Welcome to New York City! There are tons
of fun things to do here. However, there’s also tons of tourist traps. Today I’m
going to show you the worst tourist traps in New York City. Let’s start with this one Times Square.
The only good thing about Times Square is the Broadway shows. This is a massive
tourist trap. Everything’s overpriced and when you’re in Times Square, under any
circumstances please don’t go to Madame Tussauds or Ripley’s Believe It or Not. It’s not even fun there guys. Come on! That’s the
biggest tourist trap you can ever find. If you want something that says New York
on it don’t come to any of these cheesy souvenir shops. You’ll see these all over
the Midtown area. Instead, a way to get these for way cheaper price, is you go
to Chinatown or you can go to any Duane Reade or Walgreens. They sell it for so
so cheap, okay? Instead of going to places like the Freedom Tower or the Empire
State Building, skip it. Those places are so expensive and they
have really long lines. It’s just packed. Instead go to these amazing rooftop bars.
We have so many in New York and the views are better than what you get there
or at the Empire State Building because you’re not surrounded by tourists. Here
are a few of my favorites. Like this place this is St. Cloud at the
Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square. Come here look at this view that there is. Look at this view here. That’s the New Year’s Eve Ball right there. There’s other great places too. Some of my favorite rooftop bars are Jimmy at at The James, Monarch Lounge, at the top of the Met Museum there’s an amazing rooftop
bar looking at over Central Park, and the top of the Gansevoort Hotel. All those
places have amazing views and there’s no one there. It’s just so much better
than going to be Empire State Building or the Freedom Tower. So go there instead. Instead of shopping on Fifth Avenue where it’s really expensive and it’s
really where all the tourists go. Go to we’re real near New Yorkers shop which
is the West Village, Nolita, Union Square, any of those locations have tons of
really cute boutique stores that are way better price and all the stuff here on fifth avenue. When you’re walking the streets of New
York you’re going to get offered a lot of these little pamphlets for these big
bus tours, don’t do it. It’s a huge scam and it’s not even a good tour.
Essentially they’re just going to corral you into a giant bus full of tourists,
and give you generic information about the city as they go past all of the
landmarks and cool sites really quickly. Instead of doing this, what you should do
is go on a private tour or a small group tour. One of my favorite companies to do
this with its Urban Adventures. They have tons of really fun tours of all over New
York City and it’s really personalized. So don’t use these guys. Instead use awesome companies like Urban Adventures. Instead of going to Starbucks, there are so many cool cafe’s here in New York. Like this one called The Uncommons. Here you can get a delicious coffee and a bagel, New York style. While you play board games and they have over 500 board games. So check this out. It’s my move now. Three. One, two three. Your turn! If you don’t want to deal with the
hordes of tourists at museums like the Museum of Natural History, The Met or the MoMA, head over to the more undiscovered museums. This one is the Museum of Moving Image and it’s an Astoria, Queens. It is all about the art of film. It takes you through all these different movies and shows you behind the scenes. It’s very interactive as well so I highly
recommend checking this out. Also it’s free on Fridays from 4:00 to 8:00. Way better than those really busy places in Manhattan. Probably the biggest tourist trap of
all in Times Square which is New Year’s Eve. Now you may have seen this on TV it
looks super glamorous and amazing with confetti falling down but that’s only
for one moment. The rest of the time it’s terrible. You have to get here probably
like 15 hours before everything starts. You’ll be fenced in an area and you
can’t leave that area until the show starts. You just have to sit there and
wait for the show to start. A lot of people end up wearing diapers. The
other option is doing one of the “great package deals” that restaurants will
offer you here which are really terrible they’re extremely overpriced. Normally
they’re around five hundred to a thousand dollars it can be more than that. Times Square for New Year’s Eve not what
it seems like just watch it on TV in your cozy house or at a bar it will be
so much more fun that way and you won’t end up fenced in a corral, not being able to
go to the bathroom for 15 hours. Do not, under any circumstances, take pictures
with these costume characters like the one behind me. What they do is they’ll
try to jump into your photo pretending like they just want to be in your photo
and then what they do is they demand you to give them a tip and this tip will be
like five to ten dollars. It’s terrible! and a lot of tourists fall for this and
they feel like they’re obligated to pay them. You’re not obligated to pay them so
don’t pay them. Another thing that you’ll see all the time. You’ll be walking along
the streets, like the guy behind me here it’s doing it, and they try to sell you a CD of their mixed tape. Don’t buy this. It’s a blank CD, they try
to charge you like $20 for a mixtape and there’s nothing on it. Okay? Don’t fall
for these scams. They’re so dumb save your money. These pedicabs right here are a scam. Don’t take them. they’re really expensive,
and they don’t even get you places fast. Instead just take the subway. Literally no real New Yorkers take those pedicabs, so just don’t do it. Instead of going to the overpriced Rockefeller Center ice rink, come here instead. This is Bryant Park
they have tons of really fun activities all year long. Here you can skate for just 20 dollars and at Rockefeller Center
it’s a lot more, plus you’ll be waiting in line for half the time. Do this one instead. So that’s a wrap everyone, those are the
worst tourist traps of New York City. If you enjoyed this video, subscribe, follow
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