8 Spots Perfect for a Rainy Day In New York City


hile you may not be up for venturing outdoors with raindrops fallin’ on your head, there’s something about a dreary day in New York City that still feels a little bit magical. So the next time Mother Nature is calling for an umbrella, put on your wellies and head to one of our favorite rainy-day hot spots—from Chelsea Market to the Museum of Modern Art:

1. MNDFL Meditation

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As a New Yorker, Rockette Sarah G. is constantly on the go. Her favorite place to unwind on a rainy day? MNDFL Meditation. “It can be very hard to find time to quiet my mind or have any peaceful time during long work days. MNDFL has classes that let me come in and meditate or work on my breathing for up to an hour at a time. You never know how much you need something until you get to enjoy that exact thing!”
[MNDFL Meditation, various locations]


2. The American Museum of Natural History

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nicole-schuman-headshotStay dry inside while exploring just about anything the natural world has to offer—from ancient human cultures to ocean life (check out the blue whale!) to the planets, space and beyond. As Rockette Nicole S. puts it: “My favorite place to spend a rainy day in New York is, hands down, the American Museum of Natural History. I’ve been a member for four years now, and I could still visit every day without getting bored!”
[American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th St., 212.769.5100]


3. A Movie Theater

amc movie theater times square

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When the weather’s less-than-ideal, what’s better than finally seeing that new movie you’ve been wanting to catch? “On a rainy day, I truly love a day at the movies with friends! The AMC Theatre on 42nd Street is my favorite; it is absolutely massive and in the heart of Broadway!” says Rockette Katelyn G. Seriously, what’s not to love?!
[AMC Theatres, various locations]


4. Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art New York City

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lauren-gibbs-headshotThe Museum of Modern Art is Rockette Lauren G.’s fave spot to take cover when the skies are open: “Sometimes on my breaks at Radio City, I pop over to MoMA since it’s just a few blocks away. I always leave inspired.” With photography, drawings, architecture, performance art and more, who wouldn’t?
[Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., 212.708.9400]


5. Bloomingdale’s

Bloomingdale's in New York City

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lindsay-howe-headshot-1024x1024Instead of flipping through a magazine, when it’s raining in the Big Apple, Rockette Lindsay H. likes to head to the Bloomingdales Flagship store on 59th St. “I could spend hours in here. Even if you have no need to shop, just walking around the entire store will fill your time while a storm passes through. Everyone can use some fashion inspiration!”
[Bloomingdale’s, various locations]


6. Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market in New York City

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melissa-hillmer-headshotShopping, eating and learning … yes, please! “My favorite spots to visit on a rainy day is Chelsea Market. In one stop, you can eat foods from different vendors, shop and walk the halls of the old Nabisco factory and learn about the early industrial years of the building. My trip always ends in one of my favorite stores, Anthropolgie!” says Rockette Melissa H.
[Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave., 212.652.2110]


7. The Shops at Columbus Circle

Shops at Columbus Circle

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sam-berger-headshotWho knew there’s an urban shopping mall right in the middle of New York City (did we mention overlooking Central Park?!)? It’s Rockette Sam B.’s favorite one-stop shop when thunderstorms are rolling in. “This iconic all-glass venue has everything you need—from great shopping to cafes to everything in between. There is even a jazz club on the top floor that overlooks all of Central Park.”
[The Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, 212.823.6300]


8. Royal Palms Shuffleboard

Royal Palms in New York City

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Danelle-Morgan-Headshot-1024x1024As a Manhattanite, it takes a lot for Rockette Danelle M. to venture out to Brooklyn. But often on a dreary day in the city, she can’t help but make the trek to this neighborhood gem. “The Royal Palms Shuffleboard in Brooklyn is a guaranteed great time. All you have to do is bring your squad—they’ve got DJs and food trucks to board games, and of course, shuffleboard.”
[Royal Palms Shuffle, 514 Union St.; Brooklyn, 347.223.4410]