(Closed) What to do all alone in NYC for a day?

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 17
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I like to explore…. wear comfy shoes!!!

I went to Chelsea, SoHo etc. and roamed around and found the most interesting restaurants and places. Go to the Met if you really want another museum experience…. Mondays are more calm. 

Post # 18
9083 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I like visiting the cloisters. I usually take a packed lunch with me.

And as

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@fishbone:  the thenement museum is worth a visit.

Post # 19
756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would head to the tenement museum, I really love all of the exhibits but the Irish Outsiders tour is particularly powerful. After that grab some cheap dumplings in Chinatown, and walk up into SoHo to do some shopping. You cannot beat Washington Square Park for people watching and just hanging out while you read a book. After that you can always stop at the Strand with PP mentioned, enjoy some more people watching in Union Square and jump on the 4-5. If you want to stay in the UES, I love the Museum of the City of New York and then a visit to Carl Shurz Park on the rive to see the gorgeous views of Queens and Brooklyn. Have Shake Shack on your way. 

Post # 20
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

OK, I’m going to go on record as not liking the Museum of Natural History–I feel like it hasn’t changed at all since I went there on field trips as a kid, and I’m in my 40s. The whale and the dinosaurs are cool but the dioramas….. Who the heck wants to look at dioramas nowadays?! I’m willing to go there with friends who have kids, but otherwise no. The Met is closed Mondays, so that won’t work, but how about the Guggenheim?

I like the ideas about the LES/Tenement Museum/Washington Park/Strand. For cheap dumplings, I like Vanessa’s on Eldridge St–you can get a ridiculous amount of food for $5 or less. The farmers’ market in Union Square runs on Mondays (although it’s smaller than on other days) so that could be a fun add-on after the Strand.

Post # 21
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@lotto:  Dear lord, I miss shake shack. I used to enjoy it occasionally, but now my dairy allergy prevents that 🙁 I second that suggestion though!!’

Post # 22
844 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I actually spent a day there this summer by myself, so I felt totally prepared to answer this, but then it’s not your first time and you don’t like tall buildings. 

I would try to go on the Rockafeller Center tour.  It was something I wanted to do and didn’t have time.  I also want to do the Tenement Musuem, but I’m a history teacher, so I know I’d be all over that.  I got passes to the 9-11 memorial and I am glad I got to go there and it didn’t take too long to get through the lines like I thought it would.  And I love to shop, so I would do some 5th Avenue stores and maybe Canal Street. I am also a big bike rider and I rented a bike and did Central Park.  Relaxing and fun although there is one hill there that is KILLER!  I might try to get standby tickets to a talk show like Live with Kelly or Anderson Cooper’s show or something.  It would probably be easy to just get one.

I had a lot of fun by myself.  Enjoy!

Post # 23
2353 posts
Buzzing bee

Go to the Met. It was my favorite thing to do when I lived near NY. You can spend all day there, alone, and never get bored for a second.

Post # 24
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Museum of Natural History is pretty much my favoritist place to go. Love it. LOVE IT. But I am an artist and Il ike to sit and draw there. 

You could go to the Bronx Zoo if the weather is pleasant.

Post # 25
8469 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Go to the Manhattan Mall if you’re a shopper.

Post # 26
4474 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Met and Natural History Museum, plus you can walk through Central Park on the way to each.

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