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8 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 1:40:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
5ish weeks and i will be in NYC, ive never been to america so anything i need to know?

Is it true that you add tax at the checkout? Do I need to be prepared to pay more than priced?

How does tipping work? Here its not always necessary, like you wont get lynched if you dont tip, what do i need to know for that?

I read in a tourist book dont go central park after dark.

Throw some stuff at me that would be helpful knowing - please?

8 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 1:41:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oooh, if i go to a bar, will my british drivers licence be accepted as ID? Or will i need my passport with me?
8 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 1:42:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
sometimes you lose your debit card at a rooftop bar and can't pay for a subway sandwich at four o'clock in the morning.
8 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 1:42:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don’t know what the tax percent is in New York, but in my state I just add 7% to the total.

You don’t get lynched for tipping but it’s really rude to not tip a server in a sit down restaurant or a delivery driver. 15-20%
8 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 1:47:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, tax is added on at checkout.

Tipping at sit-down restaurants is expected, yes, generally 15-20%. It's dumb, tbh.
7 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 2:47:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
In new york, one might get lynched for not tipping...

Do you know where you will be staying?

When in NYC, I use google maps for subways and it works really well for getting around.

7 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 3:08:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
see we add the tax into the price, so what is on the shelf is what you pay, we will need to remember that one then.

We are staying on Times square in Row I think.
7 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 3:16:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think New York has relatively high sales tax. Not sure if it's quite 10% between city and state taxes, but I'd plan on that just to be safe.

Avoiding just strolling through Central Park at night is a good idea, though if you go to a popular area that's on the outskirts (the John Lennon memorial, for example), it'll be fine. Safety aside, the biggest concern would honestly be getting lost—the park is HUGE.

The subway system is not simple, because there are tons of lines, but it is easy/straightforward to navigate (imo).
7 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 3:16:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Remember to tip the pole dancers on the subway.
7 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 3:19:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
The best advice is probably don't eat at any chain restaurants. NYC has some of the best food options in the world, yet every time I've been there, stuff like McDonald's and Olive Garden are packed. Just WHY???
7 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 4:08:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
Eat a lot of pizza and cheese cake
Watch all the broadway and off broadway shows

I don’t have any practical tips, I just loved walking around all of nyc.
7 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 6:05:33 PM EST (GMT-5)

specifically number 1!

We always do this when headed to the city...we have seen some pretty great shows for cheap. You won't get to see Lion King or anything, but when we went last time "waitress" was still showing (We didn't see that one...just letting you know that there were still current shows in the list)

Ride the ferry! See the Statue of Liberty! Don't let anyone sell you on "Statue of Liberty tours" while you are walking to the ferry (unless you really want that sort of thing) It's just as fun to ride the regular ferry and you get a great view

Central Park is great...Just set a part a good amount of time to wander. There is a lot to see.

You're going during the winter so it will be really ridiculously cold, but gorgeous at night.
7 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 6:07:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Don't overpay for pizza...you can literally get $1 slices and it's still better than anything you've ever eaten lol

Don't go to chain restaurants in NYC. Do some research...if there is a show you like (sopranos for example) you can actually eat at those restaurants etc. It's one of the few touristy type things I like to do.

Just research! Find out what is most important for you to see, than search for the "best" way to enjoy them in NYC. People have blogs upon blogs upon lists upon web pages devoted to navigating the city

You are pretty used to a bus system, so you should do fine on the subways. I still get confused every time I go.
7 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 6:08:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Also, yes, tip 20% is a good generic number to stick with so you don't have to think about it too much.
7 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 6:31:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Are you traveling with your daughter?

Walking the High Line is good- - particularly if you like art stuff.


Be sure to eat at Halal Guys food cart at 57th street and 7th Avenue (cash only)

Staten Island Ferry is fun (and free).

There's not a lot of public bathrooms- - plan accordingly. Lots are for 'customers only'- - even hotel lobby bathrooms.

Horse carriage rides through Central Park might be good.

7 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 6:50:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 12/1/18 - 1:41:29 PM lizzywizzy wrote:
Oooh, if i go to a bar, will my british drivers licence be accepted as ID? Or will i need my passport with me?

