VIDEO | Top 5 Travel Tips for Surviving New York City | #NYC Travel Insider
As a busy metropolis, New York City revolves around three things: time, speed and efficiency. In fact, a lot of Manhattanites live by mental checklists and they often feel like there’s never enough time to do everything they want and
need to do . To compensate for all that lack, New Yorkers try to get that extra edge in life, by cultivating speed and efficiency. Today I’m going to share with you my Top 5 Travel Tips for New York City
1. Bring Comfortable and practical shoes.
Now I know many of you have probably watched Sex & the City and the women in it always wear high heals. That’s because they were taking taxi cabs everywhere. Unless your’e taking taxi cabs everywhere, be prepared to walk … a lot. You’ll be walking up and down stairs, you’ll be taking the metro and bus all around.. and you will be walking blocks and blocks and blocks. Being from Hawaii I was practically born in flip flops and when I moved to New York, I realized that they just didn’t work.
2. Don’t stop in the middle of a busy sidewalk or the entrance of a subway station.
I like to think of busy New York City sidewalks as the pedestrian version of the German Autobahn. Nothing will irk a New Yorker more than if they’re in a rush and you halt in front of them. This is where the coined term ‘weaving and dodging’ comes in to New York lingo. As pedestrians, you’ll find many New Yorkers weave and dodge their way through foot traffic as if they’re on a freeway.
If you’re going to stop in the middle of a sidewalk or the entrance of a subway station, pull off to the side, so other people can pass you by. Simple as that.
3. Be wallet-ready.
If you’re waiting in a checkout line, have your wallet ready when you get to the cash register.
It is a well-known belief that New Yorkers are very impatient. If you wait in a checkout line, get to the front and let the cashier ring you up before opening your bag to take out your wallet, you might not make the cashier or the people behind you very happy.(aka you’ll piss people off)
Remember, good customer service in New York is not a requirement. It’s an option.
4. Don’t say New York is expensive.
Now a lot of people think that New York City is an expensive place to live as well as visit, and that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Manhattan actually has a lot of free activities like concerts in Central Park or Shakespeare in the park. You don’t need to rent a car, you can always take public transportation. In fact you buy daily, weekly and monthly unlimited metro passes. If you love to eat, there’s always a lot of hole-in-the-wall restaurants with good food… for cheap! Also if you love shopping New York doesn’t have any sales tax on clothes.
5. Where to find toilets?
New York isn’t known for having a whole lot of public toilets and if did, I don’t know if you’d actually want to use them. People can be dirty. But if you really had to go and you were looking for a spot to go in, then my best suggestion is…
Mc Donalds, Starbucks, Public Museums as well as,… the New York Public Libraries. Some parks will have them but I wouldn’t necessarily count on them.
One helpful and handy app I have is Sit n Squat. It’s downloadable for free by Charmin (the toilet paper folks) and it will help you locate the nearest toilet whether it being paid or free on your phone.