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The NYC Traveler in NYC: 5 Places We Like in NYC

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

The NYC Traveler in NYC:

Since the name of this blog is the NYC Traveler, you may be curious about what the NYC Traveler does when I'm in NYC, my hometown. Below you will find some my picks for visiting New York City (and some of the surrounding areas). If you are a NYC metropolitan area resident, you might find some areas to visit for the first time or worth a re-visit.

Hang Out in NYC Like a Local: (5 Tourist Spots We Visit)

1. The Museums: New Yorkers can either belong to museums as members or have free/discounted access with a NYC ID. Having a membership allows great flexibility, you don't have to feel rushed to see everything in one visit and you can attend special members only events. Take advantage of musical events, workshops, lectures and other events. It's like having a community center. It's hard to pick just one favorite museum but check out the MoMA or the Met for one of your 5 places we like in NYC.

Places to see in NYC
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, New York City

2. The Highline: take an old elevated train track, make use of the spaces underneath with great restaurants, add the Whitney Museum at one end and the number 7 train hub at the other, mix well and you have a nice way to spend an afternoon (in most weather) and to add to 5 places we like in NYC.

Places to See in NYC
The High Line Park, New York City

3. The Parks: Tourists head to Central Park but locals hang out in their neighborhood parks. Check out the larger parks in the other boroughs: Journey to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx; Cunningham Park, Alley Pond Park, Kissena Park or Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens; Prospect Park or Carnarsie Pier in Brooklyn (along with the entire Coney Island area) and Latourette Park in Staten Island. Golf, swim, bicycle or just sit out under a tree.

Places to See in NYC
Cunningham Park, Queens, New York City

4. Greenwich Village: Below 14th (East and West), Manhattan does not have the square grid design of streets and avenues. Instead, the streets angle in and out, following no set pattern and revealing delightful little nooks and crannies such as church gardens, boutiques, small theaters and sidewalk cafes. Just another one of the 5 places we like in NYC.

Places to See in NYC
Jackson Square, Greenwich & 8th Avenues, Manhattan, New York

5. Our Festivals and Street Fairs: Several companies sponsor these fairs but there are also special event festivals that occur: The Feast of San Gennaro; the Coney Island Mermaid Parade; Harlem Week; the Tribeca Festival (which may have some outdoor activities); the Christmas shopping Villages in Bryant Park, Union Square and Columbus Circle; and events at all of the major museums and botanic gardens.

Places to see in NYC
Bryant Park Christmas Village, New York City

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