/>Staying in a hostel NY and aren’t sure what to do on a hot sunny day? Head to the High Line. The High Line Park has become a model to other cities for urban park renewal and district renovation. And now the second part of it is open.
Running from 20th to 30th street, Section 2 is much more intimate than the
previous section. Whereas the first area of the park prohibits straying from the paths, this section features a lawn with bleacher style seating above it, and nearby a thicket of trees.
At 26th St. a view over 10th avenue, takes the place of the former advertisements that ran underneath the train. This
is called “The Viewing Spur.” Farther along, near 28th St. are wildflowers which serve to remind viewers of the original growth on the track before it was converted into a park two years ago.
Last year alone the park had over two million visitors. And if you’re staying in a New York hostel, it’s pretty easy to get to. Just hop on the A,C, or E line and get off anywhere between 28th and 14th St. Walk a couple of blocks over to 10th ave and look up. The benefits of staying in a hostel NY are that everything is nearby.
h=”300″ height=”206″ />Last time I was in New York I met this weird guy at a bar in Brooklyn. He had long blond dreads and a beard and he used to film wolves for National Geographic. We were drinking whiskey together. I told him that I was staying in a NYC hostel. Then he started telling me all about the history of Manhattan.
He said that hundreds of years ago all of the Lenape Indians from hundreds of miles away congregated annually at this island. They refused to live there because they said that the energy was so intense, that it could drive one crazy. All of the energy in the region is driven into that relatively small pointed island, making it a powerful place to visit. Manahachtanienk is one of the possible derivations and means “place of general inebriation.” So while it’s a great place to visit, Manhattan and all of its New York hostels isn’t the ideal place to live.
I looked at him askance and he said, you don’t believe me? Walk down the street and ask the craziest person you see where he lives. I returned to my New York hostel and felt a
little different – maybe it was the whiskey, maybe the man was
right. I felt glad that I was only visiting.
STELS NEW YORK ” width=”300″ height=”225″ />Your hostel New York should be near St. Mark’s Place. If it is there are lots of things to do on this famous street.
It was named after the St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery at 10th and 2nd. Today however there are many restaurants and shops worth visiting on this young hip street. The Yaffa Cafe is a famed institution worthy of a bite. Crif Dogs offers some of the best hot dogs in the city if you’re interested in some artery-clogging grub. All of their dogs are wrapped in bacon and covered in delicious toppings. The Spicy
Redneck, with sauerkraut and jalapenos is my personal favorite. And if you aren’t into the bacon, they have original New York style too.
There are lots of tasty ramen bars and Asian restaurants, too. Bubble tea is a specialty on this street. And if you are interested in fine fabric, such as tapestries, the shops on the corner of 2nd avenue have imported options from the Himalayans.
The best part is that even if you aren’t staying in downtown hostels New York you can easily access St. Mark’s Place by taking the 6 train
to Astor Place or the NRW to 8th St. and NYU.
afe-10-300×200.jpg” alt=”new york hostel ” width=”300″ height=”200″ />Walking around downtown New York is much more fun than uptown. People are more relaxed and are generally weirder, so it makes for better people watching. On the Upper East Side, for example, everyone is very wealthy, and usually older, unless you head far east. But when in NoLiTa or SoHo or even the Lower East Side or East Village, young and old walk together unconcerned. Glimpse outside the front door of your hostel New York and see what I mean.
Sometimes, when you’re not sure what to do on your last day of vacation, it’s okay to hang out. Since your hostel New York is already downtown, just walk around and find a cafe. You’re getting to know the city by doing so. If the weather’s nice, sit outside and watch the beautiful people go by. Order an espresso and a pastry and relax. Sometimes these memories of sitting on a sidewalk in a foreign city are just as memorable as those of seeing that city’s most famous museums, or partying at the trendiest nightclubs, or eating
at the most
expensive restaurant. Appreciating the simple pleasure of afternoon relaxation makes you happy that you decided to stay in a New York hostel downtown.
eight=”300″ />Now that it’s nice out, you don’t have to stay confined to the five block radius around your hostel New York before wanting to escape winter’s winds by getting on the subway. You can walk all up and down the city, or even venture to – the outer boroughs. One of the best places
for visitors is the Bronx Zoo.
It is the second largest zoo in the country, and like everything in New York, it represents the best. There is a twenty foot long anaconda, a Nile crocodile, elephants, grizzlies, and giraffes, you name it, they have it. The grounds are beautiful and it’s a great way to spend a day.
After that you can walk over to the new Little Italy, on Arthur Avenue. It’s about a ten-minute walk through a poor neighborhood, but everyone is friendly and ready to give directions. Once there, you can find a number of delicious Italian restaurants and authentic salumerias. Follow your spaghetti Bolognese with a shot of espresso and some cookies at one of the numerous Italian bakeries that line the strip.
And afterwards you can walk to the subway to take you half an hour back
to your hostel New York. It’s close enough so that you don’t have to wake early to get a head start. You can wake up leisurely at your hostels New York and then see all the animals.
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Coffee siphons at Blue Bottle.
