New York City Travel Tips

2010 June 7
by Sara

1. It doesn’t just smell like pee; it is pee. Watch your step.

2. When shopping for an authentic Rolex in Battery Park, don’t pay more than $20 (see previous post).

3. If you are going to a Yankees game and want to tour the museum, arrive a couple hours early. The lines are long and things close before the start of the game. (Below pic: Husband, Jason and Brother, Mike)

yankees game

4. Wear comfortable shoes, bring an umbrella, drink plenty of water (tap water ok), and if you can’t read a map, don’t be afraid to ask for directions. New Yorkers love to give directions (read: sarcasm).

5. Speaking of directions and maps, the Metropolitan Museum can be tough to navigate. When asking a docent for directions, ask him or her to walk you there if they can. It took us at least 30 minutes to find the rooftop. (Below pic: Me and my sister, Jen)

Jen and Sara at the top of the Met

6. Visit Coney Island, but skip the hot dog. Corn dogs are where it’s at. (Below pic: Jason looking forward to a dog)

Nathan's Corndogs

7. One more thing about Coney Island. When visiting the magic machines, don’t ask “to be big.” Tom Hanks had trouble with that one. (Below pic: Jen asking grandma about her future)

Coney Island Grandma

8. David Letterman tickets may be hard to get, but Jimmy Fallon tickets are a breeze to get. Always call several weeks ahead, if you can. We lucked out and got tix to Letterman, which proves it’s not impossible. Just know that Fallon is a good back up. (Below pic: That’s Mike again)


9. If you are out enjoying the sights and need a restroom, find a Starbucks. They’re everywhere and usually have a public restroom. If that fails, access from your phone.

10. Don’t overlook Brooklyn. The Manhattan views are great, the food dynamite, and the parks world class. Prospect Park even has waterfalls and paddle boats (illustrated by Jason in this pic here).

brooklyn paddleboat

BONUS NYC TRAVEL TIP: Notice the pigeons crowding on the sidewalk before you. As you approach they will scatter and fly all about. Close your mouth to be safe. I recently had a pigeon poop on my face.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Jen permalink
    June 8, 2010

    Don’t forget Leotard man. That image has been burned into my memory.

  2. June 9, 2010

    Yes, bonus tip #2. Avoid grown men who run down the street in leotards, if at all possible.

  3. June 18, 2010

    Our new office has a new look I like…great header!

  4. November 14, 2010

    hey guys,

    this is great advice. I’ve been to NYC 4 or 5 times on my travels but would love to see letterman or fallon, i’ll certainly be giving that a try when i come again! thanks =)

    >> johnny’s recent post >>

  5. December 19, 2015

    Nice post thanks for sharing such a good points with us. it will very helpful for new travelers who are planing to visit NYC.

    Nice sharing.

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