I'm so proud to be a native New Yorker and I love to help first timers plan their first trip to New York City. I've made a five day itinerary for NYC with advice on what to see and eat mostly in Manhattan for all budgets. This is a local guide, so although I cover the famous sites, I encourage you to see the smaller neighborhoods/places that make New York special. The Big Apple has so much to offer year-round, so most of these tips can be also used over the holidays. There's a FREE downloadable map with all the best places to see in New York City in 5 days.
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year in New York city—and the most crowded. As a New Yorker born and raised in NYC, I really love New York for the holidays, however navigating around the crowds for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve requires some planning and tips.
Written for anyone visiting New York City to celebrate Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, or Christmas with local insights and tips for Manhattan during NYE/Macy’s parade. Keep reading for advice, some New Yorker secrets, and more tips!
I’m born and raised in NYC. This post is for anyone who wants to experience the best of New York on a tight budget ($10 or less) through the eyes of a native New Yorker. Although some things on here are meant to be crowd-pleasers, I’ve tried to bring you to corners of New York where you’ll start see the quieter, charming parts of New York that are off the beaten path. I’ll be covering getting to and around New York, where to stay on a budget, and CHEAP Sights. Read more to read about my favorite 20 places for visiting the Big Apple like a local (by borough).
Karen. American expat from New York City living in Amsterdam. Part-time traveler.
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