Back in 2013, when I wrote the first part of this post, I had no idea that it would become one of the most popular articles on the site, but every day people look for unusual things to do in New York City and read my five suggestions for experiences off the beaten tourist trails. Since I am now spending my third summer in a row in New York City and have stumbled across a few more awesome things that aren’t necessarily in the guidebooks, I thought it was time to follow up with five more things that most tourists and locals never do – and they all don’t cost a thing!
Without further ado – five free cool New York experiences that I highly recommend, all far from the usual Manhattan tourist stuff:
Soak Up History in Sylvan Terrace
This is the only thing on my list that is located in Manhattan, but far north in Washington Heights. Sylvan Terrace is a small mews off St Nicholas Ave, (easy to miss – look out for the small set of stairs on your left if you’re heading south, the street is elevated), and part of the Jumel Terrace Historic District. The street is one of the few remaining cobblestone streets in New York and consists of 20 wooden rowhouses facing each other at the end of which you’ll find the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest building in Manhattan (built in 1765).