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The best things to do in NYC this weekend
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The best things to do in NYC this weekend

Explore autumnal colors at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, book a private heated igloo on a rooftop and try pizza at a secret speakeasy inside of a bagel shop. Whatever you do, get out there and make it a fall weekend to remember.

Brooklyn’s newest eco-friendly library has a ton of fascinating hidden secrets
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Brooklyn’s newest eco-friendly library has a ton of fascinating hidden secrets

The Brooklyn Public Library system’s newest location is twice the size of its former building.

See the major transformation coming to the Rubin Museum next year
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See the major transformation coming to the Rubin Museum next year

The Rubin Museum is creating what it calls the "Mandala Lab."  

The longest outdoor mountain coaster in the country just opened in Upstate New York
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The longest outdoor mountain coaster in the country just opened in Upstate New York

Thrillseekers, get ready to fire up your adrenaline.

The 50 best things to do in NYC for locals and tourists
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The 50 best things to do in NYC for locals and tourists

NYC has gone through the fire and is coming out the other side.

Things to do outdoors in NYC

The most amazing outdoor comedy shows in NYC
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The most amazing outdoor comedy shows in NYC

New Yorkers—how much do you miss belly-laughing at a comedy show? While we cannot yet huddle inside some of NYC’s beloved comedy dens, comedy institutions across the city are taking their stages outdoors, and bringing back laughter to New York. While you can stay at home and stream your go-to stand-up comedians’ specials over and over again, you can also head out to hear the roar that erupts after a cheeky joke in person. From impromptu performances in NYC's sprawling green spaces to stand-up at a drive-in movie theater, here are all the best outdoor comedy locales you can visit for a good laugh right now. 

The best drive-in movie theaters in NYC
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The best drive-in movie theaters in NYC

The nostalgic entertainment form has made its way back into the spotlight.

Best cycling routes and more in NYC
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Best cycling routes and more in NYC

Chances are you'll be cycling around more than usual this summer.

The best scenic drives in New York
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The best scenic drives in New York

Sometimes you just gotta jump in the car and ride. New York City is surrounded by beautiful country lanes and scenic highways worth discovering. If you have a car or can rent one, these scenic drives in New York will induce you to roll down your window and drive at a Sunday-driver pace. From Long Island to Upstate, New York's lakes, oceans, mountains and rivers are yours to behold. You just have to know where to look. That's where we come in. We've rounded up 10 of the best scenic drives around NYC to help plan your weekend getaway.  Note: If you plan to get out of the car, wear a mask and practice social distancing. Call ahead to see if nearby businesses are open.  RECOMMENDED: The best places to go camping near NYC

The 10 best lesser-known spots for a lovely NYC picnic
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The 10 best lesser-known spots for a lovely NYC picnic

The city is dotted with hidden gems to picnic at all summer.

Free and cheap things to do in NYC

The best free things to do in NYC this week
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The best free things to do in NYC this week

It's a busy week with a plethora of activities for the taking. You're gonna need this list of the best free things to do in NYC if you are to have any hope of avoiding serious FOMO. First and foremost, don't miss out on the exhibit of large artworks at the Socrates Sculpture Park or take the ferry to Governors Island for some respite. Also, don't miss a free comedy show being hosted in Google Docs! RECOMMENDED: Find out more free things to do in NYC

The most gorgeous gardens in NYC
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The most gorgeous gardens in NYC

New York is often seen as a concrete jungle, but there are small pockets where greenery not only thrives, but provides a welcome respite from the hectic pace of urban life—that is, if you know where to look. Next time you want to take a minute to stop and smell the roses, check out NYC parks like Central Park or visit New York's various conservatories (like the one at the New York Botanical Garden). We've also included lesser-known, secret gardens in NYC that provide rare moments of solitude in a city packed with eight million people. Note that most of the stunning botanical gardens are requiring pre-reserved tickets at this time, so check their websites before heading out.

