New York State Local Customs

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    Subway Artwork in Da Bronx
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    Fire escapes in Chinatown...
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New York State Local Customs

  • Tipping

    New York City Local Customs

    We are going to NYC for our 2nd trip in just under 2 wks, I was looking for info on tipping to remind myself, and came across this. I think it's awful that these people have to rely on tipping to make a decent wage. For us personally, we have just put everything on our credit card for this holiday! We don't make a lot ourselves, so it will be...

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  • Local places for a bite

    Brooklyn Local Customs

    You must take time to relax! The perfect place is a cozy space with delicious, freshly made pastries and hot or cold tea, coffee, other lovely liquids... You can either imagine yourself as a character from Austen, sitting in the main pillow-strewn area, and sipping tea. Alternatively, you can retire to the garden (weather permitting) to admire the...

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  • Walking

    New York City Local Customs

    There's really only a couple rules as a tourist walking the streets of NYC. The first one is you've gotta keep up. Don't lolliegag down the street and get in everyone's way. There's people who live here, and they've got places to go.. like work. If you can't keep up, then be sure to stay out of everyone's way. There's plenty of space on the right...

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  • The Brooklyn Museum of Art

    Brooklyn Local Customs

    The Brooklyn Museum of Art The Brooklyn Museum has one of the best collections of Egyptian Art in the world; their permanent collection also includes Classical and Ancient Middle Eastern Art, Arts of Africa, the Pacific and the Americas. They have installed 28 period rooms and feature an extensive selection of American Paintings. First Saturdays:...

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  • Street Food & Festivals

    New York City Local Customs

    On a Sunday the Midtown stretch of Lexington Avenue is closed to traffic and it becomes a lively local street market. We stumbled across this by accident and were very pleased that we did so. Most of the stalls were selling pretty standard market gear that didn’t really appeal to us (a mix of cheap t-shirts and pretty ubiquitous ethnic crafts),...

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  • Driving & Parking

    New York City Local Customs

    Parking on the street here in manhattan can be confusing and difficult, with alternate side of the street rules in effect for different days of the week plus the parking meters don’t allow all-day privileges (some only allow up to 6 hours max); you’ll need to put quarters in on an hourly basis. There are parking garages and open-air lots throughout...

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  • Street Performers

    New York City Local Customs

    Minding his own bidness (?) --------------------> Grab your guitar, you can play & sing along with the boys here - FUGs / "Dirty Ol' Man"

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  • Subway

    New York City Local Customs

    Metrocards act as your tickets for the subway. The are credit-card sized and fit into any wallet. They can be purchased in in vending machines in most every station. Machines accept cash, debit, and credit cards. The come in two types: Unlimited and pay- per- ride. Unlimited cards come in different demoninations from a one day pass to an entire...

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  • Central Park

    New York City Local Customs

    Welcome to Belvedere Castle! This place is a popular place for newly weds to have photographs taken. This is one of the many historical places to see in Central Park. It is beautiful and open to the public. the Central Park

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  • Homelessness

    New York City Local Customs

    One funny thing I have to mention were the reactions we received when we cleaned up after ourselves in smaller restaurants. In particular, was the first night we were in New York and we stopped at Pizza Fina. Once we finished eating, we gathered up our things onto a tray and emptied them into the garbage, then handed the tray to the owner standing...

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  • Dogs & Dogwalkers

    New York City Local Customs

    (work in progress) This rather incongruous photo was taken just by the entry to Battery Park and really caught my imagination. From what I could determine, the elegant mutt in question was a borzoi, and either its owner didn't think that a mere stroll was exercise enough, or the dog was so fast that his owner needed a bike to catch up with...

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  • Smoking

    New York City Local Customs

    In case you haven't heard, NYC became smoke-free in 2003, meaning you cannot smoke indoors in any establishment. No matter what...monsoon, blizzard, scorching heat...if you want a smoke you have to stand outside on the sidewalk. Also, as archaic as it sounds (especially for NYC), you may NOT dance in any bar/restaurant/lounge. Dancing is only...

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  • Broadway & Shows

    New York City Local Customs

    This is something that I always wanted to do, to come to this city and see stand up comedy. It is very local and traditional thing here where many TV talk show hosts and comedy movie stars has started, at a local stand up comedy club. I just love the NY sense of humor and surely I needed to visit such club, the choice was for this one and it...

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  • Taxis

    New York City Local Customs

    Even after huge drops in the mid- and late 90's, the overall crime rate has continued to drop : New York has the lowest overall crime rate among U.S. cities with more than one million people. In 2003, crime dropped 7.4 percent in New York City, the statistics show, compared with 3.1 percent in the nation as a whole. The city's crime index ranks...

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  • Chinatown

    New York City Local Customs

    Buildings in NY have to have a fire escape according to the security code, and some of them are not only useful (we could debate whether they're also useful to thieves or not) but they make the buildings beautiful. Some designers have taken advantage of fire escapes to create beautiful and/or colorful things. Here are some of the ones I liked the...

