15 MOST Common NYC Tourist Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them) !

15 MOST Common NYC Tourist Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them) !


What’s up Members of the Barrio It’s Jon coming to you from the Harbor next to Brookfield Place In the Financial District And so many of you out there are visiting New York City For the first time And a lot of you run into very common issues Today i’m giving you all 15 Common Mistakes Tourists make Visiting New York City Make sure to check out my other New York City playlists linked down below In the description For even more ideas, tips, and tricks for your next trip to the Big Apple Here we go A lot of people arrive to the area airports And they think that their best option is always to take a taxi Or an Uber to their destination in the city I’m here to say.. don’t be afraid to try public transportation Especially if you’re traveling by yourself Maybe just two people My friend Jacob Carlson did an amazing video about how to get from JFK Airport To Manhttan The cheapest possible way Using the subway You can also do the same thing from Newark Airport in New Jersey You can take NJ Transit directly to Penn Station In Midtown Manhattan These options will save you a lot of money Now if you’re a big group of people and you have a ton of luggage Taking an uber or taxi may be your best bet But don’t be afraid to investigate taking public transportation as well Not leaving the Manhattan Bubble Ironically i am filming this in Manhattan But if you’re a fan of this channel You know we like to explore outside the major tourist areas I would just hate it for someone to visit New York City And only stay in that midtown Manhattan bubble I know a lot of the attractions are there But New York City has 5 boroughs There are so many different things you can see All over the place Step outside of that Manhattan Bubble Go to Queens Go to Brooklyn Go to Arthur Ave in the Bronx Check out Staten Island Don’t be afraid to explore Because New York City is so much more Than just Manhattan Not wearing comfortable shoes Guys I have borrowed the beautiful Team Adriana to join me With the female perspective on this common tourist mistake Not wearing comfortable shoes Guys I have checked my apps before About how many miles I’ve walked on a given day in New York I live here I’ve walked 6 miles, 8 miles It gets pretty crazy when you’re traveling And exploring non stop For you men out there Highly recommend you pay close attention to what you’re wearing On your feet Bring only your most comfortable shoes at least.. During the day From the female perspective what would you tell the women out there I’ve seen a lot of women trying to look really really nice And fashionable with their clothes in new york Because of course it’s New York You want to look nice in your pictures But they don’t realize how much they are going to walk So I suggest to bring nice shoes But comfortable at the same time. Because you’re going to walk a lot.. New York has so many super super popular attractions And you should definitley pick and choose which ones you visit But I also want to encourage you to not just go to the most famous spots Like the Empire State Building The Statue of Liberty etc Check out some different spots We did a great video on this channel for example About the 5 Best Museums that you’ve never heard of My personal favorite on that list Was the transit museum Awesome place And so many people have never even heard of it Don’t just stick to the tried and true Look for some different things in New York And I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised Not having enough cash Pretty common problem Ooo guys look who just bombd the video Tal from the Traveling Clatt He has done so many cool guides to New York City Make sure to check ous his channel And he’s going to be taking over for the next two common tourist mistakes Tal take it away You were saying not having enough cash And that is something that I’ve learned very fast here in New York City You would think because it’s such a big and developing city That you’d be able to pay with everything for card And everything with a card Or with electronic payments But that is not the truth What so ever in New York City Because New York City is such a condensed place There are a lot of small businesses That charge you cash only Up until a certain limit. A lot of places have a $10,$15, maybe even a $20 minimum This goes for bars Bodegas Convenience stores All kinds of things Even fruit shops Vegetable shops Grocery stores You really want to make sure that you have cash on you at all times I have a weekly budget of at least $100 in cash I would recommend to a tourist as well Have at least 100 maybe 200 dollars in cash at all times You never know when you’re going