Big Apple is one of the most visited places in the world.
The planet has a large number of
Tourists every year. There’s more to see and do at 305.
Many square miles of cultures of the United States
Together, millet and millions of people live on top of each other.
You can see a show, see a murder, see a temporary scream.
See a dove, pigeons fighting against a rat.
My tongue is pizza and then you eat at Gray’s Papaya. Really
Everything you can ask for.
NYC, at one level, gave everything to everything, there
Also, waste things that will waste your time.
Money on the road to the real city giving you very little money
This never fits the adventure. Time Square may appear
Take it from a hell of a place.
Good and bad and everything in between, these are 22
Worst time in New York sucks. Avoid them and do something
Fun entertainment instead.
Never Use a Cab
Despite the common misconception, very few people actually try
to use cabs, and none of them do it in a hurry. The subway is
almost universally the fastest way to get around. Plus, most
cabbies aren’t familiar with the city, and those that are will
happily drag you to hell and back to overcharge you. Uber’s not
much better, if you’re hoping to go that route, though there is
improvement there, especially if you go with the more luxurious
Don’t Drive Yourself
If you don’t know the streets you’re going to get lost and
cause problems for everyone around you. If you do know the
streets, you know that driving is going to be slower than the
subway and your damn feet.
Go To Time Square Once
Once is all you need. It doesn’t change. It doesn’t get better.
It’s just people in costumes handing you flyers or trying to
get you to buy their album that just dropped. Get out of it.
Don’t Block Traffic
The city moves fast and the people in it have to adjust. If you
block traffic, you will be mowed down, or will be the new enemy
of everyone in your immediate area. Get well out of the way if
you want to look up at a building or down at your phone.
Standing around staring at the tall buildings makes you look
like a tourist. New York is a fairly nice place, but it’s full
of people, and if you look like you don’t belong, expect
predators to take notice. There’s plenty of places to go soak
in the sights. Don’t stare in awe on a street corner or you
paint a target on yourself.
Ignore The Big Spots
Here’s the list of places that aren’t worth it. Most of them
have long lines, huge fees, and have narrowed the experience
down to something so limited that you’re a sucker if you pay
for it. You can see millions – literally – of better stuff if
you look around. These are overrated and to be missed:
- The Chrysler Building – Any tall building will do.
- The Statue of Liberty – Take the Staten Island ferry
- The Empire State Building – Brooklyn Heights Promenade
- Central Park – Prospect Park is gorgeous and less
- Rockefeller Center – If you want to skate, go
to McCarren Rink in Brooklyn.
- Yankee Stadium – There isn’t a replacement, so good luck to
Take Ferries Not Tours
Circle Line Cruises has a big tour that will drag you around
the island to look at it. It’s a waste of money. Hop the Staten
Island ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and soak in the
skyline, and take any of the other ferries around for a cheap
way to get the sights while mingling with the locals.
Don’t Buy Knockoffs
Even if you know you’re buying a fake Prada bag, it’s still way
overpriced and not worth throwing your money away on a novelty
item. It’s cheap schlock that can be had anywhere because it’s
Never Wait In Line
If you encounter a line for most anything, skip it. Tickets for
almost every place you want to go and see and every thing you
want to do can be bought online, so you shouldn’t be standing
around anywhere. Unless it’s a dire necessity, you shouldn’t be
Don’t Pay Retail
If you’re at a big retailer, then yes, you’re going to pay
retail, probably, but most shops will haggle with you to make a
sale. Try the boutiques and see if they’ll take a lower price.
They’ll respect you even if they say no.
Skip MoMA on Friday
You should absolutely see the Museum of Modern Art. You should
absolutely pay to do it because if you go on Free Friday you’ll
want to punch a baby.
Don’t Ask The Hotel Staff for Advice
Hotel workers used to be on the side of the guest. Now, the
concierge is often operated by an outside party who contributes
to the hotel. Meaning, the people who work there are paid to
drive your business to particular places. Seek out advice
online or from local shop clerks.
Avoid The High Line On Weekends
The High Line is a beautiful place that locals and tourists
love. It’s great to visit during the early hours of the week,
but when the weekend hits it’s a nightmare where jostling is
the kindest thing that will happen.
Horse Carriage Rides Are A Waste
Don’t bother. It’s tacky and not even good tourist fun. It’s
often sad rather than romantic.
Pedicabs Are The Devil
Never pay for anyone offering you a Pedicab ride. Do you see
locals using them? No, because they’re awful. They’re also a
scam as often as not. Get a CitiBike instead.
Bus Tours Are Ridiculous
A walking tour or a bike tour are great. A bus tour is a quick
whip past some sights while someone screams potential “facts”
at you before you’re onto the next nauseating thing. None of
them are good, and yes that includes the Sex and The City Tour.
You’re better off lollygagging around by yourself.
Ignore The Chains
If you can find it outside of NYC, don’t go there. You can see
the same stuff in Omaha for far less. Go to places that aren’t
Street Food Kills
When you see someone buy a hotdog from a street vendor, it’s
because they know that vendor. It’s because they’ve done the
research. While you’re likely to be fine 99% of the time, that
1% can mean food poisoning, so it’s better not to roll the
dice. Also, there’s better food close by, find it.
Never Shop In SoHo or Midtown
These places are full of chains and junk that’s everywhere. You
shouldn’t even bother going into Midtown. You can find another
Applebee’s that’s even better, and a Dillard’s that isn’t
Don’t Stay On Broadway
You should be going to the theater, even if you hate it, hate
the idea, hate the people, hate the lights, you have to try it.
The theater scene in New York is like nowhere else on Earth and
you must give it a shot. Don’t stick to big productions,
either. Find something odd in an off-Broadway hole. It’ll still
Don’t Stick to Manhattan
Get off the island. There’s more to New York than that spot.
Hit Brooklyn and Queens and see some of the human oddities over
in Jersey. The beating heart of New York isn’t actually up
where the commerce happens.
Don’t Be Afraid
New York isn’t nearly as bad as people want you to think. A
little common sense, a little planning, and there’s nowhere in
New York you can’t walk safely and happily. It’s no more
dangerous and the people no more hostile than anywhere else in
the world. It’s strange, busy, and crazy, but really not that