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  • Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island

    New York City Local Customs

    Here is an amazing view of New York which you probably haven't seen before. This is one of the photos taken during an Air Show where the pilots do amazing acrobatics, formations, and generally taking your breath away. Unfortunately I cannot credit the photographer cause the pics are being circulated without his name. It's quite a terrific view of...

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  • Public Toilets

    New York City Local Customs

    Beautiful thing about Manhattan is that a free bathroom is never too far; being clean is another story Macys Lord N Taylor Barnes and Noble Home Depot Bed Bath and Beyond Grand Central Terminal Rockefeller Center Saks 5th Ave Bergdorf Goodman Herald Square Bloomingdales Whole Food DSW store Loehman World Financial Center Syms South St....

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  • Holiday Season

    New York City Local Customs

    I have always wanted to see New York City at Christmas and I am very happy it finally happened in 2009 when I took my wife there on her second trip to the city but her first as a US citizen. It is a very special place during the holidays and it's not just all the shopping available. It's really a feeling. Aside from Germany, it has the most...

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  • Parades

    New York City Local Customs

    New York has a long tradition of parades honoring a variety of events and causes. Most take place on 5th Ave. Here is a summary: March Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City takes place annually on March 17th and is the oldest heritage parade in the United States, having first taken place in 1762. Over 150,000 bagpipers, bands, and...

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  • Halloween Parade

    New York City Local Customs

    It is one of NYC's biggest festivals drawing 2 million spectators and thousands of participants, a must see if you happen to be in NYC on Halloween's Eve. So colorful and creative are the costumes that the parade has been even called New York's Carnival. I got the chance to witness the Halloween Parade in 2009 - it was a cold, rainy night, but...

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  • NYPD

    New York City Local Customs

    I wandering the streets of the East Village when I came across this little scene. There was a movie crew at work and lots of spectators. I decided to check out what was going on and found myself accidently being part of the street backdrop for the movie which was filming as I walked past. When I stopped and looked at the shop where they were...

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  • Street Vendors

    New York City Local Customs

    If you want food on the go that is good try a street vendor. It is often cheaper than what is served in many restaurants and healthier than fast food restaurants. Some vendors don't stay in the same place all the time and you will have to find their website, facebook or twitter page. The website below are the winners of the VENDY awards for the...

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  • Coffee

    New York City Local Customs

    There are Starbucks coffeehouses pretty much at every corner in the city! It's not a rare occurrence to have two Starbucks facing each other, just to make sure New Yorkers don't have to cross the street or go out of their way to get their fix of caffeine. I've never really been a huge Starbucks fan but as we were walking down the streets of...

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  • Baseball games

    New York City Local Customs

    You do not know what baseball is, it doesnt matter. This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains, but you have to see a Baseball Game live in the Yankee Stadium after all. Just over the bridge from Manhattan is the Yankee Stadium, home to Major...

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  • Bagels

    New York City Local Customs

    Bagles are really popular in New York City. You may buy them almost on every street. They are different than, for example, in Polish Krakow. Hard to say which one are more tasty.:) Did you know that bagles are orginally Jewish? The bagel is a bread product traditionally made of yeasted wheat dough in the form of a roughly hand-sized ring which is...

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  • Ground Zero & 9/11

    New York City Local Customs

    Mid September '06 on another beautiful NY day there was a farmers market next to the Path station. Construction slowly continues(?) while birds fly over & take it all in. It's safe now to stand near the intersection of West and Liberty street. At the restored firehouse south & across Liberty street from the pit it's business as usual, except for...

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  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

    New York City Local Customs

    My trip to New York was the first time I had ventured on American soil and I had expectations for the people as well as the place. Several years earlier my dad had been on a business trip to Indiana and the way the people treated him there let me assume that that was the American way (seriously, people wanted to shake his hand just because he was...

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  • Sales Tax

    New York City Local Customs

    In September of 2005, New York City permanently eliminated the city sales tax of 4% on clothing and footwear purchases under $110. In April of 2006, the state of New York followed suit and repealed its portion of the sales tax on these items. The result is that the five boroughs of New York City are the only counties in the state of New York that...

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  • Century 21

    New York City Local Customs

    This place is NUTS. It's mad *** all over the place and well, while the prices are OK, finding what you want here is not easy. Just show up in a jock strap and go nuts and start buying stuff. The cashier I had told her next door cashier how tomorrow she had off and she was coming straight back here to shop. Hell, must be some *** here after all!...

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  • Independence Day

    New York City Local Customs

    Every year Macy's hosts a mega 4th of July fireworks show in the East River. 2006 marked the 30th year. Anywhere along the banks of the River make a good viewing spot, for example: South Street Seaport area, East River Park, at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn side. Warning: some amjor throughfares get closed and vehicular traffic can be...

