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6 Ways To See NYC Like a Local

The holidays are here and that means our family trip is right around the corner. We’ll be visiting my sister and her husband out in New York City. While I love Manhattan, we’ve usually gone the tourist route every time. This time will be a bit different… We’ve decided to see NYC like the locals. This took a lot of planning. First, since we’re getting in extremely early, we won’t be able to leave our bags at the hotel. Thankfully a good friend of mine told me about luggage storage in NYC and how it’s super easy to just drop off your bags and start seeing the city. This is a godsend because I know tons of the places we want to see don’t allow bags (e.g. museums, theaters, etc).

As cities go, Manhattan is well-travelled. Most folks follow well-worn ruts from monument to museum, absorbing the city’s splendor just like the tourists before them. But there’s so much more to see than what appears on a postcard! Break from the mold with these tips for visiting New York like a local.

1. Slum it in the subway

The New York City subway is a beautiful melange of humanity, 99 parts regular folks and one part street musicians, professional panhandlers, and roving gymnastic groups. Forget about surface transportation and travel from thing to thing on NYC’s sprawling subway system. A single fare is only $2.75, and you can get all the way to Coney Island on that. There’s a bit of a learning curve if you’ve never taken public transit, but the ample maps and bevy of helpful websites and apps are there to help.

2. Avoid the overrun

The top ten places to visit in New York City basically have their own bus line. As a result, all of these (admittedly wonderful) places are overrun with bridge and tunnel types.

Equally appealing but less-overrun options include the fabulous architecture of Grand Central Terminal and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the contemplative museums at the Morgan Library and the Cloisters, and the scenic Green-Wood Cemetery or the High Line. And if you’re in the mood for skyline views without the… well, without the line, the Met’s rooftop garden serves that up alongside cocktails.

3. Hit up a less-travelled part of town

While it lacks the glamorous Sex In The City vibe that Lower Manhattan exudes, you’ll find the same sorts of attractions and distractions in less travelled boroughs. There’s a whole world of delights out in Brooklyn, like boisterous bars, pastoral parks, and must-see museums, but with less of the cheek-by-jowl humanity that can get a bit wearing in Lower Manhattan.

4. Eat decent pizza

You probably didn’t come to New York for the pizza, but I bet it will make you want to stay. Even the most-neglected hole in a Lower Manhattan wall can turn out a quality slice, and few things bring New Yorkers together like their mutual disdain for that thing Chicago calls “pizza.” Get the quintessential New York City slice at Joe’s Pizza on Carmine Street, or trek out to Brooklyn to get a storied slice from Di Fara’s in Midwood.

5. Catch a show

A city’s music scene gives you a great taste of life as a local. NYC is overflowing with great places to catch some tunes, and you can see most local acts for less than a decent dinner date. Depending on your mood, you can grab a bite and catch an up-and-coming act at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, scope out the ever-hip Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg (which has the maze from The Shining carved into the floor), or sip an upscale cocktail while you listen to jazz at The Django.

6. Try out the smaller museums

Like a visit to Broadway, New York City’s big museums are required reading. But once you’ve been mauled by the Met’s Sunday crowds, you might want to absorb some culture in a less cluttered atmosphere. The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria is one such hidden gem, focusing on the history of TV, video games, and movies. It’s perfect for the hung over: you can literally just sit there and watch old TV. You know, for research.

Then there’s just the fascinatingly odd, like the Elevator Historical Society, devoted to the history of vertical transportation in NYC, or the City Reliquary, a chockablock stockpile of NYC-themed objects. The Federal Reserve Bank’s museum is unexpectedly appealing, with a tour including a vault of gold bars. And for the more serious, there’s the International Center for Photography in the Bowery.

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How to Choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Rhode Island

This is an incredibly informative article from our friends over at The Law Offices of Kensley R. Barrett. DUI’s are increasing in the state of Rhode Island and if you’ve been involved in one, you know how much of a headache they can be. Use the information below to find a proper criminal defense lawyer in the state of Rhode Island to help…

How to Choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Rhode Island

Are you facing criminal charges in Rhode Island? The first thing you need to do is find a criminal defense attorney to take on your case. An experienced attorney can have a huge impact on the final outcome of your case, so you want to make sure you choose a good one. You want an attorney who has a proven track record of getting results for clients, is confident in the courtroom, and who you feel comfortable working with. To help you make the decision easier, we’re sharing some tips on how to choose a criminal defense attorney in Rhode Island.

