If you’re planning a trip to New York City and you’re looking for some hip places off the beaten track or if you want to explore more lesser-known areas for a new favorite spot, check out these three neighborhoods that are worth a visit:
1. Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Greenpoint is a hip, young neighborhood with deep cultural roots and something different on every corner. Originally a Polish community, Greenpoint still has deep Polish roots built into its culture, food, nightlife, and more. If you want to experience some uniquely Polish spots, check out the authentic Peter Pan Donut & Pastry shop, the Polish Slavic Center cafeteria, or Karczma (meaning tavern) for some classic cuisine. Plus, you can see a live show at the Warsaw and munch on some kielbasa, blintzes, and more while you’re at it.
You’ll never be without options for nightlife, with many hip restaurants, dive bars, and everything in between. And if you’re looking for a quiet day, there are many options as well: Greenpoint boasts Archestratus, the culinary bookstore and café that’s perfect for foodies and aspiring chefs, as well as indie bookstore Word—one of Brooklyn’s best. Those are just a few of the hotspots around Greenpoint—as you explore you’re sure to find many more spots with world-class food, drinks, entertainment, and more in this hip NYC neighborhood.
2. Bushwick, Brooklyn
Bushwick is another up-and-coming hipster hotspot, teeming with art, music, food, drinks, and more. There are several venues to see aspiring and indie artists: from live productions at The Bushwick Starr and the iconic street art of the Bushwick Collective to live EDM shows at the Market Hotel and rock shows at Silent Barn, and all of the above and more at Secret Project Robot, there’s so much to see and do. If you’re an artist yourself, shop til you drop at local art-supply stores nearby.
There are also plenty of independent bookstores to check out, including Molasses Books, Human Relations, and Better Read than Dead. And, of course, there’s great food to choose from, including the iconic Roberta’s pizza and Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos.
3. Astoria, Queens
Astoria is the perfect place to explore museums and fine art, whether you want to check out all things art, cinema, gaming, and tech at the Museum of the Moving Image, experience the sculpture and design galleries of the Noguchi Museum, see a live performance at the Astoria Performing Arts Center, or explore the contemporary art of the Welling Court Murals. For folks who want to spend some time outside, both Astoria Park and Ralph Demarco Park are beautiful and perfect for taking a stroll, having a picnic, getting some exercise, and more. And if you want to experience art and spend some time outside, Socrates Sculpture Park is a perfect combination of the two.
If you’re looking for arts, culture, good food and drink, or even just some time to relax, these three neighborhoods are perfect spots to visit in New York City. Happy exploring!
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