With Halloween on the horizon and New York the confirmed ‘spooky destination’ par excellence, we’ve scanned the web for how to avoid tourist traps and overhype, and come up with 3 practical tips from concierge.com
1.The view of the city from the top of the Empire State Building may be great, but the queues aren’t. You queue inside and out and to add insult to injury get harassed by street vendors while you wait, then have a production line visit and pay $20 for the privilege. A much pleasanter experience is to be had in the Rainbow Room (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th floor) where you can view Manhattan, cocktail in hand, from the 65th floor and enjoy Art Deco glamour.
2.It’s difficult to go to New York and not eat an iconic hot dog but resist the street-corner carts and go gourmet. Dogmatic (26 E. 17th Street) sources grass-fed or free-range beef, chicken, pork, turkey and lamb from sustainable regional farms. Their handmade sausages ($4.50) in fresh bread rolls come topped with truffle Gruyère, mint yogurt, or cheddar jalapeño sauce.
3.Skip the taxis: they’re an expensive way of getting around. Take the NYC subway system, which is safe, fast, cheap and runs 24/7. And when possible, New York is a great place for walking. You can get from Times Square to Central Park in less than 20 minutes.
Touristy or not however, certain things cannot be missed. The epic Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Statue of Liberty’s welcome and the poignant Ellis Island are a must.