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Things to do in Manhattan

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.”
  • 1151 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“Keep an eye on this: Dont pay the full price on line or with some city passes. Its a suggested price, you can pay whatever you want at the entrance.”
  • 957 locals recommend
Park
“I love to walk the High Line from 14th street to the end! Very peaceful and scenic!”
  • 1057 locals recommend
Plaza
“the worlds famous time square only 30 minuets away with the A train exit at 42st port athority buss therminal ”
  • 492 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Right downstairs from us and considered one of the best pizza spots in nyc. All organic and handmade. They also have an outdoor beer garden and homemade ice cream.”
  • 855 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Simply take a train from Hicksville into Penn Station. Grab a train uptown to the museum. The whole world is at your fingertips! This is the most amazing place. The exhibitions keep changing! Great for the whole family. ”
  • 565 locals recommend
Building
“Back in its days it has been considered as the tallest building in the world for nearly 40 years.”
  • 429 locals recommend
Bridge
“Take a walk from Brooklyn to downtown manhattan it is a truly a breath taking experience and some of the most beautiful scenery in NY.”
  • 453 locals recommend
Art Museum
“An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century. Very interesting exhibitions”
  • 360 locals recommend
Market
“Amazing selection of food options and great gift stores as well as sample sales (depending on the weekend). Advice- go first thing in the morning or later at night to avoid the crowds. ”
  • 554 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Brunch & Dinner Local favorite, stylish comfort food eatery with celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson. ”
  • 559 locals recommend
Cinema
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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! ”
  • 638 locals recommend
Park
“for a fun relaxing day downtown only 30 minuets with the A train exit at W4 st Washington sq”
  • 435 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.”
  • 323 locals recommend
Park
“Explore the vibrant vistas, rich ecology, and expansive piers of this special waterfront park.”
  • 467 locals recommend
Theatre
“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.”
  • 377 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bakery
“Right downstairs from us and considered one of the best pizza spots in nyc. All organic and handmade. They also have an outdoor beer garden and homemade ice cream.”
  • 855 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Brunch & Dinner Local favorite, stylish comfort food eatery with celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson. ”
  • 559 locals recommend
Cinema
“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! ”
  • 638 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Great food in a chill environment. A true neighborhood spot, get the five leaves burger with truffle fries.”
  • 488 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“It's the best pastrami i've ever had. I've had a lot of pastrami. This is the real deal. It's overpriced as hell, but everyone should know what pastrami is actually supposed to be.”
  • 403 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“Eataly NYC Flatiron is a vibrant Italian marketplace that features an array of cafes, counters, restaurants, and a cooking school. Eat, shop, and learn. Remember to check out the rooftop, it's sorta hidden so ask if you need help finding!”
  • 346 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Very popular and very unique restuarant experience. Known for mussels and certain cocktails. Reservations needed.”
  • 328 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“These guys made the list for the top 20 restaurants in America for over 50 years straight for good reason. If you like meat, you should try to hit up Peter Luger's at least once in your life.”
  • 282 locals recommend

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