Ten Things Not to Do in New York City

If you're planning a trip to New York City, you need travel advice from someone who knows her way around. Because while there's a lot to do in New York City—plenty of iconic places to eat and drink and see—there are also a lot of things not to do: Crowded tourist traps, overhyped eateries, and not-so-authentic experiences are among the ones you should feel free to skip, especially if your time in town is limited. (On the other hand, even locals agree that a few of New York City's most famous tourist attractions are actually worth every elbow bump, every admission dollar, and every minute you spend in line: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island, to name a few.)

What not to do in New York is a touchy subject that's bound to inspire some strong reactions. Which is precisely why we couldn't resist putting forth our own list: Like most New Yorkers, the Concierge.com staff has an opinion or two (or two thousand) about what's really worth doing and what's not. For your enjoyment, outrage, and debate, therefore, here are ten of New York's most played-out, overrated, nonessential nonattractions—and what to do instead. Take it from the locals.

Published in June 2009

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