- By Kevin
- On Jul 7, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Top tips and New York tours guides from our New York correspondent. Our insider tells us where to find cutting-edge art, amazing views and cheap beer away from the crowds – and why a baseball game is a must-do.
Great bridge for sunsets
The Brooklyn Bridge is so crammed you can barely move. Instead, walk over the Pulaski Bridge, which connects the tip of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to Long Island City, Queens. The bridge isn’t glam but it offers the best skyline sunsets, with the Empire State and the Chrysler buildings visible just across the water. It also has a new bike path. On the Greenpoint side, is the famed Peter Pan Donuts (Tina Fey spoke of her love for them rather graphically), lots of bars, and the tiny Transmitter Park, which is also primo sunset viewing.
Cutting edge new art
The city offers loads of great smaller museums, such as the Studio in Harlem, the Lower East Side’s Tenement and the new Whitney in Chelsea. My favourite is the New Museum (at 235 Bowery), which is always packed with super-interesting contemporary art that isn’t just paintings on a wall. Past exhibits I’ve loved include one in 2014 by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, where a dozen young men drank beers and strummed guitars to a score composed by a former member of Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós, and another in mid 2016, choreographed by British artist Cally Spooner, where dancers tackled, fought and cuddled each other in a white room while songs by Drake played. Until mid-January, the dreamy light-filled Pixel Forest created by video artist Pipilotti Rist is showing.
Entry $18, students $12, under 18s free, newmuseum.org
Friendly dive bar
Jimmy’s Corner, a much beloved Midtown dive bar, for a drink. The walls are covered in boxing posters and memorabilia from owner and former boxing trainer Jimmy Glenn, including snaps of Jimmy with Muhammad Ali. The prices are so cheap, it’s confusing ($5 for a Jameson on the rocks? $3 beers?), you can usually snag a table at the back and staff are friendly.
Karaoke in K-Town
There is great live music to be found every night in New York – try Pianos in the Lower East Side, Baby’s All Right and Rough Trade in Williamsburg, C’mon Everybody in Bed-Stuy and Silvana and The Shrine in Harlem. But for guaranteed great tunes, book yourself a private karaoke room at Gagopa in Koreatown (organise it at least a week in advance, this place is popular). It’s BYOB – yes, seriously – making it like a private house party that you don’t have to clean up afterwards. Rooms start at $32 per hour for four people and there’s tens of thousands of songs in a variety of languages available – you’ll be able to croon along with Alicia Keys and raise one hand in the air for the big city while sipping a bodega beer.