New York City Break: 9 Things to Avoid

Shey have never been to New York? New York, New York? The city that never sleeps? The “Concrete Jungle”? Not even in autumn? Well, enough hymns sung on the “Big Apple” will come to mind yourself. And should you happen to be in the travel preparations, the list of sightseeing recommendations from friends and acquaintances should have long since exceeded the set vacation time frame. At this point we will help you with tips of a different kind when preparing your trip.

In order not to step from one trap to the next, we have the relevant forums the travel community TripAdvisor searched. What advice and tips do travelers give other travelers? What are they warning of? Here are nine things they say are better not to stay in the urban jungle of New York.

1. Order bottled water

… unless you want to drink sparkling fresh mineral water. In New York, not only is it common and safe to order tap water, but it’s free too. “Tap water” is the magic word for free refreshment.

2. Stay in Manhattan

For lack of time: ok! Fear, however, should not and should not prevent you from visiting parts of the city outside of Manhattan. Even if you shouldn’t hang around in the darkest corners at night (which you probably wouldn’t do in any other city): New York is now a very safe city, the New Yorkers a very helpful metropolitan people.

3. Don’t go to Williamsburg

Yes, for example you have to leave Manhattan: In order not to miss the culinary experience that the Williamsburg Food Market offers – here you will find all kinds of hip, local dishes and beers … ok, now we have a “must do” hidden under the “don’ts” – we just want to make sure it’s really on your to-do list.

4. Wear uncomfortable shoes

New York is big. It’s a lot bigger than you think. And just as worth seeing. Instead of your most beautiful, you should definitely wear your most comfortable footwear in order to be able to explore the urban jungle continuously and painlessly.

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5. Want to see everything

Say goodbye to the illusion of seeing EVERYTHING. You won’t be able to do this. Not in a week, not in two, let alone a weekend. The way out of this dilemma? Come back again! New York is really always worth a trip. Just start with the absolute classics that are at the top of the travel guide.

6. Run from museum to museum

Anyone who spends their entire stay in New York’s (admittedly great) museums is missing something – namely the real New York, the city, its flair, its residents. Give yourself a digestible dose of one or two of the gigantic collections and allow enough time to drift through the streets and parks of the city and be amazed. If that doesn’t convince you yet, go back to point number five.

7. Buy musical tickets in advance

You can save a lot of money if you put all your spontaneity and a pinch of risk taking together: Don’t buy musical tickets in advance, but see what is available at the box office. The tickets are often available for half of the price.

8. Forget your winter coat in winter

As warm as New York is in summer, it is cold in the city in winter – and even colder. The wind that whistles through the long straight streets is tough. The city has also experienced quite a few snow chaos. So if you fly across the pond for Christmas shopping, don’t forget to pack warm things – also using the onion skin principle, as many department stores and restaurants are very well heated and you can quickly adapt yourself and your outfit to your surroundings.

9. “Downtown” instead of “Uptown” – and vice versa

In New York you drive the metro. These in turn go in exactly two directions – “uptown” and “downtown” – which is not always immediately apparent. In addition to the right direction, you should pay particular attention to whether you are getting on a “local” train or an “express” train. The latter only stops at a few of the excellent stations. It is worth taking a closer look at the timetable to see whether the train is arriving at your station if you don’t want to spend the entire time in the “underground” of the city.

The tips were created by TripAdvisor members who are active in the New York user forum.

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