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America's Best Cities for People-Watching

NYE at Times Square at night in New York City, NY
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Is it that the locals are fascinating, good-looking, or just kind of weird? Travel + Leisure readers rank the best American cities for people-watching.

No. 4 New York City

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All the world really is a stage in the Big Apple. From Broadway shows to subway platforms, there’s always someone who’s on—it’s the No. 1 city for performance art and theater. NYC also made the top 5 for its cool neighborhoods, where you’ll spy locals with just as much personality. New Yorkers may appreciate having an audience, but don’t assume they’ll acknowledge you.

See all the America’s Favorite Cities survey results!

NYE at Times Square at night in New York City, NY

America's Best Cities for People-Watching

No. 4 New York City

All the world really is a stage in the Big Apple. From Broadway shows to subway platforms, there’s always someone who’s on—it’s the No. 1 city for performance art and theater. NYC also made the top 5 for its cool neighborhoods, where you’ll spy locals with just as much personality. New Yorkers may appreciate having an audience, but don’t assume they’ll acknowledge you.

See all the America’s Favorite Cities survey results!

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