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  1. Juno
    January 7, 2011

    Learn from local and pro! 🙂 Great. Tweetup truely brings you some great meetings! 🙂 Can’t wait for out tweetup! Woot woot!

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    • Leslie Koch
      January 7, 2011

      Thanks Juno! I would love to meet up in South Korea or NYC. I feel like I know you so well from Twitter and your blog 🙂

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  2. ciki
    January 7, 2011

    great tips! now all that’s left is to book a flight over;)

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  3. Jeremy B
    January 7, 2011

    Wow, this is awesome! This is going to shock you but I have never been to NYC! I follow some of these tips whenever I travel (taking the subway/metro, getting away from the tourist areas, look like a local) but for NYC these are really very good. Love the free download as well!

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    • Leslie Koch
      January 7, 2011

      Thanks Jeremy! Now that you have these insider tips, I hope you make it out to NYC. I see a tweetup in our future 😉

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  4. Alyson Smith
    January 7, 2011

    Great article I have been to both Carmine’s (their food is amazing- very big proportions!) and Junior’s for cheesecake (best cheesecake ever!- one time we bought a whole cake just to eat at home). Junior’s is right next to the Lion King (which is where we went after we saw an amazing broadway play)!

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  5. cesar gaubeca
    January 7, 2011

    hermoso y glorioso new york

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    • Leslie Koch
      January 7, 2011

      Si, New York es una ciudad halucinante!

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  6. Sarah Wu
    January 7, 2011

    Great tips and guest post. haha I kind of agree don’t eat at Time Square, not that it has bad food. There are a lot great restaurant besides Time Square and less expensive. True*

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  7. Ted Nelson
    January 7, 2011

    If I dress in tights with a pair of athletic shorts over them will I look like a local or a tourist?

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    • Leslie Koch
      January 7, 2011

      Yeah, I’d skip that look in NYC! Although it’s not to different from a bike messenger’s wardrobe…

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  8. Maria A
    January 7, 2011

    Great advice! Especially the whole don’t look like a local thing.

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  9. santafetraveler
    January 7, 2011

    When I was in high school, we used to walk around gawking at the tall buildings and trying to look like tourists. That was then, this is now,
    One thing I would advise visitors to do is WALK. NY is a great walking city from the Battery to the north end of Central Park. It’s especially wonderful on a late spring Sunday. There are so many distinct neighborhoods and each has its own character.
    Also, the museums are a must and I think Ellis Island should be on everyone’s list.
    If you have to leave Manhattan, I’d take in the view from the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights and ride the Staten Island Ferry. Personally, if I had a short time in the city, I’d spend it in Manhattan. Don’t miss the quaint streets of the West Village. And, explore the wonderful ethnic restaurants that are in enclaves all over. From Chinatown to Little Italy to Washington Heights.
    I just made myself nostalgic for NY and I haven’t been for years.

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    • Leslie Koch
      January 8, 2011

      Great tips for Manhattan visitors! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  10. Aaron @ Aaron’s Worldwide Adventures
    January 8, 2011

    Also, can’t forget that mistake so many tourists make: Houston Street is pronounced HOWsten, not like the city in Texas.

    I would also suggest that visitors to NYC visit Union Square. It’s got great character and hosts local artists selling their wares and a wonderful farmers market.

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    • Leslie Koch
      January 10, 2011

      Thanks Aaron! Excellent tip. Union Square is a great place to meet local artists and buy inexpensive artwork.

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  11. Katherina
    January 10, 2011

    Thanks – good tips. They come very handy, I’m flying to New York in less than 2 weeks!

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    • Leslie Koch
      January 10, 2011

      Let me know when you are in town! I’d love to meet up 🙂

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  12. Mark
    January 16, 2011

    Great info Leslie! Though you won’t catch me near a double-decker bus in any city, Jeffrey provides some valuable tips here! I completely agree with him about looking elsewhere to eat besides Times Square! Those places tend to be overpriced, crowded & rife with poor service and food! It reminds of Fisherman’s Wharf here in San Francisco and how I don’t even venture to that part of the city with out-of-towners. Nice post again! Hope you guys are finally thawing out of that brutal cold! 🙂

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    • Leslie Koch
      January 25, 2011

      Yeah, I’m always perplexed by tourists who eat at the theme restaurants in Times Square when there are local restaurants a block away. If travelers listen to Jeff they won’t make this mistake again! 😉

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  13. Brian
    May 15, 2011

    All useful tips – seeing as my daughter and I are flying out from Australia to NY on the 18th May – very handy (gonna be hard NOT to look like a tourist tho).

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    • Leslie Koch
      May 16, 2011

      Have fun in NYC! Summer is a great time to visit– there are lots of free cultural events in the parks.

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  14. steven jones
    May 30, 2011

    Thanks for this great info on New York City! Appreciated! And may I ask about the hospitality?
    I am a South African blogger visting NYC mid June 2011. Any New York Bloggers care to meet up with me, show me some of the City, and shoot the breeze?
    My email address is stevenjonesltd@gmail.com

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    • Leslie Koch
      May 31, 2011

      There are many NYC travel bloggers and no shortage of tweetups and events! Shoot me a tweet when you come to the city. I’m @LeslieTravel on Twitter 🙂

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  15. Jeff Titelius
    December 8, 2011

    Fantastic overview of “the City” my friend! Love the “take small bites” of the big Apple!! This article brought back wonderful memories when NYC was in my backyard!

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    • Leslie Koch
      December 10, 2011

      Thanks! There’s so much to see and do in NYC– especially beyond the tourist path 🙂

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  16. The World of Deej
    February 5, 2012

    Great tips….the only way we navigate any city is by subway, and I’m sure to use an iPhone app for my map:)

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  17. Melissa Janik
    June 10, 2012

    Headed to NYC in July with my daughter. Can’t wait–her first time there. Thanks for the tips!

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    • Leslie Koch
      June 10, 2012

      Glad you found them helpful! There’s so much to see in NYC– I’m sure you will have a wonderful time 🙂

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  18. Kerry
    December 7, 2012

    Really nice tips for New York tour. I find this post quite interesting. Thanks for sharing…!! 🙂

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