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Five Essentials To Know about NYC

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Five essential things to make you feel at home in NYC from a native who compulsively stops to help tourists.

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6 Places

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Empire State Building

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Central Park

Parks, Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Manhattan Skyline

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Staten Island Ferry

Ferries

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Observation Decks & Towers, Lookouts

LizzieandIzzy's City Tips

  • In order to capture some of the City's majesty in unforgettable photographs, plan to do one of the following: Walk the Brooklyn Bridge; see Top of the Rock, or the Empire State Building; ride the Staten Island Ferry. Especially at night.
  • If you don't expect to spend at least $15 on lunch, and $25-30 on dinner, make sure you have a room with a refrigerator and purchase groceries. In comparison with other places, it can be very expensive to eat here, especially at museums, Rockefeller Center, department stores, any tourist site, and even the zoos. Bring a water bottle and a snack (there are fruit stands and coffee trucks all over midtown) and buy a soup/share a sandwich at your destination.
  • Save a lot of money and take the subway or buses. There are plenty of native New Yorkers on them to help you if need advice. If you are too shy to ask, and instead want to use that $400 portable device, the MTA Trip Planner--while occasionally providing not the most efficient of directions--will always get you there. http://tripplanner.mta.info/MyTrip/ui_web/customplanner/tripplanner.aspx
  • Buy a good old-fashioned paper/laminated map before you come, and study it. Don't rely solely on your portable device. Scene: Five adults stopped on Third Ave. in 30-degree weather, all tuned into iPhones/Androids. I asked if I could help. They were desperate to find Dylan's Candy Bar. I pointed North/Uptown and said, "It's about four blocks that way, on the Right-hand side of the street." One of the tourists responded, "But it [my device] said it's down here," pointing South. Can I tell you how annoying that was? I confess, I couldn't hide it. Response: "I live here. I don't care if you believe me or not. It's up that way, 4 blocks, across the street." Incredibly, he was still insistent that it was South of where we were standing, until his wife said, "She lives here. She knows where it is." Moral: GPS doesn't always work. Devices can be confusing/confused. Online maps may be too basic to help. To save some agita (and not insult the natives), get an old fashioned map, and study it, and use it in conjunction with your device. My favorite are the Red Maps. They have a great variety for our town. http://site.redmapguides.com/buymaps.html
  • Stumped on an address? What is this "East" and "West" in the address? Why do I need it? If you have a designation of "East" and "West" in your address, it's ESSENTIAL. Don't ignore it! Several times tourists have told me, e.g., "My hotel is 350 51st St. I have to ask, "East" or "West"? I get a blank stare. NYC is huge, and in midtown, many addresses have an East or West designation. Fifth Avenue is the dividing line. If you are on Fifth Avenue facing North/Uptown, West will be on your left. East will be on the right. Find Fifth Avenue on your map and start from there. 1 East 50th St. will be on the corner of Fifth and 50th, on the East side. 1 West 50th St. will be on the corner of Fifth and 50th, on the West side. Examples: 25 West 50th St. will be on 50th St. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. 25 East 50th St. will be on 50th St. between Fifth and Madison Avenues.
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    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    LizzieandIzzy Says:

    New York would not be New York without the Met, and Central Park. The Park is literally a breath of fresh air in the teeming masses crowding the streets, and the Museum is an astonishing respite of elegance, wonder, and astonishment.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Give only $1 or $2 at the Met for the entrance fee, and spend the rest on a good meal.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Could literally spend days here 25/09/2017
    • An incredible place 25/09/2017
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Address:
    1000 5th Ave
    New York City, NY 10028-0198
    Phone:
    +1 212-535-7710
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 17:30
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Empire State Building
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    LizzieandIzzy Says:

    Every New Yorker has been here, especially as a youngster. Be one!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Use a rest room before getting on line.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a View! 25/09/2017
    • Not the Tops 25/09/2017
    • Empire State Building
    Address:
    350 Fifth Avenue
    Between 33rd and 34th Streets
    New York City, NY 10118-0110
    Phone:
    +1 212-736-3100
    Other:
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    Central Park
    Parks, Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    LizzieandIzzy Says:

    Almost un-City-like, the perfect place to people-watch. And duck-, bird-, dog- and sea lion-watch, too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you are a frequent visitor you may want to purchase a membership to the Zoo. Little ones love to feed the goats and sheep.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Huge Parlk in the middle of NY 25/09/2017
    • Big Beautiful Spaces 25/09/2017
    • Central Park
    Address:
    59th to 110th Street
    Manhattan Borough, from Central Park West to 5th Avenue
    New York City, NY 10022
    Phone:
    (212) 310-6600
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Manhattan Skyline
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    LizzieandIzzy Says:

    Mom called it 'the biggest Christmas tree in the world.' Nothing like it in the world, before or since. Enjoy!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • This is where your camera will come in most handy.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Center of the Universe: Manhattan 25/09/2017
    • Skyline View from LIC 25/09/2017
    • Manhattan Skyline
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 00:00
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    Staten Island Ferry
    Ferries
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    LizzieandIzzy Says:

    Another 'must-do' that all New Yorkers have done, the ferry may surprise you with how steady it is in the strong waters of the harbor. Close your eyes for a second, go back in time for a little while and imagine your ancestors arriving at Ellis Island.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Free Ride to Statue of Liberty 25/09/2017
    • Handy 25/09/2017
    • Staten Island Ferry
    Address:
    4 South Street
    New York City, NY 10004
    Phone:
    +1 212-839-3061
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    01:00 - 12:59
    Other:
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    Top of the Rock Observation Deck
    Observation Decks & Towers, Lookouts
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    LizzieandIzzy Says:

    One of the two highest views we all love, along with the Empire State Building. Spectacular.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Expensive. Don't buy tickets ahead of time, in case it rains!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not worth it 25/09/2017
    • 360* view of The Big Apple 25/09/2017
    • Top of the Rock Observation Deck
    Address:
    30 Rockefeller Center
    New York City, NY 10112-0015
    Phone:
    +1 212-698-2000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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