5 Non-Touristy Locations You Must Visit When in New York City

New York City is truly the city of dreams, it’s one of the most magical places. Tourists are always awestruck with Times Square, which leaves me so confused. The city is filled with so many extraordinary places besides Times Square. Quite frankly, if you are a New Yorker, you despise Times Square and try to avoid it at all costs. There are just way too many people, too many dressed up characters trying to get you to take a picture and it makes your anxiety skyrocket. There are so many non-touristy locations in the city that are most definitely Instagram-worthy, won’t have you in full panic attack mode, and will leave your heart filled with so much joy!

1—DUMBO. Okay fashion lovers, bloggers, and Gossip Girl addicts, this is your place, and I say that with no hesitation. This area is a fashion blogger’s paradise. DUMBO is filled with cobblestone streets, the perfect view of the Manhattan Bridge as a backdrop, and the most delicious food. Every time I step foot in this area, I immediately feel like I am in an episode of Gossip Girl. Grab your favorite pair of shoes, and don’t forget your camera to capture an Instagram-worthy picture!

2—Tribeca: Want to feel like a million dollars? Go to Tribeca. First of all, Tribeca has the cutest boutiques, greatest brunch places and perfect alleys for photo shoots. I swear, every time I walk to Tribeca with my camera in tote, I come back with enough content for two weeks. You will see the chicest Fashionista here with the cutest button-down shirts or edgy leather jackets! Finally, Tribeca is one of those places with constant avocado toast on deck and the cutest puppies!

3—Flatiron: The Flatiron District is the best when the weather is warm. The little park area right in front of the Flatiron building is often times filled with the best food trucks. They have everything, from tacos to burgers to mojitos and pizza! In other words, when I am there I eat about ten pounds of food with absolutely no regrets!

4—Central Park: First and foremost, Central Park is somewhat magical. No matter what, Central Park will always have a huge place in my heart. It’s so nice to “escape” the city for a bit and be surrounded by trees. Take a ride on a canoe, lay in the grass, or unexpectedly run into a rollerblading dance party. (Yes, this actually happened to me.) Go visit and I promise it will fill your heart with joy.

Seaport: Seaport is way downtown, right near the Brooklyn Bridge and it is such a cute area! There are cobblestone streets, a huge deck that overlooks Brooklyn, and delicious food, which if you can’t tell by now, I love food. At Seaport there is Smorgasburg, which is an outdoor food market. They often times showcase some amazing food vendors and have great music. It’s like a big party in the city with an extraordinary view!

New York City is a world of its own. New York is a place full of dreams and there is so much more to it than Time Square. The places I mentioned will all have you feeling preternatural. Next time you’re in the city, step out of your comfort zone and venture to some of the areas I mentioned. I promise you that you won’t regret it.

Have you ever visited any of the places mentioned? If not, which one would you like to visit? Leave a comment below and let me know!