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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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    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

  • The Top 10 Tours of Brooklyn

    Who says Manhattan is the center of the universe? For many, Brooklyn is! The borough is a cultural hotbed, with enticing art, shopping and restaurants. Read More

  • Pampano dining room (Photo: Pampano)

    8 Best Mexican Restaurants in NYC

    New York City used to be sorely lacking in quality Mexican cuisine. That’s no longer the case — NYC now rivals its West Coast counterparts with its terrific Mexican comida. Read More

  • Fried chicken at Birds and Bubbles (Photo: Birds and Bubbles)

    The 10 Best Southern Restaurants in New York City

    It was one of the big dining trends of 2014: New York City developed an appetite for soulful, honest-to-goodness, real down-home Southern cuisine, from saucy barbecue to crispy fried chicken. Read More

  • Two pastas at Perla (Photos: Henry Hargreaves/Courtesy of Perla)

    Top 10 Italian Restaurants in NYC

    Not too long ago in our city’s culinary history — say, 15 years back — “Italian restaurant” meant one thing: hearty red-sauce Italian-American. Read More

  • Statue by Night tour (Photo: New York Water Taxi)

    10 Tours to Take for Captivating New York Views

    An image of New York City on a postcard is eye-catching. In person, that view is even more thrilling. But, you don’t have to own a penthouse apartment to take in million-dollar vistas of the city. These ten tours take you soaring Read More

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    10 Top Family-Friendly Hotels in NYC

    Picking the right hotel can make or break a vacation, and the right choice becomes even more critical when you are traveling with kids. Suddenly the whirlpool tub and king size bed you dreamed about are replaced by the desire for a mini fridge 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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