The Dos And Don’ts of New York

Posted on Nov 19 2013 - 12:13pm by Amy Labbadia

New York

When you’re visiting a new place for the first time, you don’t want to appear like a tourist: it’s not a good look, especially in New York. To avoid the various clichés and tourist traps of the Big Apple, you’ll need to be savvy and know what and what not to do in New York. Luckily our list of the dos and don’ts of New York should help! 

Don’t: hog the sidewalk

New York’s sidewalks are frequented by millions of busy businessmen and women, so the last thing you want to be doing is irritating them by standing in their way. Therefore, when you’re sightseeing, don’t hog the entire sidewalk by stopping to stare: there’s no way more efficient to stick out like a sore thumb.

Do: look up

However, don’t misinterpret this as not being able to admire New York’s stunning architecture. It’s amazing what you can see if you simply look up. A blend of gothic and contemporary architecture is what makes New York such a diverse landscape – and a simple walk along its sidewalks can be a marvellous way of discovering that. 

Don’t: eat in chain restaurants

Come on, you didn’t come all this way to New York to eat in McDonalds did you? The beauty (or curse) with chain restaurants is that they’re all the same, no matter where you are in the world. So don’t waste your time with them. Stay away from tourist traps such as Planet Hollywood and Rock Hard Café, and go exploring for your next meal.

Do: try out the local deli

New York is bursting at the seams with delectable restaurants: all you have to do is look for them! From the deli around the corner of your hotel to the local bakery, don’t be afraid to sample some authentic cuisine. You never know, you may end up discovering the real best slice of pizza in New York. 

Don’t: spend all your money along 5th

Fifth Avenue is famous for its ample shopping opportunities. It is filled with the world’s most prominent luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany’s and Gucci. However, don’t be tricked into spending all of your pennies here (even though it is shockingly easy to do). New York is filled with some amazing thrift shops, where you’re just as likely to find one of a kind produce.

Do: peruse the flea markets

The beauty of flea markets is that you’re always liable to find completely unique and wonderful items there, including antique furniture. The Artists & Fleas market will certainly appeal to anyone in search of vintage items designed by local artists and designers. 

Don’t: get a taxi everywhere

Although convenient, avoid the temptation to get a taxi everywhere. The city’s iconic yellow taxis make for a cool sight, but there are better ways to navigate the city.

Do: ride the subway

The subway is a great way to get around the Big Apple, as well as indulging in an authentic New York experience. Just remember to follow the golden rule on the subway: don’t look at anyone, and don’t chew your nails in public. It’s annoying.

Armed with the dos and don’ts of New York, there’s nothing stopping you from embarking upon your dream trip to New York.

Photo Credit: Flickr/Ben Fredericson (xjrlokix)

About the Author

Amy Labbadia is a travel writer for the luxury tour operator Wanderforth