AEE 132: Go Local in New York City — Don’t Miss Out on the Real Character

local in new york, All Ears EnglishDo you want to “go local” the next time you visit New York?

Today we will show you how to do it.

Today you’ll find out what NOT to do if you don’t want to look like a tourist.

  • Don’t go to Times Square: If you MUST see it, run through it in 15 minutes and then go to local spots like West 4th or the East Village near St. Mark’s Place. Definitely don’t eat there! You will get expensive food that is not typical of New York.
  • Check out Brooklyn: Brooklyn has become a hot spot. Check it out to meet local people.
  • Check out Queens: Queens is so diverse! Take the 7 Train to Flushing. You will experience so many different cultures just in Queens.
  • Don’t get scared of the grittiness of New York: Parts of New York are dirty. There are rats in the subway. There are garbage bags on the street all of the time.  People don’t move to New York to have a “clean” and “neat” lifestyle. New York is gritty! It’s messy. Get used to it and see it for what it is!
  • Don’t ask for a “piece” of pizza: Instead ask for a “slice” of pizza. This will make you sound much more like a local than a tourist. Learn more about this here.
  • Realize that New Yorkers don’t pay much attention to the rest of the US: When someone moves to New York, they often don’t leave unless they get a great job or need to move for education or some other really compelling reason to leave. Understand the mentality of a typical New Yorker to connect with him or her.

 

What do you think?

Have you ever visited New York?

Did you go to all of the touristy places or did you find some local spots?

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