There’s nothing I love more than going on an intense Google search trying to find something “underrated and cool” to do in New York City. Out of all the things to do in NYC, Industry City is by far one of my favorites. I’m here to tell you a little bit about what makes Industry City awesome, so keep reading for more blabbering! (Come on, you know that’s why you’re here every week anyway).
What Is Industry City
This time last year I was looking for some fall/Halloween things to do in order to celebrate the season. I love fall so much and try to take advantage of anything I can do during this time! When Industry City came up on my Google search a few times I knew it was somewhere I had to check out. Also, it had some pretty instagrammable spots (no shame) which was super attractive to me. Shameless plug, follow me here.
Industry City describes themselves as “a creative ecosystem of experiences, eateries, events, and everything in between.” I haven’t been to any specific events at Industry City but I have been here a few times for food, shopping, good hangs, etc. To describe it, it’s basically a ton of restaurants, stores, what not, inside a bunch of identical buildings right next to each other with outdoor space in between. Super cool.
I love Industry City, especially around this time of year because they have the cutest Halloween decorations and fall decor. It’s honestly my favorite and is the perfect way to get in the mood for the spooky season.
How to get there
First, let’s talk about how you actually get to Industry City. It’s located in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park so if you live in Brooklyn it may be easier to access than if you live in Manhattan like me.
It’s not to say that it’s “difficult” to travel to by any means. However, it is a little bit of a hike (~55 min each way) from where I live, in Hell’s Kitchen. But it’s so worth it and it’s a straight shot on the train (the N). Because of that, I usually pick a day on the weekend to visit Industry City so I have plenty of time to travel.
Food and Drinks
The food in Industry City is a huge reason why I love this place so much. They have a bunch of different delicious choices to eat and drink, depending on what you’re in the mood for.
I’ve been to the Frying Pan and Burger Joint, which is where I went this recent time. I love Burger Joint because the space is warm, inviting and it feels like you’re just hanging out at home (see pic below). And not only is the environment awesome, but the food and drinks are also incredible. During my most recent visit, I ordered an “awesome burger” with cider and it was fantastic. Plus, the service was great! The person working recognized my roommate and I from the last time we went which was at the beginning of 2020! Talk about a great memory. Can’t relate.
Other than the places I mentioned above, they offer a lot of Asian cuisines which I haven’t had the pleasure to try yet but I plan to do so on my next visit. They also have a BBQ place, some bakeries, and dessert places amongst many other things! Check it all out here.
Things To Do
Industry City is more than just its fantastic food choices, there’s a bunch of stuff to do there as well! I personally love to walk around all the cool shops in the buildings. There’s a ton of creators throughout each building selling everything from furniture, ceramics, and there’s even a vintage concept store. On my most recent trip, I stumbled on one of the coolest antique stores I’ve been to in my life. All in all, there are some really awesome places to potentially spend your paycheck on in Industry City.
Industry City is also known for their cool events! As I mentioned above, I have never attended their events but I know people who have and loved them. They offer different things from yoga classes, to live music, open mic nights, and more. They also have fun seasonal activities such as pumpkin decorating (which I know is meant for kids but I don’t care). It’s crazy how much Industry City has to offer!
Let’s wrap it up
I love Industry City because it’s the perfect place for me to get out of Manhattan for a little bit all while taking in some culture and great food. If you live in NYC, or even if you’re just visiting, I highly recommend you check out Industry City for some lowkey fun.