Tuesday, July 02, 2013

NYC Diaries: 8 Weird Things That Are Not Weird in NYC

When it comes to odd sights, New Yorkers have pretty much seen it all. We’re used to the strange and avant-garde. I mean, this is Lady Gaga’s home state, and it can’t get any weirder than that, right? But there are a few things in this lovely city that just wouldn’t happen anywhere else. And here are my favorites...

People dressed as superheroes and other characters
How do you make a quick buck in the city? Dress up as a popular kids’ movie/show character and charge tourists a dollar to take a photo with you. IT sounds like a total scam, and it basically is, but you’d be surprise how many tourists fall for it just to take a picture with Superman.

Heavily armed cops EVERYWHERE
Cops are one thing. But these guys are seriously ready for the zombie apocalypse with all the weapons they’re carrying. Scary? Yes. But you’ll feel really REALLY safe around them.

Street performers
An impromptu breakdancing show? Yes, please! Crowds often gather in the middle of the sidewalk to watch these talented amateur performers do amazing feats. And the best part is that it’s totally free.

Starbucks and Duane Reade stores on EVERY corner
I’m not kidding -- they’re on EVERY corner. So you have no excuse to miss a coffee run in New York City!

It’s just something you’re going to have to accept about New York: People are not always nice. The sidewalks are typically very crowded, and people will bump into you (both accidentally and on purpose). The first time I traveled to the Midwest and someone greeted me good morning as he passed, I remember looking at him like he was insane. Things like that just don’t happen around here.

HUGE stores
We have Macy’s and Toys R’ Us (complete with a full-sized indoor Ferris wheel). These stores are gigantic! I seriously can’t even shop in the supersized Forever 21 here because I get so overwhelmed. You’d think that so many options would be amazing, but it’s really kind of frustrating.

This is their territory and here, they are normal people. So don’t be surprised if you run into Ryan Gosling walking his dog around the block (like my super lucky friend did!).

Food trucks
You see them on college campuses once in a while, but in New York City, they’re a big deal. From Indian food to protein shakes to overpriced cupcakes, these food trucks are like mini restaurants just waiting for you to try their gourmet offerings. Just make sure you have enough of a sweet tooth to sample from all of the amazing bakeshops around town!
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--By Caitlin from Stream of Caitlinness

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  1. Oh, food trucks! I would move to NYC just for them. Now if I could only afford rent, haha!

    Great list and kudos for including Ryan.

  2. oh my gosh, this makes me want to visit NYC even more. Haha. It sounds pretty crazy but still really fun.


  3. So many great things to see! NYC sounds amazing :)
    Now. Here. Life.

  4. very true! people tend to be rude in nyc. I live close to NYC and go there a few times a month and I've never seen a celebrity.I saw Mario Batali twice, but I don't think that really counts.

  5. I could not deal with the rudeness... I experience it a lot at the Mall of America with out of towners and it drives me INSANE.

  6. While some of these things are very NYC, a lot of these are even more so LA! Hollywood and Highland (where the handprints in the cement are) is where a TON of costumed folks hang out to take pictures with tourists. It's so big that there's a documentary about them.

    Oh, and ridiculous amounts of food trucks and celebrities. Yeah. We got those. ;)

    Maybe LA and NYC are more similar than everyone wants to admit! :)

  7. I've never been to LA, but it sounds like fun!

    And yes, the rudeness is NOT cool.


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