New York City is arguably one of the most stylish destinations you can fly to. The Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and The MET are just a few of NYC’s more popular sight-seeing spots, but what if we tell you there’s so much more to this bustling city than those mainstream attractions? If you’re over the typical tourist landmarks you constantly see on your Facebook and Instagram feeds, we suggest you try these alternatively cool places to dine, take OOTDs, and hangout like a true New Yorker. After all, the Big Apple is the perfect place to try something new and out-of-the-ordinary. We promise that these are just as IG-worthy.
1. Hudson River Park
If you have time to unwind, spend a relaxing day by the Hudson River. This park is the United States' longest riverside park, and there are tons of activities to do there in the summer. It's also home to "The Apple," a nine-foot-tall sculpture made by Stephan Weiss, the late husband of world-renowned fashion designer Donna Karan. The statue is meant to represent the heart and core of the city, and it also served as Karan's inspiration for DKNY's Be Delicious perfume.
2. The Royal Tenenbaums House
If you’re obsessed with pastel-filtered photos and quirky imagery, this destination is a must-see! The iconic house on Convent Avenue was the location of Wes Anderson’s cult classic film, The Royal Tenenbaums. The movie has launched an “aesthetic” of its own, and the actual house’s brick façade could be a lovely backdrop for your OOTD pics.
The Royal Tenenbaum House, 339 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031
3. Bushwick’s Street Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art might be the first entry on your travel bucket list if you’re a creative, but you shouldn’t sleep on the street art NYC has to offer. Bushwick in Brooklyn is home to hundreds of blocks of contemporary art you can immerse yourself in. A walking tour is the best way to see what this area has to offer—just make sure your phone has a lot of memory for the selfies and travelgrams you’ll surely take.
4. Fort Tryon Park
If you find Central Park overcrowded, we suggest you visit one of the quieter greeneries in New York. Fort Tryon Park will have you feeling like you’re in a private estate at the English countryside. It’s the perfect place to go offline, have a cup of coffee, and munch on a soft pretzel.
Fort Tryon Park, Riverside Drive To Broadway, Margaret Corbin Circle, New York
5. Pietro Nolita
If millennial pink is your favorite color, you’ll need to visit this rosy Italian restaurant on Elizabeth Street. With its pink floor-to-ceiling interiors, every corner is photo-friendly. What’s more, they serve hearty and healthy Italian dishes and pretty cocktails—you won’t be able to resist snapping them for your IG stories.
Pietro Nolita, open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; cocktails from Thursday to Saturday from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., 174 Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10012
If these places sound very new to you, we’re happy to let you know there’s even a lot more to discover when you explore NYC without a planned itinerary. The beauty of the Big Apple is its ever-changing culture just gets better as the years go by. This is exactly the heritage that NY-based brand DKNY strives to encapsulate in each of its products and collections, and nothing captures the native New Yorker spirit more than its Be Delicious perfume. It's a scent that’s as one-of-a-kind, bubbly, and just as sophisticated as DKNY’s birthplace, so you’ll definitely be reminded of the beauty and bustle of NYC with a simple spritz.
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