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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.
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.”
  • 1150 locals recommend
Park
“A wonderful park complete with a lake for horseback riding, boat rides, ice skating in the winter, zoo, and lovely farmer's market on the weekends. In the summer you can attend free concerts and movie nights. this is the Brooklyn version of central park!”
  • 1513 locals recommend
Art Museum
“One of Kings County’s preeminent cultural institutions, this 560,000-square-foot venue made history as the first American museum to exhibit African objects as artwork. In addition to the more than 4,000 items in the Egyptian holdings, museumgoers can scope pieces by masters such as Cézanne, Monet and Degas, plus an entire center devoted to feminist art. (The venue is the permanent home of Judy Chicago’s massive installation The Dinner Party.)”
  • 1147 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
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. ”
  • 832 locals recommend
Plaza
“the worlds famous time square only 30 minuets away with the A train exit at 42st port athority buss therminal ”
  • 493 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.”
  • 853 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
Basketball Stadium
“Barclays center has a lot of major concerts and events! Great food places & shopping areas”
  • 610 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“To visit the Statue of Liberty- you must take a ferry cost about $20 usd, this gets you to the island and the pedestal access and a ranger tour. To visit the crown requires making advance reservations. Allow 3-6 hours for this visit.”
  • 289 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Favorite restaurant for breakfast lunch or dinner, they have a nice backyard area ”
  • 615 locals recommend
Bridge
“The Brooklyn Bridge is must see destination for travelers. You will enjoy the lovely views and instagramable memorable photo opps.”
  • 455 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. ”
  • 553 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.”
  • 853 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Favorite restaurant for breakfast lunch or dinner, they have a nice backyard area ”
  • 615 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! ”
  • 636 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Great food in a chill environment. A true neighborhood spot, get the five leaves burger with truffle fries.”
  • 487 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
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“A must for brunch or dinner. This restaurant is peak Brooklyn vibes, and I also love thier cocktail menu!”
  • 358 locals recommend
Donut Shop
“Doughnuts are enormous and yummy! Many location but if you go into the Brooklyn location on Franklin Ave. you get to watch them makes these mouthwatering treats. ”
  • 374 locals recommend

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