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THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in New York City

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  • andreaschr2024
    Cape Town, South Africa12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most amazing Park that we have ever visited. What an experience, from the immaculate gardens and landscape to the impressive cleanliness and facilities available to either walk, run or cycle. The most spectacular sites to see in the park with the most amazing views and photo opportunities.
    Written June 21, 2024
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  • Sally W
    New Hampshire174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must see in NYC for me. This is an oasis in the busy city and gives a wonderful respite. We walked the whole length but there are plenty of places to get off and on.
    Written June 16, 2024
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  • Kate L
    San Jose, CA35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely amazing! The talent is unbelievable, and the storytelling is genius! The band, the dancers, and the actor playing Michael were just incredible. This show is amazing.
    Written May 27, 2024
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  • Elizabeth H
    Corpus Christi, TX315 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I read David McCullough’s 563 page book on the building of the bridge so I had a bunch of fun facts to share.
    We walked over on the Manhattan bridge (less crowded and louder with trains) enjoyed DUMBO and walked back over to Manhattan on the Brooklyn Bridge.
    It was such a lovely walk with all the people from around the world and the skyline in front and the amazing engineering all around. And it’s free!
    Written June 19, 2024
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  • Elsa C. L.
    New York City, NY4,815 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The new AWESOME LIRR in Grand Central Station (GCS) in NYC!!!
    On the west/Vanderbilt St side of GCS, take the escalator below the Main Concourse to the Madison Concourse.
    Go through blue-green doors and turn right.
    The concourse is newly built, spacious, CLEAN, no stinky smell, with three NYPD posts & several cops, CLEAN restrooms with paper pads for toilets seats, shops, food, drinks.
    The LIRR Ticketing and Customer Service is at this level (3rd down from the Main Concourse).
    Take the deep escalator (seems to be 6-7 floors high) down (one each at 45th, 46th, 47th Sts).
    There are elevators between the 46th & 47th exits.
    Look for your track on the monitor which is accessible through another escalator down or up.
    Once in the platform for track 302, the first car is the tail of the train. I describe this so those with motion sickness could choose a seat facing the front.
    There is internet connectivity four levels beneath street level.

    Let’s hope LIRR and us, rail riders, maintain this wonder in NYC, especially the restrooms!
    Written June 20, 2024
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  • I W
    Leicestershire, UK320 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best views we found were from Ellis island or Brooklyn, just south of the bridge. Get the ferry from Manhattan to Brooklyn and walk back via the bridge.
    Written June 16, 2024
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  • Elizabeth H
    Corpus Christi, TX315 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I thought we’d be disappointed going during the day instead of at night to see the lights. But it was fun.
    We stopped in Sardis to see the caricatures, tried to find a charger at the Target and then followed the sea of humanity up the red steps to people watch for a bit.
    Lots going on. We avoided the characters and the ‘Trump promoting naked cowboy’ and watched the dancers from a far as well as people from all over the world and all the ads on screens. A little less than an hour was plenty. We began in Bryant Park and left by subway to the peaceful High line.
    Written June 19, 2024
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  • Sebastian B
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great, free experience, with breath-taking view to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island ! Must see this one ! Also, You can see Manhattan from the water perspective which is oh so nice view !
    Written June 19, 2024
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  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, AR5,090 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I went to Bryant Park on the last evening of our wedding anniversary trip to NYC this past summer. It is an oasis in a bustling city. We enjoyed a dinner at Bryant Park Grill. It culminated an enjoyable visit.
    Written June 18, 2024
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  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, AR5,090 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I walked over to Rockefeller Center from our hotel during our anniversary trip to NYC this past summer. We didn’t take the time to do a tour. We just walked around the plaza area and took in the sights. It was neat to see in person what we have seen on television for years.
    Written June 19, 2024
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  • Elizabeth H
    Corpus Christi, TX315 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Winnie the Pooh wasn’t there and the Rose room is closed except for small hours, but it is still so beautiful to enter for free and take a look around. There are restrooms and a gift shop. My favorite part are the lions out front. We sat with fellow artists (taking a class) while my daughter sketched and I enjoyed the weather, the birds, the scenery and people watching.
    Written June 19, 2024
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  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, AR5,090 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I visited NYC this past summer for our wedding anniversary. We walked by and admired St. Patrick’s Cathedral during our self guided walking tour of Midtown. It is beautiful architecturally. We didn’t take the time to go inside but just took several photos.
    Written June 19, 2024
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  • I W
    Leicestershire, UK320 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stopped here whilst walking along the high line. Lots of artisan shops and places to get food or drinks. Great for a break on the high line, which doesn't have places for food or drink.
    Written June 16, 2024
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