Mondays can be tough, but you can at least start them with a smile by checking out That’s So Manhattan’s photo of the week, primarily based on Instagram likes but with an added dash of editorial judgement. Submit your own snaps of Manhattan for your chance to be featured.

July 17, 2017 (Coney Island Beach):

Coney Island Beach

Okay, so it’s not Manhattan, but Coney Island is still a part of New York City, even though it feels like a totally different place. Not only are there awesome rides, but there’s a full-fledged boardwalk and beach that make it seem like a Jersey Shore town with more flair. Depending on where you’re coming from in Manhattan, the subway ride can be over an hour, but for $2.75, that’s a steal to get to this fun summer destination.

July 10, 2017 (Van Leeuwen, East Village):

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

The East Village is arguably the best ice cream neighborhood in the city (maybe even in the country), and Van Leeuwen is one of those spots that make it so great. With its unique flavors, including some vegan ones, and amazing taste, it’s definitely an ice cream shop you’ll want to hit up.

 

July 3, 2017 (Flatiron Plaza):

New York Hot Dog

With America’s birthday around the corner, it’s the perfect time to feature a New York hot dog, straight from a street cart. It’s not glamorous, but it’s damn good, and it’s a classic part of both the city and the country. 

June 26, 2017 (“Seated Ballerina,” Rockefeller Center):

Jeff Koons Ballerina

Balloons aren’t just toys for kids. They can be art too! And not the boring art where you stare it for 10 minutes trying to understand it, but incredible works that are easily accessible, like this giant ballerina in Rockefeller Center by Jeff Koons. Rockefeller Center is more famous for having a giant tree over the winter, but sometimes it also has cool public art like this, and it’s a lot more pleasant to go there when it’s warm and sunny and relatively uncrowded, compared to scene there in December for the tree. 

 

June 19, 2017 (Turtle Pond, Central Park):

Central Park Turtle

For such a big city, New York has a surprising amount of nature, including an array of wildlife such as turtles. And a great spot to see turtles is, unsurprisingly, Turtle Pond in Central Park. Here, a turtle got adventurous and left the pond to walk across the pathway. Insert punchline. 

June 12, 2017 (Levain Bakery, Upper West Side):

Levain Cookies

“I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance,” writes Nora Ephron in Heartburn (quote obtained via Goodreads). 

This is a great and accurate quote, but if New Yorkers wanted to find the greatest cookie, just go to Levain! The line can be long and the shop is tiny, but it’s worth it when you bite into that warm, gooey center.

June 5, 2017 (Tessa, Upper West Side):

Tessa NYC

New York is full of clever sandwich boards, like this one at Tessa, a charming Mediterranean restaurant in the Upper West Side. Has there ever been such a widely joked about typo as “covfefe”? It definitely sounds like a delicious Eastern European coffee, so restaurants should just start serving it. 

May 29, 2017 (Chelsea, Manhattan):

Hugging Dog Loubie

Hugs are great. Dogs are great. Put them both together and what do you get? The amazing hugging dog Loubie, who is basically a celebrity. People literally stop on the street to tell her owner that they follow her on Instagram, and many stop to try to get a picture or even a hug. She often hangs out in Chelsea, so see if you can spot her! 

May 22, 2017 (Bryant Park Yoga):

Bryant Park yoga

New York can get a little stressful, but luckily there’s plenty of places to unwind over the summer with free outdoor workout sessions, like this yoga class in Bryant Park, which takes places Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings from mid-May to September. Even if you’re not the biggest yoga fan, you should still check it out, because a) it’s free and b) it’s pretty amazing to stretch out with the backdrop of amazing skyscrapers and the breathtaking New York Public Library. But don’t actually let it take your breath away, cause you’ll need to breathe for yoga.

May 15, 2017 (Gray’s Papaya, Upper West Side):

Gray's Papaya in the Upper West Side

Despite its location, New York is a papaya powerhouse. And by powerhouse, I mean there are a lot of hot dog places with “papaya” in the name that serve tropical drinks alongside glorified street food. And not street food as in a fancy food truck, but street food as in a classic New York hot dog stand. One of those papaya places is Gray’s Papaya on the Upper West Side, and while it may not look like much, it’s a New York institution. It’s quick, it’s cheap, and it’s sort of delicious.

May 8, 2017 (Supernova, Novotel):

Supernova in the Novotel

The Broadway/Times Square area might seem like nothing but tourist traps, but there’s actually some really cool spots sprinkled throughout the area. And some of those happen to be in hotels, which of course are touristy, but are not traps. In fact, New Yorkers should spend more time enjoying the city’s hotels, like Novotel, which includes the surprisingly serene bar/restaurant Supernova, where you can get the view pictured above. It’s a little pricey, but so are most rooftop bars, and it’s a little more relaxed up here. 

May 1, 2017 (One World Observatory):

One World Observatory

Going to the observatory atop the World Trade Center might seem like a total tourist trap, but it’s actually awesome. The views all across the city and into New Jersey are breathtaking, and while it can get a little crowded, you can stay there as long as you want, so with a little patience you can make your way in front of any window you want and score some amazing pics.

