20 Things you need to know before visiting New York City
New York is such an amazing place.
I recently visited New York for the first time and I fell in love with the city. Although it is a busy place there is so much to see, do and eat you will never be bored. There are a number of things I wish I knew before going to New York that would have made my trip even better. Here are 20 tips I am passing on to you so you have the best trip to New York ever.
If you want to know more about food, check out my blog post on the best places to eat in New York City
1. New York seems quite big but it is easy to navigate.
The first thing you notice when you arrive in NYC are the buildings. They are so tall you spend most of your time looking up at them. You get a slight panic attack as to how you will ever manage to get around this bug city while you are there. In fact it is actually quite easy. New York was built like a grid. All the streets going across Manhattan are numbered. All the streets going linear are called Avenues. The lowest numbered streets are at the bottom of Manhattan where the financial district is. As you travel up Manhattan the numbers increase. If you need to get anywhere in a Taxi give the name of the street and the avenue its next to like 54th and 5th. This also means that if you look up an avenue you can see in the distance for miles and miles. It is one of the few places I have been on holidays where I did not get lost.
2. Do not get a yellow Taxi, Get an uber.
3. Tipping is mandatory.
Unfortunately the service industry in America is paidterribly. To be honest I don’t know how anyone can afford to be a waiter and live in New York. As a rule of thumb at restaurants you need to tip at least 15-20 percent, At a bar tip a dollar or two per round. If you plan on staying at the bar for a while open a tab. Once as you finish you can give a tip of the percentage of the price of drinks rather than paying each time. If you sit at a table at the bar and a server is taking your orders at the table you will have to pay a service charge. A way to get away with this it to drink at the bar or buy the drinks at the bar.