New York City Guide
You don't have to be a native New Yorker to act like one—not if you use our New York City Guide
. Want to seamlessly travel between neighborhoods, find the city's best pizza or learn insider tips on hotels or permanent housing? Our New York City Web Guide points you to the Big Apple’s vast array of fun activities: Visit New York’s most famous attractions, see a show, catch the big game, attend a gallery opening, spot a celebrity and much more. We also offer a Spanish-language version of the Guide
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Hang around in New York long enough and you’re bound to see someone famous doing something quite ordinary. New York City celebrity sightings are quite common. In fact, most people who live here have seen celebs buying coffee, taking their kids to school or even riding public transportation. But if you don’t want to leave your brush with celebrity to chance, there are a few ways you can increase your celebrity spotting odds. Seek out trendy hot spots, sit in a live audience or hang around the set of a movie in production. Maybe you’ll be inspired to take a shot at being in a movie yourself.
- There’s been a recent trend of popular movie and television stars trying their hand at live theater. Although some harsh critics say the quality of Broadway performances has gone down, your chance of getting a glimpse of your favorite star has gone up. Hang out near the stage door of the theater after a performance, and actors will walk by as they exit. Some are even willing to stop for autographs.
- Remember to be respectful. In New York, there’s a good chance you’ll see a famous person on the street. While it’s exciting to see him or her, try to admire from a distance.
For celebrity sightings …
is a user-generated blog that keeps track of celebrity sightings in New York. Find out where the famous people went, read a blurb about what they did there and check the map to locate clusters. Readers of the popular gossip blog can e-mail or text in sightings. Of course, not everyone is a fan of the site; Jimmy Kimmel
criticized Gawker editor Emily Gould for violating celebs’ privacy and even putting them in danger.
The New York Post
's infamous Page Six is a gossip column that tirelessly exposes secrets of the rich and famous. It also has a celebrity sightings map of Manhattan. Like Gawker, it relies on user submissions, and different readers mean different stars on each list.
For celebrity hot spots …
lists restaurants and bars where you’re likely to see a celebrity. Getting in may be tough but if you succeed, you might glimpse a VIP or at least experience life the way stars do.
For information about film and TV show locations …
Before the Trailer
lists daily film locations for TV shows and movies that are currently being filmed in New York. Visit the site to find locations, times and dates of shoots, and to get a dose of movie news, reviews, trailers, fan photos and more.
On Location Tours
has a number of TV- and movie-oriented tours that let you see the parts of New York that have appeared on the big and small screens. Take the "Sex and the City" tour or "The Sopranos" tour and visit favorite spots from the two TV shows. Or stop by all the Central Park spots where movies have been filmed.
the authority on entertainment for insiders and fans alike, has a list of all movies that are in production. Check for movies being made in New York, do a bit of research and you may be able to take a peek at the set on a particular day of filming.
's "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" blog provides insider information about the filming of the show, which is all done in the New York area. Although it’s hard to predict where to find the film crew, the area around Centre Street—where Manhattan’s courthouses are located—is often a good guess.
To be in show audiences …
NYC & Company,
the official Web site of New York City tourism, has information on all the shows that are taped in New York and how to get tickets. Not only does the site have information on how to send away for live audience tickets, you’ll also find insight on where to go if you want to be part of the audience for a show like "The Today Show."
has information on how to get tickets to be in the audience for shows that tape in New York. Depending on the time of year, there may not be any shows on the site, but the phone number to call for information and tickets is provided.
To become a celebrity yourself …
has “Breakdowns” for projects that are casting in the New York area. Anyone can see the list, but to get more information, you’ll need to register for a free account. You’ll find plenty of nonunion projects and student films ideal for the amateur actor, as well more serious stuff (for which you may need an agent). If you don’t have an agent, set up an account with your headshot and resume and submit electronically through the site.
Casting Networks New York
has a direct casting notices page where you can find information about both principal and extra work in New York.
is exclusively focused on finding and placing “background” talent. Download registration
information from the site or take a look at the “FAQs”
for more information.
The Naked Cowboy
, New York's own celebrity, can usually be spotted playing his guitar around the vicinity of Times Square, clad in nothing but a white cowboy hat and a pair of bikini briefs. Or you can catch up with him online on Naked Cowboy TV
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