April 24, 2017 (Washington Square Park):

Washington Square Park Cherry Blossoms

Despite being such a bustling city, New York has a surprising amount of nature, even within Manhattan. Some of it is a bit of manufactured nature, like Washington Square Park, but it’s still a nice respite from the city streets. And while it’s not Washington, D.C., Washington Square Park has a few cherry blossoms of its own that are quite beautiful. If you’re in the neighborhood, check it out, but there’s also some other spots around the city where you can see even more cherry blossoms if you so desire.

April 17, 2017 (Summers SoHo):

Summers Soho

New York is always changing, and part of that includes a ton of scaffolding all over the city. It can be a little annoying, especially if you’re a shop owner, but occasionally it has its benefits, like shielding you from the rain for five seconds. However, Summers SoHo, a coffee shop that’s technically in Greenwich Village, has really made the most of it by stringing some hammocks and lights along the scaffolding to create a charming scene. New Yorkers can be quite creative!   

April 10, 2017 (The Pond, Central Park South):

Central Park

There may not be leaves on the trees yet, but Manhattan is starting to get beautiful again. Being able to stroll around Central Park without freezing is an amazing experience, even though it quickly gets taken for granted. Once summer hits, we’ll all be complaining about how hot and miserable it is outside, but for now, it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors of Manhattan!

April 3, 2017 (Rudy’s Bar & Grill, Hell’s Kitchen):

Rudys Bar & Grill

Bars in New York are usually very expensive. Sometimes Happy Hour prices will still be more expensive than normal prices in another city. But Rudy’s, a self-proclaimed dive bar in Hell’s Kitchen, goes against the norm and offers some of the lowest prices in the city. You can get a pitcher of Rudy’s Blonde beer for only $8, or a shot and a beer together for as low as $5. Oh, and each drink comes with a free hot dog. It’s not glamorous here, but with so much else in the city that’s high end, Rudy’s is refreshing.

March 27, 2017 (West Village):

West Village spring

This past week was the first week of Spring, and the weather somewhat cooperated. Turns out New York is much, much more enjoyable when you don’t have to hibernate in a closet-sized apartment!

March 20, 2017 (Soho, Manhattan):

Snow in Soho, NYC

At first, winter can be fun in Manhattan. Magical, even. But when a big snowstorm comes around in Mid-March, like it did this past Tuesday, winter can be pretty frustrating. While it was nice for many people to sorta get a day off, at this point we just want Spring to come around and not have to trudge through the messy streets while the wind whips around. The good news, though, is that today is the first official day of Spring and Mother Nature apparently took notice in New York, as it’s not freezing today and looks like it will stay that way for a while. 

March 13, 2017 (Bread, Nolita):

Bread Nolita

For some reason, New Yorkers are brunch fanatics. Maybe it’s the social acceptance to drink heavily during the day, or the fun twists on dishes. Whatever it is, brunch is amazing in New York, and Bread in Nolita is one of the many great spots to get your fix. Their breakfast-y dishes are good, but don’t sleep on the pasta. It’s okay to have it before noon. Brunch is about breaking all the rules.    

March 6, 2017 (Taiyaki NYC, Chinatown/Little Italy):

Taiyaki NYC

Fact: New Yorkers love gimmicky, Instagram-worthy food. Fact: Taiyaki NYC fits that bill perfectly. At this little shop on the border of Chinatown and Little Italy, you can get Japanese ice cream served in a fish-shaped, waffle-type cake for $7. Don’t ask why, just go cause it looks cool and tastes pretty good.

February 27, 2017 (Tortilla FlatsWest Village):

Tortilla Flats National Margarita Day

Last Wednesday was National Margarita Day, and while the “National ___ Day” is getting out of control, any excuse to drink a margarita should be welcomed. At Tortilla Flats on the far west side of West Village, they serve delicious margaritas that are quite affordable for Manhattan standards (starting at $7.50 for non-happy hour prices).

February 20, 2017 (Dyckman Street Subway Station, Inwood):

Dyckman Street

Uptown Manhattan might not get as much coverage as the rest of the borough, but there are some great spots above 100th Street, or even all the way up by the 200s, like this Dyckman Street subway stop on the 1 train in Inwood. Sure, it can get cold waiting above ground for the train, but it certainly looks cooler than a dark, dirty underground stop. And as we all know, if it leads to a good Insta pic, it’s worth it.

February 13, 2017 (, Greenwich Village):

Dō Cookie Dough

New Yorkers love gimmicky food where creative twists on items lead to lines out the door. (See: Black Tap, Dominique Ansel, etc.) The food is often fun and delicious, but not necessarily all that better than more standard fare. The newest craze of this sort is Dō in Greenwich Village, which serves amazing flavors of raw cookie dough. It is honestly one of the best things you can possibly eat, as anyone who has scraped the batter from a bowl can attest. The bonus here, though, is that the dough is safe to eat through heat treatments, so even though you could buy raw cookie dough in the supermarket and go to town sans the line, you’re technically being healthy by going to Dō instead. 

February 6, 2017 (Cool Globes, Battery Park):

Cool Globes

This public art display not only looks cool, but it also aims to raise awareness of climate change solutions, which is pretty cool, unlike the Earth (boom: roasted…is what we’ll be if we continue down the path we’re on.) They’re on display near the Southern end of Manhattan in Battery Park, so check them out. At the very least, they’re a good photo op.   

