Best Places to Spot Celebrities in NYC

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January 24, 2017

No matter your primary motivation for venturing to NYC, there's a decent chance that you've considered the possibility of running into a celebrity while there. If you're a TMZ-addicted, Hollywood gossip fanatic, perhaps that's the main draw. But even if you're not, catching a glimpse of a star from afar still makes for great vacation story fodder! Regardless of your level of star infatuation, we've picked out a few spots in the City where you might just cross paths with somebody famous.

It should go without saying, that there are no guarantees when positioning yourself to "accidentally" cross paths with your favorite stars. That said, there are certain spots around town that tend to attract a more ritzy crowd. It's not a surprise that celebrities are commonly encountered at certain upscale shops. For example, Fifth Avenue's Bergdorf Goodman is a luxury department store in Midtown, that is known as a hotbed for stars picking up "essentials". Similarly, Barneys boasts a beautiful location near Central Park's glamorous southeast corner that is also a hotbed of famous shoppers.

For a similarly efficient approach to celeb-siting, there's no better bang for your buck than the Meatpacking District near "going out" time. The area is unmatched in terms of glamor-per-square-foot. Tucked in the shadow of the wildly popular Highline (a park converted from an abandoned, elevated freight line), this now trendy neighborhood boasts an impressive concentration of high end restaurants, clubs, bars, and hotels. Anchoring this hub of high society is the gorgeous and modern Hotel Gansevoort, a popular destination for moguls as high-profile as Jay Z. Plus, it's got an outdoor heated rooftop pool and bar, so even if you strike out in terms of celeb-spotting, you've still got a great view.

That said, there is perhaps no higher concentration of star power than in the front row of a New York Knicks game. Stars like Woody Allen, Olivia Wilde, and of course, Spike Lee are all absolute fixtures sitting courtside at Madison Square Garden. It's the celeb-spotting equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel!

It's easy to forget, that despite the glitz and glam, famous New Yorkers are still New Yorkers, meaning they face the same trials and tribulations, and abide by many of the same rituals as their more anonymous neighbors. With that in mind, it's not uncommon to literally run into a jogging Gwyneth Paltrow or Liam Neeson, cruising along the 1.5-mile long Central Park Reservoir path. It's also not unheard of for vigilant straphangers to spy stars like Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick riding the subway, so keep your eyes peeled while you navigate the city below ground. There's something to be said for sticking to your own itinerary; there's a decent shot it'll overlap with that of a celeb's!


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