GIF York City II: You Only GIF Twice

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by staff, 08/06/2014

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Last summer, we made our contribution to the canon of online GIF compilations with GIFYC (GIF York City). You can still find it here. As we enter the dog days of August, though, the time has come to provide you, the reader, with more fun moving pictures of the greatest city in the world. While these are certainly mesmerizing, we still recommend visiting in person: it features all the movement of a GIF, but in 3-D, with sound. For now, though…

This is GIF York City.

Times Square
The bustling center of Manhattan has been home to large, car-free pedestrian plazas since 2009—making it an even better place for an awe-inspiring nighttime stroll. Just look at those lights.

Times Square
Video: Tom Perry

Lower Manhattan Skyline
If you want this view in real life, just hitch a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. It's free. You can read more about NYC's notable skyscrapers right here.

Lower Manhattan
Video: Tom Perry

Upper West Side
For a street-level perspective on this neighborhood, check out our handy guide.

Upper West Side Clouds
Video: Tom Perry

Brooklyn Bridge Park
In this shot, cultured and thrifty New Yorkers are enjoying a free performance as part of the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series—which is just one of many reasons to visit the open waterfront space. For more, see the park's official website.

Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
Video: Tom Perry

Coney Island
Brooklyn's seaside amusement district is home to the famous Cyclone roller coaster, Luna Park, boardwalk revelers and, on occasion, some really impressive kites.

Coney Island Boardwalk
Video: Estefania Szprengiel

The Cyclone, Coney Island
Courtesy, NYC & Company

A Kite at Coney Island
Video: Estefania Szprengiel

South Beach
Take your talents to the Staten Island side of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, and peruse our full guide to Staten Island beaches if you're looking for more fun in the sun.

South Beach, Staten Island
Video: Yvonne Jukes

Bronx Equestrian Center
Yay or neigh? Both. You can go horseback riding in the Pelham Bay Park section of the Bronx. Read more here.

Bronx Equestrian Center
Video: Tom Perry

The Unisphere
Originally built for the 1964 World's Fair, this sculpture is a perfect symbol of Queens' diversity. Go visit it in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Clouds and the Unisphere
Courtesy, NYC & Company

Governors Island
Take a boat ride to this getaway, where you can see art, rent a bike, play miniature golf and tour historic military forts.

Governors Island
Courtesy, NYC & Company

Fort Defiance
Watch mixology in action at this trendy restaurant-cum-cocktail den in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Fort Defiance
Video: Tom Perry

Jamaica Bay
These little critters are just a couple of examples of what makes this wildlife refuge an ornithologist's dream. Read on for more Jamaica Bay birding tips.

Jamaica Bay Birding
Video: Tom Perry

Jamaica Bay Baby Goose
Video: Tom Perry

related venues/(9)

  1. 1
    Staten Island Ferry
    St. George Terminal, 1 Bay St.
    Multiple Locations
    NY 10301
  2. 2
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    334 Furman St.
    Brooklyn – DUMBO
    NY 11201
  3. 3
    Coney Island
    Surf Avenue
    Brooklyn – Coney Island
    NY 11224
  1. 4
    South Beach
    Father Capodanno Blvd
    Staten Island – South Beach/Midland Beach
    NY 10306
  2. 5
    Bronx Equestrian Center
    9 Shore Rd.
    Bronx – Pelham Bay
    NY 10464
  3. 6
    Flushing Meadows Corona Park
    111th St to Van Wyck Expy
    Queens – multiple locations
    NY 11375
  1. 7
    Governors Island
    New York Harbor
    Manhattan – Financial District
    NY 10004
  2. 8
    Fort Defiance
    365 Van Brunt St
    Brooklyn – Red Hook
  3. 9
    Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
    Cross Bay Blvd near Broad Channel
    Queens – Jamaica
    NY 11693

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