The best free cultural experiences in NYC
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The best free cultural experiences in NYC

Considering New York is the biggest city in America—and the greatest city in the world—it’s not a surprise that we’re home to some of the most amazing cultural experiences in NYC. But while everyone knows about fabulous Broadway shows and the fantastic music scene in Williamsburg, not everyone realizes just how many of these experiences are actually free things to do. Yes, you really can get into the city’s top venues—along with the best lesser known NYC attractions—without paying a cent.

All the free museums days in NYC you should know about
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All the free museums days in NYC you should know about

Say it's a beautiful day (or maybe even a miserable one), and you say to yourself, I want to go see some art. Maybe it’s a specific exhibition that everyone you know is raving about at one of your favorite museums, such as The Metropolitan Museum Of Art or MoMA or the Guggenheim. Or maybe you just want to stroll through their respective collections. It’s one of the benefits of living in or visiting New York City that these institutions (and many more) are at your beck-and-call. They are, after all, among the finest in the world. There’s just one hitch: They’re pricey to get into. Unlike cities such as London or Washington, D.C., New York isn’t big on publicly funded museums, which is too bad, especially if you actually live here and have to pay most of your wages on food and rent. Most NYC museums expect you to shell out $25 bucks or more to get in, and while that doesn’t seem like a lot compared to a ticket for a Broadway show, it adds up if you’re a regular museum goer. Granted, there are senior and student discounts, and memberships that let you get in gratis—if you’re willing to pop for the annual fee. But except for New York State residents headed for The Met, where a driver's license or other ID allows you pay whatever you wish, you pretty much have to pony up to get in there, or at The Modern, the Gugg and just about every other museum in town. There is one alternative though: Most museums offer free hours or days. You just have to know where and when they are.

Neighborhood Spotlight Series

Bedford-Stuyvesant
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Bedford-Stuyvesant

Bed-Stuy is a beautiful and historic neighborhood full of brownstones and lofty trees.

East Village
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East Village

The East Village has so much to offer for people of all walks of life, and that's the beauty of it.

Astoria
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Astoria

The neighborhood is a melting pot of cultures and, unsurprisingly, a thriving bar and restaurant scene.

Greenpoint
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Greenpoint

Greenpoint is not as flashy as other nearby Brooklyn nabes—it has a quiet cool. 

Prospect Heights
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Prospect Heights

Its booming bar scene, charming eateries and cutesy shops makes it one of the trendiest places to live.

Soho
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Soho

Soho is a shopping enclave and home to art galleries that made it a contemporary-art hot spot.

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The best New York attractions

The best tours of off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods in NYC
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The best tours of off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods in NYC

To really get to know a city, you need to venture outside the well trafficked neighborhoods.

Street art tours: See graffiti on these New York walking tours
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Street art tours: See graffiti on these New York walking tours

Take one of these five walking tours to explore graffiti and street art in these neighborhoods.

Cool factory tours: Go behind the scenes at New York factories
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Cool factory tours: Go behind the scenes at New York factories

Take an up-close look at these Gotham manufacturers.

The best Statue of Liberty tours
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The best Statue of Liberty tours

Get up close and personal to Lady Liberty herself on one of these Statue of Liberty tours.

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The best museums in NYC

The best museums in NYC
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The best museums in NYC

Look no further than our complete guide to the best museums in NYC.

New York’s quirkiest museums
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New York’s quirkiest museums

You should know the NYC hosts a whole ecology of smaller, niche museums with idiosyncratic offerings.

The best museum exhibitions in NYC
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The best museum exhibitions in NYC

New York City has tons of things going for it, from incredible buildings to breathtaking parks. But surely, the top of the list includes NYC’s vast array of museums, covering every field of culture and knowledge: There are quirky museums and interactive museums, free museums and world-beating art institutions like the Metropolitan Museum. Between them, they offer so many exhibitions, of every variety and taste, that it's hard to keep track of them. But if you’ve starting to suffer a sudden attack of FOMA, fear not! We've got you covered with our select list of the best museum exhibitions in NYC. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to museums in NYC

The best interactive museums in NYC
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The best interactive museums in NYC

Sometimes you might want something with a little more action, something a little more…interactive.

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