New York City is an amazing city to visit, and while there are an enormous amount of tourist attractions that are worth checking out, there are even more ways to absorb the true essence of the city.
How to Visit NYC Like a Native
- Dine like a king.
NYC’s foundation as an immigrant city means it has a plethora of choices when it comes to cuisine options. Looking to peruse an indoor food hall with thirty-five vendors? Chelsea Market is the place to be.
- Walk tall.
The High Line is an elevated park and trail that runs on an old railway. Located between the Meatpacking District and West 34th Street, it provides a unique perspective on Manhattan. A quick flight of stairs gives way to a foot traffic oasis in the sky.
- Walk and use public transportation.
There’s a reason why you see New Yorkers walking and heading down to the subway. It’s the way to get around the city. Once you learn your way around, the subway system is very easy to use and gets you from point A to point B quickly and with ease.
- Visit another borough besides Manhattan.
Whether you walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, take the Staten Island Ferry (which is free), or take the train to Queens or the Bronx—experiencing a borough other than Manhattan is something most tourists never do. Grab a bite to eat while you’re there or browse around a shop or two. Soak in the local flavor and enjoy what sets the area apart from Manhattan.
Enjoy the Top of the Rock, Statue of Liberty, the 911 Museum and Memorial, and Times Square (if you must), but don’t neglect to spend a day or three walking around the city and taking in the sights and sounds of the city like a true New Yorker.