The 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival is a series of unique concerts pairing experimental indie musicians and bands with progressive classical ensembles and composers. Held each year at the Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall in New York ... moreMerkin Concert Hall
Party Earth Review With its famous chess tables dotting 14th Street and its alternative artistic vibe, Union Square has been one of Manhattan’s defining cultural landmarks since the 1800s when it was the site for union rallies. Now a favorite with NYU students and local lunching workers, the park offers plenty of conversation pieces and people ... more
14th to 17th Street between Union Square West (University) and Union Square East (Fourth Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Party Earth Review With its cavernous space, delicious eats, and sideshow theme, the sleek Brooklyn Bowl turns the typical bowling alley on its head and gives it an amusing spin. Once past the velvet ropes, giggling crowds of students and good-natured young professionals looking to bowl make their way to the shoe counter, decked out with ... more
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Party Earth Review Once just another abandoned and overgrown set of elevated railroad tracks, the High Line has been transformed into an urban park where patrons stroll down artfully slanted concrete planks, peruse the booths of local artists, and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere three stories above the city streets. Planted with over two hundred ... more
Washington Street and Gansevoort Street, and Tenth Avenue at West 14th Street (elevator), West 16th Street (elevator), West 18th Street, West 20th Street, West 23rd Street, West 26th Street, West 28th Street, and West 30th Street
New York, NY 10011
Party Earth Review A dream come true for shopaholics, foodies, and art lovers alike, SoHo is a versatile downtown neighborhood offering an unending variety of shops, galleries, and restaurants. On weekend afternoons, the area is usually swarming with young creative professionals and tourists who flood mainstream stores like Zara, Bloomingdale ... more
Between Houston Street and Canal Street, and Broadway and Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10012
Party Earth Review Named after a mythical siren of the Rhine River, Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten lures a clientele of beer lovers both day and night. The rustic brick and wood front room sports pine tables and a long black bar, where financial types and young professionals mingle with hip downtown artists over savory German food and massive ... more
7 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
Party Earth Review Designed by the same architects who created Central Park, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is a popular getaway for locals and visitors looking for a bit of respite from the city’s hectic pace. A 585-acre expanse of natural beauty, the park connects Park Slope, Crown Heights, and Kensington, bringing together otherwise disparate ... more
Between Prospect Park West, Eastern Parkway, Washington Avenue, and Parkside West
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Party Earth Review A whirlwind of designer fashion, celebrity sightings, and the festive aroma of roasted chestnuts, New York City’s famous Fifth Avenue shopping district is a half-mile stretch of consumer heaven riddled with chichi shops. On weekdays, the area – which stretches from 48th to 59th Street – attracts successful New Yorkers stocking ... more
Fifth Avenue between 48th and 59th Streets
New York, NY 10022
Party Earth Review An eighty-five-acre stretch of piers, marshes, lawns, and coves, Brooklyn Bridge Park has something for just about everyone – and all of it with views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan skyline, and the Statue of Liberty. Though portions of the park aren’t slated to open till 2013, the wide green lawns and center hill of ... more
Extends along the East River Waterfront
from the Manhattan Bridge to Pier 6
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Party Earth Review Located in the heart of Times Square – and marked by a superbly kitschy neon sign of Bowlmor Bob, a zoot-suited man winging a ball – Bowlmor Lanes is the Wayne Newton of bowling alleys, a multilevel funfest comprised of a high-end restaurant, a relaxing lounge, and a wide array of themed lanes. Once past the 50s-inspired ... more
222 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Party Earth Review No place epitomizes the spirit of New York City quite like Central Park, an 843-acre swath of green that stretches from 59th Street to 110th Street, making it a much-needed and much-loved escape for the city’s overworked urbanites. Seven bodies of water and countless sprawling lawns provide a playground for everyone from ... more
New York, NY 10019
Party Earth Review A luscious swath of green just behind the New York Public Library, Bryant Park is an activity-filled mecca for people of all ages and interests. Young professionals and local office workers take over the hundreds of patio tables on sunny afternoons to people-watch over lunch, as students stretch out on the grass to read ... more
Between 40th and 42nd Street just east of Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
For those not too hung-over or danced-out from the city’s nightlife, there are hundreds of things to do in New York from shopping, parks, and plazas, to events, festivals, theater, and happy hours. A beacon for the fashion world, Fifth Avenue offers plenty of flagship stores and legendary establishments like Tiffany & Co., Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue where fashion lovers can peruse the high-end clothing and jewelry creations of some of the world’s most sophisticated designers.
No less impressive is Central Park, an 843-acre swath of lush nature, open meadows, and quaint, winding paths alive with joggers, sunbathers, sports enthusiasts, cyclists, and dog walkers in a never-ending quest for outdoor activities in the big metropolis.
It’s no surprise that in such a compact and diverse city, one can find culture on every corner, from the iconic silhouette of the Empire State Building, the otherworldly expanse of Chinatown, and the tourist-mobbed Times Square to looming historical institutions and landmarks like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center, or the latest blockbuster theater performances on Broadway.
And not to be forgotten among New York’s cultural treasures is the full schedule of parades and festivals celebrating every major holiday, religion, race, creed, and culture.
Whether it’s hanging out at a café for brunch, sightseeing all over NYC, hitting up Happy Hour with friends, or soaking up the city for a night on the town, there are endless New York things to do for all types, all moods, and all hours of the day.
Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma: