Unique Ways to Escape the Rain in NYC

On any given day there’s a million things to do in the city that never sleeps. But when it’s raining, coming up with something fun to do can feel as frustrating as standing in line for a cronut at Dominique Ansel. Luckily, Haute Living is here to help. We put on our rain boots and scoured the city from meatpacking to midtown for an assortment of activities that are sure to keep you entertained (and dry).

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
(212) 535-7710

Photo credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museums are great places to spend the afternoon when it’s cold, wet, and rainy. They’re expansive enough to handle large crowds, plus they usually have darling cafes that are perfect for people watching. For a thought-provoking exhibition that combines two things that New Yorkers love the most—high-fashion and the color black—head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and check out its newest offering, “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire.” The limited-edition exhibit explores the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning attire worn in the 19th and early 20th century.

Comedy Cellar
117 MacDougal Street
(212) 254-3480

comedy cellar
Photo credit: Comedy Cellar

It’s easy to feel happy when the sun is shining, but on rainy days, simply getting out of bed feels like a feat in itself. For a surefire way to forget your troubles (and improve your mood), head to a comedy show at the renown West vVllage hotspot, Comedy Cellar. Celebrity comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Dave Chapelle have even been known to drop by for impromptu sets! To avoid waiting in a long line, we recommend booking reservations in advance.

Lucky Strike
624-660 West 42nd Street
(646) 829-0170

Lucky Strike
Photo credit: Lucky Strike

Channel your inner child (with adult beverages) at Manhattan’s trendiest bowling alley, Lucky Strike. Located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, the modern space is outfitted with plush seating, 26 state-of-the-art lanes, 11 tournament-quality billiard tables, and a LuXe Lounge for kicking back in between games. Don’t feel like waiting in line at the bar? Bottle service is also available.

Whiskey & Cheese Class
Murray’s Cheese Shop
254 Bleecker Street
(212) 243-3289

Photo credit: Murray’s Cheese Shop

For a twist on traditional wine tasting, head to Murray’s Cheese Shop in Manhattan’s trendy West Village for a one-of-a-kind whiskey and cheese class. Grab a date, or fly solo, and sample a selection of fancy fromage while learning about its origins from one of the store’s expert instructors. Your tastebuds will thank you.