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New York, NY, USA
NYC is a very photogenic place but Golden Hour is the best time to capture the city in all her glory. Whether capturing the place or its people, walk Chelsea, the West Village, any of the neighborhoods on the west side of Manhattan and you'll find...
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89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
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The Grand Central Oyster Bar celebrates its 100th anniversary this year as a New York institution. Located in the lower concourse of Grand Central, it serves over 25 varieties of oysters daily. There is a huge menu of American...
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205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Despite multiple trips over countless years going to New York City, it wasn't until a year ago today that I encountered this sandwich — the one that left me drooling until I could enjoy it again. Katz's quickly went from a one-stop place for...
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6 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Nothing beats the Bowery. We’ve probably played here more than anywhere else in the world. It’s a nostalgic concert hall for us, and one of the better places to see live music in New York. I often opt out of bigger venues in the city, but if a...
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44 Eagle St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
Wandering through rows of basil and tomatoes, with the Manhattan skyline in the background and volunteers weeding and chatting away, I am struck by an intense 'I (heart) NY' moment. The sunny Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is a large urban garden with...
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179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Opened in 1914, this is a New York institution. Its been owned and operated by four generations of the same family. You really feel like you're stepping into a NY deli 50 years ago.
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28 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
The Sketchbook Project lives within the Brooklyn Art Library, filling their entire left wall from floor to ceiling. Yes, leave it to a place as cool as Brooklyn to have an art library. Anyway, my friend and I stumbled onto this fascinating place...
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11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
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New York City is America's culinary capital and of the numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, Eleven Madison Park ranks among the top. A meal here is guaranteed to be a memorable experience. From their unique dining format to the elegant...
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299 Broadway, Suite 620, New York, NY 10007, USA
Even if you are not a Francophile, it's fun to celebrate Bastille Day (July 14). In New York, where there is a sizable French ex-pat community, Bastille Day brings French flavor to the city. Bastille Day on 60th Street (between Fifth and Lexington...
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377 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024, USA
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If you need a sugar fix after hours in Central Park or the Museum of Natural History with the kids, try Sugar & Plumm, a sweets store and bistro on the Upper West Side. Outside, the store beckons with its sweet colors and whimsical decor. Inside,...
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99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040, USA
The Cloisters, a museum devoted to medieval art and architecture, is a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of NYC. This tranquil treasure is definitely worth a half day (or more) trip on your next visit. A branch of the Metropolitan...
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1 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040, USA
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New Leaf Restaurant & Bar is an upscale eatery located in NYC's Fort Tryon Park. Perched on one of the highest points in Manhattan, the 67-acre park features pristine views over the Hudson River. New Leaf is a wonderful dining option if you are...
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119 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019, USA
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One of the best-kept secrets in NYC (secret from tourists, that is) is the Burger Joint. The entrance is almost completely hidden behind floor-to-ceiling, Oz-like velvet curtains in the lobby of the upscale Le Parker Meridien hotel. The Burger...
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New York, NY 10004, USA
An excerpt from a poem to commemorate the city in which I live: 'Like a divine answer to a selfish prayer, the moving vessel slams to a halting, screeching, shaking, screaming stop and you are swept up in an exiting flow of sheep or salmon or city...
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18 Cornelia St #1, New York, NY 10014, USA
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Authentic, savory, seasonal Provencal bistro dishes. Warm and welcoming service from familiar faces. A cozy atmosphere in a jewel box of a dining room. These are the reasons why I have come back to Le Gigot again and again over the years. The...
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2, 54 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004, USA
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Want to eat where a historic event of the American Revolution took place? Try Fraunces Tavern in downtown New York City. After defeating the British, it was here that George Washington gathered his officers for a farewell speech before heading...
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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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101 E 15th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
While catching a Broadway musical is a bucket list item for many visitors to New York, Fuerza Bruta is not to be missed. Located right in Union Square and easily accessible by public transit, the live-action show combines music, aerial displays...
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518 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, USA

Sporting a façade shinier than the top of the Chrysler Building, Hôtel Americano makes a striking statement. A multinational love child of Mexican architecture, Manhattan modernism and Japanese serenity, the boutique hotel manages to...

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World Trade Center, New York, NY, USA
Going through some old photos, I came across this, from my first visit to New York. Summer vacation after my freshman year in college; obligatory trip up to the observation deck of the World Trade Center, then the highest point in the city. You...
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Breezy Point, NY 11697, USA
There’s no better way to spend a balmy, summer Saturday in NYC than to bike to one of the city’s most up-and-coming beaches— Ft. Tilden. Equipped with a trusty Google Map and a book bag filled with the day’s ration of food and beverage, I began...
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Riverside Dr, New York, NY, USA
New York City has never been so quiet. I found myself all alone in one of the City's most infamous blizzard. No tracks in the snow to speak of, on this stretch of Riverside Drive along Manhattan Upper West Side.
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435 Halsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11233, USA
This is not from one of my trips but it has been the motto I believe in when I travel all over the world for so many years... Always believe in local food when you travel..! You won't be disappointed... This sign is used to be on the side wall of...
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251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
Momofuku Milk Bar is one of those places in NYC that's always being raved about. Its desserts are incredible, it's worth the wait in line, best place to get your sugar fix...... It's all true! Ok, maybe not the 'best' part because I still haven't...
