7 Spontaneous Activities To Enliven Your 'Middle Of The Night' In Manhattan

Take a bite out of the Big Apple!

New York is known as the City That Never Sleeps, but exactly how can an urban insomniac keep busy in the ’middle of the night’?

MTV is offering a few ideas thanks to its upcoming comedy series "Middle of the Night Show." The premise: CollegeHumor comedian Brian "Murph" Murphy will wake celebrities (like Jordin Sparks, Thomas Middleditch and Flula Borg) in the wee hours of the morning for a surprise one-night stand they'll never forget -- aka a fully-produced talk show happening right from their bedside. The groggy celebs will have to host the show, interview guests and hit the midnight streets of NYC to tackle whatever comes their way.

But since the series doesn't begin until October 8, we've compiled a list of things you can do right now during your own nighttime excursions in the Big Apple. Here are the top seven:

  1. Finally be alone in Times Square
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    Anyone who has ever entered the Midtown landmark during the day has immediately thought, "There are way too many people crammed in here." Allow us blow your mind: There is a magic witching hour from about 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. when the square empties out and you'll have all those glittering ads to yourself. And that priceless selfie will cost you literally nothing.

  2. People-watch on the subway
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    The Five Boroughs' most limitless resource is weirdos-sittin'-on-the-subway, so put 'em to use! Board one of the concrete jungle's 34 rail lines to get anywhere in the city, and for just $2.75 you can spend your night people-watching. There are even occasions when packs of passengers choose to ride the train without pants (we don't really get it either).

  3. Bodega binge
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    If you're hunting for cheap treats at 2 a.m., you're in luck. NYC's signature bodegas combine equal parts deli, liquor store and snack shack -- they're basically gas station mini-marts without the cars. Hand the cashier a $20 bill, and they will send you home with a feast of junk food.

  4. Take the Tram, get a view
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    If you head east on 59th street in Manhattan, you'll eventually end up at the Roosevelt Island Tram -- which is essentially the Empire State version of Disney World's Skyway ride. It'll only cost you the standard $2.75 MTA fee to treat yourself to breathtaking, spectacular views of the city skyline. Just try and hit it up before 3:30 a.m.

  5. Borrow the Wi-Fi at the Apple Store
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    New York, New York is a city so nice they named it twice -- but it's not so nice that its businesses are handing out any free creature comforts. Not to worry: In a pinch, you can get a some sanctuary at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store (the one that looks like Willy Wonka's great glass elevator) aka free Wi-Fi, toilets and AC. Hallelujah, corporate overlords!

  6. Belt some out-of-tune hits at karaoke
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    If you find yourself wanting to sing in public like the world's most delusional busker, you can redirect your night to one of Gotham's multitude of karaoke establishments and unleash your inner Xtina for the crowds. All they'll charge for temporary stardom is the price of just one beverage.

  7. End your night with a dollar slice
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    The greatest city in the world is home to the greatest pizza in the world -- which you can get in all its greasy, cheesy glory for literally a dollar any time your little stomach starts growling. It's such a good deal, you basically can't afford not to indulge your midnight munchies.

Hit the comments and throw out some ideas of other stuff you can do around NYC at night -- and check out all the action on "Middle of the Night Show," premiering Thursday, October 8 at 11/10c!