New York City Travel Tips

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Cool, cosmopolitan, crowded, constantly evolving … the Big Apple blends big-city splendor with small-town charm. Amid Gotham’s iconic landmarks and towering skyscrapers, you’ll experience a vibrant culture permeating each of the city’s distinctive neighborhoods and boroughs. Follow trendsetters to the East Village and Brooklyn to check out indie boutiques, iconic bakeries and trendy coffee shops. Afterward, peruse the racks of the sleek shops lining Fifth Avenue, admire the cutting-edge art collections at the MoMa and theMet, catch a memorable show onBroadway or sit down for a meal at the latest “it” restaurant.

As the most populous city in the U.S. — set at the forefront of food, fashion and the arts — NYC requires stamina. But don’t let the Big Apple’s frenetic sights and sounds intimidate you from soaking up its grandeur. Wander through the concrete jungle and you’ll discover roaring taxicabs pouring down bustling blocks, fast-paced pedestrians whizzing past on their way to marquee galleries and innovative cocktail bars and Times Square’s neon lights flickering at all hours. And yet, the city’s twinkling lights and chaotic corners also invite you to embrace every New York minute, explore every flourishing enclave and create your own urban adventure. There are virtually endless ways to occupy your time in the city that never sleeps, but before you leave, stop and look around — what’s here today will be transformed into something bigger and better tomorrow.

How To Save Money in New York City

  • Say no to cabsA cab here, a cab there … Pretty soon, you’ll find that cabs have eaten up all your spending cash. Yes, they’re convenient but cost-efficient they are not. Learn the subway system instead.
  • Say yes to street vendorsEat some cheap meals on the street at vendors, especially the ones with “Vendy Awards” posted, and you can put the money you would’ve spent on an expensive lunch toward your MoMA admission.
  • Say maybe to the TKTS boothIf you’re willing to spend an hour of your New York City vacation waiting in the half-price ticket booth in Times Square, you could save some serious money on a Broadway show.

New York City Culture & Customs

New York City is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. So it should come as no surprise that it’s also one of the most diverse. The city is known for its ethnic neighborhoods, as well as its status as the country’s trendsetter, making it difficult to define one specific “culture” of the Big Apple. As home to the most vibrant theater and fashions scenes in the country and a large contingent of schools and Wall Street on top of that, NYC also shelters a large gay community as well as many students, artists, fashionistas, writers, businessmen and so on.

Stereotypically, New Yorkers are portrayed as brash and rude. But asTripAdvisor explains, “New Yorkers are unfailingly proud of their great city, and this pride can, at times, come off as arrogance.” Contrary to popular belief, most New Yorkers are happy to help you explore their home.