Arts, Culture, and Recreation
Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a family with children, NYC has a richness and diversity all its own. There are a wide variety of ways to enjoy the arts, a range of culinary treats to savor, bike paths and other activities to enhance your physical well-being, as well as diverse neighborhoods in which to live and explore.
Arts and Culture
New York City offers plenty of sources for intellectual exchange and fun including street fairs, free concerts, walking tours, and more.
- New York City Dance Venues - home to the greatest dance companies in the world, New York is also a major stop on almost every national and international company tour.
- Dance Link Club - an email club devoted to providing discounts to dance performances throughout NYC.
Museums and Galleries
- Museums of Lower Manhattan
- Museum Mile
- Annual Museum Mile Festival
- NYC Museums
- NYC Galleries
- New York Fine Arts Association
- Broadway Box offers Broadway tickets at up to 50% off without a membership.
- The Frugal Theatergoer's Guide to Discount Tickets An article in the New York Times, "Frugal New York," has a wealth of resources for finding tickets, provides information about what's on now, what's coming to stage soon, and how to obtain the best discounts.
- Playbill offers access to reduced-price tickets for a small membership fee.
- Play-by-Play is a membership-based site that requires an annual fee of more than $100. With this membership you have access to complimentary tickets to a range of shows.
- The Public Theater When you're looking for a good show, but don't want the chaos or the cost of Broadway, this local theater is a great solution.
- TDF is a membership-based discount site that serves students, seniors, employees of non-for-profit organizations and other groups. They send periodic e-mails to let members know what is available.
- Theater Mania offers discounted tickets to Broadway and Off Broadway shows as well as special exhibits and performances. This website serves New York and several other cities in the US.
- TKTS Booths can be used to purchase same-day tickets. There is a booth in Times Square and one at South Street Seaport.
NYU Cultural Activities
- Grey Art Gallery located on Washington Square East aims to document and explore human culture through artwork.
- Skirball Center for the Performing Arts hosts an array of performances by members of the NYU community as well as artists and musicians from around the world.
- Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development calendar lists all of Steinhardt's exhibits, events, and performances.
- Ticket Central offers discounted tickets to movies, Broadway shows, campus events, and more.
- Tisch School of the Arts calendar lists upcoming events for the Tisch School, where students study performing arts, film, television, and recorded music.
- Window Galleries bring art to the public as they pass through the NYU campus.
- WNYU Radio Station features programming that covers sports talk, world music, and everything in between.
- Additional NYU activities can be found here.
Green Spaces and Outdoor Activities
NYC Parks - New York City is one of the largest urban centers in the world, yet there are wonderful parks and green areas to explore.
Central Park, with over 840 acres, can challenge even the most knowledgeable New Yorker. Don't miss out on the special activities and events that the Park offers - download a detailed map of the park here.
Central Park was designed for refuge, discovery and communing with society. Not for running. Yet 150 years later, its 843 acres are a paradise for runners. Learn new trails inside Central Park and read as experienced runners describe their favorites here.
Health, Fitness, and Sports
Local Fitness Clubs
- Bally's Total Fitness
- Crunch Fitness
- David Barton Gym offers NYU employees and adult family members discounted memberships.
- New York Sports Club offers NYU employees and adult family members discounted memberships.
- McBurney YMCA
- 14th Street Y
- 24 Hour Fitness
- Coles Recreation Center and Palladium are NYU's fitness centers.
- Chelsea Piers is a series of adjoining piers on the Hudson River which support a variety of athletic facilities and activities.
- Fitness PassBook from the American Health and Fitness Alliance is a unique way to stay in shape. Subscribers have access to fitness centers and clubs around the City, can choose programming that best suits their goals and needs, and meet a variety of people.
- New York Health & Racquet Club offers NYU employees and adult family members discounted memberships.
- NYC Parks & Recreation Centers offer full service fitness and recreation centers for a nominal fee. Low-cost classes are also available. Recreation Centers are available in each of NYC's five boroughs. The three closest facilities are the Carmine Street, Chelsea, and Asser Levy Recreation Centers.
Leagues, Clubs and Facilities
Facilities and General Resources
- Asphalt Green offers an array of athletic activities including sports leagues, classes, and personal training.
- Chelsea Piers has teams, classes, and facilities that cover a wide range of sports and activities (fishing, golfing, bowling, skating, rock climbing and lots more). Visit their website or click here to see an overview of what they have to offer.
- Central Park
- NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
- New York Sports Connection, an interactive and searchable resource for adults, children, families, and sports organizations in New York City. The website includes information about leagues, teams, classes, and activities, sports options for children with special needs, private coaches, local sporting goods stores. Also included is a Community Forum where users can share information, trade tips, and buy and sell equipment.
