New York State Tourist Traps

  • Time Square
    Time Square
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  • taken 14/4/2011 ground zero
    taken 14/4/2011 ground zero
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  • Empire State Building
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New York State Tourist Traps

  • Times Square

    New York City Tourist Traps

    I left NYC on December 30th, the day before New Year's Eve, so I wasn't there to see the madness in Times Square. But I did read a couple of accounts of people who waited to see the ball drop at midnight and it sounded like they were insane. What about the experience could possibly compel people to stand in freezing cold weather for a period of...

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  • Statue of Liberty

    New York City Tourist Traps

    The food at the cafe is not very good, eat before you come to the island. The food is all cooked up front and is left lying around so when you buy it is dry. Where you eat your food there are a lot of flys and birds pooping.

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  • Empire State Building

    New York City Tourist Traps

    The employees were really nice, most of them ask you where you come from, some say a phrase in your language, some say something related to your country. The audio tour is totally worth it...I mean, that way you do know what the heck you are actually watching, specially if you go at night. Another thing about the audio tour, it keeps you 'busy'...

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  • Tour Buses

    New York City Tourist Traps

    If you are going to waste some money, at least be friendly to the environment! Apart from walking, which is the healthiest, cheapest and most interactive way to experience the city, visitors and residents alike can get the exact same tours for the $2 price of a MetroCard on the local MTA city buses (most of which are clean air electric hybrids)....

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  • WTC - Ground Zero

    New York City Tourist Traps

    Im what you call the tourist i came to new york in April this year and made sure that Ground zero was the main thing that i saw as even though im not an american i felt the pain and sadness as i remember still to this day clear as day watching the destruction on the news and as it was my 1st trip to new york i wanted to pay my own respects to the...

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  • Airport Travel

    New York City Tourist Traps

    Note that you can use the metrocard to the airport. You just need to top it up at the interchange between the subway line and the airport line. There will be people at the interchange who claim you cannot do this and ask for the card-it is a scam. The metrocard itself expires after a year an is worth a dollar.

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  • Going Out of Business

    New York City Tourist Traps

    This shop claims with "shop inventarisation 30% price-off" and therefore huge discounts to easy-victim tourists like myself: I left with a Canon Rebel camera with Sigma zoom lens for appr. 1700 bucks. Very soon, I found out that this set costs less than the half in any normal camera shop. Furthermore, they are frauding by impressing the buyer with...

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  • Little Italy

    New York City Tourist Traps

    Over the years Little Italy has shrunk down to basically three blocks of one street- Mulberry St. Most everything there is for the tourists, with some exceptions, like the Italian food stores (meats, cheeses, etc). This is not a tourist trap in the sense of 'don't go there'. Rather, don't think you have to go there to get excellent Italian food-...

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  • Eletronics Shops

    New York City Tourist Traps

    Do not buy anything over there, we thought to have a good deal but it turned out to be worth 175 instead of 700. Looking is good but go back and check the prizes on the internet before you go over there. Internet is cheaper and honest.

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  • Theme Restaurants

    New York City Tourist Traps

    Food traps to avoid: Street meat - Toronto Street meat is way better. The hot dogs are nothing but skinny red hots for $3/dog. Not worth it. Street Pretzels: they are dusty and chalky and there weren't no dipping sauce. Large eateries= mucho denaros. Our first night in New York we went to the only place we could think of right off the bat: Times...

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  • Street Vendors

    New York City Tourist Traps

    As we were leaving a Broadway play we were stopped by a street person selling cd's to promote his sister's rap career. Only $5. All I had was a $20. No problem. ends up I got a blank cd and 3 counterfeit $5s. Only we didn't know they weren't real until we tried to spend them. Great lesson and a pretty cool souvenir. I would rather just give my...

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  • Central Park

    New York City Tourist Traps

    Ok so I am not a local but I am a tourist....I would stay away from these like the plague. The poor horses look exhausted and in my opinion worked to the bone (well they were thankgiving day) They are very expensive and you don;t get to see a great deal of the park......and who wants a blanket on their knee a million other people have! OK so if...

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  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art...

    New York City Tourist Traps

    No way is the met a tourist trap! It is one of the most amazing museums in the entire world and is not to be missed. I went over this past summer with my mom for my 15th birthday and spent the entire day there. Its truly incredible. They have just renovated the Greek and Roman wings and they are incredible. Also, if you are into photography (I'm...

