Getting Around New York City

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    The Trolley Tour in Central Park

    by tpangelinan Written Mar 2, 2005

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    Take a Trolley Tour if it is available. It is a little pricy, but easy on the feet. Central Park is 843 acres big.
    In this city, there is so much to see; skyscrapers like the Empire State Building, neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Museum Mile, New Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and so much more.

    Catch a Trolley Tour
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    Leaving New York City

    by Christophe_Ons Updated Mar 28, 2004

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    It's inevitable for every visitor... sooner or later you'll have to leave again :(

    Don't forget about the following :

    -you probably need to reconfirm your flight by calling your airline, ca. 24 hrs. in advance

    -Depending on whether or not you have an evening flight home, you may have a few hours left to take a stroll in the city; make sure your luggage is stored safely after you check out at the hotel.

    -When taking a taxi, make sure you have enough cash with you; remember there are no flat fees for taxis to the airports, only the other way around. Depending on the traffic situation, it will cost you quite a bit more. If you can afford it, pre-arrange private transportation from your hotel to the airport. In any case make sure your leave well on time - no matter how you hate it - because traffic can be a real mess during rush hour and at times a taxi can be very hard to get. For the latest traffic updates, check the local news channel on TV before you check out.

    -For all kinds of private transportation solutions, refer to the web site of the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission.

    A last glimpse of the New York skyline ...

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    New York City Pass

    by sugarpuff Updated Feb 6, 2006

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    This is a city bus that takes you to six New York attractions and costs $53. So what ARE the six attractions then?

    1. Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum
    Explore the awesome 900ft aircraft carrier INTREPID complete with vintage planes and supersonic jet aircraft.
    Open Mon - Fri 10.00 - 17.00
    Sat & Sun until 18.00
    (from April to September)

    Open Tues - Sun 10.00 - 17.00
    Closed Mon (from Oct - March)

    2. Guggenheim Museum
    You'll find masterpieces by noted artists such as Chagall, Kandinsky, Picasso and Van Gogh
    Open Sat - Wed 10.00 - 1745
    Fri until 20.00
    Closed Thursdays

    3. The Museum Of Modern Art
    The world's most renowned collection of modern and contemporary art
    Open Wed - Mon 10.00 - 17.30
    Fri until 20.00
    Closed Tuesdays

    4. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
    See New York the Circle Line way. 2 hour semi circle cruise or 2 hour harbour lights cruise
    For detailed schedule and operating hours, please see Circle Line brochure or call (212) 563-3200. Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

    5. American Museum of Natural History
    A must see destination for everyone.Includes the Rose Centre for Earth and Space, a Planetarium, Hall of the Universe, and Hall of Planet Earth
    Open daily 10.00 - 1745
    The Rose Centre remains open on Fridays until 20.45

    6. Empire State Building Observatory
    The fabled Observatory is NY's most popular attraction. Make sure you pick up the audio tour hosted by 'Tony', a native NY taxi driver who will point out the sights and sounds of the city!
    Open daily 09.30 - 00.00
    Last ticket sold at 23.15
    Last elevator leaves at 23.30

    Buy your CityPass at the first attraction you visit. You will have nine days to visit six famous New York attractions once.

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    South Street Seaport

    by bugalugs Written Jun 11, 2005

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    If you visit South Street Seaport or in that area of lower Manhatton there is a free bus service called the Downtown Connection which runs between the two stopping at different locations along the way and the service is free. You are able to hop on/off along the way.
    The service is 7 days a week and runs from 10am-8pm

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    Connecting between NYC airports

    by cjg1 Updated Oct 11, 2006

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    I feel this needs to be put out where all can see it. It is NOT an easy thing to connect between NYC airports. Depending on traffic you can take 3 hours between any of them or more.

    If you must connect between airports here make sure you have a stop over so you dont have to rush and worry and most likely miss your flight anyway.

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    New Direct Route

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 23, 2008

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    Fredericton, New Brunswick finally got a direct route to the USA in August, 2003. Instead of flying via Montreal or Toronto, we now can choose one of two daily Delta jet aircraft flights direct to Boston where there are hourly shuttle flights onward to NYC. Here, at the end of my trip, I took a shot out of the aircraft window as we were lined up for take-off from La Guardia in NYC on the homeward leg.

    UPDATE: Well, it was nice while it lasted! Due to Delta Airline's on-going financial problems, the direct link to Boston was cancelled in 2007.

