Cultural Experience | New York City

How to Live Like a Local in NYC

Ambassador Katie Maraghy stopped by Washington Square to get tips on how to live like a local in New York City!

Edited by Angela Strohbeck. Interviews by Katie Maraghy

Katie hosts a live news broadcast from Elon University on Tuesdays at 9:50AM est on, be sure to check it out.

Want to know more? Here is some more information on a couple places mentioned in this video:

Housing Works

Housing Works is an AIDS advocacy group based in New York City. The group provides services such as medical and dental care, behavior health, housing resources, and supportive services. Housing Works also runs a series of businesses which help to support the group. These businesses include thrift shops, a bookstore cafe, and catering. The Housing Works thrift shops accept donations of clothing, handbags, jewelry and accessories, art, lighting, antiques, housewares, and furniture. All of the items sold in the Housing Work bookstore cafe are donated and this accepts books, CDs, DVDs, and LPs.

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is located in SoHo at 126 Crosby, New York, NY 10012. Click here for a list of Housing Work Thrift shops and donation locations.

New York City Parks

Central Park is certainly New York’s most famous park. The park spans 1.317 sq miles between 59th and 110th streets on 8th and 5th Avenues.

Washington Square park is surrounded by the New York University campus between Waverly Place & E. 4th Street.

Union Square runs along Park Ave S in between E. 14th and E. 17th streets.

Tompkins Square is in Alphabet City between Avenues A and B along E. 7th and E. 10th streets.

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Greenpoint is a neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn known for it’s historic contributions to industrialization. One heavily recognized gem of Greenpoint is Cafe Grumpy. Cafe Grumpy is a New York coffee chain with five locations around Manhattan and Brooklyn. The original location and roastery is located in Greenpoint at 193 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222. This location opened in 2005 and is well-known as Hannah Horvath’s (Lena Dunham) workplace in Girls, an HBO television series about the lives of four young women who live in New York. Additionally, Cafe Grumpy provides fun and informative events all over town. These events include Milk Steaming & Latte Art classes, Espresso Basics Classes, Home brewing classes, Art Openings and more!

IMAGE - HBO GIRLS: On set at Cafe Grumpy in Greenpoint Brooklyn


Uptown refers to the area of Manhattan between 59th street and 125th street. It is large area that encompasses the neighborhoods of the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, East Harlem, and Morningside Heights. These areas are a great place to go for people who are looking to escape crowds of tourists and get a feel for the quieter, but still busy parts of the city.

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One response to “How to Live Like a Local in NYC”

  1. ZipHelicopterToursNYC says:

    Downtown’s Battery Park and the Financial District is a wonderful escape from tourists as well!

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