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It's your second or third time visiting NYC, and you've already been to the top of the Empire State Building, taken the obligatory photo with Elmo in Times Square, and you own at least two I <3 NY t-shirts in different colors. Now, you're looking to explore the city beyond the main attractions. With so many things to do and see, it's hard to know which ones are authentic NYC hangouts versus tourist traps. Luckily, I've compiled this list to help you discern.
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The line extending from the entrance to Crif Dogs and spilling onto St. Marks Place on Saturday nights can be a bit misleading. Sure, their bacon-wrapped, chili and coleslaw drenched, "spicy redneck" hot dog is horribly delicious (and the arcade...
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125 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009, USA
There are a lot of ice cream trucks in NYC. Only one started out as the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck but became a brick-and-mortar Big Gay Ice Cream shop. Whether you flag down the truck somewhere in Midtown or wait in line at the shop on E 7th in the...
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One of the oldest falafel joints in New York City, and one of the first Middle Eastern establishments in the United States, Mamoun’s remains a satisfying choice for spicy, hearty staples for just a few bucks. While they’ve expanded to...
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31 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003, USA
They say New York is the 'City That Never Sleeps' so of course there must be a place in the city where one can get, drunk or sober, tattooed at any time of the day or night. Enter: NYC Kulture. This isn't the place you schedule months in advance...
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334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is an engineering wonder and an architectural one as well, a masterpiece of design that has inspired acclaimed poets (Hart Crane, Marianne Moore), writers (Jack Kerouac), and painters (Joseph Stella). While...
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3438, 366 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
What do you get when you mix snails, frog legs, tacos, and hot chilies with Aussie bartenders and live music? The answer is hidden in Williamsburg, masquerading as your everyday, neighborhood haunt, and it can be easily missed if you're not...
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15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
Established in 1854, McSorley's is the oldest tavern in NYC, and a great place to venture for an afternoon beer (or two...as they're served by the pair). Oh, and don't expect a fruit-infused heferweizen or an organically-hopped Imperial; Light or...
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200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
There are now 35 locations of Eataly, the massive Italian food hall, around the world, with 18 of them in Italy itself. The New York City one at Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street, which opened in 2010, was the first in the United States (it's been...
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49-11 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA
Underpenny is literally one of LIC’s hidden gems because it is tucked beneath an old tenement house. It could easily be missed if it weren't for the handwritten “open” sign placed precariously atop a pile of trinkets outside. However, if you...
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200 Fifth Avenue, Roof, New York, NY 10010, United States
This rooftop brewery (yep, rooftop brewery!) is hidden above Eataly on 5th Ave. Find the secret elevator behind the pots and pans section and take it to the 14th floor. The bar/brewery is spacious and has a great view, plus it is the only cask ale...
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8-08 Queens Plaza S, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA
This photo was taken amid a glorious thunderstorm atop the Revel Hotel in Long Island City, which houses one of NYC's hidden gems: Penthouse808. Luckily, you don't need to be a guest in the hotel to enjoy their rooftop bar and restaurant. With a...
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Governors Island, New York, NY 11231, USA
Located in the middle of New York harbor, less than half a mile from Manhattan (and even closer to Brooklyn), 172-acre Governors Island feels like a world unto itself, far from the bustling city. It has played a key role in the defense of New York...
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3614 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103, USA
New Yorkers love their bagels like they love greasy pizza, avoiding eye contact, and boozy brunch. As a result, there are about as many bagel shops in New York as there are Starbucks–including Starbucks–but few produce the big, tender, chewy rolls...
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New York, NY 10017, USA
You'll always find a cast of colorful characters on the inside of New York City subway cars, but for a glimpse of some with their colors on the outside, head to the Shuttle between Grand Central Station and Times Square. The subway cars on this...
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210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
For much of its history, the western edges of Manhattan neighborhoods like the West Village and Chelsea consisted of small manufacturing buildings and warehouses that served the piers on the Hudson River. Over time, those factories were replaced...
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21-02 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102, USA
They call it the hangover pizza...potato, pancetta, sausage, and eggs sunny side up - it's everything you need to get your head on straight after a night out on the town. At Vesta in Astoria, New York.
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755 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
There are a lot of wonderful brunch spots in the five boroughs of NYC. Dean Street stands out not as much for creativity or ingenuity as much as it does for doing the simple things very well. On Saturday and Sunday between 11 AM and 3 PM be...
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299 Broadway, Suite 620, New York, NY 10007, USA
If you are looking for a fun, buzzing eating scene in the Wall Street area, this is it. Stone Street is a narrow, cobblestone street lined with restaurants and bars and filled with outdoor, communal tables. During lunch on nice days, an energetic...
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200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, USA
Simply walking into Global Table is a happy experience - you are greeted by a overflowing array of table top and home accessories in vivid colors, graphic patterns and clean, modern shapes. If you are having a bad day, this store is a wonderful...
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2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024, USA
Every New Yorker knows Zabar's, an Upper West Side institution. The specialty food market was founded in the 1930s by Louis and Lillian Zabar; today's store is nearly a block long and serves 35,000 customers weekly. Bagels, lox, smoked fish,...
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683 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
The Way Station, on Washington Avenue, in Prospect Heights is every bit a Steampunk-lovers paradise. The bathroom is a portal, ala Doctor Who, and the guns hanging on the wall bring to mind an old western bar. Yet, The Way Station's real draw is...
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Jalan Tegal Bingin, Mas, Ubud, Kemenuh, Gianyar Sub-District, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets is a free museum tucked away in a small village about 5 minutes outside Ubud. Created by a businessman with a beautiful collection of puppets and masks from all over Indonesia, and many other countries, the...