Post # 1
My husband and I are heading for a 6 day holiday to New York in August (we’re very excited – 8 years talking about it and finally doing it!). We’re staying at a hotel in Times Square. Can any New York bees give me any pointers or tell me things to watch out for. All information is great no matter how small. Fire away!
Post # 4
@skyeatnight: It’s going to be hot and humid! What types of things are you interested in doing?
Post # 5
#1 food is better and cheaper outside of times square. If you really want New York pizza. Don’t go to sabaros or Pizza Hut. few suggestions for pizza would be Grimaldis and Capizzi (my favorite). Capizzi is pretty close by.
#2 hold your bag/purse in front of you on your shoulder.
#3 don’t stop in the middle of the sidewalk to stare up. (Big nono)
#4 a nice way to get a free trip on the Hudson to take pictures of the statue of liberty and the skyline would be to take the free Staten Island ferry. you board in battery park. And take it to staren island and then return. We did this when my husbands family from Italy (huge) was visiting and couldn’t afford to take everyone to the statue
Post # 6
Oh and as hot and humid as it will be. Don’t wear flip flops. Just dont.
Post # 7
@BellaDee: LMAO! What do you wear instead of flip flops? Do new yorkers make fun of flip flops?
Post # 9
@soontobemrsm11: hahaha! No! your feet will turn black!!!It’s disgusting!
Post # 10
Make sure you make bookings in advance if you want to hit up tourist spots (empire state, liberty island etc) you even need reservations for ground zero.
my favourite spots are the Village East Cinema on 2nd Av, the High Line and the Strand bookshop on East 12th.
Definitely hit up Luke’s Lobster and get a Noah’s Ark to share (East 81st street is my favourite)
Also, use the subway! Will save you a ton of money to just get a week’s ticket, and means you get to mingle more with locals instead of hiding out in a cab.
Post # 11
@BellaDee: +1 especially the sidewalk thing!!!
@skyeatnight: if you want to go to a good restaurant with a cool featurethere is a restaurant at the top of the Marriot hotel in Times Square. They have a rotating floor. Its gives you a view of Manhattan. You dont even know the floor is turning. The restaurant is called The View
If you are.looking for something to do one night and get dressed up, there is a guy namwd Steve Cohen and he is a magician. His shows take place in the famous Waldorf Astoria hotel. He is also known as the millionaires match maker. If you go online and search “steve cohen waldorf astoria magic show” it will bring you to a site wherr you can buy tickets. I loved it and i also loved that you have to dress up in cocktsil attire. Men must wear a suit and women must wear a cocktail dress.
Def go down to Union Square 14th Street, they have a market set uo right when you get off the train and you can buy things that people have made.
Dont go to Canal Street. Its dirty, and you will get shoved bc its so crowded. It used to be the place you go to for “designer” handbags but they are all fake bags. And if thwy get raided..forget it! Your in trouble
Of course go to 34th Street, thats the big shopping area and also where the original Macys is, its the biggest Macys you will ever see
I would also suggest going to see a Broadway show, whether its on or off Broadway, go see something. Its fun.
Watch your purse at all times. Its easy to spot tourists and they get mugged all the time.
Dont wear flip flops..wear some sneakers or ballet flats
I live in Brooklyn NY and work in Manhattan, and its dirty. Especially the train station.
Post # 12
New Yorkers walk and take the subway everywhere, and usually it’s very crowded. So inevitably someone will step on your foot. Also the streets and subways are dirty so your feet will be sticky and black at the end of the day! I usually wear wedge sandals where your feet aren’t so close to the ground!
Post # 13
As far as people saying its dirty, its really not. We were really pleasantly surprised on our first visit. It’s a lot cleaner than most european destinations. It really is the best city in the world, you’re going to have such a good time.
Post # 14
To NYers Times Square is hell on earth and we avoid it like the plague. Take a walk around but then my biggest advice is get out of Midtown! It’s a tourist trap. Stroll the East and West Village, Union Sq, Lower East side.
Post # 15
Go to Brooklyn, people act as if its another world, its not.
Post # 16
How exciting! I hope that you both love it 🙂 My suggestions would be:
- Try to avoid making eye contact with other people. I don’t know if this is difficult for other people, but I had moved to NYC from a small town where everyone greeted everyone, so it was hard for me to get used to keeping my head down!
- If someone asks you for money (and they will, a lot) either say nothing at all or say something brief like “I’m sorry” and keep moving.
- If you need a bathroom, Starbucks is your best bet. Bathrooms are kind of difficult to find in the city, but Starbucks are everywhere!
- There is a subway map PDF that you can download to your phone from the iStore or Google Play — highly recommended! Nothing screams “tourist” louder than somebody huddled in front of a subway map.
- Chelsea Market is absolutely wonderful if you’re a foodie at all. There is a Thai place that is especially good, and the Thai iced tea is super refreshing on the humid days!
- Grand Central Station is my favorite place to take pictures. It’s kind of breathtaking.
- Check out if there are any festivals going on when you’re in town. There are a lot of culture/art/music festivals and they’re pretty awesome!
I hope this helps! Enjoy your trip!