NYC Travel Tips: 10 Things to Know Before You Go to New York City

Things YOU need to know before you travel to New York City. NYC consists of 5 Boroughs, Manhattan, the most famous and dense is also the smallest. Brooklyn is the most populated, with 2.6 million residents (total of 8.5M in NYC). Queens is the largest, and “most ethnically diverse” county in the US. Bronx is the northenmost and the only one that is part of the US Mainland. Staten Island is the most suburban

Manhattan is BIG — don’t expect to walk the whole thing in a day
5 days is probably the sweet spot. No less than 3 days.

Wear comfortable shoes
Girls: Sex and the City says everybody walks in heels all the time — not so much.
Don’t try and walk everywhere, the subway is there for a reason.

NYC is Expensive! Everything costs more here.
The city runs on tips

New Yorkers aren’t really rude.. They are just efficient.

Expect to pay to use a bathroom, there really aren’t many good public toilets

For about 8 months out of the year it is chilly. And, for about 3 months it’s just plain miserable. Be prepared for really cold and windy, or really hot, humid, and muggy. Be prepared to rain always.

Summer: Highs 84F/29C Lows: 68F/20C (July)
Winter: Highs: 38F/3C – Lows 25F/-4C (January)

Winter Footwear — puddles the size of small lakes

Best months: September, October, May and June

Getting in

LaGuardia (M80 Bus)
JFK (Airtrain to Howard Beach then catch the subway)
Newark (30 mins on Amtrak or NJ Transit)
Beware of unnoficial cabs

Trains — to Penn Station or Grand Central. Grand Central is amazing.
Megabus if you’re on the east coast
Driving — if you do drive in… just plan to park and leave your car for the duration of your stay.

Transportation in NYC

The Subway mostly runs north south… east and west you’ll be walking it
If you’re in NYC for awhile, get a week or month long Subway pass
Avoid the empty subway car, it’s empty for a reason. Hot or smelly.
Don’t lean on the subway poles… more people can hold on to it
Pay attention to the local, or express trains.
Get in the subway at the correct entrance, going the right direction, and for the right line

There are tons of yellow taxis… but they are notoriously hard to hail in bad weather
Flagship city for Uber, Lyft. But traffic is slow.
If you’re running late, don’t take a taxi. You WILL get stuck in traffic.

Walking — don’t drop in the middle of the sidewalk

Ferrys for a different way to get around
NYC Ferry – East River route for some of the best views

Citi Bikes — 10,000 bikes and 600 stations — Download the citi bike app – $12/day
Bus Tours — skip it

Times Square

Crowded, chaotic, dazzling and overpriced
Is really small — and there’s not much to do once you get there.
Whatever you do, don’t eat here. The food is overpriced and mediocre due to high rent.

Broadway Shows
Book way ahead of time
There’s a vibrant “Off-Broadway” Scene
Book of Mormon and Avenue Q are my favorites
Check out the TKTs booth for cheap tickets or online now

Parks (Central Park & the High Line)
Central Park Is really big — and no subway across
Central Park is 800 Acres
Strawberry Fields, Sheep’s Meadow, ice skating rinks.
Visit the High Line on a weekday to avoid the crowds

Big Apple Attractions
Statue of Liberty — book ahead of time
Cant get tix for the Statue of Liberty, ride the Staten Island Ferry for free!
Empire State Building — Long Lines
Top of the Rock is really cool — great views of the Empire State
New WTC Observatory
9/11 Memorial ($2 Reservation Fee
Museum of Modern Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History (Suggested Admission)
Chelsea Market
New York Public Library
Flatiron Building
Shopping along 5th Avenue

Save some money by staying in Queens, Brooklyn, or Staten Island
If money is no object — the Park Hyatt is amazing
Marriott Marquis on Times Square in the middle of it all

Food carts and trucks can be really good
The Halal Guys is a “must eat”
Grimaldi’s Pizza (In Brooklyn under the bridge) and Lomardis in Little Italy
Pastrami on Rye
Shake Shack started here
Chinatown Get noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods (location in Chinatown)
Bagels with Lox
New York Hotdogs from Gray’s Papaya
New York Cheesecake


Click here to watch more of my New York City videos in my NYC Travel Playlist:

Yellow Productions on social media:
TWITTER: ChrisRaney

Check out my blog at:

Easy Lemon Kevin MacLeod (


Brian Lauro says:

Entertaining and well done.

jordanloves gaming says:

Very informational video i really enjoyed, well thought out and discussed.

