New York City Local Customs

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  • 1. Tipping

    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...

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  • 2. Walking

    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...

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  • 3. Street Food & Festivals

    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...

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  • 4. Homelessness

    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...

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  • 5. Street Performers

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

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  • 6. Central Park

    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...

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  • 7. Driving & Parking

    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...

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  • 8. Subway

    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...

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  • 9. Halloween Parade

    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...

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  • 10. Smoking

    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...

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  • 11. Holiday Season

    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...

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  • 12. Broadway & Shows

    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...

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  • 13. Chinatown

    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...

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  • 14. Taxis

    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,...

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  • 15. Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island

    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...

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  • 16. Ground Zero & 9/11

    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...

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  • 17. Coffee

    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...

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  • 18. NYPD

    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...

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  • 19. Dogs & Dogwalkers

    (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,...

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  • 20. Street Vendors

    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...

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  • 21. Parades

    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...

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  • 22. Sales Tax

    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...

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  • 23. New Year's Eve

    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....

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  • 24. Pizza

    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 -...

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  • 25. Bagels

    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...

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