If You Are Planning on Coming to New York, Here Are 9 Things You Must Absolutely Keep in Mind Before You Plan Your Visit to Times Square:
-as published in the Times Square Post
I’ve been to New York City four times in my life. I celebrated my honeymoon here, but during our last visit, we stayed. Both of us have been supporters of all New York City has to offer and have embraced every event possible in the island of Manhattan. We’ve done it all; from the Central Park days to walking the Chelsea Market walk-way. We’ve even been to the Times Square New Year’s Ball Drop!
My wife and I are well-traveled but always plan in each of our trips as if it was the first time. It’s a habit we adopted while traveling back from Prague (Czech Republic) to New York City. We spent some time preparing for our trip and researching spots to go. Here is the thing; the better you plan the more time you have, therefore the more fun. I, for instance, would prefer a little extra time to make sure I capture every moment on my GoPro camera (which by the way once you learn how to really use it will change your life) and of course, the restaurant scene is something to be admired. She likes to visit different pastry places, art-related events, and a little shopping.
Here is a list of 9 things people should consider when coming to New York and Times Square:
1. Prepare to be around a LOT OF PEOPLE
According to Forber magazine, approximately 50,000 people travel through Times Square every day. “It is said that 26 million people visit Times Square each year, which is about 50,0000 people who go through Times Square every day, which consists of 25,0000 employees, residents and of course tourists.” The same article in Forbes suggested that December seems to be the busiest times of the year.
2. Make a list of all the Restaurants in Times Square you can eat for less than $15
We made our own list of Top Affordable Restaurants in Times Square NYC for Less Than $15 and it saved us a ton of money while in Times Square (and surrounding area). Particularly the “hole-in-the-wall” places which offered amazing food at an affordable price.
3. Carry extra cash. The attractions sometimes only take dollar bills.
Naked cowboy. Check. Naked Girls. Yes. Aggressive Disney, Marvel, and DC characters running around trying to take a picture with you. Of course. Take some extra cash with you while walking through the tourist sites between 42nd St. and 48th St.
4. Download an NYC Train App. The app contains delay and map/route information which can make your trip so much more pleasant.
Navigating through the city could be challenging. Particularly in the main stations and crowded areas. There are several apps available, although we prefer New York Subway – MTA Map and Route Planner by Mapway Limited that can help you create and plan a route, find destinations and tourist spots, and help you find alternate routes when the New York travel prime-time is in effect. Expect to always be crowded in the trains.
5. Buy a Week / Daily train pass
Walking around NYC is pretty easy, but you can navigate faster (especially if you have a “list” prepared).
6. Get a selfie stick
I know… it sounds corny. But you can cover so much background while in an elevated position. New York City is known for its massive architecture, landmarks, parks, and site seeing displays. Don’t short-change yourself from an amazing background. Make the investment.
7. Carry 2 bottles of water at all times
Trust me. There will be times when you get thirsty (I’ve personally seen people pass out from dehydration in the city), but there will also be times when you need that water to wash your hands.
8. Phone charger
NYC has charging stations all over the place. You are going to need a lot of charges to have your camera on.
9. Hotspots and Reception
Download their apps. New Yorkers take their wi-fi security very serious. Do your research and have a backup plan for access to the internet. New Yorkers take their wi-fi security very serious. Do your research and have a backup plan for access to the internet.
Be prepared to fork up some serious cash if you get too distracted. New York gives plenty of opportunities to spend lots of cash for high-end quality stuff. All the time. The most important thing is to create more time so you can enjoy the great things Times Square has to offer.