Looking for cool places to visit in New York? While not as famous as its Little Italy and Greenwich Village neighbors, NoHo has much to offer. After exploring the adjacent SoHo neighborhood, you’ll effortlessly arrive in the area North of Houston Street simply by using a crosswalk.
As you wander the calm, cobbled streets, your senses begin to stir. The scent of canvas and acrylic wafts through the air as artists scurry by, carrying works to display in local galleries. You marvel at the juxtaposition of old and new as historic cast-iron and brick architecture blends with the modern facades of specialty boutiques. Relaxing at a cafe, you relish the distinct, layered flavor of quality coffee as the warm liquid excites your palate and faint sounds of rock music echo in the distance.
Spend an afternoon in NoHo and you’ll leave feeling inspired, enlightened, excited, satiated, amazed, and possibly even a little scared—there’s more than one haunted attraction in the neighborhood! Here are five local experiences no culture carnivore should miss.
New York Adventure Club
Speak through special acoustic walls under a domed Guastavino tile ceiling at Grand Central Terminal’s Whispering Gallery. Go behind the scenes at the NYPD’s 26th Precinct. Attend an after-hours olive oil tasting, and identify varietals of the buttery liquid. These are just a few of the local culinary, artistic, and cultural experiences offered by the New York Adventure Club. You’ll go beyond your guidebook and discover places, tours, and tastings you never even knew existed in the neighborhood—or in all of New York City, for that matter.
Go Back in Time at the Merchant’s House Museum
Experience 19th-century NoHo in the 21st century by touring the Merchant’s House Museum and its untouched, period-decorated rooms. Choose to explore on your own, or take a guided tour and let a local lead you through the historic halls, bringing the house’s story to life. The Merchant’s House Museum is said to be one of the most haunted places to visit in New York. If you feel your hair standing on end as you roam the house, it might be because you’ve encountered one of the ghosts of the Tredwells, the former residents who are said to keep watch over their home.
Savor Local Ingredients at Farm-to-Fork Eateries
When looking at places to visit in New York, NoHo’s farm-to-table dining options make it an attractive destination for foodies. Wander into the unpretentious, 100% organic Siggy’s Good Food and enjoy the laid-back vibe while admiring the red-painted bar, numerous paintings, and the tiny plastic martians positioned on the counters. Bite into a garlic sauce-smothered turkey meatball, or sample the zesty black bean burger hugged by a gluten-free bun, and wash it all down with a raw almond butter smoothie.
Explore Local Art
At The Hole, you’ll enter the unassuming white facade and immediately find yourself immersed in creative mixed-media exhibits. The gallery aims to “fill a hole in the downtown community,” and its calendar is always chock-full of cool things to do and see, from paintings only viewable through a peephole, to shows that consider the use of photography in mixed-media projects. After exploring the exhibits, pose for photos in front of rotating street art at the Bowery Mural.
See the Blue Man Group
See a performance of the Blue Man Group at the Astor Place Theatre and enjoy one of the most thrilling, creative theatrical experiences New York has to offer. Weaving together comedy, flying objects, strobe lights, drums, technology, and more than a dash of eccentricity (the performers are blue people, after all), the Blue Man Group will take you on a wild, unforgettable ride. Along with a Broadway show, this theatrical experience is a must-see for those wanting a taste of local culture.
After you’ve explored NoHo, continue your cultural adventures in nearby Tribeca at the Tribeca Art Factory, where you can view (and buy) spectacular paintings, sculptures, and non-traditional pieces of art by emerging local artists.