to need to use it This also happens for emergency situations But you always want to make sure that you have At least some bit of money in hand with you at all times because.. It really is a place that uses cash pretty frequently Alright our next thing not do here in New York City Eating at chain restaurants Here’s the deal A lot of people I understand come to New York City Especially if it’s your first time.. if you’re coming outside of the United States You’re coming here for the first time To America You want to experience the fast food… And that involves eating at American McDonald’s Or Burger King Or KFC Things like that That are popular American kind of fast food spots But.. I will remind you that while that’s okay to do Especially if it’s your first time .. New York City is the epicenter for international food In the United States It is home to.. so many different cultures And cuisines All over the world That exist right here in this city And there’s so many amazing spots to try all this food I highly suggest if you’re coming here Especially if you’re a foodie Try and kind of.. experience more of a diverse cuisine culture When you’re here in New York City Travel to the different parts of Queens Travel to the different parts of Brooklyn And Manhattan That offer you those crazy ethnic dishes From all over the world You can get things like.. Tibetan, Malaysian, Chinese,.. Anywhere from Mexico to Argentina To Venezuela All that food exists right here You can get everything you want And especially if you travel to places like The Bronx and Queens You’ll be able to find street food Of these different countries And nationalities Which is something that’s pretty rare in American Cities in General Just walking around being able to buy street food from street vendors And the food is incredible I can really tell you As someone whose traveled to a lot of different countries Around the world The food here in New York City Really is on another level Especially for the United States Stay in your lane Now this describes moments where people are walking down the street And all of a sudden they need to stop check directions on their phone Or to look up at a building And you’ll have 3 or 4 people just bunching the sidewalk And your inconveincing the other people Walking behind you Who are also visiting New York Or live here And let me tell you There is nothing more annoying Than seeing a little traffic jam, congestion Because a few people are just blocking traffic As my friend Evan , a native New Yorker Always likes to say Pull over Stay in your lane And let other people walk by If you need to adjust something If you need to check on a map You’ll make everybodys lives.. a lot easier This isn’t even a common mistake in New York City I’ve personally done this myself In my own travels around the world Trying to do much in one day New York City has so much going on You could be busy from 8 AM to 8 PM every single day But my fear is that you are going to miss out On actually appreciating things On actually enjoying your trip If you have a schedule.. that is just chock-full of activities Non stop I recommend not planning out every single detail of your trip before you come Leave some open space Leave some time just to relax in your hotel Or your Airbnb Trust me you’ll be much happier If you do that Their are a lot of common mistakes That tourists run into with the New York City subway system One of them is whether or not to buy a 7-Day Unlimited Card Which costs 33 dollars It’s an incredible value, but you have to make sure that you’re actually going to be utilizing it enough If you’re going to be jumping all over New York Between the boroughs Definitley get an unlimited card But if there’s going to be some days where you’re just staying in a small area. Not taking the subway Then I don’t think that you should buy it Definitley factor in where you’re going to go To decide if you need the unlimited card or not Tip number 2 Whenever you’re going to the subway Have your card out And ready to swipe it The second you get there Because you don’t want to be standing right in front of a line And you’re fumbling in your wallet And people are behind you getting angry Always have the card Ready And the third thing.. I would say is.. Make sure to download the app Citymapper I actually had a few of you guys out there recommend it to me I didn’t even know about it This thing gives you such a good route of New York City It breaks down everything Where on the train you should board What time a train is going to come Even walking directions when you get off the train. Make sure if you come to New York That you have Citymapper installed On your phone Not Google Maps And no they did not sponsor this video I am just that big a fan Of that app If you’re a viewer from North