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Avoiding the Tourist Traps During Your Trip to NYC

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By Bob Levin on April 10th, 2012

Categories: Popular Cities

As one of the most popular travel destinations in the entire world, New York City is filled with landmarks you need to experience at least once in your life. However, most of these famous landmarks suffer from the same problems as their equivalents all over the world. New York City’s tourist destinations are often crowded, expensive, and so closely packed that you can easily visit all of them in a single day. It’s easy to check out the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Times Square in one whirlwind of activity, leaving you with plenty of time left over to stray off the beaten path and check out a few the city’s great neighborhoods- locales that those big double decker buses never plow their way through!

If you’re looking to stay in Manhattan and you want to get away from the crowds and take an afternoon to simply relax, consider checking out Greenwich Village. Located in the lower West side of the island, Greenwich Village is a great neighborhood that’s a joy to simply walk through. With ample small boutiques and shops to browse through, coffee shops to spend a couple hours reading, and a few great little parks (such as Washington Square Park) to lie back and people watch in, you’d be hard pressed to find a more pleasant neighborhood on New York City’s central borough.

However, if you’re willing to brave the subway to an outer borough, you can visit the similarly low-key Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope. These days Williamsburg and its hordes of neon-clad, mustachioed hipsters hog most of Brooklyn’s spotlight, but a couple subway stops to the south you’ll find a much mellower neighborhood that’s primarily home to young families and working professionals who enjoy having a quiet escape away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

New York City can be every bit as crazy and chaotic as you’ve heard, but Greenwich Village and Park Slope prove that there’s more to the city than it’s boisterous, brassy reputation.

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1 Comments Total

Manhattanscout - April 10, 2012 at 10:45 am

You’re totally right. Though there are more quite and calming places like some spots in Central Park, under the Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn side, East Village and the High Line… etc.

There’s actually plenty of space for calming tourist free spots. It there wasn’t it wouldn’t be New York:)

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