'Pokémon Go' Tips: Top 5 Pokemon Gyms in New York City

Pokémon GO players in New York City are fortunate that the Big Apple is full of public spaces and landmarks that have now become Pokémon gyms. But where are the most popular gyms, where fans can engage in the biggest and most epic battles? Well, perhaps not surprisingly, the bulk of NYC's leading Pokémon Gyms are in Manhattan, specifically in Midtown, where locals and visitors alike tend to congregate in large numbers, especially on weekdays. And while the popularity of particular places tends to shift a bit from time to time, these five spots show up fairly consistently as the top Pokémon Gyms in New York:

1. Times Square
A popular spot with both tourists and New Yorkers who work in the area or are attending the theater, Times Square is almost always one of the top Pokémon Gyms in NYC at any time of day and on any day of the week.

2. Columbus Circle Globe
Like Times Square, Columbus Circle attracts crowds for a bunch of reasons, including shoppers at the Time Warner Center and folks entering Central Park, so the Columbus Circle Globe is almost always a very busy gym.

3. Bryant Park Fountain
Midtown office workers and folks enjoying the summer activities in Bryant Park have made the Bryant Park Fountain a top gym and the fall opening of the skating rink is likely to keep it that way.

4. Flatiron Building
The Flatiron Building is a NYC icon—which has undoubtedly helped its status as a popular Pokémon Gym.

5. Google's NYC Headquarters
Many people think of the West Coast when they think of Google, but the tech behemoth's offices at 111 Eighth Avenue is well known and therefore popular with Pokémon players.

Victoria Otto Franzese is a proud New Yorker who owned, operated, and wrote for a successful online travel guide for 15 years. Now, thankfully, all of her travel is purely for fun. See where she'll be going next at @VOFranzese.