America You can skip this segment But there is nothing that frustrates foreigners visiting the United States For the first time More than tipping And it’s actually something I’ve never really talked about on the channel before So i’m going to address it for the first time here The reason that the tipping culture exists in North America Is because many service workers Make less than minimum wage And have to rely on tips, to survive I’m not saying it’s the right way to do things I’m not saying it’s the wrong way to do things But it’s the way it’s done here The biggest place that you’re going to run into tipping Is at a restaurant And my rule of thumb here. Is that you take the pre-tax total And add 20% to that If the service is good As your tip Is the service isn’t so good You can leave 15% If the service is absolutely awful Talk to the manager There’s a lot of other places that you will Have to tip.. Let’s say if you like going out at night At bars I generally tip at least $1 per drink $1 per beer That I order If it’s a cocktail.. you may want to tip even more than that Other spots.. if you’re taking a taxi.. tip at least 10% Of the total If you’re in a hotel.. And you have someone bring your bags to the room Tip minimum $1 per bag Guys this one might sound obvious. But check the weather Before you go out in the city The weather in New York is absolutely crazy Today for example Almost 60 degrees But super windy If I didn’t check the weather I would have went outside maybe in short sleeves Tal whose filming this right now Is wearing sandals and freezing right now I repeat, Tal is absolutely freezing There’s spot showers all the time I recommend you always have a little umbrella Especially if you’re a lady and you have a purse Just put a little umbrella in there So you’re prepared for all of the eventualities.. in the winter It can be super cold In the summer it can be super humid Just check the weather forecast Before you step out.. believe me I know that it’s a bucketlist activity To say you went to a broadway show on your first trip to New York City. But you don’t have to spend a ton of money doing it We’ve covered this before On the channel But there’s some great apps that you could use Like Today Tix Or the TKTS app And you don’t even have to go to broadway There are so many talented performers There’s an overabundance of talented people here Off-Broadway Off-Off Broadway You can save a lot of money Going to them And still have an amazing experience Watching world class theater There’s always so many really cool events going on in New York City I think to many tourists just worry about hitting The main attractions But why don’t you download an app like..Time Out New York And find out what festivals are going on What shows are going on What carnivals are going on Street fairs There’s always so many really neat things to do in New York That don’t just involve going to the tourist sites Make sure to check them out One of the biggest expenses you may have coming to New York Is hotel Accomodation I did a whole video which I highly recommend you watch About booking, a cheaper stay in New York City But you are going to spend the most money Coming here during peak seasons And staying in mid-town Manhattan At a big a name hotel Your best bet is don’t be afraid to stay outside of that Midtown Manhattan bubble Get an airbnb in somebodys apartment in Queens In Washington Heights In Brooklyn You’ll save 50% or more And you can put that money into actually doing things Around New York And shameless plug if you want to get $40 off of your first Airbnb Stay Make sure to use my referral code Down in the description . This one’s actually more challenging than you would think Finding a public restroom in New York City Highly recommend you use the bathroom before you leave your hotel or Airbnb And better yet Download the app sit or squat Which tells you the location of many, many public restrooms in New York If you’re in doubt.. Just about any bar Any restaurant Any hotel Will have a bathroom inside But just in case Use the bathroom before you leave One bonus tip for you guys courtesy of my friend Evan Whose is a born and bred New Yorker He told me If somebody asks him for directions And just gives an address.. let’s say.. 1500 Broadway It’s pretty tough for him to tell you where to go Better yet Give a cross street Like Bleecker and Broadway And people that live here Will have a much easier time Telling you where to go Guys tell me down in the comments if you’ve made any of these mistakes On your first trip to New York I’m curious And be sure to check out My other New York City Playlists as well Thank you so much for watching as always Until next time What part of New York City will he show us next? Tune in on the next episode of Jonathan Barr Jonathan Barrio

