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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.
Park
“A walk, peddle, or carriage ride through the crisscrossing pathways of Central Park is a must-do on anyone's New York City itinerary. In winter, you can even lace up your skates and glide across Wollman Rink. This huge park in the city center, a half-mile wide and 2.5 miles long, is one of the things that makes New York such a beautiful and livable city. Besides being a great place to experience a little nature, Central Park has many attractions within its borders, and most of them are free, making it one of the few cheap things to do in NYC. Some of the most popular places to visit include the Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, and the Lake. If you are exploring the park on your own, start by picking up a map at one of the visitor centers and plot your routing.”
  • 1190 locals recommend
Park
“Prospect Park is an urban park in Brooklyn, New York City. The park is situated between the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush, and Windsor Terrace, and is adjacent to the Brooklyn Museum, Grand Army Plaza, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. ”
  • 1522 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City, colloquially "the Met", is the largest art museum in the United States. With 6,953,927 visitors to its three locations in 2018, it was the third most visited art museum in the world.”
  • 972 locals recommend
Park
“Part old railway track part park. Wonderful walk above the city from 14th street all the way to 34th. Entrance right by Whitney musuem. Great poets, food and ice cream vendors lining the highline on your journey.”
  • 1095 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Free Thursdays 5pm-10pm & 1st Saturday of the month (except Jan & Sept) 5pm-11pm”
  • 1155 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Beautiful botanic garden next to the museum and the park. Features include a japanese garden, cherry tree esplanade, rose garden, shakepeare garden, conservatory garden, lily ponds, native garden and a farming garden. Perfect place to get lost for hours. ”
  • 841 locals recommend
Plaza
“Times Square is the most iconic area of the city. While it is always crowded, first time visitors shouldn't miss the bright lights. This location is even more exciting after the sun goes down and you can really appreciate all the chaos.”
  • 507 locals recommend
Building
“The Empire State Building is a skyscraper located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street, in New York City, United States. Its name derives from the nickname of the State of New York The Empire State Building is located on the west side of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, between 33rd and 34th Streets”
  • 439 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The iconic NYC natural history museum has just underwent a renovation and is a sight to see. It is also a free museum.”
  • 585 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Roberta’s literally put Bushwick on the map: before Roberta’s very few people were venturing out to this corner of Brooklyn. Opened in 2008, Roberta’s still has the best pizza around. They don’t take reservations and you should be prepared to wait. Our favorite item on the menu is the Bee Sting Pizza, featuring spicy soppressata with a drizzle of honey.”
  • 869 locals recommend
Basketball Stadium
“Home to the Brooklyn Nets basketball games plus a venue for concerts & boxing matches”
  • 601 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Lady Liberty!! You can't leave New York without giving her a visit. Make sure you buy your tickets online or at the Battery Fort. You will meet people along the way trying to sell you tickets at 'reduced' fares...STAY AWAY. A free way to see her is by taking the Staten Island ferry...but you won't stop on the island. ”
  • 293 locals recommend
Bridge
“Scenic walk just down the street across the oldest bridge. Will drop you in Dumbo, BK full of great views and dining.”
  • 445 locals recommend
Market
“Chelsea Market is a food hall, one of New York’s most notable food halls that boasts more than 35 vendors. While this hot spot for foodies and shopping addicts can get congested with tourists during peak hours, it’s worth throwing some elbows for Middle Eastern bites from Miznon, tacos from Los Tacos No.1 and halva from Seed + Mill. Aside from finger-lickin’ fare and sweet merchandise, the attraction offers historical charms such as the market’s iconic fountain, which was crafted using discarded drill bits and exposed pipe from the former Nabisco factory. ”
  • 568 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as The Guggenheim, is an art museum located at 1071 Fifth Avenue on the corner of East 89th Street in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The museum's collection has grown over eight decades and is founded upon several important private collections, beginning with that of Solomon R. Guggenheim. The collection is shared with sister museums in Bilbao, Spain and elsewhere. In 2013, nearly 1.2 million people visited the museum, and it hosted the most popular exhibition in New York City.”
  • 368 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Best restaurant in the neighborhood, one of the best restaurants in the city! Get the capacolla pizza or anything else; you can't go wrong! This place started small (and I was one of the first customers!) and now it takes up half the block! It's still good though and you'll agree: Saraghina is a great restaurant! ”
  • 623 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bakery
“Roberta’s literally put Bushwick on the map: before Roberta’s very few people were venturing out to this corner of Brooklyn. Opened in 2008, Roberta’s still has the best pizza around. They don’t take reservations and you should be prepared to wait. Our favorite item on the menu is the Bee Sting Pizza, featuring spicy soppressata with a drizzle of honey.”
  • 869 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Best restaurant in the neighborhood, one of the best restaurants in the city! Get the capacolla pizza or anything else; you can't go wrong! This place started small (and I was one of the first customers!) and now it takes up half the block! It's still good though and you'll agree: Saraghina is a great restaurant! ”
  • 623 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Obama's favorite restaurant...need I say more. This iconic restaurant is the brain child of Chef Marcus Samuelson and Andrew Chapman in the heart of Harlem. Located in the heart of Harlem, Red Rooster Harlem serves comfort food that celebrates the roots of American cuisine and the neighborhood’s diverse culinary traditions. We seek to share the story of Harlem with our guests and offer a space that celebrates local artists, musicians and culinary talents alike. We embrace today’s Harlem with a spirit of inclusiveness and community by hiring our family of staff from within the community, inspiring better eating through neighborhood cooking classes, and buying from local purveyors. Named in honor of the legendary Harlem speakeasy that attracted neighborhood folk, jazz greats, and noteworthy figures of the 20th century from Adam Clayton Powell Jr. to Nat King Cole and James Baldwin, we’re privileged to share our namesake with the original Red Rooster. Co-Creators Andrew Chapman and Marcus Samuelsson have long wanted to open a restaurant that would have a positive impact on the neighborhood’s culinary landscape and its community at-large. ”
  • 564 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Eat the best meal & drink craft beer while watching a new or indie film. I once had truffle popcorn here!”
  • 642 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“The BEST pastrami in the world!! Drawback: it's pricey. Katz’s has stood on Houston Street since 1888, and the pastrami alone is a New York icon. The expansive, cafeteria-style dining room is almost always bustling, and diners have to know how to navigate the system. Get in line, remember to tip the slicer (they might give you an extra piece to snack on), and no matter what, don’t lose that ticket.”
  • 406 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“A greenpoint/williamsburg favorite spot to people watch! Great food and drinks too. ”
  • 496 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Good place to taste southern food. Shrimp and Grits is one of my favorites. Crab cakes are good too. ”
  • 355 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“When visiting Flatiron building, this is a place to have some coffee or food :) I would not recommend restaurants inside, just grad some pizza or a sandwich..”
  • 354 locals recommend

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