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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
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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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30 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003, USA
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You don’t have to go to the Middle East to get your hands on some delicious Arab street food, especially if you live in the Big Apple. As one of the oldest falafel joints in New York City, and one of the first Middle Eastern establishments...
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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
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3438, 366 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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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
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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
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If you couldn’t quite make it to Rome this year, this all-things-Italian food market (created by famed restaurateurs Mario Batali and Paul Bastianich) is the next best thing. There are six restaurants and a rooftop beer garden if you want to stop...
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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
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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
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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
In New York City, the perfect getaway when you can't get away is Governors Island. This former Army and Coast Guard post is a cool combination of manicured parkland with art installations and a Stepford-ish ghost town. Its appeal isn't just its...
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3614 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103, USA
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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
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The High Line, a public park built on an elevated train track in NYC, should be on the top of any visitor's list. It is an outstanding example of a visionary, innovative urban park that has saved an important piece of NYC's history. Built in the...
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21-02 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11102, USA
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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
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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
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Every New Yorker knows Zabar's, an Upper West Side institution. A specialty food market 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, gourmet...
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683 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
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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, 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...