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The Best Places to Catch Pokemon in NYC

If you really, truly gotta catch 'em all, start at these popular Pokemon Go spots in NYC

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It should come as no surprise that the Pokemon Go craze that has swept basically everywhere this week is especially strong in New York City. Thanks to the game's method of designating landmarks and other large public sites as "gyms" (where you can battle against other players)—coupled with the fact that NYC is, well, enormous—there's no shortage of places to catch Pokemon throughout the five boroughs.

But some places are better than others, which is why we've put together this handy guide to the spots you should hit if you really do want to catch 'em all. Some are obvious—duh, of course Times Square will be a good place to catch rare Pokemon—while others are less so. (Haven't found a Squirtle yet? Try Greenpoint!) And if you have other spots to add to this list, leave a comment or hit the tipline. But remember: Pokemon Go responsibly.

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1. Bryant Park

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E 42nd St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 768-4242
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#Pokemon heaven here #pokemongo #catchpokemon #bryantpark #NYC

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2. Times Square

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Broadway & 7th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 768-1560
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Unsurprisingly, the most crowded part of the city is chock-full of both Pokespots (including the birthplace of Eugene O'Neill) and Pokemon just waiting to be caught. We've spotted a Ponyta, a Geodude, and a Jigglypuff in the wild here. There's also a huge gym within the tourist-clogged public space.

3. TKTS

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Broadway
New York, NY 10036
(212) 246-3828
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Within Times Square, the TKTS steps are a good place to play without worrying about the whole running-into-oncoming-traffic thing. (This reporter caught a Magickarp, which may not be super exciting, but hey, it's something.) It's pretty crowded so expect there to be some lures, too.

4. Brooklyn Borough Hall

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209 Joralemon St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

In addition to a pretty hoppin' gym right outside of Borough Hall, the park surrounding the Brooklyn municipal building is teeming with Pokespots. There's plenty of open space so you're almost guaranteed to bump into other players.

5. WNYC Transmitter Park

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2 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

A tipster tells us that there are lots of water Pokemon in this Greenpoint park, which has the added benefit of a lovely Manhattan skyline view as the backdrop for your capturing capers.

6. Grand Army Plaza

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Flatbush Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238

A tipster tells us that there's a gym at Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza. So go forth and attempt to master it.

7. Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Main St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212) 803-3822
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There's a perfect storm of excellent Pokemon-playing factors at this waterfront park: Lots of gyms, lots of Pokemon to catch, and lots of people playing.

8. Nintendo NY

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10 Rockefeller Plz
New York, NY 10020
(646) 459-0800
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9. Empire State Building

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350 5th Ave
New York, NY 10118
(212) 736-3100
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According to tipsters, the city's most iconic skyscraper is home to both a gym and to well-known Pokemon like Meowth. But only you can decide whether it's worth paying the $32 fee to get a pic of a Pikachu atop the landmark.

10. Williamsburg Bridge

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Williamsburg Bridge
New York, NY 10002

Manspreading #pokemoncommuters #pokemongo #manspreading #wartortle #mta

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11. Astoria Park

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Astoria Pk S
Astoria, NY 11102

what i see when running. before n after #PokemonGo

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12. Community Bookstore

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143 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 783-3075
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Wow! Rare Pokemon sighting! Also a Charmander...

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13. Madison Square Park

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Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 538-1884
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14. 14th Street and Ninth Avenue

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9th Ave & W 14th St
New York, NY 10014

A tipster relayed the tale of catching a very elusive Pikachu at this corner. No telling if it'll still be there by the time you read this, but hey, it's worth a shot.

15. Prospect Park

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Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 965-8951
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It may not have as many Pokemon as its Manhattan counterparts, but this Brooklyn park is still a good place to spot and catch the little critters.

16. Union Square Park

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btwn Broadway & Union Sq E
New York, NY 10003

17. One World Trade Center

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1 World Trade Ctr
New York, NY 10007

You'll have the battle the Conde Nasties for control of One World Trade Center—a tipster who works in the building said that there's a pretty big gym at the city's tallest tower.

18. Central Park

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59th St to 110th St
New York, NY 10028
(212) 310-6600
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19. Marcus Garvey Park

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Mt. Morris Park W & Madison Ave
New York, NY 10035

A user posted the fact that "so many Ghastlys" are at this Harlem park. Take note, Ghastly fans!

20. Rockefeller Center

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Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
(212) 332-6868
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Looking for an Eevee or a Meowth? Head to this popular tourist spot, where those Pokemon have been spotted, among many others.

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21. Battery Park

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Battery Pl
New York, NY 10004
(212) 344-3491
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Be on the lookout for lots of water Pokemon along the Hudson River—users have reported catching Squirtles and Magikarps, along with other watery monsters. You might also spot Dratini here.

22. Fort Greene Park

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Washington Park
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(347) 559-5142
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Unsurprisingly, there's a gym at the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, the most famous landmark within this Brooklyn park.

23. Riverside Park

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Riverside Dr.
New York, NY 10025

Users have reported catching "a bunch of" Ponyta in this park, specifically the portion between 96th and 116th Streets.

24. Waldorf Astoria New York

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301 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 355-3000
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Rumor has it that a super-rare Meowth can be found inside this storied hotel—but since it's such a big landmark, you're likely to find other Pokemon there when that Meowth goes away.

25. High Line

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btwn Gansevoort & W 34th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 500-6035
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Unsurprisingly, there are lots of Pokemon around this popular park—common ones like Zubats and Krabbys, but there've been reports of a Jigglypuff nearby.

26. Roosevelt Island

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Yep, you can catch Pokemon in the middle of the East River, and unsurprisingly there are a fair number of water Pokemon here—a Squirtle and a Psyduck were recently spotted, according to the Pokevision map.