January 30, 2017 (Immigration Ban Protest, Battery Park):

Immigration Ban Protest

New York may be a bubble, but it’s a great, diverse bubble that stands up for what’s right, like at this protest against the immigration ban from predominantly-Muslim countries. There’s plenty of things to not like about the city, but you have to admire that so many residents want to help others and support equality. 

January 23, 2017 (72nd Street Station, Second Avenue Subway):

Second Avenue Subway

The Second Avenue Subway is finally here! Good things come to those who wait, although really there are plenty of people who have come and gone to the neighborhood before this subway line actually opened. It’s clean and looks great for now, and it’s even a bit of an attraction with people stopping to check out the artwork in each of the three stations. It’s arguably unnecessarily extravagant, but let’s hope it’s just the start of New York City improving its infrastructure to benefit many New Yorkers.  

January 16, 2017 (Fulton Center):

Fulton Center Skylight

While many of NYC’s subway stations look terrible, Fulton Center is actually gorgeous. In addition to continually adding more stores and tasty eateries, it also has this giant skylight sort of thing that is mesmerizing. And if the subways themselves don’t delay you, gawking around Fulton Center will.

January 9, 2017 (230 Fifth, Flatiron):

230 Fifth Igloos

Rooftop bars were actually the inspiration for That’s So Manhattan; they’re overpriced but fun and glitzy. 230 Fifth is one of the best, with an amazing view of the Empire State Building. And this winter, they have fancy igloos, which are some sort of plastic bubbles that look cool. Pro tip: for the best value, go for happy hour Mon-Fri between 4-7 and you can snag $7 wines, which is pretty reasonable for New York. 

January 2, 2017 (Guastavino’s, Upper East Side):

Guastavinos

Happy New Year! Here’s a shot of a New Year’s Eve party at the beautiful venue Guastavino’s, which is beneath the not-so-beautiful 59th Street Bridge. No matter how you spent your New Year’s (in pajamas also = winning), we hope it started your year on a great note. And with the 2nd Ave. subway finally partially completed, Manhattan is also off to a good start. So here’s to hoping for a great year all around! 

December 26, 2016 (Madison Square Park):

Madison Square Park NYC

Happy holidays! Whether you’re finishing up Christmas celebrations, rockin’ through the eight nights of Hanukkah, kickin’ off Kwanzaa festivities, or enjoying any other holiday, we hope it’s even better than Shake Shack without a line.

December 19, 2016 (The Public Theater, Noho):

The Public Theater

Aside from Broadway, New York has a vibrant theater scene, with The Public Theater adding a variety of shows to the mix. But even if you aren’t an art buff, it’s hard to miss the beauty of this theater, architecturally speaking. And looking at it basically makes you as cultured as actually seeing a play, right?

December 12, 2016 (NYSE Christmas Tree, Financial District):

NYSE Christmas Tree

The holiday season is picking up steam in New York, and when the weather cooperates, this time of year can make Manhattan seem magical. If you’re tired of Midtown but still want to be surrounded by tourists, the Financial District is a good area to soak up the holiday spirit, with lots of lights and a big ol’ tree in front of the New York Stock Exchange…which is probably there to remind us that the holidays are for publicly traded corporations to boost their profits and share little of the wealth. 

December 5, 2016 (Flatiron Sky-Line):

Flatiron Sky-Line

Public hammocks are apparently so Manhattan, with this Flatiron Sky-Line installation joining the ranks of Governors Island’s own hammock hotspot, as well a setup downtown during Summer Streets. Because just in case you thought New York wasn’t dirty enough, there’s now ample opportunity to lay down where some stranger’s feet just were. Germaphobia aside, these hammocks look awesome, and you should check it out while they’re on display this month, along with other holiday festivities in the area.

November 28, 2016 (Little Cupcake Bakeshop, Nolita):

Little Cupcake Bakeshop

This past Saturday was Small Business Saturday, whereby a giant corporation — American Express  tells us to shop small, and so we do. Ironies aside, there are so many great small businesses in New York that add to its uniqueness and are worth our support. Here we highlight Little Cupcake Bakeshop, which is both adorable and delicious. Big business isn’t automatically bad, and we shouldn’t get overly romantic about small businesses for no reason, but many local shops do play an important role in our communities. So  if you want to have a voice in how the economy takes shape, don’t overlook the power of choosing where you spend your money.

November 21, 2016 (Union Square Holiday Market):

Union Square Holiday Market

The holiday season is ramping up in Manhattan, and one of the best places to get in the spirit is the Union Square Holiday Market. There’s a very real chance that Santa actually gets all his gifts from here. And if Santa doesn’t do the shopping for you, this is an awesome place to get unique presents for others. Or you could just shop for yourself while enjoying delicious hot chocolate and other treats. Either way it’s a win.

November 14, 2016 (Saks Fifth Avenue, Midtown):

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Decorations

Manhattan’s extravagant holiday decorations are starting to come back, such as with this sweet installation at Saks Fifth Avenue. Soon, most of the shops along 5th Ave in Midtown will have large displays and lights, which are great to look at but terrible to walk by. Seriously, the foot traffic is insane, so if you do go to look, try to avoid weekends and evenings if you want to move more than 0.2 miles per hour. 

