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Ethan Wolff is the author of numerous guidebooks to New York, having covered the city for the past 15 years. He has written for New York Magazine, BlackBook, and Details, among others. In addition to his work as the editor of City Guide, Ethan covers NYC’s talk and lecture scene for the website Thought Gallery. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn.


An Insider's Guide: The 500 Hidden Secrets of New York

(May 22, 2018) - New York loves a secret. In a city this congested, any tangent that takes you away from the crowd is a welcome one. NYC mavens Ellen Swandiak and Michiel Vos have recently teamed up on the New York entry to the Luster series of insider guides. The 500 Hidden Secrets of New York, from ACC Distributions, provides a compact look across 100 compelling categories of under-the-radar NYC. (read the story...)

The 10 Things Not to Miss at the 2018 NY International Auto Show

(March 29, 2018) - The New York International Auto Show has returned to the Javits Convention Center for 2018 with a serious array of horsepower. Some 1,000 new cars and trucks are on display, ready to be checked out by the over 1,000,000 visitors who come each year. (read the story...)

Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away at the Guggenheim Museum

(March 06, 2018) - The historical and the personal collide in the moving new show Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. (read the story...)

The Best Restaurants for Valentine's Day in NYC

(January 23, 2018) - Dining in New York just lends itself to romance. Fine food, sharp service, and sophistication aplenty make it easy to have a special night out. Valentine's Day is no exception, with the city's best restaurants rolling out winter menus for February 2018 that make it hard to narrow down the choices. We've gathered up the best of the best—with surf 'n' turf, Champagne toasts, and chocolate mousse making their way into the mix—for our picks of the best Valentine's Day restaurants in NYC. (read the story...)

14 Mind-Blowing NYC Secrets We Learned From The Bowery Boys' New Book

(December 06, 2017) - City Guide has been experts in New York for a long time, so it takes some effort to reveal city secrets to us. The Bowery Boys, a beloved podcast dedicated to NYC history, has done that and more with their new book Adventures in Old New York, “an unconventional exploration of Manhattan’s historic neighborhoods, secret spots and colorful characters.” Read on for the 14 mind-blowing New York surprises we learned from reading Adventures in Old New York. (read the story...)

Walking in a Winter ONEderland at One World Observatory

(December 05, 2017) - To see all of New York, with some seasonal accents, get to the top of One World Trade Center, home of One World Observatory and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. For a limited time, the observatory has been transformed into Winter ONEderland: A Holiday Experience Above It All. (read the story...)

Touring the World's Most Famous Stadium: Yankee Stadium in the Bronx

(October 31, 2017) - There’s no team with a record of winning like the New York Yankees, with 27 World Series championships (and counting) on the franchise resume. The Yanks have a home to match their legacy, Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, where the team’s roots date back to 1923. To learn more about the lore of the Yankees and experience Yankee Stadium as an insider, go on a baseball adventure with Yankee Stadium Tours. (read the story...)

The Best Things to Do for Labor Day Weekend in NYC

(September 01, 2017) - Labor Day Weekend is a great time to visit New York, as there's a ton going on, with room for all thanks to many locals being away, squeezing in their last vacation days of summer. With the U.S. Open, Brazilian Day, and a Caribbean parade in Brooklyn, there's something for all ages to enjoy. Read on for our picks for the best things to do for Labor Day Weekend in NYC. (read the story...)

Turkish Delights: Taste the Mediterranean at Midtown’s Galata

(August 15, 2017) - Some restaurants in New York City can open a door to another world. Galata is just such a place, where hospitality and authenticity come together for a transportive experience. From an unassuming side street in Midtown East you can access the best of Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine. (read the story...)

VR World: A Virtual Reality Playground in Midtown NYC

(August 11, 2017) - A new frontier of experience awaits in New York City. It’s called VR World, and it’s the largest virtual reality entertainment center in the Western Hemisphere. Combining the possibilities of an IMAX theater, a Star Trek holodeck, an art gallery, and an arcade, VR World is like nothing else. It’s conveniently located, too—just a few feet from the Empire State Building in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. (read the story...)

Suzuki, Satsuki & Three Pillars: NYC's Rare Trio of Unique Japanese Dining Experiences

(July 26, 2017) - A newcomer to midtown Manhattan, Suzuki is one of New York City’s most intriguing destinations when it comes to multi-course Japanese dining. Whether you’re looking for a more traditional experience, a chef’s tasting menu at the counter, or a refreshing Japanese drink at the bar, you’ll find it at Suzuki. (read the story...)

A Spy Thriller at the Museum of Jewish Heritage: Adolf Eichmann and Operation Finale

(July 24, 2017) - The birth of a nation and a cloak-and-dagger spy thriller come together in the new exhibition Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann. The exhbition provides an insider account of the capture of Eichmann, a Nazi Obersturmbannführer in charge of the logistics that led to the deaths of millions of Jews in the Holocaust. (read the story...)

