There are a lot of people who hate being categorized as tourists. That is why, if you plan to go to New York City, you must avoid the regular ‘urban trails’ that connect all the touristic sites. The best thing you can do is filter the buildings that you really want to see. You should get some information about the history of New York and also its main landmarks, and then find a modality to adopt the lifestyle of a regular New Yorker. Don’t dress with sportswear like a typical tourist and use the subway. This way you will definitely not get scammed and even get a nice deal for traveling with public transport.
If you are for the first time in New York, then you must go to Times Square, 5th Avenue, the Met and The National Museum of History. However, in order to discover the real beauties of the city you must get a map of the subway routes and a Metrocard for seven days. This is the cheapest way to cover more ground, and also the most interesting places on interest. Nevertheless, don’t forget to avoid rush hours from 7 to 9.30 and from 4.30 to 7. Your first stop must be West Fourth Street station. Once you go up, you will be able to admire one of the most famous districts of New York. It is called Greenwich Village and it was the center of progressive writing and free thinking. You will be able to see the New York University and also Washington Square Park. If you are passionate about music, then you should go straight ahead until you reach Bowery, the first place where the Ramones started the punk-music club known as CBGB’s.
Although most of the people try to avoid Chinatown, you should definitely include it on your itinerary. The architecture of the buildings and the numerous restaurants serving traditional Asian foods will truly impress you. If you stop at Prince or Spring Station, you will find yourself in SoHo, a renowned district for numerous artists. Little Italy is not too far, so if you would like to see where The Godfather was filmed, then you should go south. You will not be able to find the gun that the main character hid in the bathroom, but you can taste some delicious lasagna, gelato, cannoli and more.
Seeing New York from a different perspective will convince you that it is a city filled with different cultures and traditions. Traveling doesn’t only mean seeing some attractions and showing your friends that you were in a beautiful place, but also creating memories that will stick with you for your entire life. You will remember the smell of spices discovered in Chinatown and also the welcoming people from Little Italy. Moreover, getting around by subway or bus will allow you to see how real New Yorkers live and what they are exposed to. Even though you won’t be taking a public means of transportation during rush hour, you will still feel like you belong to the city.