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A hipster guide to NYC

Published November 13th, 2015

A city with five boroughs and over 8.4 million people, over 16,000 restaurants, more than 3,000 bars and nightclubs and kilometres of streets to shop – it can be hard deciding on the ‘must-do’ list when you’re visiting the city. It can be especially hard when you’re accustomed to a certain lifestyle; let’s just say the kind of lifestyle that’s into craft beers, single origin coffee and locally-sourced produce *cough-hipster-cough*.

Welcome to New York! Image: Rachel Surgeoner

We’ve put together a short edit of places to shop, eat and drink in the Big Apple and some tips on making your stay as hipster-friendly as possible. FYI, when it comes to Brooklyn, cast your net further than Williamsburg, ‘cause the NYC hipsters have migrated to Greenpoint and Bushwick nowadays.

SHOP

Denim for days. @americanbuttclothing #bkflea

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Opening Ceremony – (Read browse or hit up the sale rack) at uber cool fashion from international designers including Acne Studios, Bernhard Willhelm and Commes des Garcons. 35 Howard Street, New York or inside Ace Hotel on Broadway (Tip: order some overpriced thrice-cooked fries and a Mexican Coca-Cola and chill in the hotel lobby and drain some Wi-Fi).

Strand Bookstore – 18 miles of books! NYU student pick up haven. Listen to the amazing floorboards on the second level 828 Broadway, New York

Catbird – boutique jewellery heaven in Williamsburg. 219 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Flea – lots of awesome vintage and collectibles as well as food, glorious food-truck and market food. Pupusas for the win! Forte Green and Williamsburg in the summer. Winter Flea and ‘Smorgasburg’ Industry City, Brooklyn in the winter.

EAT/DRINK

Tis #nationalfriedchickenday ! awesome : @hannahfgale A photo posted by Pies 'N' Thighs (@piesnthighs) on

Pies-n-Thighs – Fried Chicken. Grits. Biscuits. Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Apple Pie. Up hipster cred and buy the t-shirt while you’re there.
166 S 4th St, Brooklyn and 43 Canal (btw Ludlow & Orchard) New York

Shake Shack – best damn fast-food burger around. East Coast answer to In-N-Out Burger
Several locations across NYC

Milk Bar – from Momofuku (if you have to ask, forget it)
Several locations across NYC – Google it.

Torst – fancy beer bar. Also serves awesome cheeses.
615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn

Saved the best for last #KatzDeli #NewYork #DAMusa2015

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Katz’s Delicatessen – you know ‘that’ scene from when Harry Met Sally? Sure, you probably weren’t born when this movie came out, but it’s a classic NYC moment and the sandwiches are HUGE. Vegetarians need not apply. 205 E Houston St, New York

Freemans – If you like nice cocktails and delicious food and rubbing shoulders with the likes of Chloe Sevigny. 8 Rivington St, New York

Eataly – foodie heaven. Go for the pasta and pizza, be overwhelmed by a grocery-store / food hall experience like no other. 200 5th Ave, New York

Five Leaves – Heath Ledger started this cafe with his friends before he tragically passed. There are some great Aussie-inspired dishes on the menu (well, actually it might just be the pineapple on the burger). 18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

SEE

 

We love lazy afternoons on the High Line. The rain is holding off so far! ☔️ Photo by @timothyschenck

 

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- Ride the free Staten Island ferry to check out Lady Liberty: forget the tacky tourist ferries, hop on ths bad boy to Staten and back and sail right past Ellis Island. Just don’t actually hang out at Staten Island. Get back to the Manhattan, stat.

- Save dollars on museums and galleries: A number of galleries have a Pay What You Wish policy. Sometimes this is in tiny print, but it is a thing, and makes buying a ‘City Pass’ amateur-hour.

- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – Pay What You Wish Sat from 5.45 til 7.15pm

- Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – Free admission Fridays 4.30pm-8.15pm

- The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) and Natural History Museum – Donation entry every day (despite what the ‘entry fee’ says) – don’t be a jerk though, pay what you can afford.

- The High Line – (duh!)

- Go to the Top of The Rock instead of Empire State if you have to choose - because the lines are shorter and view is comparable.

And, so. Much. More. NYC really is the city that never sleeps, and the above is merely a small but quality bite.


Want to drink all the beers and eat all the foods in NYC? Check out our Round The World Made Easy sale! On till 30 Nov 2015. Plus plenty of Black Market fares to the USA too! (until Nov 16 2015). 

Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.