Nothing ruins a day off than rain. While there are endless activities to do in New York City, here are a few of the best things to do when Mother Nature decides to add a little water to the forecast. By John Friia
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The Cliffs at LIC
11-11 44th Drive
Long Island City, NY 11101
Don’t let the rain stop you from seeing how high you can climb at The Cliffs at Long Island City. One of the largest indoor rock climbing facilities in New York City, thrill seekers can unleash their built up energy while climbing up to 50 feet. With a day pass, guest can take advantage of their gym and learn the various styles of climbing, including boulder and top rope.
The St. Regis New York
2 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
Enjoy a day of luxury at The St. Regis New York with their afternoon Tea and Tour package. From the cloud-dappled lobby, to beneath the chandelier-adorned ceilings of its rooftop ballroom, people will learn the about the hotel’s interesting history. At the end of the tour, the time-honored tradition of Afternoon Tea and their signature 3-tier spread of sandwiches and treats will be served. Another option to immerse themselves into the hotel is upgrading Afternoon Tea with a choice of one of the three King Cole Bar’s historical cocktails.
15 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
Nothing wipes away those rainy day blues than a little shopping spree. Domenico Vacca delivers that shopping experience and more. The recently opened 10-story flagship store located off of Fifth Avenue, includes a head-to-toe range of apparel and accessories for both men and women, home goods, a custom suiting and couture atelier, a barber ship, a full service beauty salon, terrace, art gallery and an Italian espresso bar and café. Whether people are shopping or just there for a an espresso and a shave, it is the ideal place to spend the day.
Rubin Museum Of Art
150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
Instead of heading to one of the typical museums, people can spend a rainy day at The Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea. Filled with Himalayan artwork and artifacts, people can discover the wonders of a museum that sometimes slips off their radar. One of the exhibits that people flock to is the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room, which appeals to all the sense through an immersive experience designed for meditation and contemplation.
Lion Brand Yarn Studio
34 W. 15th Street
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Do rainy days make you want to curl up in something soft? If so, joint a knitting group or take a class at Lion. This cozy Chelsea store has one of the best selections of yarn in the city and can teach even the most inexperience how to knit. They even offer special male-only knitting events.
New York Aquarium
Surf Avenue and West 8th Street
Badly damaged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the New York Aquarium is nevertheless still open, even as it rebuilds and retools its exhibits. You can watch penguins frolic, sea otters play, and walruses get fed; see an interactive show at the Aquatheater; be hypnotized by the fluid movements of the green moray eel; or stare as deep as you dare into the flat eyes of a sand tiger shark or the puppy-dog-like mien of a harbor seal. Take advantage of the aquarium’s proximity to Coney Island by punctuating your visit with a swim or a hotdog.
75 9th Avenue
New York, New York
Take a gastronomic tour of the world at Chelsea Market. Shop at Buon Italia for the best homemade ravioli and imported olive oil and linger over cappuccino in their cafe. Try Thai cuisine, shop for rugs at Imports from Marrakesh or take an Australian wine tasting class at the Chelsea Wine Vault.
The Strand Book Store
The Strand is the sole survivor of the city’s famous Book Row–which once boasted 48 bookstores from Astor Place to Union Square. Today, the offer a visitor 18,000 miles of new, used and rare books. Their staff is probably the most knowledgeable in the city–so if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for–chances are they will.