November 7, 2016 (Murray Hill):

Murray Hill Buildings

Manhattan has gorgeous architecture, but the apartment buildings here aren’t very colorful. That’s why even just this little splash of yellow in Murray Hill really stands out, plus the fancy balconies make these buildings look New Orleans-ish. But these apartments probably cost approximately a bazillion times more than ones in New Orleans.   

October 31, 2016 (Tiny Cafe, Astor Place):

Zagat Tiny Cafe

Happy Halloween! What you see in the photo above is a very scary sight indeed — a delicious Jacques Torres chocolate shrunk down into comically miniature form. But aside from besmirching the name of one of the best cookies in New York, Zagat’s Tiny Cafe in Astor Place last weekend was pretty cool to see. Mainly because it basically replicated how New Yorkers cook in their tiny kitchens…if they even have a stove.

October 24, 2016 (Paparazzi Dogs, West Village):

Paparazzi Dogs

Creepy meets cute meets cool in this Paparazzi Dogs sculpture, which started in Melbourne before traveling to Dumbo, Brooklyn and now the West Village at the little plaza between 6th Ave, 9th Street, Greenwich Ave and Christopher Street (oh those charming, confusing West Village streets). Created by Gillie and Marc, an Australian married couple, the sculpture is a statement on the paparazzi’s pack mentality in hunting for celeb photos. And in New York, a lot of us are photo-obsessed, so it’s placement is picture perfect. 

October 17, 2016 (West 4th Street Courts, West Village):

West 4th Street Courts

While much of the West Village contains serene streets, there are certain sections of intensity. Exhibit A: the West 4th Street Courts, a.k.a. The Cage, which is home to competitive pick-up basketball, often with a large crowd closely watching. If you think basketball is about finesse, you need to watch a game here, where the play is physical and can get heated. I think I’d rather embarrass myself playing in front of a sold-out arena than airballing here. 

October 10, 2016 (Whispering Chamber, Grand Central Terminal):

Whispering Chamber Grand Central

Not only is Grand Central Terminal an architectural beauty, it also has a lot of fun secrets like this whispering chamber. Head toward the Oyster Bar and you’ll come to the crossing above with large arches. There might be a small line of people waiting while people talk into the corners of the arches, so if you see that, you’ll know you’re at the right place (and that it’s not that much of a secret). When you actually go to whisper into the corner of a chamber, have a friend do the same on the opposite arch diagonally. You’ll feel like Harry Potter about to enter Platform 9 3/4, but this is definitely real, and your friend will be able to clearly hear you whisper from across the chamber, probably because of magic. 

October 3, 2016 (OktoberFest New York, South Street Seaport):

OktoberFest South Street Seaport

As That’s So Manhattan has documented extensively, fall is the best season in Manhattan, especially with all the fun events going on this time of year. One such event, which sadly has come and gone, was Oktoberfest New York, and what it lacks in beer variety, it more than makes up for in scenery. So take note Germany. Manhattan Oktoberfests may have just one upped you.

September 26, 2016 (Feast of San Gennaro, Little Italy):

Feast of San Gennaro

The feast so nice we had to feature it twice. Here’s the festival in action, which included lots of food, games and even a Ferris wheel. Although it’s a Manhattan tradition, it kind of felt like one of those carnivals that pops up in small towns once a year. That’s not to say that this was a small festival, it just sort of had that feel, probably because Manhattan isn’t exactly known for its carnival games. Anyway, it was a fun event, and more importantly, the Ferris wheel made for a good Instagram pic.

September 19, 2016 (Feast of San Gennaro, Little Italy):

Feast of San Gennaro

The 90th annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy kicked off this past Thursday, giving New Yorkers yet another reason to chow down on delicious food. This picture shows a sneak peak of the festival the day before it started, so you’ll have to either head there yourself to see it in action, or stay tuned to That’s So Manhattan’s Instagram. Though smartphones don’t transmit smell very well, so it’ll be hard for a picture to do it justice.

September 12, 2016 (Twin Towers Memorial):

Twin Towers memorial

Each year on the anniversary of 9/11, lights are beamed up from the site of the Twin Towers, creating a powerful tribute alongside the new World Trade Center. 

September 5, 2016 (The New York Times Building, Midtown):

The New York TImes Building

Happy Labor Day! In honor of the holiday, here’s a quick anecdote about That’s So Manhattan’s founder and editor Jake Safane’s career: Prior to moving to Manhattan and finding his passion for content marketing, Jake commuted into the city from New Jersey for work, primarily in journalism. Riding the bus into Port Authority wasn’t a very fun way to start the day and he wasn’t too sure about where his career was going, but upon exiting the station, he would see the New York Times Building and be inspired to work hard to one day end up at a place like the Times.

So if you work in Manhattan, don’t just shuffle off to your job with your head down. Look around you and try to get a lift from the city’s amazing sights. It just might help you gain direction.

August 29, 2016 (The Blue Bar at the Algonquin, Midtown):

The Blue Bar at the Algonquin Hotel

The Blue Bar at The Algonquin Hotel is a historic two-for-one, in that both the bar and the hotel have a rich history. And you have to be rich to frequent there. But if you want to splurge on a drink in the bar, it’s a pretty awesome setting. You can pretend you’re a literary great enjoying a cocktail to inspire your next story, or you might actually start to think you’ve entered into another dimension with the way those blue lights are arranged.

