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*[http://www.lacubanabus.com/  La Cubana] Descend à  Miami, une part jour sauf mardis et jeudis, le long de la I-95 et marquant l’arrêt à Union City (New Jersey) ; Elizabeth City (New Jersey ; Philadelphie, Washington etc. Point de départ devant les bureaux, au 4149 sur Broadway.
 
*[http://www.lacubanabus.com/  La Cubana] Descend à  Miami, une part jour sauf mardis et jeudis, le long de la I-95 et marquant l’arrêt à Union City (New Jersey) ; Elizabeth City (New Jersey ; Philadelphie, Washington etc. Point de départ devant les bureaux, au 4149 sur Broadway.
 
*[http://us.megabus.com  Megabus] Navettes fréquentes pour Boston, Buffalo, upstate New York, Toronto, Atlantic City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore et Washington D.C.  
 
*[http://us.megabus.com  Megabus] Navettes fréquentes pour Boston, Buffalo, upstate New York, Toronto, Atlantic City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore et Washington D.C.  
La plupart des bars arrivent du côté ouest de la 7ème avenue, juste au sud de la 28ème rue et prennent leur départ du côté sud de la 34ème rue entre la 11ème et la 12ème avenue en traversant la rue à partir du Javits Center . Notez que ce point de départ se trouve à bien 15 minutes à pied de  Penn Station.
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La plupart des bus arrivent du côté ouest de la 7ème avenue, juste au sud de la 28ème rue et prennent leur départ du côté sud de la 34ème rue entre la 11ème et la 12ème avenue en traversant la rue à partir du Javits Center . Notez que ce point de départ se trouve à bien 15 minutes à pied de  Penn Station.
 
La ligne d’Atlantic City arrive et prend son départ à Port Authority Bus Terminal, entre la 8ème Avenue et la  42ème Street. Wifi et prises électriques, à partir de 1$ sur internet. Les prix dégriffés ne peuvent être trouvés que sur internet et par téléphone.
 
La ligne d’Atlantic City arrive et prend son départ à Port Authority Bus Terminal, entre la 8ème Avenue et la  42ème Street. Wifi et prises électriques, à partir de 1$ sur internet. Les prix dégriffés ne peuvent être trouvés que sur internet et par téléphone.
 
* [http://www.coachusa.com  Coach USA].  En plus de Megabus (voir ci-dessus), Coach USA supplée également sur les réseaux Suburban, Shortline, Olympia, Red & Tan Line, et Rockland bus vers d’autres destinations en Pennsylvanie, au New-Jersey, Massachusetts, upstate New York, ou Connecticut.  
 
* [http://www.coachusa.com  Coach USA].  En plus de Megabus (voir ci-dessus), Coach USA supplée également sur les réseaux Suburban, Shortline, Olympia, Red & Tan Line, et Rockland bus vers d’autres destinations en Pennsylvanie, au New-Jersey, Massachusetts, upstate New York, ou Connecticut.  

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Le fameux pont de Brooklyn et la City

New-York, (officiellement New York City, par distinction avec l'état du même nom) est une métropole immense, administrativement divisée en 5 boroughs, situés entre le comté et l'arrondissement, qui sont eux-mêmes chacun aussi peuplés qu'une grande ville et sub-divisés en districts. La présente page ne contient donc que des informations sur New-York City, pour plus de détails, se référer aux boroughs correspondants.

Statue de la Liberté

Sommaire

Géographie

La Grosse Pomme (The Big Apple), comme l'appellent familièrement les Américains, se situe à l'embouchure de l'Hudson, dans la partie nord-est des États-Unis. La ville s'étend sur 790 km².

New York City a une population d'environ 8,3 millions d'habitants. La métropole de New-York s'étend bien au-delà des 5 boroughs débordant au nord sur le New Jersey et au sud-ouest sur le Connecticut, pour une population totale d'environ 23 millions d'habitants (2013). A ce titre, New-York est l’agglomération la plus peuplée des Etats-Unis et la deuxième plus grande ville des Amériques. Au niveau mondiale, elle occupe la quatrième position, après Tokyo, Mexico et Séoul.

New York est capitale pour tout ce qui concerne les médias, la culture, la cuisine, la mode, l'art, la recherche scientifique, la finance et le commerce. Le fameux Empire State Building, le gratte-ciel le plus célèbre au monde et la Statue de la Liberté rendent de leur côté le panorama new-yorkais unique au monde et reconnaissable entre tous.

