Empire State Building is one of NYC insider’s tips.

1. Empire State Building

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Building · Koreatown · 350 5th Ave (btwn 33rd & 34th St), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Through an unmarked (and locked, sorry) door on the 102nd-floor observation deck is a narrow terrace that was once intended to be a docking station for airships moored to the mast Read more.

2. Brooklyn Bridge

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Bridge · Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The giant anchorages of this suspension bridge were supposed to double as shopping arcades. The inside of each features the same Gothic design as the towers, plus 50-foot-high cathedral ceilings. Read more.

3. Bethesda Terrace

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Scenic Lookout · Central Park · Terrace Dr (at Central Park), New York, NY

4. New York Public Library

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Library · Midtown East · 476 5th Ave (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Your request for a book used to be shot throughout the building via giant brass pneumatic tubes. Now obsolete, the pipes can still be viewed at the clerk’s desk in the third-floor catalog room. Read more.

Grand Central Terminal is one of NYC insider’s tips.

5. Grand Central Terminal

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Train Station · Midtown East · 87 E 42nd St (btwn Vanderbilt & Park Ave), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Look left when inbound or right when outbound on the upper level to see Track 61, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt old private platform. His armor-clad train car is still there. Read more.

6. Statue of Liberty

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Monument / Landmark · Liberty Island · Liberty Island, New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Thank publisher Joseph Pulitzer—yes, that Pulitzer—for stimulating enough American donations to pay for Lady Liberty’s pedestal. His statue is at the walkway near the left entrance to the statue. Read more.

7. Macy's

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Department Store · Garment District · 151 W 34th St (btwn 7th Ave & Broadway), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Ride vintage wooden escalators dating back to 1902. Look for them on the Broadway side of the shop between the eighth and ninth floors. Read more.

Times Square is one of NYC insider’s tips.

8. Times Square

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Plaza · Theater District · Broadway & 7th Ave (btwn 42nd & 47th St), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: When the New York Times moved into offices at Broadway and 42nd Street on Dec 31, 1904, it threw a party so legendary that New Yorkers started to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square every year. Read more.

9. Times Square Museum and Visitor Center

Tourist Information Center · Theater District · 1560 Broadway (btwn 46th & 47th St.), New York, NY
Trinity Church is one of NYC insider’s tips.

10. Trinity Church

Church · Financial District · 74 Trinity Pl (at Wall St.), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: New Yorkers used to celebrate New Year’s Eve here until the New York Times threw the mother of all ragers at their new Times Square offices in 1904. We’ve been going back ever since. True story. Read more.

11. Radio City Music Hall

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Concert Hall · Rockefeller Center · 1260 Avenue of the Americas (at W 50th St), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Take the Stage Door Tour to see the 20-foot-high domed ceilings and Art Deco flourishes of Roxy’s Suite, built for vaudeville producer Samuel Lionel “Roxy” Rothafel. Read more.

12. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

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Performing Arts Venue · Lincoln Square · 70 Lincoln Center Plz (btwn Columbus & 10th Ave), New York, NY

13. National September 11 Memorial & Museum

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Historic Site · Financial District · 1 Albany St (btwn West & Greenwich St), New York, NY

14. Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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Indie Movie Theater · Lincoln Square · 144 W 65th St (at Broadway), New York, NY

15. Greenlight Bookstore

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Bookstore · Fort Greene · 686 Fulton St (at S Portland Ave), Brooklyn, NY
High Line is one of NYC insider’s tips.

16. High Line

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Park · Chelsea · btwn Gansevoort & W 34th St (btwn 10th & 12th Ave), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The Spears Building on West 22nd Street featured loading docks that led right onto the High Line. Those docks now help support the 22nd Street Seating Steps in the park's second section. Read more.

17. Federal Hall National Memorial

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Historic Site · Financial District · 26 Wall St (Broad St.), New York, NY

18. St. Patrick's Cathedral

Church · Midtown East · 14 E 51st St (at 5th Ave), New York, NY

19. Booth Theatre

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Theater · Theater District · 222 W 45th St (btwn Broadway & 8th Ave), New York, NY
Grand Central Terminal is one of NYC insider’s tips.

20. Grand Central Terminal

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Train Station · Midtown East · 87 E 42nd St (btwn Vanderbilt & Park Ave), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The main concourse boasts a hidden staircase that’s used by Grand Central employees. You can see the brass cylinder that conceals the steel steps in the center of the information booth. Read more.

