Where to Find Rare PokemonGO in NYC

Applico’s Head of Platform Nick Johnson has been generating a lot of buzz in the media lately. Within a few weeks of the PokemonGO app’s release, Nick has become the first person to catch every Pokemon available in the United States. After posting an image on Reddit joking about his accomplishment, Nick woke up the next morning to find out his post went viral and he had officially become the first publicly-announced “Pokemon Master.”


This was no easy journey for Nick. Spending most of the day at work, Nick was unable to start his Pokemon conquests until about 6PM. He would spend roughly six hours walking around New York City catching Pokemon, hatching eggs, and interacting with other PokemonGO users. During the process of collecting all 142 Pokemon, Nick walked an average of eight miles a day (according to his Apple Health app) and lost 8-10 pounds. He admitted to spending only a couple hundred dollars on the game, which is nothing compared to the rewards and recognition he is receiving because of this success.

Nick has been featured on Rolling Stones, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS, Business Insider, USA Today, and much more. He recently announced that he is pairing up with Marriott Rewards, who will be sponsoring his world-tour to catch the rest of the region-locked Pokemon and truly complete his Pokedex. Within the next few days, Nick will embark on the next chapter of his Pokemon journey, traveling to Europe, Asia, and Australia.

For those still looking to catch ’em all and complete their Pokedex, Nick let us in on the best spots in NYC to catch rare Pokemon:

1. Brooklyn Bridge Park

What you’ll find here:

  • Rare water Pokemon
  • Rare grass Pokemon
  • Ghastly

2. Battery Park

What you’ll find here:

  • Water Pokemon
  • Magikarp
  • Dratini

3. Grand Army Plaza (near central park)

What you’ll find here:

  • Pikachu’s “for days”
  • All 3 starter Pokemon spawn
  • Rare water Pokemon, including Omanyte and Kabuto
  • Extremely rare Pokemon (Snorlax and Dragonite tend to spawn here later at night)

4. Jersey City (near the newport PATH stop)

What you’ll find here:

  • Dratini spot

Happy hunting! Follow us on Twitter @applico to see more updates on Nick’s Pokemon journey.

Filed under: Applico in the Press | Topics: nick johnson, pokemon go

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