Whether you spend three days or three years in New York City, there is always something awaiting you just around the corner, a gem you have overlooked or never knew existed. Sure you'll enjoy wandering along Fifth Avenue, ambling through Central Park, and exploring Times Square, but venture further to reap the greatest rewards. Here are a few suggestions:
The Lower East Side has always been a playground for oddballs, creative types who diverge from Manhattan's mold. It's a quirky neighborhood filled with idiosyncrasies and secrets stuffed in blocks and buildings. These days, south of Union Square is trending, a wonderland of bars, movie houses, and restaurants that offer a refreshing contrast to Midtown.