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5 Tips for a Solo New York City Trip in 2023

Updated: Jun 5, 2023

In the city that never sleeps, solitude is a rare commodity. Yet, there's a unique charm in exploring New York City solo, discovering it at your own pace. For the curious traveler, check out Gesso’s self-guided audio walking tours.

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Embarking on a solo adventure in the Big Apple might seem daunting, but with the right tips and a pinch of adventurous spirit, you'll navigate the city like a seasoned New Yorker. Here are five tips to maximize your solo exploration in 2023.

New York City can feel like a labyrinth for newcomers. Familiarize yourself with its grid system, where Streets run east-west and Avenues run north-south. The city is well-serviced by an extensive subway system, buses, and ubiquitous yellow cabs. You can easily download a subway map app to your phone. If you're keen on soaking in the sights, walking or biking through the city's varied neighborhoods provides a sensory feast.

Choosing the right accommodation in NYC is crucial. The city is peppered with hotels of all sizes and price ranges. Consider your budget, interests, and the sights you want to see before booking. Staying in Manhattan keeps you close to iconic attractions, but don't overlook neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, which are often a subway ride away from main sights and could offer a more immersive experience.

New York City is a melting pot of global flavors. From decadent street food to high-end dining experiences, your taste buds are in for a treat. Embrace the city's culinary diversity - try a classic New York bagel for breakfast, or savor a slice of New York pizza. If you're unsure of where to eat, we love, @brooklynbased, and @newyorklocals for their unique recommendations.

Traveling alone in NYC offers limitless opportunities for personal growth and self-discovery. The city's rich tapestry of museums, parks, and theaters provides countless ways to engage with culture and history.

Here’s a piece of travel advice from Gesso’s co-founder, Henna Wang, “As someone who grew up between different cultures, my approach to new places is to observe and absorb. I relish discovering the charming details that make each neighborhood unique, whether it's a cat dozing in a window or a hidden architectural feature. I hope your time wandering ignites a sense of wonder and appreciation for these slow moments and the diverse experiences that lie in every corner.”

Discover more local history with our audio walking tours, and see which nearby New York City neighborhoods you want to explore next!


Gesso was created for urban explorers who find joy in life's hidden gems. Find audio tours on the Gesso app, available via the App Store or Google Play, and share your New York City adventures with us on Instagram.

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