16 Things to Know Before Visiting NYC | Tips from a Local New Yorker

16 Things to Know Before Visiting NYC | Tips from a Local New Yorker


Welcome to New York City. I’m Sarah and
I’m going to be your New York guide. As a local New Yorker I’m going to share all
my insights and tips with you so let’s get started. If you want to take a photo, don’t just
stop where you’re walking right away to take it. I know there’s a lot of
beautiful sights but people will be really annoyed. Instead step to the side
and let them pass, take your photo and nothing will happen and everyone will
love you. That’s it! It’s very simple people! New Yorkers are kind of known to be rude but in reality they’re not. If you have questions on
directions, all you need to do is just ask. They’re so nice! I’m telling you
don’t be afraid to ask. Times Square is a massive tourist trap. Other than taking a
quick photo or seeing a Broadway show, just avoid this area at all cost. If you’re looking for a really good place to eat, I recommend checking out the
reviews on Google Maps with restaurants and cafes, or downloading Yelp. Yelp is
what most New Yorkers use to find cafes, restaurants, bars, or dessert places and
it’s fantastic. Now this is probably the only thing I really hate about New York
and that is that it’s extremely expensive to eat here, to live here, to
pretty much do anything here. So just prepare yourself for that and the prices
you’ll expect to pay for a drink, an alcoholic one, would be between $8
(normally for a beer) sometimes it can be cheaper if it’s happy hour and anything
up to 15 to 20 dollars for a cocktail. It can get really pricey so just prepare
yourself in advance. Restaurants for dinner you’re gonna be paying around
twenty to twenty-five dollars a plate lunch is ten to fifteen dollars a plate,
and breakfast can be around five to ten dollars per plate. So mentally prepare
yourself for those prices. There are cheaper options they can be a little
tricky to find. If you love pizza there are tons of dollar pizza places so that
could be a really good option. Other than that just save save
save when you come visit the city. Be street smart. New York is generally safe
for the most part but there are certain areas that even I don’t go to but in
general you’re fine here just be aware of your surroundings if you have a bag
keep it zipped up and you’re good. New York is a great place and that you’re
gonna love it. Don’t forget to pick up a guide book when
you come here because it will really help you while you’re out exploring. My
favorite is Marco Polo guidebooks I’ve been using these guys all over the world.
They’re great because they come with their own interactive app that has tons
of information on where to explore. They also have suggestions on activities, food
and drink, shopping, entertainment, and really good tips to help you plan your
trip to New York. So pick up a copy of these guys. I can vouch for it I’ve use
them all over the world and they’re so so good. Don’t take any photos with
costume characters. A lot of the time what happens is they’ll come up to you
try to get your photo and then charge you like five to ten dollars just be in the
photo. It’s crazy! Just don’t take photos of them. Make sure you visit the other boroughs when you’re exploring the city. For example, Brooklyn
and Queens are so much fun and there’s so much to do there. My favorite place in
Brooklyn is Williamsburg. This is Astoria and Queens and they have amazing restaurants. My favorite is Queens Comfort right here
it might not look like much on the outside but this place has been covered
by so many TV shows. I love this place because they have really, really unique
combinations of food. For example they’re “down by law” which is what I got right
here, it’s so so so delicious. It has bacon jam, roast chicken, sriracha mayo,
avocado. It’s so good but the other stuff they have here is unbelievable. They have
Captain Crunch crusted tilapia. They got a bacon jam thing. It’s just a
really unique place. It’s been featured on a lot of popular TV shows and this
place is almost impossible to get into on a weekend so if you can I recommend
coming during the weekday when there’s literally no one here. We just had a
delicious meal and now we got the receipt. One thing you have to keep in
mind here is tipping is essential in New York and anywhere in the USA actually.
The reason for this is because waiters don’t get paid a lot of money, so
they heavily rely on tips to pay for their very expensive New York City rent.
This bill was $28 you’re gonna want to tip around 20 percent on that. It’s
gonna be about a $5 tip. Other things that you need a tip on is taxi’s, spa services,
hairdressers, tour guides, you need to tip all of them here it’s pretty
much required. If you need to exchange your money when you come here in the US don’t, under any circumstances, go to these exchange services. They have really terrible rates. Especially in Times Square area or near
hotels. I recommend just going to an ATM and take your money out there
just first check with your bank and see if they have any partnerships with local
US banks because then you could avoid foreign transaction fees. You’ll save a lot of money this way. You finally got to New York and now you want your cell phone to work here. Well, I recommend taking the T Mobile Plan right here. They have an amazing plan. It is $30 for 3 weeks of unlimited data here in the US. All you need to do to prepare for this plan is to call you cell phone provider in your home country. Tell them to temporarily unlock your phone And then you can get a local SIM card when you arrive. And then you can use Google Maps, you can use everything you need to get around the city. It’s the best way to get around New York
so make sure you do that when you’re here. Public restrooms are pretty hard to find
in New York City. Most places won’t let you use their bathroom. What I always
recommend is either find a Starbucks because they’re literally on practically
every street corner or Grand Central has a really good public restroom. It’s clean,
it doesn’t smell, which is a rare find in New York. Just do that. But mainly just go to the
bathroom before you leave your hotel or museum or whatever you’re doing and you’ll
be good to go. Getting around New York can’t be challenging to someone that’s
not from here but there are two main ways to do it. The first way is using a
taxi and you can tell if they’re available, if you look at that taxi
right over there, the numbers are lit up that means it’s
available and if I just go like this with my hand, the guy will actually come
right over here and I can get in the taxi. If the lights are off
that means someone is in the car. The thing about taxi’s though is that their expensive and
sometimes it can take more time using the taxi then using the subway. So
really subway, in my opinion, is better even though kind of smells in New York and
it’s not the cleanest but it’s a more efficient way of traveling so let’s go
check out the subway now and I’ll show you how to buy a MetroCard. One of the really cheap ways to get around in New York
City is actually using our subway system which although it’s not the cleanest in
the world and it doesn’t smell that great it’s a pretty fast way to get
around so I’m going to show you how to buy a MetroCard. The key to knowing this is that you got to do it as fast as you can because New Yorkers
don’t like to wait. Let’s start. Choose your language. If you’re here for a week
I recommend doing – so get a new card – see it’s a $1 fee that applies. It’s kind of
ridiculous but that’s what they do. Get a regular MetroCard. I recommend doing
either nineteen or twenty six dollars and that’s because you can just add more
as you go. I want to go ahead and do $26 and you can do any of these
options. I always like credit card. If you are not from the US make sure to have
your card charged in USD. It will save you money with the foreign transaction
fee. I’m just gonna dip my card here. Hit enter and then just hit okay. It’s
gonna process that payment and then shoot out a MetroCard right here and
then you have your MetroCard. So how you use this MetroCard. Make sure the black strip is face down and facing towards you. Slide it through like this. It will tell you right there. And then you’re in the subway! If you’re looking for cool
things to do, make sure you head over to my website it’s linked below. I’ve done
so many things as a New Yorker and my favorites are on my site. That’s a
wrap everyone. Those are all the things that you should know before visiting New
York. Thank you for watching, subscribe, follow me on Instagram @sarahfunky, and I will see
you next time. you

