Celebrities in NYC

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Where to find celebrities in NYC or which celebrities are living in NYC today is a common question by all, but celebrity sightings in NYC are way easier than you may think and happen all the time. You will, of course, see them on the subway, in Central Park, at the gym, in restaurants, at all the current hotspots, at shows and more. But here are some unique ways to see celebrities all over the city.

Celebrity Book Signings

Celebrities in NYC

Anyone who writes a book goes on a press tour and they ALL stop in NYC. It’s quite common for them to hit Strand Bookstore and Barnes and Noble, both in Union Square, for talks and autograph sessions promoting their books. Since just about everyone in Hollywood and Politics has written a book (or, at least had someone write it for them), you are guaranteed to see celebrities signing books in NYC.

Broadway Talk Backs

Most Broadway and Off Broadway shows offer a series of talk backs, where you sit after a show and ask questions of the cast and crew. It’s usually a very intimate setting designed to dive further into the show – it is not meant as an autograph session. If you purchase group tickets, you can often even request your own special Talk Back just for your group.

92nd Street Y

The 92nd Street Y often hosts intimate celebrity appearances, which are usually set up as interviews. The one-on-ones, use NYC’s top interviewers (Today Show Hosts, Night Show Hosts, Newspaper Journalists) to interview celebrities and are attended by 1,000 audience members in the cultural center’s Kaufmann Concert Hall. Head to www.92y.org to see which of your favorites might be appearing while you’re in town!

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Times Talks A-List Live Interviews

Times Talks New York Times Live Celebrity Interviews

One of the BEST ways to experience celebrities and A-Listers like only a New Yorker can. Times Talks are a diverse series of interviews, in a fairly intimate setting, with world-famous authors, actors, politicians and celebrities (I mean SUPER A-LIST), each facilitated by a New York Times reporter (Master of Ceremonies).

Here’s of an example of what a typical month looks like: Kate Winslet, Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin discussing the new “Steve Jobs” movie, while Jennifer Hudson and Alice Waters share their new Broadway musical, The Color Purple, with conversation and performances and Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford discuss their new film “Truth.” There are always plenty of celebrity chefs, such as Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and more, celebrating the Food and Wine Festival.

More Info: www.timestalks.com

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Pace University: Inside the Actors Studio

Who doesn’t love James Lipton give an interview? The master himself attracts the absolute best talent in the world and is a superb interviewer. Inside the Actors Studio is taped in front of a live audience, but the events are closed to the public. However, there is a general public standby line, which forms outside the Schimmel Center Theatre entrance at 3 Spruce street and you can join their mailing list at http://schimmelcenter.org/inside-the-actors-studio to follow the schedule.

Movie & TV Tours

Every once in a while, a celebrity will say hello on or co-host a tour that includes some of their work. It’s not likely, but it is possible. See More: Movie and Television Tours

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Sightsee from the Sky

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building or One World Observatory? 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.

New York City Tourist Attractions

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list
  • 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 those who want to be first. Newest, most modern and high tech, with phenomenal views

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Skip the Line and Do NYC VIP Style

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Things to do in New York with Kids

One of the best parts of NYC is that what is fun for kids is usually just as much fun for adults. If you are joining us in NYC for a family vacation, then please read all about our local kid's favorites, along with special tips just for visitors.

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Get Out of NYC for a Day

NYC is within 3 hours of so many other cities and areas you can visit for just one day: Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls, the Hamptons, Woodbury Common Shopping Outlets and more quite easily. Top choices for 1-day Out of Town:

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New York City Nightlife

How do you make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps?? Some of the best 'only in NYC' nightlife experiences include skyline views, dinner cruises, Museums and attractions open late til 2am, rooftops, night tours, comedy clubs and more. Some of our top NYC Nightlife picks:

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Romantic Things to Do in NYC

There are tons of things to do on your romantic New York City vacation. Attractions open late with skyline views, Central Park Tours, VIP Experiences, a helicopter ride. Some of the most popular romantic ways to see NYC include:

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There is no shortage of pizza, bagels, street vendors, cupcakes, craft beer and cocktails, rooftops and mini food parks to explore and so many more food choices in the five boroughs, along with wonderful guides who can't wait to show you them all!!!!

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