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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.”
  • 1160 locals recommend
Park
“Prospect Park is an urban park in Brooklyn, New York. The park is situated between the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush and Windsor Terrace. Also, it is adjacent to the Brooklyn Museum, Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. With an area of 526 acres, Prospect Park is the second largest public park in Brooklyn, behind Marine Park. First proposed in legislation which was passed in 1859, Prospect Park was laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also helped design Manhattan's Central Park following various changes to its design. Prospect Park opened in 1867, though it was not substantially complete until 1873. The park subsequently underwent numerous modifications and expansions to its facilities. Several additions to the park were completed in the 1890s in the 'City Beautiful' architectural movement. In the early 20th century, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation commissioner, Robert Moses started a program to clean up Prospect Park. A period of decline in the late 20th century spurred the creation of the Prospect Park Alliance, which refurbished many parts of the park starting in the late 1980s. 4.7 stars (14,628 reviews) Excellent Hours: Sunday 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM Monday 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM Tuesday 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM Wednesday 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM Thursday 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM Friday 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM Saturday 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM”
  • 1517 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Brooklyn Museum is an art museum located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. At 560,000 square feet, the museum is New York City's third largest in physical size and holds an art collection with roughly 1.5 million works.”
  • 1144 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“The Metropolitan Museum of Art maintains a museum and library of art in the City of New York. Its main collections include arms and armor, ancient Near Eastern art, Asian art, costumes, drawings and prints, European sculpture and decorative arts, Greek and Roman art, Islamic art, medieval art, modern and contemporary art, musical instruments, photographs, and the Robert Lehman Collection, as well as the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. The institution was founded in 1870 and is based in New York, New York.”
  • 954 locals recommend
Park
“The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. The High Line's design is a collaboration between James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf. The abandoned spur has been redesigned as a "living system" drawing from multiple disciplines which include landscape architecture, urban design, and ecology. Since opening in 2009, the High Line has become an icon of contemporary landscape architecture. The park is built on a disused, southern viaduct section of the New York Central Railroad line known as the West Side Line. Originating in the Meatpacking District, the park runs from Gansevoort Street – three blocks below 14th Street – through Chelsea to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street near the Javits Center. The West Side Line formerly extended south to a railroad terminal at Spring Street, just north of Canal Street, and north to 35th Street at the site of the Javits Center. The southern portion of the viaduct was demolished in segments during the late 20th century”
  • 1060 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
“Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center, and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Brightly lit by numerous billboards and advertisements, it stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets, and is sometimes referred to as "the Crossroads of the World", "the Center of the Universe", "the heart of the Great White Way", and "the heart of the world". One of the world's busiest pedestrian areas, it is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District and a major center of the world's entertainment industry. Times Square is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, drawing an estimated 50 million visitors annually. Approximately 330,000 people pass through Times Square daily, many of them tourists, while over 460,000 pedestrians walk through Times Square on its busiest days. Formerly known as Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the then newly erected Times Building, now One Times Square.”
  • 506 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.”
  • 852 locals recommend
Science Museum
“I’ve never personally been here, but many visitors and locals love to go see the different museums! I’m pretty sure y’all would enjoy this! ”
  • 564 locals recommend
Building
“Back in its days it has been considered as the tallest building in the world for nearly 40 years.”
  • 430 locals recommend
Basketball Stadium
“Get the most out of your stay with multiple thing to do at the very own Barclay Center! If you enjoy sports, music, games, and a full on great atmosphere this is a must!”
  • 613 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York, in the United States. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and its metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue is a figure of Libertas, a robed Roman liberty goddess. She holds a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left hand carries a tabula ansata inscribed JULY IV MDCCLXXVI, the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. A broken shackle and chain lie at her feet as she walks forward, commemorating the recent national abolition of slavery. After its dedication, the statue became an icon of freedom and of the United States, seen as a symbol of welcome to immigrants arriving by sea. Bartholdi was inspired by a French law professor and politician, Édouard René de Laboulaye, who is said to have commented in 1865 that any monument raised to U.S. independence would properly be a joint project of the French and U.S. peoples”
  • 291 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Favorite restaurant for breakfast lunch or dinner, they have a nice backyard area ”
  • 622 locals recommend
Bridge
“The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City, spanning the East River between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Opened on May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was the first fixed crossing across the East River.If you visit this place you can go either on downtown manhattan or downtown brooklyn.You could also able to see 2 more view of the bridges. Williamsburg and manhattan bridge. Also able to go city hall,federal plaza,police plaza. ”
  • 464 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The oculus is a beautiful structure from street level (outside) but also from the inside.”
  • 360 locals recommend
Market
“Chelsea Market is a food hall, shopping mall, office building and television production facility located in the Chelsea neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan, in New York City. The Chelsea Market complex occupies an entire city block with a connecting bridge over Tenth Avenue to the adjacent 85 Tenth Avenue building. The High Line passes through the 10th Avenue side of the building. Chelsea Market was constructed in the 1890s and was originally the site of the National Biscuit Company factory complex where the Oreo cookie was invented and produced. The complex was redeveloped in the 1990s and features a retail concourse at ground level with office space above. Chelsea Market is currently owned by Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google. Chelsea Market lies within the "Gansevoort Market Historic District", which is recognized by New York State and National Register of Historic Places.”
  • 561 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.”
  • 852 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Favorite restaurant for breakfast lunch or dinner, they have a nice backyard area ”
  • 622 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Brunch & Dinner Local favorite, stylish comfort food eatery with celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson. ”
  • 561 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“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! ”
  • 641 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“This chill Greenpoint bistro offers New American fare with an Aussie accent & brunch options. Pretty popular spot, cool vibe. We like Mussels there. ;)”
  • 492 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Probably the best Pastrami Sandwich you will ever find! When Sally meet Harry Movie place!”
  • 402 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!”
  • 359 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. ”
  • 372 locals recommend

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