The Best Places to Catch Pokemon in NYC

It should come as no surprise that the Pokemon Go craze that has swept basically everywhere this week is especially strong in New York City. Thanks to the game’s method of designating landmarks and other large public sites as «gyms» (where you can battle against other players)—coupled with the fact that NYC is, well, enormous—there’s no shortage of places to catch Pokemon throughout the five boroughs.
But some places are better than others, which is why we’ve put together this handy guide to the spots you should hit if you really do want to catch ’em all. Some are obvious—duh, of course Times Square will be a good place to catch rare Pokemon—while others are less so. (Haven’t found a Squirtle yet? Try Greenpoint!) And if you have other spots to add to this list, leave a comment or hit the tipline. But remember: Pokemon Go responsibly.

1 Bryant Park

There’s a huge gym located at the Bryant Park fountain, and so there are frequently crowds of gamers all clustered around it. As a bonus, the game’s mapping capabilities replicate the park’s layout very well, so you won’t have any problems finding the Golbats (so many Golbats) within the space.
E 42nd St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 768-4242

2 Times Square

Unsurprisingly, the most crowded part of the city is chock-full of both Pokespots (including the birthplace of Eugene O’Neill) and Pokemon just waiting to be caught. We’ve spotted a Ponyta, a Geodude, and a Jigglypuff in the wild here. There’s also a huge gym within the tourist-clogged public space.

Broadway & 7th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 768-1560


Within Times Square, the TKTS steps are a good place to play without worrying about the whole running-into-oncoming-traffic thing. (This reporter caught a Magickarp, which may not be super exciting, but hey, it’s something.) It’s pretty crowded so expect there to be some lures, too.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 246-3828

4 Brooklyn Borough Hall

In addition to a pretty hoppin’ gym right outside of Borough Hall, the park surrounding the Brooklyn municipal building is teeming with Pokespots. There’s plenty of open space so you’re almost guaranteed to bump into other players.

209 Joralemon St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
5 WNYC Transmitter Park
A tipster tells us that there are lots of water Pokemon in this Greenpoint park, which has the added benefit of a lovely Manhattan skyline view as the backdrop for your capturing capers.

2 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
6 Grand Army Plaza
A tipster tells us that there’s a gym at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza. So go forth and attempt to master it.

Flatbush Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
7 Brooklyn Bridge Park
There’s a perfect storm of excellent Pokemon-playing factors at this waterfront park: Lots of gyms, lots of Pokemon to catch, and lots of people playing.

Main St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212) 803-3822
8 Nintendo NY
Because obviously the New York City HQ of Nintendo would be an excellent place to spot Pokemon—but be prepared to find lots of crowds doing the same thing there. (Which may be a good thing, depending on how invested you are in the social aspect of Pokemon Go.)
10 Rockefeller Plz
New York, NY 10020
(646) 459-0800
9 Empire State Building
According to tipsters, the city’s most iconic skyscraper is home to both a gym and to well-known Pokemon like Meowth. But only you can decide whether it’s worth paying the $32 fee to get a pic of a Pikachu atop the landmark.

350 5th Ave
New York, NY 10118
(212) 736-3100
10 Williamsburg Bridge
An intrepid trainer has been documenting the Pokemon that they’ve captured on the J train as it crosses the Williamsburg Bridge, with Meowth and Cubone among them. Just be aware of your fellow non-Pokemon commuters if you try to catch ’em on the subway.
Williamsburg Bridge
New York, NY 10002
11 Astoria Park
This photo pretty much says it all. (Expect water Pokemon, since this is, after all, a waterfront park.)
Astoria Pk S
Astoria, NY 11102
12 Community Bookstore
While we can’t confirm whether or not Charmandar is still chillin’ at this Park Slope indie bookstore, it was over the weekend—and, as the Instagram photo below shows, it was bothering the shop’s cat, Tiny. (And hey, if you’re going to try to catch Pokemon there, at least buy a book on your way out, yeah?)
143 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 783-3075
13 Madison Square Park
There are gyms, lures, and plenty of Pokemon at this park—and it gets crowded come lunchtime, so expect to see dozens of New Yorkers doing the same damn thing you are. It’s also close to the Flatiron Building, where you can expect to find a lot of things to catch, too.

Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 538-1884
14 14th Street and Ninth Avenue
A tipster relayed the tale of catching a very elusive Pikachu at this corner. No telling if it’ll still be there by the time you read this, but hey, it’s worth a shot.

9th Ave & W 14th St
New York, NY 10014
15 Prospect Park
It may not have as many Pokemon as its Manhattan counterparts, but this Brooklyn park is still a good place to spot and catch the little critters.

Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 965-8951
16 Union Square Park
Unsurprisingly, there are lots of Pokemon to be had at this downtown park.
btwn Broadway & Union Sq E
New York, NY 10003
17 One World Trade Center
You’ll have the battle the Conde Nasties for control of One World Trade Center—a tipster who works in the building said that there’s a pretty big gym at the city’s tallest tower.

1 World Trade Ctr
New York, NY 10007
18 Central Park
This is another no-brainer. Plus, it was recently the site of a massive Pokemon Go meet-up, where NYPD officers and Psyduck-catchers played together in relative harmony.
59th St to 110th St
New York, NY 10028
(212) 310-6600
19 Marcus Garvey Park
A user posted the fact that «so many Ghastlys» are at this Harlem park. Take note, Ghastly fans!
Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks Department
Mt. Morris Park W & Madison Ave
New York, NY 10035
20 Rockefeller Center
Looking for an Eevee or a Meowth? Head to this popular tourist spot, where those Pokemon have been spotted, among many others.
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Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
(212) 332-6868
21 Battery Park
Be on the lookout for lots of water Pokemon along the Hudson River—users have reported catching Squirtles and Magikarps, along with other watery monsters. You might also spot Dratini here.

Battery Pl
New York, NY 10004
(212) 344-3491
22 Fort Greene Park
Unsurprisingly, there’s a gym at the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, the most famous landmark within this Brooklyn park.

Washington Park
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(347) 559-5142
23 Riverside Park
Users have reported catching «a bunch of» Ponyta in this park, specifically the portion between 96th and 116th Streets.

Riverside Dr.
New York, NY 10025
24 Waldorf Astoria New York
Rumor has it that a super-rare Meowth can be found inside this storied hotel—but since it’s such a big landmark, you’re likely to find other Pokemon there when that Meowth goes away.

301 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 355-3000
25 High Line
Unsurprisingly, there are lots of Pokemon around this popular park—common ones like Zubats and Krabbys, but there’ve been reports of a Jigglypuff nearby.

btwn Gansevoort & W 34th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 500-6035
26 Roosevelt Island
Yep, you can catch Pokemon in the middle of the East River, and unsurprisingly there are a fair number of water Pokemon here—a Squirtle and a Psyduck were recently spotted, according to the Pokevision map.