The car came, the car ran through a puddle, the man was submerged with a toxic mixture. So goes the story of getting caught in the rain in the city. It’s right up there with bottomed out grocery bags and poo-encrusted sneakers. However, that doesn’t mean you have to sequester yourself in your apartment whenever the angry wind-blowing cloud emoji replaces the sun. From old-school bowling alleys to cozy bookstores, there are many great places to spend a rainy day in NYC. So pop on your poncho and seek shelter from the storm at these great destinations:


The Gutter Bar LIC, Long Island City

This no-frills bowling alley is the perfect place to pass a rainy day. After a few drinks from the bar, you’ll be bowling strikes or smashing ceilings in no time. I was legitimately sore after bowling two games so don’t let anyone tell you it’s not a sport.



Books are Magic, Cobble Hill


Hide under your umbrella long enough to reach Books Are Magic, an inviting neighborhood bookstore situated in charming Cobble Hill. Walk a few short blocks to East One Coffee Roasters and dive into to your new book as the invigorating aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air.



Alamo Drafthouse, Downtown Brooklyn

Head to the Alamo Drafthouse for all your rainy day needs. Enjoy a “Royale with Cheese” or a bowl of buttered popcorn while you gaze up in wonder at a cinematic tour de force or the newest rom-com starring your favorite guy from that one show. No need to sneak in airline-sized bottles of wine; Alamo Drafthouse has a great selection of craft beers and specialty cocktails.





Covenhoven, Crown Heights

The board games of your childhood live on at Covenhoven. After sinking a couple destroyers and performing some meticulous operations, you can reward yourself with one of the many tasty beers and ciders this laid-back bar has to offer. If it clears up, there’s a nice little patio out back where you can munch on a doughy pretzel or  gooey grilled cheese sandwich.


Brooklyn Brainery, Prospect Heights

Brooklyn Brainery offers classes on everything under the sun. Why not spend a rainy afternoon learning how to create a mini bonsai landscape or making delicious dumplings? And if your block prints don’t turn out exactly as planned, you can still put them up on your fridge.



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By Cory Keny