For the city’s many university students, the clock is ticking on this academic year. So, if you’re enjoying a low-key NYC staycation this spring break, use your time wisely! Hop on a Citi Bike and visit some of New York City’s best spots while you can.
If you’re not a student, chances are you’ve been meaning to hit up one of these spots too. Why not schedule your own quick break and check it out soon?
Here are our suggestions:
Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg
Located in Williamsburg, Smorgasburg is many college students’ first taste of Brooklyn. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Smorgasburg showcases specialty food from over 60 NY food vendors. Standouts include beef brisket from Mighty Quinn’s, unconventional spring rolls at Lumpia Shack, and mango-sticky rice desserts from Bamboo Bites. On top of all that, Smorgasburg teams up with Brooklyn Flea during the winter months to offer local goods for sale too. After eating your weight in donuts, consider riding over the Williamsburg Bridge to take in the views and burn off those calories.
Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg - 80 N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
nearest Citi Bike station: Wythe Ave & Metropolitan Ave
The Tenement Museum gives visitors a glimpse into what many parts of Lower Manhattan looked like in the 1800’s, long before Starbucks set up shop around the corner and high-end boutiques started moving in. The museum offers three viewing options: a tour of the building, a neighborhood walk, and the chance to meet ‘residents’ of the building (played by costumed interpreters). Student tickets run at $20 each and must be booked in advance as openings fill up quickly. While walking or biking through the Lower East Side is a cultural experience in itself, a Tenement Museum tour will bring your understanding of the immigrant experience and New York’s rich history to a whole new level.
Tenement Museum - 103 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
nearest Citi Bike station: Allen St & Rivington St
Please Don’t Tell
PDT is one of NYC’s worst kept secrets. Remember that one late night when you ventured into Crif Dogs with your friends and chowed down on a hot dog smothered in cream cheese? Crif Dogs has always been known for its eccentricity, but the real surprise isn’t found in the restaurant’s menu; it’s in the phone booth in the corner of the room. Step into the booth, pick up the phone, and press the buzzer once. If you’ve done your homework and called ahead you will enter into one of New York’s best known speakeasy bars. Why is it NYC’s worst kept secret? Because all of New York is trying to get in on that same Friday night. Use your spring break wisely and call at 3pm on a weekday to secure your spot.
Please Don’t Tell - 113 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
nearest Citi Bike station: St Marks Pl & 1 Ave
Museum of Sex
The Museum of Sex is infamous among college students and is a first stop for those wanting to exercise their freedom and explore the taboos of sex. The museum does not disappoint - you will get up-close and personal with almost every aspect of sex. In certain parts of the museum touching is even encouraged. What is surprising to many, though, is how well the museum does in presenting sex in an historical and political context. This educational approach takes away the gimmicky aspect and sets the New York Museum of Sex apart from its counterparts around the world. What’s more, the museum has an underground sex themed bar called Play complete with pornography mounted on the walls. Student tickets to the museum cost $15.25.
Museum of Sex - 233 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10016
nearest Citi Bike station: 5 Ave & 29 St
Rubin Museum of Art
Spring Break happens to coincide with New York’s Asia Week with special exhibits at the Japan Society, Korea Society, China Institute, and other museums specializing in Asian art. All of the museums are worth visiting, but the Rubin Museum, specializing in Himalayan art, stands out as a must see. An added perk - on Friday nights the museum restaurant is converted into a cocktail bar called the K2 Lounge. These nights feature a happy hour, live music, and a free film screening in the museum theater. Admission to the museum costs $10 for students, though certain university IDs grant you free entry. Another useful tip: the museum website is currently offering a promotion. Print out a coupon and you can bring a guest to the museum for free.
Rubin Museum of Art - 150 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
nearest Citi Bike station: W 15 St & 7 Ave
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market
National Geographic once named the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market as the top shopping street in the world, and for good reason. On Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the market is flooded with vendors selling bargain priced knick-knacks, antiques, and furniture. More good news - the official website has announced that with the warming weather all three branches of the market will reopen over spring break. A bike ride to or from the market makes a great trip, but perhaps decide against strapping your newly-purchased antique dresser to your Citi Bike, ok? Happy shopping!
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market - 426 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
nearest Citi Bike station: W 39 St & 9 Ave