Where is the best coffee in New York? One of the best parts of staying in a hostel New York is that you have money to spend elsewhere, like on food and drinks. And when it comes to coffee New York is a lot more than the blue paper cups with Greek statues it used to be. In recent years New York has elevated its caffeine game to join the ranks of cities like Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.
Walk south from your hostel New York into SoHo to Gimme Coffee! This Ithaca-based coffee shop was helping Cornell students ace exams for years before they opened an outpost on Mott off Prince St.
Abracao is fun, but its hours are funky – they close at 5. Located at 86 E 7th St, it’s the perfect pit stop when you’re spending an afternoon in the East Village. The cortado is superb.
But maybe the best coffee you can access from your New York hostel is in Williamsburg. Blue Bottle originated in
San Francisco and they have cult classics to choose from. For the summer you have to try the iced New Orleans. Flavored with chicory, it’s more like a chocolate milkshake than iced coffee. It’s in between N4th and 5th on Berry.
While many caffeinophiles may recommend other cafes, trust me, from these three you’ll be able to choose the cream of the crop.
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Shadowy Prince St. Cafes
How could anyone not like New York? Sure there are lots of people and it can be dirty depending on where you go, but there is so much culture, so much to do, so many options, that when people visiting and staying in
a hostel New York say that they don’t really like it, I have to turn my nose up at them. Go back to the hill country, you rube, I’d like to say, but don’t.
if you’ve seen the museums, or it’s Monday and the museums are closed, choose a neighborhood below 14th Street to explore. The great thing about New York is that it is so walkable – you can make a day out of exploring without any direction in mind. Start from your downtown hostel New York and walk down the Bowery until you get to the New Museum. It is the big silver modern building. At Prince St. take a right. From here you are in Soho, and can walk down Prince, venturing down side streets like Mott and Elizabeth, and back, until you cross Broadway and reach 6th Avenue or the Hudson River, or you can head south into Chinatown, where is some of the cheapest and tastiest food in the city.
By the time you get back to your New York hostel you will have seen, eaten and met interesting things guaranteed to make you think twice about your opinion of the world’s greatest city.
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One of the best things about staying in hostels New York, or in any large city for that matter, is that you meet interesting people. The fact is
that most travelers staying with you in your hostel New York are young and cultured, eager to see new things and learn about new people. And the way hostels are set up is such that interaction with other travelers is inevitable.
Usually you will make friends and do different things during the day, only to come together at night to experience the nightlife. Probably the best place to go when you’re staying in a downtown hostel New York is the East Village. It’s close by, and your options are limitless. Walk into Alphabet City and choose from the many bars on your way east to avenues A or B. 3rd or 4th street are good bets as are 10th or 11th.
If you want a rowdier time, head south to the Lower East Side. Here are clubbier atmospheres and more people from different parts of the city. Or if you really want to taste something different, hop on the L train and take it to Brooklyn.
Union Pool off the Lorimer stop is one of the best places to meet people during the week, though it tends to get too crowded on weekends. Bring your friends from your New York hostel and have fun!
.jpg” alt=”hostels new york” width=”300″ height=”200″ />Hostels New York don’t get much better than being downtown. Sure there’s culture on the Upper West Side, but when you want to grab a beer after a long day and then get some cheap Venezuelan food, you do not want to be on 72nd and Lexington.
No, you want to be below 14th St., where downtown begins. Used to be they’d have student rallies in Union Square, and while there isn’t much to rally about these days, downtown is still the epicenter of youth culture in Manhattan.
Check out the East Village, still probably the coolest area of the city, with its rows of bohemian
restaurants, bars, and music venues. The Lower East Side is fun if you want a taste of the club scene without buying fifteen dollar cocktails, and the West Village is a touch more intimate, not so down and dirty as it is refined and elegant.
When you stay in a hostel New York
it’s important to be centrally located. You need to be able to go out at night and not have to worry about taking the train or an expensive cab home. So in terms of price and convenience a downtown hostel New York is the only way to go.
When traveling, it’s important to appreciate culture, especially in a great city like New York. The
cheapest and easiest ways to do so are via the museums. Even if you’ve been to New York hostels before, stop in to the museums again – with some of the world’s greatest art, these museums are worth revisiting and plus they swap exhibits with international museums for art from around the world.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: From Impressionists to the Armory to the Egyptian Wing, this museum is the city’s biggest. One day may not be enough. Because it’s pay as you will, this museum is the best for students.
MOMA: Starry Night? Nuff said. On Friday nights there’s free admission, but be prepared to battle the crowds.
Guggenheim: The Frank Lloyd Wright architecture is worth seeing and the vertiginous heights while looking at Kandinskys are daring enough to review.
The Whitney: This museum has American art galore. Their collection from past biennials features
some very important works.
Neue Gallery: If you love Klimt, stop in and see his masterpieces here, just around the block from the Met.
The great thing about staying in New York, especially in a youth hostel in NYC, is that all of these museums are a short subway ride away. And with all the money you save on lodging at your New York hostel, you have no excuse not to visit them all.