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Things to do in East River

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“A walk, peddle, or carriage ride through the crisscrossing pathways of Central Park is a must-do on anyone's New York City itinerary. In winter, you can even lace up your skates and glide across Wollman Rink. This huge park in the city center, a half-mile wide and 2.5 miles long, is one of the things that makes New York such a beautiful and livable city. Besides being a great place to experience a little nature, Central Park has many attractions within its borders, and most of them are free, making it one of the few cheap things to do in NYC. Some of the most popular places to visit include the Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, and the Lake. If you are exploring the park on your own, start by picking up a map at one of the visitor centers and plot your routing.”
  • 1151 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“Keep an eye on this: Dont pay the full price on line or with some city passes. Its a suggested price, you can pay whatever you want at the entrance.”
  • 958 locals recommend
Park
“I love to walk the High Line from 14th street to the end! Very peaceful and scenic!”
  • 1059 locals recommend
Plaza
“Your trip won't be complete without visiting here. Nothing like it elsewhere!”
  • 491 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Right downstairs from us and considered one of the best pizza spots in nyc. All organic and handmade. They also have an outdoor beer garden and homemade ice cream.”
  • 856 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Simply take a train from Hicksville into Penn Station. Grab a train uptown to the museum. The whole world is at your fingertips! This is the most amazing place. The exhibitions keep changing! Great for the whole family. ”
  • 566 locals recommend
Building
“Back in its days it has been considered as the tallest building in the world for nearly 40 years.”
  • 430 locals recommend
Basketball Stadium
“Barclays Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The arena is home to the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association, and is also one of the home arenas for the New York Islanders of the national Hockey League. 29.9 miles 51 min car drive.”
  • 611 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Favorite restaurant for breakfast lunch or dinner, they have a nice backyard area ”
  • 617 locals recommend
Bridge
“Take the train and go for a walk or run across the Brooklyn Bridge around 8 am to beat the crowds. You'll get a great little workout and breathtaking views. ”
  • 452 locals recommend
Art Museum
“An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century. Very interesting exhibitions”
  • 361 locals recommend
Market
“Amazing selection of food options and great gift stores as well as sample sales (depending on the weekend). Advice- go first thing in the morning or later at night to avoid the crowds. ”
  • 555 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Brunch & Dinner Local favorite, stylish comfort food eatery with celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson. ”
  • 560 locals recommend
Cinema
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“This theater shows independent/arthouse/foreign films/nostalgic films. It has an in-theater full wait service with a full menu of food and drinks so you can eat/drink during your movie! ”
  • 638 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful park with the famous arch. Tons of street performers, right next to Soho. ”
  • 434 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Whitney Museum of American Art, known informally as the "Whitney", is an art museum in Manhattan. It was founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a wealthy and prominent American socialite and art patron after whom it is named. The Whitney focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art.”
  • 323 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bakery
“Right downstairs from us and considered one of the best pizza spots in nyc. All organic and handmade. They also have an outdoor beer garden and homemade ice cream.”
  • 856 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Favorite restaurant for breakfast lunch or dinner, they have a nice backyard area ”
  • 617 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Brunch & Dinner Local favorite, stylish comfort food eatery with celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson. ”
  • 560 locals recommend
Cinema
“This theater shows independent/arthouse/foreign films/nostalgic films. It has an in-theater full wait service with a full menu of food and drinks so you can eat/drink during your movie! ”
  • 638 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Great food in a chill environment. A true neighborhood spot, get the five leaves burger with truffle fries.”
  • 488 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Famous for it's pastrami, also a particular scene in the movie "When Harry Met Sally"”
  • 402 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“A must for brunch or dinner. This restaurant is peak Brooklyn vibes, and I also love thier cocktail menu!”
  • 360 locals recommend
Donut Shop
“Doughnuts are enormous and yummy! Many location but if you go into the Brooklyn location on Franklin Ave. you get to watch them makes these mouthwatering treats. ”
  • 375 locals recommend

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