New York hotels: Critics' picks

Find the best hotels in New York with these Time Out editors' picks for accommodation in New York City.

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The Book of Mormon

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

If theater is your religion and the Broadway musical your sect, you've been woefully faith-challenged of late. Venturesome, boundary-pushing works such as Spring Awakening, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Next to Normal closed too soon. American Idiot was shamefully ignored at the Tonys and will

  1. 230 W 49th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $69–$175, premium $252–$477
  3. Wed Jul 1 - Thu Dec 31
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Brooklyn Bridge Park

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions Some city parks—Central and Prospect, most obviously—were built to replicate rustic fields and preserve serene woodland. Brooklyn Bridge Park, however, was not—and that’s precisely why it has become so popular in the five years since it debuted. The

  1. East River between Adams St and Atlantic Ave, 11201
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ABC Kitchen

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

While plenty of New York restaurants have lately made the environment a priority—sourcing their ingredients locally and crafting dining rooms from salvaged materials—none have done so with quite as much visual and gastronomic panache as chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new ABC Kitchen. The

  1. ABC Carpet & Home, 35 E 18th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South, 10003
  2. Average main course: $25. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For this mother of all pyrotechnic displays, Macy's will explode more than 40,000 fireworks choreographed to a 25-minute patriotic score. Stake out a nice spot near the Brooklyn Bridge, and bring your own picnic basket with beverages to toast our country's birthday. Best viewing location: Broad

  1. Brooklyn
  2. Sat Jul 4
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A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Walter Kerr Theatre (see Broadway). Book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman. Music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. Directed by Darko Tresnjak. With Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lauren Worsham, Lisa O’Hare. Running time: 2hrs 20mins. One intermission. A

  1. 219 W 48th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $99–$147
  3. Wed Jul 1 - Thu Dec 31
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"Frida Kahlo: Art. Garden. Life."

  • Critics choice

Examine the influences of plants and wildlife in Kahlo’s work while surrounded by flora and fauna yourself. Twelve original paintings, including her lesser-known still lifes, will be on display, as well as a revocation of her home garden at her Casa Azul in Mexico.

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Wed Jul 1 - Sun Nov 1
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Smorgasburg

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The epicurean extravaganza returns to the great outdoors, with Saturdays in East River State Park and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park. More than 75 vendors from Kings County and beyond sell food and drink as varied as oysters, artisanal sodas, gluten-free baked goods and caramel apples.

  1. East River State Park 90 Kent Ave, at North 8th St
  2. Sat Jul 4 - Sun Nov 22
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Michael Heizer, “Altars”

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

While the counterculture’s back-to-the-land dreams proved fleeting, a group of ’60s artists pursuing a radical vision had better luck, journeying west to create convention-defying Earthworks. Known for his hermitlike practice, Michael Heizer is one of the genre’s biggest names. After years

  1. Gagosian Gallery 555 W 24th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Wed Jul 1 - Thu Jul 2
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Rooftop Films

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For more than 15 years this outdoor gathering of indoor types (sorry, sorry, film buffs) has hosted screenings in a variety of creative locales—beaches, parks, plazas, farmland and roofs (duh). This year’s series will be held at seven al fresco spots including the Industry City complex in

  1. Location TBA
  2. Fri Jul 3 - Fri Aug 14
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Brooklyn Flea-Fort Greene

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Arguably the granddaddy of the borough’s slate of bazaars, the Fort Greene Brooklyn Flea has reopened. The location is jam-packed with more than 150 vendors shilling everything from retro jewelry to tchotchkes that you don’t need (but want anyway). We’re especially excited about new spots

  1. Brooklyn Flea 176 Lafayette Ave, between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves
  2. Sat Jul 4 - Sat Nov 21
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Adelle H
Adelle H

I'll be arriving in New York in may. It's my first time visiting NYC and I was thinking to stay either at Hilton or Intercontinental. They're both really nice and in my price range. I'm inclined to go to Hilton just so I won't have any surprises. Wouldn't mind to see Emma Stone at the Cabaret also.

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Kent C
Kent C

We will be heading to New York next month. It will be a very fun trip. However, we have no idea where to stay. Thanks for posting the prices of the hotels there. We are going to try and save as much money as we can. Finding a cheaper hotel would be ideal for us. http://www.cbvipg.com/