Boroughs

New York City est divisée en cinq boroughs, qui fonctionnement comme autant de comtés au sein du même état. Quatre de ces boroughs ont des noms mondialement connus, chacun étant chargé de sa propre culture et histoire, en un mot, de sa propre légende. Chacun d'entre eux est en fait l'équivalent d'une grande ville. Composés d'une légion de "quartiers", certains immenses, d'autres minuscules mais chacun ayant sa propre ambiance et saveur ; indiquer où l'on habite à New York, c'est déjà quelque-part dire qui l'on est.

Les cinq boroughs de New York sont :

New York City District Map.png
Manhattan (New York County)
Célèbre île entre l'Hudson et l' East River, Manhattan a été et est toujours l'un des lieux préféré des cinéastes, écrivains et auteurs de séries. C'est là, dans Midtown, que l'on trouve l' Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, Wall Street, Harlem, et les très tendances quartiers de Greenwich Village et de SoHo.
Brooklyn (Kings County)
Autrefois, Brooklyn était une ville à part avant d'être avalée par la Grande Pomme. Brooklyn se trouve au sud-est de Manhattan, de l'autre coté de l' East River. C'est là qu'ont élu domicile de nombreux artistes et qu'on y trouve une infinité de lieux de spectacles, à moins qu'on ne leur préfère les plages et Coney Island.
Queens (Queens County)
En forme de fer à cheval et situé à l'est de Manhattan de l'autre côté de l' East River, ce borough encercle Brooklyn au nord, est et sud de. C'est là que l'on trouve les deux plus grands aéroports de la ville, l'équipe de baseball professionnelle des Mets, le United States Open Tennis Center, et "l'autre" Chinatown de New York (dans Flushing). Dans les rues de Queens, on peut entendre parler plus de 170 langues et dialectes, ce qui en fait le secteur des Etats-Unis le plus diversifié ethniquement, et certainement l'un des endroits les plus cosmopolites au monde.
Le Bronx (Bronx County)
Situé au nord de l'île de Manhattan, le Bronx, autrefois à la réputation sulfureuse au point tel que le nom est passé dans le langage courant, est le foyer du Zoo du Bronx, des jardins botaniques de New-York et de l'équipe professionnelle des Yankees en baseball.
Staten Island (Richmond County)
Une grande île située dans le port de New York, situé au sud de Manhattan et séparé de l'état du New Jersey par le détroit de Kill Van Kull. A la différence du reste de New York City, Staten Island présente une physionomie de banlieue.







Comprendre

New-York est sans conteste l'une des villes au monde ayant la plus grande influence et étant également la plus présente dans le coeur et l'esprit des gens. Que ce soit en matière de musées, d'universités, de galeries d'art, d'entreprises ou de personnalités, tout ce qui compte passe ou se passe à New-York à un moment à un autre. c'est à New-York que se trouve le siège de l'ONU ainsi que de nombreuses autres organisations étatiques, supra-étatiques ou privées.

depuis plus de 200 ans et encore aujourd'hui, New-York est l'une des villes les plus attractives au monde pour les immigrants. Historiquement, sa population est constituée d'immigrants et de leurs descendants de plus de 180 cpays, ce qui en fait peut-être la ville la plus cosmopolite au monde. Ce multi-culturalisme est en fait un des nombreux atouts de la métropole, attirant chaque année des millions de visiteurs. Bien entendu, si l'anglais est la langue officielle, de nombreuses communautés se comprennent presque exclusivement à l'aide d'une autre langue : ainsi la population hispanophone est très importante, et de facto, de nombreux New-Yorkais parlent espagnol, qu'ils soient d'origine latino ou non. Une importante part de la population également est d'origine chinoise, où l'on parle volontiers mandarin ou cantonais. Italien, coréen, vietnamien et français (toutes versions, y compris créole) sont parmi les autres langues que l'on peut entendre assez facilement.

S'orienter dans New-York

Un nouveau soir sur Manhattan

Au centre de la ville de New-York se trouve le borough de Manhattan, une île longue et étroite nichée dans un port naturel. Séparé du Bronx] au nord-est par la Harlem River(en fait, un détroit dépendant des marées); de Queens et de Brooklyn à l'est et au sud par l'East River(également un détroit) et de l'État du New-Jersey à l'ouest et au nord par l'Hudson River. Staten Island se trouve au sud-ouest, au-delà de la baie supérieure de New-York.

