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Washington Square Park is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

1. Washington Square Park

9.6
W 4th St (btwn MacDougal St & University Pl), New York, NY
Park · Greenwich Village · 689 tips and reviews

Bum Bum J.Bum Bum Jones: Best place to people watch in the city. Enjoy a variety of entertainers performing within the park while surrounded by two of my fav neighborhoods in all of NYC!

Andrea H.Andrea Hong: Love everything about this place because it's just perfectly New York. Sit around the fountain, people watch some crazies, and enjoy an impromptu show by whatever talented musicians happen to hang by.

Gabriel H.Gabriel Hayes: Great place to hang on a good weather day. Can read, picnic, study, relax, sun bathe or people watch.

Union Square Park is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

2. Union Square Park

9.4
btwn Broadway & Union Sq E (btwn E 14th & E 17th St), New York, NY
Park · Union Square · 562 tips and reviews

Nick T.Nick Taylor: Great spot to eat lunch and people watch during the warmer months.

Michael G.Michael Gesme: Best people watching on the planet- bar none. Plenty of famous people and crazies to go around too.

Daniel K.Daniel Karran: A New York staple filled with all different types of New Yorkers! Stop here to enjoy items from the farmer's market. Always busy but always fun! A good place to people watch or enjoy a cup of coffee

Bryant Park is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

3. Bryant Park

9.7
E 42nd St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave), New York, NY
Park · Midtown East · 1148 tips and reviews

Monica B.Monica Bloom: summer movies, winter iceskating, great place to hang out during the day and people watch

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: A mecca of fun things to do – outdoor films, ping pong and yoga in the summer, ice skating in the winter and great people watching all year round.

Diana K.Diana K: One of the best places in the city to people watch. Great place for a first date.

Bethesda Fountain is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

4. Bethesda Fountain

9.6
Terrace Dr (at Central Park), New York, NY
Fountain · Central Park · 112 tips and reviews

Jenny S.Jenny S.: Great place for photo ops and people watching :)

Lafayette 148 New YorkLafayette 148 New York: Bridal parties getting their photos taken, outdoor fitness bootcamps and street performers all gather in one place – it’s one of our favorite places to people watch.

jamiejamie: Great for people watching and listening to street performers.

Times Square is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

5. Times Square

9.0
Broadway & 7th Ave (btwn 42nd & 47th St), New York, NY
Plaza · Theater District · 2233 tips and reviews

Emily R.Emily Ryan: With the newly added tables and chairs, grab a coffee and people watch (or tourist watch)...a must do for your 1st time in NYC. You should also see it once at night.

Sean M.Sean Molin: Great for people watching and street photography... But other than that probably best to avoid after getting your 10 minute fix.

Melting Hearts USA S.Melting Hearts USA Sunglasses: Great for people watching or character watching and always a great place to check out if it's your first time in New York!

Madison Square Park is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

6. Madison Square Park

9.6
Madison Ave (btwn E 23rd & E 26th St), New York, NY
Park · NoMad · 469 tips and reviews

chrissy s.chrissy spaziano: Lovely during the summer to walk through and people watch.

Joshua H.Joshua Higgins: Great spot for people watching. Also home to the original Shake Shack.

SheenaSheena: Great park for people watching, lunch sitting, and enjoying some greenery.

Central Park is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

7. Central Park

9.8
59th St to 110th St (5th Ave to Central Park West), New York, NY
Park · Central Park · 1711 tips and reviews

CatherineCatherine: Bring a blanket and some snacks for great people watching and a fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline

Brad H.Brad Hager: Great to experience as often as you can. So much to do and see. Great music, people watching, and walking in nature. Be sure to do a carriage ride, very relaxing, educational & scenic.

David M.David Milberg: Bring my bike here occasionally on nice days. Great exercise, breathtaking views and a great place to people watch.

