Forbidden NYC: Public places that are off-limits to most New Yorkers

New Yorkers hate being told no. We especially hate it when we’re told we can’t go somewhere or do something in our own city.

But here’s the crazy thing: There are a lot of places that are off-limits to most New Yorkers.

Some people who live in nice buildings can’t even go through certain doors. Reservations at the top restaurants are so tough to get you have to either be fabulously wealthy or uber-connected.

There are even public places New Yorkers are told they cannot go, like the forbidden inside of the Washington Square Arch and The New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

There are, of course, good reasons why these places are off-limits: security, safety, all that. And some actually do open for short periods of time to the public during the year. So they aren’t totally forbidden, just highly restricted. But that sucks too, right? Here are some “keep out” zones to tempt your curiosity.

Cristian Salazar