Skip the big show, say goodbye to the ooh la la, and go see parts of NYC most New Yorkers haven’t been. Yes, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, and Chelsea are great neighborhoods and full of local flavor, but there is so much more. Here are three neighborhoods very outside of Manhattan.
Brighton Beach: Go all the way to the far reaches of Brooklyn, this Russian enclave by the water is full of restaurants with authentic fare, and apartment buildings from the 1920’s whose stately design are rare in Manhattan. Also, you’re not far from the New York Aquarium. We have an aquarium! Go see it!
Astoria: Take the N train to the end of the line in Queens and you wind up in the Greek enclave of NYC. Go to taverna and get some real gyro, or a nice salad with feta cheese. Plus there is Astoria Park, with killer views of NYC. As you walk among the picturesque rows of duplexes you’ll forget you’re in the biggest city in the world.
City Island: Okay get ready for this, there is a sleepy New England-style fishing village in NYC. It’s called City Island, and you simply need to see it to believe it. It’s chock fill of seafood restaurants, single family houses, and unlike any other part of the city. Also you can stop off at Pelham Bay Park and take a swim over at Orchard Beach.
– Mark Gilman, Tour Guide