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5 Things to Do With Your Family in NYC

When my family came to visit me in NYC, we covered a lot of ground. I’m not kidding: my Fitbit has never been so proud of me! So, lace up your walking shoes because here are five fun activities for the next time you have visitors:

1. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
As one of the most iconic bridges in the country, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is a favorite pastime of locals and tourists alike. The daredevils among us may prefer to weave through the crowds by bike, but I recommend starting out with a more leisurely stroll across the East River, as it is jam-packed on the weekends. While you’re making your way towards Brooklyn, don’t forget to stop and look around (and take pictures because this is one place where it’s totally acceptable to look like a tourist)! Not only is the bridge itself very cool, but the Manhattan skyline will not disappoint.


2. Take a ride on a ferry
Once you get across the bridge and have spent some time exploring Brooklyn, you can walk back, take the subway, or take a ferry. If it’s not too cold, try the ferry because the views are incredible! If you’re looking for something more than a quick ride across the river, the Staten Island Ferry is free, slightly longer and comes with great views of the Statue of Liberty. Just remember, this ferry is used for commuting, so try to plan your trip during the day to avoid rush hour.

3. Tour One World Trade Center
You don’t need me to ramble about this one. The memorial is an incredibly special place. If you haven’t been yet, go.

4. Go on a culinary adventure
You’ve heard it from me before, and I’m sure you’ll hear it again (probably many times) before the end of the semester, but one of the most fun ways to explore the city is by enjoying all of the amazing food it has to offer. For this visit, my family decided to make our way over to Eataly. This indoor marketplace is a mecca for foodies, with a seemingly endless supply of pasta, paninis, pizza, meats, cheeses, coffee, gelato and other sweets. You can sit down and eat a meal, take food to go, or do your grocery shopping all in one heavenly-smelling place. I stuck to a classic, tomato, mozzarella and pesto sandwich, but Eataly offers something for every Italian food lover, even those with more adventurous tastes.


5. Attend a comedy club
Be prepared to laugh. A lot. Comedy clubs are a beloved destination in New York City, and after spending the evening at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club, I can totally understand why. Take your friends or family, put away your phone, and get ready for a night full of laughs. Bonus tip: I’ve heard that some pretty notable names tend to show up at comedy clubs on weeknightsusually unannounced to try out new material. If that’s not good enough motivation to get your homework done early, then I don’t know what is!

Leah Fagen, Newhouse NYC student and junior PR major

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