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The Ultimate Guide to New York During WatchTime

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It’s the city that never sleeps, and neither should you if you’re parachuting into New York for WatchTime. Michelin-star restaurants, award-winning art exhibits, acres of parks and green space, theaters for every taste—with so much to do, it can be tough to prioritize your time. So AFAR has stepped in to help; here are some of our favorite NYC activities and happenings at this moment so you don’t waste a second once you arrive in the Big Apple.
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295 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
With all the buzz surrounding some of Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Bushwick, you could easily build an entire weekend itinerary upon the offerings on the other side of the bridge. But if you want a quick taste of the...
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30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA
The walls of the lower lobby at The Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center hold hundreds of portraits of opera singers who have graced the opera house's stage. When viewed together they tell a unique history of the stage's performers. If you happen...
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A weekend trip to the Hamptons is a favorite rite of passage of New Yorkers—but what if you don’t have time to spend hours traveling on the Jitney and sitting on the Long Island Expressway? That’s where BLADE comes in. This new short distance...
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99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, USA
For most of its history, the Whitney Museum, originally founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1931, was located on New York's Upper East Side, in the building that now houses the Met Breuer. In 2015, it reopened in a new, larger space designed...
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226 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, USA
You can’t very well visit New York without taking in at least one Broadway show. And while there are dozens of viable contenders—from longest-running production, The Phantom of the Opera, to more recent Tony winners like The Book of Mormon or...
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228 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014, USA
This intimate, 110-seat restaurant has been hailed as one of the West Village’s true gems since it opened in 2008, both due to the chef’s fresh take on classic Italian cuisine and the inviting ambiance the cozy, dimly-lit eatery...
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1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art—or, commonly, the Met—is one of the world's great museums, alongside the Louvre, the British Museum, and a handful of others. It would be easy to devote an entire week's visit to the museum alone, and realistically...
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29 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012, USA
There’s nary an oasis in the concrete jungle of Manhattan as Zen as this peaceful Village spot—it will leave you wondering how it’s possible that you hopped in a cab and then arrived in a tropical retreat. With a three-story waterfall, a sauna, a...
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4200, 37 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011, USA
Right in the heart of the Flatiron District, this swanky cocktail joint evokes the bygone days of the Jazz Era—and has one of the most extensive bar menus around, too. You can almost see Frank Sinatra propped up in the corner of the Art Deco-style...
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If you’ve ever seen a mouthwatering meal on a movie and wished you could pull up a chair and dig in to the screen, now you can do just that—well, in a manner of speaking. The four-day NYC Food Film Festival offers a fully-immersive experience,...