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The Hidden Gems of New York City: Escape the Crowds This Summer

Bustling with energy and at the center of many cultural attractions, Times Square is an ideal base for a stay in New York City. During the busy summer months, escape the crowds by veering off the beaten path to explore some of the hidden gems that Midtown has to offer. Here are five secret spots to discover, each with its own unique charm and just minutes away from Aliz Hotel Times Square.



A short stroll away from Aliz Hotel, Bryant Park provides a charming retreat from the concrete jungle that is New York City with its lush gardens, peaceful fountains, and shaded pathways. Find your zen on the verdant lawn, challenge a friend to a game of chess, or simply savor the ambiance as you unwind from a day of exploring. With a fun-filled calendar of events and a lively atmosphere, Bryant Park is a slice of park life in the heart of the city.



Located on West 39th Street, The Drama Bookshop is a haven for theater enthusiasts and bookworms alike. Step inside and lose yourself among shelves stacked with plays, scripts, and theatrical literature. As you take in the charm of this quaint, local shop, have a seat at their cafe and indulge in freshly-brewed coffee, tea, and sweet pastries. From aspiring playwrights to passionate theater lovers, this legendary spot offers a world of inspiration and an enchanting break from the busy buzz outside. 



Nestled on West 46th Street, The Church of St. Mary the Virgin boasts a jaw-dropping ceiling that will leave you in awe. Regardless of faith background, visitors are invited to marvel at the stunning artwork and intricate designs that have adorned the church since its opening in 1870. Its indoor setting provides a cool retreat, making it the perfect sanctuary from the summer heat.



For an educational-filled trip, The National Museum of Mathematics is a must-visit attraction, located near Aliz on East 26th Street. Discover the magic of math through interactive exhibits, mind-bending puzzles, mind-boggling patterns, and captivating displays. With its stated mission to “enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics,” the museum brings numbers to life, for grownups and kids alike.



Tucked away on East 53rd Street, Paley Park is an architectural marvel and a true oasis in the city. Towering honey locust trees, a gentle waterfall, and cozy seating await to welcome visitors from all corners of the city. It's the perfect spot to unwind, enjoy a moment of calm, and appreciate the beauty of this urban sanctuary.

Amidst the vibrant energy of Times Square, Aliz Hotel is your gateway to a world of hidden gems. So, take a break from the crowds, embrace the city's secrets, and let Aliz Hotel be your launchpad to an unforgettable adventure in the heart of New York City.

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