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Favourite things to do in New York at night

Unsurprisingly, The City That Never Sleeps offers rather a lot of things to do in the evening. With so much to choose from, here’s my top treats to light up your nights in New York.

Go to Times Square

I mean you can’t go to New York and not stop at this hidden gem. Go sit on the stairs and let it all sink in. YOU ARE IN NEW YORK.

Catch a musical or theatre show

There is soo much to see and yet nothing on Broadway did it for me, so I skipped that and went to the immersive theatre production of Sleep No More where I got to run around, and following and interacting with actors for 3 hours (Yes you might know it from the TV classic Gossip Girl)
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Enjoy sunset at the Vessel

You’ve probably seen this beehive-style structure all over Instagram. The good thing is that it’s free and that it’s open until 9 pm, so you might want to book your sunset slot and experience the city lighting up. Sadly there isn’t any honey inside, at least that I could see.

Take the ferry to Staten Island

Gazing at Lady Liberty and Manhattan from the Staten Island ferry was another ‘Oh My God I’m in New York’ moment! And I can only imagine how amazing both would look like all lit up. That’s one for another visit.

See a sports game

With baseball, ice-hockey and basketball all on offer there’s always a game to catch. I watched ice-hockey and it was one of my favourite things I did on my trip! Ice hockey and basketball are ideal as the stadium (Madison Square Garden) is in Manhattan and it easy to get to and from.

Experience an observation deck

Either book tickets to the Top of the Rock or Empire State Building and enjoy the full-blown panoramic skyline experience. My budget alternative is to go up the 30 Rockefeller Bar, get yourself a drink and enjoy free the view from the balcony.

Watch a late night show taping

Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert are some of biggest shows you can watch being taped in New York. You can apply for tickets via this website. I got tickets for Stephen Colbert and loved seeing how the show was put together. Such a shame TGS with Tracy Jordan isn’t on anymore, now that would have been one to see live.

Stay in your hotel room and watch TV

No shame here, but you did pay a lot of money for that room and you hit the 25K steps mark so you might as well treat your legs and feet and stay in and enjoy the wonderful world of American ads (and the shows they manage to squeeze in between them of course!).

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