The best off-beat places in NYC
From visiting the Canarsie Pier and enjoying free kayaking to taking in a Broadway show, spending the day shopping, or strolling through Central Park, New York is full of fun activities. These pursuits are the ones tourists come to New York to experience and while they’re definitely worth seeing, there are a lot of exceptional, offbeat places in NYC to check out as well. The fact that New York is internationally diverse really opens the door to a wide range of unique experiences for travelers as well, from cuisine to music, museums and crafts. If you don’t think out of the box and venture out of the downtown area, just imagine the things you can miss out on? Following are just a few examples of offbeat places to check out in NYC that you won’t want to pass up.
Italy in the Bronx
New York’s Little Italy along Arthur Avenue is one of the most beloved places in the Bronx and the best place in the city to enjoy the spirit and tastes of Italy. Little Italy is one of New York’s best-kept secrets which is just one of the many reasons to visit. In this charming neighborhood you’ll find authentic Italian pasta, sauces, bread, pastries and espresso, the best you’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. Locals and visitors alike come to Little Italy to buy homemade Italian sausage, bread and other home made specialties after being tempted by the smell of delicious sausage and peppers that are released from the local specialty shops and restaurants. Actor Joe Pesci actually worked in one of the area’s restaurants until Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro saw his performance in a low budget film and gave him the carrier break that made him a star.
Take the International Express
The International Express, also known as the no. 7 train, will take you through the borough of Queens. Most of the way the train is above ground, providing fantastic views of the city. The best part of taking the International Express is that you’ll pass through a variety of ethnically diverse neighborhoods. You’ll have a chance to experience exciting Chinese, Colombian, Indian, Peruvian, Thai communities and more, all offering unique experiences. You can exit the no 7 along the way and spend time in any neighborhood (or neighborhoods) of your choice. Spend an evening partying at a Romanian night club, stop by a fun Irish Pub, dance the night away at a local Colombian hot spot or stop by a Mexican bakery for some warm, home made tortillas.
Bastille Day is a special event that is held on a Sunday before of after the 14th of July on East 60th in New York. The event is put on by French businesses to celebrate the wonders of France. Visitors come to enjoy French cuisine, browse through a vast array of market stalls and listen to the romantic language of France spoken along the way. There’s always dancing going on somewhere along the streets as well and you’ll be sure to see the fun talents of can dancers along the way. Wine and cheese tasting, mouth-watering French food sampling and more make this an event you won’t want to miss.