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Best of NYC at Night: Top 5 Things to Do in New York City

June 2, 2021

For some, New York City spells memories of buzzing energy. It’s home to some of the world’s best restaurants, hotels, museums, boutiques, and bars.

For many others, a trip to the Big Apple is an absolute must on their bucket list. And if it is yet to make its way into yours, it’s about time it did!

Despite COVID-19 stalling travel, it doesn’t mean you’re out of options to enjoy New York City. Ever imagined a trip to New York would only be as far as your laptop? Virtual tours are an incredible salve for those who love traveling, and makes it more accessible to those who aren’t able to tuck in travel into their budget. If you’re aching to travel, the best thing to do is to explore NYC without leaving your couch.

From the World Trade Center, Manhattan and Queens, to strolling along Central Park and grabbing Little Italy’s best pizza, this list of the best things to do in New York City at night is one you shouldn't miss.

Take a flight to Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island is one of New York’s hidden gems. 

Centuries ago, the island was popularly called Welfare Island. Lined with hospitals and mental asylums, it was home to many who were sick.

Today, this beautiful neighborhood offers some of the best views of Manhattan.

Although it’s a part of Manhattan, you’ll feel like you're a world away from the hustle of the city - it’s the perfect weekend getaway! 

On a chilly day, Aaron and Patrick flew me to the island through its signature aerial tramway, and I learned exactly why the little island is one of the city’s best-kept secrets on this virtual tour.

It offers spectacular views of New York City at night, overlooking the beautifully lit Manhattan skyline and Upper East Side most New Yorkers may miss. 

Stroll along the Brooklyn Bridge

Views, views, and views.

This is what you can expect from a walking tour across Brooklyn Bridge at night. On this virtual tour, you will discover some of the best parts near the bridge - from the Statue of Liberty to the beautiful East River reflecting the city’s lights dotted with boats, and hundreds of towering skyscrapers. 

Perks? You'll also get to capture stunning postcard-worthy pictures of Manhattan and Brooklyn. And then, there is, of course, the bridge itself.

Little Italy and Chinatown

You’ve seen the iconic skyscrapers, discovered a beautiful island away from the city, visited Lady Liberty, and strolled along the Brooklyn Bridge at night.

Looking for a bigger bite of the Big Apple? Maybe it’s time to visit some of Manhattan’s oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Say hello to Little Italy and Chinatown!

Lined with cafés, street stalls and a string of Italian fast-food joints, Little Italy's main strip gets particularly lively at night when the lights come on.

If you’re looking for a merry end to your evening, Little Italy is where you ought to be.

At Chinatown, you get a flavor of Chinese delights - be it bakeries, restaurants, boutiques, herbal pharmacies, or temples which retain Shanghai flair, making visitors feel as if they have just stepped foot into a different world.

On this guided virtual tour of New York City at night, you'll get to explore some of the best of what Little Italy and Chinatown has to offer.

What's there at South Street Seaport?

Here's a fun fact: At one point, this spot was completely underwater! South Street trails the East River and is nudged below the Brooklyn Bridge.

The beautiful landscape plays host to the oldest drinking hub in New York to a rustic Titanic memorial lighthouse that was built more than a century ago.

If you're looking for Instagrammable views of New York City at night, this virtual tour gives you an incredible experience of the city with fascinating stories (including one on the inspiration behind Times Square New Year's Eve Ball) on culture, gastronomy, and history.

Times Square at night

Times Square is every bit as electrifying at night as it looks like in movies and TV. There is quite a lot to do in this small part of New York besides gazing at the giant billboards. 

To me, it seemed like the beating heart of Manhattan’s Midtown West.

There's so much it has to offer - from one of the most popular concert venues in the world to the impressive Empire State Building.

On this guided virtual tour, you'll get to zig-zag your way through 7th Avenue and Broadway from the comfort of your home - before reaching Times Square.

It's hard to miss the dazzling charm of New York City at night on this tour. More perks? You'll also get to end your day with a stroll in Bryant Park before heading off to see the Empire State Building.

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