New York City is a bustling, culturally diverse metropolis that thrives as a global center of commerce, culture and innovation.

Fairfield University takes pride in its proximity to New York City, providing students unparalleled access to incredible job opportunities and enriching experiences. However, the allure of New York City extends far beyond its employment prospects, as it stands as a massive tourist destination in its own right.

Born and raised in the heart of Manhattan (I know, it’s wild), I’ve always been a proud New Yorker through and through. My love for this city knows no bounds, and I love every opportunity I get to share its wonders with others. From its vibrant neighborhoods to its rich history and endless array of experiences, there’s nothing quite like the energy and spirit of New York City.

Here are my five tips for surviving a city day trip:

  1. Walk fast

One thing New Yorkers HATE is slow walkers. These people move leisurely, seemingly oblivious to the chaos around them. They block sidewalks and flood subway staircases, creating obstacles for those in a hurry. During rush hour, these slow walkers can be particularly frustrating when people try to get to work and school on time. Never, and I mean never, stop in front of a big crowd to take a picture – maybe move to the side first. I can’t count the number of trains I’ve missed due to them, and their inconvenience has caused me to be late to school several times, especially when certain trains only arrive at a station every 10 minutes or so. In the long run, it can cause people to be late by an extra half hour if the train is also facing a delay.

  1. Pay attention to your surroundings

​​You might get yelled at if you’re walking shoulder to shoulder with four friends on a busy sidewalk or checking a map on the last step of a subway entrance. Yes, New Yorkers are known for being rude, but we’re only rude if you’re in the way. This city is crowded, the streets are small and people are usually in a hurry.

  1. Pizza

You can find good pizza anywhere in New York City. One of my favorite places is Joe’s Pizza on Carmine Street in Greenwich Village (I know basic, but it’s so good).

  1. Soho

One of my go-to shopping destinations is Soho, particularly along Broadway, where all the good stores such as Garage, Zara, Brandy Melville, Aritzia, Pacsun and more await. Despite New York City being super expensive, the pleasure of exploring Soho doesn’t necessarily require a shopping spree; the experience of being there is truly magical for me.

  1. Bodega

Make it a priority to get to know a quintessential New York institution: the bodega. Head straight there and treat yourself to a classic Bacon, Egg and Cheese sandwich, or indulge in a chopped cheese – you’ll savor every mouthwatering bite, embracing the authentic tastes of the city like a true New Yorker. Trust me, it’s an experience not to be missed.

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