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Your 24-hour itinerary: The Explorer

There’s something to do at every hour of the day in New York, and we’ve got the proof right here


Central Park? Pah. Broadway? Snort. What happened to the real New York? It’s a question you’ll do your best to answer as you investigate every hidden corner of the city on your quest to avoid the mainstream and uncover every delightful secret the city holds. Check out your personalized itinerary below for a guide to NYC’s finest lesser-known spots and adventurous activities. There’s a whole undiscovered city out there, so go ahead—get lost.

8am-9am—get ice cream in your latte at Bluestone Lane
  • Restaurants
  • Coffee shops
  • Financial District
  • price 1 of 4

You’ll have to wind around the confusing streets of the Financial District to find this Australian coffee shop, but the ice-latte—an Australian treat that plops a scoop of ice cream in your coffee—is worth it. So is the avocado smash, served on Balthazar bread.  

11am-12pm—shop at a hidden men’s boutique
  • Shopping
  • Menswear
  • Lower East Side
  • price 3 of 4

The vintage arcade that hides this LES men’s store isn’t totally a front—the games all work. But after a round of Pac-Man, head through the photo booth to find Community 54, a secret back room full of vintage Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger and new pieces from local designers, such as Brooklyn’s Good Wood NYC.

  • Museums
  • Art and design
  • Midtown West
  • price 1 of 4

It’s not cheap, but $63 a person is well worth it for after-hours access to a world-famous modern art museum. Guided tours (your only option) run from 5:30-6:30pm and must be arranged in advance. Right now, special exhibitions include a Bjork retrospective, featuring three floors of sounds, video, costumes and more.

10pm-2am—drink at an unmarked bar
  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Chelsea
  • price 2 of 4

Breeze through a fully functional coffee shop on 9th Ave at 18th St to find a dark, basement speakeasy with a copper bathtub in the middle. No, you won’t be the first to climb inside it and snap an Instagram after a few TKO cocktails like the Morning Daisy, made with Glenmorangie 10-year, yellow Chartreuse, absinthe and egg white.

6am-8am—run, then relax at Narrows Botanical Garden
  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Bay Ridge

There’s nothing like a new running route to energize your ho-hum routine. Jog along the water on the charming Narrows Promenade Path in Bay Ridge before hitting this five-acre garden, which features a lily pond, a field of roses and animals from turtles to chickens.

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