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Madison Ave & E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010, USA
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The baby of food brainchild Danny Meyer, Shake Shack has become a staple for New Yorkers and tourists alike. What makes it so special? The food is scrumptious, the shakes are heavenly, and the location is perfect. Shake Shack sits smack in the...
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476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA
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The main branch of the New York Public Library is one of the country’s grandest Beaux Arts buildings, a temple to learning on Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets. At the end of the 19th century, John Bigelow, who oversaw the Tilden...
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89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
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There’s no better place to see the city in motion.
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334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
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180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007, USA
Being back 10 years after 9/11 at this memorial, there are no words that can describe how I felt ... like all New Yorkers who had lived through that day, I was just grateful to be there.
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210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
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I lived in NYC for nearly ten years. So when I returned last week for my first visit since my move to San Francisco this summer, I was curious what, if anything, would feel different. The High Line, the urban park that was built on an old elevated...
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75 Broadway, New York, NY 10006, USA
I spend a lot of time in NYC for work, but most of my meetings etc. pull me up to Midtown, Soho or closer the the Upper East Side. I've spent much less time exploring the Financial District and Wall St. area. On a recent trip I stayed down in that...
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I went home, back to the Jersey Shore, in October and those fews days there, it felt like an endless summer. As you can see from the photo (taken from the Convention Center), the day was full of t-shirts and shorts. Always nice to get back home...
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1515 Teaneck Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666, USA
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My last three trips to NYC I’ve found myself at Elsa in the East Village. It’s one of those places you just always end up. Good cocktails and a really nice atmosphere makes it an easy stop. Thanks to my friend and NYC PR powerhouse Michelle Aselta...
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137 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Add the Palmer Trading Company to your when-I-go-to-New-York-I-always-have-to-stop-at list. Boston natives David and Willy have pulled off Americana just right with their Soho store. I would have walked out with more than just a tie had I not been...
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189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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Pastry chef Dominique Ansel loves the classic croissant so much that he revived the lesser known Brittany pastry, the Kouign Amann, in his SoHo bakery. The Kouign Amann is made out of a croissant-like dough with the addition of sugar. One bite and...
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119 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019, USA
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Best brunch I've ever had in New York! You know it’s a good restaurant when you feel like ordering everything on the menu and when you’re already planning your next visit so you can try the items you couldn’t try this time around. That is exactly...
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New York, NY 10022, USA
The huge snowflake of lights appears above the intersection at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. In 2002, it became known as the "UNICEF Snowflake" to help raise money for the organization.
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W 72nd St, New York, NY 10019, USA
My son Julian laughing over the Imagine mosaic. Over one my generation icons... Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York City.
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Gramercy Park, New York, NY, USA
I needed a last minute reservation at a good restaurant around Gramercy Park and Casa Mono came through. Thanks to NYC native and restaurateur Michael Kassar on the recommendation. The Fideos with Clams and Chorizo seen above were killer! More at...
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W 38th St, New York, NY, USA
3 bucks and so much more put together. do it!
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E 72nd St & Park Drive North, New York, NY 10021, USA
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The famous boathouse in Central Park is known for its fancy lunches for the ladies who lunch. But you can also get takeout and enjoy the same view for under 10 bucks.
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Terrace Dr, New York, NY 10024, USA
of the Bethesda Terrace brought me back a few times on the same trip.
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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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New York, NY, USA
Awesome view of Manhattan.
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200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, USA
The burger at the Sunburnt Calf, an Australian restaurant on Manhattan's upper west side, goes vertical. Also recommended: the pavlova for dessert.
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Brooklyn, NY, USA
On a hot summer night in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, I captured the essence of the city: something calm and beautiful in the middle of chaos.
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47 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022, USA
The Grolier Club on east 60th in NYC is devoted to the art of the book.
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200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, USA
When you visit the NY Historical Society (across the street from the Natural History Museum) be sure to go up to the 4th floor and check out the collection of vintage advertisements. The Audobon prints are up there too.
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Brooklyn, NY 11225, USA
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After the congestion and chaos of Manhattan, a day in Prospect Park provided a welcome return to open spaces and slow paces, narrow trails lost in the trees, frisbees, and the clean sound of crunching leaves. A quirky fellow passing through on the...
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Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Coney Island's history dates back to the 1800's, when it was envisioned as a working man's paradise. For pocket change, you could enjoy rides and hot dogs. While you'll need a little more than pocket change now, this venture outside Manhattan has...
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Manhattan, NY 10036, USA
Summed up by the phrase, 'the city that never sleeps,' New York is electric no matter the time of day. There is always a constant buzz in the background, kind of like the hiss you once heard between songs on your favorite cassette tapes. At any...
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New York, NY, USA
Just a block and a half from Loews Regency sits New York's landscaped wonder and one of the greatest urban parks in the world, Central Park. Stretching between 59th and 110th Streets and Fifth and Eighth Avenues, the park covers a total of 843...
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1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
If you can only visit one museum in New York, this should be it; the Met’s hallowed halls contain one of the most dazzling and comprehensive classical art collections in the world. More than two million works are on display here, spanning more...
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Inside Los Glaciares National Park is the small town of El Chaltén, created by the Argentine government for campers and trekkers looking to explore the many trails in the park. The town is only composed of a few streets, but is full of wonderful...