Free Things to Do in New York City

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  • Jan W
    Canton of Vaud, Switzerland529 contributions
    A soothing place of nature in this noisy and mineral city. The north of the park is quieter, and we didn't see any pushcarts or horse-drawn carriages that can't take it anymore like in the south of the park.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • Michael L
    Hermosa Beach, CA75 contributions
    Offers great views of NYC and Brooklyn. A little crowded at times with people and vendors but worth the walk. Easy subway access
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • Jan W
    Canton of Vaud, Switzerland529 contributions
    This picture of postcard, nobody can pass by, impossible to miss this point of view. we were lucky to have
    a clear sky and I specify the ideal place: from the ferry to Staten Island and from the Brooklyn Bridge.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • Mike I
    Sherborne, UK341 contributions
    Visited this many times, a free amazing thing to do in Manhattan, well worth a visit .
    A state park in the middle of west side
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • Pablo U
    Punta Arenas, Chile22 contributions
    I recommend visiting it at least twice, once when its rush hour to get in the real mood of Grand Central and its beautiful chaos with the crowds trying to leave Manhattan, and another time when its off-peak hours, to see the building and its beautiful architecture.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • skychaserCalgary
    Calgary, Canada956 contributions
    What a great place to hang out and just watch people coming and going. Beautifully designed to bring people together .
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • Mike I
    Sherborne, UK341 contributions
    This lovely park has an ice skating rink, perfect for a coffee in winter or summer

    Behind the amazing library , one of the best places just to sit and chill
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • Kim B
    Cleveland, TN128 contributions
    We loved riding the ferry! We did it once in the day time and once as the sun was setting. Great view of the Statue of Liberty! The reason I did not give it 5 stars is that you cannot just ride over and then immediately ride back. So you have to sit there for 30 min to wait for the next ferry.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • widesmile
    Blooming Prairie, MN29 contributions
    We were joyfully surprised and raptured by a host of historical treasures on display at the library. While we did not take the paid tour, our experience here was unforgettable. Something in this well curated collection will stir your passion of history, cultural awakening. and science. Thank you to the the staff and benefactors. It was my mini Smithsonian in New York.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • Asil12
    Long Island, NY77 contributions
    This is an amazing piece of architecture. Such a great space to walk around, and even relax a bit. The shopping is great too. Lots of pop-ups too. I think it's a must see!
    Written 21 June 2022
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  • Michael L
    Hermosa Beach, CA75 contributions
    Easy access, beautiful interior. Masses maybe three times a day. Across the street from Rockefeller Plaza.
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • ggilroy33
    5 contributions
    Great show and amazing staff make this theater experience fantastic! Friendly and helpful staff helped make a crowded show very enjoyable!
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Pablo U
    Punta Arenas, Chile22 contributions
    Times Square is really a sight to behold, specially at night, where the brightness of the screens will make you feel like its midday again. But apart from that, the chaos from the crowded spaces, the annoying costume characters, the naked girls and the smell of street food and weed, will make you want to visit this place just once, and avoid it on the rest of your trip to NY.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia13,456 contributions
    A quieter part of NYC between downtown and midtown west from the Washington square. Primary a student and art area with brick house blocks. Give yourself a couple of hours to explore this great neighborhood - no tourist attractions at all, but rather ordinary every day local life.
    Written 17 June 2022
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  • Hungryhorse80
    29 contributions
    Must visit food market. We found it half way through our stay in NYC then went every day! Hand made sushi was the favourite and the chowders…. Wow!
    Written 26 June 2022
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