While it may seem like you’ve read about everything there is to do in New York City, you might still be surprised by what you’ll find around the next corner. As a diverse and modern city, there’s no shortage of unique things available to do even for the most seasoned visitors. So, we have put together three of our favorite one-of-a-kind experiences to keep in mind for your next trip to the Big Apple.
View From the Brooklyn Bridge Experiences
You’ve seen the Brooklyn Bridge from countless angles in your favorite influencers pictures, but now it’s time to see the city from the bridge’s pedestrian walkway, allowing for a perfect shot of a truly unique view of the iconic NYC skyline and the water below. Trip Savvy advises setting aside at least an hour for a one-way walk across the bridge, during either sunrise or sunset, especially if you’re bringing along a nice camera. This is your chance to capture the legendary view of the NYC skyline.
The Color Factory Experiences
As its thousands of visitors can attest to, The Color Factory is much more than just Instagram bait – although it certainly redefines the term Instagrammable. This 20,000 square foot interactive art installation lets you do more than just create colorful photoshoots. Grab a ticket to pop colorful balloons in surreal landscapes, walk down a decision chart that leads you to a tiny room designed around the color that suits you best, dance your heart out, or even snack on candy that ties in with the rooms around you. The Color Factory is as much an art installation as it is an exercise in color psychology. For those who don’t know about the impact of this psychology, Lottoland reveals that 87% of all impressions are influenced by color. An hour or so in this intense SoHo location is bound to give you insight into why and how you’re affected by certain colors, hues, and shades. The Color Factory even provides a map of other NYC locations that provide color-based experiences similar to the ones they offer.
Unique Theatrical Performance Experiences
CN Traveler strongly recommends going to see innovative theater company Punchdrunk. They are the same geniuses behind the critically-acclaimed Sleep No More, a performance that requires the audience to follow characters through six floors and around a hundred rooms in the abandoned McKittrick Hotel on West 27th. Needless to say, wear comfortable shoes if you’re planning to catch a performance of Sleep No More. However, if you prefer your immersive theatrical experiences sitting down, you can also check out Queen of the Night. This lobster dinner in the refurbished Diamond Horseshoe nightclub is followed by a vaudeville performance that could include you and your fellow diners. It is a friendly circus revival that lovingly showcases the theatrical history of this old city. These are just two of the many strange, off-Broadway theatrical experiences that you can find yourself in while exploring NYC. And with such performances being more popular in the city now more than ever, there’s a new one to experience every month, you just need to keep your eyes and ears open for where they’re being held next.
We hope we’ve piqued your wanderlust with these truly unique experiences you can find in the Big Apple. However, if you’re more interested in the food scene, do yourself a favor and check out our list of the best bottomless brunch places in New York. Brunches certainly aren’t one-of-a-kind in the city anymore, but they nonetheless offer an experience that is decidedly NYC.