21. Radio City Music Hall

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Concert Hall · Rockefeller Center · 1260 Avenue of the Americas (at W 50th St), New York, NY
American Museum of Natural History is one of NYC insider’s tips.

22. American Museum of Natural History

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Science Museum · Upper West Side · 200 Central Park W (btwn W 77th & W 81st St), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The museum sponsored Robert Peary’s expedition to the North Pole, and in Greenland he discovered the largest buried meteorite in the world, Cape York. Three chunks of it are on display here. Read more.

The Metropolitan Opera is one of NYC insider’s tips.

23. The Metropolitan Opera

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Opera House · Lincoln Square · 70 Lincoln Center Plz (at Columbus Ave & 64th St), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The chandelier in the lobby of the Metropolitan Opera was a gift from the Austrian government in 1966, when the building opened. Read more.

Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage) is one of NYC insider’s tips.

24. Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)

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Concert Hall · Theater District · 881 7th Ave (at W 57th St), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Hey, 20 to 40 year olds: Put down $20 annually for the Notables Program to score a pair of $20 tickets for every performance throughout the year. Read more.

Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage) is one of NYC insider’s tips.

25. Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)

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Concert Hall · Theater District · 881 7th Ave (at W 57th St), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Stop by the box office at least a half hour before it opens to snag $10 day-of discount passes. Just make sure to arrive extra early for popular or sold-out shows. Read more.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of NYC insider’s tips.

26. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Art Museum · Upper East Side · 1000 5th Ave (btwn E 80th & E 84th St), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Get access to the exclusive Members Dining Room when you buy a Met Net membership ($70). Read more.

The Metropolitan Opera is one of NYC insider’s tips.

27. The Metropolitan Opera

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Opera House · Lincoln Square · 70 Lincoln Center Plz (at Columbus Ave & 64th St), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Weekday rush tickets (if you can spare four hours to wait in line) or standing-room tickets cost a mere $20. Or click through to find out how to enter the online weekend-rush lotto. Read more.

New York Botanical Garden is one of NYC insider’s tips.

28. New York Botanical Garden

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Botanical Garden · Bronx Park · 2900 Southern Blvd (at Bronx Park Rd), Bronx, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Fed up with the lines for the Holiday Train Show? Get a year’s membership ($75) to get access to special members-only days for the garden’s big exhibits. Read more.

MTA Subway - Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall/Chambers St (J/Z/4/5/6) is one of NYC insider’s tips.

29. MTA Subway - Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall/Chambers St (J/Z/4/5/6)

Metro Station · Downtown Manhattan · Centre St. (at Chambers St.), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: See the old City Hall stop, one of NYC’s most majestic stations with vaulted ceilings and Art Nouveau skylights. Stay on the downtown 6 as it passes through the station on its way to the uptown track. Read more.

MTA Subway - Newkirk Plaza (B/Q) is one of NYC insider’s tips.

30. MTA Subway - Newkirk Plaza (B/Q)

Metro Station · Flatbush · Newkirk Ave. (btwn 16th St. & Marlborough Rd.), Brooklyn, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: On the Q line, gaze up to spot David Wilson’s blue-and-red patterned Transit Skylight installed in the ceiling. Read more.

MTA Subway - DeKalb Ave (B/D/N/Q/R) is one of NYC insider’s tips.

31. MTA Subway - DeKalb Ave (B/D/N/Q/R)

Metro Station · Downtown Brooklyn · DeKalb Ave (Flatbush Ave), Brooklyn, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Take a ride on a Manhattan-bound B or Q train to see Bill Brand’s Masstransiscope, a zoetrope created from 228 hand-painted panels. It’s on the right between Dekalb Avenue and the Manhattan Bridge. Read more.

MTA Subway - Utica Ave (A/C) is one of NYC insider’s tips.

32. MTA Subway - Utica Ave (A/C)

Metro Station · Bedford-Stuyvesant · Utica Ave (Fulton St), Brooklyn, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Stand on the platform and look up, you’ll be able to spot the underside of disused tracks, part of a planned expansion of the IND subway line that ran out of money. Read more.

33. Cortlandt Alley

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Street · Downtown Manhattan · Cortlandt Alley (btwn Canal & Leonard St), New York, NY
Rockefeller Center is one of NYC insider’s tips.

34. Rockefeller Center

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Plaza · Rockefeller Center · Rockefeller Plaza (btwn 50th & 51st St), New York, NY

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: A vacant storefront was transformed into a makeup shop for The Smurfs movie. It was so convincing that passersby actually tried to enter it. Read more.