August 22, 2016 (Museum of Ice Cream, Meatpacking District):

Sprinkles Pool Museum of Ice Cream NYC

The Museum of Ice Cream is a little scoop of heaven on Earth. Come for the ice cream, stay for the sprinkles pool. Or stay for the few minutes you’re allowed to be in there before the next group jumps in. Just be prepared to find those little plastic pieces, which are meant to look like sprinkles, in every pocket you’ve ever owned, for the next 6-8 weeks. Don’t ask how the sprinkles got in pants you didn’t even wear there, just accept it.

 

August 15, 2016 (MacDougal Street in Soho):

Soho rooftop garden NYC

Rooftop bars are all the rage in Manhattan, but not every cool thing in New York has to cost more than a down payment on a yacht, assuming yachts have down payments. Maybe they’re always paid in full when purchased. Who knows? Anyway, look around the streets of Manhattan for free and you’ll find lots of hidden treasures, like this rooftop garden bustling above MacDougal Street in Soho. It’s not as cool as rooftop bar, and you can’t make an afternoon of looking at it, but it’s a good reminder to look up and see what Manhattan has to offer.

August 8, 2016 (The Oculus, Lower Manhattan):

The Oculus World Trade Center

The new World Trade Center transit hub is beautiful, massive and a bit mysterious. Apparently it’s supposed to look like a flying dove on the outside, but on the inside, it seems like the scene of some sort of dystopian future.

August 1, 2016 (Staten Island Ferry):

Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island may not be as glamorous as Manhattan, but they do have an extraordinary ferry. Mainly because you get such a great view of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. And it’s free, which is a rare word in Manhattan. So hop on board the Staten Island Ferry, take a walk along the water when you get to the other side, and then get a spot toward the front of the boat so you can enjoy the scenery as you ride back into Manhattan. If you’re going for fun, keep in mind that people do use it for commuting, so it’s probably best to avoid it on weekday mornings and early evenings.

July 25, 2016 (Union Square):

Union Square sculpture

This sculpture, titled Morphous, is a little freaky but also kinda cool. And it apparently is a commentary on South Africa’s social landscape, according to NYC Parks, but even for who aren’t reading too much into it while dodging traffic in Union Square, the sculpture is definitely eye-catching, probably because it has four.

July 18, 2016 (Manhattanhenge, Chelsea):

Manhattanhenge

Twice a year, the full sun lines up perfectly with Manhattan’s street grid, creating a beautiful sunset and pedestrian traffic nightmares. If you had any doubts as to how daring New Yorkers can be, look no further than the throngs in the middle of the street, risking it all to catch the perfect photo. On the other hand, that may just show that New Yorkers’ don’t give pizza rat’s ass about cars trying to turn. Either way, Manhattanhenge is quite the spectacle, but the sunset itself isn’t as interesting as what happens around it.

July 11, 2016 (Love Sculpture, Midtown):

NYC Love Sculpture

New York can be quite hectic and frustrating, but it’s not all bad. Where’s the love? It’s on 6th Ave at 55th Street, of course! This iconic sculpture serves as both a fun art piece and a reminder that love stands tall amidst all the commotion.

July 4, 2016 (Grand Central Terminal):

Grand Central Terminal exterior

One of the most patriotic places in Manhattan is Grand Central Terminal, with its soaring eagles and the fact that it was saved by Jackie O. In a city where everything seems to be dictated by the dollar, it’s nice to have landmarks like Grand Central stand strong. Just ask anyone who’s commuted through Penn Station. Happy July 4th!

June 27, 2016 (Bosie Tea Parlor, West Village):

Bosie Tea Parlor NYC

New York is definitely more of a coffee city than a tea town, but there are still some charming places to enjoy a spot of tea. Bosie Tea Parlor is one of the nicer places to indulge in a warm beverage and delicious meal, and if you really want to go all out, which you do because it’s Manhattan, then go for the high tea. The package includes tea (shocker), sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, macarons and other little pastries for $34, sugar rush and crash included.

June 20, 2016 (Cherry Lane Theatre, West Village):

Cherry Lane Theatre in the West Village

Like most of the West Village, Cherry Lane Theater is simply gorgeous, especially at twilight. And, fun fact, the building was a first used a brewery in 1836, then as a tobacco warehouse and box factory. But a box factory is not as fun as a brewery, sorry. Then in 1924, it got fun again as a playhouse, which makes Cherry Lane the city’s longest running Off-Broadway theater.

June 13, 2016 (Holey Cream, Hell’s Kitchen):

Holey Cream donut

New York is the perfect city in which to go big or go home. At Holey Cream in Hell’s Kitchen, you can go big and live the American Dream of putting ice cream on a doughnut with the toppings of your choosing. The doughnut itself isn’t life changing, but it’s still tasty, and the ice cream is fantastic. Put the two together and you get an amazing dessert that’s sure to get a lot of likes on Instagram, which is the primary reason for eating anything in New York.

