must see sights

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By Traveller February 14, 2018
New York

must see sights

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By trish Traveller February 14, 2018

I've done the touristy things to do. I would like to know what locals think are the must see sights?

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Staten Island Ferry - Best view of the city and the Statue Of Liberty. And the ferry is free. Go from the South Ferry stop on the #1 Train. Be sure to be in one of the first 5 cars and exit at South Ferry. You can't miss the ferry terminal, it only goes to and from Staten Island. Its schedule is best described as frequent.

Central Park is always mentioned, but for me, Riverside Park is nicer. There's a greenway along the Hudson River where you can walk almost the entire length of Manhattan. Go into the park at West 86th Street and wend your way to the river and walk south. Walk as far as you like, or rent a CitiBike and follow the bicycle path.

Battery Park City is just west of the 911 memorial. You'll probably want to see the memorial but skip the museum, and once you have head across West Street on the pedestrian bridge and you'll find one of the more peaceful parts of the city. With a promenade along the Hudson, it's a perfect place to watch the sunset. There are Restaurants and Bars and shopping but go for the view.

Brooklyn Heights is a great walking neighborhood.

Locals go to the theater and although we're entertained by shows like The Lion King, we know it's not Theatre. Find a drama, look online for a show that appeals to you for its story. Then go to a TKS booth and get on the Drama line, which will be shorter than the musical line and purchase discounted tickets.

Night court is always worth a visit. Indescribable, best to google it.
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Local February 14, 2018
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I’d pick The Highline, Governer’s Island (spring/summer) , Chelsea Market, Rose Reading Room at the library as some of my faves. Have fun.
Local February 14, 2018
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One thing I recommend is walking a long stretch of the footpath that encircles Manhattan. I would pick a starting point somewhere along the Hudson River (west side of Manhattan) and walk north or south for at least 2-3 miles. Lots of locals do this every week or every day, commuting to work or walking their dogs.

Go the Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's medieval branch in Fort Tryon Park. It's out of the way and completely different from most of the island.

Go the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. It can be seen only on a tour--there are several to choose from.

Walk the neighborhoods. Harlem and Jackson Heights (Queens) are two of my top picks for this.
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Local February 15, 2018
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Obviously museums of which there are many and free on specific days and hours. Never pay full admission it is only a suggested contribution. Visit the tenement museum for a much different experience.

Walk across the Brooklyn bridge its free

The HighLine its free

Central Park free

Chelsea Market and piers

Top Of The Rock as opposed to the Empire State Building

Little Italy Bronx not Manhattan

Chinatown Flushing Queens not Manhattan

Williamsburg Brooklyn restaurant and nightlife scene

Brooklyn or Bronx Botanical Gardens

Bike path Manhattan greenway

I intentionally omitted Broadway shows due the expense, try Off Broadway shows. Hope this helps have fun.
Local February 14, 2018
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