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Things to do in New York

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Brunch & Dinner Local favorite, stylish comfort food eatery with celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson. ”
  • 558 locals recommend
Movie Theater
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“This theater shows independent/arthouse/foreign films/nostalgic films. It has an in-theater full wait service with a full menu of food and drinks so you can eat/drink during your movie! ”
  • 636 locals recommend
Park
“The hippies who famously turned up and tuned out in Washington Square Park are still there in spirit, and indeed often in person. In warmer months the park—which was once a potter’s field—is one of the best people-watching spots in the city, hummings with musicians and street artists, while skateboarders clatter near the base of the iconic 1895 Washington Arch (a modest replica of Paris’s Arc de Triomphe). Plus, kids can splash in the area's new fountain on sweltering days.”
  • 433 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Whitney Museum of American Art, known informally as the "Whitney", is an art museum in Manhattan. It was founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a wealthy and prominent American socialite and art patron after whom it is named. The Whitney focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art.”
  • 319 locals recommend
Park
“I lay out here in the summers. People watching by day and star gazing by night. Beautiful. You can have a picnic, take a boat ride, have a meal, sun bathe, cycle, or just read a novel. ”
  • 463 locals recommend
Opera House
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“If you’re here in the spring this is an excellent place to visit. They have Dance Africa as well as a street fair that’s really awesome. ”
  • 437 locals recommend
Theater
“The famous Apollo Theater is a great place to visit and see live performances/shows. ”
  • 377 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Beautiful view to Manhattan, ferry to the Statue of Liberty are also available. ”
  • 168 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
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“Genre-defying bowling alley in Williamsburg with high-tech lanes, live tunes & food by Blue Ribbon. Check out their schedule ;)”
  • 505 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Place where the New Yorkers receive the New Year. You have to go and feel the energy.”
  • 298 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“This chill Greenpoint bistro offers New American fare with an Aussie accent & brunch options. Pretty popular spot, cool vibe. We like Mussels there. ;)”
  • 488 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“You can get there by light rail and leave you right in front of the door. You will finde macys, JC penny, victoria secret, cheesecake factory, etc. ”
  • 128 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Union Square is popular for tourists and locals alike. Lots of clothing stores, cool bars and restaurants. It’s also home to a world famous Farmers Market and The Strand book store. We love Union Square!”
  • 412 locals recommend
Park
“A wonderful place to see a music festival and it also has a weekend farmer's market. It's surrounded by amazing restaurants! ”
  • 373 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“All the fancy boutiques and brands are here! And super charming and great for photo shoots.”
  • 340 locals recommend
Place to eat
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“This is one of the most popular food events in Brooklyn during New York summers. Lots of local food vendors to try and great views. ”
  • 431 locals recommend