8 Things To Know Before You Visit New York City

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Recently, I spent some time in New York City to pick up a few things in storage. After my car was towed (thanks, Department of Transportation) and lost a day of my trip getting it back, I extended my stay and was invited by a few generous friends to stay at their respective homes.

I was always happy that anyone wanted to visit me and the city, but having had visitors andbeen a visitor, I decided to compose a list of do’s and don’ts to make the most of your trip when staying with family or friends in New York City.

Dos

1. Do plan ahead.

Try something new and off the beaten path! I’ll be brutally honest: Your friends who live in Manhattan don’t want to shell out cash to visit the Empire State Building with you, or set foot in Times Square. Don’t take it personally. I know I’m going to get people saying, “WHAT? I LOVE the ESB, this writer is a jerk and I would totally take my friends to see it!” And I would too, those who haven’t seen the architectural wonder, it’s just then I’ve done it enough times, that I don’t need to go every time some one comes to visit me.

Trust me on this one. If you absolutely must do these things, (and it’s not your first time) tell them you are going but that they don’t have to tag along — they will be grateful. Offer to meet them afterward for some New York Pizza. We love our pizza.

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Source: The Huffington Post | Amanda de Souza

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