If you’re a recent resident or tourist to New York City then most likely, many of your experiences in town reflect “New” New Yorker experiences, the iconic or Hollywood-inspired ones: visiting the Empire State Building, dining at a Michelin starred restaurant or strolling through Central Park. But there is an underground “Old” New York culture sometimes unknown to a “New” New Yorker. These are the insider experiences that are normally heard about through recommendations from locals and speak to the very essence of New York City culture.
Whether you’ve been living in the city for decades or days, here are three “old” New York Experiences that you don’t want to miss out on.
1.) Commute like an old New Yorker via the MTA Transit Museum. Located inside an old subway station take a trip back in time to view the evolution of the MTA transit system in New York. It still remains one of the most efficient and economical ways to travel around New York City.
2.) Eat like old New York. You can’t really visit NYC without stopping for a slice. It’s one of the original street foods for the New Yorker on the go. From the top broker on Wall Street to kids after school, pizza is an authentic New York City food on the go. Places like Patsy’s Pizza and Joe’s Pizza are some of the pizza icons to NYC. Quintessential to the culture, both have stayed true to serving up the best slice in the city.
3.) Shop like old New York: beyond the flagship stores of Fifth Avenue and Times Square the open air markets are such a classic, must-see old New York experience. The flea markets of New York City are essential. Unlike any other markets in the world, the flea markets of NYC have overcome the odds of the ever changing landscape of New York City real estate. They have survived relocation, renovation and restoration in the city and are still known by locals as a destination to explore and find unique treasures.
So if you’re a “New” New Yorker, make sure that you take a sample of all that “Old” New York has to offer. You just might find that these are the things that make New York, New York.