À Manhattan, les termes « uptown » et « north » désignent le nord-est, tandis que «downtown» (= centre ville) et « south » désignent le sud-ouest. Pour éviter toute confusion, utilisez simplement les termes « uptown » et « downtown ». Notez que les numéros de rue se poursuivent de Manhattan jusque dans dans le Bronx, et que leur sens va croissant à mesure que l'on se déplace vers le nord. (en revanche, dans le Bronx, il n'y a pas de véritable logique dans les nombres ce qui fait qu'il peut très bien se trouver 7 blocs d'habitation entre les numéros 167 et 170, par exemple). Les avenues vont du nord au sud, mais à Brooklyn c'est le le contraire, les numéros de rue augmentent à mesure que l'on se déplace vers le sud. Les rues de Queens, de leur côté, sont agencées selon une grille perpendiculaire et les numéros de rue augmentent à mesure que l'on se déplace vers l'est, et les avenues vont d'est en ouest. Staten Island n'a tout simplement aucun numéro de rue.

Le terme « The City » peut faire référence soit à New York City dans son ensemble, soit au borough de Manhattan seul, selon le contexte. Les autres boroughs, que constituent Brooklyn, le Bronx, Staten Island et Queens, sont parfois appelés « les arrondissements extérieurs (the outer boroughs.)»

Climat

New York City est dotée d'un climat continental humide qui, à ce titre, marque les quatre saisons, avec des été chauds et humides (de juin à septembre), des automnes frais et secs (septembre à décembre), des hivers froids (décembre à mars) et des printemps humides (mars à juin). Les températures hautes en janvier sont aux alentours de 3°C, tandis qu'en juillet elles avoisinent les 29°C. Cependant en hiver, ces mêmes températures peuvent descendre jusqu'à -18°C et atteindre en été des pics de 38°C, voire un peu plus. Les températures, quelque soit la saison, peuvent largement varier d'un jour à l'autre, et il n'est pas inhabituel par exemple en hiver de passer d'un 16°C ensoleillé à un -3°C neigeux du jour au lendemain. Enfin, la ville peut être sujette à des tempêtes, tempête de neige en hiver, pouvant apporter jusqu'à 60cm de neige en moins de 48 heures, tandis qu'en été et au début de l'automne, peuvent survenir des tempêtes tropicales.

Population

A New-York, on peut trouver du plus riche acteur au plus démunis des sans-abris. La ville abrite des centaines de milliers d'immigrants et la population est pas essence, et ce depuis la fondation de la ville par les Hollandais, d'une immense diversité. Des vagues successives d'immigration depuis la quasi-intégralité de tous les pays du monde se succèdent sans cesse, faisant de la métropole une immense expérience sociale d'intégration.

Aux quatre coins des cinq boroughs, l'héritage culturel de ces vagues d'immigration est perceptible et se modifie sans cesse ; ainsi si la Chinatown de Manhattan demeure l'un des foyers principaux de la communauté chinoise de New-York, s'est développée récemment dans Flushing, Queens, une autre communauté rivalisant d'importance désormais avec la précédente, si ce elle n'est tout simplement pas devenue la plus importante, et pas moins de trois autres Chinatowns se sont formées dans New-York : celle de Sunset Park (Brooklyn); celle de Elmhurst (Queens) et celle de l'Avenue U dans la section Homecrest de Brooklyn. On détecte encore des traces de la communauté juive jadis florissante de Lower East Side au milieu de restaurants et de bars branchés de ce quartier récemment embourgeoisé, mais on trouve surtout des communautés hassidiques à Borough Park, Crown Heights et Williamsburg, dans Brooklyn. Harlem, bien que demeurant un centre pour la culture afro-américaine de New-York, s'est trouvé également embourgeoisé et connaît une nouvelle diversité. Le Harlem oriental, de son côté, supporte toujours son surnom de El Barrio du fait de la présence encore aujourd'hui d'une importante communauté hispanophone. C'est aussi malheureusement le quartier le plus dangereux de New-York et présentant le plus fort taux de problèmes sociaux. Ce qui en revanche est moins connu, c'est qu'il existe une importante communauté dominicaine dans les quartiers de Hamilton Heights et de Washington Heights, dans le Upper Manhattan. Greenpoint, à Brooklyn, est célèbre pour sa communauté polonaise aussi importante que dynamique, et le secteur de Flatbush est aujourd'hui le foyer d'une communauté issue des Caraïbes et des Antilles nombreuse et prospère. Queens et Brooklyn sont connus pour être le siège de la plupart des plus récentes vagues d'immigration à New-York, qui depuis 1990 comprennent de nombreux Russes, Ouzbeks, Chinois, Philippins, Irlandais, Italiens, Français, peuples d'Ex-Yougoslaves, Indiens, Pakistanais, Bangladais, Japonais, Coréens, Thaïlandais, Africains, Arabes (du Maghreb comme du Moyen-Orient), Mexicains, Dominicains, les Équatoriens, Brésiliens, Colombiens et Jamaïcains.

