We may not have the star power of LA, but in NYC, the celebs aren't locked away in gated mansions... they're going for a stroll in the Village or hanging out at their local watering holes with the rest of us. (Well, sometimes.)
Journalist Jeryl Brunner fills us in on famous New Yorkers' favorite spots in her book, "My City, My New York," on sale at amazon.com. Here are some highlights.
"What's my favorite thing to do in this town? Hands down, private room karaoke," actor Jason Sudeikis says. He recommends Sing Sing Karaoke, where he has belted out TV theme songs and other tunes with friends for six hours straight. "One of the most fun things about this kind of karaoke is that it's not in front of a big group of people," he says. "You can take risks. You can finally sing that Broadway song that you have always wanted to sing."
Sing Sing Karaoke
9 St. Mark's Place and 81 Avenue A, Manhattan
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Actor Will Ferrell says he loves running in New York City and discovering new neighborhoods, but where does he get his energy? “My wife and I love getting coffee at Ninth Street Espresso in Chelsea Market,” he says. “It’s just the best coffee ever.”
Ninth Street Espresso
75 9th Ave., Manhattan
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Actor Matthew Broderick, who grew up in NYC, enjoys a good bike ride up the West Side Bike Path to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city center and see the Little Red Lighthouse beneath the George Washington Bridge. "When it's warm out, everybody has tailgate parties and listens to a lot of music along the path uptown before you get to the bridge. I feel like I'm in another country."
Little Red Lighthouse (Jeffrey's Hook Light)
Fort Washington Park, Manhattan
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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
“A lot of our favorite things in New York revolve around food,” musician John Legend says of city days with his model wife, Chrissy Teigen. “We love brunch at Frank’s Restaurant. The baked eggs ragu is amazing—to die for.”
Frank Restaurant & Vera Bar
88 2nd Ave., Manhattan
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“Shopping in New York is great,” actress Rachel Bilson says. “And the fact that Isabel Marant came to New York is not good for my wallet, but it’s good for my shopping addiction. Her clothing is so great, fits so well, and is so well structured. And her prints are beautiful.”
469 Broome St., Manhattan
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Actor Robin Williams says he rides his bike to Forbidden Planet to stock up on comic books. “It’s a wonderful giant comic book store and the people who are in it are fantastic,” he says.
832 Broadway, Manhattan
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Before browsing the Whitney, the Met or the Guggenheim, actress Julianna Margulies likes to lunch on the Upper East Side. “We always start at Freds at Barneys and have the Mark’s Madison Avenue Salad,” she says. “It’s my favorite salad in the whole world. It’s a garden in a bowl.”
Freds at Barneys New York
660 Madison Ave., Manhattan
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“Live! With Kelly and Michael” co-host Kelly Ripa loves running through Central Park, but she always slows down to enjoy the Victorian Gardens. “It’s this quaint little amusement park and a hidden oasis in the spot where Wollman Rink is,” she says. “[It] sort of looks like an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ fantasy village that pops up in the middle of Central Park.”
Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink
North of Central Park entrance at 59th Street and 6th Avenue, Manhattan
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Actress Rosie Perez says she started going to H&H Bagels because “They are big, fat, delicious, cheap and have great smears,” and that it became a late-night ritual. “We would party all night, go to H&H, and then head home,” she says. Her favorite place to eat them? In the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge, enjoying her own “Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment—Brooklyn style.”
639 W. 46th St., Manhattan
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Mets third baseman David Wright says when his friend got him hooked on the Knicks, he also got hooked on Madison Square Garden. "The Garden has a certain aura about it," he says. "When you go, you never know what celebrity you might run into. It is a great place to be."
Madison Square Garden
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Of all the cities he's visited and worked in, award-winning screenwriter and director Woody Allen says there's no place like New York. He enjoys strolling the Upper East Side near his home with his wife--"It's about enjoying one's neighborhood," he says--but going to The Carlyle, where he plays jazz, tops his list. "It's just pure pleasure for me," he says. "It gives me a great feeling."
The Carlyle Hotel
35 E. 76th St., Manhattan
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Actor Edward Norton says his Zagat guide is dog-eared with his favorite New York spots. "I love Blue Hill," he says. "I admire what [co-owner and executive chef] Dan Barber is doing on every level. I think he's trying to figure out how to do food in a holistic sense."
Blue Hill New York
75 Washington Place, Manhattan
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