New York City Tourist Traps

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Most Viewed Tourist Traps in New York City

  • Times Square, New York City

    1. Times Square

    CNN named Times Square in 2011 as one big tourist trap and this is a fact as not only is there so much electronic and digital billboards lining the area around it and the theater district beside it,...

  • Statue of Liberty, New York City

    2. Statue of Liberty

    The food at the cafe is not very good, eat before you come to the island. The food is all cooked up front and is left lying around so when you buy it is dry. Where you eat your food there are a lot of...

  • Tour Buses, New York City

    3. Tour Buses

    If you are going to waste some money, at least be friendly to the environment! Apart from walking, which is the healthiest, cheapest and most interactive way to experience the city, visitors and...

  • Empire State Building, New York City

    4. Empire State Building

    The employees were really nice, most of them ask you where you come from, some say a phrase in your language, some say something related to your country. The audio tour is totally worth it...I mean,...

  • Eletronics Shops, New York City

    5. Eletronics Shops

    My husband and I walked into the Empire Camera Store in New York simply to look at cameras as our camera had been playing up. I would not normally purchase anything without doing some research first...

  • WTC - Ground Zero, New York City

    6. WTC - Ground Zero

    Im what you call the tourist i came to new york in April this year and made sure that Ground zero was the main thing that i saw as even though im not an american i felt the pain and sadness as i...

  • Theme Restaurants, New York City

    7. Theme Restaurants

    Food traps to avoid: Street meat - Toronto Street meat is way better. The hot dogs are nothing but skinny red hots for $3/dog. Not worth it. Street Pretzels: they are dusty and chalky and there...

  • Going Out of Business, New York City

    8. Going Out of Business

    This shop claims with "shop inventarisation 30% price-off" and therefore huge discounts to easy-victim tourists like myself: I left with a Canon Rebel camera with Sigma zoom lens for appr. 1700 bucks....

  • Souvenirs, New York City

    9. Souvenirs

    So, I know this may come as a shock to many, but the guys on the streets selling the Rolex, Movado, and Taghauer watches for $20, are selling knock offs. I know, I know, Say It Isn't So! So...

  • Airport Travel, New York City

    10. Airport Travel

    Note that you can use the metrocard to the airport. You just need to top it up at the interchange between the subway line and the airport line. There will be people at the interchange who claim you...

  • Street Vendors, New York City

    11. Street Vendors

    As we were leaving a Broadway play we were stopped by a street person selling cd's to promote his sister's rap career. Only $5. All I had was a $20. No problem. ends up I got a blank cd and 3...

  • Central Park, New York City

    12. Central Park

    Do not get on a pedicab without negotiating the price first and without verifying their licensing. Our driver charged $5 a minute and ended up not being licensed. They are supposed to post their...

  • Little Italy, New York City

    13. Little Italy

    Over the years Little Italy has shrunk down to basically three blocks of one street- Mulberry St. Most everything there is for the tourists, with some exceptions, like the Italian food stores (meats,...

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art Admissions Fee, New York City

    14. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Admissions Fee

    No way is the met a tourist trap! It is one of the most amazing museums in the entire world and is not to be missed. I went over this past summer with my mom for my 15th birthday and spent the entire...

  • Chinatown, New York City

    15. Chinatown

    One of the more interesting places for bargain hunters is Chinatown. There's block after block after block of shops selling jewelry. 'Rolex' watches and electronics, as well as other goodies. And...

  • Rockefeller Center, New York City

    16. Rockefeller Center

    OH mY goodness.. okay, maybe this isn't such a tourist trap as a tourist attraction... At christmas time it is MOBBED! The christmas tree and the 5th ave windows. You can go ice skating at the rink at...

  • Tickets, New York City

    17. Tickets

    The discount TKTS booth in New York is not like London, the lines can be VERY long and not very efficient. I did get tickets there but it was a Sunday night when most of the theaters are not open so...

  • Serendipity's, New York City

    18. Serendipity's

    I live a few blocks from Serendipity and Dylan's Candy Bar...I avoid East 60th Street like the plague once it gets warm out because the lines of tourists standing outside is ridiculous. Don't waste...

  • Helicopter Trips, New York City

    19. Helicopter Trips

    We went to one of those Helicopter tours, I don´t remember the name of the company, there use to be a few but now there´s only one licensed company so it will be the same company we used. They have...

  • New York Stock Exchange, New York City

    20. New York Stock Exchange

    Not sure if this is the right category, but seeing this was less than impressive. You had to wait in line for about 40 minutes to get in, get thoroughly checked over (pre-9/11. probably much worse...

  • South Street Seaport, New York City

    21. South Street Seaport

    Why people visit this area confounds me. I suppose it is pleasant in the day to look at the bridges, ships and east river and shop at Pier 16. Still, do not hang around here at night. It is more than...

  • NBC Studio Tour, New York City

    22. NBC Studio Tour

    You pay over $10, tour a few studios, which is cool, but you end up in one where they take your picture. Guess what? Then they try to sell it to you for $10. Surprisingly, they will however let you...

  • Canal Street, New York City

    23. Canal Street

    One of my favorite buys from NYC are t-shirts with NY logos infront, like NYPD or NYFD, metro signs,neighdorough names etc. I've to tell you that i still have tees from my first visit in NY back in...

  • Battery Park, New York City

    24. Battery Park

    Amidst the touristy stalls were groups of people peddling some very dodgy looking goods, clearly illegal and could get quite intimidating if entered into a conversation with. Avoid eye contact and be...



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