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distance | 0.4 miles
est. transit time | 9 minute walk end to end

If your family is like mine, they adore the Harry Potter books and movies. The current exhibit at the New York Historical Society brings some of that magic to the Upper West Side. It’s a beautiful exhibit and a great activity to plan a Saturday around. Luckily there are local favorites for pizza and some of the best cookies you will ever have, right nearby.



New-York Historical Society

American history museum and library
170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


The museum is located in a beautiful building on Central Park West near 77th street. The New-York Historical Society was founded back in 1804. The exhibit is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone being published in the U.S. It contains century-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society—with original material from Harry Potter publisher and J.K. Rowling’s own archives.


Patsy's Pizzeria

$$ Local pizzeria chain serving brick-oven pies, pasta & calzones
61 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023
(212) 579-3000


Patsy’s has been around forever. At least as far back as the 1930’s. Grab a seat and order their classic old school round pie (their words not mine) and you’ll know why. Some things just don’t get old. It’s a crowd pleaser and best of all it’s located just a block south of the exhibit.


Levain Bakery

$ Fresh breads, cookies & other baked treats
167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023
(212) 874-6080


After a little lunch you’ll be just a short walk west on 74th street (one avenue west) to Levain Bakery. Now you’re starting to see what this entire day has been about. Distract the kids with some magic and we have an excuse to indulge in the best cookies in New York City. It’s a tiny shop but it turns out some amazingly delicious treats.


Looking for a hotel near this guide? Book a stay at the Hotel Beacon

Hotel Beacon is conveniently located just a block from all of the locations mentioned in this guide as well as many more great destinations on the Upper West Side. Additionally, it’s worth nothing that the hotel does offer small kitchenette as well as a laundry room, both important ammenties when traveling with kids!

Hotel Beacon

3 Star Hotel | rooms $100 - $200/night
2130 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
(212) 787-1100


“Room was spacious and rates were very reasonable. Location was great”

Claudia, U.S. - Booking.com

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