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What to Do on the Upper West Side

(November 01, 2018) - New York comes home to the Upper West Side. This storied neighborhood has made its name with peaceful residences, great schools, and utter livability in the midst of a frantic city. Visitors enjoy the area's opera, dance, music, and film at Lincoln Center and relish natural wonders at the American Museum of Natural History. Walk West 81st a few blocks, and you'll feel like a local in no time. (read the story...)

What to Do on the Upper East Side

(November 01, 2018) - As far back as the the 1800s, the stretch of Fifth Avenue along Central Park was known as Millionaire's Row. This nickname could easily be revived today, as The Upper East Side maintains a reputation as home to old money. But there's much more to the neighborhood than the gleam of Park Avenue high-rises and well-dressed doormen. The Upper East Side attracts millions of visitors each year with a long line of cultural institutions known as Museum Mile, which includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. (read the story...)

What to Do in Tribeca

(November 01, 2018) - Named for the TRIangle BElow CAnal, Tribeca's cobblestone streets are lined with former industrial buildings that have been converted into large, luxurious lofts and apartments with outrageous price tags. Many contend that its biggest draw for out-of-towners is the food, though there are also several art galleries and shopping worth investigating. (read the story...)

What to Do in SoHo

(November 01, 2018) - As time goes on, all things must change. No other section of New York exemplifies this old bromide better than SoHo. Located directly south of Houston Street on the west side of Manhattan (bounded Lafayette Street on the east, Canal Street on the south, Varick Street on the west), SoHo is a friendly, beautiful, and history-rich section of New York that is home to some of the best shopping, dining, and avant-garde art. (read the story...)

What to Do in Midtown West

(November 01, 2018) - When visitors think of New York City, they probably think of Midtown. That's where all the iconic sites are packed into a few square miles, from the Empire State Building to Times Square. Midtown West is the broad term for everything west of Fifth Avenue between 34th and 59th Streets. This article covers the southern half of Midtown West (34th to 42nd Streets), full of shopping, entertaining, and legendary sightseeing destinations. (read the story...)

What to Do in Midtown East

(November 01, 2018) - New York's city center is called Midtown, the site of the most famous skyscrapers in the world and a multitude of must-see destinations. Midtown East, which starts on Fifth Avenue and continues to the East River, extends from East 34th Street to 59th Street. Mix and mingle with the white-collar workers teeming through Grand Central at rush hour, drink in the Deco masterpiece of the Chrysler Building, and shop the stores on Fifth Avenue for an unforgettable New York experience. (read the story...)

What to Do in Times Square, Theatre District & Rockefeller Center

(November 01, 2018) - Times Square is the crossroads of commerce and the performing arts, exhilarating and overwhelming at once. The huge video-billboards and neon advertisements can distract even the most hardened New Yorker, while awestruck visitors marvel at the splashy supersigns, the "zipper" flashing the latest news, the dense displays of head- and taillights, and the constant flow of 1.5 million pedestrians. (read the story...)

What to Do in Little Italy

(November 01, 2018) - On Mulberry Street between Canal and Broome, friendly fellows in smart suits call from the doorways of competing Italian eateries. They beckon you inside some of the area's oldest restaurants for a whirlwind culinary tour of New York's Little Italy. You'll be enticed by zeppoles, tiramisu, gelato, fried Oreos, pork braciole, and sausage & peppers. (Is your mouth watering yet?) If you're hungry, these guys are pretty hard to resist! (read the story...)

What to Do in Chinatown NYC

(November 01, 2018) - Everyone thinks of Chinatown when the confetti-filled Chinese Lunar New Year parade rolls down Mott Street every year, but outside dim sum, firecrackers, and dragon dances, Chinatown remains a mystery to most New Yorkers. (read the story...)

What to Do in Harlem

(November 01, 2018) - The poet Langston Hughes asked, "What happens to a dream deferred?" This line begins a poem entitled "Harlem," written in 1951. Since the Great Migration of the early 20th century, during which black Americans relocated from the South to major urban areas in the North, Harlem had grown into the cultural epicenter of black life. The Harlem Renaissance lasted throughout the 1920s and produced talents like Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Duke Ellington, and Zora Neale Hurston. Since then, Harlem has raised other cultural titans like James Baldwin and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Today Harlem remains a vital destination for all who love live music, a rich blend of cultures, and food that sticks to your ribs. (read the story...)

What to Do in Greenwich Village

(November 01, 2018) - It's often said that New York's Greenwich Village resembles Paris, with its cobblestone streets, row houses, bistros, restaurants, and bars. The splendid Washington Square Park is also crowned by an arch recalling the Arc de Triomphe. And, like Paris, Greenwich Village has produced a robust list of artistic talents, including Bob Dylan. (read the story...)

What to Do in the Financial District

(November 01, 2018) - The Financial District in lower Manhattan encapsulates the full range of American history, from its nascent stages to its imminent future. The area around the former World Trade Center commemorates the 9/11 attacks at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, while just south of the Battery stands the patron saint of the city: the Statue of Liberty. (read the story...)

