New York has a few places known only to people who call this concrete jungle home. So whether you’re a foodie, art lover, or simply looking to forgo the endless lines that tourist attractions bring forth, below are 5 things to do the next time you’re taking a bite out of the Big Apple.

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Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg: the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors. The New York Times dubbed it “The Woodstock of Eating”.
Whether you’re looking to eat by the waterfront on Saturdays in Williamsburg or chow down in the beautiful Prospect Park on Sundays, one thing is for certain: you’ll have an amazing gastronomical experience!

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The Red Hook Winery

The aim of the Red Hook Winery, created by Mark Snyder in 2008, is to bring New York state viticulture to the forefront, highlighting its history and its future. Its winemakers vinify unique expressions of the climate, geology and agriculture that make New York unlike any other growing region in the world. If you crave wine and a spectacular view of the Hudson River, that’s exactly what you’ll find, together with a menu full of perfectly-blended reds and whites.

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Prospect Park

Everyone thinks that Central Park is the green lungs of NY, but very few know the serenity of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Technically smaller than Central Park, it’s the perfect example that bigger is not always better. With a gracious meadow that stretches for a full mile, an immense lake, and a lush forest, you’ll surely find peace and quiet. Just around the same corner, be sure to also swing by the breathtaking Brooklyn Botanical Gardens!

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Secret Loft

Genius location in full Brooklin: a venue hosting shows from Comedy Central artists, dance parties, free pizza nights and costume soirees. Enjoy the Bushwick vibe with no stress. Past events boasted a Secret Circus, Indie music concerts, as well as a recurring Open Mic night, to allow every poet, storyteller or artist to showcase his work. To get in, check out Secret Loft’s Facebook page and show up at the McKibbin Street Lofts, 255 McKibbin St, Brooklyn.

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Blind Barber Speakeasy

Now this is the definition of a speakeasy bar. Basically, it’s a barber shop that you have to go through before you get to the bar. Such a hidden place that’s chilled out and awesome to hang with friends on a night out in the village. Not super fancy, but very spacious with a huge bar and lots of seats and historic pictures.
It’s usually pretty packed after 10 p.m. and it’s definitely one of those places where you might run into the same people. Everyone is generally friendly, stylish, and really just here to have a good time. The DJ is usually a blend of good mainstream music and lots of hip-hop. One of those places that you can go for dancing at the end of the night and have a great, no judgment-zone, time.