NYC: Things To See and Do

NYC: Things To See and Do

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This map contains all the things to see and do in New York City that I love, both on and off the beaten track, with a focus on quirky, budget attractions.

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    With many varieties of plants to see, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to spend a gorgeous day outside. The Japanese gardens are especially beautiful, and on Saturdays there is an extensive farmer’s market. 
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    While the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are admission-free, the ferry to reach them costs $18. A free alternative for a stunning view of both is to take the Staten Island ferry, which passes them while crossing NY Harbor. 
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    Made from a converted train track, the High Line is now a park running up the west side of the city. It is one of the best things to do in the city. I take all my friends here, and every local I know loves this place. 
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    This iconic bridge links Manhattan and Brooklyn and offers amazing views of each side of the river. Once you walk across, you’ll find bars and restaurants to relax in! It’s not a long walk, taking only about 30 minutes. 
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    Along with some excellent people watching (there are some characters!), the park has two playgrounds, a handball court, chess tables, and a basketball court. It’s the most popular park in the East Village. 
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    City Hall Park is a nice little green space that fills up with office workers during lunchtime. There’s a fountain in the middle of the park, and the noise of the city won’t bother you as you sit down to relax with a good book. 
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    It used to house a fort holding artillery batteries that protected the city (hence the name). Now it’s the launching point for tours to the Statue of Liberty, gardens, vendors, art exhibits, and festivals. 
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    One of the busiest and most fun parks in the city, Washington Square Park is located right around New York University, so you get a lot of college kids hanging out there. There are chess players, musicians, families, and food vendors.
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    Covering over 40 blocks, Central Park has mythic connotations. Countless movies have been filled here, and it’s one of the places most often listed as tourists’ must-see. Wander the parks trails, lounge on the lawn, boat in the lake, and relax here.
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    The site of winter ice skating, free summer movies, and endless meals and meetings at its tables, Bryant Park is one of the best parks in the Big Apple. In the shadow of the New York Public Library, the park is an ideal resting spot for tourists and resid
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    MoMA's library and archives hold over 300,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, as well as individual files on more than 70,000 artists. It’s considered one of the best modern art museums in the world. 
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    One of the most famous museums in the city, this art museum focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art. The Whitney's permanent collection comprises more than 19,000 works of art. There’s a lot of photography and video here too!
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