June 6, 2016 (Quality Eats, West Village):

Quality Eats Cracker Jack Old Fashioned

You can’t play with your food, but at Quality Eats, the Cracker Jack Old Fashioned lets you have fun with your drink. The drink includes Cracker Jack infused rye and a little toy that the menu claims will be disappointing, but on the contrary, this little googly-eyed thingymabob is quite delightful. And it’s best paired with one of Quality Eats delicious steaks, which are some of the best values in town. Try the Bavette Cut for only $19, which when compared to this $13 cocktail, is basically free for steak standards.

May 30, 2016 (Black Tap Craft Burgers, Soho):

Line for Black Tap

New Yorkers love food trends, and Black Tap Craft Burgers is the perfect example with its crazy milkshakes. These concoctions have led to a line constantly stretching around the corner, but luckily for those waiting, the building above is quite beautiful. But so are most buildings in Soho, and you don’t have to wait in line to appreciate them. But there’s also no milkshakes that come after looking at those other buildings, so it’s quite the dilemma.

May 23, 2016 (Kips Bay, Manhattan):

Mini Manhattanhenge

Twice a year around the summer, the sun sets perfectly along the Manhattan streets running East-West. While this isn’t quite one of those cases, it’s starting to get close, and this Sunday, May 29, you’ll be able to see a full Manhattanhenge. Except that’s Memorial Day weekend, so no New Yorkers will be here to actually see it. If the sun sets perfectly along the grid and there’s no one there to see it, does it make a sound?

May 16, 2016 (Blossom Du Jour, Hell’s Kitchen):

Blossom Du Jour vegan food

New York is drowning in amazing food, and you can pretty much find anything you want here, including delicious vegan food. That’s right, New York’s food game is so on point, that there are multiple scrumptious vegan joints that will make even bacon-wrapped bacon lovers rejoice. Pictured here is a quinoa burger with a cookie dough milkshake from Blossom Du Jour, a small chain in New York. I must admit, the shake had a bit of an odd licorice taste to it, but overall was still tasty, and the burger was amazing.

May 9, 2016 (Slice & Co, West Village):

Macdougal Street $1 Pizza

Need proof that inflation is real? Look no further. What was once one of New York’s many dollar slice joints has now squeezed the number 50 into its sign. Sure, a slice can’t always be dollar, and at $1.50 it’s still a good deal, especially for Manhattan, but this exemplifies the city’s ever-rising costs.

May 2, 2016 (Jack’s Wife Freda, West Village):

Jack's Wife Freda Carmine Street

New York’s brunch game is unparalleled, and toward the top of the list lies Jack’s Wife Freda, which has locations in the West Village and Soho. As to be expected in New York, the lines can be crazy there, but if you get there early, you have a chance to walk to right in and enjoy a delicious, not unreasonably priced meal. Pictured here is the delectable Madame Freda, which the restaurant describes as a “pressed sandwich with duck prosciutto, cheddar béchamel, gruyere & a sunny side up egg.” Translation: go eat there.

 

April 25, 2016 (New York, New York):

 

NYC Votes Sticker

It’s not about who won or lost, it’s about who got a sticker to say you voted in the New York primary. And that makes you a winner.

April 18, 2016 (Bond Street, Noho):

Bond Street in Manhattan

The name is Bond. Bond Street. And unlike the crowded streets of Midtown, Bond Street tends to be a peaceful pathway, with lots of charm. The cobblestone street is a nice touch, but good luck walking comfortably in it. Which I guess is kinda of a good thing, since taking pictures in the middle of Manhattan streets isn’t exactly the safest thing in the world.

April 11, 2016 (Christopher Park, West Village):

Christopher Park Gay Liberation
At the intersection of several streets that are hellbent on getting you lost lies a little slice of serenity in the petite Christopher Park. Not only was the park home to a scene in the mega blockbuster Lindsay Lohan masterpiece Just My Luck, but it also includes this Gay Liberation sculpture in honor of the neighborhood’s role in the gay rights movement. In particular, discriminatory policing at the Stonewall Inn across the street sparked intense protests by the gay community, which ultimately helped advance gay rights.


April 4, 2016 (Washington Square Park):

Washington Square Park pillow fight

Every year, people gather in cities around the world for a the strange but true International Pillow Fight Day. This past Saturday, April 2, the festivities went down in Washington Square Park. Though most of the crowd seemed more interesting in taking pics of the event, plenty of people still jumped into the middle to bravely swing their pillows at each other. Let’s just hope New York’s bedbug population didn’t join in on the fun.

March 28, 2016 (The New York Edition Hotel, Flatiron):

The New York Edition Hotel

Manhattan neighborhoods aren’t the only places that get a luxury makeover. Even New York skyscrapers are susceptible to getting a posh upgrade, such as this gorgeous clocktower lining Madison Square Park. What was once the headquarters for The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company is now home to The New York Edition, a fancy hotel that serves a $30 cocktail. Luckily, looking at the building from the outside is still free.

March 21, 2016 (Wooster Street, Soho):

Kanye Popup Shop Soho

Kanye has been ridiculous lately with his Twitter rants, and his recent popup shop on Wooster Street in Soho drew a ridiculously large crowd. Kanye tweeted that the Pablo store sold $1 million in merchandise over two days, and was “almost a pop up of influence,” whatever that means. Bottom line: this craziness over something trendy is SO Manhattan. At least New Yorkers seem to be branching out a little from freaking out over the latest food trend.

