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Subway - Uptown or Downtown?

by wanderingbtrfly

I'm going on my first trip to NYC in a few weeks.
I've read that the NYC subway can be easy to use if you have a map, know the line and stop you want, and know which direction you want to go (uptown or downtown). Apparently you need to make sure that you go in the correct entrance for the correct direction (yes?), but how will I know which entrance to use? In the photos of entrances that I have seen, I only see the station name and the lines it serves. Am I just missing something that will be obvious when I am standing on the street?

Re: Subway - Uptown or Downtown?

by travelmad478

Some subway entrances, but only a minority of them, have separate entrances for the uptown and downtown lines. The street-level entrance will have a sign that clearly says "uptown only" or "downtown only" if that is the case. Most subway entrances have access to both the uptown and downtown lines, though. I really wouldn't spend a lot of time worrying about this!

Re: Subway - Uptown or Downtown?

by Jefie

Just to add a bit of info to the previous post, for those that have joint entrances, it'll be clearly indicated where to go (uptown and downtown signs) once you get inside the station. It's that easy!

Re: Subway - Uptown or Downtown?

by nicolaitan

express stations and transfer stations, which you can see on your subway map, will always have access within the station for going in all directions, at least in manhattan.

as a rule of thumb, downtown only will have entrance on the west side of the avenue and uptown only on the east side.

Re: Subway - Uptown or Downtown?

by 10028

Not true, Nic -- my station is at 86th & Lexington. It's an express station, but you can't cross over between uptown and downtown. But you can cross over at 96th St., which is a local stop.

Even when you can access both directions from an entrance, if you're on the "other" side, you will have to go up/down a couple of flights of stairs to cross over/under the track to get to the correct platform. At some stations it's a real pain. It will be easier if you remember that the trains generally follow the flow of traffic. So, for example, if you're traveling uptown on Lexington, use the entrance on the east side of the street. (Of course, this is much easier to figure out within Manhattan's grid.)

Anyway, the best advice is not to study maps and make yourself crazy. Just ask whoever is standing next to you on the street or platform.

Next thing to learn is the difference between express and local, and that all rules go out the window on weekends!

Just think of it as an adventure. If you get lost, you'll still be in the city. There are usually a few ways to get to a destination, and New Yorkers love directing people!

Re: Subway - Uptown or Downtown?

by nicolaitan

forgot about 86th, strange, i used to live there ( 40 years ago ).

Re: Subway - Uptown or Downtown?

by ter1413

Agree with what Travelmad said.....Don't worry about the entrances. Most are clearly spelled out if it is only for uptown or downtown.
Want another tip for subways.....on the escalator, stay to the right side unless you are walking up on the left side. People will get upset if you are standing on the "express" side of the escalator. Same when you are going down: stay to the right..

Re: Subway - Uptown or Downtown?

by wanderingbtrfly

Thank you all for your help! That makes it quite clear to me.

Re: Subway - Uptown or Downtown?

by nyceagle1633

You'll be fine, just study the map a few days before you leave and then carry one with you. Or really, just ask someone, don't be shy, NY'ers love to help with the subway, because express, local lines can be confusing. Ask by the Line number or alphabet, not the color. We never refer to the subway lines by color.

Travel Tips for New York City

Touring New York...Suggestions!

by shutterlust

No fanny packs (also known as hip bags). They look ridiculous. Use those money bags that you wear under your clothes. Fanny packs emphasize the hips.

Kids on leashes are embarassing.

You don't really need a visor in New Y'ork City. The buildings provide shade enough.

Always layer your clothes, no matter what season you're in.

Don't point and stare. Staring is considered incredibly rude in New York. It may be a culture thing, but please don't do it in New York. You might get hurt in the process if someone considers you aggressive.

If you're going to take photographs, make sure you're not obstructing street traffic, pull yourself over to the side first. If you're videotaping friends or family on the streets, watch where you're going. Other people are walking too! It's not polite to take picture of other people without asking, they may get violent.

It's illegal to film/take pictures on NYC public transportation (ie the subway! It's illegal!)

When asking other people to take a picture of you, beware. it's easy to run off into a crowd with someone else's new digital camera.

Not everyone cares about where you're from, so try not to broadcast it by overly emphasizing your accent in an incredibly loud voice while wearing a local state college sweatshirt. (Yes, people *do* actually do this and i'm just so embarassed for them).

NYers are like the British in that we like our queues (our lines). We respect lines so no pushing or cutting. You may get hurt in this process as well.

Nyers are not necessarily aggressive, we just like the way we operate. Try to remember that and try to keep up and you'll be just fine.

Central Park

by seagoingJLW

The park covers 843 acres from 59th Street up to 110th Street and from Fifth Avenue to Central Park West. the Dairy, built in 1870, now serves as the Visitors Center.

You can ride through the park in a hansom cab. You can find them in front of the Plaza Hotel at 59th and Fifth. It costs a lot.

One of the most beautiful areas of the park is the Bethesda Fountain around 72nd Street. The Angel of the Waters is the centerpiece of the terrace. the Boathouse is across the lake from the terrace. You can rent a boat there. There is a wonderful carousel located at 64th Street. There is also a zoo, albeit not a large one.

On weekends the park's roads are cleared for roller blading.

At 79th Street you can find Belvedere Castle. although it is used as a weather station, you can climb up to the top.

The Delacorte Theater presents Shakespeare in the Park in the summer.

Then there is Cleopatra's Needle which is right near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Forget the stress, baby. There...

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Forget the stress, baby. There are so many things to do: museums, see a lot of buldings, night life, restaurants that it is easy to be stress out!!! walking in N.Y all the time, watching everything and my friend Brigitte who is a wonderful, the best hoster!

To see Roosevelts home a great...

by russ45

To see Roosevelts home a great place to see a president that influenced the history of the united states Driving down along the Hudson river a great site and seeing the statue of liberty and ellis island wher my grandfather came through from europe

Canal Street

by Paul2001

Canal Street is something of focal point in New York. It is probably because it stands as the dividing line between some of New York's famous neighborhoods. Canal Street which straddles east-west across the width of Manhattan, is the boundary between Soho and Tribeca. It is used to divide Chinatown and Little Italy but these days Little Italy has been engulfed by Chinatown. Canal Street is more that main thruway for Chinatown. The street itself is rather ugly. It is here that you can buy cheap jewelry, discount and knock off designer clothing and electronic equipment. Somehow I seem to always spend a fair amount of time on Canal Street when I am in New York just for the fact that it is so close to all the other attractions and eateries that I am taking in while I am in the city.

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