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  • Pizza

    New York City Local Customs

    A cheap lunch in NYC would be to pop into any of the little pizza joints who sell pizza by the slice. There will be a large counter with all the different pizza's for sale, and a handful of tables - it's not a "restaurant", per se. We paid $3.25 per slice, and as you can see from the photo, once slice is enough. I was told the "New York" way to...

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  • St Patrick's Day Parade

    New York City Local Customs

    I understand that the parade for St. Patrick's Day (March 17) is really BIG in NYC and something that both locals and tourists look forward to as it's an important tradition in town every year. The streets were indeed crowded even though the weather wasn't great; people of all ages were eager to see the parade so they were standing there since...

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  • 9th Avenue Food Festival

    New York City Local Customs

    When you're in Manhattan during the third weekend in May, make sure to head over to my neighborhood - Hell's Kitchen - where the annual International Food Festival, a mouth-watering and stomach-bursting bacchanalia of foods takes place. For two whole days, devoting the entire weekend, Hell's Kitchen erupts into a kaleidoscope of literally...

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  • Street Art & Graffiti

    New York City Local Customs

    Like all the great cities, NYC has entertaining and sometimes provocative street art everywhere you look. Click below for some info and a slide show: NY Times Street Article

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  • Television Filming

    New York City Local Customs

    Law and Order is that unusual modern-day TV show: it’s set in New York, and filmed exclusively in the city, unlike all the sitcoms that are filmed in LA, or the Boston-set shows like Ally McBeal and The Practice that are filmed on the other side of the country, with a few ‘local color’ shots thrown in. As a consequence, New...

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  • PS1

    New York City Local Customs

    In Queens is a nice museum for contemporary art called PS1, it is part of MoMA and is set in an old highschool (PS stands for Public School). It also has a beautiful view on the rooftop! With the rebuilding of MoMA in Manhattan, Queens has been visited more frequently by tourists because the art of MoMA Manhattan is now displayed in MoMA Queens

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  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    New York City Local Customs

    A tradition for more than 60 years, the Macys Thanksgiving Parade in the largest parde of its kind. Held each year on November 24, Thanksgiving Day, the parade winds its way downdown on Broadway, ending on Herald Square. The parade features floats, marching bands, numerous performers and of course, the giant balloons. All ending with Santa Claus....

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  • Madison Square Garden

    New York City Local Customs

    Normally people go to the musicals and theater, I don't like so much of that. So I prefer to watch a NHL game (Let's go Rangers!) in Maddinson Square Garden. Don't miss the garden!!! There are plenty of event there to see.

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  • New Year's Eve

    New York City Local Customs

    Celebrating the New Year in Times Square is a classic way to spend New Year's Eve. Times Square is not only the place to be on New Year's Eve, but the site of the Dropping the Ball tradition as well. An event where millions of people are waiting for watching the huge crystal ball, the symbol of the new year being lowered to the ground from the...

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  • Big Apple Greeters

    New York City Local Customs

    A NY lady popped into the vt forum & was generously giving advice about NYC. She is a "Big Apple Greeter" who volunteers her time as a free public service to people visiting NYC. To paraphrase their website, Betty & other Big Apple Greeters are "New Yorkers who show their pride in the city & its many neighborhoods, and give something back to the...

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  • Time Out New York

    New York City Local Customs

    Pick up a 'Time Out NY' magazine when you're here. $2.75 to find out about all the clubs, theater, movies, restaurants, and stuff going on in the city for that week. Also, you'll look more with it then those tourists with a 3x4 foot subway map standing on street corners looking like fools.

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  • HILL CUMORAH PAGEANT

    Hill Cumorah was where Joseph Smith dug up the Golden Plates which - with the help of an angel named Moroni - were translated into the Book of Mormon. This event and the events described inside that book are celebrated in big time Disneyesque fashion every summer for seven performances featuring a cast of hundreds of Latter Day Saint performers....

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  • state symbols

    The current New York slogan is "I LUV NY" or "I Love New York" or "I [red heart] NY".state nickname: "Empire State"The state motto is "Excelsior" which is latin for "ever higher".The NY state bird is the bluebird.The state animal is the beaver.The state flower is the rose.the state seal: figures of Liberty with cap on pole and Justice blinded with...

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  • southern tier....

    When someone in New York says "southern tier", what do they mean?Normally that refers to the southwestern part of the state, south of Interstate 90 and west of Interstate 390, but also includes the area along route 17 (Corning, Elmira, Binghamton). Much of former area is farm lands and hills and skiing in winter while the latter has major...

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  • upstate....

    When someone in New York says "upstate", what does it mean?Normally it means anything north of the New York City area. But you'll find there are gradations to "upstate". The three basic upstate regions are: Adirondaks, Catskills and Finger Lakes (sometimes there is a fourth region added: The Interstate, which means the area around I-90 between...

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