New York City is peppered with celebrities year-round -- but in the summer, they're out and about more than ever. From outdoor brunches in SoHo's hottest spots to lounging on the Southampton sand, Hollywood stars love summers in the city.
Here's the catch: They, just like the rest of us, don't want to get caught in summer tourist crowds. But while you're probably not going to spot a star in Times Square or Rockefeller Plaza -- ugh, think of the foot traffic -- it's not too hard to pinpoint more celeb-friendly areas. Thanks to Instagram and the paparazzi, we've figured out some of the most Hollywood-heavy neighborhoods in all of Manhattan. (Plus some dashes of Brooklyn, the Bronx and Long Island.)
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds went bike riding near Battery Park, Bella Hadid is often milling around East Village, and Harry Styles is getting used to his new home in TriBeCa. But the most reliable places to spot celebrities in New York City are outside TV studios like ABC, NBC and CBS. Not sure where they're located? All the details are in our slideshow below!
Stars in the City: Summer 2017
Stars in the City: Summer 2017
While you may not be able to splurge on Madison Avenue, they're great for celeb spottings! Here's Jennifer Garner outside Rag & Bone in May, located on Madison and 68th. Most tourists stick to Madison Ave more in midtown, but stars often flock to the uptown stores to avoid crowds.
Brad Pitt seen on the street outside the 'Late Show with Stephen Colbert' studio in May. The studio is located on Broadway and 53rd, just a bit above Times Square. Celebrities usually arrive about half an hour before show taping, but they're more likely to pause for a photo upon exit.
Blake Lively snapped this shot of Ryan Reynolds during a bike ride in lower Manhattan. Although they carefully avoided revealing their exact spot, it appears to be by Battery Park.
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid spent a rainy May afternoon in Brooklyn. The two are more often spotted by her Noho apartment -- she lives on Bond Street.
Karlie Kloss posted this photo from the base of Williamsburg Bridge in lower Manhattan: "So this morning was day 1 of marathon training!" she wrote.
Gigi Hadid and sister Bella Hadid both live in Manhattan. Bella's East Village spot is a 15-minute walk from Gigi's Noho apartment. The two are seen here outside Gigi's place on May 4.
Miley Cyrus has been spotted on several occasions in Soho over the past few weeks, often taking the time to pose with fans who see her on the street.
During the summer months, many daily TV broadcasts film outside to take advantage of the sunny weather. Access Hollywood's offices are inside Rockefeller Plaza, so when it tapes outside, it's usually around 48th and 50th St, between 5th and 6th Ave.
If you're at a major sporting event in New York, chances are there are a number of celebs there, too. Break out the binoculars (or the major iPhone zoom) and look toward first-and second-row seating at Madison Square Garden -- you might see Harry Styles taking in the game, like he did a few weeks ago.
Jennifer Lopez, a Bronx native, is spending May filming her show 'Shades of Blue' in Queens. Some scenes were shot at Astoria Studios.
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have said that their favorite Manhattan brunch spot is FRANK, located in East Village. The couple (+ little Luna), who used to live in the area before relocating to LA, rented a lower Manhattan apartment in May for their temporary stay.
Rockefeller Plaza is a major hotspot for celebrities since so many shows tape in 30 Rock -- "The Tonight Show," "Late Night," Today" and more -- but stars carefully avoid the front of the building, where most tourists gather. Instead, you're most likely to spot them near the side entrances, which are located on 49th and 50th between 5th and 6th Ave.
Hilary Duff has been spotted all over Soho in the past few weeks, in part because she's in the area shooting the upcoming season of 'Younger.'
After hitting up pizza places in Soho, Kim and Khloe Kardashian headed a bit uptown to Union Square on May 15 because they were craving Mr. Softee ice cream. They posted the entire endeavor on Instagram Live, although Kim ultimately decided she didn't want to get out of the car in such a crowded area. (Jonathan Cheban got the ice cream for her.)
Another great studio for celeb stalking is the set of ABC's 'Good Morning America,' which tapes every day right in Times Square. You can also get tickets to attend live studio audience tapings. on abcnews.com. Here's Kerry Washington heading to set on May 17.