Every single day, thousands of people from the US and all over the world head to New York City to check out some of the entertainment opinions in that bustling city that never sleeps – and it’s easy to see why: from the musicals and plays of Broadway and off-Broadway, to the exciting bars, clubs and restaurants, leisure is never far off the agenda.
The downside of having so much choice, though, is that it can sometimes be hard to whittle down the list and find an option that is right for you. This article will run through some of the major options available, and help you find the options that make the most sense.
One of the most iconic features of modern New York City is, of course, Broadway: a vibrant, bustling hub full of theaters and playhouses that is quite possibly the most influential and famous theater district in the world (rivalled only by London’s West End). Out of all of New York City’s entertainment options, Broadway is probably the most universally appealing – that’s because it hosts shows and plays that are appealing to all, not just to some.
Those who enjoy classic musicals, for example, will love some of the productions that have hit Broadway in the last decade. Shows such as the remake of Fiddler on the Roof, which was produced by Louise Gund, have gone down a storm in recent years. However, Broadway is also home to new theater. Big-ticket products such as Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton have been just as popular as some of the classics and their remakes, meaning that Broadway’s pull really is broad rather than narrow.
The off-Broadway circuit is also appealing for those who love avant-garde theater. Plays, interpretative dance, creative workshops and more can all be found in this part of Manhattan. While it might not have the same international glamour and pizzazz as the world of actual Broadway, it’s perfect if you fancy something a little different and off the wall.
Clubs, bars and restaurants
New York City is a place that is happy to welcome partygoers with open arms. As scenes from so many movies and TV shows down the years have suggested, New York City represents the party lifestyle for many. As a visitor, you might not get up on the rooftops of penthouse apartments, but you may well get to experience some of the more accessible bars available in the area.
One district that is popular for those who enjoy getting out in the evening is Greenwich Village. This area is known for being Bohemian in many ways and has long played host to everyone from creatives to LGBT communities. Now, there are plenty of thriving, vibrant and diverse bars there, and you’re sure to find one you like – and with the presence of New York University (NYU) nearby, you’re sure to be able to find some nightlife.
For those who fancy a more upscale night out, heading to Chelsea is a great idea. This is home to a variety of famous outlets, such as the Basque restaurant Txikito – and with a median local property price of $1.43m, you’ll know that you’re in an upscale area. You’ll also be able to check out the cool High Line park, which is located in this neighborhood, and which makes a perfect spot for a pre- or post-dinner walk.
One aspect of New York City’s leisure options that is rarely considered is its theme parks. That’s because in the minds of many people, theme parks are rural or provincial in nature rather than something to be found in core urban zones. However, New York City’s environs play host to a number of theme parks, and they’re not to be missed if you’re an adrenalin junkie. Check out, for example, Coney Island – an area of Brooklyn that is known for everything from street performers to the Cyclone rollercoaster.
In the immediate vicinity of the Big Apple you’ll be able to choose from many theme parks, including more niche days out including trampoline parks, dinosaur parks, and Virtual Reality parks meaning there’s plenty of choice for whatever takes your fancy.
Whether you’re planning a trip to New York City in the coming months or you’re a local resident planning a night out on the town, there’s something for you in this most exciting of metropolises. From the many nightclubs for those party animals out there, to the both mainstream and different shows on offer on Broadway, there really is something for everyone to enjoy in the Big Apple.