New York: rules of survival

The capital of the world, the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps – New York, this modern Babylon, attracts crowds of tourists every year with its frantic rhythm, urban landscapes and neon lights. How to save money and nerves and not get lost in this stone jungle – in our selection of useful tips for tourists.

The cheapest way is not to rent a hotel room, but to book a place in a hostel: they cost several times cheaper, because many hostels and guesthouses are located away from the prestigious (and expensive) “tourist” areas. By the way, in such hostels you can easily find a single room (!) For less than $ 100 per night for one person.

In addition, renting an apartment in New York is also cheaper than a hotel room. In addition to the well-known rental services, there are those that specialize only in the Big Apple. On them, local residents independently publish their proposals. You can always contact the owner of the apartment you like and maybe even agree on a good price.

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The famous yellow taxi has long and firmly become a symbol of this ever-hurrying metropolis. They drive around the city 24 hours a day. If the driver is free, his checker is highlighted, and you can catch a car right on the street. The minimum rate is $ 2.50 and the tip is $ 1.

But if you want to save as much as possible on transportation in New York, it is better to use the subway or buses. A safe bet is to buy a Metro Card (sold in vending machines at metro stations). The card can be deposited from $ 5 to $ 80, in addition, it provides the possibility of a free transfer between buses and from the metro to the bus. Travel by metro or bus will cost you $ 2.75.

Unlimited Metro Cards are also valid: 7-day regular unlimited is $ 31. Unlimited 7-day pass for metro, buses and express buses – $ 57.25 (the card is insured against loss and theft if you pay for it with a credit card).

Oddly enough, but in New York you can safely drink tap water. According to its performance, it is one of the best in the country, including bottled.

Also, many parks have fountains with drinking water so that people can take a break while jogging and take a couple of life-saving sips.

Of course, in such a metropolis as New York, you need to look both ways when crossing the road, but in this case we will talk about … pedestrian traffic. Yes, yes, New York has its own unwritten rules for this case. So, it is better for a tourist to remember the following:

Do not linger at the exit from the subway – the crowd pushing from behind will not thank you for this. It is better to step aside immediately and not block the road for those walking.

If you are walking around the city with friends, then it would be wiser to walk in pairs one after another, rather than line up the entire width of the street. The reason is the same: very busy traffic of passers-by.

A situation similar to the previous one applies to narrow sidewalks: if you are not walking alone, but with someone, then it is better to stay in the same “traffic lane”.

If you’re not planning on getting yourself a fancy New York food tour, then it’s wiser to cook your own food (if possible).

If there is no possibility, then the maximum budget option would be self-service eateries (mostly Asian), of which there are a great many. Here you can have a satisfying snack for $ 10 per person. Joe’s Shanghai is a worthy place that will pleasantly surprise you with a variety of menus and affordable prices. In many fast food restaurants, drinks are unlimited.

To save money on visiting New York attractions, you need to know a little trick. For example, some museums have a so-called “estimated” ticket price. This means that the official price is stated in the price list, but in fact the visitor can pay as much as he sees fit. These museums include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queens Museum, American Museum of Natural Science, Staten Island Museum and Brooklyn Museum.

The Guggenheim Museum is available at any price (even less than a dollar!) On Saturdays after 5:45 pm, and the Whitney Museum of American Art is free every Friday after 6:00 pm.

Also, without paying a cent, you can visit some other places (albeit on certain days). This, for example, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (admission is free on Tuesdays, as well as on Saturdays from 10:00 to 12:00 and from December to February on weekdays). Across the street from it is the Bronx Zoo, where admission is free on Wednesdays. Well, for those who are interested in the culture of Asia, the Institute of China is open (free on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18:00 to 20:00).

Although the crime rate in New York is gradually decreasing, tourists should still follow simple safety rules so as not to spoil their vacation. So:

  1. Do not count money in public places and try not to use ATMs at night or when no one is around.
  2. Don’t walk alone in poorly lit streets.
  3. Don’t linger in parks after dark.
  4. Exercise caution in areas like Harlem and the South Bronx.
  5. Try to avoid conflict situations, especially in places you are unfamiliar with.
  6. In an emergency, call 911.

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