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  2. I had spicy ass Indian food and i was in Manhattan stuck in traffic. i was so close to shitting in a bush like borat. CVS saved my dignity that day.

  3. Please, don't stop in the middle of the sidewalk. Just don't. And also, we won't tell at you, New Yorkers aren't as mean as we seem. No, it's true.

  4. If you're stuck for a toilet/restroom in Manhattan, head for Penn Station. I used the toilets in the Amtrak area of Penn Station frequently.

  5. I still don't understand the tipping part, why don't they make it more transparent, so you don't have to bring a calculator??? Because what is the different that making a price that includes tax + tips fx: You have to pay 20$ (these includes the price which is maybe 15$, then 3$ tips and 2$ tax), why do you have to split them up??? You see a sign whit at 15$ meal, and then it ends up in 20$, why just not state it is 20$ right away with all included??? That is what frustrates me…

  6. Thank you for the tip about public bathrooms, nobody ever thinks of that but I do😆
    In my many trips to NYC I’ve learnt how to avoid most of these mistakes, but I still sometimes tend to stick to Manhattan only. Will try to explore more!

  7. Im from Brazil, 21 young. Someone would like be my friend and Teach me speak English? Haha show me NYC when I be going to… 🇧🇷😂🙏

  8. Could travel new York for $350 for 3 days with flight included. Not sure if worth it…

    Need to see Philippines/Taiwan 2 months after that.

  9. One thing I would dispute is that Google Maps does give you both subway and bus ride schedules, from your current location to destination.

  10. Goes to America, gets fast food from everywhere, like you said

    Gets food poisoning over this and can't pin point where it came from because you've ate so much from different places

  11. 5:19-Most of these American chain restos are in many foreign countries, like Canada (Toronto has several of them, with [possibily] more to come); one does not need to eat at a chain restaurant when visiting New ork.

  12. 8:43-This tip (and the one about getting the Citymapper app for your phone or tablet) also applies to travelling here in Toronto on public transit, plus any other city worldwide.

  13. Traveling to New York for the first time next week. Expecting to make some noob mistake which will get me killed. Planning my funeral.

  14. I wish I'd known about the transportation museum when I went! But I hit the Skyscraper museum. I've stayed in 4 places in NY: 125th St. by Columbia University, in Harlem, at the Ansonia @ 73rd St. and Broadway, and Midtown – Midtown was my favorite altho the room was microscopic with no views. I can vouch for the necessity for cash. My favorite pizza place, Lombardi's, only takes cash.

  15. Why the heck would I eat at McDonald's when I go to NYC? I pretty much ate only street food on my trip in April. Boring McDonald's which I eat way too much in my small town is exactly what I didn't want.

  16. The restroom tip…yep…learned that lesson. I did go before I left but I was walking through and I had to shit bad walking through Times Square and I couldn't find a restroom any freaking where.

  17. 1. I wouldn't recommend AirBnB in NYC as a lot of them are either illegal or sketchy. Hotels are safer.

    2. Make sure that AUTOMATIC GRATUITY is not included on the restaurant bill, or you may be tipping twice.

    3. For food, you have to do at least one brunch, a diner, a steakhouse and a seafood restaurant. Ethnic food is good too, if you avoid tourist traps like The Olive Garden.

  18. #9 I'm a rude NY'er. I just tell people GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY WAY!!!!! or Just push on past someone in My way.

  19. Ohhh I definitely made the mistake with getting help a location.. I could'nt understand why my friend kept asking for a cross street. So funny now that I think about it. I was a ny newbie

  20. Here is the deal never go to NYC and you won't half to worry about it. In fact they can put on my Headstone: He never went to New York.

  21. Walking the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is a great way to see the city. On my last trip I walked from Midtown up the Greenway (via George Washington Bridge) to the Met Cloisters. The Greenway from Grant's Tomb to Battery Park is probably my favorite walk in the city.

  22. Went to NYC last year and loved it. Desperate to go back. I agree so much about the weather but a warning to anyone not American. Use a weather app on your phone that will give you the temperature in centigrade because the TV weather and any temperature displays in public are only in Fahrenheit, which I just didn't understand at all.