Tompkins Square Park is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

8. Tompkins Square Park

8.9
E 7th St to E 10th St (btwn Ave A & B), New York, NY
Park · Alphabet City · 157 tips and reviews

Michelle K.Michelle Kan: Tompkins is a great EV park. It's definitely one of my favorite people watching locations, with passersby embodying many EV idiosyncrasies.

Miguel d.Miguel de Leon: Dog runs, people watching, and good coffee -- what's not to like?

Giovanni D.Giovanni D'Palma: Still has the old NY feel, it's a great spot to people watch or hang out in the nice weather with a book. Plenty of good food and bars around. Beautiful in the spring and home to a family of Hawks

Columbus Circle is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

9. Columbus Circle

9.2
4-6 Columbus Cir, New York, NY
Plaza · Hell's Kitchen · 223 tips and reviews

Adam W.Adam Weiss: Great place to sit and people watch!

Mike H.Mike Hopkins: A great spot for people watching and street performers

Anna R.Anna R: Great people watching

Grand Central Terminal is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

10. Grand Central Terminal

9.3
87 E 42nd St (btwn Vanderbilt & Park Ave), New York, NY
Train Station · Midtown East · 1398 tips and reviews

Allan S.Allan S: An amazing place to people watch. all spots r good.

Réjane P.Réjane P: Great architecture, food and snack selection, and people watching. I could live here.

EchoDAEchoDA: this is a great spot to admire the ceiling, and the historic detailing and do people watching.. especially admiring the madness of people commuting!

Ground Support is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

11. Ground Support

8.9
399 W Broadway (btwn Spring & Broome St), New York, NY
Coffee Shop · SoHo · 499 tips and reviews

Mike A.Mike Anz: Great place to sit inside or outside and relax with great coffee and people watch.

Chet M.Chet Mancini: Grab a bench and people watch over some of the best espresso in SoHo. Free wifi (password is on a wood block on the counter).

Sumeet S.Sumeet Shah: Come for the fantastic coffee, stay to work (Wifi!), eat (50% off food after 5 PM), or chill (best people watching spot in Soho).

Washington Square Fountain is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

12. Washington Square Fountain

8.7
Washington Square Park, New York, NY
Fountain · Greenwich Village · 32 tips and reviews

James J.James J: Sit and people watch. Pretend you're at the beginning of When Harry Met Sally.

Ron J.Ron Ja: Amazing place to people watch and enjoy live music

John B.John Brian: My favorite park in New York City. Great for people watching... It's full of characters.

Sheep Meadow is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

13. Sheep Meadow

9.6
W 67th St (btwn West & East Dr), New York, NY
Field · Central Park · 119 tips and reviews

CollegeCandyCollegeCandy: The BEST for people watching during the summer. Go to Whole Foods first in Columbus Circle and pick up a picnic.

Ashley S.Ashley Sams: Grab some grass space and people watch!

Katharine M.Katharine Matsumoto: Great place to escape the city streets and get some sun. Bring a blanket and book/magazine to do some reading, but don't forget to people watch!

High Line is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

14. High Line

9.7
btwn Gansevoort & W 34th St (btwn 10th & 12th Ave), New York, NY
Park · Chelsea · 1444 tips and reviews

Bethany L.Bethany Larson: What a surprising place! Views, plants, old and new. This is a great place for a walk, for reading or sketching, for people watching, and it is in Chelsea/Greenwich Village area.

DanielDaniel: Excellent for people watching.

Jenn S.Jenn Schwartz: Best people watching.

Bar Sardine is one of The 15 Best Places for People Watching in New York City.

15. Bar Sardine

8.9
183 W 10th St (btwn S 7th Ave & 4th St), New York, NY
Gastropub · West Village · 95 tips and reviews

Monti B.Monti Bray: Grab a cocktail and people watch the night away

Katie R.Katie Rose: Great for a cocktail and people watching! French fries are quite tasty and there's a decent oyster selection.

Nicolette R.Nicolette Romero: If you can snag a seat at the window, you're in for some great people watching and good Bloody Mary's.

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