How not to be a tourist
in New York

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Somewhere between Sex and the City 2 and the fourth season of Gossip Girl, you’ve decided that New York is overdone. And if you’ve decided that, then you don’t know New York. The thing is, no one can glamorize an hour’s walk in Brooklyn and turn it into a TV show. Not when that walk takes you through multiple neighbourhoods with their own myriad languages and restaurants. No one can make a postcard out of an afternoon in the East Village. How could you capture in a single frame the break dancers in the park along with the teeming tapas bar down a secret alley? At the end of the day, New York defies definition by any of its various and many parts. And when you learn that, when you realize that New York isn’t a music video with a homogenous soundtrack, then you’re on your way to becoming an insider.

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Act Section (New York)

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Feel free to scream at the bike messengers who nearly kill you when you’re crossing the street.
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Act Section, Don'ts (New York)

Don’t be seen stumbling on the cobbled stone streets in Meatpacking draped off the arm of a friend shouting, “Taxi!”. Unless you are female, tall, wearing a trenchcoat, and very hot. And the arm is of a built rich man.
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