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WEATHER: What is it like, what should I wear, when does the sun set? #1 priority: Good walking shoes!! tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60763-s208/New-York-…
HELPFUL WEBSITES: NYC-specific sites for research.
HOLIDAYS IN NYC:
NEVER PAY RETAIL! Get a "Golden Apple" experience on a "Granny Smith" budget! Great tips and links for freebies and cheap entertainment. Plus, a comparison of City Pass, New York Pass and other entertainment ticket packages.
TIPPING: What's considered a good tip in NYC? How about "Look both ways before you cross the street." Whether you like it or not, tipping our service employees is part of our local economy. Learn how to do it.
Active forum discussion on tipping: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k1369647…
MUGGING: Sorry to disappoint you, but New York City is no longer the "rotten apple". It's possibly the safest large city in the world. NYC probably has a lower crime rate per capita than your home town. Read this collection of posts written by frightened people who have watched "Taxi Driver" too many times.
TRANSPORTATION and ORIENTATION:
HOW DO I GET FROM JFK OR LGA TO MANHATTAN? Arrival and departure transportation:
WHERE SHOULD I STAY? Neighborhoods in Manhattan:
WALKING DISTANCES IN MANHATTAN: What is a block and how long is one?
SHOULD I USE THE HOP-ON-HOP-OFF BUS AS TRANSPORTATION? Probably not, but it’s a nice way to see the city.
OUR FABULOUS SUBWAYS!! (alternative title: “is it true that millions of normal, law-abiding people really use the subways everyday, or will I be assaulted and robbed just like in the movies?”)
HOW DO I HAIL A TAXI? Taxis and rental cars:
GET OFF THE ISLAND - LODGING OUTSIDE MANHATTAN: Is it possible to find clean, safe, affordable lodging outside Manhattan? Yes, even with some trade-offs, you can find lodging in Queens, New Jersey and Brooklyn.
RENTERS BEWARE! Apartment and house vacation rentals are not common in NYC. In fact, most are scams. Even if they are not outright scams, you could end up in an illegal rental and not even know it. Use a hotel instead.
NYC RESTAURANT HOTLIST:
THEATER DISTRICT DINING:
FOOD FINDER, RESTAURANT REVIEWS AND MORE DINING DEBATES:
RESTAURANTS WITH VIEWS:
DINING DEBATES: BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT: Best Italian Restaurant. Must we go to Little Italy?" Most natives and locals agree - Little Italy ain’t what it used to be. It's small and touristy, with only a few worthwhile hold-outs in the increasingly Asian neighborhood. But you can still find traditional "red sauce" checkered-tablecloth Italian restaurants all over NYC, just like Mama's!
CULINARY DEBATES: Pizza and Pastrami: John’s vs. Grimaldi’s vs. Lombardi’s. Katz’s vs. Carnegie Deli.
CULINARY DEBATES: Best Cheesecake: Junior’s, Veniero’s, Zabar’s, D’auito’s, Eileen’s or S&S?
CULINARY DEBATES: Best hot dog? Baseball stadium, Katz’s Deli or good ol’ street-cart “dirty water dog”? tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k769816-…
HOLIDAY MEALS: Where can we eat a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner, a Christmas meal or a special meal on New Year's Eve?
SHOPPING: Where can I spend my money the fastest?
WHERE TO BUY (and not to buy) CAMERAS, ELECTRONICS, iPODS, ETC.
ANY NEARBY OUTLET MALLS? Yes, the most popular being Woodbury Common, about one hour north of NYC. tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k727043-…
BUT, IS WOODBURY COMMON BETTER THAN JERSEY GARDENS?
WHAT IS "CENTURY 21"? No, it's not a real estate company! It's a deep-discount designer department store, across the street from the World Trade Center. A local phenomenon for extreme shoppers.
FLEA MARKETS AND STREET FESTIVALS: Guides and websites, including Christmas Markets, too.
FLEA MARKETS AND STREET FESTIVALS: Guides and websites, including Christmas Markets.
