NYC tips and tricks

Thursday, May 23, 2019

First Timers Guide to NYC

I just recently visited New York for the third time and I have learned and developed a few tips and tricks each time I visit. I would love to share with you some of my favorite spots, how to get around, and what to pack. If you are visiting New York for the first time, this is for you! I also have another blog post called the ultimate New York bucket list if you want to check that out! :-)

Tips and Tricks

1. It is VERY important to allow plenty of time between activities, whether it's via subway or taxi.  From what I have experienced it can take from 30 minutes to an hour to get around, even if it's very close by. I usually prefer walking around because it is much easier and cheaper, however if it's far I would go by taxi or subway. I wish traveling in NYC was faster, but without all the traffic and loud honking NY would not be the same. 

2. I have learned the hard way that when it comes to walking in any busy location, do not accept things people are offering you. At first they will act like it's free but then try to charge you when you take their flowers, bracelets, etc. Just be friendly and politely walk away when they are trying to grab your attention. 

3. If you are planning on traveling In the summer, I would recommend bringing sundresses and comfortable tennis shoes. I made the mistake of bringing sweaters and tight jeans, and I was miserable the first day until I bought some dresses for the rest of the trip. New York is way hotter in the summer than I initially expected, but sundresses don't cause any chaffing and are way more comfortable than jeans in my opinion. I also think dresses with tennis shoes is cute, but that's just me! 

5. I know it's the city that never sleeps, but you need to be well rested so that you can have the best time possible!

Favorite Spots

1. This most recent time I visited, I went to the Met Museum and It was very interesting. I am not one for museums, but the Met pleasantly surprised me. The Met has so much to offer, but the camp exhibit is what really caught my attention. I am including pictures to show how incredible and unique it was!

2. Central Park is also a must see when visiting New York. It is beautiful any time of the year, but when I just recently visited in May it was so very beautiful. My cousin actually got married right in the middle of Central Park, and it turned out to be stunning!

4. Mostly all broadway shows are amazing, but the one I recently saw was King Kong. I would highly recommend it, King Kong is of course the star of the show because of how lively and realistic his emotions and facial expressions look to the crowd. I felt the writing was meh, but the SFX and visuals are incredible. My family and I were very impressed. I included a video of the show to give you an idea of what it's like!

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5. Of course you have to see the Statue of Liberty. You can buy your tickets online, and make sure to preorder them before your trip, just in case they are sold out. Here is a link to where you can buy your tickets!
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This picture is just a brief map of what New York basically consists of, but I am going to include a link of a more detailed map! ;)

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