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As a born and bred New Yorker, I can assure you everything you will hear in this video is absolutely true and should be mandatory viewing for every tourist:
This is hysterical and so true (except the bit about Staten Island). I had to share this, thanks for posting it!
We’ve just moved to the Heartland from a town 90 miles up the Hudson from Manhattan, but I lived in New York State for 30 years, and am married to a retired NYPD officer. I’ve gone to Manhattan and the Bronx for years, mostly for family visits, but sometimes for museums, theaters, professional conferences and whatever. The trick is to go to the bookstore and get good, detailed maps. Then study them carefully, and commit to memory what you need to know–you can even make little notes on your arm with ink. Also, if you’re driving, make sure you have an EZ Pass, and no matter what, allow twice as much time as you think it should take. Personally, I just budget the extra money and always park in parking garages. My husband always took pride in finding a place to park on the street, but it took forever, and I just preferred to pay the money for a parking garage and get on with whatever I was in town to do. I’ve been through Port Authority Bus Terminal a bazillion times, and never had a problem. I have always found that using the principles of light travel and pickpocket/scam prevention as outlined in this blog and elsewhere has served me very well in the City, and I’ve never had a problem. Personally, as someone who has travelled a lot and who was not born and raised in Manhattan, I have always found NY City people to be among the nicest and most helpful in the world.
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