What to Do in The East Village

(November 01, 2018) - Historically, young artists with big dreams and empty pockets flocked to the East Village. In the 1960s and 70s, this cutting-edge crowd left a cultural imprint that has remained to this day, with a neighborhood full of alternative clubs, experimental music and theatre, fashion boutiques, and tattoo parlors. (read the story...)

What to Do in Chelsea

(November 01, 2018) - Chelsea, the area west of Fifth Avenue and north of 14th Street to about 30th Street, has long been known for its tree-lined residential streets and the storied artists haven that was the Chelsea Hotel. In recent years, however, it has become a sought-after New York neighborhood with an abundance of art galleries, bars, and restaurants—and the New York offices of a little business called Google. (read the story...)

What to Do to Prepare for a Flight to NYC

(October 26, 2018) - New York City is certainly one of the greatest cities in the world, but it is hardly one of the cheapest to both get to or stay in. For the budget traveler, every second counts, which means that many of you won’t want to waste time refreshing yourself or settling in after your flight in. To help you both survive a flight—especially if it is a long haul one—and to get out and about into NYC as fast as possible, all you need to do is follow these steps and prepare. (read the story...)

Fall Packing Essentials for NYC

(September 28, 2018) - Fall is here, and you might be planning a trip to New York for a concert, a play, a game, or just a much-needed getaway. The weather might throw you for a loop in autumn, but there’s no need to stress over the packing process. (read the story...)

How to Walk Like a New Yorker: City Sidewalk Etiquette

(August 08, 2018) - To get where you're going in New York City (and maybe to pass for a local, if you'd like), it's good to know the rules of the road. New York sidewalk etiquette is easy to master if you take a minute to study up on how to walk like a New Yorker. (read the story...)

Where to Store Your Luggage in Midtown

(July 26, 2018) - Travel times don’t always match up with your check-in or check-out times. So what’s the simple solution to dragging around heavy suitcases and duffel bags when you’re in between reservations? New York City luggage storage! NYC is full of sights to see, events to attend, and activities to take part in, and luggage storage will give you the chance to hold onto just your essentials while you take advantage of every minute you’ve got in the city. These five luggage storage companies are located in Midtown for your convenience. (read the story...)

The Best Sightseeing Passes for NYC

(July 10, 2018) - There’s so much to do and see in New York City that you’d be hard-pressed to do and see it all. Package pass deals are one of the best ways to see as much as possible in the city with whatever time you have. Go way beyond the New York Pass with these five alternatives that will help you experience the sights and sounds of NYC at a discount. (read the story...)

Taxi Lost 'n' Found: How to Get Back Something Left in an NYC Cab

(June 15, 2018) - You’ve hopped out of a taxi, when you realize you left your phone in the cab. Follow these steps to get your phone or other lost items back. (read the story...)

14 Mind-Blowing NYC Secrets We Learned From The Bowery Boys' New Book

(December 06, 2017) - City Guide has been experts in New York for a long time, so it takes some effort to reveal city secrets to us. The Bowery Boys, a beloved podcast dedicated to NYC history, has done that and more with their new book Adventures in Old New York, “an unconventional exploration of Manhattan’s historic neighborhoods, secret spots and colorful characters.” Read on for the 14 mind-blowing New York surprises we learned from reading Adventures in Old New York. (read the story...)

The Latest Changes to NYC's Subway

(March 24, 2017) - With a new year comes plenty of new changes, and that includes with NYC’s famed (and occasionally infamous) subway system. A new Second Avenue subway? Yes, please! Read on to learn about all the new lines, new stops, and new fares for 2017 that await New York City’s public transit’s future. (read the story...)

Proud Pets: Traveling with Animals for WorldPride in NYC

(March 10, 2017) - New York welcomes animals of all kinds, from poodles to parakeets. Whether you live in town or are coming for WorldPride in June 2019, all pet-owners need a primer on traveling around the city with dogs or cats. As a precaution, be sure you have proof of ownership and vaccination records for your pet, as well as a collar with your contact info printed clearly. Then come enjoy the greatest city in the world with your furry friend! (read the story...)

The 6 Mistakes Most NYC Tourists Make

(January 06, 2017) - New York City is guaranteed to provide you with a good time no matter what season of the year you’re visiting, and if you’re planning a trip to the Big Apple, you’ll want to be sure to get as many tips from locals as you can. While there are plenty of things you can and should do while in the city, there are also a handful of things that you shouldn’t. Listed below are the six biggest mistakes that most NYC tourists make. Read them over, and then avoid them at all costs! (read the story...)

Visiting NYC with Special Needs during WorldPride

(December 06, 2016) - Visitors with special needs will find NYC surprisingly welcome. Here is a primer on how to make getting around even easier and more comfortable. (read the story...)


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