New York | transportation

By pamellagachido
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So good to get anywhere 24 hours a day, spending almost nothing.

Here I explain how to walk around and understand the new york subway system


subway, the basics


If you are staying a week or so, buy the metro card for one week. This card entitles you to unlimited use for 7 days and costs $32 ($1 metrocard) on subways and buses.
For one month is $116.50, so worthy.

At the time of purchase you will be asked for a zip code, mine was 11106, just use that. Without the zip code you can not buy on the machine.

At first it will seem confusing, but it’s simple, I SWEAR!

First of all, download some app with the subway map, very helpful .


All lines have the express trains and local trains:

Locals stop at all stations of lines: 1, N and R, 6

The stop express only a few: 2, 3, Q 4 and 5, for example.

Always check where you want to stop and which trains will stop there, depending on the route is worth it taking an express train and then return one or two stations.

Before entering the subway station, know which direction you want to go:
uptown or downtown?

Some stations have separate entries for each destination, and and you can not get around from inside. If the station entrance has a sign saying: “uptown only” just goes to uptown, the entrance to downtown will be across the street, probably.

If you are on the 23rd St and want to go to the 42nd St, you want to go north, that is, toward uptown. If you are on the 42nd St and want to go to 23rd St, I want to go south, so, downtown.




Probably the ones you will use the most are: yellow, red, green, apart from L to Brooklyn.

N, Q, R

N and R local | Q Express
Comes from Coney Island, Brooklyn, up by Broadway: Times square (42nd St), 7th Av to the Central Park, going east, our dear and beloved Queens!

:: Soho (st channel.), Times square, Central Park south, Midtown and Astoria

1, 2, 3

1 local | 2 and 3 express
Run the west side, leaving the south ferry (the Staten Island shipping terminal), 7 Av and up to the Central Park by Broadway.

:: Tribeca, Village, Meatpacking District, Times Square, Broadway and Lincoln Center

4, 5, 6

6 local | 4 and 5 express
Gets in Manhattan by the Battery Park, by Broadway at the very beginning, entering by Nolita and Lower East side, continuing the Park Avenue and the Grand Central Station (42nd Street), and goes all the way up

:: Lower East side, Bowery, Union Square, Grand Central and Museum Mile (Met, Guggenheim, Whitney)

A, E, C

Lines A and C come from Brooklyn and cross to the west side. Go up to 8th Av, and after Columbus Circle, goes West side of Central Park, continuing north.
:: Brooklyn Bridge, Ground Zero, Tribeca, Village, Meatpacking, Penn Station, Times Square, Columbus Circle, Cloisters Museum

The E line and begins at Ground Zero and goes by A and C  to 8th ave. On 50th Street, takes a turn to the east, crossing the island (with a stop on 5th ave, one block from MoMA), across the river to the Queens. Ends at Jamaica, where there is the JFK Airport.
:: Soho, Village, Meatpacking, Chelsea, MoMA, JFK

B, D, F

B, D and F begin in Brooklyn, then Lower East Side, following the 6th Av. The B line falls off as early as the 53th Street (also stopping at the 5th Av, next to MoMA), and F, a little further down the 60th St. But the B and D go up by Columbus Circle and West Central Park; D is express, but the B stops at the Dakota and the Natural History Museum.
:: Village, Empire State Building, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, MoMA, Columbus Circle, Natural History Museum. 


L line that crosses Manhattan from west to east.  From 10th st to Brooklyn, by 14st.


from Forest Hills, crossing Queens and Brooklyn. And it can take FOREVER.


Pay attention to the warnings: sometimes the train conductor will announce a change on the service. For exemple, you are in a local train and for some reason, it will be express, not stopping on the station you were going. The MTA also post warnings on the station and platform when a programmed change.

Usually the changes are on weekends and during the night, when many of the express trains go local.

TAXI or Uber


If the that is the choice, go with Uber.

First thing you have to know about the taxis here: you will be mistreated by the taxi driver, always. They act as if they were doing you a favor. Some ask where you are going before you board, to make sure he wants to take you there.
Once you board, they start talking like crazy on the phone, in any language that you will never heard before.
Second thing, like everything here in the USA, have to tip, usually around 15-18% of the value, after taxes.
All taxis accept credit card and you can include the tip.
Although considered cheap, is rarely my choice. The city traffic is quite chaotic, New Yorkes can’t drive: get ready to hear honking all day.

If you do not speak english very well, always write the address on a paper or show on your phone to the taxi driver. Many of them have poor english, and if they get ir wrong they will blame you, of course…

And never take illegal taxis (black cars). They are more common in Queens and Brooklyn, really not safe.


A success!
Very worthy to cross Manhattan west – east. And you pay with your unlimited MetroCard, the same as the subways.
It is usually empty and quiet, it’s nice to get around and see the city at the same time, unlike the subway.
To check the lines itinerary, just go to or check on the bus stop, it’s really complete.


East River Path

It’s so worth it! If you stay a while, it is worth buying a used bike at most about $ 90.
Or just rent one for the day.

It was in this city I fell in love with the life in a bike, it is part of the city means of transport, which has all structure for you to be happy with your basket: all flat, signed, filled with bike paths.

Do not rent in the Central Park: expensive and horrible bikes.
It is best to pay the City Bike: the value to 1 Access week is $ 25, almost the same amount charged for 1 hour rentals in Central Park. 
Here is a map of bike paths.

Beware of taxis and car doors being opened in your way. And obey all traffic signs, in New York cyclist takes fine, and heavy ones!

The last tip about transportation, walk.
Walk a lot!


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