5 Experiences You Need to Have in New York City

There is a reason they call New York City the city that never sleeps. The five boroughs are practically bursting with things to do at all hours of the day and night. Once you’ve found an apartment in New York City to call home, it’s time to get out there and take advantage of all that the city has to offer. Whether you plan on calling NYC home for just a few months or for the rest of your life, there are a few things you must do.

Visit a Museum

NYC is home to a number of world class museums and you’ll be missing out if you don’t visit at least one during your time living in New York City. If you like art, a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must. The museum has art from all ages and from around the world. Don’t be put off by it’s $25 admission fee. The fee is actually a suggested donation; if you’re on a budget, you’re welcome to pay what you can instead. Although Manhattan is full of museums, don’t neglect the other boroughs. The Brooklyn Museum, another art museum, is always worth a visit, as is PS1 in Long Island City, which you can think of as the Museum of Modern Art’s hipper younger sister.

See a Show

Plenty of people associate NYC with Broadway, but if you’re not into musicals, big names, or paying more than $100 for a single ticket, you have plenty of other options. For a more experimental theater experience, head downtown and see what’s going on at places such as PS122, which is known for presenting more avant-garde works. You could also scrap the theater altogether and visit the Comedy Cellar or Upright Citizen’s Brigade to see up and coming comedians before they’re famous.

Visit the Library

The New York Public Library system is pretty amazing. If you want access to free books and movies while you live here, you’ll want to pick up a library card as soon as possible. Cards are free to anyone living in the city. The library has branches throughout Manhattan, including the famous one with the lion statues by Bryant Park. As an added bonus, every branch offers free, public WiFi, no library card needed.

Have a Picnic

You haven’t been to New York until you’ve visited Central Park and you haven’t lived in NYC until you’ve had a picnic in said park. Pack a blanket or towel, pick up a baguette and some cheese from a local market, and head to Sheep Meadow, the biggest lawn in the park, for a meal al fresco.

Eat a Bagel

Which shop makes the best bagel in NYC is up for debate, but one thing is certain: when in NYC, you need to eat at least one bagel. Whether you visit Absolute Bagels, by Columbia, or head over to the East side to visit Ess-a-Bagel is up to you. The type of bagel doesn’t matter, either. Try a plain one with regular cream cheese or go for an everything bagel with lox and cream cheese.

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