You've been looking forward to your New York Adventure for weeks now.... and what happens? You look up Manhattan Weather and you see freezing cold, ridiculously hot , pouring rain or oh Dear... snow. I have good news – so heads up Guys!! Read this Ultimate Bad Weather Guide to Top 10 things to do in New York
Every time I get an assignment as a Flight Attendant to fly into JFK, I have a big smile on my face. I simply love New York. No matter how many times I've already visited the Big Apple, there is always something new to explore. So once again I was lucky enough to land at JFK airport. Since it's summer I had big plans for some outside activities.
The aircraft cabin is checked and we are ready to land at John F Kennedy airport. I hear „Cabin Crew landing in 10 minutes“ from the pilots. I sit on my jump seat and look outside. I gasp; nothing but clouds and rain! You can imagine my disappointment.
Landing – Immigration – bus ride into the city. Finally at my hotel, freshly showered up, my mind starts spinning. It is pouring down outside– what can I do, is there anything exciting to explore?
And let me tell you, I was so pleasantly surprised with all the things I started to come up with. So don't worry, even on a bad weather day there is tons you can do.
Here is my Ultimate Bad Weather Guide to Top 10 things to do in New York
# 1 Go to a Musial – for up to 50% off!
Seeing a Musical while in NYC is one of the top things for any visitor to do. If you are flexible and do not have a particular show you want to see, I highly recommend checking out the TKTS Discount Booths. Choose from a wide array of Broadway and Off Broadway musicals, plays, and dance productions on sale every day at 20% to 50% off regular prices. You can buy tickets for same – day shows only, but at super affordable prices!
For more information, locations and opening hours: click here
# 2 Enjoy culinary highlights at Chelsea Market
Chelsea Market is one of my all time favorite places to visit in NY. Chelsea Market is an enclosed urban food court and shopping mall in the Chelsea neighborhood. You have a wide selection of different types of food, nice cafes, wine tasting and shops to browse through.
# 3 take a tour at the UN Headquarters
Something educational – a tour at the United Nations Headquarters at 45th street and 1st Avenue.
The tour is great; very informative, professional guides, and you will experience the sense of being in a place where history is made.
For more exclusive information and inside pictures: United Nations Headquarters NYC
# 4 Check out Grand Central Station
There are 60 shops, 35 places to eat and different events all year round – a beautiful, historic NYC landmark. There is so much you can do in Grand Central Terminal, but for a truly awesome (and free) experience, all you have to do is head to the Main Concourse, stand still and look up at the zodiac mural on the ceiling, one of New York City’s most beloved pieces of public art. funny note: Most of the painting is upside down.
The mishap was noted shortly after the terminal opened, but the mural was never corrected.
Location: Grand Central Terminal, 89East 42nd Street.
# 5 visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The exhibits are great, there is an activity center for kids, display theaters and lots of actual air-crafts!I t's just such a great experience to be on an aircraft carrier.
Working in the airline industry, standing next to the British Airways Concorde (which is parked on the pier) was simply awesome.
Also you can visit The former USS Growler submarine. IT is the only American guided missile submarine open to the public.
Adult 33USD (13 – 64 Years of age)
Seniros 31 USD
Child 24 USD (5+)
NYC Resident Rate (with ID): 19USD for adults and seniors, 17 USD for children.
Weekdays: 10am – 5pm
Weekends & Holidays: 10am – 6pm
for more information: www.intrepidmuseum.org
# 6 visit MoMA - Museum of modern Art
I am not an art connoisseur, but visiting the Museum of modern Art in New York is one of those things one must do when in the Big Apple at least once. Even if you do not fancy art, a visit to the MoMA will be worth your while. We've all heard of Vincent van Gogh, or the self – portrait of Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol's Gold Marilyn Monroe and I am sure the name Pablo Picasso is familiar to all of us. And that is what makes the MoMA so extraordinary; one can admire art pieces from the most renowned artists of contemporary art.
# 7 Macy's on 34th street
Being one of the world's biggest department stores it is worth a visit even if you do not like to shop. The building has 10 floors and about 3000 employees.
Macy's Thanksgiving Parade – a tradition that started in 1924 has become the largest parade in the world and has been televisioned nationally on NBC since 1952.
# 8 Shop until you drop
Shopping in New York, who hasn't heard of that =) Ladies get your wallets ready and Gents, be ready to carry some bags! Welcome to your shopping experience in one of the world's largest fashion metropolis!
# 9 B&H New York
Ready to be amazed in the US largest non – chain photo and video equipment store? This is the place to go to! You will find anything you can think of – from cameras, laptops, microphones, tripods, drones – everything is up to date and the customer service is great. Even if you do not need anything, stop by, have a look and make sure to observe the interesting method of how they transport the items they just sold to the check – out desk → very unique!
Location: 9th Avenue and 34th street
#10 see a movie - visit one of Manhattan's great cinemas and feel like a star
Manhattan has a great choice of cinemas. What makes going to the movies in NY so special? Countless of epic films were shot or took place in Manhattan – it is a fun experience and perfect for a cold, rainy, cloudy or super hot day.
Do not get discouraged by the weather. There is always something for everyone to enjoy in New York City. Have fun!
I am sure there is a lot more to see and do on a bad weather day in New York. Please share your ideas and comments with the rest of us, so we can all have a great time in the Big Apple, no matter what weather conditions await us!
Manhattan Skyline | View from Brooklyn Bridge
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