When you’re visiting a city, the pressure to see and do everything is intense. Not to mention, it’s hard to stay on top of what’s happening in a city that’s not your own. We get it. We also get that the best experiences are as much about the how as they are the what. Meaning, you can go to Central Park, just like everyone else, but do you really know how to do it? How to find those quiet, picturesque nooks that only the locals know, and taking advantage of the nearby great coffee shops you wouldn’t make it to otherwise? That’s why, in the following list of things we think every visitor to our hometown should do, we’ve built in tried and true strategies and tips—like where to get an excellent chocolate chip cookie when you’re touring the new Whitney, because you can’t fully appreciate Diane Arbus if you’re in a pissy, low blood sugar–induced mood.