Gems of New York City

The Big Apple is a bustling city with a lot going on at all times. No matter the time of day, something is happening on every corner in New York City. It's one of the most tourist-heavy cities in the world so it's no secret that NYC is a special city. However, there are some things that make it special that aren't necessarily obvious to the average tourist. We've rounded up a few of the reasons we think New York City is more than what it seems that you might not have thought of.

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Best Coffee = Everywhere

New Yorkers run on caffeine. Don't talk to any of them until both you and they have had at least their first cup. You won't find the best cup of coffee just anywhere, you'll find it everywhere. Every neighborhood has their own best coffee shop, sometimes more than one. St. Kilda Coffee in Midtown has strong brews, delicious pastries, and even a book exchange. Chillhouse on the Lower East Side will give you a tasty beverage (Iced beet latte, anyone?) and a massage and manicure at the same time. Where else can you find that? In Little Italy, Cha Cha Matcha is shelling out trendy iced green tea lattes and soft serve. Weird combination? Try it and see! Everywhere you turn, there's an amazing place to get coffee in NYC.

The High Line

Even though it stopped seeing trains back in 1980, the High Line still sees quite a bit of traffic just of a different sort. The old train tracks were converted into a walkway and garden in the early 2000's. Now, it's a secret gem for locals and tourists alike. Grab a coffee and just stroll.

Around the World in 60 Seconds

New York City is a literal melting pot for people of all kinds. They bring with them their own unique cultures and lifestyles that blend together to make for one exciting city. It's possible to travel the entire world without leaving your block. There are even whole neighborhoods that play home to entire countries' ways of life. Korean food is at your fingertips at Momofuku's SsÓ“m Bar. Jet off to France at Amelie with a glass of Bordeaux and a plate of escargot. India finds its American home at Pippali where they serve dishes to please both the meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

Free Performances

Sure, you're not getting into Hamilton anytime soon. (None of us are. Give up now.) However, there are still a ton of other options on the stage that are spectacular too. AND some of them are free. One of the most popular, Shakespeare in the Park, is a yearly occurrence. Catch an opera performance outdoors or a kid-friendly Charlotte's Web. The tourists come for the big names but the best-kept secrets are usually free.

Everyone knows that New York City is an extraordinary place to be but what makes it so amazing are the little things. These hidden gems are the secret sauce that makes it such a desirable place to call home.

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