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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.”
  • 1213 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“You could literally spend all day here and not see everything. Art from all over the world is kept here from every era in history. ”
  • 989 locals recommend
Park
“walk it beginning to end if you can it takes time bring a hat or something to cover your ears it can get windy at different spots along the walk.”
  • 1109 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.”
  • 527 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.”
  • 885 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Dinosaurs, planetarium, interestingly timeless dioramas that still seem to work. Blue whale hanging from the ceiling.”
  • 591 locals recommend
Building
“The Empire State Building is more than a spectacular view. It’s an immersive experience inside a world famous landmark. In addition to the Observation Decks, a new entrance on 34th street, two story building model, self-service ticketing kiosks available in nine languages, the restored lobby with its stunning art deco ceiling murals and the historical Dare To Dream Exhibit.”
  • 449 locals recommend
Bridge
“View the Statue of Liberty from a distance Walk jog or a citibike rental from bkln to Manhattan and Manhattan to bkln Converse with other tourists and local along the way Great photo shooting experience 20-30 mins walking distance across the bridge”
  • 460 locals recommend
Art Museum
“An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century. Very interesting exhibitions”
  • 371 locals recommend
Market
“Indoor marketplace renowned for its wide range of grocers (fish, produce, etc.), shops & eateries. ”
  • 578 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“just off of 125th & Lenox Avenue - Marcus Samuelsohn's great Harlem Bar, Sunday Brunch Favorite for em. Great Music in the front room, Soul food specialties lifted top to the next level. ”
  • 577 locals recommend
Movie Theater
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“Great indie movie theater with food, drinks, and midnight shows of classic flicks. ”
  • 654 locals recommend
Park
“Greenwich village has so much cultural history and Washington Square is bang in the middle of it with buskers and entertainers, chess playing, and general colorful New York arty types. Tip: On Macdougal St just next to it are some great take out places to grab food to eat in the park, the most legendary of which is "Mamoun's Falafels" -- delicious, vegan and under $5!”
  • 458 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Whitney Museum compared with other NYC galleries has the best building architecturally with stunning views, so you get two for the price of one :) . Tip 1: On Friday nights it is free from 7pm, but get there earlier for the line. Tip 2: It is located in the trendy Meatpacking District, close to Chelsea Market and the High Line, so easily combined with them.”
  • 327 locals recommend
Park
“Skyline views of Manhattan for great photo opportunities Tons of activities. There is also great food nearby and handmade ice cream.”
  • 475 locals recommend
Theater
“In the black history the entertainment starts in here. Whose careers started at the Apollo include Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown & The Famous Flames, King Curtis, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Parliament-Funkadelic, Wilson Pickett, The Miracles, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Rush Brown, Stephanie Mills, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Short, The Jackson 5, Patti Austin, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, The Isley Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Sarah Vaughan, Jazmine Sullivan, Ne-Yo, and Machine Gun Kelly.... The theater opened in 1914 as Hurtig & Seamon's New Burlesque Theater, and was designed by George Keister in the neo-Classical style. It became the Apollo in 1934, when it was opened to black patrons – previously it had been a whites-only venue. In 1983, both the interior and exterior of the building were designated as New York City Landmarks, and the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is estimated that 1.3 million people visit the Apollo every year.”
  • 399 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.”
  • 885 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“just off of 125th & Lenox Avenue - Marcus Samuelsohn's great Harlem Bar, Sunday Brunch Favorite for em. Great Music in the front room, Soul food specialties lifted top to the next level. ”
  • 577 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Great indie movie theater with food, drinks, and midnight shows of classic flicks. ”
  • 654 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Is the kind of place that you will love to stay, have a nice breakfast, brunch or lunch. Super cozy and warm.”
  • 505 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Best Pastrami in he world. Establishment is over 100 years old one of the oldest Jewish Delis still standing and world famous”
  • 413 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“Amazing Italian grocery store and restaurant. Everything here is very authentic. You can get ingredients to cook at home, gifts for friends and family, grab a coffee or cannoli made on the spot, or dine in at one of the restaurants. ”
  • 359 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Very popular and very unique restuarant experience. Known for mussels and certain cocktails. Reservations needed.”
  • 336 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“If you love steak, you should not miss out on Peter Lugar's. This iconic steak house is worth visiting. Although a bit loud, pricey and very busy, this is the place to splurge on an excellent meal. I highly recommend their sizzling steaks and creamed spinach. If you don't like waiting long to be seated (like me), I would recommend getting an early dinner reservation, around 4pm, then walk off the calories over the Brooklyn Bridge. Only downside is it's all cash, no credit cards accepted.”
  • 284 locals recommend

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