Your foolproof guide to entertaining troublesome NYC visitors

Published On 07/26/2013 Published On 07/26/2013
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1. Discovery Times Square 226 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

DTS has hosted countless art and historical exhibitions and events, including King Tut, Harry Potter, Terracotta Warriors, and Nathan Sawaya's The Art of Brick.

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2. High Line btwn Gansevoort & W 30th St, New York, NY 10011

Built on historic freight train tracks, the High Line is a public park on the Westside that spans from Gansevoort all the way up to 34th St, with a walkable path and gardens, seating to enjoy views of the Hudson, and shops along the way.

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3. FAO Schwarz Flagship Store 767 5th Ave, New York City, NY 10153

FAO Schwarz is probably the most famous toy store in the world. Despite the fact that they're loaded with newfangled toys you probably won't understand, they also continue to stock the classics (TMNT... Smurfs), and, of course, offer the opportunity to jump on giant piano keys and make jokes about how the Zoltar machine is going to finally make you grow up.

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4. Yankee Stadium 1 E 161st St, Bronx, NY 10451

Perhaps you've heard of a little baseball team called the Yankees. Well, get this: YS is the stadium... where those Yankees play. ...Talk about a curveball!!!

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5. Economy Candy 108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Open since 1937 on the Lower East Side, the family-owned Economy Candy is a sugar lover’s dream stocked with some 2,000 candy varieties. Shelves overflowing with Pez dispensers, chunky Paydays, and Toblerones span the walls and nearly reach the 20ft-high tin ceilings. Economy Candy’s inventory includes mainstream packaged sweets like Red Vines and Now & Laters, home-made dipped orange peels, colored gummy bears by the pound, and vintage, hard-to-find bars like Abba-Zappa peanut butter taffy and the toasted coconut-covered Zagnut. Though a visit to this retail relic is a smart move to satiate any sugar craving, Halloween is an absolute must thanks to those oh-so-tempting words, “free candy.”

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6. TKTS Booth Brooklyn 1 Metrotech Ctr, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Whether you've got guests in town or just feel like getting in on that Broadway/Off Broadway theater action, get your tix at TKTS Booth for discounts off up to 50% off.

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7. Gigino at Wagner Park 20 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004

This sister restaurant to Tribeca's Gigino Trattoria, Gigino at Wagner Park has views of the Hudson, Positano-inspired eats with daily seasonal specials, and a solid wine list.

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8. The City Reliquary Museum 370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

With block parties, concerts, and film events, the non-profit City Reliquary Museum honors the old and new New York through rotating exhibits and events.

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9. The Cloisters 99 Margaret Corbin Dr; , New York, NY 10033

Part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters opened in 1938 and reflects medieval architecture and art, with over 2,000 works of art and stunning outdoor gardens that are not to be missed.

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10. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86; , New York, NY 10036

Built in 1982, the Intrepid Museum sits on the Intrepid aircraft carrier at Pier 86 and's one of America's leading cultural & historical institutions, aiming to honor heroes and educate the public on American accomplishments in... sea, air, and space. The Museum also hosts Fleet Week.

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11. Comedy Cellar 117 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

You may recognize it from the intro to FX's Louie, but, in case you don't (nerds), Comedy Cellar is a laid-back Greenwich Village comedy club that's hosted some exceptional comedians including, well, Louis CK, but also Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Wanda Sykes, Jon Stewart, Kevin James, and more.

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12. Rockefeller Center 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

Completed in 1933, RC was John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s gift to NYC residents and tourists alike -- a place where they could live, socialize, and embrace views of everyone's favorite city. Today, Rockefeller is home to NBC Studios, displays a giant Christmas tree and skating rink every Winter, shows off views from Top of the Rock, and more.

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13. Barcade 388 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This arcade-themed bar (the first outpost of four) offers a vintage lineup ranging from Donkey Kong to Asteroids to be played while sipping craft beers from countless taps. While there's no kitchen, there is a binder full of local restaurant menus, so you can get food delivered if you work up an appetite.

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14. Rodeo Bar 375 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

This honky tonk, Southern roadhouse, Tex-Mex barstaurant's got world famous 'ritas, a down-home country vibe, cheap happy hours, and bar eats to satisfy you after all those cheap drinks.