The City that Never Sleeps: New York City After Dark
The phrase “the city that never sleeps” is synonymous with New York and for good reason, this is one metropolis that is equally vibrant day or night. Stroll down Times Square’s electrified city blocks or head over to a jazz club in the village after dark to witness a feast for the eyes and senses. And one thing is for sure, the word boredom will never be in your vocabulary.
Here are just a few activities to fill your nights in Manhattan before or after your Regent Seven Seas Cruises voyage:
Broadway: With a variety of choices – musicals, dramas, comedies and revivals coupled with the caliber of talent from the worlds of Hollywood and music – it’s no wonder that Broadway is a hot ticket. Cocktails, dinner, and taking in the lights of Times Square make it a perfect evening.
Empire State Building: While you can see up to 80 miles during the day with good visibility, this iconic view takes on a new dimension during the evening. With a 360-degree perspective from Midtown Manhattan, you can enjoy the magnificent vista from the observatory on the 86th floor or the 102nd Floor deck of the Art Deco building. See the spot that played a romantic role in the films Sleepless in Seattle, An Affair to Remember, Love Affair, and Gossip Girl. Night owls take note, the last viewing is at 1:15 a.m.
Catch A Taping of a Television Show: The comedy shows Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Myers, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Saturday Night Live tape in New York and offer a chance to see a variety of celebrity guests. Tickets to the taping are free and apart from SNL, most of the shows tape early in the evening.
Sporting Events: New York is home to baseball’s Yankees and Mets, football’s New York Jets and Giants, basketball’s New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets and hockey’s New York Rangers and Islanders, so chances are there is a team playing a game somewhere.
A Night of Culture: Besides the theatre, take in a variety of performing arts (ballet, opera, symphony or dance) at Lincoln Center, Tribeca Performing Arts, Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall.
A Night at the Museum: If the crowds kept you away during the day, a few of the city’s museums are open at night. The Cooper Hewitt (Saturday until 9:00 p.m.), the Solomon Guggenheim (Saturday until 7:45 p.m.), International Center of Photography Museum (Thursday until 9 p.m.), The Met Breuer (Metropolitan Museum of Art’s contemporary branch, Friday until 9 p.m.), Metropolitan Museum of Art (Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m.) and the Museum of Modern Art (Friday until 8 p.m.) are a great way to catch the exhibits. And from May to October, enjoy a glass of wine and take in the views of Central Park at the Met’s rooftop.
Jazz Clubs: Spend an evening at the hip spots that spawned the greats such as Charlie “Bird” Parker, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. Open since the 1980s, the Blue Note has featured jazz icons such as Sarah Vaughn and Dizzy Gillespie and you might catch Chris Botti or Chick Corea. The Village Vanguard is also a perennial jazz hotspot and the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (who plays every Monday night) is a crowd favorite.
And if exercise is in order, try walking the High Line at night. Built on a freight line, the West Side walkway that runs from Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street, a walk down the illuminated pathway offers excellent views of the skyline and a way to walk off calories from a five-course dinner. The urban oasis is open until 10 p.m. in the spring and fall and 11 p.m. in the summer.