  23. Thanks to public transportation in NYC I found out about the Jackson heights food . The bus dropped me off at Jackson height to catch the subway I ended up taking a walk and boom I found the best food in nyc

  24. I visited New York and hear all these stories and you just know people make mistakes all the time. I wrote a little blog about the main attractions. Will expand on that too.
    https://lukekendall4.wixsite.com/website

  25. My mistake was paying to much for hotel.i will wach your video for my next trip.
    I suggest put a note in your video of where are you filming at that moment. So if people like the background can visit👍

  26. it just seems like it's way too much work to have fun in nyc, everything is a scam, and I always heard the people are rude as hell.  another video tells me vegas is going to hell.  I've been to l.a., didn't really care for it.  most other American sites are overly commercial and expensive.  I can retire in 4–6 years.  screw it, i'll just stay home.

  27. Dude, you've got the best travel vids, even though I've only seen ONE destination in your vids! Dude you're killing me!
    !!!!

  28. The mistake is falling for buying stuff at the street only to give u a upset stomach bacteria and germs everywere .dont buy at stands or food vendors . Only ice is cream I would say is worthy.

  29. 1) taxis and uber are too expensive, had i known…i would've saved more than 50USD from airport to my destination. take the subway definitely.

    2) go to AT&T for sim cards, don't buy the prepaid cards from convenient stores or the vending machine those sims do not have internet access! you will have a problem as you need your google map in NYC. no public wifi, so it's a hassle.

    3) have a plan, a destination every day, and stick to it. you will be lost in nyc one way or another especially if you're only trying to discover places for the first time. so it is better to know what you want to do for the day.

    4) never wear your leather boots or leather shoes, i made this mistake because i wanted to look cool and fashionable but my feet was laden with blisters, and I almost wasn't able to walk in the next few days. wear you most comfortable walking shoes. rubber or sneakers would be the best. if you're a tourist, you will definitely do a lot of walking in NYC.

    5) if you are going in winter, ensure you bring a backpack or bag. everytime you enter a store you will take off your gears and put it on again on your way out, it is very easy to lose your gears. i lost 2 bonnets and a pair of gloves, a muffler, ear muffs…i lost something almost everyday! so ensure you have a convenient bag to put all your gears conveniently as you go in and out of stores

  30. Excellent tips!!!! Also guilty of staying in the Manhattan bubble!!!! But for sure Arthur Ave is the best.
    Download some free maps and guides to help you plan your trip.
    https://www.nycinsiderguide.com/manhattan-neighborhood-map

  31. I think your videos are more suitable for people living or temporarily working in New York, because they have plenty of time to check out the city. Most foreign tourists just stay in the city for a week or ten days, they just get to see a few of the most famous attractions in Manhatten.

  32. Tipping sucks! Need to carry 5-10-20 usd all the time ! It’s so ugly keep touching the money and giving the money people seem not happy their work. DIY — no complimentary water even in 5 star hotels/ I hate that !

  33. Good video I used to live in the tri-state area and worked in Manhattan for 26 1/2 years so I know Manhattan very well.

    There’s one thing you forgot to mention about saving money on hotels.

    If you stay in downtown Jersey City NJ there’s some nice hotels were you could save money, the path train will take you into Manhattan in 5 to 10 minutes.

    There are path trains that will take you either into the village or 34th St. or the downtown financial district.

    I just wanted to mention that.

  34. NYC is my fave place in the world….got engaged there, honeymooned there, bloody love it. I am in the UK 🗽

  35. I went to my first ever musical / theatre @ NYC – we saw “Jersey Boys” and at the hotel concierge they quoted us $200 per ticket, we went to TKTS @ Times Square and we got 2 tickets for less then $80 and we were sitting at the front 😄

  36. I’m a New Yorker and I had no idea about sit or squat Lmfaoooo but I’m gonna check that out. I almost always run into a bar

  37. We have booked a Christmas trip to NYC for this December, booked a hotel in queens for £276 for 3 nights, subway station a 5 min walk away & a 15 min nonstop commute to Grand Central Station. To stay in Manhattan we would have paid £700-£1000 for 3 nights!

