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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 are reluctant to call the emergency number for something that you may not view as an emergency, here's a page on the New York City website that explicitly instructs you to ...


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Tell them you don't have a CD player; it's 2017. Don't make eye contact and keep walking.


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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 additional gesture. There have been one or two occasions when I've yelled "taxi," but only when the vehicle was on the other side of a wide avenue and the driver's ...


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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, warm air stays inside and cold air stays outside, reducing the building's heating costs and avoiding uncomfortable drafts for diners sitting near the door. You ...


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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 for you to ignore them now. As stated above, do not engage. If they approach you and you cannot immediately walk away just say no. Repeatedly say no if pressed. ...


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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 tradition. The only places where doormen go and hail a cab for people are really upscale places. A doorman alone is a perk people pay for in New York, and most ...


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"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 wedded to tips, and they will be appreciated no matter what. However a Michelin 3-star restaurant should be paying its wait staff a decent wage, with or without ...


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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 not engage with them, keep your hands on your valuables, and walk away. If feeling threatened, enter a store/restaurant, or other safe(r) space.


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Contrary to popular belief, JFK and Newark (EWR) are just about equivalent, for all intents and purposes, as long as you're traveling to Manhattan. Reasons to prefer Newark: It is slightly more convenient to the West side of Manhattan It is way more convenient if you are traveling to New Jersey or Philadelphia If you are flying United. As a United hub, it ...


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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 your passport, but only for the purpose of identification (actually, there are several other documents that can be used for identification, but most ESTA ...


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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 tax of 10.375%. In many areas of the city, largely south of E52nd street, almost all street parking is prohibited with exceptions made for Commercial vehicles (...


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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 the way across town once you've found a spot - and then to move your car daily and do it all again because of the aforementioned ASP rules - you're not going to ...


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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 aren't going to risk getting arrested for assaulting some dude who did what a hundred people have already done to them that day: ignore them.


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After crossing the Henry Hudson Bridge without an E-ZPass, you normally should receive a toll bill within 30 days. However, you might not have received one if the address of your vehicle registration is not your current address, or if the equipment at the toll plaza was malfunctioning when you drove through. If you didn't receive a toll bill, you should ...


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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 York and the Iconology of Regicide,” The American Art Journal 13 (Summer 1981): 62 That article stated that the statue was a duplicate of one installed in ...


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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 gratuity was already included. I even received a beautifully hand-written bill with no spot for additional gratuity. The staff were excellent and I have no doubt ...


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There is no safe way, as there is a high fence that bars access from the long-term parking lot. To save money, I would take the Q10 bus from terminal 5 and transfer to the A train at Lefferts Blvd or the F train at Kew Gardens. There are other buses (B15 to the 3 Train at New Lots, Q3 to Locust Manor LIRR or F Train at Jamaica), but I am not familiar with ...


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As a native New Yorker, I've done this trip very many times via both car and plane. And I would only consider flying. It will be cheaper, faster, and much more pleasant for all. JetBlue is the best option in terms of comfort, though not the cheapest (if that's your main concern.) Countless other carriers do that route as well. The only exception in my ...


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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 unlikely to draw a distinction between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR; after all, a DSLR from 10 or 12 years ago is probably not the equal of a modern smartphone ...


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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 use one Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard". One card can be used for 4 persons but it needs to be swiped 4 times and the cost will rise with each swipe. One swipe($2.75) ...


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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 getting in on the wrong side of a station where you can't cross from one side to the other without leaving the station. Then they are at the mercy of the ...


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The High Line is open and accessible by Subway A / C / E to Penn Station at 34th Street and 8th Avenue 1 / 2 / 3 to Penn Station at 34th Street and 7th Avenue L or the A / C / E to 14th Street & 8th Avenue 1 / 2 / 3 to 14th Street & 7th Avenue C / E to 23rd Street & 8th Avenue 1 to 18th Street & 7th Avenue 1 to 23rd ...


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For the US in general, 15% is the commonly expected bottom line, not 10, unless you're trying to send a mean spirited message to your server. 20% is far from unheard of. In NYC in particular, 17% is probably the most common number - this is because NY Sales Tax on your restaurant bill is 8.5%, and most people just double the tax to calculate their tip - ...


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You are now welcome to virtually tour the NYC office at http://s.tk/NYCTour, courtesy of Google Maps!


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Sesame Street is currently filmed at the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, which does not offer public tours (though the Museum of the Moving Image is open to the public and located on the campus). According to the Sesame Workshop FAQ, Sesame Street is not filmed in front of a live studio audience and the set is not able to accommodate guests. There is ...


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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 those involving the exterior facade or hoisting equipment). They're intended to protect people on the sidewalk without causing the disruption and harm to ...


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Sesame Street is filmed at Kaufman-Astoria Studios in Queens. The studio isn't generally open to the public, so unless you know somebody or are involved in a production I wouldn't count on a tour. However, I'd highly recommend a trip to the nearby Museum of the Moving Image, which houses a number of Sesame Street artifacts, regular Jim Henson/Muppet film ...


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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 New York State Multiple Dwelling Law, which covers buildings with three or more units, prohibits transient rentals of fewer than 30 days at a time, unless the ...


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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 have to see you, they have to register that you are a prospective fare, and they have to be able to stop to pick you up. Make sure the taxi can spot you. If you'...


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The $5 surcharge of the AirTran is only collected at the terminal stops, so when transferring to the Subway or entering the airport. If you're looking to avoid that charge, you can take the AirTran to the car rental exit (at no cost) and hop on the free shuttle bus to Jamaica station. There you can take the E, J or Z which serve southwestern Queens, Brooklyn ...


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