5 days in New York City, September 2019
Like many people, this is the city I ever wanted to visit, and hasn’t let me down. In a lot of ways, I found New York City as expected.
Cinematic, messy, easy to navigate, huge, historical and polluted.
I really enjoyed the public transports, super practical and easy; the buildings are massive with a lot of red stone view constructions that reflect a great light on the streets; many neighborhoods seemed to me very “intimate”, where you can feel at home; we founded a lot of interesting and special shops, café, bars.
Public Transports: if you’re visiting the city for a week or more, buy a MetroCard, you can find the machine 24/7 in any station. We’ve paid $33 each for 7 day unlimited, Bus and Subway.
The subway is open 24 hours a day and you can go almost anywhere.
Tipping: the minimum amount is 18%. Usually, after you gave your credit card, they bring it back to you with two receipts, one for the (for example) restaurant and one for the customer. You can write tips and total amount on the customer receipt.
Many establishments will print recommended tips right on the receipt but if they don’t, another way to calculate an adequate tipping is to double the tax amount on the bill, which in NYC is 8.875%.
Pass: we choose Get your guide, unfortunately the MOMA was closed in that month, so we opted for just two attractions with this pass. So check if all the things that you’re interested on, are available.
Statue of Liberty: you can seen it for free taken the Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island. The Ferry runs two times every hour, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. I suggest you to travel on during the golden hour sunset. When you’re on the Ferry, go to the back side on the second floor, then you can admire the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline.
The gear I’ve used:
- Fujifilm XT-3
- Fuji XF 23mm f/1.4 R
- Fuji XF 50mm f/2 R WR
Photographs available at the print shop!
One last thing, don’t forget to let me know your opinions or questions in the comments below.