Économie

New-York est le siège de 46 des plus puissantes entreprises internationales. En 2009 les revenus générés par la seule ville de New-York représentaient approximativement 9% de l'économie américaine. Ce n'est pas pour rien que "NYC" abrite trois des plus importants indices financiers américains : le célèbre NASDAQ, le NYSE et l'AMEX. Le World Trade Center se trouvait à New-York et s'y trouvera à nouveau, une fois les travaux terminés...

Arriver

En avion

New York City a pour code aérien international([[1]]. La ville est évidemment une destination majeure, recevant des vols des quatre coins du monde. Trois aéroports majeurs et plusieurs aéroport régionaux desservent le secteur.

John F. Kennedy et Newark Liberty sont d'important aéroports internationaux, tandis que LaGuardia fonctionne à l'échelle domestique. Ces trois aéroports dépendent de la même administration.

Transferts entre aéroports

  • Bus/Métro - Connexions entre les aéroports via bus/métro/trains PATH constituent l'option la moins chère, mais requièrent de nombreux changements, prévoyez au minimum 2 heures de trajet.
  • New York City Airporter Bus - Connexions entre JFK, LaGuardia et Newark pour 24$. Départ des bus toutes les 20-30&bbsp;mins.
  • ETS - Connexion en minibus à partager ; fréquence assez rare LGA et EWR pour 32$. Coûte 10$ entre LGA et JFK, 32$ entre EWR et LGA et 29$ entre JFK et EWR.
  • Taxis - Demeure l'option la plus rapide pour ce qui est de transfert entre les aéroports. Un taxi entre JFK et LGA coûtera dans les 25-29$, pour une course d'environ 30 minutes. Un taxi entre LGA et EWR coûtera dans les 78$ plus les péages pour une course d'environ 60-75 min. Un taxi entre JFK et EWR coûtera dans les 85$ plus les péages pour une course d'environ.

Aéroport international John F. Kennedy

JFK est situé dans le borough de Queens. Il contient 8 terminaux plutôt espacés les uns des autres, aussi pensez bien à noter de quel terminal vous partez. La navette gratuite AirTrain relie gratuitement les terminaux entre eux. L'opérateur internet Boingo fournit une couverture Wifi réputée être la pire parmi tous les aéroports américains, bien que le Terminal 5 propose du Wifi gratuit.

Bien que JFK s'améliore au file des ans, il demeure le pire aéroport du pays en terme de retard de vols. Par conséquent, il est recommandé d'éviter cet aéroport en cas de transit ou alors d'avoir vraiment de la marge, surtout s'il vous faut changer de terminal. par exemple pour un vol domestique (vers USA & Canada), prévoyez 2-3 heures. Dans l'autre sens, 3-4 heures. Pour une provenance internationale et une destination domestique, 3-5 heures. Pour une provenance internationale vers une destination internationale, 3-6 heures. Veuillez noter que les transits internationaux pour les citoyens étrangers sont fortement déconseillés à JFK car les procédures de sécurité et d'immigration sont particulièrement longues et épuisantes.

Des consignes se trouvent dans les zones d'arrivées des terminaux 1 et 4 et coûtent 4-16$ par bagage/jour, en fonction de leur taille. On trouve des distributeurs automatiques partout, mais la plupart ont un coût de retrait de 2-3$ par retrait. Concernant les chariots, ils coûtent 3$ et se trouvent dans les terminaux 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 ; ils sont gratuits dans les terminaux 1 et 4. Enfin, on trouve plein d'hôtels en tous genres autour de l'aéroport, la plupart proposant des navettes vers/ à partir de l'aéroport.