I’d bring a passport just in case. Always tip.
7 days ago - Saturday 12/1/18 - 10:07:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Second high line of the weather is good. The museums are pretty sweet and a lot of them are relatively cheap/donation only. Or used to be. Natural history museum, MoMa, PS1 etc
7 days ago - Sunday 12/2/18 - 10:11:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
Found this for you:

2018 List of New York Local Sales Tax Rates. New York has state sales tax of 4.00%, and allows local governments to collect a local option sales tax of up to 4.875%.
7 days ago - Sunday 12/2/18 - 11:44:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 12/1/18 - 10:07:57 PM catchall wrote:
Second high line of the weather is good. The museums are pretty sweet and a lot of them are relatively cheap/donation only. Or used to be. Natural history museum, MoMa, PS1 etc

Yesss I really liked the natural history museum,met (this one is huge we didn’t see it all) and moma
4 days ago - Wednesday 12/5/18 - 2:16:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Driving there is a pain in the ass - walking is best if you are going short distances. I live in Pennsylvania, right outside New Jersey and New York. Drivers here are some of the rudest, worst drivers you will come across in the US.
4 days ago - Wednesday 12/5/18 - 2:24:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
So my experience as a non american (I'm including canadians in that) in the US.

Yes you will pay more than what the price tag says. No don't bother trying to work it out yourself, just know if it says $19.99 you need more than a $20 bill.

Tipping I always found it easiest to work out 10% double it to get to 20 and leave that. Regardless. If the service was amazing thens sure leave more, but at a minimum Hylian taught me 20%, those people get paid $2 an hr, and it's basically everywhere but retail and fast food.

Because of the tipping culture, prepared to be waited on LITERALLY in bars and restaurants, like every couple of bloody seconds "how is everything? can I get you anything else? would you like to try xyz? they are all over you like a rash. I found it weird, I like to be left alone.

4 days ago - Wednesday 12/5/18 - 2:27:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
You will learn to hate coins, their coins are confusing, either dimes or nickles DONT EVEN SAY WHAT THEY'RE WORTH!

The notes are all the same size and colour and $1 bills are stupid and cause it's a linen blend, they don't sit smooth and flat like plastic, if you scrunch them they stay scrunched.

I never went to central park at night, but I did wander around at night by myself, I made my way to time square drunk as F*CK at 3am and took selfies with NYPD was great, I never felt in danger.

There's no bins, as in rubbish bins, but there's lots of rubbish bags on the side of the road, like in movies and tv, they literally just put the black bags on the curb for collection. It is a bit weird.

People are friendly in a weird honest way, some questions about where your from and what it's like there sound dumb or silly, but they are asking cause they don't know and they're curious
4 days ago - Wednesday 12/5/18 - 2:31:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
The ID thing, it really depends on the establishment as to what they will except. I never had much trouble using my Australian drivers license to buy alcohol and smokes except when I was at the vape store and they tried to scan it.

The Date configuration confuses them to, cause mine is obviously DD/MM/YYYY I'm born on the 14, obviously there's no 14month. But it got them talking cause they'd see it was from Australia.

How are you with walking? Cause honestly it's the easiest way to get around. Subway isn't that scary, but you just gotta KNOW where you're going before so you can watch for your stop.

Monkeys and I did a tourist hop on hop off bus thing, it was actually really good, you got to get around nice and easy, and see things and just jump off whenever.

4 days ago - Wednesday 12/5/18 - 2:36:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
We bought a New York Pass which yeah, is a bit gimmicky, but also really good cause you learn about places to check out.
We even did a bus tour that was in the evening and went over the bridge and stuff it was cool to see the city at night.


Food serving sizes are stupid huge, like holy mother of what the f*ck how are you carrying that plate, huge. but food is CHEEEEEEP.

I found it easier, if I was gonna stay at a bar awhile and have a few drinks, to leave my credit card with the bartender and run a tab, then pay in one hit instead of small purchases with small tips and just leave a big one.

The sex museum is actually kinda fun and interesting and I would recommend.
4 days ago - Wednesday 12/5/18 - 2:40:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
The empire state building is scary as all get out if you're scared of heights, yet still totally worth it. The giant lady holding a torch is better from afar up close it's just a hunk of metal. Ground zero is hard, no other words to describe it but hard.

Central park is bigger than you think, no even bigger than that, nope keep going it's bigger than that too. Pretty though, very pretty, rode a push bike around it, hard work but fun.

I hope they've upped the anti on street art, cause the greyness of NY kinda made me feel a bit weird after awhile.

If you have the opportunity to catch up with BSR, I would do it, he is the most amazing host, great fun to drink and have dinner and chat with in person. He is totally the loud stereotypical new yorker.

Um, that's all I can think of right now.

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