Best of NYC

Essential New York: Tony's hit list

It's time for our annual ode to the city we call home, but this year, instead of one list of reasons we wouldn't want to live anywhere else, we've put together 59 of them, including more than 400 people, places and things that make our city the greatest place on earth. From Staten Island mandolin shop to the last stop on the 4 train in the Bronx, the best of NYC is on our lists... Whether they're iconic standbys or surprising discoveries, the items on our Essential lists are what makes New York unlike any other city in the world.


SHE CAME, SHE SAWED, Natalia Paruz (a.k.a. the Saw LAdy) has played Lincoln Center, but you can catch her while waiting for the N train at Union Square.

Natalia Paruz
After being struck by a cab when she was a budding modern dancer, Paruz, 28, found a new calling when she heard a saw player in austria. The upbeat musician plays Avery fisher Hall in December, but you'll still find her at Union Square, Grand Central and Time Square.