NYC: 3 Not So Secret- Secrets

November 8th, 2010  |  by Veralyn Williams |  Published in Blog, My Two Cents

By Melissa Johnson

It’s amazing how many New Yorkers don’t get out and enjoy all this city has to offer. I’m sure at least half of us have never visited Central Park, or been to the Top of Rockefeller Center, or even good old’ Lady Liberty. These are all gems of the big apple that tourists pay good money to snap a few pictures of… So, what’s our deal?

That’s right… Busy schedules, no money, no date, blah blah blah…

Well here’s the REAL deal. There’s a lot to do and see- for the low cost of $0.00 (or $2.25 metro card fare, depending on how you look at it)- and here are 3 places to start…

[Side-note: These places can also help you out in the romantic department. Yes! There is such a thing as Free and Romantic!]

1 The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is an amazing place to go to see free shows, operas, concerts…..

…or just read, grab lunch and enjoy the scenic views.

The summer is the best time to go and take advantage of these deals, but there are free stuff going on right now!

I love this place. If you’re feeling adventurous, get a picnic basket and a blanket, and just lay out on the grass. It’s a bit more intimate than central park, and you’re still in the middle of everything.

2. The Brooklyn Promenade is the backyard to Brooklyn Heights, Red Hook, and Cobble Hill residents. The bench-lined walkway gives you a view of the Manhattan skyline in the center, a bit of Jersey to the left and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges to the right.


The view of the Statue of Liberty from the promenade is better than that of Battery Park, in my opinion.

You will find joggers, husbands and wives pushing strollers, and couples out here on any given day looking over the Brooklyn Queens Expressway…

3. Not too far away (literally a walk down the hill)- The Brooklyn Bridge Park is, a new development that is an extension to the promenade.

With it’s spiraling pathways and endless green spaces, the Brooklyn Bridge Park sits right at the edge of the river, and is perfect for cycling, picnics, dinner dates, group meet ups… The possibilities are endless!


Try these places out on your next date and trust me he or she will definitely appreciate it. More “secret” spots to come soon…

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