'Pokémon Go' Tips: Where to Find Rare Pokemon in New York City

It is almost old news now that New York City is full of public spaces, landmarks, and crowds of people that have made the Big Apple a rewarding place to play Pokémon Go. Those conditions have led to a large number of popular gyms within the five boroughs. They have also made NYC one of the best places in the country to find many of the very rarest Pokémon. If you are looking for epic, mythical, and special Pokémon (think Electabuzz, Aerodactyl, Lapras, Kabuto, Porygon, and Snorlax), New York is full of good opportunities for you.

In some cases, you'll find that rare Pokémon lurk in the places where you find the largest concentrations of Pokémon Go players. But in other cases, you need a specific situation—like maybe a body of water—that cause them to appear. With all that being said, my research shows that these are consistently the five top spots for finding rare Pokémon in New York City:

1. Times Square
Times Square invariably tops the list of almost anything related to Pokémon Go in NYC. There are huge numbers of people assembled in this area, which is also an enormously popular Pokémon Gym, on all days and at all times of day. Combined with clusters of Pokespots, this has led to variety of sightings creatures like Jigglypuff and Geodude.

2. Bryant Park
Like Times Square, Bryant Park is full of hordes of players and is the site of one of the city's top Pokémon Gyms. The big news here? Golbats—lots and lots of Golbats.

3. Empire State Building
There have been numerous sightings of the very elusive Pikachu atop the Empire State Building. Is it worth the entrance fee to find out? You decide!

4. Brooklyn Bridge Park
Like water monsters? Brooklyn Bridge Park is right by the river and therefore a good place for hunting Squirtles and Magikarps.

5. Nintendo Headquarters
It's hardly an original thought to imagine that the NYC HQ office for Pokémon Go creator Nintendo would be a good place to track down rare Pokémon—but if you've wondered if it's true, I can tell you on good authority that it is.

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.