Vacation in New York City? Here's all you need to know Vol. I
When I first arrived to New York I hated it. It was too big, too noisy, too hectic. Too many people. But for some reason that also captured me. So I decided to move back for an internship, that evolved into a full-time job. Then a new job. And so far I'm loving it. But since I still feel like I experience something new everyday (after almost 3 years in this city), I figured it might be helpful with a bts guide for all you vacationers. Little tips and tricks to a smooth vacation!
If you love 'gramming, using Google maps etc. when vacationing I would suggest getting a SIM-card from T-mobile. You can simply just buy one to put an amount of money on for the week (or how long you're here) to save money on the phone bill and still enjoy internet (unless you're from the US, hah).
Buy a weekly Metrocard and ride unlimited for a week. Unless you want to walk everywhere, which I also recommend, I think you should buy an unlimited Metrocard. Note: You can get this in the subwaystations, and I recommend paying with your credit card in case you lose the Metrocard (that way you can get your money back). Also if you decide to the Metrocard around you should download the MTA app, which will show you the whole map of the NYC subway system.
Stay away from restaurants on Times Square
You should definitely experience Times Square if you haven't been there, BUT please don't try to find a restaurant in that area. You will pay way too much for bad service, and mediocre food. Instead go towards 9th Avenue about the 50th street and up. This is the place for loads of little restaurants in all genres, and it's really not far from Times Square.
New York City is not only SoHo and Times Square. I live in Hudson Heights, and it's the nicest area if you love to explore culture, beautiful parks, and museums. Go to Inwood to find the MET Cloisters, with the most beautiful view over Hudson River. Go to Harlem to experience next level music talents at APOLLO Theater (watch my vlog from when I went here). Go to Jersey to experience the great view over Downtown Manhattan as well as Hoboken, which is the cutest little city in Jersey. Go to Brooklyn to experience Williamsburg, Dumbo, and Bushwick.
Let me know in the comments below if you could use the tips, and if you have some to add!