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While there’s so much to discover in all five boroughs, downtown Manhattan is less crowded than Times Square or Midtown and more laid back than the Upper East Side. Downtown is considered the areas below 14th Street, so if you find yourself there or planning your next adventure, below is a few places you must experience when in Downtown New York.

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Loopy Doopy

102 North End Ave.
New York, NY 10282
(212) 945-0100

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TO PLAY: If you’re seeking an upscale night on the town, particularly on a rooftop with stunning views of the Hudson River, look no further than Loopy Doopy. This venue is located on the 16th floor of The Conrad Hotel and is nearby other downtown landmarks, Soho and the Financial District — making it a perfect place to stay, and play.

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(credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

St. Marks Place

8th Street / East Village
Manhattan, New York 10003

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TO SEE: St. Mark’s is commonly known for big crowds and energy. You’ll find bars, karaoke, tattoo and piercing shops, lounges, specialty cuisine restaurants and many vendors – all packed together on this bustling strip.


Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-6817

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TO LISTEN: Visiting Downtown New York and want to see live music like a local? Once a rock music venue that hosted big names like the Red Hot Chili Peppers U2, Pearl Jam and more, this venue is now a place to see bands new and old alike. In addition to music, the venue also hosts other events, including conferences. Check their calendar for upcoming events.

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(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Chelsea Market

75 9th Ave.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 652-2110

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TO EXPLORE: Chelsea Market attracts over thousands of visitors each day looking to get their food, fashion and creative fix all under one roof. This venue is also home to Google, YouTube, various other shops and most recently, a new premiere event space. The best time to go is in the morning on weekdays to avoid the crowds.



56 Beaver St.
New York, NY 10004
(212) 509-1144

TO EAT: Delmonico’s is a must when you go downtown. This historic eatery is considered the first fine dining restaurant in United States, welcoming socialites, celebrities and even U.S. presidents since the 1800s. Delmonico’s offers a modern menu with traditional American fare, including the restaurant’s signature steak, as well as, eggs Benedict, salads, hamburgers, a premium bar and a massive wine vault.