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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.

  • New York City skyline

    10 NYC Hotels with the Best Views

    As logic dictates, for the best views of Manhattan, you either need to leave the island or go up — the higher the better. From head-on vistas of Lady Liberty to eyefuls of Central Park green, Read More

  • New York Hall of Science (Photo: Courtesy of New York Hall of Science)

    Top 10 NYC Museums for Kids

    Ask most kids if they want to go to a museum for the day and the answer is a resolute “no.” But things are different in New York: The city is packed with kid-friendly museums that cover everything from massive blue whales Read More

  • Carrot and Waffle at Dirt Candy (Photo Evan Sung/Courtesy of Dirt Candy)

    8 Delicious Vegetarian Restaurants in New York City

    In New York, it is easy being green. Long gone are the days of not having any options at a restaurant if you’re a vegetarian or a vegan. Read More

  • Top 10 Tours to Cool Off in the New York Heat

    A trip to the beach isn’t the only way to cool off when the summer heat hits. Throughout New York, there are boat tours with river breezes and beer crawls with icy brews that can help you to stay frosty. Read More

  • 8 Essential Apps for Every New Yorker

    Whether you prefer iPhone or Android, there is one thing all New Yorkers can agree on: We can’t function without our apps. They make New York an easier place in which to live, navigate and have fun Read More

  • Tempura Matsui (Photo: Tempura Matsui)

    10 Fantastic Japanese Restaurants in NYC

    Though sushi is what immediately comes to mind when thinking of Japanese restaurants, here’s a newsflash: sushi is just one of about three dozen cuisines in Japan. In New York City, one can Read More

  • Greenwich Letterpress Heart Pin

    New York’s Best Souvenir Shops

    On vacation, picking out a surprise for loved ones back home is usually a simple question: shotglass or t-shirt? But when visiting a city as trendsetting and culturally significant as New York, there are enough creative and unexpected gift options that you never have to settle for tacky take-homes. Read More

  • Fireworks explode along the East River in New York City (Photo: David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

    5 Best Spots to Watch the 4th of July Fireworks 2016

    The largest pyrotechnic show in the U.S.? It’s the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, right here in New York City. Featuring an impressive 52,000 shells, the 40th annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Read More

  • A traditional with soppressata at Motorino (Photo: Motorino)

    The 10 Best Pizzas in New York City

    It’s one of New York’s most iconic dishes, yet also one of its most polarizing, which is why it is not uncommon to overhear debates about what constitutes a good pizza — thin crust, thick crust, wood-fired, coal-charred and that’s before we even Read More

  • River Caf (Photo: VivaVioleta Photography/River Caf)

    10 Best NYC Restaurants on the Water

    It’s easy to forget that Manhattan is an island. Dining out at a waterfront restaurant will soon remind you. But not just any table will do — the food, after all, has to live up to the setting. Read More

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Lolo's Seafood Shack (Photo: Lolo's)

8 NYC Restaurants with Secret Gardens

For some quiet time, disappear into these tranquil, hidden restaurant gardens, from the leafy nook at Barbetta complete with gurgling fountain to the cobblestone courtyard of Frankies 457

People watch the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks from Brooklyn Bridge Park on July 4, 2015 (Photo: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

4th of July Fireworks to Return to East River to Celebrate 40th Anniversary in 2016 in NYC

Beyond Chicken Fingers

Kid-Friendly Restaurants (Photo: iStockphoto)

14 Fabulous Kid-Friendly Restaurants in New York

These top-tier restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn will have your taste buds -- and your kids -- singing their praises

PARKS AND RECREATION

The Great Lawn in Central Park (Photo: Yourdon/Flickr)

The Best Parks in New York City

Whenever you need a break from the concrete jungle, there’s always a patch of green nearby

Looking Back

Bedford-Stuyvesant (Photo: Elisfanclub/Flickr CC)

15 New York Landmarked Neighborhoods to Visit

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

Little Kids, Big City

Girl at a New York zoo (Photo: Michael S. Yamashita/Corbis)

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.

PLAYTIME

Imagination Playground (Photo: Courtesy of Rockwell Group)

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.

No Hamptons? No Problem

Central Park (Photo: Yourdon/Flickr CC)

7 Reasons to Stay in New York City This August

DAY TRIP

City Island (Photo: Fausto Giovanny Pinto/CUNY Journalism Photo)

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.

Uncover History

Roosevelt Island tram (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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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