March 14, 2016 (The Tonight Show at Rockefeller Center):

Tonight Show theater in Rockefeller Center

Sure, Jimmy Fallon’s shtick is getting a little old, but since the Tonight Show has come back to New York, along with Stephen Colbert taking over The Late Show, New York is undoubtedly at the top of late night TV. Apologies to Conan. We want you back! You’re actually the funniest!

March 7, 2016 (The Friends Apartment, West Village):

Friends Apartment, Bedford and Grove

Like a lot of places in New York, the Friends apartment is mostly hype without much substance. For those unfamiliar, the outside of this building was used as the main apartment building on the show Friends, but not for the inside of Monica’s nor Chandler and Joey’s apartments, as those were wildly unrealistic depictions of New York apartment living. But go ahead and take a picture cause it’s still kind of cool, and then proceed to take better pictures of all the cute little buildings peppered throughout the West Village.

February 29, 2016 (Trinity Church, Wall Street):

Trinity Wall Street church in Manhattan

Another #tbt looks back at Trinity Church on a sunny fall day. St. Patrick’s Cathedral may be the most famous church in New York, but Trinity holds its own in the looks and history department, as it is part of a parish that dates back to 1697, though the current structure is only a spry 169 years old, according to Sacred Destinations. No matter your faith, Trinity Church is a sight to see, it’s free to visit, and if you need more convincing, it was in National Treasure.

February 22, 2016 (Grand Central Terminal):

Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan

This #tbt looks back at the ornate Grand Central Terminal celebrating the 100th anniversary of its opening. Yes this station can be hectic at times, but it definitely wins the beauty pageant of New York commuter hubs, though that’s a pretty easy contest to win. Plus, Grand Central is chock full of hidden gems like secret rail tracks and a whispering gallery.

February 15, 2016 (Tribeca, Manhattan):

Tribeca, Manhattan

New York can get a bad rap for being overly crowded, dirty and unappealing. But many parts of the city actually don’t make you want to throw a shoe at someone’s head. Down in Tribeca, the streets can be bare and beautiful.

February 8, 2016 (Soho, Manhattan):

Soho, Manhattan in the snow

New York in the snow is usually a slushy mess that will sour your day. But sometimes the conditions are just right, where the sidewalk repels the snow while the trees drink it in and look extra beautiful.

February 1, 2016 (Dream Hotel in Meatpacking):

Skyline from the Dream Hotel

Is the Dream Hotel pretentious? Is the rooftop bar cool but kind of over the top? Does it have a killer view of Midtown? Yes.

January 25, 2016 (JFK Airport, Queens):

JFK Airport

Technically it’s in Queens, but JFK Airport is honorarily so Manhattan. I mean just look at the long lines waiting to get a taxi, a day after a blizzard tore through the region. There’s also a Shake Shack inside, as well as lots of people paying exorbitant prices. That’s so Manhattan.

January 18, 2016 (Little Italy, Manhattan):

Little Italy, Manhattan

Ah Little Italy. A neighborhood full of so-so Italian restaurants, but one that also has some gems. Don’t stress trying to figure out which is which. You’re there for the ambiance, of which there is plenty. And pasta is always delicious no matter which way you twirl it.

January 11, 2016 (Chelsea, Manhattan):

Chelsea Empire State Building

Manhattan has no shortage of questionable “art,” but it’s also full of awesome street art. Or in this case, van art. I wonder if this was a case of van-dalism…you’ll laugh at that later.

January 4, 2016 (Radio City Music Hall in Midtown):

Radio City Music Hall Ornanments

On some level, holidays in Manhattan are the worst for those that live here, as Midtown gets invaded by impenetrable walls of tourists. But if you stop and smell the roasted nuts, the decorations all over New York, like these here around Radio City Music Hall, are still fun to see. For a few minutes. Then go find breathing room.

December 28, 2015 (Wollman Rink in Central Park):

Wollman Rink in Central Park

Technically it’s now called Trump Rink, but let’s pull the “traditional values” card and call it by its classic name, Wollman Rink. This is one of the most beautiful ice skating venues in Manhattan, and it brings joy to all the little boys and girls who come for a holiday adventure…until they wipe out. Hard.

December 21, 2015 (Washington Square Park in the West Village):

Washington Square Park Christmas Tree

Lightsabers are the ultimate Christmas light. The Christmas tree in Washington Square Park is pretty great too. With Star Wars fever in the air, New Yorkers gathered in the park for a lightsaber battle that was equal parts geeky and awesome. And may the force be ever in your favor, or whatever the kids are saying these days.

December 14, 2015 (SantaCon 2015):

Santacon 2015 Manhattan

Every year, New Yorkers and way too many bridge-and-tunnelers hit the streets in their holiday best for the annual tradition known as dressing up like an old man and getting drunk SantaCon. This year happened to be exceptionally warm, so just when you thought there was nothing better than a bunch of boozy Santas, turns out there’s sweaty, boozy Santas.

December 7, 2015 (The Plaza Hotel in Midtown):

Menorah at the Plaza Hotel

Happy Hanukkah! Although let’s be honest, thanks to Home Alone 2, The Plaza Hotel is inextricably linked to Christmas. Midtown = craziness during the holidays, but if you can bear the crowds, many of the city’s iconic sites like The Plaza help bring in the holiday cheer.