FAKE DESIGNER HANDBAGS: Who doesn’t want a bargain and a status symbol, too? But, when you buy an illegal counterfeit designer handbag on Canal Street, are you getting a deal or getting ripped off? Are you really contributing to drug trafficking, terrorism and inhumane working conditions? Or are you having a shopping adventure like you never imagined? One of the hottest topics on the forum:
CULTURE and ATTRACTIONS:
MUST-SEE'S AND MUST-DO'S! WHAT SHOULD A FIRST-TIMER ABSOLUTELY NOT MISS? This list could go on forever, but here's a "Top 21" that sums up the Big Apple's best features.
OUR WINTER WONDERLAND and WHY WE DON'T GO TO TIMES SQUARE: NYC is magical during the winter holidays. But do any locals really go to Times Square to watch the ball drop? What to do during Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and New Year's: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60763-c74298/New-Yor…
MUSEUMS: Every culture, every era, every day.
MUSEUM ‘CHEAT SHEET’: Hours, locations and the days and dates they are closed. Links to literally every museum in NYC - but you then have to click on the individual museum for all the other info.
FREE and PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH ADMISSION AT MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS: Because no one really believes this is true in a town like NYC.
INTERESTING OBSERVATIONS! New York from above: Empire State Building VS Top of the Rock?
BROADWAY! Discount tickets and theatre etiquette: Never pay full price and turn off that cell phone!
HOW TO GET TO THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE? Directions to the Brooklyn Bridge, Grimaldi's Pizza and the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory at the Ferry Landing: Bring cash, an empty stomach, a camera and a good pair of shoes.
THE WATERFRONT: water taxis, cruises, the Statue of Liberty and the Staten Island Ferry: We are a city of islands.
SPORTS TEAMS WEBSITES: Mets, Nets, Jets, Knicks, Giants, Rangers, Islanders, Liberty…and, that other one? Oh yeah, the Yankees, too.
WORLD TRADE CENTER AND LOWER MANHATTAN: Self-guided walking tour.
"S#X AND THE CITY" LOCATIONS: More than just Carrie’s stoop. tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k328207-…
'SEINFELD' LOCATIONS? More than “The Soup Nazi” tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k561051-…
'FRIENDS' LOCATIONS? The fountain is on a set in Hollywood. tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k561086-…
LIVE MUSIC: Rock, blues, classical, jazz – hit it, maestro!
CELEBRITY SPOTTING: They shop, eat, take the subway and put on their pants the same way we do.
YAWN, I'VE DONE ALL THE TOURIST SITES, NOW WHAT? A collection of posts for repeat visitors and those in search of interesting places OFF THE BEATEN PATH.
QUEENS! Let's go, Mets! Our largest borough with the craziest streets is home to some of the best and cheapest international food in all of NYC. Take a ride on the elevated #7 train for great views, the U.S. Tennis Open, and communities representing over 100 countries. Don't forget The Panorama!!
YO, WHAT ABOUT BROOKLYN? Fuhggedabouddit! Here's a collection of posts about our "Fourth Largest City in America", where 1 out of 7 Americans can trace their ancestral roots.
BEACHES! Ever notice that wet, foamy bluish-greenish stuff to the south and west of NYC? Yeah, that's the Atlantic Ocean. Why not check it out on a hot day? Reach the beach by subway, railroad, bus or car.
CONEY ISLAND - OUR SIDESHOW BY THE SEASHORE: Plus, a guided tour through Brighton Beach, our "Little Odessa" - just one neighborhood east of Coney Island.
FOOTBALLERS ANONYMOUS: Can't get enough of Manhcester United or Tartan Army? Do you have glazed eyes, sweaty palms, and are you repeating the word "FIFA" while drooling over a pint? Wow, you got it bad, mate...
NIGHTLIFE: Websites for dance clubs, Hip-Hop, salsa and Latin, gay bars, Irish pubs, happy hours and user reviews. You can sign up for door guest lists and discount emails, too.
Families with teenagers:
Families with young kids:
Adult relatives traveling together:
Adult friends traveling together: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k473391-…