March 22, 2023

Unique museums, ethnic cuisine, and affordable hotels await outside of Manhattan

For some of NYC\’s most authentic Mexican cuisine, try Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona, Queens.
Repeat visitors and off-the-beaten-path wanderers to New York City should make it a point to get out of Manhattan and spend time in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. For in these less-visited outer boroughs are a bounty of unique museums, authentic global cuisine, and affordable hotel options.

Up in the Bronx is Yankee Stadium (need we say more?), where travelers can enjoy Major League Baseball games, year-round tours, and a baseball museum. At the the Bronx Museum of the Arts, visitors will find a collection of contemporary art that can be seen for free. Other local landmarks include the Pregones Theater, which offers programs and shows focusing on Puerto Rican and Latino themes, and Casa Amadeo, a Latin music store that has been open for 40 years.

Over in Queens, explore the six galleries of art inside the newly expanded Queens Museum, or head to the Museum of the Moving Image, dedicated to all things film and television. Even NYC’s famous Museum of Modern Art has an installment in Queens, with special exhibitions featured at MoMA PS1. Plus, in between culture stops, some of New York’s most authentic ethnic cuisine can be sampled in Queens neighborhoods all along the 7 train.

In Brooklyn, stroll the Brooklyn Bridge Park for fantastic Manhattan skyline views, browse the shops and restaurants on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, catch some live music in Prospect Park, or wander through the galleries of the Brooklyn Museum. For a more focused adventure, explore a neighborhood: try Fort Greene, DUMBO, Cobble Hill, or Red Hook – all easily walkable and filled with a plethora of restaurants, shops, and sites.

In Staten Island, you’re only a ferry ride away to the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home to the minor-league Staten Island Yankees play baseball. Further in is the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, which holds a botanical garden, a children’s museum, rotating art exhibits and a full schedule of concerts, plays, and musicals. Historic Richmond Town’s collection of 17th- and 18th-century buildings holds the nation’s oldest schoolhouse and New York City’s oldest working farm.

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