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To the NYC Insider Guide, a New York City Travel Guide created by a fourth-generation lifelong New Yorker.

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Planning a vacation is always fun, but in a place like New York City, with SO MUCH to see, do, tour, shop and eat – you want to make sure to do everything you can during your New York City Vacation. That is no easy feat, even for those of us who have lived in New York City our entire lives.

Consider me your very own NYC Insider to help you make the most of your NYC vacation, find our hidden treasures and advise you on the best New York City events, tours and attractions. I’ll also show you tons of discounts and coupons, how to see Museums for free and so much more!

Explore this New York City Travel Guide to book your trip and get New York City Insider tips, free maps, where to spend and save your money, secret ways of getting discounts and most importantly, what to book NOW so you don’t miss out!

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Best New York Marathon Hotels

The best New York Marathon hotels book up very quickly, as our 5 borough marathon shows off over 50,000 runners to over 2 million...
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Jacuzzi Hotels NYC in Room

NYC Hotels for Families

NYC Hotels for Families

Hotel Week New York City

Hotel Week New York City 2024

List of NYC Broadway Shows

...find the BEST NYC Theater tickets! Welcome to the List of NYC Broadway Shows, which I hope will help you find the best seats to...

NYC Holidays

July 4th in New York City Fireworks

NYC Fireworks Boat Cruises, Hotels, Yankees+ July 4th in New York City is amazing! The weather is almost always wonderful and our 4th of July...

NYC Monthly Events

New York City Events January 2024

NYC January Events, Activities and Things to Do Calendar Happy New Year! New York City Events January 2024 include catching the last of the Rockefeller Center...

New York City Events February 2024

NYC February Events and Activities Calendar New York City Events February are full of sports, concerts, shows and special events, like Valentine's Day, Lunar (Chinese)...

New York City Events March 2024

NYC March Events and Activities Calendar New York City Events March 2024 include March Madness, Big East Basketball, Kid's Night on Broadway, 20 at 20...

New York City Events April

NYC April Events and Activities Calendar New York City Events April include Drake, Mirror, Olivia Rodrigo, PAW Patrol Live!, Davido, tons of...

New York City Events May

NYC May Events, Things to Do, Activities Calendar The best New York City Events May 2023 include Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Taylor Swift,...

New York City Events June

NYC June Events & June Things to Do New York City Events June 2023 are packed with amazing outdoor culture and adventures, along with tons...

New York City Events July

NYC July Events and Activities Calendar New York City Events July 2023 include July 4th Fireworks, Bryant Park Movie Nights & Picnic Performances, Martini...

New York City Events August

NYC August Events & Things to Do New York City Events August 2023 include the US Tennis Open, Shakespeare in the...

New York City Events September

NYC September Events, Festivals Calendar New York City Events September 2023 include the US Tennis Open, Giants, Jets,...

New York City Events October

NYC Insider Guide October Events Calendar New York City Events October 2023 include New York Comic Con, Giants and Jets football, Nets and Knicks...

New York City Events November

November Events & Things to Do Calendar New York City Events November include the Rockettes at Radio City, Thanksgiving Dinner, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New...

New York City Events December 2023

NYC Insider Guide December Events and Activities Calendar New York City Events December 2023 are filled with dozens of New York Christmas Trees &...

New York City Activities

New York City Tourist Attractions include the typical Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Museums of Modern Art and Natural History, Central Park and so much more. Some of our newer attractions include the 9-11 Memorial Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Times Square. But, do you also know you can have a martini and listen to classical music at a Museum? Or eat Chinese food while looking at the Statue of Liberty? Come enjoy NYC like a local….

New York City Tourist Attractions

...the best things to see and do in NYC New York City Tourist Attractions include the typical Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Museums of...

List of NYC Broadway Shows

...find the BEST NYC Theater tickets! Welcome to the List of NYC Broadway Shows, which I hope will help you find the best seats to...

New York City Concerts Shows 2024

Shows, Events and Sports Calendar New York City Concerts include some of the world's BEST talent you will ever see in the...

NYC Vacation Itineraries

Sample Vacation Itineraries...NYC Insiders Share Their Trips New York City Vacations offer so many incredible things to do, sometimes its hard to...

Visiting New York With Kids

Favorite Family Things to Do, Hotels, Attractions Visiting New York with kids is truly a delight. After all, it is how I first experienced my...

New York City Nightlife

Night Tours, Cruises, Rooftops, Clubs, Attractions New York City Nightlife offers something for everyone, every day and every night. After all, this IS the city...

New York City Museums

Many Museums are actually FREE? Yes, they are! New York City Museums range from the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC and American Museum of...

New York Restaurant Guides

Pizza, Bagels, Steak, Food Trucks and More New York Restaurant Guides cover the almost 19,000 restaurants in NYC... you can eat at different one every...

New York City Shopping

Insider Guide to Shopping in NYC New York City is a shopping and fashion paradise, but some of the best New York City shopping is...

New York City Sports Teams

Giants, Jets, Yankees and Mets! Cheering on one of our New York City Sports Teams is a top pick for any NYC trip. Make sure...

NYC Events Today

Over 50 Things to do in NYC and NYC Events Today! NYC events today, like every day, include shows, concerts, Broadway, sports, kids...

New York City Tours

...Walk, Bike, Bus, Blade and Fly Over NYC There are so many special New York City Tours. You can tour New York by walking, bus,...

Fun Things to do in New York in Winter

Fun Things to do in New York in Winter




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Best New York City Hotel Rooftops

NYC Hotel Rooftops offer some of the best skyline views in the whole City, along with cocktails and food, views, pools, cabanas, sundecks and retractable roofs. Our top picks for the most surreal views and cocktails include:

New York City Hotel Rooftops

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Museums

Museums and attractions are open, some with reduced capacity, safety protocols, reservations and vaccination proof. Check out the new Museum of Ice Cream (SoHo), Guggenheim, MoMA, Whitney and so many more NYC Museums from which to choose.


New York City Museums


Attractions & Sightseeing

NYC attractions are open, some with reservations required. Whether you want to sightsee from the sky or selfie with celebs @ Madame Tussauds, you can be safe and explore.

Go HIGH or Go Home

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory, Edge or the new SUMMIT? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

Edge NYC Observation Deck

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list. Recently redone indoor 102nd Floor Observatory
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for homage to the Twin Towers. Modern and high tech, with phenomenal views
  • Edge - (100-101 floors) Highest outdoor observation deck, glass bottom floor, deck extends 80 feet away from building (photo)
  • Summit One Vanderbilt - (91-93 floors) Opened Oct 2021, all glass elevator, indoor and outdoor decks and glass terraces off the side of the building. One of the hottest tickets in town


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