Research Potential Attorneys

Choosing the right attorney for your case all starts with doing a little research. You’ll need to research attorneys in your area who would be a good fit for you case. You can start by asking friends and family for their personal recommendations. It’s always great if someone you know can vouch for an attorney!

Alternatively, if you aren’t able to get recommendations from someone you know, you can always do a quick search online. You can look at the Rhode Island Star Bar website to find criminal defense attorneys and there are always reviews online you can read. Don’t think you have to go with the first attorney you come across. You can interview a few different attorneys to find the right one. We have a few tips for a successful interview below.

Interviewing Potential Attorneys

Once you’ve gathered a list of criminal defense attorneys to potentially take on your case, you’ll want to schedule consultations with them. Fortunately, most attorneys provide free in-person consultations for this type of situation. It will give you the opportunity to get to know an attorney by asking questions, plus allow you to get a feel for the attorney’s personality to know if you would work well together. Make sure you also come prepared with a list of questions!

One of the first things you will want to determine in your consultation is if the attorney is in good standing with the state Bar. Attorneys can sometimes land themselves in trouble, so you’ll want to pick someone who hasn’t previously be involved in any kind of trouble and who has not been disbarred.

Next, find out if the attorney has experience in dealing with cases like yours. Criminal defense attorneys handle a variety of cases, so it would be wise to find someone who has helped clients in a similar situation to you. You want someone who has years of experience and has gotten positive outcomes in the courtroom, as opposed to someone who is just starting out with your type of case. Although an attorney’s previous results is not a guarantee that you will receive the same, it’s a good sign that the attorney is competent in the courtroom.

You should also ask the attorney what his/her next step would be in fighting your case. It’s helpful to know what you can expect to happen next. And you also want to know that the attorney you choose has a plan you feel good about.

Finally, you’ll also want to ask about any attorney fees and court costs associated with your case. It’s no secret that hiring an attorney can be pretty costly, however it’s essential when you’re fighting for your freedom. Ask the attorneys you meet with to provide you with an estimate of what their services will cost. You’ll want to choose someone who quotes you a fair and reasonable price so you don’t end up paying too much money. If the cost is more than you can take on at the moment, ask about payment plans. Many attorneys allow clients to make payments on services because they know what a financial burden it can be. Once you know how much the attorney fees will cost, you can start setting money aside.

Choosing the Right Attorney

There are a few factors that go into choosing a criminal defense attorney to represent you. First, you want to choose someone who has years of experience in dealing with cases similar to yours. Make sure you choose someone who is educated on criminal cases like yours so you can be sure he/she will put together the best defensive strategy if/when your case goes to court.

The attorney you choose should also be someone you are comfortable with. You need to feel safe and at ease when speaking to your attorney and sharing the details of your case. If you do not feel comfortable speaking to a particular attorney, that’s a sign that the two of you are not a good fit for each other.

You want someone who you trust and who you feel comfortable talking to and working with. You should also feel confident that the attorney you choose is capable of being the best representation possible. If you aren’t confident in the attorney you choose, the process of handling your criminal case will become even more challenging.

Take the time to interview a variety of attorneys before settling on the right one for you. You need someone you feel good about to work by your side. In the end, you will be glad you went that extra step to conduct interviews. And you will also feel great about the decision you made. While you do want to act fast when it comes to getting an attorney involved, you also should not rush into a decision when it comes to making a choice.

Why You Need a Good Attorney

Having the right attorney can impact the outcome of your case, which is why it’s so important to hire the best legal representation. If you want to stand a chance at lowering the penalties you face for a criminal charge, it’s crucial to find an attorney to step in as soon as possible. The best attorney will be able to provide you with a strong defense to fight the charges you are facing.


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