to explore. You don’t have to know what you want to see, though. If something catches your eye, follow it. You don’t have anywhere to go, you don’t have to be back at your New York hostel anytime soon. You’re free.
But, you may protest, I want to DO something. Well stop at a museum on the way home. Here are the best neighborhoods to explore in an afternoon:
Soho/NoLiTa: Beautiful people, expensive shops and nice cafes. What’s not to love?
Upper Madison Avenue: When you get tired of (window) shopping, walk over to Central Park or Museum Mile.
Bedford Ave and Williamsburg: Funkier and more affordable shopping. Great coffee nearby.
The Meatpacking District/Chelsea: The High Line makes other cities jealous. After, check out the galleries in Chelsea on 10th and 11th Aves. from 23rd to 28th.
The West Village: Picturesque streets and quaint restaurants. Walk straight up Bleecker, or over to the Hudson.
When you’re too tired to keep walking, hop on the subway and figure out the best way to get
back to your hostel New York. Only if you’re really tired can you take a cab.