Relax and enjoy yourself while you’re in New York City with 10 FCTRY-approved ways to make it fun.

When you’re not busy scouring the show floor for new merchandise, take a moment to relax and enjoy the city, especially if you’re coming in from out of town. We handpicked a list of top places to help you unwind for the sweet moments when you can escape the Javits. Take an adventure somewhere and make it fun!

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Stress-Relief

Sometimes, the most enjoyable thing to do is to take it easy. Here are some of our picks to have a drama-free, low-key time in the city to relieve yourself of work-related stress!

1. Meow Parlor & Koneko – Lower East Side/East Village – $ – Meow Parlow Website // Koneko Website

You’re in luck if you’re craving some feline cuddle time. New York is now home to not just one, but TWO cat cafes. Meow Parlor and Koneko have rescue cats that roam free throughout the cafe. Feel free to pet, play, and snuggle with them. The best part is that the cats at both cafes are adoptable, making it a great way to find homes for shelter kitties. Be warned, reservations for both places are highly recommended if you want to ensure your spot at the cafe.

  • Adoptable Cute Cats.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Coffee & Sweets.
© 2017 Phillip Van Nostrand at Koneko NYC.

2. Great Jones Spa – NoHo – $$$ – Website

If water and relaxation go hand in hand for you then you might like Great Jones Spa. It has everything from pools and water lounges to a 3-story waterfall. Even if you’re not the aquatic type then you’ll find bliss with their Swedish massages or some time spent in their river rock sauna.

  • Pools & Water Lounge.
  • 3-story Waterfall.
  • Swedish and Hot Stone Massage.
  • River Rock Sauna.
  • Color-therapy Steam Room.
  • Mani Pedis.
  • Facials.

3. Yelo Spa – Chelsea – $$$ – Website

This is one of those… unique spa experiences. Unlike the earthy, soft color palettes of most spas, Yelo Spa uses mod decor and a vibrant, near neon color palette. One of their star services is actually for napping. I know, I know, who pays money to nap? But Yelo Spa boasts that it’ll you give one of the best, restorative naps that you can have with a specially-designed zero-gravity chair. Besides that, Yelo Spa has a reliable array of your average spa services such as massages, mani pedis, and facials.

  • Massages.
  • Mani Pedis.
  • Facials
  • Zero-gravity naps.
  • Flat-rate pricing for services.

4. Nam’s Skin Care & Spa – Hell’s Kitchen – $ – Website

Nam’s is a family-run establishment with a reputation for affordable services and great mani pedis. It’s a no-frills salon that gets you in and out in no time. Book an appointment via Yelp and stop by on your way to the Javits for a quick refresh on your nails.

  • Affordable.
  • Quick.
  • FCTRY Pick: Manicure & Pedicure Combo Package

Museum Musings

The city is home to dozens of museums with some of the finest art in the world. Dabble in some cultural fun by strolling through our favorite pleasantly air-conditioned museums.

© 2017 Benjamin Sutton of the Whitney terrace.

5. Whitney Museum of American Art – Meatpacking District – $ – Website

Go on Friday, between 7-9:30PM to get pay-what-you-wish pricing. Granted, you won’t have too much time to take in all of the art, but it’s an affordable way to get a taste for the museum. The new Whitney opened at its Meatpacking District location back in 2015, and its latest location is a sight to behold, both the building and the view. Head straight for the 5th and 6th floor if you’re on a time crunch so you can check out the outdoor art installations on its terrace.

  • 20th & 21st Century American Art.
  • Terrace with Outdoor Art Installations.
  • FCTRY Pick: The Calder: Hypermobility Exhibit.

6. Museum of the Moving Image – Astoria – $ – Website

© 2017 Thanassi Karageorgiou

Museum of the Moving Image, or MOMI for short, is a favorite of our Marketing team with its focus on digital art. It’s a must-see if you’re a Jim Henson fan. MOMI opened up its Jim Henson exhibit in July, four years after the Henson family donated a large chunk of its archives and puppets. Check out the Muppets and Sesame Street props as well as some of Henson’s lesser-known experimental work. Even if you’re not a fan of the Muppets, MOMI has a mind-blowing GIF installation in its elevator, a video arcade exhibit, and curated film screenings.

  • Jim Henson Exhibit.
  • Digital Art.
  • Free on Friday evenings.
  • FCTRY Pick: A 70MM Screening of Pink Floyd’s The Wall on Friday, Aug. 19th!

7. Metropolitan Museum of Art – Upper East Side – $$ – Website

Of course, what NYC museum list would be complete without the Met? The Met features some of the finest art in the world, and it’s all well within reach if you’re staying somewhere in Midtown. The Met has suggested donations so though they say $25, you can pay however much you want to enter.

  • Art Collections include Egyptian, Greek & Roman, Medieval, American, Art from Africa, Oceania, & Americas, European, Modern & Contemporary Art.
  • FCTRY Pick: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. The fashion on display will leave you shook!

Low Cost, More Fun.

Let’s face it. New York City is an expensive place to be in and spending money on tourist-y stuff isn’t for everyone. We think you might enjoy these as low-cost and free alternatives to the more expensive aspects of visiting NYC.

8. The High Line – Hudson Yards – Free! – Website

Start off near the Javits Center and work your way down the park. The section between 30th and 34th St. is actually the newest part of the High Line with its debut in 2014. You don’t need to walk the whole 1.45 mile long trek and we don’t blame you if you don’t. It’s a lot of walking after a few days spent trekking through the Javits, but it’s a recent addition to the NYC tourism scene that we encourage everyone to check out if they want to know the city more intimately.

  • Free.
  • Near the Javits.
  • Urban Nature Walk.

9. Brooklyn Brewery Tour – Williamsburg – Free-$ – Website 

On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Brooklyn Brewery offers free toursGet a glimpse of how one of our favorite breweries makes their beer at their homebase in Williamsburg. If you don’t want to tour the facilities then go to their tasting room to try out some of Brooklyn’s best beer on top. You can hit up one of Williamsburg’s many food options once you’re done like M Shanghai or Cafe Mogador.

  • Free.
  • Brooklyn Brewery on tap.
  • FCTRY Pick: Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale.

10. Smorgasburg – Williamsburg – $ – Website

If you’re itching to escape the hustle of Manhattan then hop on the subway to Williamsburg on Saturday to check out Smorgasburg. It’s a great way to guarantee that you can taste some of the most popular food hot spots in Brooklyn. The best part is the gorgeous waterfront view. If you’re not up for the journey then go to SoHo for Smorg Square, Manhattan’s newly open version of the popular food market.

  • Waterfront Views.
  • Choice of NYC/Brooklyn Cult Food Hits.
  • Only open on Saturday in Williamsburg, Sunday in Prospect Park.
  • FCTRY Pick: The Sweet Spot for, well, something sweet!

What did we miss?

We’d love to hear what you love to do while you’re in the city. What are your favorite things to do in NYC? Use the comments below to let us know!

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