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Discover NYC – Your Guide to Indie Businesses

Discover the local, independent businesses that are the heart and soul of NYC in Shoot New York City’s guide to the best of indie New York!

Discover the real NYC in Shoot New York City’s Discover Guide

I love the independent businesses in New York, they are the heart and soul of the city! In this section you will find bookstores, cafés, restaurants, arts & crafts markets and more. This is an ongoing project to list the best of indie New York so visit often to discover the real New York City. Experience the hidden gems and places that New Yorkers frequent. For more information on many of NYC’s vibrant neighborhoods, have a read of my Neighborhood Guides. I am not compensated for writing these reviews and I'm only writing about the places that I like.

Sadly, far too many of these unique, independent businesses close every year. When I learn of one closing I will move it to the category Vanishing NYC. They may be gone but they’ll never be forgotten!


Court Square Diner, Long Island City, Queens

I do love a good diner and Court Square Diner has been a favorite for many years. When I go to MoMA PS1 to see an exhibit I usually plan to have a meal there. They’ve been in business since 1946 in the area and since 1991 at this location. And yes, you can’t stay in business in New York City through luck. There’s a good reason that Court Square Diner has been in business for so many years.

I typically have breakfast food or a gyro. The food is always yummy and the vibe is friendly and neighborly. It’s definitely worth eating here. And if you’re in the mood to discover NYC you can actually walk across the Pulaski Bridge and go to Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

They’re open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. And they are located next to the Court Square subway stop for the 7 and G trains.

Court Square Diner - 45-30 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens

Court Square Diner