Rodrigo Estrada says:

Thanks Chris for the tips. Just returned from business trip to NYC, your video was very useful. Specially getting Broadway show tickets with discount prices at the Times Square TKS booth and getting around in the subway.

Heritage Ways says:

Great, thanks

Homeless Eric says:

(7. NYC parks) The Jamaicans got the weed, but it ain’t that good

Chris Florida says:

I thought New Jersey was part of New York City wow

Marc Sarfati says:


NYC only has 1 airport.

La Gudia it’s in queen.

JFK is in LI. Not NYC
Newark is closer to Manhattan then JFK.

Inspiring Vanessa says:

hello, love NYC 😉

Lee Hatts says:

Muslims don’t buy food from Christians so don’t support halal! If you buy halal you are starving a christian

TheLuckyOne says:

Im a New Yorker, ask me your questions.

Tps1680 says:

As a native new yorker, I would recommend driving out to the other boroughs. Hell of a lot cheaper than Manhattan.

Andreas Hoppe says:

Hi, what do you think of Harlem? I’ll be staying in Harlem near Broadway. I heard it has some great culture and art. What do you think?

Michael McConnell says:

Glad you told people about the borough’s. I lived in Queens and that is a great, cheap place to eat. I found NY’ers to be pretty friendly. I only lived there for 2 years but miss it a lot. Walk to the extreme right or walk fast. Major rule. Blocking the sidewalks is like blocking the roads in any other city.

angel72229 says:

starts with saying there are other borough besides Manhattan then only goes onto talking about manhattan lmao

Panagiotis Valais says:

The small apple as it concerns arts .

Yellow Productions says:

Enjoyed this video? Then consider watching my LATEST New York City video – “10 WEIRD Things to Do in NYC” –

Echelon22GyaruGirl says:

This video is so informative! Thnx

Charmaine Hurst says:

Where are the best cannolis? Little Italy?

Siegel By The Bay says:

I live here, I just wanna see what people say about us 🙂

Xandrea Matias says:

Hi Chris, thank you so much for this video, it is informative and very well made. We are planning a trip next year around May/June. By the way, what camera did you use to film your videos? Thanks!

wolfgangproductions7 says:

I’m a New Yorker filmed the Manhattanhedge last night on Fifth Avenue it was beautiful… Please check out my video for a laugh …I’m subscribing to your channel your great. Wish you’d be my cameraman !

Desmond Ciauri says:

It’s humid af during the summer and it rained at the same time when I visited. It was a stressful vacation I’ll never go back but I’m glad I got to experience it.

Scott Edson says:

CP is between 843 acres. This guy has some good tips nonetheless.

theohiojoneses says:

Him: Pastrami… on rye
Me: With a sour pickle (Continues singing King of New York)

Matt Hughes Music says:

Funny, I drove to NYC my first time in April and had no problem finding a cheap parking garage at Quick Park E 36th street, was great. Everything was in walking distance and we went to the Hard Rock in Times Square for dinner and it was great and reasonably priced.

KJ JUBI says:

We are planning a trip to New York. Can you please let me know wots the best time to visit?

Nyomi Tafoya says:

thanks for the advice! im going there next year in april so YAAAYYY

John Foudy says:

I live in NY and was born there and I’m used to the cold also there’s a lot of city’s that are more expensive than NYC

Edit:so many ands

 Write a comment


Do you like our videos?
Do you want to see more like that?

Please click below to support us on Facebook!