People come from all around the world to take in historic sights like the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge, classic Broadway revivals like Kiss Me Kate, and vintage flavors like the classic hot dog BUT New York never stops changing and growing. So to celebrate all that is NEW right now, and to give veteran explorers some fresh ideas here’s our latest listicle:
NEW ROOFTOP BAR! This is always a crowd pleaser, and the excitement has been building for a while. South Street Seaport is one of the places to hang in the summer, and now with R17 at Pier 17 open, many New Yorkers agree that Downtown is the new Up. Pier 17 boasts 5 floors of entertainment, but if what you want is a cocktail with a view, this has got to be Number 1.
SOFAR SOUNDS! These guys take the masses out of music events and turn them back into the intimate gigs we know and love – but with a twist. Because you don’t actually know WHERE the gig is until the day! Simply go to their website, chose your city, select from the list of events (jam and neighborhood only) and then wait for further instructions for a new kind of experience.
NEW ART! They say there is nothing new in the art world anymore. Well we disagree! The Bushwick Collective has just launched their 2019 walls and our sneak peek can confirm Troutman Street is better than ever! If you want to know more about this extraordinary group of street artists, their history and the best places to have fun in Bushwick, then why not join us for our Bushwick Graffiti tour?
New Museum! Ok, well sort of, plus it is also full of old things BUT the updated Statue of Liberty Museum is a gem. September 11 and Super Storm Sandy took their toll on both the park and the visitor experience, but thankfully the beacon of light to the world can now be enjoyed in a much more comfortable way, with more room for the millions of visitors who want to get out there every year. The expansive and modern new building boasts more interactive tools, stellar views and the gleaming original torch.
New Exhibit! EVERYTHING old is new and that is celebrated no where more than in the concept of CAMP. Not sure what Camp is? The Met has you covered. In your Grandma’s curtains. If you missed the EXTRAORDINARY entrance of Billy Porter and Lady GaGa at the Met Gala last month you can catch up on that plus the unique history of this trend that has deep roots in the New York Ball movement of the 1980’s (see Billy Porter again in the FX Show POSE)
NEW… THING! It’s called the Vessel (known locally as the honeycomb or beehive), and the new sculpture is there for the climbing. Part of the new Billionaire playground that is Hudson Yards, the ‘thing’ is actually free to go into, you just need to pre-book a timed ticket. You can walk up and down the Escher like steps or take an elevator to the top. This is the latest Instagram sensation, just make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Hudson Yards boasts wide views of the Hudson, a new performance space, plus shops and eateries galore. To get the most out of your visit to Manhattan’s West Side, book into our Chelsea Market and Highline Tour which ends right next to the Vessel itself.