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How to escape hip-hop CD giveaway scam in New York City?

Tell them you don't have a CD player; it's 2017. Don't make eye contact and keep walking.
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How to escape hip-hop CD giveaway scam in New York City?

If you have a cell phone, take it out and call 911. When the operator answers, say "I am being harassed by an unlicensed peddler." At this point, they will likely disappear. In case you ...
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Do I have to whistle really loud to hail a taxi in NYC?

I've lived in New York City for most of my life, and I've never whistled for a taxi. I have, however, hailed many taxis by silently raising my arm or indeed just making eye contact without any ...
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How to escape hip-hop CD giveaway scam in New York City?

A few things: Avoid making eye contact with them. Nothing will make them come up to you more aggressively than eye contact. You've seen them, they saw you see them, and they know it's a lot harder ...
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What are these boxed doors outside store fronts in New York?

That is a sidewalk vestibule. The idea is to have an extra door between the building's interior and the outside, so as to reduce the amount of air exchanged when people go in and out. In winter, ...
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Do I have to whistle really loud to hail a taxi in NYC?

Grew up in New York City, and the only people who whistle for taxis that I have seen are doormen—and they do it with an actual whistle. Even then, I suspect they are only doing it for effect or maybe ...
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What additional costs can I expect when visiting a restaurant in the US where service is included?

"Inclusive of service" should mean that you are not expected to tip. That doesn't mean that you can't tip if you want to, especially if the service was good. The US restaurant business is pretty much ...
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How to escape hip-hop CD giveaway scam in New York City?

Related to the string bracelets in Europe ... What's the deal with the "string people" in central Paris? Be assertive and just say NO (be as polite as possible) and be on you way. Do ...
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Large city with street grid among cardinal directions?

This page City Street Orientation around the World provides all the information you need, in a nifty package. You'll see that in the world Bangkok and Beijing match your requirements (Rome, on the ...
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ESTA controls when travelling within two states in the US

No. It's a domestic flight. There's no immigration control. Only passengers arriving from international destinations are sent to the immigration hall. When you check in for the flight, you'll need ...
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Since New York doesn't have a residential parking permit system, can a tourist park in Manhattan for free?

Yes. Any tourist can park in the same areas as a resident. The only "benefit" for residents of NYC is an exemption from paying the NYC 8% parking tax, though they still pay NY State portion of the ...
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How to escape hip-hop CD giveaway scam in New York City?

Simply act confident, say "nah bruh i'm good" and just keep walking or ignore them. They are used to it, they aren't going to waste their time harassing someone they don't think is a mark, and they ...
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Since New York doesn't have a residential parking permit system, can a tourist park in Manhattan for free?

In Theory... sure. In practice... Unless you have a fairly good understanding of New York's somewhat arcane Alternate Side Parking rules, the patience of a saint, and the willingness to walk all ...
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Where, specifically, was the statue of King George III in Manhattan? Can I visit there today?

This turned out to be hard to find, but not impossible... The Teach US History web page you linked to contained an interesting footnote: (4) Marks, Arthur S. “The Statue of King George III in New ...
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What additional costs can I expect when visiting a restaurant in the US where service is included?

I dined at Per Se last night, so I guess there's a 20% chance that you'll be dining there as well (there are only 5 three-star's in New York as of 2018). When the bill came, it was very clear that ...
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Best/Cheapest way to go from Washington DC to NYC, Manhattan

In my experience, the best price is typically to be had by looking at bus services other than Greyhound. This experience is from 10 to 15 years ago, so it looks like both Greyhound and the non-Acela ...
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Are DSLR cameras permitted in NY & DC tourist attractions?

Whether or not photography is allowed, and what kind of equipment is allowed, varies not only by museum or installation, but by collection or exhibit. Where it is allowed or disallowed, the museum is ...
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With '7-day Unlimited MetroCard' in NY do I have to wait 18 minutes to transfer from one line to another?

No. The 18 minute limit applies only in the same station. You can use the card in any other station as soon as you are able to get there. The most common related problem encountered by tourists is ...
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Can two people use one Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard in New York for one ride?

Yes, up to 4 people can use one Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard. So my question is, if I use "Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard", does it only cost $2.75/ride for both of us? Because it states that "up to 4 people can ...
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Scaffoldings in New York

These structures are generally sidewalk sheds, as they usually serve to protect the sidewalk during construction, demolition, and certain types of renovations as required by the building code (such as ...
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Best/Cheapest way to go from Washington DC to NYC, Manhattan

You can for sure take a car at Dulles and leave it at LGA/JFK, but keep in mind that one-way rentals will always be more expensive than a return one and you need to factor going to/from airports which ...
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Are there any restrictions for accommodation in New York?

I've never heard of limits on how long you can stay in NYC. Perhaps he's confusing this with restrictions on how long people can rent a dwelling mostly aimed at peer-to-peer rentals like Airbnb The ...
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Do I have to whistle really loud to hail a taxi in NYC?

The media depicts New York as a city where you step out the door, whistle, and a taxi pulls to the curb. I have seen so many people that try to do just that. There are three major components: They ...
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ESTA controls when travelling within two states in the US

If you try to cross the US-Canada border, you'll know what the States didn't want to have between them. The idea of no border controls is an important part of American identity. There is simply no ...
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How to escape hip-hop CD giveaway scam in New York City?

I avoid it by not stepping foot in New York. But for those who lack that option, as with similar kinds of people I've encountered in parts of Marrakech, Sydney, Lima, Saigon, Miami, and many other ...
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Traveling from JFK to Manhattan with 6 bags

With that much luggage, the train or the subway isn't really practical; there's just no way to carry that much and lug the bags up/down steps and escalators. I'd probably just take a taxi. It's a ...
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How to get from Manhattan to JFK by subway?

When you arrive on Greyhound in NYC, you will be in one of the underground levels of the Port Authority bus terminal. From here, take the escalators one level up to the subway level. The lower level ...
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Manhattan subway for the claustrophobic

The New York City Subway, while not at Tokyo or Hong Kong levels of crowding, is definitely crowded; with the population rebounding in recent years after decades of decline, ridership in the system is ...
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Good movie/cinema theaters in Manhattan for sleeping through a movie?

As a native New Yorker (albeit far removed in the current era) and a rabidly avid film buff, I was in a theatre almost every time a film entered theatrical release. Hence this is a personal experience ...
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Good movie/cinema theaters in Manhattan for sleeping through a movie?

So I went through with the plan and thought I should share some details/things I learned in case anybody wants to go through with something similar. I ended up going to AMC Village 7 on 3rd av. and ...
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