New York, New York: A Visit to The Urban Jungle

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For generations, the City That Never Sleeps has been inspiring artsy Angelinos to dream big. From Broadway’s theaters to the sassy New Yorkers that make up the place, it’s no wonder the Big Apple is a bucket-list destination for many tourists and travelers alike. Whether you’re a painter, a poet, or just someone who appreciates the beauty of a well-crafted masterpiece, here’s how to make the most of an artistic escapade to NYC:

Getting Around The Place

Obviously, the city is notorious for its living costs. Don’t fret, because there are ways to save on cash while still getting your dose of NYC creativity: consider staying on the outskirts of the city. Jersey City, Hoboken, or even parts of Brooklyn can offer you a comfortable and more affordable spot to rest your creative soul after a day of gallery hopping and inspiration-seeking.

Renting an Airbnb in these areas as well as renting a car to help with the commute will both be way cheaper than staying in central New York. What’s more, researching car rentals in advance of your departure and booking early enough can find you discounts such as the Avis daily coupons from Groupon, so that you can make those artistically inclined dollars stretch as far as possible. When you book as a Groupon customer, you get the benefit of a complimentary vehicle upgrade as well as savings on base rates. When the average coffee in New York is now costing around 10 dollars a cup, any savings made on the added extras is always a bonus!

What to Do

Next, let’s talk about the tried-and-true-must visit places for anyone seeking a creative experience here, along with some hush-hush spots that even seasoned New Yorkers might not know about:

  1. Explore the Museums

Start your artistic escapade by diving headfirst into the city’s world-class museums. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) is a must-visit, housing everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary masterpieces. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) showcases a stunning collection of modern and contemporary art that’ll leave you quite frankly speechless (if that’s possible for any art major).

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  1. Central Park

Central Park isn’t just a green oasis – it’s a canvas of nature’s artistry. From the intricate sculptures to the serene ponds and winding pathways, this park offers countless spots to spark creative juices.

  1. Chelsea Galleries

Chelsea is an art lover’s paradise. The neighborhood is dotted with galleries showcasing cutting-edge contemporary art. Gallery-hopping here is like wandering through an ever-changing canvas of creativity. 

  1. Dead Horse Bay

Hold onto your berets, because this one’s a bit quirky. Dead Horse Bay is known as ‘Bottle Beach.’ It’s covered in vintage bottles, artefacts, and curiosities from the past, all washed up by the tides. 

  1. The Whispering Gallery at Grand Central 

Inside Grand Central Terminal, there’s a hidden secret! If you stand in one corner and whisper something inspirational, your friend in the opposite corner can hear you perfectly. It’s like magic, but with architecture!

Where To Eat

Any artistic adventure requires good fuelling. From classic delis to upscale eateries, this city has whatever your heart desires and more. Here are some of the best eats:

  1. Katz’s Delicatessen

Katz’s is a New York institution, and it’s all about the pastrami on rye. The sandwiches are piled high with tender, juicy meat that practically melts in the mouth. The pickles, the atmosphere, the nostalgia, it’s the epitome of a New York deli experience. 

  1. Levain Bakery

Now, for a classic New York cookie experience like no other, it’s got to be Levain Bakery. Levain Bakery is known for its colossal, gooey, and downright indulgent chocolate chip cookies. They’re like a warm hug for your taste buds. And the best part? The dough is still gooey in the middle. It’s simple cookie magic!

  1. Di Fara Pizza

If you’re on a quest for the pizza holy grail, Di Fara is a pilgrimage you must make. It’s a little slice of pizza heaven in Brooklyn, where every pie is lovingly crafted by the owner himself. The result? An ethereal experience that might just redefine your pizza standards. 

It’s Up to You, New York, New York

New York is waiting to sweep you off your feet from the Californian heat and immerse you in a symphony of colors, sounds, and emotions. So get ready to let your artistic spirit run wild in the city that never sleeps, and be prepared to tell tales of your epiphanies in NYC for years to come.