Welcome to New York City! There are tons of fun things to do here. However, there’s also tons of tourist traps. Today I’m going to show you the worst tourist traps in New York City. Let’s start with this one Times Square.
The only good thing about Times Square is the Broadway shows. This is a massive tourist trap. Everything’s overpriced and when you’re in Times Square, under any circumstances please don’t go to Madame Tussauds or Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
It’s not even fun there guys. Come on! That’s the biggest tourist trap you can ever find. If you want something that says New York on it don’t come to any of these cheesy souvenir shops. You’ll see these all over the Midtown area. Instead, a way to get these for way cheaper price, is you go to Chinatown or you can go to any Duane Reade or Walgreens.
They sell it for so so cheap, okay? Instead of going to places like the Freedom Tower or the Empire State Building, skip it. Those places are so expensive and they have really long lines. It’s just packed.
Instead go to these amazing rooftop bars. We have so many in New York and the views are better than what you get there or at the Empire State Building because you’re not surrounded by tourists. Here are a few of my favorites. Like this place this is St. Cloud at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square. Come here look at this view that there is.
Look at this view here. That’s the New Year’s Eve Ball right there. There’s other great places too. Some of my favorite rooftop bars are Jimmy at at The James, Monarch Lounge, at the top of the Met Museum there’s an amazing rooftop bar looking at over Central Park, and the top of the Gansevoort Hotel. All those places have amazing views and there’s no one there.
It’s just so much better than going to be Empire State Building or the Freedom Tower. So go there instead. Instead of shopping on Fifth Avenue where it’s really expensive and it’s really where all the tourists go. Go to we’re real near New Yorkers shop which is the West Village, Nolita, Union Square, any of those locations have tons of really cute boutique stores that are way better price and all the stuff here on fifth avenue. When you’re walking the streets of New York you’re going to get offered a lot of these little pamphlets for these big bus tours, don’t do it. It’s a huge scam and it’s not even a good tour.
Essentially they’re just going to corral you into a giant bus full of tourists, and give you generic information about the city as they go past all of the landmarks and cool sites really quickly. Instead of doing this, what you should do is go on a private tour or a small group tour. One of my favorite companies to do this with its Urban Adventures.
They have tons of really fun tours of all over New York City and it’s really personalized. So don’t use these guys. Instead use awesome companies like Urban Adventures. Instead of going to Starbucks, there are so many cool cafe’s here in New York. Like this one called The Uncommons. Here you can get a delicious coffee and a bagel, New York style.
While you play board games and they have over 500 board games. So check this out. It’s my move now. Three. One, two three.
Your turn! If you don’t want to deal with the hordes of tourists at museums like the Museum of Natural History, The Met or the MoMA, head over to the more undiscovered museums. This one is the Museum of Moving Image and it’s an Astoria, Queens. It is all about the art of film.