Solo Exploring in NYC with Tips from Arlo NoMad

New York City is an ideal destination for the solo traveler because of the abundance of places to explore and myriad options for entertainment, eating, and activities. It’s a great place to be alone without the weight of feeling “alone” because of its energy and people. At our boutique hotel Arlo NoMad we provide a “home base” for solo travelers who want a place of tranquility to counter the city’s overwhelming energy.

New York City is a study in contrasts. There’s the intricacy and scale of the Brooklyn Bridge with the hissing noise of steam grates and impatient taxi drivers. Solo travelers can engage these contrasts at their own depth and pace. You can spend a day eating takeout from six different places, or a full hour gazing at the Empire State Building. There’s freedom and self-expression in solo travel that’s magnified (like everything else) in the Big Apple.

Eating in NYC is different during COVID-19, but there’s still an amazing array of restaurants offering takeout. Talk to the hotel staff members about their favorite lunchtime or “special treat” establishments, to get a local’s take on takeout. If the weather cooperates, eat your meal in Madison Square Park, or do a “walk and eat” tour of a classic NYC neighborhood. While our Arlo NoMad rooftop bar is not open now due to COVID-19 and winter’s chill, we look forward to welcoming guests back to the 31st floor for cocktails and Middle Eastern-inspired eats.

Social distancing means outdoor activities are a NYC must. Try your best figure skater impressions around iconic Wollman Rink. Use an app to go on a self-guided architectural tour of some city highlights. And of course, you can always take a long walk to get “lost” in the city. Go through Kips Bay for East River views or imagine the glory days of the Garment District. Take random turns and side streets to find glimpses of NYC you’ll struggle to find at the main tourist attractions.