With the beginning of daylight savings time, it’s getting dark a lot earlier. But don’t let this put you into the wintertime blues. New York is fabulous after dark! Get out of your rental apartment and experience some of the best nightlife in the world! Here’s a few ideas for fun after the sun goes down.

The City of Lights – U.S. version

Paris may be officially known as the City of Lights, but here in the states, New York City dazzles with light at night. Let us recommend the sky high views from The Empire State Building, the observatory at One World Trade Center, and at Top of the Rock (30 Rockefeller Plaza) to see the lights of Manhattan. If you want to make it extra special, go at dusk and watch the skyline change from majestic breathtaking color to inky black and see the lights grow in intensity. If it’s intensity you are after, nothing beats the energy of Times Square at night. The billboards, the buildings, the illuminated bright pink staircase – it’s colored light and images on steroids.

The Happiest Hour(s)

When the sun goes down, the happy hour lights up. Whether you have a studio in the East Village, a two bedroom in the West Village, or a multi bedroom share in Chelsea, there’s a restaurant or a bar with a happy hour near you. Happy hours usually run from 5:00 – 8:00pm, but some establishments have extended happy hours that can go as late at 10pm.

The Club Scene

Some of the best NYC clubs are right near some of No Fee Rentals’ downtown buildings. In Greenwich Village, Le Poisson Rouge is hot. In Chelsea, crowds flock to Marquee. The Meatpacking District’s Le Bain and Cielo are hugely popular, while Pacha and Space Ibiza in Hell’s Kitchen bring their international reputation stateside.

Seasonal Specials

With the holidays coming, New York really ramps it up at night. The Union Square Holiday Market opens on November 19th. Catch the glow! Or try ice skating at Wollman Rink in the middle of Central Park – it’s open until 10 PM most nights, while The Rink at Rockefeller Center stays open until midnight.  These are iconic NYC venues that you have to experience at least once.

It’s dark, yes. But look on the bright side – there’s so much to love about New York – day and night.

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