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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.”
  • 1198 locals recommend
Park
“Prospect Park opened in 1867, and contained within its 526 acres are a zoo, the first urban-area Audubon Center in the nation, an ice rink, a band shell, a carousel, and dozens of athletic and recreational facilities. There is also Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket every Saturday 8-4 year round. ”
  • 1529 locals recommend
Park
“The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. 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.”
  • 1098 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States with among the most significant art collections. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among nineteen curatorial departments.”
  • 976 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This is a great art museum more geared toward New Yorkers. Excellent exhibits. The have a party the first Saturday of the month. ”
  • 1166 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. ”
  • 849 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
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.”
  • 509 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The American Museum of Natural History, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City, is the largest natural history museum in the world.”
  • 587 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.”
  • 876 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The Statue of Liberty was France's gift to America. Built in 1886, it remains a famous world symbol of freedom and one of the greatest American icons. It is one of the world's largest statues, standing just under 152 feet tall from the base to the torch, and weighing approximately 450,000 pounds. You can see the statue from land, with particularly good views from Battery Park, on the southern tip of Manhattan. However, to truly appreciate the Statue of Liberty, the best thing to do is to take a short boat trip to Liberty Island and see it up close. You can walk around the base, enter the pedestal, or, with advance reservations, go right up to the crown. On a tour to the Statue of Liberty, you have the option to stop at Ellis Island and explore the Immigration Museum. This fantastic museum is located in the historic immigration station complex, where thousands of immigrants were processed before entering the United States. Displays focus on the process, the experiences, and the stories of the people who came through here on their journey to the United States. You can even search the on-site computer database to see a record of immigrants who came through here.”
  • 296 locals recommend
Market
“The former home of the National Biscuit Company is a hot spot for foodies and shopping addicts. Primarily known for its wide-range of eateries, Chelsea Market is hands-down one of New York’s most notable food halls boasting more than 35 vendors. Whether you’ve got a hankering for a steaming-hot cup of lobster bisque, perfectly aged cheese or a strong and smooth shot of espresso, Chelsea Market has you covered. ”
  • 570 locals recommend
Basketball Stadium
“Local basketball, concert, event area. Home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets & New York Liberty WNBA (women's) basketball teams.”
  • 609 locals recommend
Bridge
“"Stretching across the East River, the iconic Brooklyn Bridge opened up back in 1883 to carry traffic (nonautomotive at the time) between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. One of the most recognizable parts of the New York City skyline, the bridge has been featured in movies and on television shows, and is a real piece of New York City history. A stroll across the elevated pedestrian walkway provides a true New York City experience. The Manhattan-side entrance is at Park Row and Centre Street, across from City Hall Park, east of City Hall; over on the Brooklyn side, enter at Cadman Plaza East or where Boerum Place meets Tillary Street."”
  • 447 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! ”
  • 626 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.”
  • 369 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.”
  • 876 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! ”
  • 626 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Headlined by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster celebrates the roots of American cuisine and the diversity of the neighborhood with its soul food menu. The restaurant, which opened in 2010, is named after the now-shuttered legendary Harlem speakeasy. Red Rooster has its own speakeasy (Ginny’s Supper Club), tucked in the basement, where visitors can enjoy dishes such as cornbread slick with apple butter and waffles crowned with fried chicken, all while listening to local musicians.”
  • 568 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“This place is amazing! They serve a full food menu, drinks, and gourmet popcorn during the movie. Never have to leave your seat!”
  • 646 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“This place is a tourist trap, but for good reason. If you go after midnight it does slow down and you can the best pastrami sandwich of your life. ”
  • 408 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Neighborhood favorite right next to the park. Brunch is a competitive sport here ”
  • 498 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Very good Food Great Customer Service Great atmosphere Not a far travel ”
  • 359 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..”
  • 355 locals recommend

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