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1. Bryant Park

E 42nd St, New York, NY 10018

#Pokemon heaven here #pokemongo #catchpokemon #bryantpark #NYC

A photo posted by Dj Fresh (@dj_fresh) on

E 42nd St
New York, NY 10018

2. Times Square

Broadway & 7th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Unsurprisingly, the most crowded part of the city is chock-full of both Pokespots (including the birthplace of Eugene O'Neill) and Pokemon just waiting to be caught. We've spotted a Ponyta, a Geodude, and a Jigglypuff in the wild here. There's also a huge gym within the tourist-clogged public space.

Broadway & 7th Ave
New York, NY 10036

3. TKTS

Broadway, New York, NY 10036

Within Times Square, the TKTS steps are a good place to play without worrying about the whole running-into-oncoming-traffic thing. (This reporter caught a Magickarp, which may not be super exciting, but hey, it's something.) It's pretty crowded so expect there to be some lures, too.

Broadway
New York, NY 10036

4. Brooklyn Borough Hall

209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

In addition to a pretty hoppin' gym right outside of Borough Hall, the park surrounding the Brooklyn municipal building is teeming with Pokespots. There's plenty of open space so you're almost guaranteed to bump into other players.

209 Joralemon St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

5. WNYC Transmitter Park

2 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

A tipster tells us that there are lots of water Pokemon in this Greenpoint park, which has the added benefit of a lovely Manhattan skyline view as the backdrop for your capturing capers.

2 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

6. Grand Army Plaza

Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238

A tipster tells us that there's a gym at Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza. So go forth and attempt to master it.

Flatbush Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238

7. Brooklyn Bridge Park

Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

There's a perfect storm of excellent Pokemon-playing factors at this waterfront park: Lots of gyms, lots of Pokemon to catch, and lots of people playing.

Main St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

8. Nintendo NY

10 Rockefeller Plz, New York, NY 10020
10 Rockefeller Plz
New York, NY 10020

9. Empire State Building

350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118

According to tipsters, the city's most iconic skyscraper is home to both a gym and to well-known Pokemon like Meowth. But only you can decide whether it's worth paying the $32 fee to get a pic of a Pikachu atop the landmark.

350 5th Ave
New York, NY 10118

10. Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge, New York, NY 10002

Manspreading #pokemoncommuters #pokemongo #manspreading #wartortle #mta

A photo posted by @pokemoncommuters on

Williamsburg Bridge
New York, NY 10002

11. Astoria Park

Astoria Pk S, Astoria, NY 11102

what i see when running. before n after #PokemonGo

A photo posted by David Tai 戴士鈞 (@davidtaisc) on

Astoria Pk S
Astoria, NY 11102

12. Community Bookstore

143 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Wow! Rare Pokemon sighting! Also a Charmander...

A photo posted by Tiny The Usurper (@tinytheusurper) on

143 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

13. Madison Square Park

Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010
Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010

14. 14th Street and Ninth Avenue

9th Ave & W 14th St, New York, NY 10014

A tipster relayed the tale of catching a very elusive Pikachu at this corner. No telling if it'll still be there by the time you read this, but hey, it's worth a shot.

9th Ave & W 14th St
New York, NY 10014

15. Prospect Park

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY 11215

It may not have as many Pokemon as its Manhattan counterparts, but this Brooklyn park is still a good place to spot and catch the little critters.

Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY 11215

16. Union Square Park

btwn Broadway & Union Sq E, New York, NY 10003
btwn Broadway & Union Sq E
New York, NY 10003

17. One World Trade Center

1 World Trade Ctr, New York, NY 10007

You'll have the battle the Conde Nasties for control of One World Trade Center—a tipster who works in the building said that there's a pretty big gym at the city's tallest tower.

1 World Trade Ctr
New York, NY 10007

18. Central Park

59th St to 110th St, New York, NY 10028
59th St to 110th St
New York, NY 10028

19. Marcus Garvey Park

Mt. Morris Park W & Madison Ave, New York, NY 10035

A user posted the fact that "so many Ghastlys" are at this Harlem park. Take note, Ghastly fans!

Mt. Morris Park W & Madison Ave
New York, NY 10035

20. Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112
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Looking for an Eevee or a Meowth? Head to this popular tourist spot, where those Pokemon have been spotted, among many others.

Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

21. Battery Park

Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004

Be on the lookout for lots of water Pokemon along the Hudson River—users have reported catching Squirtles and Magikarps, along with other watery monsters. You might also spot Dratini here.

Battery Pl
New York, NY 10004

22. Fort Greene Park

Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Unsurprisingly, there's a gym at the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, the most famous landmark within this Brooklyn park.

Washington Park
Brooklyn, NY 11217

23. Riverside Park

Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10025

Users have reported catching "a bunch of" Ponyta in this park, specifically the portion between 96th and 116th Streets.

Riverside Dr.
New York, NY 10025

24. Waldorf Astoria New York

301 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

Rumor has it that a super-rare Meowth can be found inside this storied hotel—but since it's such a big landmark, you're likely to find other Pokemon there when that Meowth goes away.

301 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

25. High Line

btwn Gansevoort & W 34th St, New York, NY 10011

Unsurprisingly, there are lots of Pokemon around this popular park—common ones like Zubats and Krabbys, but there've been reports of a Jigglypuff nearby.

btwn Gansevoort & W 34th St
New York, NY 10011

26. Roosevelt Island

New York, NY 10044

Yep, you can catch Pokemon in the middle of the East River, and unsurprisingly there are a fair number of water Pokemon here—a Squirtle and a Psyduck were recently spotted, according to the Pokevision map.