Things to do near the High Line

After sunning yourself on the elevated park, partake in some culture at these hot spots.

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    Chelsea Piers

  • Highline Ballroom

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Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers

  • Rated as: 4/5
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It's pretty much impossible to get bored at this recreational complex, which has served the needs of sporty New Yorkers for more than 15 years. Warm weather brings out the golf fanatics, who can thwack balls until midnight every day ($25 for 90 balls; off peak $25 for 147 balls). But if that's not your thing, there are plenty of other athletic options—including batting cages, rock-climbing walls and bowling—to keep you entertained.

  1. Eleventh Ave, (between 17th and 23rd Sts)
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Highline Ballroom

The shows at this club—located right underneath the High Line (hence the name) span burlesque performers, lit readings and musical acts. (Steve Martin recently brought his ukulele stylings to the club.) The venue also offers a full menu (and some shows do require a $10 food or drink purchase if you want to snag a table).

  1. 431 W 16th St, (between Ninth and Tenth Aves)
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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Improv shows at the UCB are a rite of passage for many NYC comedians; funny folks who've performed on its tiny stage include Aziz Ansari, Horatio Sanz, Amy Poehler (one of the theater's cofounders) and 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer. You really can't go wrong with any of the offerings, but if you've never been before, it's worth staking out a spot for ASSSSCAT 3000 (Sun 7:30, 9:30pm; 7:30pm $10; 9:30pm free, a limited number of tickets are distributed at 8:15pm). Originally started by the original UCB members, the long-running show regularly features guests whom you may recognize from Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report and more.

  1. 307 W 26th St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
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