Walking, New York City
When you're in NYC the best way to get around is...WALKING!!! If you are at 5th Ave. and 58th Str. you are within walking distance of the Metropolitan Museum, the diamond district, the Empire State building, the Rockefeller Center, the United Nations, and so ,many other places... If it's too far to walk the second best way is the subway. I think you should avoid this option at night just to be on the safe side.
What you don't want to do is drive in Manhattan!! They really are crazy!!! lol
Here is a summary of major NYC transportation hubs:
Grand Central Station: Metro-North
Location: Park Avenue @ 42nd Street
Pennsylvania (Penn) Station: LIRR, NJ Transit, Amtrak
Location: 7th & 8th Ave @ 32nd St
Subways: 1,2,3,9,A,C,E to 34th St.
Port Authority Bus Terminal: Private Commuter Buses/
Greyhound/NJ Transit/Airport Shuttles
Location: 42nd St @ 8th Ave
Subways: A,C,E to 42nd 1,2,3,7,9,N,R to Times Sq.
George Washington Bridge Bus Station: Commuter buses
to upstate NY and northern NJ.
Location: 178st @ Broadway
Subways: A to 175th or 1 to 181st
New York City was going to be the starting point of an adventure, which was going to take us across the US to LA. Getting to NY was easy: airplane. Getting away from it was bit more of a problem, since we (a friend and I) were going cross country by bike.
The first few night we stayed in Queens, and getting from there to Manhattan was easy, even by bike. Going through Manhattan was even bette and very fun, since we were going faster than any other vehicle. And the looks and reaction of people who says two crazy people on a fully packed bike going through Manhattan. Often car windows and doors were open: 'He, where are you going'? The looks on the faces after replying 'To LA' were great. Specially since this was on April Fouls Day.
The next stage was going to Staten Island: the ferry. But then: the Goethhals-bridge (with bike path) was under constuction and off limits for bikes. So we went North, towards Jersy City/Newark, towards something close to biker-hell.
Getting around in NY is easy. Use the subway. Or bike of course.
The best way to get around and to see NY in on foot...get a map and a pair of comfortable shoes and hit the streets!
Inside Manhattan you can sometimes walk from area to area......just as the traffic signs are telling you!
Once we took the bus into the city. The last time we took the New Jersey Transit into the city. It was a very nice train ride.
Once you've done the taxi thing-----I'd suggest walking.