The subway system of New York is very well organized and very user friendly..
If you stay for a week , first thing I advise you is to buy a weekly metrocard which will cost you 21$ and believe me,it it the best way to get around..
However, some local friends still warns not to take subway after 11 p.m.
When we were there, in September 2008, I noted the following prices for some typical tourist purchases:
Subway or bus ride: $2
Postage to Europe: 94c
Postcards: six for $1 up to $1 each, depending on quality
Cappuccino: $3 - £4
Bottled beer (in a bar): $5 - $7
Bottled water (from a drinks stand): $2 - $3 for 700 ml
Sandwich in a deli: $5 - $10
Main course in a good restaurant: $15 - $25 and up, depending on choice
Staten Island Ferry: free!
Many subway stations in New York City are no longer used for their original purpose. and were closed long ago. However, some of them are architectural marvels that give a glimpse into the past of the city.
One of them is the City Hall ghost station, which is probably the world's most beautiful former subway station. It has been closed to the public since 1945. It was opened again for a while and serves as scene of fine art events, fashion shows, exhibitions.
Address: Park Row and City Hall Park
Favorite thing: One of the things I loved about New York was there was life everywhere, be it musicians, street performers, street art, or the beautiful architecture. There would be musicians getting onto subway cars (much to the disgust I noticed registered on some New Yorker's faces) for a short ride and entertaining us, colorful artwork tiles in the subway stations, performances put on in parks by buskers good or bad, or the serendipity of walking by a spectacular art deco lobby. This city is so alive!
Favorite thing: If you're in NYC just use the subway to get to all the places you want to see - it's easy (there are always Subway stations and signs to find them) and it's cheap ( $2 a ride - they also have special tickets for which you pay $10 and get another free ride with it)! Most of the sights in your trvael guide will also show which subway line to take best - so it's easy to find your way around!
When using the city's subway system take time to notice the variety of mosaics in the different platforms. Some are originals and others have been installed recently. Many highlight the uinque features of the neighborhood above the station, as in the picture here of Delancy St. Station, near the old Fulton St. Fish Market.
Canal St. (near Chinatown) also has some interesting mosaic work.
Even the smaller signs indicating the station name can be very intricate.
This is just a little freebie that can add to your overall NYC visit.
What trip would be complete without riding the NYC subway. We rode it to Coney Island which took us about an hour because we had to keep switching trains. Different trains run at different hours during the weekday as compared to the weekend. Since this was Wednesday afternoon, we had to transfer several times. There are maps at the stations that you can look at before you buy your ticket. It looks daunting at first, but it's actually quite easy once you know where you're going. It's also helpful to get a map before you go to the station. Marjorie had plenty of maps for us at the apartment. Once you figure out which trains to take, study the ticket options because there are different passes to suit your needs. Then hop on your train and and let NYC do the driving!
Fondest memory: You get to see neighborhoods of NYC.
Buy tokens for Subway and buses in advance at one of the stations.
They are cheaper per 10.....
Put them in a safe place........
Fondest memory: dive under groun and emerge in a complete different area......there to be explored....
When you visit New York City, there's one sure way to find a friendly face and helping hand. just call BIG APPLE GREETER.
They are an organization of enthousiastic New Yorkers who volunteer time to share the city they love with visitors.
Your personal greeter will show you everything from how to use the SUBWAY to favourite neighbourhood haunts, answering your questions and opening your eyes to all NEW YORK has to offer.
And....BIG APPLE GREETER welcomes visitors absolutely free of charge.
So....to see New York through the eyes of a native, call BIG APPLE GREETER at
(212) 669 2896
Fondest memory: address: 1 Centre street New York, NY 1007
tel. 212 669 8273
BIG APPLE GREETER DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE BASED ON RACE, GENDER, RELIGION, NATIONALITY, AGE, SEXUAL PERSUASION OR DISABILITY !
Most people know about all the great sites, the Statue of Liberty , Times Square, Empire State Building, Broadway, Central Park, but it's wonderful also take the subway and go outside Manhattan. Queens,Bronx... why take the subway? Because is cheap :-) and you can feel like a N.Y. citizen
Fondest memory: I miss the WTC...
Favorite thing: The fastest way to get from one place to another is by New York Metro. Safe at any time of day or night, or were we just lucky? I believe New Yorkes did a great job to clean up their beautiful city and make it much safer than it was years ago.
Favorite thing: Most of the time that we go to NYC we go shopping either the same day or the next day. Taxis and the subway are available. Our stores mostly are Bloomingdales, Macys, FAO Schwarts, and mens clothing stores.
Favorite thing: While walking through NYC, you will notice that there will be steam coming out of the streets. This steam is coming from under the ground. The Subway needs to cool down. Water is cooling it down. When cold meets hot....
Just returned from a week in New York with my wife. See what we liked and disliked!
1. Our hotel and its location(The Carlton Hotel at Madison Avenue). In fact we loved it!
2. The proximity to the 5th Avenue and subway (green line 1 block away and 2 other lines 5-10 m away)
3. We enjoyed the hop on and hop off bus tour. It was really worth it!
4. We liked the reasonable priced deli for breakfast next to our hotel (corner of 5th Avenue and 28th street);
5. We had fun in the ferry to Staten Island and see the statue of liberty. It was our moment of relief, this where we spent 1 hour wihtout spending money!
6. We loved the diner cruise, it was really amazing the see the city by night;
7. We liked the Sex and the City tour. It was quite hilarious, at least we had a good laugh and the guide was real good.
8. We had a spectacular view at the Rockfeller center, we had the chance to see the sunset and the lightning up of the city;
9. We liked the GreenVillage area and the Upper East Side next to Central Park.
10. The shopping was fine, a lot of places to spend money. You don't really feel the recession in New York!!
What we disliked:
1. We hated the tip or gratuity culture in the USA. it's simply horrible, such a huge pressure to have always 1-2 bucks in your hand to tip anyone!
2. we disliked the service in some restaurants, but still we had to tip 15 - 18%, we were simply afraid to be embarrassed by the waiter or the person serving us!
3. We really hated when we visited the well know terrace bar at the 230 5th Avenue (where you can have a spectacular view of the city and the Empire State building) when the waiter asked us for our credit card to be kept in her hands. When I asked what for, she said that there was too many people and basically she was afraid we would runaway with paying. If they din't trust the customers, why we should trust them? of course I refused and instead I paid straight away. Never seen such situation before. The food was horrible and of course we still gave a tip. Again we were afraid to be pointed out in front of so many people!
4. We disliked the breakfast at our hotel, too expensive and hardly nothing too eat;
5. We didn't particular liked Chinatown, it was too chaotic!
6. We disliked the transport from the airport to the hotel. We booked with Airlink, we had to wait more than 30 m to leave and the driver was rather nuts in terms of driving. The way back to the airport was better, despite the van was 10 minutes late;
the subway is safe everyone on tv says its scary ....vancouver bc canada's skytrainplat forms r more violent.
Fondest memory: shopping. thats about it. only because i'm into the quiet country side, wilderness, lonesome sport thing .
if i had tonnes of money it'd probly be real fun. but you have to go once to see.