You're planning a trip to New York City. The wide-eyed kid in you wants to stand with the other tourists at the top of the Empire State Building, awestruck at the wonder of seeing the Big Apple in all its splendor from the 86th floor observatory. Checking out the views from every angle in 360 degrees. Squeezing every drop of life from the battery on your digital camera. The hipster in you wants to avoid all the tourist traps, preferring to soak in the ambiance of the city that never sleeps while blending in with the natives. And if some of those natives are celebrities or fashionistas? Even better. Whether you decide to take the tourist route or prefer to sample the city like a native, arranging to visit your points of interest according to neighborhood and borough is key to successful NYC sampling. Trying to enjoy Manhattan with breakfast and shopping in Soho, bike riding through Central Park, lunch in the West Village, a Broadway matinee, and dinner in the East Village, in that order, is guaranteed to frustrate the most easygoing traveler and cost more than you'd ever thought you'd spend on a day's worth of cab rides. Taking a nice long ride with a New York cabbie in heavy traffic is quite an interesting experience – one that does not need to be repeated over and over. Don't underestimate the pleasure of walking the streets of this lively city. Getting inside information on where to eat, shop, and hang out is pretty tricky. New Yorkers want to keep their favorite spots hidden from visitors. You need to "know people." That's where we come in. Our writers live in New York, creating Insiders' Guides that cover a multitude of interests while keeping up with the ever-changing hot spots.
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