Melissa Ko Insider tips

Often, New York City is seen as a wonderland of dollar slices, high-end cuisine, and densely populated area, but it’s also a city where decided tourist traps are laid out for some of its visitors. Areas, such as Times Square, ensnare tourists and separate from their moneyand many don’t benefit from the precious secrets the city has to offer.

Avoiding Times Square is just one tip a New Yorker might offer to both residents and visitors, but there’s plenty more where that came from:

At first glance, NYC displays as an overwhelming place: the noise, the smells, the expenses, the crowds, and the bright lights are unmistakable. However, it’s that merciless sensory overload that’s a part of its charm. New Yorkers, like their city, keep a quick pace. The city is ripe with opportunities, and there’s very little time to do it. For that reason, as well as the ebbs and flows of MTA traffic, 95 percent of New Yorkers tend to be a bit tardy.

  1. Knowing how to get from point A to point B is essential in New York. Google Maps and Transit, which were once idle resources is an absolute way of life for many, now provides an understanding of what’s the most direct route, train delays, weekend service changes, and real-time updates.

Whether you’re getting around on the uptown ‘A,’ or you’re looking to travel via the ‘Q,’ it’s important to track changes or delays, which could alter your schedule for the day. Planning is always your best bet. Also, as a newcomer, be sure to monitor what directions trains are traveling. Note whether trains are Brooklyn-bound or Queens-bound, and identify calculate how much it might cost for you get around the city. By thinking about how much travel lies ahead, you’d know whether it’s worth it to purchase a 7-day unlimited or not.

  1. If you don’t trust the timeliness of the trains, you can choose to utilize a bus or walk. New York City is incredibly walkable, and if you love to walk, you can walk across the city in just a few hours. Many parts of the are by best accessed by foot, including the far west side and the far east sides of the city. However, it’s important to mind these areas in aren’t that aren’t high traffic late in the evening.

With public transportation, and a variety of ride shares, such as cabs, Lyft, Uber, and Via, cars aren’t necessary. Driving in the city can be difficult, and parking can be expensive, so stick to the transportation that the city provides.

  1. Transit can move visitors to the city’s top, affordable destinations. While New York City may have its expenses, there are affordable options that are available to those interested in New York City’s vibrant and incredible history. Governors Island, Coney Island Mermaid Parade, the Brooklyn Book Festival, Open House New York Weekend, and Brooklyn Heights Promenade are all free and accessible via public transportation.

If you have any tips for visitors, please share them.

Melissa Ko is the Managing Member of Covepoint Capital Advisors, LLC and serves as the Chief Investment Officer of its flagship, the Covepoint Emerging Markets Macro Fund. Please visit, and to learn more!