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Airbnb Just Launched a Genius Way for Tourists (and Locals) to Explore the City

You’ve probably used the home-sharing service scores of times to find the perfect vacation lodging (like, say, a yurt), or maybe you’ve even dabbled in renting out your own place…legally of course (wink). But recently, the company’s started branching out beyond just the lodging game. Its newly unveiled “Experiences” aim to give visitors (and, ahem, locals) unique hands-on ways to explore the city. And spoiler alert: They’re actually pretty cool. Below, we’ve highlighted a couple that we can’t wait to check out. 

Bake with a Michelin-starred chef
Stop relying on Trader Joe’s cake mix and learn to make some seriously impressive treats with the executive chef of Butler. Class begins with wine and apps and ends with a box of the finished baked goods to take home.

Polaroids on Prince
Long before Instagram, we fawned over those fast-developing squares. Tour Soho with a professional Polaroid photographer—yep, that’s a thing, and he’s worked with clients like Cartier and Nike—and learn how to operate a manual camera and snap the perfect street-style shot. 

Graffiti art with a local legend
Tag along with James Top, the founder of one of the city’s foremost street-art crews, on a stroll through Harlem. He’ll show you the neighborhood’s coolest murals, share stories of his early tagging days in the ’70s and even help you create your own piece of art.

True crime with a retired NYPD officer
Get a real-life fix for your Law & Order obsession on this tour, in which a retired cop shares stories of the city’s most notorious criminals, from organized-crime bosses to Wall Street scammers. Coffee and doughnuts are included, naturally.

Street dancing in the South Bronx
Looking to add some new moves to your repertoire? Sure, you could go on YouTube—or you could head straight to the birthplace of hip-hop to practice with local performers and learn about the history of different dance forms.

Vintage shopping with a stylist
Become one of those people who says, “Oh, this? It’s vintage.” Follow a professional stylist to her fave Brooklyn shops, and she’ll show you how to snag the best vintage finds—with exclusive discounts—to fit your aesthetic. 

Taste Latin flavors in Queens
Everyone knows the best way to explore a neighborhood is by eating your way through it. Meet in Jackson Heights and a Queens native will take you to authentic Mexican, Dominican and Colombian eats while enlightening you on the area’s Latino influence. 

Sole of the City with SJP
OK, sadly this one’s sold out—but the lucky ticketholders get to go shoe shopping with Ms. Sarah Jessica Parker herself before catching a performance at the New York City Ballet. Here’s to hoping Airbnb has plenty more one-of-a-kind experiences up its sleeve.

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