We want to warn you about most common mistakes tourists make in NYC.
Learn from it and know-how to avoid some of New York City’s common tourist pitfalls.
We are not going to deny that New Yorkers might seem cold and unfriendly, but what can you expect when you live in such hectic, over populated city (over 8 million people) with thousands of tourists arriving from all over the world every day?! Of course New Yorkers don’t say hi or make eye contact with every stranger on the street, simply because everybody is always in rush to get somewhere, not because we are rude and don’t like tourists. So with this being said Don’t #1 is – Don’t be afraid to ask for directions. If you’re lost or confused, most of us would be happy to help you, just ask. Folks pushing baby strollers and walking dogs are great people to ask, because they likely live near-by, but most people will point you in the right direction.
As we said earlier New Yorkers are always in rush, so one of the things we find most aggravating about living in such a popular tourist destination is groups of visitors blocking the sidewalk. Don’t #2 is – Don’t stand in the middle of the sidewalk. We love that you are enjoying the City and taking picture of skyscrapers or just enjoying the view of the streets. But please step to the side, so we can get to work, home or elsewhere, without having to maneuver around you and your traveling companions.
Another suggestion we would like to give you and big Don’t #3 – Don’t try to skip your fare in the subway. Have seen it ourselves, sometimes tourists (and not only tourists of course) are trying to avoid to pay for the subway ride, especially in the stations where there’s no one stationed at the booth. Don’t do it, there are always police officers on the subway stations especially in Manhattan, you might not notice them, but trust us, they are watching you and if you get caught you would have to pay a fine in amount of $100.00, plus wasted time and shame of standing by the wall and being questioned. There have even been some fare-jumpers who have found themselves spending the night in jail: despite the free accommodations, it would be no way to spend a night of your vacation.
Let us say a few word about dress code. Don’t #4 – Don’t dress like a Tourist. If you want to fully experience New York City and want to be treated like a real New Yorker make sure not to wear sweat pants, no socks with your sandals (exception for women, since its such a big trend this days), no white sneakers, and “I Heart NY” wardrobe items should wait until you’re back home. Just dress simple, think jeans, something black, since it’s very popular color among New York City residents and of course a comfortable shoes.
You know, there are a lot of interesting people with interesting hobbies and jobs in NYC, some of them are looking to take an advantage of unsuspecting tourists. Be careful and remember Don’t #5 – Don’t become a Scam Victim. What can happen is, well dressed person might ask you to give him or her some money for a subway ticket, pretending they lost a wallet, don’t fall for it, it’s probably a scam. Playing shell and card games on the street is basically giving away your money, even if someone appears to be winning, most of the time that person is in on the scam. Use common sense and always know where your wallet is, particularly when you’re in a crowded situation.
And of course we are going to mention Times Square, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in NYC, just remember Don’t #6 – Times Square Don’t represent real New York City. Make sure to visit Downtown New York – beautiful, charming, full of history streets of Soho, TriBeCa, Greenwich Village and Upper West Side with gorgeous historical and residential buildings and museums. There are plenty of things to see outside of Manhattan as well, one of the must go areas is downtown Brooklyn, with many nice restaurants and parks, that offer a breathtaking view on Manhattan.
In general New York has enormous amount of amazing places to eat. And that’s why remember Don’t #7 – Don’t eat at a chain restaurant you have at home. NYC is home to some of the world’s best restaurants and foods, with options at every price-point, so there’s no reason to have a meal at a restaurant you could just as easily enjoy once you’re back home. It’s also not that easy to pick a place, we would recommend to check – http://www.nyc.com/restaurants/ -where you can see reviews and menus of every restaurant in the city. We would also recommend to stay away from restaurants in Times Square, unless it’s a well-known restaurant with a good reputation. Majority of them are tourist oriented places that are not focused on high quality food and very often terribly overpriced.
And finally the last Don’t # 8 – Don’t forget Manhattan is an Island. It surrounded by water, so a fun way to move around and get an overview of the City would be a water taxi and sightseeing cruise. Depending of course on the season you are traveling, would not recommend you to do it in the winter.
Enjoy New York City!