Visiting New York City can be overwhelming. As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, it gets pretty crowded, and it’s good to know your way around the city. Here, we offer 17 things no one tells you about visiting New York City, so you can be ahead of the game.
Prepare your most comfortable pair of footwear, because you’ll be walking a lot, and you’ll be expected to do it at a pace faster than you’re used to.
Distance, for example, is measured using the number of blocks, avenues, and subway stops, so don’t ask a local how many miles or minutes it is to your destination. And just so you don’t bite off more than you can chew, remember that avenues are at least three times the length of blocks.
Given that New Yorkers rely heavily on the subway, knowing whether to go on the uptown or downtown platform is vital.
Do everything you can during the week, because service tends to be unreliable over the weekend.
So try to keep calm when you see them.
New Yorkers will cross the street as long as there are no cars, and sometimes even when there are.
They’re always temporary, so there’s no need to worry.
It can be as simple as bumping into someone on the subway or taking pictures of things on the street; it’s really hard to tell. Just be careful, because some New Yorkers have very short tempers.
Sure, the city has some bad places, but usually you can still enjoy leisurely walks at night.
Just try a slice of one-dollar pizza and or a hot dog!
New York is an urban jungle, but there’s always a park nearby (aside from Central Park) where you can sit and relax if you feel like taking a break. Some good alternatives are the High Line and Bryant Park.
Once you figure out the five boroughs you’re pretty much set.
There are alternatives, such as the Top of the Rock, the Met rooftop, or even the midtown cruises on the Hudson River.
Make sure to check the closing time of the place you’re visiting.
The weather app can fail you; it can be sunny, rainy, and cloudy all in one day.
Just like everything else, we embrace all styles!
You never know when someone will burst into song, play an instrument, or even join a flash mob.
By Kimberly Jane Tan