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  2. Visited NYC with my friend originally from Brooklyn. The number 1 turnoff while doing the sightseeing was the constant bombardment of people telling us to tip them and they work the service industry and they make low wages. This was everywhere! We stayed at a 3.5 star hotel and they do not come with a fridge or microwave. I had a good time. But I did not like the people.

  3. Lots of pizzas are $1 a slice, just to be clear and, yes it is real authentic NYC pizza. You can buy your Metrocard from the person at the booth, which will not only save you the $1 charge, but tell them what your travel plans are and they can recommend how much you should get.

  4. I'm glad I found your channel. I'm coming to New York in February I know it's going to be cold but hopefully I'll find stuff to do to keep busy. As always don't want to spend too much haha

  5. I'm in love with NYC! Thanks for sharing your tips! They were very helpful. Maybe you like our as well! @

  6. حمادة والعحوز المصري شفارة ونصابة نصبوا عليا في حياتي و رزقي و دمروا لي صحتي كل المجرمين في المغرب ارسلوهم لي لكي يدمرو ني و الله شاهد على كلامي

  7. Let me qualify some of these suggestions from a lifelong New Yorker ( more than 60 yrs)… First..If you're staying in the city for at least 7 days, buy an UNLIMITED METRO CARD for $33… You can use this card 24/7 on all subway and bus lines throughout the 5 boroughs. Unlimited is the way to go. Secondly, with respect to restrooms..Your best option is to walk into virtually any HOTEL and seek a restroom ( usually on ground level or 3rd fl ..or just ask.) Most Europeans don't do this in their countries but here in NYC, there is NO PROBLEM ( EVEN IN 5 STAR HOTELS)… Don't be afraid, be confident. Third point…Don't avoid Times Square..it's a pass through selection of streets which includes TKTS where you line up for discount theater tickets next to the red stadium seating area where you can people watch. Avoid the 3 street hustles a) contributing to the "homeless", accepting a signed CD from an aspiring hip hop artist(s) and accepting a gold plated token from fake "Buddhist Monks".. IF ANYONE APPROACHES YOU ANYWHERE, USUALLY IT'S FOR MONEY.. Up to your discretion if you want to give or not… NYC is as inexpensive or expensive as you make it. You can buy everyday items for less at JACK'S DISCOUNT located on 32nd Street between 6th and 7th avenue OR on 40th street between 5th and Madison Ave.. Yes, YELP is a great source for finding restaurants or whatever you're seeking as recommended by New Yorkers and tourists alike. PIZZA- There's no such thing as the best NYC slice…that's personal..BUT from my perspective my choices are a) Bleecker St Pizza at Bleecker St and 7th Ave South b) Prince Street pizza on Prince St off the Bowery c) Joe's off Carmine and 6th Ave close to West 3rd St or at East 14th street off 3rd Avenue d) Two Boots Pizza ( look up their various locations) You can also visit EATALY ( all Italian foods) at 24th st and Broadway OR at 4 WTC . For the real LITTLE ITALY, VISIT ARTHUR AVENUE in the Bronx… Mulberry St downtown is chock full of restaurants catering to tourists…not really an authentic experience. There are too many things for me to suggest here but why not start your experience signing up at www.bigapplegreeter.org about 1 month before arrival. We are New York City residents who volunteer showing visitors around the city for FREE. Be minded that even if you sign up, there's no guarantee you'll get a Greeter BUT if you do, your experience will be rewarding. Check out www.tripadvisor.com for info and more suggestions about anything New York City. I hope this helps…WELCOME TO GOTHAM CITY and the USA…

