New York - Getting Around
Taxis are everywhere in Manhattan. There are more of them here than in any other city. The 12,053 yellow medallion taxicabs are the only vehicles allowed in NYC to pick up on the street. Rates are around $1 for each ¼ mile. Traffic in midtown Manhattan is sluggish and frustrating in peak times though - and taxi drivers have been known to take a circuitous route to earn a few extra dollars. Try to plan your journey in advance. Have a map. If you look like you know where you’re going, chances are you’ll get there a lot quicker!
Taxi stands can be found at:
Port Authority Bus Terminal: Eighth Avenue between West 41st and West 42nd Streets. Port Authority Bus Terminal: Eighth Avenue between West 40th and West 41st Streets. Penn Station: Seventh Avenue and West 32nd Street Penn Station: Eighth Avenue and West 33rd Street Grand Central Terminal: Vanderbilt Avenue and East 42nd Street Peter Minuit Plaza: Across from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal Citicorp Center: Lexington Avenue between East 53rd and East 54th Streets
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The NYC Subway is by far the most convenient, fast and inexpensive way to move around the city. Operated by the MTA New York City Transit, the subway burrows its way under, over and above ground to every corner of New York’s five boroughs. Tokens cost $2.25 for a single ride - you can buy a Metro Card and load it up with a few rides’ worth of dollars, from any of the 469 stations located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan districts. You can get a free copy of the Subway map from any station.
To check your destination, look for the train’s Uptown/Downtown directional indicators. Rather than denoting its direction by destination (as the London Tube does), trains denote "Uptown and the Bronx/Queens" or "Downtown and Brooklyn" and sometimes just "Uptown" and "Downtown" for trains terminating in Manhattan.
Make sure you catch a local train (not an express one) if you want to be sure it stops at every station en route to its destination.
Approximately three dozen bus routes run from the Port Authority Bus Terminal between Eighth and Ninth Avenues and 40th to 42nd Street. There’s an information kiosk here, and free maps offer an at-a-glance guide to the routes, colour-coded for easy reference. The terminal runs routes which connect with the 42nd Street stations of the IND, IRT and BMT subway systems. The George Washington Bridge Bus Station is located at Fort Washington and Broadway between 178th and 179th Street. Two bus lines operate here and the terminal connects with the "A" train at the 175th Street subway station.
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If you need to travel outside of the city boroughs there are five subway-style PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) stations along Sixth Avenue – 33rd Street, 23rd Street, 14th Street, 9th Street and Christopher Street – and another at Ground Zero. Trains from all of those points run to terminals in Hoboken, Jersey City, Harrison, or Newark, NJ, or transfers are available to these points. There, they connect with 10 NJ Transit commuter lines that serve New Jersey.
Although NYC crime is reducing, it’s sensible to travel with some common sense precautions at the forefront of your mind:
Avoid secluded areas, and areas well off the tourist track in Harlem, the Bronx and Queens. If waiting for the train late at night, do so in the waiting area adjacent to the clerk and/or security. A special signal will inform you a minute in advance when the train is arriving.
Try to take the middle car where the train operator assistant can usually be found. For further information, call the Travel Information Center, from 6 am to 9 pm seven days a week on (718) 330-1234.