What NOT to do in New York- Worst Tourist Traps/Scams/Times Square and MORE !

What NOT to do in New York- Worst Tourist Traps/Scams/Times Square and MORE !


What’s up guys I’m Jon..A New York City Vlogger And whenever I travel the world I’m always looking out for tourist traps and scams And because I want you guys out there to be smarter travelers I’m going to tell you guys, what to avoid when you travel to New York City Leave me a comment and tell me what you think Of this list But here we go.. New York City’s BiggestTourist Traps & Scams You want to go the top of the one of the most iconic buildings in Manhattan But do you really want to wait in line and pay 32 dollars Just to look at other buildings If you’re dead set on doing this Go ahead But I think there’s far cheaper places to get amazing views Of Manhattan Everyone knows you can get free views of the skyline From Brooklyn But you’re not your average traveler You want to be creative I’ve got an idea for you Go to 230 5th the famous rooftop bar Arguably a tourist trap itself But hear me out Head in between 2 to 7 PM on a weekday Pick sunset for extra credit Channel your inner Hugh Hefner with that robe Order a $6 beer or a $7 wine And basque in that gorgeous view of the Empire State building It’s heated outdoors in the winter This would double as a fantastic date And if you want to bring the kids.. They’re allowed during the weekend brunch buffet Many visitors to New York City have a dream Of seeing the statue of liberty I get that But why spend extra money to do so? When you get off the subway at Battery Park You’ll be approached about Statue Cruises This way This way for the statue I don’t think they’re worth $20 just to get a little bit of a closer view Of Lady Liberty Why don’t you take the free alternative? The Staten Island Ferry Instead.. remember to sit on the right side of the boat And take in a free view of Lower Manhattan And the Statue of Liberty That all the locals know about Scam Alert The Staten Island Ferry is Free No ticket needed If anyone tells you to purchase a ticket from them Go to a cop immediately And get them thrown in jail for me.. We’re here in Times Square The center of the world You’ve got to visit here at least once I refuse to call Times Square itself a tourist trap In fact I encourage you to visit here Right before midnight… if you saw my video on Free Things to Do in New York You’ll find out why But here..does lie.. a few potential tourist traps and even a scam I hope you didn’t come all the way to New York
Just to take pictures of fake sesame street And comic book characters These guys will charge you even for snapping a photo nearby So be warned I do give the naked cowboy an cowgirls credit though For being unique Madam Tussauds Ripley’s Believe It or Not No,No.. simple as that And those stores near Times Square Selling NYC Items 20 dollars a t-shirt.. You can get a much cheaper price In Chinatown Trust me.. Do yourself a favor And skip all of these chain restaurants In Times Square New York is full of more interesting options Then the Olive Garden Come on.. If you find yourself near Times Square And want great food. My local choice is Los Tacos No.1 Located on West 43rd.. These are the best tacos in Manhattan Period Even my Mexican girlfriend Adriana Agrees And she’s one tough judge Scam Alert.. The CD Guys A bunch of would be rappers will approach you And try to aggressively hand you a cd As soon as you take it They’ll demand a tip or donation Walk away This is a known hustle Don’t make eye contact Save your money for an actual street performer Who’s not trying to rip you off Scam Alert..Trains and Bus Stations We’re at Port Authority right now The biggest bus station in New York City And this is a spot Where I see a scam occuring all the time And basically a stranger will walk up to you And say hey.. I need a few dollars To take a bus.. To Upstate New York
Or you’ll see this at Penn Station I’ve got to catch my train to New Jersey To visit my sick relatives Let me tell you that same person is doing that scam.. Every single day Just ignore it A second scam that you need to be aware of.. In New York City And this is one of the oldest ones in the book Is if somebody bumps into you And they’re either going to drop a bottle of alcohol Their glasses Prescription medicine Whatever it is.. They’re going to say that you owe them 40 or 50 dollars And you better go to an ATM Machine RIght now.. Or you’re going to have some trouble Here’s what you’ve got to do One.. Walk away If the person follows you.. turn to them and say.. Okay.. let’s go to the police They can sort it out And I gurantee you They’re going to walk away So be aware out there While Little Italy has a few gems The majority of restaurants there are over priced and cater to tourists You want to find incredible Italian food Go to Arthur Ave in the Bronx The prices are cheaper It’s more authentic And if you can visit during Ferragosto Festival, once a year It blows away the Feast of San Gennaro I would never call Central Park a Tourist Trap Because there’s just so many hidden places to go explore here But there’s one thing that I see so many tourists doing.. Time and time again That I just think.. aren’t worth it Pedicabs and Carriage Rides I know what you’re thinking It would be kind of nice to have somebody pedaling you around Central Park But have you seen those rates? Up to 5 dollars a minute That 30 minute tour could cost you more than the plane ticket you came in on Ditto for the romantic carriage ride 50 dollars for 15 minutes.. Rent a citi bike instead For 24 hours At just 12 dollars And get transportation all day.. that will keep you in shape And active Scam Alert.. New York City AIrports Arriving to New York CIty for the first time Especially at LaGuardia or JFK Could leave you open to a few common scams One of them is a stranger approaches you and asks if you need a taxi But what’s likely going to happen is they’re going to take you To an unmarked black car And they’re going to charge you Whatever they want To take you to Manhattan So if you need a taxi Go to the official line.. at any of the local airports Wait in line Get into a marked yellow cab You won’t run into any trouble There’s another scam I’ve seen with Ubers Where a driver will be standing with a sign And it says Uber on it But if you have any knoweldge of how Uber or Lyft work You’ll realize That you have to call the driver yourself on the app They’re never going to come outside and look for you like that Make sure that the name , the license plate, and the make of the car Match before getting in Otherwise you’re going to be getting into somebody’s car That doesn’t really work for Uber And they’re gong to charge you at least 25% more That what you really need to pay Tell me what you thought about these tourist traps and scams in the comments I’m curious Did I miss anything? Make sure to hit like And subscribe for more adventures from the Big Apple and Beyond Thank you so much for watching as always Until next time

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