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28 Things to do When It's Raining in NYC

By Anna Ben Yehuda | March 30, 2016 | Lifestyle

Being a New Yorker involves a bit of resiliency, especially in the early spring months when precipitation seems to be a constant in the forecast. But another rainy day in the city doesn’t have to mean another day spent bored. We’ve found 28 things to do—all you’ll need is an umbrella and boots.

1. Pretend it’s Summer While Enjoying Fish-Centric Dishes at Seamore’s


This relatively new spot doesn’t take reservations, but it’s worth the wait. Make sure to order the tuna poke.

2. Netflix and Chill Like a Pro

What to watch? Any Netflix original (including Love, season four of House of Cards, and Pee-Wee's Big Holiday). Order, a plate (or, rather, cone) of pasta from the Lower East Side’s Spaghetti Incident to nosh on while watching.

3. Catch One, Two, or Three Broadway Shows


Although Hamilton is on everyone’s must-watch list (rightfully so), there’s no reason why Blackbird, Eclipsed, and The Color Purple shouldn’t be as well.

4. Learn Everything There is to Know About Butterflies

Head to the American Museum of Natural History's Butterfly Conservatory and gain insider knowledge on the beautiful insect.

5. Honor a Fashion Legend

Isaac Mizrahi.

Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History,” now on display at the Jewish Museum, focuses on the American designer in ways yet untapped. This exhibit is a must-visit whether it’s raining or not.

6. Go to the Movies

This might be the best way to spend a rainy day: watch the latest movies on an IMAX screen at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13.

7. Bring Your Instagram Page to Life

Samsung’s latest flagship store, Samsung 837, in the Meatpacking District, is truly one-of-a-kind. Instead of products for purchase, it introduces visitors to the Samsung experience through—amongst other things—an exhibit that reproduces a visitor’s Instagram page inside of a tunnel.

8. Buy (and Read!) a Great Book

Although we’re partial to Strand, may we also suggest a visit to Book-Off? The midtown-based used bookstore offers a $1 selection of goodies that will turn anyone into a reader.

9. Investigate the Latest Foodie Trends

The Bagel Store.

Bantam Bagels and rainbow bagels courtesy of The Bagel Store have taken over the Internet and the city’s palate. We’ll let you be the judge of their merits, and a rainy day might be just the right time for that.

10. Get Lost in Your Thoughts While Listening to Some Live Music

Whether looking for jazz, hip-hop, country or rock, the city has got you covered. Some favorite venues include the classic Pianos, Brooklyn-based Pete’s Candy Store, and The Bitter End.

11. Go on a Scavenger Hunt Looking for New York’s Hottest Guys… Who Happen to Know a Thing or Two About Food

Luke Ostrom.

You’re welcome.

12. Become a Mixologist…

Genuine Liquorette on the Lower East Side offers a weekly class with master mixologist Eben Freeman. Lucky for you, we’ve chronicled most of our findings right here.

13. …Or a Chef

Sur La Table.

Upscale cooking and dining supplies shop Sur La Table offers a variety of cuisine classes at its 57th Street location and you should probably sign up for all of them.

14. Get a Drunken Lotus Massage

The Drunken Lotus massage—which is the signature treatment at Shibui Spa, the Japanese-style spa within the Greenwich Hotel—uses white lotus, sake, jojoba, and cucumber seed to rehydrate and relax your body.

15. Consider Becoming a Vegan

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These plant-based pizzas should convince you.

16. Catch Up on Shameless

Because this season is very good. Don’t forget to read our interview with Isidora Goreshter after watching all episodes.

17. Take Your Pet on a Photoshoot

Brooke Jacobs.

Book a session with Brooke Jacobs for the kind of photoshoot your pet deserves.

18. Go to the Park

You read that right. The Lowline, on the Lower East Side, is an underground park that highlights the area’s historic trolley terminal.

19. Prepare for Frieze New York at Randall's Island (it’s in May)

Frieze Art Fair.

Cross your fingers that the weather will turn warmer by the start of the festival, and spend the day shopping for a new summer wardrobe. Check out all of our style and beauty tips and finds right here.

20. Learn How to Cook Vegetarian/Vegan Indian Food

Mukti’s Kitchen in Brooklyn offers a variety of exciting classes. On our radar? This session, focusing on vegetarian and vegan Indian dinners.

21. Go on a Coffee Tour With a Book in Hand

Kaffe 1668.

Check out the city’s greatest cafes (notable mentions: Kaffe 1668, Spreadhouse Coffee, and the Ground Central Coffee Company) while catching up on some reading. Make sure to have All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, on your must-read list.

22. Plan a Trip to New Orleans

And here’s why, as a New Yorker, you’ll love it.

23. Take a SoulCycle Class


Or, if you’re more of a yoga person, find the closest Yoga to the People location.

24. Drink a Cocktail Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Here’s a list of creative drinks around NYC.

25. Reorganize Your Space, Following Martha Stewart’s Tips

Martha Stewart.

The lifestyle/home decor guru suggests not overlooking the small stuff, how to prep for spring, and more.

26. Watch a Movie at the Tribeca Film Festival

New York City’s most exciting annual film festival returns in April. Snag some tickets to the various screenings right here.

27. Catch Some Cool Takes on Dinner Theater


Whether you’re into burlesque or want to feel like you’ve traveled to a Tokyo nightclub, these dinner-and-a-show offerings are anything but ordinary.

28. See Andy Warhol in a Different Light

Not many know about Warhol’s career as a book artist. The Morgan Library & Museum looks to change that through its latest exhibit, “Warhol by the Book” through May 15.

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