  8. Tipping… Be minded people that you are NOT OBLIGATED TO TIP for any service IF THE SERVICE IS UNSATISFACTORY to your standards. YES, it's expected to tip between 15-20% at restaurants and for services rendered BUT you don't HAVE TO. As long as you pay the main bill, nobody can force you to tip. END of story..

  9. If I wanted to stay in New York for about a week for two how much do you think I would have to be able to maintain? $5000 $10000? $50000000000000000?

  10. Hi, I am coming to New York in June. Very excited. Going to stay in Brooklyn. I have a total phobia of cockroaches. Can you please give me some tips on how to avoid staying in a roach- infested apartment? It would ruin my time there, my phobia is so bad! Thank you.

  11. Thanks! I'm planning to go to NYC and I don't want people to know I'm a tourist. Lol. First video of yours that I watched was the tourist trap video, and it was super helpful.

  12. Its funny that New Yorkers dont like to wait but the restaurants take so long to prepare and serve food or even to get into 😉

  13. Thanks for your tips. These are all really helpful. I have never been to NY and seriously thinking of going in mid April. Hmmm., should I ? 😀

  14. Beware of this scam: Man in NYC Fire Dept hat grabs mom or grandma by the arm, and hangs on, then hands kid or grandkids a hat. Then demands a donation, then shames you if you give $5, and says $20! This being physically grabbed by the arm happened several times to us!

  15. Hi Sarah can you please tell me do the waterway ferry sell tickets at the piers with cash or have you to purchase on your phone thx

  16. Can I know why do people say to avoid time square?? I’m planning to travel to New York but why avoid going to time square?

  17. When I went on my eighth grade trip to DC and NY when we were in NY we went to time square day and night and it was amazing❤️ I see what you mean but I loved it, seeing the screens and the buildings so yeah

  18. I’m having trouble deciding between nyc passes? Going with friends for 4 days and would like to visit a few sites but I see three different types of tour passes.

  19. OMG, this is so awesome. You're si helpful. I will be visit to NYC for couple days.. thanks for your video.. i do really love it

  20. some of the streets smell terrible. theres no air conditioning or fans in the subways, its always crowded. never travel with your Mom , load a metro card with $500 and just go anywhere you like so its easier and you get the hang of nyc commuting life

  21. PLOTTWIST: she's not a new yorker and this whole channel is another NYC scam

    jk huge thanks for the tips Sarah

  22. I love your videos!!! they are so much helpful!! thanks son much for your help! this is the way to move and feel safe n NY

  23. Sit down breakfast will not be $5-10 unless you're going to a bodega/deli for to go sandwiches and platters.

  24. These are great! But one thing, the Marco Polo application is on iOS, but it won’t allow IS users download it since it’s not available in our region. Is there other tour apps like this? I’m wanting to use it in the city I’m living in now too

  25. If NYC is expensive to live and eat plus giving tips and there's to hard to socialize and dating then why would people love this city? In my point of view, people over there love to walk around and the subway system is better and also mobile data(internet) is cheaper.

  26. Yelp is cancerous and dollar pizza is for desperate late night drunks.
    The rest of it is good though.

  27. how and what is the best way to get to yankees stadium I am still looking for answers on google cant find any clear ones

  28. Can you but tickets for the metro if you are only staying for like 2 days ? Or you always need a card ?

  29. I really don't understand why you suggested the regular metrocard instead of the unlimited for people that will be like a week in the city. Doesn't make any sense… with the unlimited, the name says.. is unlimited!!!

  30. ello! Me and my family would be going to NY soon and we wanted to go watch the Niagra falls. Does anyone know a cheap way we can get there from the airport ?? Also bus ride from NY to Canada is expensive, how can we go there in a cheaper way as a roundtrip? Please recommend!

  31. I’m from Chicago and will be going to New York for the first time around my 30th birthday . We walk fast in Chicago so I won’t have a problem walking slow lol I hate slow walkers get tf out the way lmao

  32. Why don't a person just stay away from New York you can go to Colorado Springs and not spend that much money and have a lot more to do and have mountains

  33. Interesting video, thank you. What about rent a car, is it worth? if not maybe purchase, if yes where? etc. waiting for more.

  34. Thanks Sarah for the advice, my partner and I are going to NY in three weeks tine. Would you recommend bus or subway for getting around ?

  35. Buy a guide, ask for help, use Google map, don't stop in front of people to take photo's? Waouw, great tips: never thought about that before. And so typically NYC.
    My tip? Say your vlog is actually a parody…

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