 

November 30, 2015 (Trader Joe’s in Chelsea):

Trader Joe's in Manhattan

If there’s one thing the suburbs have over a city like New York, it’s grocery shopping. In Manhattan, the local stores tend to have high prices for questionable quality. In this bizarre Manhattan world, Whole Foods is somewhat cheap. But if you really want to save money, Trader Joe’s is the place to go. Except they need like 70 more in the city, cause the lines are almost always wrapped around the aisles. And then you end up buying more than you can carry home.

 

November 23, 2015 (World Trade Center from Soho):

Sunset over World Trade Center

You don’t need a beach to have a beautiful sunset. When the sun hits the New York skyline at moments like this, it really becomes the greatest city in the world.

 

November 16, 2015 (Tower Fifty Seven in Midtown East):

135 East 57th Street

If skyscrapers are gonna block the view anyway, they might as well look like this. This building isn’t a household name like some other New York skyscrapers. It doesn’t really have much of a name at all, going from 135 East 57th Street to the nearly as boring Tower Fifty Seven. Which doesn’t do it justice, cause this building is cool and has a cool plaza thingy with that circle in the picture. I vote for calling it 57 Shades of Brown.

 

November 9, 2015 (The Empire State Building from Soho):

Empire State Building on Election Day from Soho, Manhattan

 

The Empire State Building is basically a nightlight for adults that comes in fun colors. This past Election Day (yeah, there was an Election Day last week), the skyscraper shined through sporting the red, white and blue. I suppose that should be for national pride, but I’m pretty sure it was actually New York saying it’s way cooler than any other city across this great land.

November 2, 2015 (Midtown East, Manhattan):

Sculpture in Midtown East

This has to be a joke, right? Talk about crappy art. Actually there’s not much to talk about. It’s just a weird statue that looks like…well…you know…

October 26, 2015 (West Village, Manhattan):

Range in West Village

Having a functional kitchen is a rarity in Manhattan, much like real bedrooms and people waiting to get on the subway until everyone is off. Thus, throwing this range away is a travesty, and we can only presume that their motive was to have an excuse to order more through Seamless.

October 19, 2015 (The Doughnut Project in the West Village):

The Doughnut Project

Heaven is truly a place on earth when you’re chomping down on delicious doughnuts from The Doughnut Project in the West Village. The shop is new, so get yourself over there so you can tell your friends you actually knew about it before it was cool. The flavors are creative, like beet with ricotta, and straight up scrumptious like the bacon maple bar.

October 12, 2015 (Noho, Manhattan):

NYC Street Art

New York street art can be pretty pretentious. It can also be pretty awesome. This one here falls into the latter. Even though it’s simple, the colorful triangles turn what would otherwise be a dull rectangular building into what looks like the curvy headquarters of Discovery Zone. They need to bring back DZ and make one for grown-ups.

October 5, 2015 (Corner Bistro in the West Village):

Corner Bistro

A delicious burger/bar joint with prices that seem to be as old as the interior. I’m not very good with years, so just go there yourself and figure it out. But moral of the story, it has an old-school-feel with burgers for under $10 and McSorley’s beer for the unheard of Manhattan price of $3.25.

September 28, 2015 (CVS, Bleecker Street):

Pumpkin Pie Chapstick

Just when you think the fall pumpkin craze has reached an all-time high, you then see ChapStick that sounds good enough to eat. No, this was not Photoshopped. Pumpkin mania is real.

September 21, 2015 (Noho, Manhattan):

car in NoHo, Manhattan

Nothing says cool surfer vibe like parallel parking in Manhattan. Landshark is also terribly average. So there’s that.

September 14, 2015 (World Trade Center, Lower Manhattan):

World Trade Center Memorial Lights

On September 11 anniversaries, New York pays tribute to the those lost during the tragedy 14 years ago. On a lighter note, the lights confuse a lot of birds. Take it easy PETA, we still care about birds.

September 7, 2015 (Museum of Modern Art in Midtown):

Yoko Ono exhibition at MoMAM

Art in Manhattan includes some of the world’s treasures, like The Starry Night in the Museum of Modern Art. It also includes a lot of ridiculousness,  like this “art” created by Yoko Ono. Ono she didn’t.

August 31, 2015 (Chalait in the West Village):

Matcha latte from Chalait

Manhattan has a plethora of coffee shops, but java isn’t your only option in the city. Chalait in the West Village offers a refreshing alternative with its matcha (powdered green tea) lattes. Just look at it. It’s beautiful. And it tastes as good as it looks.

August 24, 2015 (Lower East Side, Manhattan):

Williamsburg Bridge

To get from one burgeoning hipsterhood (the Lower East Side) to the mecca (Williamsburg), take a stroll across the Williamsburg bridge. It’s not glamorous like another bridge that rhymes with the Schmooklyn Schmidge, but it’s kinda the best bridge in an ironic sense.

August 17, 2015 (Soho, Manhattan):

Street sign in New York

This little gem of a street sign boils with the New York rage inside us all and comes with a free side of irony as passersby snap photos of it.

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