F.A.O. Schwarz is out. Remote control boats on the Boat Pond in Central Park? Not so much. If you’re bringing a teen to New York and don’t want to spend every waking moment–or dollar–shopping, here are a few tips for when they just can’t stand going to another museum:
Ping pong is cool, affordable and fun. Spin on 23rd, while open to 21+ only after 9 pm, provides a hip club feel to younger folks up until the witching hour.
There are a handful of teen-acceptable bowling alleys as well. Bowlmor has several locations, including one right next to us in Union Square. (I’d avoid the Times Square one.) Neon lights + loud music + bowling = teen heaven. Lucky Strike, while it has the same vibe, shuns the under-21 crowd after 5 pm.
On Location Tours brings you and your kid to sites where Sex & The City, The Sopranos, Gossip Girl or other iconic NYC television shows were filmed.
And teens will always enjoy a comedy club. I brought my kid to the Upright Citizen’s Brigade theater in Chelsea when he was a wee lad of 15. (There’s also an outpost in the East Village.) The ASSSSCAT show on Sunday nights features the incredible Amy Poehler (can we love her more?) and various SNL and Comedy Central writers and performers dealing in insane improv. (How do they do that? I need to know.)