City Secrets Articles
Beat the Heat This August in NYC
The dog days of summer are well underway in the city. Cool off with some precious air conditioning and the best of what New York has to offer (inside, that is). See a comedy show or a jazz set, take a walk through a new museum, or sip a much-needed margarita when the out-of-doors are too hot to handle. Read on for more refreshing New York fun coming up this month!
Where to Pick Up Food for Your Central Park Picnic
New York City doesn’t get much better than a sunny day in Central Park. Here are several options for your picnic, whether you’re looking for a DIY feel, a grill-out day with restaurant steaks, or a concierge picnic service.
5 Unique Ice Cream Stops to Try in NYC
A natural when it’s hot out—but even before the summer starts, dessert fans flock to these way-outside-the-cone iced treat venues in NYC. Far from ordinary, these sweets are artisanal and highly Instagrammable, which helps explain their popularity.
Artisanal Coffee & Cocktails at New Starbucks Reserve Roastery New York
It’s all the coffee you can handle, and then some. The new Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the Meatpacking District is much more than a typical Starbucks cafe. Opened in December 2018, this three-level coffee emporium is outfitted with two coffee bars, a cocktail bar, a bakery, and a retail shop.
Ripley's + 1 Ticket Offers Discounts to Major NYC Attractions
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is a museum of wondrous and strange exhibits in Times Square. Right now, with the Ripley’s + 1 promotion, buy a Ripley’s ticket and get a major discount off admission to a top New York attraction.
Explore The First Jewish Community in North America with NYC's JanetK Tours
Tours of New York can do more than provide an overview of the city: they can open up hidden worlds among the many layers of the city. JanetK Tours, from a licensed gold star New York City Sightseeing Guide, is one such ambassador, revealing the secrets of the first Jewish community in North America.
Military Savings in NYC
Being a part of the military has its perks, and these six military and veterans discounts in NYC are just some of them. From free admission to the top of the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building to a discounted full churrasco dining experience at a Brazilian steakhouse, if you’re part of the active or retired military community, you’ll want to take advantage of these amazing citywide savings. Besides, if anyone deserves it, it’s got to be you.
12 Secret Restaurants in NYC
In a city filled with blinding marquees, spinning signs, and street hawkers, there’s a certain value to keeping secrets. These 12 NYC restaurants are defined by exclusivity and word-of-mouth advertising instead of bright signage.
Where to Eat in Chelsea
Our list of the best restaurants in Chelsea will you show you where to dine after a day strolling the Highline, a night at the Joyce Theater or in between gallery hopping.
Get Some Class: Offbeat Classes and Workshops in NYC
When you take a class in New York, adventure, surprise, and a new obsession can all be yours. These eight unique classes offered throughout the city will help you self improve—and they also make a fun date night! Learn how to pair wines and cheeses, frame an Instagrammable photo, fly on a trapeze, and do yoga naked (it’s a thing).
8 Unique Pizza Toppings You Can Try Only in NYC
Unique topping options are one reason New York is famous for its pizza. From sushi to chocolate to pasta, the city's pizzerias have creative ideas for memorable pies.
New York Secrets: Rock and Roll Explorer Guide
New York's rock roots run deep—probably even more than you know. Pop open the cover of Rock and Roll Explorer Guide to New York City and you'll enter a series of scenes, times, and places that left a mark on culture around the world.
9 Amazing Movie Theater Alternatives in NYC
Alternative movie theaters in New York City open up the worlds of VR, 4D, and deluxe experiences where you can enjoy craft cocktails and fries while checking out a great film. At these 9 movie theaters in NYC, you’ll find an experience no home theater can replicate.
Where to Store Your Luggage in Midtown
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.
7 Unique Vendors You Don't Want to Miss at Smorgasburg
Smorgasburg, Brooklyn’s premium outdoor food market, is a fantastic destination for unique foods. The food festival takes place every weekend from now until October, with Saturdays at East River State Park in Williamsburg, and Sundays in Prospect Park. Read on for our picks for some of the most original tastes at Smorgasburg, from hollowed-out fruit drinks to buns made with ramen.
The Best New Brunch Deals in NYC
While we don’t claim to have all the answers, we do know a few great new brunches being served around New York City. The following restaurants feature new brunch menus, with flavors from French to farmers market-fresh.
An Insider's Guide: The 500 Hidden Secrets of New York
New York loves a secret. In a city this congested, any tangent that takes you away from the crowd is a welcome one. NYC mavens Ellen Swandiak and Michiel Vos have recently teamed up on the New York entry to the Luster series of insider guides. The 500 Hidden Secrets of New York, from ACC Distributions, provides a compact look across 100 compelling categories of under-the-radar NYC.
Best Under-the-Radar Parks in NYC
We all know the one big park in the center of Manhattan, but don’t you ever wonder about the other green spaces around town? Well, we’ve got you covered with this list, featuring large and small parks in NYC that don’t get as much press but are no less wonderful.
NYC Secrets: 11 New York City Islands That Aren't Manhattan
New York City seems like the center of the world—so much so that its geography can seem irrelevant when you’re on a visit. But when you zoom out on the map, you might begin to notice the other land masses surrounding Manhattan, from Roosevelt Island to Staten Island to Governors Island.
Where to Find Affordable Lunches Near Museum Mile
Museum cafes along NYC's Museum Mile can be crowded and expensive, while the rest of the area is mostly beautiful brownstones. But we’ve got you covered on the secret (and not-so-secret) spots for quick, cheap lunches so you can get back to your day of art!
Secrets of Midtown: Scavenger Hunt NYC
New York City is steeped in history and midtown is no exception. From the Empire State Building’s one-building-only zip code to the staggering tally of annual visitors to Central Park, the city that never sleeps is full of all kinds of fascinating facts and figures. To dig deep into the secrets of midtown check out the trivia in this interactive Scavenger Hunt.
14 Mind-Blowing NYC Secrets We Learned From The Bowery Boys' New Book
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.
5 Alternatives for a Rainy Day in NYC
While no one wants it to rain when going on vacation, sometimes it just can’t be helped, even on the temperate streets of New York City. While you can’t control the weather, you can control what to do with your time. Here are five alternative activities that will entertain for hours on end—indoors!
The 5 Things Gay Travelers Shouldn't Miss on a Trip to NYC
New York City has long been a supporter of the LGBT community, and if you’re gay and planning a visit to the city, then you’re in for a treat. Rounded up below are six “must-dos” if you’re in Manhattan and looking for a memorable time. From visiting the famed Stonewall Inn to catching a local drag show, check out our top six picks for gay travelers coming to New York.
5 Offbeat Ways to Beat the Heat in NYC
Summer’s not over yet, and neither is the humidity in New York City. While heading to the beach, playing in the city’s water parks, and guzzling down cool beverages isn’t a bad idea, these five offbeat ways to beat the heat are way more fun. We know, that’s a bold statement to make — but based on these crazy concoctions, we’re willing to take the bet.