before I started posting on this Forum.
The point made about the Staten Island new shopping development, that locals don't even know about it, got me thinking: what are tourists more likely to know, or more likely to want to do and see, than most New Yorkers? This isn't "I never..." it's more "I didn't even know..."
1. People take public transportation to LGA. I never have - I did NOT even know that there was a way to do it. I don't know anyone irl who has. The "train to the plane" has always been advertised for JFK - but never LGA. I took the subway to JFK for the first time last summer. It's not a bad option - happy to know it's a viable option for JFK because traffic is annoying and unpredictable, and $70 is a lot of money. But LGA is still close enough to make a cab worth it for me (emphasis on "for me," my choice doesn't have to be anyone else's choice - no arguments please!).
2. The obsession with cheesecake. It is such a big thing for tourists - why? I have never met a local for whom cheesecake was a "thing" (maybe if people are sharing one dessert, there will be a debate between the chocolate option and the cheesecake option - if there is one - but not as a focused activity, like going to Junior's. I'm sure I've seen it. But I've never even noticed where it is.). Same with donuts. I've had friends who were obsessed with the cupcake craze a few years ago, that was huge. Otherwise, the NYC local "thing" is that everyone I know diets all of the time (hence: "skinny girl Margarita," something that no one here discusses). Fights about the "best bagel," however, is most definitely a New York thing.
3. $1 Pizza. I guess it's a "thing." I've never had a discussion about $1 pizza before. Everyone loves pizza. And everyone has a favorite pizza place, usually the one in their neighborhood. But travel for it? Wait in line for it? Not so much.
What's the one thing that, in order to answer questions about, you first learned about from this site/from tourists?