The other day, when I was out photographing the Christmas windows, I ran into quite a few tourists…as you might expect. Because I’m nosy, I listened to some of the conversations going on around me…and it occurred to me that being a tourist in the city might be hard. There’s so much going on that it’s hard to decide what’s worth doing…and there are just some things that you should know.
So I decided to give you guys a few tips for being a good tourist and getting the most out of NY at Christmas…
- The Rockefeller Christmas tree is awesome…definitely go see it. But if you want to go ice skating, go to Wollman Rink in Central Park. It’s cheaper and usually less crowded…and it’s just as magical as skating at Rock Center.
- The windows at Bergdorf Goodman are not to be missed. In fact, the whole stretch of 5th Ave from 60th to 40th or so is worth a stroll. However, it’s OK to skip Macy’s. The windows aren’t that great and it’s super crowded in Herald Square. Unless you are going to see Santa…in which case, Macy’s is the place to go.
- Eat at Serendipity 3. It’s fabulous any time of the year, but they really deck the place out at Christmas. If you can’t get a reservation, it’s worth the wait. And save room for dessert.
- See the Nutcracker. It’s beautiful and amazing and you will love it. Also, if you’ve never seen the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, you should check that out too. And do the tour if you have time…it’s very cool.
- If you are walking down the sidewalk and you want to stop and look up at a building or something…step off to the side and out of the way. Don’t just stop in the middle of sidewalk…and if you do and someone bumps into you, don’t give them a dirty look or call them rude. You shouldn’t have stopped in the middle of the sidewalk.
- If you can’t find what you are looking for or figure out your stop on the subway…ask someone. New Yorkers aren’t rude…we are actually really nice and are happy to help you get where you are going.
- Please try to keep in mind that you are on vacation, but we aren’t…and at rush hour we just want to get home. Please be aware of that and try not to block subway entrances and sidewalks around the train station. We really appreciate the consideration.
- There are several markets around the city…in Grand Central, Bryant Park, Union Square and Columbus Circle. They are great places to buy different gifts…and support small businesses.
- For the love of God…please don’t whip out your cash on the subway. Someone will steal it from you. Keep it in your pocket or your purse until you are in a less conspicuous location.
Those are my tips. And if anyone is coming to NY this Christmas, please drop me an email…I would love to get together for a holiday drink or a little Christmas shopping!