NYC for the socially anxious
December 2, 2013 5:49 PM Subscribe
I have moderate-to-severe social anxiety which I'm trying to overcome on my own by exposure therapy. My big goal for this year was to take the train into Manhattan alone. I need your suggestions on what to do once I get there (and any tips about the places I already know I want to visit).
posted by anonymous to Travel & Transportation (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I've visited Manhattan dozens of times throughout my life, but I haven't been back in about 5 years. I'm 21 now and I live about an hour away from Manhattan (via train), so I'll only be visiting for one day at a time. Walking around aimlessly freaks me out, so I would like to get a set schedule down. I'm not really interested in anything south of 14th street because I've been there too often. I'm open to any other suggestions! I am interested in photography and history, and I'd also like to find a few cool stores to look for Christmas gifts in. Small stores are too intimidating for me, so I'd prefer to stick to bigger/more populated stores.
I have some ideas already, but if all goes well I will hopefully be coming back again soon, so any other ideas are welcome. I will be bringing my camera and I'd like to get some cool photos in Central Park and from somewhere high up (but I really don't want to pay $27 for the Rockefeller observation deck). I was going to walk through Central Park up to the Museum of Natural History. I'm also interested in going to Nintendo World/Rockefeller Center, since it's on the way. Can anyone recommend some cool spots for pictures in Central Park? I would love to ride one of these vintage trains/buses
but I think that's pushing how much stuff I can fit into one day.
Any tips about traveling while social anxious would be appreciated too!