Ding! Hot Pots, BBQ, and Authentic Szechuan in Times Square

(July 20, 2017) - In New York City you can find an authentic experience anywhere—even in Times Square. Ding Chinese Restaurant brings Szechuan cuisine, one of the city’s obsessions, along with hot pots and table barbecue to the heart of midtown. (read the story...)

How the World Works: Touring the United Nations Headquarters in NYC

(March 28, 2017) - New York is not just a world capital—it’s also arguably the capital of the world. On the east side of midtown Manhattan you’ll find the headquarters of the United Nations, celebrating its 71st birthday and open again for public touring. (read the story...)

A Midtown Jewel: Topaz Noodle Bar

(March 22, 2017) - Authenticity. Hospitality. Affordability. These three components rarely come together in one place, especially in a part of midtown Manhattan better known for some of the most high-end real estate in the world. Which makes the genuine, flavor-packed Thai food of Topaz Noodle Bar such an unexpected pleasure. (read the story...)

Gulliver’s Gate: New York’s Magical Miniature World

(March 17, 2017) - At a time when the planet seems ever more divided, it’s amazing to visit a place like Gulliver’s Gate and be reminded that we all share one world. Gulliver’s Gate is one of the most ambitious attractions to ever land in New York City, a $40 million extravaganza that allows visitors to travel the globe without leaving Times Square. (read the story...)

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at the Brooklyn Museum

(March 03, 2017) - Long before she was an icon of the Southwest, the artist Georgia O’Keeffe was a New Yorker. She lived in NYC for three decades on her way to establishing herself as “The Mother of American Modernism.” Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, now open at the Brooklyn Museum, shows off this artistic mastery with a fresh angle: O’Keeffe’s wardrobe, which both reflected and furthered her Modernist identity. (read the story...)

The Brooklyn Museum: A World-Class Home for Culture

(February 24, 2017) - If Brooklyn was a city on its own and not a borough of NYC, it would be the fourth largest metropolis in the U.S. (and closing in fast on Chicago for third place). Brooklyn has become a tourist destination to rival Manhattan, complete with its own world-class institution: the Brooklyn Museum. Just 20 minutes from Manhattan you’ll find a priceless collection that will surprise you with its range, from ancient Egypt to European masterpieces to a feast of decorative art. (read the story...)

Elevated Experiences: Dining at the Highest Kitchen in the Hemisphere

(December 09, 2016) - To have a meal at the highest dining room in the hemisphere, point yourself toward ONE Dine, the restaurant atop One World Observatory. The fastest elevator in the world gets you here in less than a minute (it’s a very entertaining minute, as you get to watch the entire history of New York flash before your eyes). When you arrive, friendly staff guides you into an airy space that just happens to have some of the best views on the planet. (read the story...)

Be Transported at Zibetto Espresso Bar

(October 28, 2016) - There's nothing like a crisp morning in New York City for getting you in the proper frame of mind for a visit to Zibetto Espresso Bar. Step into one of their three locations in midtown Manhattan and you’ll have the feel of walking into any small café from Trieste to Milano. (read the story...)

Ed’s Chowder House Brings Montauk to Manhattan

(September 07, 2016) - The rustic pleasures of a seafood shack meet New York style at Ed’s Chowder House. As you approach this prime Upper West Side spot, you’ll feel the area’s glamour, centered amid Lincoln Center’s cultural plenty. Tucked in to the historic Empire Hotel (built in 1923, evident in the restored terrazzo floors and mahogany paneling upstairs) is Ed’s airy second-floor retreat, with blown-out ceilings and a friendly, sophisticated vibe. (read the story...)

China Grill: A Fusion Pioneer Stays Vital in NYC

(August 10, 2016) - In the high-turnover world of New York restaurants, it’s rare to see a place survive for three decades, let alone thrive. China Grill in midtown Manhattan has managed to remain vibrant and relevant long after it put fusion dining on the map in New York City. Of course, between an inspiring space, top service, and memorable food, maybe the restaurant’s longevity (and its expansion to destinations as far afield as Mexico City and Dubai) isn’t such a mystery. (read the story...)

Irish Hospitality in Times Square: Pig n Whistle

(July 08, 2016) - One visit to a Pig n Whistle location will make clear why this pub and restaurant has thrived in New York since 1969. The newest branch is in Times Square, with a comfortable interior finished with tasteful wallpaper, exposed brick, and vibrant flags. (read the story...)

What's New at the Empire State Building

(June 28, 2016) - Since its 1931 completion, New York’s Empire State Building has been the most famous skyscraper in the world. It remains a vital part of NYC and an inspiration to the millions of visitors who ascend to the ESB observation deck in every season. There’s even something new: the Official Empire State Building Observatory Experience, a just-released app that’s fun, informative, and free. (read the story...)

Part Japanese, Part Vietnamese, All Delicious: An’nam

(June 14, 2016) - There’s a reason that Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine are so popular with New Yorkers. Both traditions feature a harmony of flavors and classic preparations that have stood the test of time. To find two great cuisines under one roof, head to An’nam, a new oasis in the heart of the Theatre District and Times Square. (read the story...)


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