What you need to explore NYC

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Alright explorers, it’s time to pack your bags. Here are the essentials you will need to explore NYC

Comfortable Shoes

Do not wear heals.

Do not wear heals.

Don’t try to be a hero, leave those fancy shoes at home. If you’re going exploring, make sure you wear a pair of comfortable, sturdy shoes.

A Heavy Coat (or Not)

Another terrible idea.

Another terrible idea.

I don’t know if you’ve been outside lately, but it’s freezing! With the way Manhattan’s grid is set up, huge gusts have been known to whip down the streets making it extra frigid. Also make sure to bring that scarf and hat. Maybe mittens, too.

If your reading this during the summer months, no coat needed, shorts, sneakers and a t shirt is best. If you get chilly often, keep a light sweater with you as some of these museums keep the AC cranked up high.

MetroCard

This little guy will get you anywhere!

If we’re exploring, we’re going to lands unknown. Sure, our hop on, hop off buses can take you all around Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, but what about the far reaches of the city, or Queens. You don’t want to forget to explore Queens.

Cash

Maybe not this much, but you get the idea.

NYC is still a very cash-heavy town. Many bars and bodegas and stores of all kinds will be cash-only on your journey, so be sure to carry some around. Not too much, though. We don’t want to attract the wrong crowd.

Smartphone Apps

HopStop

This will be difficult if you don’t have a smart phone, but key if you do. Make sure you have a good map app and also download HopStop, which makes finding out how to get from here to there much easier. Add on Urbanspoon (for when you get hungry), SitorSquat (for when you need to go), and Instagram (if you go on an exploration and don’t have filtered pictures to prove it, did you really go?), and you should be covered.

A Sense of Adventure

Have fun!

Have fun!

This is the most important thing you need when exploring NYC. Don’t get off the subway at a stop you know, get off at a stop you’ve never heard of. Adventure through neighborhoods you’ve never been to because chances are there’s something special about them. Ask strangers on the street for recommendations, try something you’ve never done before, and have some fun!

What else would you bring is you were exploring NYC? Let us know on Twitter at @CitySightsNY

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