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10 Out-of-the-Box NYC Experiences – #NotATourist

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10 Out-of-the-Box NYC Experiences – Not A Tourist

There seems to be “something for everyone” in this city and each person I speak to seems to have a different idea of what makes the city special to him or her.

As the saying goes, “the sum of a whole is a result of its parts” and this reminds me of New York. The way the city breathes life is what makes it so special to its residents and visitors alike.

Next time you go, visit some of the cities most unique, fun and out of the box destinations. Here are a few of our favourite things to do in The Big Apple!

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 1. Visit Momofuku Milk Bar

1. Momofuku

This small eatery has some of the best ice cream, cookies and cake I’ve ever experienced. Think cereal milk ice cream, birthday cake truffles and crack pie (yes, it is as addicting as it sounds!). Visit any one of their locations spread across the city.

 2. Experience “Sleep No More”

2. Sleep No More

This interactive play, loosely based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, takes you through 7 floors of the abandoned McKittrick hotel in Chelsea. Follow the actors and create your own story line as you interpret different scenes in different ways. Downright spooky, but we love it.

 3. Go to “The Top of the Rock”

Top of the rock

Far better than the top of the Empire State Building, the views of Central Park and beyond from 70 floors up the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza are not to be missed.

 4. Traverse the Highline

4. Highline

The Highline is an elevated park on a disused New York Central Railroad that is home to some of the most beautiful flora, public art, and architecture in the city. Walking on the High Line will allow you to not only catch some great city views, but also, learn about the interaction of art and nature through exhibitions.

 5. Shop at the Union Square Green-market

5 Union Square Market

This fantastic collection of 140 regional farmers, bakers and fishers set up at Union Square on certain days of the week to the delight of 60,000 dedicated shoppers. From fruits and vegetables to pickles, jams, meats and artisanal cheeses, this world famous community market deserves a visit on a sunny afternoon. Think Dubai’s ‘Ripe Market’, on steroids!

 6.Take a photojournalist tour with Jonathan Auch

6. Photo tour

A freelance photographer working the streets of New York, Jonathan Auch brings his version of the city to budding urban photographers through his street photo tours. Bring along your digital camera and walking shoes as you embark on the most unique journey through both the gritty and glitzy faces of the city.

 7. Read a book in Sheep Meadow

7. Sheep Meadow

This wide section in Central Park is the sight of many individuals, from sunbathers to kite enthusiasts, and my personal favourite, those stretched out with a good book. This lawn was originally grazed by sheep until 1934, thus the name stuck. Try this place for a relaxing area with a gorgeous view of the New York skyline. Dining tip: The famous ‘Tavern on the Green’ restaurant was actually created from the old sheep’s home!

 8. Stay at The Nomad Hotel

8. Nomad Hotel

Housed in a turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts building, the hotel has been fully restored to its original grandeur by renowned French designer Jacques Garcia. In fact, the design of the hotel itself was inspired by the Parisian apartment of Garcia’s youth. With custom designed furnishings and original artwork adorning each room, this unique hotel is one of a kind.

 9. Murder at The Met Scavenger Hunt

9. Murder at the met
Described as a ‘walking tour spiked with caffeine’, this scavenger hunt runs through the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art. What better way to experience culture than a Da Vinci Code-style trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art alongside a sordid tale or greed, lust, revenge and pride? The organizers, Watson Adventures, offer a number of frantic scavenger hunts that provide fun for the whole family

10. Explore the city like a local, on a bike

10. Bike Tour
Get Up and Ride offer wonderful public tours through the dedicated cycle lanes of Brooklyn and Manhattan and also allow you to plan a completely customized tour on two wheels with them as well. Tours include stops at the best pizza place in the world, rooftop farms, underground speakeasies, artisan roasteries and more!

 

Share content on social media using the hashtag ‘#NotATourist’ and will give participants a chance to win a weekly prize of US$500 for submitting pictures, videos or tips on how to find ‘secret’ and little-known spots or experiences in key travel destinations. In August, Visa will announce two Ultimate #NotATourist content contributors who will each be awarded a travel package worth US$5000.

