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Old 02-16-2019, 11:01 AM
 
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I've lived in New York my whole life and I'm curious about hearing outsiders' experiences. I'd love to hear the thoughts of those of who you have been here , especially if you went for the first time over the last few years.
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:11 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I live about 200 miles from New York City and go there 1-2 times every year. I've seen a lot of the major attractions - been up the Empire State Building, 1 World Trade Center and the original World Trade Center, been to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. I took a sightseeing bus tour many years ago and think it would be cool to do that again.

I enjoy midtown the most, strolling along 42nd street, Broadway, 5th avenue, Rockefeller Center and Central Park. I like to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade with my kids. Also, Little Italy is nice. In the summer, I like to take the subway and go to Coney Island. I've driven around in parts of Brooklyn and enjoy going to Jackson Heights for ethnic food.

Basically, I've lost count of the number of times I've been to New York City.
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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My experiences traveling to New York have all been good ones -- probably because my husband was a born-and-raised Brooklynite, and we always went to places that he knew and liked.

My mother, on the other hand, visited New York only once, and her experience was different. From her home in Pennsylvania, she traveled by bus with a friend to New York for a day to see a Broadway show. When they arrived in the city, they had some time to kill before the show started, and they wanted to find a nice coffee shop.

So my mother, clueless about big-city ways, saw a man unloading cargo from the back of a truck. She interrupted him with, "Excuse me! Is there a coffee shop near here?"

The worker shouted at her, "Lady, I'm WORKING here!" My mother was so offended, she never went back to New York again.
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:41 AM
 
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My experiences traveling to New York have all been good ones -- probably because my husband was a born-and-raised Brooklynite, and we always went to places that he knew and liked.

My mother, on the other hand, visited New York only once, and her experience was different. From her home in Pennsylvania, she traveled by bus with a friend to New York for a day to see a Broadway show. When they arrived in the city, they had some time to kill before the show started, and they wanted to find a nice coffee shop.

So my mother, clueless about big-city ways, saw a man unloading cargo from the back of a truck. She interrupted him with, "Excuse me! Is there a coffee shop near here?"

The worker shouted at her, "Lady, I'm WORKING here!" My mother was so offended, she never went back to New York again.

Honestly, most New Yorkers would be more than happy to assist her. Some guy working, making 8 dollars an hour unloading a truck is probably more likely to be grumpy than the average resident
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Every trip I've had there has been wonderful....

From the throngs of people, to the landmarks, shopping, arts, performances, the multitude of museums, Broadway shows, the food of course....just the enérgy that is palpable. Also finding your way to local neighborhoods off the major streets...what great dim sum we had in a Chinese restaurant where no one spoke English and it was streets back from the main...same for Italian. Had my first Indian food there decades ago. French bistro off the beaten path....

Experiences like the subway, street people sleeping on sidewalks, trash in some areas was new for me but is as much part of NYC as a museum.
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Old 02-16-2019, 12:06 PM
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To someone who has lived in California all her life, Manhattan was almost unbearably congested. On our two trips we stayed in Park Slope on the first trip and in in Flushing the second. IF you can stand the noise and the congestion you can have a lot of fun.
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Old 02-16-2019, 12:28 PM
 
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To someone who has lived in California all her life, Manhattan was almost unbearably congested. On our two trips we stayed in Park Slope on the first trip and in in Flushing the second. IF you can stand the noise and the congestion you can have a lot of fun.
NYC is basically the un-California of this country (except politically)

Manhattan's congestion is mostly really bad during peak work hours, at night it's not so bad. And most of Manhattan doesn't really have that "wall of people" thing going on that midtown Manhattan does in the daytime.
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Old 02-16-2019, 12:55 PM
 
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The positive:
Central Park...in spring and summer.
Loved the museums.

Negative:
The locals. If you can ignore 8.6 million ppl...it might be an ok place.
The claustrophobia from buildings....
Noise. Noise. Noise.
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Old 02-16-2019, 01:55 PM
 
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I prefer the NYC from 15-20 years ago, but I still love visiting. It seems very homogenized now, in a way that I cannot really explain.
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Old 02-16-2019, 02:23 PM
 
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I prefer the NYC from 15-20 years ago, but I still love visiting. It seems very homogenized now, in a way that I cannot really explain.
I'm sure it's different from the 90s but I don't see how anyone could describe it as "homogenized".
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