New York City: The undisputed heavyweight champion of local culture.
Bedford Ave (Williamsburg)
There are Italian, Mexican, and macrobiotic restaurants intermixed with bagel, thrift, and antique shops. People stroll down the sidewalks, often accompanied by a dog or bike.
From fashion boutiques to vintage thrift stores, there are plenty of options for a great shopping day in Greenpoint along with a great selection of restaurants and bars.
Free athletic/fitness activities outdoors are provided in Union Square on Thursdays, all day.
Car lanes are closed for several hours on Saturday mornings for people to bike, while vendors and activities are set up throughout the route.
There are many companies, like Paragon, that offer free hiking.
The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long linear park created on an elevated section of a disused New York central railroad spur called the West Side Line.
A major element of the festival is the careful curation of a wide selection of featured food vendors and craft cocktails. Whether you’re looking to play a game of ping pong with your crew or show off your top model skills in their photo booths, you will never experience a dull moment between sets.
Museum Mile is a lovely stretch along 5th Avenue chock full of museums and other fine arts institutions.
If you’re looking to find a shopping street with an eclectic mix you need go no further than Steinway Street. Everything from home furnishings, antiques, electronics, jewelry, eyewear, hardware, to clothing and shoes for every age group and taste can be found within these five blocks for the ultimate shopping experience.
With its views of the Hudson River and New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the New Jersey shoreline, the Esplanade is a pedestrian paradise that runs the entire length of Battery Park City. Gardens line the entire route, along with public art installations at the intersections of Albany, Rector, and West Thames streets. The upper walkway is only for pedestrians, while bikes, skateboards, and rollerblades must stay on the lower walkway.