NYC Sights and Sounds
Collected by Ruddy Harootian, AFAR Local Expert
As told on Ruddy Was Here, the sights and sounds of New York City are the stuff movies are made of. The city is filled with excitement and will make the most seasoned traveler feel like they are discovering a whole new world.
Bowery, New York, NY, USA
I was walking around SoHo last weekend and I bumped into none other than Wonder Woman! Actually, it was Michelle Obama dressed up as Wonder Woman, but the street artist who made this took it even further and really made the piece into something...
408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013, USA
Mulberry St, New York, NY, USA
One of the best things that New York has to offer is the abundance of street art in certain neighborhoods like SoHo, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side. This SantaCon inspired piece by Philadelphia based artist NoseGo (Yis Goodwin) is an...
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art—or, commonly, the Met—is one of the world's great museums, alongside the Louvre, the British Museum, and a handful of others. It would be easy to devote an entire week's visit to the museum alone, and...
20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
With headquarters in Portland, Oregon, the Ace Hotel brings a dose of Pacific Northwest cool to the Flatiron District of Manhattan. Located in a turn-of-the-century building, the Ace has become a hub for stylish visitors and freelancing New...
80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, USA
It's become tradition for me to go get a pastry at the Balthazaar bakery in SoHo and then sit on one of the benches outside the store to people watch. I find no greater joy than to sit still on a very busy street, in my own little world, while I...
9 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013, USA
SoHo is one of the most popular neighborhoods in NYC. There's shopping, celebrity spotting, Balthazaar Bakery, and Cafe Habana. Add the NoMo SoHo to that list. This hotel is on Crosby street, which is surprisingly quiet for being so close to the...
1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, USA
Set in a historic Beaux-Arts building, The NoMad exudes European sophistication while maintaining a distinct New York edge. Located in the changing north of Madison Square Park neighborhood, this design-centric property opened its doors in 2012....
131 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Kimono House is THE place to go in New York if you need a Kimono or Yukata. I know you are asking yourself, "why would I need one of those?", but to be honest now that I have a yukata I ask myself "how is it that everyone doesn't own one of...
Manhattan, NY 10036, USA
Summed up by the phrase, 'the city that never sleeps,' New York is electric no matter the time of day. There is always a constant buzz in the background, kind of like the hiss you once heard between songs on your favorite cassette tapes. At any...
New York, NY 10011, USA
Tom Otterness and his playful Life Underground series at the 14th Street A,C train station make it into The Art Underground art crawl. The station is filled with around 100 bronze sculptures that represent the "the impossibility of understanding...
New York, NY 10010, USA
The 23rd Street R train station is an arts homage to the neighborhoods historic and fashionable past. From the 1880’s-1920’s this area was the go to for all things style. This train stations fun hat mosaics by Keith Godard are not only fun to look...
17 Prince St, New York, NY 10012, USA
I'm a huge fan of Cafe Habana. Anytime I'm in SoHo in NYC I try to get a little taste of their special corn...or their fabulous frozen margaritas. I went for brunch and tried their Baja Tacos. Look at how luscious these are! It was all about this...
399 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012, USA
Weekend people watching in SoHo would not be the same without the little coffee shop gem that is Ground Support. Grab a cappuccino and a pastry, then sit back to enjoy all of the fashionable New Yorker’s that walk on West Broadway. Amazing ginger...
New York, NY 10002, USA
When I think about Chinatown, I think about the noodle cart on Grand Street. I swear to God! Every time I hit up that cart I become the happiest person. This small order of noodles with peanut and soy sauce cost me an insignificant $1.50. Noodle...
18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002, USA
On weekends this place is dim sum heaven. I’m not talking about the “trendy” dim sum places that look pretty, but drill a hole in your pocket. Golden Unicorn is a family establishment! Go there on any given weekend and what you will find are...
218 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
Every Ramen shop in NYC has something different to offer. If they all offered the same Ramen it wouldn’t be interesting at all. Rai Rai Ken excels in the broth department. They have a particular seafood based broth that is very flavorful, and not...
Dekalb Ave, New York, NY, USA
Dekalb Improvisation by Stephen Johnson is located in the south mezzanine of the Dekalb train station on the B, Q, and R trains. This intricate glass mosaic mural is about 8 feet tall and 67 feet wide. There is so much going on! The colors and...
100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002, USA
The fried noodles with seafood and vegetables from Congee Village comprise this little bowl of heaven. I love stepping into a restaurant and realizing that most of the customers are people from the country where the restaurants cuisine comes from....
45 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013, USA
I don’t play around when it comes to food. I am fearless and always on the lookout for authenticity. Hong Kong Station was recommended by my friend Joyce. I went into the whole experience not really knowing what to expect, but I was so glad to...
205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA
Despite multiple trips over countless years going to New York City, it wasn't until a year ago today that I encountered this sandwich — the one that left me drooling until I could enjoy it again. Katz's quickly went from a one-stop place for...
225 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009, USA
This East Village bar’s menu ranks complex cocktails on a scale from refreshing to spirituous, and comforting to adventurous. It's upstairs from a liquor store on Avenue B, and the atmosphere is understated, keeping the focus on the expert...
302 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014, USA
Minerva, with it’s inviting interior and casual style, is the perfect place for a weekend chill out session with your computer - OR come back at night and have a few drinks with your date. Places that can be used for different types of scenarios...
108 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
There’s a little piece of Britain right here in New York City. Tea & Sympathy carries all of your favorite British groceries and candies, as well as some of the best tea in the city. Try their vanilla green tea and get warmed up for the holidays....
113 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002, USA
New York has the biggest concentration of Dominicans living outside of the Dominican Republic. Washington Heights is pretty much a mini Santo Domingo, but where does the culture spread outside of that zone? The Lower East Side started out as a big...
13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013, USA
Manhattan’s oldest dim sum parlor plays the part to the hilt, from faded storefront to checklist ordering. For kids, there’s a time-warpy thrill to seeing what Chinese restaurants used to look like. Lure them in with the scallion pancakes; seal...
222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024, USA
Brunch at Kefi Restaurant is my new Greek indulgence. I was actually extremely full, but I made a commitment to finish everything on my plate because it was all so good. My friend had this wonderful breakfast that came in the iron skillet and her...
Kenmare St, New York, NY, USA
I absolutely love this bold piece by artist Bradley Theodore. Little Italy is really turning into a hot spot for artists to showcase what they have to offer. Right now you can find at least 5 walls that have some of the best NYC street art all...
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