New York City has a lot of cool, old buildings that go as far back as 1652, and I personally love to find pictures of what they looked like when they were being built (well, maybe not the one from 1652 LOL), or were still very new. I enjoy seeing how they may have changed over time, not to mention what the surrounding neighborhood looked like in the background. You know, stuff like this:
The problem was that if I was walking around NYC, I could rarely learn about the building as I was walking around. At least, not with stopping to look it up. And if I waited until I got back to the hotel or home, I’d forget what I was going to look up or I couldn’t appreciate seeing the old photos with the real thing right in front of me.
Sometimes you get free stuff in places and it’s nice, but really no big deal. A 1/2″ piece of fudge at every touristy fudge store in the country. A cheap Christmas ornament (with every $50 purchase). You know what I mean. But then every once in a while you get something really cool for no cost at all!
Like go kayaking near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Yes, FREE in NYC!
When you think of New York City, most people think of stuff in Manhattan. Times Square. The Statue of Liberty. Central Park.
But some people think of something else. Shopping. Not so much the crap shops that line the tourist areas (but hey, where else are you going to find a bobblehead of whatever current politician giving you the finger?), but outlet malls.
The problem was that the two outlet malls closest to NYC were a royal pain to get to. If you didn’t have access to a car, you’d have to take bus from the Port Authority to get to either Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (it’s about an hour north of Manhattan) or to Jersey Gardens (it’s about 35 minutes southwest of Manhattan). And, of course, you’d have to pay $6.50 per person in each direction to take those buses.
Welp, a brand new outlet in New York City has just changed that narrative, and it’s just a 25 minute free ferry ride away.
New York City gets over 60 million visitors per year. There are a whole lot of tourists in that number and unfortunately, they’re the people – the ones who don’t know any better – that shysters and con artists prey upon.
I grew up in New York and learned how to deal with these jerks from a very early age. For me, it’s easy – don’t give eye contact, don’t talk to them, and, if need be, let them know I’m a local and know better (OK, so I haven’t lived there in almost 20 years [OMG, has it really been that long?] – I still can act like a New Yorker like the best of them. In fact, it comes right back to me the second I step off the plane LOL). But if you’re a tourist in NYC, these are a few scams you should watch out for…