I recently returned from a 3 day weekend in NYC. I have been going on and on, to everyone who asks me about the trip, about how friendly the people were. And I mean everyone. The cab drivers, policemen, MTA employees, street vendors, everyday people on the subway, EVERYONE.
We'd ask for help with subway directions and always got it from whomever we asked. Sometimes we didn't even have to ask. People would just see the confused look on my face and ask me if they could help. One couple said they were going halfway to where I needed to be so they accompanied us on the subway to Union Sq and then pointed us to the train we needed before going on their way. And during the subway ride I shared with them they gave me advice on the best way to go about some of the things I was trying to see.
After a stutue cruise there was a street vendor trying to sell more statue cruises. I told him we just got off of one and let him know we were walking a certain way to get to Chinatown. He said, "Why are you doing that? Just go in that station right there and take that train." That guy saved me a ton of time.
Some bellhop guy at the bottom of TOTR spent a good 5 minutes joking with my daughter and finding out what she liked and giving advice on things to do.
On the morning we were leaving, our subway card wouldn't work for some reason. I walked up to the guy in the glass room and politely said "sir, I'm not sure what's going on. I have about $10 on here but it won't go through." He loaded $10 on a new one and handed it to me and said "have a nice day." I said "wow, it's that easy?" He said, "no, not normally." Not sure what that meant but I appreciated him helping us out.
I accidentally left my backpack after running it through security at TOTR. It had only been a few minutes but I was walking back and before I could take 5 steps an officer walked up to me and handed it to me.
We took two taxi rides. They both drove like a bat out of hell to get us to our destination quickly and at a fair price and were friendly doing it.
Subway drivers stick their heads out to make sure no one's blocking the doors and every time I'd ask them something, they'd take the time to point in the right direction and get me to the right platform.
The rangers we encountered at Central Park and High Line both went over and above my expectations to answer our questions and keep us in the right direction.
Just a great experience. I live in the south and we have nothing on you guys for hospitality. My only two negative experiences were some French chick at that French chocolate shop at one of the entrances to TOTR. And a waitress at another place we went that I won't mention here.
Anyway, no questions in this thread. Just a shout out. Thank you to the entire city for helping make my trip with my 10 year old daughter a 100% success.