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Best of New York

When you're searching for things to do in New York City, you want only the best, and that's exactly what the Best of New York provides. Whether it's the 10 Best New York City Cheesecakes, the 10 Hotels with the Best Views or 10 Broadway Musicals that Make the Grade for Kids of All Ages, we recommend the top places to see and things to do while in New York for locals and visitors. From Broadway and hotels, from tours to attractions, from dining to nightlife, we provide an insider's look at the best of the Big Apple.

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    8 Best New York City Water Tours

    It’s a New York truism that for the best views of Manhattan, you need to leave the island. Boarding a boat is one of the best ways to do so. A tour through New York Harbor offers the chance to see the Big Apple from a whole different Read More

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    5 Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Shoppes in New York City

    Is there any symbol of summer more potent than ice cream? Just one taste of the blessed substance has the power to vanquish the heat and bring back pleasant childhood memories. But for those who abstain from dairy for reasons of health or ethics Read More

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    8 Best Theater District Hotels in New York City

    Broadway shows are one of the biggest draws in NYC — in recent years, annual attendance has topped 12 million. That’s a lot of people who need rooms, and the Theater District obliges, with a wide range of hotels, across Read More

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    8 NYC Hotels with the Best Rooftops

    In the same way that heat rises, so too do New Yorkers as summer arrives. Rooftop season is kicking off, and hotels across the city are unveiling their soaring bars, places of relaxation both for visitors spending the night and New Yorkers Read More

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    8 Best Tours for New York Adventure Seekers

    Whether you’re running to catch the subway or trying to score that last-minute Broadway ticket, life is never boring in NYC. It can sometimes seem, however, like true adventure — the get dirt Read More

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    10 Best Tasting Menus in NYC Right Now

    Many would say that the tasting menu has taken over the NYC dining scene. We’re not talking about the simple three-course prix-fixe — usually a way for the kitchen to save time, maximize profits and move product Read More

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    5 of NYC’s Best Hot Dogs

    Out-of-towners tend to think that hot dogs, like pretzels or pizza, are one of those foods you can grab on any New York corner. And while dirty-water dogs might be everywhere, they’re certainly not delicious everywhere Read More

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    5 of New York City’s Best Fish Shacks

    As summer lunches go, it’s hard to improve upon a fresh lobster roll or crisp fried clams, best eaten with a water view, the salty breeze blowing by. New York can’t quite compete with the romance of a roadside shack in Maine or Connecticut Read More

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    10 Best Burgers in NYC

    New Yorkers love their pizza, their pastrami sandwiches, their bagels, but if you stop there, you’re forgetting a big one: burgers. And why not? A perfect burger is a beautiful thing — and many a restaurant’s reputations have lived Read More

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    8 Best Tours of New York City for the Music Lover

    “Start spreading the news. I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it. New York, New York!”: Is there a more famous line in New York City music lore? Frank Sinatra’s iconic song aptly captures the spirit of the Read More

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History pops up on many a New York City block, and we've got the skinny on 15 of the city's most interesting landmarked districts, from the city's oldest in Brooklyn a gated "village" tucked away on the Upper West Side

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14 Fabulous Kid-Friendly Restaurants in New York

Dining with children doesn't have to mean lowering your foodie standards, especially in NYC; these top-tier restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn will have your taste buds—and your kids—singing their praises

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10 Things Every Kid Should See Before College

New York is a magical place, filled with museums, monuments and experiences that you can not find anywhere else. So we tasked ourselves with selecting 10 that were absolute must-sees for all kids. And it wasn’t easy to choose.

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New York’s Most Amazing Playgrounds

Forget monkey bars and slides. These nine playgrounds across New York City keep kids busy with rocks for climbing, intricate water labs and sandboxes the size of studio apartments.

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A Perfect Day on City Island, the Bronx

The city gets downright steamy in the summer, with temperatures soaring and pavements boiling. Leave it all behind with a trip to breezy City Island, New York City’s very own slice of New England seaside.

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Roosevelt Island: A Day Away from the City Without Leaving the City

Take a three-hour tour of this New York anomaly with plenty of open space, few cars, fewer pedestrians and very little noise

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The Top 10 Beaches In and Around NYC

Escape the concrete jungle and spend a day at one of New York City’s many nearby beaches. Surf, sand and sun are a lot closer than you think

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Top 10 New and Noteworthy New York City Restaurants: May 2013

What's hot in the New York City restaurant scene right now

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Harlem Jazz: Where to Go Now

From old-time music bars to new-school supper clubs, what's happening above 125th Street

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