charging Bull is definitely worth a visit. During the day it will most likely be packed with tourists, as well as a huge line at the Bull's rear for those wanting to take selfies with the Bull's balls!Since New York City is just as dazzling after nightfall as it is during the day, why not add this to your list of night-stops. We dropped by at around midnight and had the whole place to ourselves.There is something really special about being in this incredible city and feeling like you have a part of it to yourself... even if just for a moment.
7. Go Fishing in Central Park
Who knew you could go fishing in Central Park? For all the Anglers out there wanting to #repyourwater in the world's most iconic park, why not head to Central Park and see what you can #catchandrelease. Fishing is permitted in three areas within the Park (Harlem Meer, Central Park Lake and Central Park Pond) and have a variety of fish including Carp, Bass, Crayfish and more.Be sure to check the NYC Department for Parks and Recreation for up-to-date Fishing Regulations.
8. See the city lights from Brooklyn
Looking for the perfect location for a romantic moment? Or to take your iconic New York City Skyline photo?
Brooklyn's Pier One offers a spectacular view of the city within a short walking distance of some of the districts best eats, such as Juliana's and Grimaldi's (world famous Pie restaurants), Ignazio's, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Shake Shack (the home of our favourite fast-food Burger) and the bustling DUMBO area with plenty of other cool bars and restaurants (see more articles for the best NYC eats and sightseeing!).