While there’s plenty of great things in NYC to do, there’s also plenty of things in NYC not to do. If you’re planning a visit to the greatest city in the world, you should definitely avoid these hyped-up attractions that will 100% peg you as a tourist.
1. Don’t take taxis everywhere. “Real” New Yorkers rarely indulge in a cab ride, and use apps like Uber almost exclusively for those 2am rides home. Use CityMapper to get MTA directions, and spend just $2.75 to get anywhere you want in the city.
2. Avoid tour buses. Like, honestly, if you come to NYC you’re in for a lot of walking. If you want to take a scenic ride, take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry (free) for killer views of the Statue of Liberty. Tram rides to Roosevelt Island cost the same as subway fare, and from the island’s waterfront park you’ll get amazing views of the Manhattan skyline.
3. “Little Italy” and “Chinatown,” two areas located close to each other in Manhattan, are NOT where to go for authentic food. All of the restaurants are overpriced, and that area is always teeming with tourists and people hawking knock-off handbags. If you’re looking for a fake LV bag, this is the place to go. If you’re in search of authentic cuisine, you’re gonna have to travel to the other boroughs. Take a trip to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx for quality Italian food (skip the zoo, take a walk in the nearby New York Botanical Garden).
4. There are plenty of free things to do in New York–don’t pay for a wax museum. Check out the endless amount of art galleries in Chelsea, and take a stroll on the High Line. (Bonus tip: many of these galleries have openings on Thursday nights with free drinks + snacks).
5. If you have a weekend morning to kill, do enjoy a leisurely brunch–and make a reservation. Brunch is an integral part of the modern New Yorker, and it’s a boozy way to start the day.
What are your favorite (and least favorite) things to do in the big apple? (Also, never refer to NYC as “the big apple”).