Like A Local: New York City, New York
LIKE A LOCAL
A common question that comes to my mind, and I'm sure yours as well, when I'm traveling is "what do the locals do?" I truly believe that everything and every place is worth seeing at least once. Whether it is something touristy or something off the beaten path, that something is special and more importantly new to you! There's so much we can learn by opening ourselves up to new adventures. So, of course, one of the best ways to do this is to live, explore, and experience a place "like a local"!
New York City, New York
1. YOUR CITY'S NAME AND NICKNAMES
The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, Gotham, The City
2. FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT
3. FAVORITE PLACES TO STUDY/DO WORK
When it’s warm I like to grab a table in Bryant Park, but when it’s cold I’ll find a nice quiet café where I can sip on something warm. The reading room in the NY Public Library is also a great spot, because the architecture is beautiful and they have plugs in the middle of all the tables for your laptop etc.
4. FAVORITE PLACES TO RELAX/DETOX
My favorite way to relax is by playing sports, and I’ve been playing soccer for as long as I can remember. Luckily there’s tons of recreation soccer leagues across the city and outer boroughs, and if you’re just visiting there’s no shortage of pick-up games as well. You get to exercise and socialize, especially since people often like to go out for a drink after games.
5. FAVORITE PHOTO SPOT
I really enjoy the park along the water in Long Island City. It’s a nice quiet park with a great view of Manhattan.
6. ONE “TOURISTY” THING IN EVERYONE ACTUALLY HAS TO VISIT
I’d say the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a great choice of museum to visit. Not only is it huge and with a great collection but you get to choose your entry fee. The museum has a suggested $25 donation as an entry fee, but it’s not a set or mandatory amount. Also, once you’re done with the museum you can go for a stroll through Central Park, as they’re right next to each other.
7. ONE NOT SO WELL KNOWN SPOT PEOPLE SHOULD DEFINITELY VISIT
Throughout the week you can be a member of the studio audience for various late-night talk shows. Some are harder to get into than others but they can be a free and fun way to spend part of your evening. The Daily Show has been my favorite so far, but The Nightly Show is easier to get into and still a good laugh.
8. ONE UNIQUE FACT
Before moving here I was familiar with the harsh reputation New Yorkers have, but after living here for a while I’ve learned the reputation is not entirely warranted. People are straight forward and busy, but generally people are friendly and try to be helpful if asked. I’ve even found it easier to chat up a stranger, making a friend for the night, at the bar here in New York more than anywhere else I’ve lived in the U.S.
9. ANY TIPS OR TRICKS ON HOW TO NAVIGATE YOUR CITY
A lot of people initially struggle with navigating the city’s subway system, and rather than having a paper map I found saving a jpg or pdf of the map on my phone helpful. Also, if you search your route on google maps it’ll usually alert you of track changes, but it’s not always correct so keep an eye out for signs or check out the MTA website.
Also, it is often much faster to just walk East-West instead of trying to figure out the trains to get you there.
10. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR CITY
There is something for everyone here, no matter what your interests are. And even if your interests shift or change you can easily explore these new areas as there’s plenty of ways for you to have fun with it.
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