While the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and
Metropolitan Museum of Art are all worthwhile attractions, sometimes it’s
necessary to explore beyond the popular NYC tourist sites to see a side of the
city not made popular in guidebooks. Whether you’re interested in free comedy
shows, quirky museums, lesser-known views, unusual chocolate experiences or
something more you can find it in New York City. To help you plan your trip,
here is a guide to NYC beyond the tourist sites.
Insider Tip: For a free and unobstructed view of the Statue
of Liberty, take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. This also allows you to
take faraway photographs of the iconic Manhattan skyline.
You don't need to fly to England to have a proper afternoon
tea. With its Victorian architecture, fringed lights and chinoiserie, Lady
Mendl’s Tea Salon transports guests back to a time when refined elegance was
the norm. Sample a five-course menu of items like smoked salmon finger
sandwiches, scones with Devonshire clotted cream and jam, and Mille Crepe Cake
while high-quality and rare teas are poured from whimsical tea pots. If you
wish, don bowler hats and Downtown Abbey-inspired attire as the setting is
appropriate. While $40 may seem a little pricey, it's worth it for an afternoon
of refined indulgence, pampering and seamless service.
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Jessica Festa is a full-time travel writer who is always up for an adventure. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been teaching English in Thailand, trekking her way through South America, backpacking Europe solo, road tripping through Australia and doing orphanage work in Ghana. You can follow her adventures on her travel websites, Epicure & Culture and Jessie On A Journey. You can also connect with Jessica directly on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, or follow her epicurean adventures on Facebook and Twitter.
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