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  • This month, I asked the universe to help me in the practice of ‘letting go gracefully’ and I turned towards my Ashtanga practice. It has been more consistent than I can ever remember and I thank my teacher for navigating me. 
My mat has always been my private mirror ...Showing me my strength and weaknesses and my ability to push through when I’m stuck. It has me flirting with patience and, hope that one day, I might acquire it. It has been helping me shift my perspective and release the ‘need to control everything’ side of me... but still keep the organized side of me. 
Letting go is part of my healing process, whether it’s a posture that I need to fall into or catching my breath... because healing, is my responsibility... and no one else’s. 
These series of photos reminds of me a moment of achievement. The moment I’ve always wanted to sail in the Arctic dream a year ago, turned into a reality.
  • I love how so many of you played the exercise on my instastory. Wether it’s real or not, it’s nice to get to know a little more about you. 
I found love, success, happiness. Then found power, money, experience 🤣 
Did you also manage to find more words?
  • The bravest thing I’ve ever done was be a mother and learning to deal with fears I never knew existed... most of all, when I see her, I see the evidence of how strong I can be, and I remind myself: You’ve got this. 💫
  • The midnight sun is slowly making its way into the arctic. One of the world’s greatest phenomenon. Where the sun never completely sets and is visible day and night. Have you ever seen it?
I struggle to find the words to describe this feeling, because no words are strong enough. This was taken a little past midnight while sailing in the arctic on our @travelwithtjd - We are launching more TJD trips like those for you to join and experience it together. Follow @travelwithtjd to find out more on how you can join ❤️
  • I get asked constantly for advice on the best resorts in the Maldives that is children friendly. For me, it’s not only about the facilities but also the trust that’s built with the staff and the program they have for kids each day. Chloe loved it here, made new friends and cried when we left. That’s why I find it easy to always return to Joali. 
What’s your favorite island in Maldives?
  • Italy: A series of few images I took years back when I visited Florence. I remember the highlights of my trip: The gorgeous @fsflorence - Cinque Terre - A moment where I felt I lost all my inspiration - The magical sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo. 
What are your favorite things to do in Florence?
  • Throwback to almost 3 years ago. A friend asked for my recommendation for Bali and it brought up some memories. So found this picture. It’s one of my favorite places in Uluwatu and one of my favorite summer! Happy Sunday 🐰
  • The island’s Manta Tree house, designed by one and only Porky Hefer. It’s 5 meters in the air and a wingspan of almost 15m. The 50m tail of the manta is a suspended walkway leading up to body which seats up to 10 people! One of the many art pieces in @joalimaldives - I’ve never seen anything quite like it!!!
  • I’ve been trying to (really focusing more this time) to wake up and sleep with affirmations. It used to help me a lot in the past then somewhere along the way, I stopped for a while.
I’d love to read what’s yours!! Everyday, I try to read and write new ones so here goes mine for today and I hope it resonates with you 💕:
“If I want it, I can attract it” Abraham Hicks
  • I am always surrounded by love (and water) because all I see is love 💕 
Happy Easter everyone!
  • A huge shift in my energy today as I start working on our next @travelwithtjd - Scandic countries holds an exhilarating amount of joy and peace in my heart, which I’ve learned not to search anymore for reasons to explain it, because some things cannot always be expressed in words. 
We have recently launched Sweden’s Arctic experience on @travelwithtjd other than Finland, Iceland and Norway. The link is in bio if you like to join our polar journeys and have an adventure of a lifetime. Only 2 spaces left for Sweden. Hope to see you on our TJD trips! 
Photo by @dennisstever 
#TravelwithTJD
  • Sunrise view from my room facing the Athenian Riviera from @fsathens from Arion side of the building which is more laidback.
I have to admit though, it’s good to be back home and back to a routine. I tend to pick up emotions from the people and environment around me, and from time to time, it’s good to be grounded. Thank you Four Seasons for a wonderful experience and congratulations on the opening! ❤️