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  • Souvenirs

    New York City Tourist Traps

    So, I know this may come as a shock to many, but the guys on the streets selling the Rolex, Movado, and Taghauer watches for $20, are selling knock offs. I know, I know, Say It Isn't So! So obviously, most people Know they're fakes. But the problem is, the are Really Bad Fakes . Most will stop working completely in about a week or so. So if...

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  • Chinatown

    New York City Tourist Traps

    One of the more interesting places for bargain hunters is Chinatown. There's block after block after block of shops selling jewelry. 'Rolex' watches and electronics, as well as other goodies. And let's not forget the restaurants. There are thousands of customers there on nice days; often so many that you can't even stand on the sidewalk. You can...

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  • Rockefeller Center

    New York City Tourist Traps

    OH mY goodness.. okay, maybe this isn't such a tourist trap as a tourist attraction... At christmas time it is MOBBED! The christmas tree and the 5th ave windows. You can go ice skating at the rink at roch center but i suggest goign to central park instead. the pond is prettier and less packed. You can at at the rink bar... but that is extremely...

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  • Serendipity's

    New York City Tourist Traps

    I live a few blocks from Serendipity and Dylan's Candy Bar...I avoid East 60th Street like the plague once it gets warm out because the lines of tourists standing outside is ridiculous. Don't waste your time waiting for a frozen hot chocolate. The store is cute, but cramped and completely un-authentic to any "New York" experience. It's nothing but...

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  • Tickets

    New York City Tourist Traps

    The discount TKTS booth in New York is not like London, the lines can be VERY long and not very efficient. I did get tickets there but it was a Sunday night when most of the theaters are not open so the line wasn't too bad but I still waited for about 1/2 hour. And unlike London or Chicago, the TKTS booth does not accept credit cards, only cash or...

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  • South Street Seaport

    New York City Tourist Traps

    Why people visit this area confounds me. I suppose it is pleasant in the day to look at the bridges, ships and east river and shop at Pier 16. Still, do not hang around here at night. It is more than safe. However, you will be surrounded by tourists and overall it is not an entertaining area. The bars and restaurants are overpriced and are not...

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  • Helicopter Trips

    New York City Tourist Traps

    We went to one of those Helicopter tours, I don´t remember the name of the company, there use to be a few but now there´s only one licensed company so it will be the same company we used. They have different fees, that are supposed to be for different tours, but they are not. If you go, it´s expensive but a nice experience, take the cheapest one!!...

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  • New York Stock Exchange

    New York City Tourist Traps

    Not sure if this is the right category, but seeing this was less than impressive. You had to wait in line for about 40 minutes to get in, get thoroughly checked over (pre-9/11. probably much worse now). Then you can go in, and stand around the outside looking down on the exchange. The view you get is the same one you've seen on the news a million...

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  • New York city in feburary

    During February it is Cold, wet and may be snowfall there. Temperature remains between 10-40 degrees Fahrenheit, but it's usually between 25-35. You can face a chill wind, it can get below zero. Wait during snowfall. You can enjoy a lot.

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  • The Niagara River

    The Niagara River flows north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. The 35-mile (56-kilometer) river forms part of the international border between the American state of New York and the Canadian province of Ontario. The river has cut a gorge through the Niagara Escarpment, creating Niagara Falls. The total drop in elevation between Lake Erie and Lake...

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  • Niagara Falls

    I was not sure whether to include Niagara Falls under "Things to Do" or "Tourist Traps." The falls are certainly one of the most awesome natural sights in North America, and something that all visitors to the Buffalo or Toronto areas should see. However, the area surrounding the falls is one big tourist trap. There are many attractions and...

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  • Grand Central Station

    It's free to get in here, and it's a nice spot to people watch. The ceiling has paintings of all the star signs, and the architecture is just beautiful. You can sit in here and catch your breath, or enjoy some of the best cheesecake at Junior's. Junior's. It's by track 26? I think.

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  • Watch the vampires*

    Around Niagra there are many exhibits, draculars castle,alien attack and others. These are really poor attempts at , well some thing.Trust me they are not worth the money...Some of these will come and go, so just look at what it looks like and no what your getting into.... Just no if you do go into some of these don't expect much..Younger children...

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  • All those signs...

    Try some speedreading because sometimes there are so many signs you really can't read them all. And it is possible you park in the wrong spot.

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