  38. Keep cash on you so we can rob u? Don't walk and stop we hate that? Have ur ticket ready?He's more annoyed with what tourists do to annoy people in NYC. He's a BELLEND.

  39. OMG, thank you for this video!! I will be coming for my  first visit in Dec. You have given me some great information.

  40. I’ll say this: almost every tip you have works for Chicago, too. Only the weather is more insane and an Uber from the airport to downtown (if traffic is good) would cost about $35, which beats the 45 minute L ride you’d otherwise take.

  41. What I noticed is LOUD racism beginning from 5:30 – 6:30. Every Cheff/Waiter with white skin has face shown, and every one with dark skin, only hands are shown. The York Police are fairer.

  42. Believe it or not I watched your video after we visited New York last month. Suprisingly, we followed most of your suggestions. Next time we come back, we will be even better prepared. Maybe you can do a video about finding affordable parking in the city. We paid a lot to park our car.

  43. Here Be Barr
    My family an I are planning to visit in about 2 yrs saving money an waiting for babies to be older lol I’ve been watching your videos very carefully! I don’t want to see the tourists traps I want to see the hole in walls … and the burrows I can’t wait to see your beautiful city!

  44. Didn't bring enough cash, didn't remember debit card pin only had credit card. Missed out on eating Halal guys.
    BTW, Congratulations on 100k subscribers!!

  45. I was wondering if you could produce a video that describes the running trails in New York City. During my last visit, I ran lower Manhattan. I found there are many places to run in New York City.

  46. Hey 😀 I'm making YouTube videos in Tokyo, Japan and I'm going to visit New York for the first time between 11th and 14th September. I just had the idea to ask you, if you'd be interested in a collaboration, as you said you live in New York. I'm traveling alone and it would be great to meet some people, but also to get to know other Youtubers in other countries, as I plan to travel more. Let me know if you are interested. 😀 And apart, thanks for the tips in the video 😀 I'm looking forward to my trip.

  47. NEVER eat from the food trucks of 42nd street, too expensive and bad quality food. It's better if you eat in a pizza restaurant or other type of fast food restaurant.
    Buy an unlimited metrocard instead of recharging the same metrocard and always check the weather before going out. If it is raining wear a rain coat and rain shoes.

  48. As much as I love the other boroughs, I don't think it's a good idea to recommend staying there for a first-time visitor to NYC. Most of the places that a tourist would like to check out while in the city are located in Manhattan; the time it would take anyone to get here from Queens, Jersey City, or Brooklyn eats up whatever monetary savings they get.

    Also, so many schedule changes in the subway happen outside of Manhattan. It would be far too confusing for someone who doesn't know the lay of the land to have to deal with reroutes and trains running on a different line than what they're marked.

    If you're a repeat visitor who couldn't care less about going up the Empire State Building again, then sure, stay in Washington Heights or LIC and enjoy the savings. But for those who'd be out and about the entire time checking things off a guide book, spring for a Hyatt or a Hilton in midtown.

  49. I do not understand tipping. It's ridiculous. We are paying for the food, environment and service. Restaurant owners should be giving minimum wage to the servers, it really shouldn't be in the customers jurisdiction.

  50. I like using TripIt for pretty much any trip I take. It's not just for airline and hotel reservations, but also for any activity you might want to do on your trip.
    If you add the address of your activities, then Tripit has a Map function that let's you see where all your activities are in relation to each other… nice for planning the day, since you can see all your stuff that might be in the same area.

  51. New York is tough for bathrooms, like the video said, but restaurants/bars are always a great place provided you are eating there. Libraries are the best option. Nice, clean bathrooms whenever libraries are open. Whenever I get into New York way early, I stop at a library for a bathroom break. My rule of thumb is, whenever there is a bathroom, use it. Also, the Occulus and big malls have cleanish bathrooms and Penn Station and Grand Central Station have them too – though these are not always or often clean in my experience.

    I actually think New York has more options than downtown Denver, since our free options are the library or train station. Both are ok.

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