    NYC Backdrop from La Guardia Runway
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    From / To the Airport

    by virtualpatrick Updated Oct 30, 2008

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    To NYC from Newark, LaGuardia, and JFK airports:

    1. Airport ride-share shuttle services: (800-blue-van, 212-209-7000) (718-875-8200; no service from Newark). Approximately $15 USD from JFK, $12 USD from LaGuardia. (212-315-3006, 800-451-0455)

    2. AirTrain from Newark Airport to NYC Penn Station:
    Approximately $12 USD.

    3. Taxi: Ride from licensed taxis from the agent by taxi stand outside the baggage claims area. The agent will give you a paper with one flat rate fare covering all passengers in the car to go into Manhattan (not including tolls for bridges and tunnels). Flat rate taxi fare can be found at the official sources:

    I can only recommend the taxi one way FROM the airport into NYC since it's flat rate. Going TO the airport from NYC is metered and if you are going to Newark the taxi fare is doubled since it's "crossing state line".

    For more options check out the official sources:
    Between airports:

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    The gateways

    by tvdm Updated Dec 26, 2002

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    New York is North Americs'a gateway and there are cheap air fares almost year-round from Europe. London and Amsterdam are great places to fly from, just walk into any regular travel agency and enquire there. Or visit some travel websites like Expedia or Travelocity.

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    by eden_teuling Written Mar 26, 2003

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    Go to a bus stop....

    See which buses stop there....

    Board the Bus....

    Pay your fare....

    Ask for a Transfer, if you need one....

    Ride safely....

    Signal the driver to stop....

    Get off the bus....




    TRAVELINFO... for non-English-speakers: (718) 330 4847 7AM-aPM daily....


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    You can use low-cost airlines to get to NY

    by sourbugger Updated May 28, 2004

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    It's good to see that JFK airport has been quick to embrace the low cost airlines such as Jet Blue.

    Fares don't seem as cheap as this side of the pond with the likes of 'Ryanair' and 'Easyjet', but nonetheless getting to the Big Apple is probably as cheap as it as ever been. A bit more competition wouldn't go amiss however in this sector - and I believe that Richard Branson will be heading your way soon with an American version of his low-cost airline.

    I just hope he picks a sensible name, as the Australian division known as "Virgin Blue" causes all sorts of problems for companies 'filter' / nanny systems on the net.

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    by Michael_D Written Mar 26, 2006

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    The borough of Manhattan, which is home to 1.5 million, is what many think of when they think of New York City. Manhattan is the home of the Empire State Building, World Trade Center, Chrysler Building, Central Park, Tavern on the Green, Washington Square, and a plethora of other parks, museums, shops, and restaurants.

    The name Manhattan comes from an Algonquin word meaning "island of hills."Some of the neighborhoods that make up Manhattan are the Upper East Side, known as the silk stocking district, which was once farmland with foraging pigs as late as 1853, the year work began on Central Park. Yorkville, in the east 80's, was once a thriving German community. Yorkville was known for its immigrant enclaves. Churches in this area still hold services in German, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak and other languages. Harlem has been the center of African-American culture for nearly a century. At 115 Street is the center of the Italian district that once covered a large part of East Harlem. In 1916 it elected Fiorello LaGuardia to Congress. He later became New York's first Italian-American Mayor.

    Central Park is a two-and-one-half mile wide oasis. The Central Park Reservoir is surrounded by a running track. The reservoir was named after Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, who often ran there.

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    by Michael_D Written Mar 26, 2006

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    The Pulaski Bridge separates Brooklyn rom the next of New York City's boroughs, Queens. The Borough of Queens, which is home to a population of almost 2 million, was once farmland, and at 108 square miles, is the largest of the five boroughs. Queens was named after Catherine of Braganza, wife of England's King Charles II.

    The Queensboro Bridge spans the East River and soars over Roosevelt Island. After its completion in 1909, the population of Queens quadrupled. The bridge is also called the 59th Street Bridge, as in a song by Simon and Garfunkel. Near the foot of the Queensboro Bridge is Silvercup Studios, a former bakery that is now one of New York's largest film studios. This areas was a manufacturing area after the Industrial Revolution. It is sometime referred to as Hollywood East.

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    Thai Airways

    by thelittlevoice Written Jun 13, 2005

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    Thai Airways now operate a direct flight from Bangkok to New York in 17 hours. It wasn't so bad despite the long hours. I got some pretty good sleep. I paid $950 for the tickets because they're having a promotion now but it should be about $1200 once it ends.

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    Great Website For Knowing How To Get Around Town

    by ForestqueenNYC Written Aug 2, 2008

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    I just discovered this website. All you have to do is type in your starting a finishing point and it will tell you how to get there by bus, metro, walking, taxi, how much time it will take and in the case of the taxi how much it will cost.

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    by sarahjayn Written May 16, 2005

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    If you fly into JFK you have to get on something called the Airtrain to get to the subway station. It's five dollars per person and you can buy the ticket from any Metrocard machine. Make sure that you pick the ticket specific to the Airtrain, though. Other Metrocards (including unlimited weekly) won't work and you'll get the wind knocked out of you by the turnstile.


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    Oct 30, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    NYC Subways are closed and it might take up to 4 days just to get the water pumped out....

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