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November 22, 2022
Things to Do on the Upper West Side

For visitors to New York City, the Upper West Side is known for Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and Central Park. For locals, it's a neighborhood with lovely side streets and colorful avenues, a place to eat some of the city's classic foods, shop, stroll, and simply enjoy life. And as a […]

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October 26, 2022
Things to Do on the Upper East Side

For tourists, the Upper East Side is known mainly for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. But with many more interesting attractions, the Upper East Side is a neighborhood worth visiting for a few hours.  Below are some of the best things to do on the Upper East Side including museums, parks, shopping, […]

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October 18, 2022
London vs. New York City

Two of the world's most iconic cities are London and New York -- but which is better? This post compares New York and London so you can decide which is the best vacation destination for you. Which Is Bigger? London Or New York? As of 2022, London’s population was about 9.5 million vs. New York's […]

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October 12, 2022
TV Shows Based In NYC

One reason New York City attracts millions of tourists a year is that so many people want to see the places they’ve come to know and love through TV shows based in NYC.  We've put together this list of the best TV shows that take place in New York City, including those both based and […]

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October 7, 2022
7 Areas for a Central Park Picnic

Central Park is one of New York City’s treasures and you can make your visit even more memorable by having a picnic there! Our local tour guides lead tens of thousands of guests on tours of Central Park each year, so they know every nook and cranny of the park. They also spend their free […]

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October 4, 2022
The Oculus Center

The Oculus Center is one of New York City’s most architecturally stunning buildings and is worth a visit, if only for the great photo-op! As local tour guides who lead tours every day through the Oculus Center and Lower Manhattan, we see first-hand the amazement on our guests' faces. And, in the video below, Katie, […]

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October 2, 2022
Events and Things to Do in Bryant Park

Bryant Park in New York City is a leafy green space in the heart of Midtown Manhattan just a few blocks from Times Square.  This nearly 10,000-acre (40 sq km) park runs from 40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue (map). It’s visited by more than 12 million people each year. Many are […]

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September 28, 2022
Macy's Christmas Window Displays

One of the most beloved holiday activities in NYC is seeing the festive department store window displays. Macy’s holiday window displays are among the best -- and the oldest!  Macy’s was America’s first department store to decorate its windows for Christmas, back in 1874 when the store was located on 14th Street. Now located on […]

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September 28, 2022
Columbus Circle Holiday Market

One of the best things to do in NYC during the holiday season is to visit the city's Christmas markets. At the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, you'll find lots of lovely artisan crafts, food and hot drinks to warm you up, and loads of holiday spirit! While smaller than other markets, it's still worth a […]

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September 28, 2022
What To Do In NYC When It Rains

You’ve arrived in NYC with your itinerary in hand. Everything is planned down to the minute. You leave your hotel excited to explore the city and…you feel a raindrop.  Don’t let the rain get you down. New York City is a great place when the weather limits your outdoor activities! This post has 21 ideas […]

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September 22, 2022
Public Holidays in New York City

When choosing your dates to visit New York, you might want to take into consideration these public or bank holidays. On these dates, some major attractions in NYC might be closed or have reduced hours. On the other hand, some of these holidays make the city extra fun, offering special events and festivities like Christmas, […]

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September 22, 2022
Which New York Airport Is Best to Fly Into?

When looking at flights to New York City, you will likely have seen flights arriving at two of the three NYC airports, JFK Airport, Newark Airport, and LaGuardia Airport.  The right airport for you will depend on where you are flying from and on what airline, where your accommodations are in the city, and your […]

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September 20, 2022
What to Do on New Year's Eve in NYC

Watching the ball drop in Times Square might seem like the best place to be on New Year's Eve. But as local tour guides, we know first-hand that there are many other awesome ways to ring in the new year in the city! We've called on these experiences to create this guide of eight options […]

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September 15, 2022
Union Square Holiday Market 2024

It wouldn’t be Christmas in New York City without its holiday markets!  The largest NYC holiday market is at Union Square, boasting over 150 vendors selling unique items created by local artists.  Here you can shop for all sorts of interesting items, enjoy delicious food, and take in the holiday spirit. This market is charming […]

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September 13, 2022
Bryant Park Winter Village 2024

Every holiday season in New York City, Christmas markets pop up where you can shop for seasonal arts and local crafts, enjoy delicious foods, and celebrate the holiday spirit. Hands down, our local guides' favorite is Bryant Park’s Winter Village. And, in the video above, Katie and Lori, guides with Free Tours by Foot NYC, […]

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September 12, 2022
Saks Fifth Avenue Light Show

This post explains how to see the amazing annual Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Light Show, a sight to behold since 2004! Every holiday season, locals and tourists alike enjoy the traditional festive lights around New York City, and 2024 is no different.  Check out the show from last year. There’s the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas […]

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