Celebrities You Might Spot in New York
There are two ways you might spot a celebrity in New York: You could take a “tour of the stars,” or you may bump into one right on the street. In New York, not even money can buy you a clear street (sorry, Kanye).
That means celebrities can be caught on the subway or walking on the sidewalk in an attempt to beat the traffic. For the savvy New York traveler, it’s a great opportunity to practice A-list spotting.
Whether it’s your first or fiftieth time in New York, check out one of those famous shuttle tours to get primed. You’ll see the city in a completely new light, and get an insider’s scoop on where famous folk are most likely to be spotted.
Once you’ve seen the sights and have a feel for the area, it’s time to let the games begin. Which celebrity will you see in the flesh?
A map of the stars
Many stars split their time between NYC and other parts of the world, but quite a few of them treat New York as home. Neil Patrick Harris owns property near Harlem, while Bill Murray and Madonna live a few blocks away from each other on the east side of Central Park.
That’s where you might also find Ricky Martin, Tom Brokaw, and Kelly Rutherford. You should head west of Central Park if you seek a more eclectic crowd.
That’s the direction you’ll find Matt Damon, Tina Fey, and Cyndi Lauper at home. Nestled right up against the park is Bono, Robert De Niro and Antonio Banderas.
Steve Martin, Steven Spielberg, and Diana Ross also have unbeatable views of the park. If you partake in a carriage ride, savvy drivers will point out the apartments of the stars for you, which will give you a better idea of where to approach your celeb spotting.
How to approach a celeb
Whether you have dreams of meeting Denzel, Lady Gaga, Katie Homes, Derek Jeter, or countless other NYC-based celebs, it’s important to approach with caution (much the way you would with any other rare breed). Understand that you might get your hopes dashed.
There’s a good chance the person won’t live up to your expectations, and you might even be in for a rude shock. Approach a famous person the way you would a job interview: with poise, politeness and respect.
If you’re lucky, you’ll score an autograph, a selfie with a celeb, and a fond memory. If not, don’t worry. There are plenty of other famous people who may turn just a few blocks away.