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Mind-boggling New York Attractions

While some people prefer to fritter away their vacations on a beach, sunscreen in one hand, margarita in the other, there are other options out there for those that prefer a bit more mental stimulation during their time away from work. New York is one such place where you can put your brain to work on your holidays.

So get your mental floss ready, and your creative juices flowing with some of these mind-boggling New York attractions. 

Escape the Room NYC

While it may just look like a plain run-of-the-mill room, this attraction is actually a puzzle that will put your problem-solving abilities to their ultimate test. Participants have 60 minutes to scan the room for hidden objects to aid in their escape. The clues will lead you and your friends to solve the puzzle and earn their freedom to “Escape the Room.” It costs about 25 dollars per person, but the reviews are through the roof for this attraction. (Note: the escape is NOT through the roof though — it’s not THAT easy!) 

Watson’s Scavenger Hunt

New York City

If you’re looking for a novel way to see the sights during your New York holidays, then testing your wits with a scavenger hunt may be the answer. You don’t collect rare and unusual things with on this hunt though, you find the answers to a series of sometimes tricky, sometimes hilarious questions designed to get you to out and about in the city. You’ll visit museums, get to roam neighbourhoods, and have an overall greater appreciation for this magnificent city. 

New York Hall of Science

NYSCI

I know what you’re thinking — “Great, another science museum.” But the New York Hall of Science (or NYSCI for short) is a little different than most. While it does offer the usual array of exhibits (over 450), interactive displays, and plenty of workshops explaining science, technology, math, and engineering — it’s the unique participation activities that sets this museum apart. Their extensive calendar of events offers everything from crayon making, to learning parkour, to making your own environmentally friendly tote bag.

So next time you’re in New York City, check out some these less widely known attractions — your brain will be happy you did. 

Five Fabulous Rooftop Bars in NYC

Salon de Ning, rooftop bar, New York City

Undoubtedly, one of the coolest things to do while visiting New York City is to nab a table at a fabulous Manhattan rooftop bar for a birds-eye perspective of the Big Apple.

Salon de Ning

High atop the Peninsula Hotel at 700 5th Avenue at 55th Street in Hell’s Kitchen near the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), you’ll find an “east meets west” fusion bar sporting three separate outside seating areas with different views. The signature drinks like the Ning Sling can cost over $20.00 a pop, but their strong and satisfying. Cozy coffee table setups with crunchy snacks accompany your cocktails or you can try non-alcoholic specialties like their fresh Ginger Breeze. Expect prompt service, great people watching and a hefty bill.

Top of the Strand

Empire State Building, New York City

After shopping for fancy gear at Lord & Taylor , head up to the 21st Floor of the Strand Hotel (33 West 37th Street) to enjoy an unparalleled view of the Empire State Building . This rooftop bar was designed by the “Sex and the City” set director Lydia Marks with retractable glass walls for all-weather outdoor enjoyment. The creative décor makes a picture-postcard setting for a feisty night on the town sipping exotic Acia cocktails, kick-ass Long Island Teas or southern Mint Juleps for around $15 each. This trendy bar fills up fast on weekends, so it’s wise to show up when the doors open at 5:00 p.m. and claim your space to watch New York’s beautiful people gather to dance the night away with their cool DJs.

Glass

Liquor bottles

After enjoying one of the seasonal festivities at Madison Square Park it’s just a few blocks walk to the swanky Indigo Chelsea Hotel (127 W 28th St) where you’ll find a minimalist rooftop bar on the 20th floor with divine Milan-style pizzas. Although the drinks are rather pricey ($13.00 for well drinks and up to $20 for specialty drinks like Blue Martini with St. Germaine), they stick to their theme by serving them in real glasses (instead of plastic). Although there’s nearly a 360° view, it’s not terribly spectacular – lots of grungy rooftops– so the frosted glass neon blue-lit panels and overhead canopy help soften the tableau. Expect to wait in line for your turn in the single upstairs bathroom.

The Brass Monkey

Brass Monkey, NYC

Spend a day shopping and dining at the UrbanSpace Meat Packing open-air mall before heading over to 55 Little W. 12th St to settle into this favorite local rooftop bar to watch the sunset over the Hudson River. Select from their reasonably priced, yet extensive, beer menu or try their famous spicy Bloody Marys for around $9.00. Happy hour is from 4 to 7:00 PM ($2.00 off domestic beer, $7.00 for wine) and their late night menu has decent food and there are portable heaters to keep away the chill.

The Delancey

Tenement Museum, Delancey Street, New York City

Learn about the people who shaped NYC’s Upper East Side at the Tenement Museum then go meet the modern-day inhabitants in this quaint all-weather rooftop bar/garden by the Williamsburg Bridge at 168 Delancey Street. With reasonably priced, yet small, drinks ($8 for house, $10 for top-shelf), oversized shot glasses and no velvet-rope hassles, this rock and roll music venue achieves a kind of a Miami South Beach vibe. Chill out on a swanky couch in front of the bubbly fountain surrounded by potted plants as you admire their cool sound system and funky DJs.