- Basketball and Volleyball with NY Urban Professionals Athletic League. Men's and women's leagues with 4 seasons are offered throughout the year. Register as a team or play as an individual in the open scrimmage games.
- Basketball City has locations in several major cities across the US. They feature adult basketball leagues as well as youth programs and special events.
Biking Resources and Clubs
Hiking and Backpacking
Running Clubs, Classes/Clinics, Races
- NY Road Runners Club offers training, running clubs, and a calendar of events held throughout New York City.
- NY Flyers, New York's largest running club, offers training and activities for runners of all skill levels.
- NYC Tennis Courts, both indoor and outdoor, can be found in many locations throughout the five boroughs.
- Court Permits are required for all individuals who wish to use NYC tennis courts. Permits can be obtained by mail or by visiting the permit office in your borough.
Support one of the local New York/New Jersey teams or watch your favorite team compete locally.
Many New Yorkers turn to print resources such as the Zagat guide and Time Out Magazine for restaurant recommendations. However you can easily explore on-line resources for additional ideas.
- Local Restaurants listing, though brief, offers additional links to help you find the right restaurant.
- Menu Pages is an online source that can help you search for restaurants by location and type of cuisine. The site includes comments by diners.
- Restaurant Week and tasting events offered throughout the year are favorite events for New Yorkers and visitors alike.
- And, don't forget the NYU Torch Club NYU's exclusive venue for faculty, administrators, and staff offers a varied menu and regular events, including tastings of wine, cheese, and chocolate.
Shopping Near Washington Square
Additional resources are available here.
- Specialty Shops
- Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man Max has used his passion for chocolate to create a menu full of chocolaty creations. The menu also includes sandwiches and other chocolate-free foods.
- Mariebelle offers delicious chocolate as well as a Cacao Bar for a coffee and pastry to make any day special.
- Vosges Haut Chocolat sells exotic and unusual chocolate treats.
- Kitchen Supplies
- Broadway Panhandler 65 East 8th Street
- Additional specialty stores, including flea markets, music stores, and more can be found here.
- Book Stores
- Barnes & Noble Booksellers is the largest book retailer in the United States. The store closest to NYU is located on Union Square at 33 East 17th Street.
- Housing Works Cafe and Bookstore 126 Crosby Street (south of Houston)
- Shakespeare and Co. Booksellers 716 Broadway (at Washington Pl.).
This small chain considers itself "an independent alternative."
- St. Mark's Bookshop 31 Third Ave.
This independent bookshop specializes in culture and arts, although they also sell books on other topics.
- The Strand 282 Broadway (at 12th St.)
The Strand boasts that it has 18 miles of books. The store carries new, used and rare books on just about every subject.
- Garber Hardware is a family owned hardware store that has been serving the neighborhood for several generations. Garber's is open 7 days a week and is located at 710 Greenwich Avenue, between 10th and Charles. Reach them on foot, web, or phone (212-242-9807).
- M&D True Value Hardware (212-477-4180) is located on the corner of Bleecker and Lafayette Streets.
- Simon's Hardware and Bath sells distinctive, high quality hardware and plumbing products.
- The addresses listed here are the locations closest to Washington Square. Please visit store websites to find additional locations.
- Morton Williams 130 Bleecker St. (at LaGuardia Pl.)
- Chelsea Market 75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16th Sts.)
- Citarella 424 6th Avenue (at 9th St.)
- Agata & Valentina 64 University Place (at 10th St.)
- Garden of Eden Gourmet Markets 7 East 14th Street (at 5th Ave.)
- The Green Market at Union Square is one of the biggest and most popular markets in New York City. You will find fish, meats, cheeses, and a variety of produce from local growers four days a week
- Gristedes 25 University Place (at 8th St.)
- Just Food promotes fresh produce and local agriculture, creating relationships between local farmers and New Yorkers. Locate a community supported agricultural (CSA) group in your area.
- Trader Joe's 142 E. 14th Street. (between 3rd Ave. and Irving Pl.)
- Westside Market (77 Seventh Avenue)
- Whole Foods Market 40 E. 14th Street (at Union Square), 95 East Houston St
NYC Tours provide new visitors and long-term residents alike with a fun way to explore NYC's rich history and culturally diverse neighborhoods.
- Big Onion Walking Tours offers innovative tours through New York's ethnic neighborhoods and historic districts.
- New York City Walking Tours are offered at about.com.
- The Village Alliance has free walking tours as well as a self-guided tour called "Greenwich Village Walk of Fame." Call or stop by their office at 8 East 8th Street to find out more. (212) 777-2173
- Explore the many architectural treasures of the City with suggestions from Frommer's.
- Open House New York offers programs that provide unique opportunities to explore the NYC urban environment, architecture, public art and more.