AWS Summit New York: Seven Lesser-Known NYC Sights To Check Out

By: Thelen Blum 07.08.2019
AWS Summit New York: Seven Lesser-Known NYC Sights To Check Out

AWS Summits are always a blast. And July 11th is going to be no exception. The agenda looks fantastic, and includes a keynote from none other than Werner Vogels, Amazon’s CTO. But there is even more reason to be excited about this AWS Summit. Why? Because it’s taking place in one of the greatest cities on Earth.

Perhaps you’re a New Yorker, for whom this event is local. But more likely, you’re flying in from the West Coast, or even overseas. If that’s the case, hopefully you’ve scheduled in some time to explore NYC beyond the Javits Center.

Everyone knows about the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and so on. But here are some more niche NYC sights, in keeping with the AWS Summit’s focus on technology, computing, and innovation, to keep you entertained: 

The High Line

The High Line is a public park built on a historic viaduct section of old railway line. It stretches for 1.45-miles, suspended 30 feet above the streets of Manhattan. As well as being an innovative example of converting obsolete infrastructure into public space, the High Line is a beautiful green space to take a break and check out some local artists. Saved from demolition by neighborhood residents and the City of New York, the High Line opened in 2009 as a hybrid public space where visitors experience nature, art, and design.

Nintendo New York

This is a must-see for anyone who has ever had even a passing interest in video games. Nintendo New York is the company’s flagship store, covering two stories and 10,000-square feet. It is a nicely designed blend of museum and arcade. In the museum there are some retro gadgets like 1986’s Famicom and 1989’s Power Glove. On the main floor, there are a bunch of modern games that you can play for free, for as long as you like. 

New York Hall of Science

Take the subway out to Queens to check out this awesome museum. Founded at the 1964 World’s Fair, it now has 450 exhibits, events, and workshops exploring biology, chemistry, and physics. There is a strong emphasis on interactivity. Right now there are some very cool exhibits showcasing the cutting edge of aerospace technology, and the search for life beyond Earth.

Two Bit’s Retro Arcade

Hidden away in the Lower East Side, this is another great spot to indulge in some retro computing. With a delicious stock of craft beer, the bar has more than twenty arcade games from back in the day, including Frogger, Pacman, Tetris and some great pinball. All 25 cents a play. A great choice to round out a long day at the AWS Summit.

Museum of the Moving Image

A must for anyone who is into film, television, animation, or any visual art. There’s a great permanent exhibit looking at the work of the puppeteer and cartoonist Jim Henson – famous for the Muppet movies, Sesame Street, and more. There’s also currently an exhibit on the brilliant costume design in the Coen Brothers’ recent movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Toy Tokyo Underground

This place is little-known, but it’s super cool. Full to the rafters with unique toys and collectables, lots of them rare cult favourites imported from Hong Kong and Tokyo. Plenty to please the anime, manga, and video game fan.

Joe’s Pizza

You’re in New York, so it would be rude not to eat some proper NYC pizza. And while the debate rages fiercely, for our money, Joe’s Pizza is one of the best. Just big, fresh slices on paper plates. Perfect at the end of a long day thinking about cloud security. 

If you’re going to be at the AWS Summit New York, come and say hi to us at Booth #K9. The Aporeto team will be there, discussing the identity-based, Zero Trust hybrid cloud security revolution. If you would like to book a 1:1 meeting with us, we would love to tell you more.

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