How to See the Best of NYC Without the Crowds

There is often a cooler and more authentic option to seek out a less crowded place. Here are some of the most crowded and touristy places in New York City, and what you should be doing instead.

Instead of buying tickets to the Statue of Liberty… take the Staten Island Ferry

Instead of going up to the top of the Empire State Building…head to Long Island City

Instead of eating in Little Italy…stuff your face on Arthur Avenue

Instead of braving the crowds at the Metropolitan Museum of Art… check out some of the lesser-known and totally underrated museums

Instead of fighting the crowds in Central Park…go on a tour of Green-Wood Cemetery

Instead of heading to Chinatown…sample delicacies in Flushing

Instead of heading to Chinatown…sample delicacies in Flushing

Instead of spending all your time at St. Patrick’s Cathedral…check out some of the other historic churches in the city

Instead of looking for views at a rooftop bar or restaurant… grill out in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Instead of eating at a single restaurant… check out the city’s great food halls

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