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Bucket list experience:

Aerial view down onto white roofed stalls of the Grand Bazaar in New York

Courtesy of the Grand Bazaar

Last updated: 25 May, 2023

This Upper West Side year-round bazaar is one of NYC’s oldest and largest marketplaces. Every Sunday, all year round, up to 200 local merchants – local artists, designers, and antique/vintage dealers – come together to sell one-of-a-kind and limited edition art, antique watches, vintage collectables and fashion, handmade jewellery and furniture. Some market days have special themes – art, food or homewares for example. See the website’s events page for what’s on, when.

There’s a strong social mission to the market. As well as providing a much-needed, affordable outlet for local artists and artisans, 100% of Grand Bazaar NYC’s profits are donated to four local public schools, benefiting over 2,000 children.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around

When to do it

The market runs all year round, every Sunday.

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Mandarin Oriental New York

New York City, New York, United States of America (USA)[1.4 miles]

A typically luxurious Mandarin hotel with top-notch facilities and faultless service – in an unrivalled location on Central Park. As good as Manhattan five stars get, and in the perfect location – walking distance to New York’s top attractions.

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The Plaza

New York City, New York, United States of America (USA)[1.9 miles]

One of the world’s most famous and luxurious hotels in a prime location overlooking Central Park, for traditionalists seeking an old-school sense of occasion.

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The Peninsula New York

New York City, New York, United States of America (USA)[2.2 miles]

Sumptuous luxury hotel with lauded bar, spa, eateries, right next to Manhattan’s best shopping and museums.

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Pod 51 Hotel

New York City, New York, United States of America (USA)[2.9 miles]

Funky and efficient affordable option in a handy location for Fifth Avenue, Museum Mile, and Central Park.

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Roller and ice skating at the Rockerfeller Center

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Museum of Broadway

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