Trajets NYC - JFK :

  • Autocars MTA NYC : Avec 2,75$ le ticket aller-simple, ce moyen est le moins cher mais aussi le plus lent. Le point de départ se trouve près du Terminal 5 (L'emplacement dans ce dernier vous y sera annoncé). Ne propose pas un espace énorme pour les bagages et passe par des itinéraires non touristiques pour rejoindre Queens et Brooklyn. Propose cependant des connexions avec le métro et les trains de Long Island.

Notez que la correspondance gratuit entre le bus et le métro n'est possible qu'avec la carte MetroCard ; un simple ticket aller n'autorise pas les correspondances gratuites. Vous aurez besoins de pièces (billets non acceptés) pour acheter un ticket dans le bus sans posséder de MetroCard. On peut se procurer une MetroCard dans les kiosques Hudson dans els terminaux 1 et 5. Si les kiosques sont fermés et que vous êtes disposé à perdre 30 minutes pour économiser 2,5$, prenez le Airtrain jusqu'à Howard Beach Station où vous pourrez vous procurer une Metrocard dans les automates à l'intérieur même de la station. Ensuite reprenez l'Airtrain jusqu'à Lefferts Boulevard station, où en traversant la rue vous pourrez attraper l'un des bus Q10 ou B15.

Les connexions Bus - Métro/LIRR comprennent :

    • Q10 vers :
      • Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd (20 min): Train "A". Il s'agit de la connexion au métro la plus proche de l'aéroport.
      • Jamaica Ave & Lefferts Blvd: Trains "J" & "Z"
      • Kew Gardens (30 minutes): Correspondance pour le service ferré de Long Island (station Austin Street) avec un arrêts à Penn Station (6,50$ en période de pointe, 4,50$ en période normale, 3,75$ le week-end avec CityTicket), Brooklyn et Long Island. (Cette option est moins chère que de prendre l'AirTrain jusqu'à Jamaica puis prendre la correspondance pour le LIRR, le LIRR à partir de là est moins fréquent que celui à partir de Jamaica.
      • Kew Gardens-80 Autoroute de Road-Union (Terminus) (35 minutes): Trains "E" & "F". En période de pointe, à partir de cet arrêt, vous pouvez prendre les bus expresses X63, X64, X68, QM18 et QM21 et Manhattan. Plus lent et plus cher que le métro, vous avez au moins l'avantage d'éviter la foule et de pouvoir trouver une place assise sans trop de difficulté. Demandez où les arrêts de bus sont situés. 5,50$, ou 3,25$ si vous avez pris le bus Q10 et que vous payez pour les deux en présentant votre MetroCard.
    • Q3 vers :
      • Jamaica-179ème Street (45 minutes): Train "F"
    • B15 vers :
      • Ashford Street & New Lots Avenue (30 min): Train "3".
      • Van Sinderen Ave & New Lots Avenue (35 min): Train "L".
      • Fulton Street & Kingston-Throop Avenues (60 min): Train "C".
      • Flushing Ave.: Train "J" à toute heure, sauf les week-ends de 07h00 à 13h00 en direction de Manhattan et 13h00-20h00 à partir de Manhattan, Train "M" en semaine (à Broadway). Les correspondance du B15 vers le métro sont situés dans les quartiers les plus durs de Brooklyn, par conséquent à éviter la nuit si vous ne connaissez pas bien la ville.
  • AirTrain JFK - 24/22 et 7/7, ce transport public populaire relie tous les terminaux de l'aéroport avec les gares et les stations de métro des environs pour 5$.

Dessert Howard Beach Station (pour correspondance avec le train "A" vers Brooklyn et Lower Manhattan), et Jamaica Station (pour correspondance avec le train "E" vers Queens et Lower Manhattan), les trains "J/Z" et le service ferré de Long Island à Penn Station (3,75$ le week-end avec CityTicket, 5,75$ en semaine en dehors des heures de pointe, 8$ en heure de pointe), Brooklyn, ou Long Island. Des ascenseurs sont disponibles aux gares de Jamaica et Penn. La durée totale du trajet vers Manhattan en utilisant le métro est de 60 minutes ; en faisant appel à la ligne ferrée de Long Island, 45 minutes, ce qui le rend parfois plus rapide qu'en taxi. Si vous allez effectivement à Jamaica et voulez vous rendre dans le centre, les trains J/Z effectuent un trajet au panorama intéressant, passant par dessus Williamsburg Bridge. Notez cependant que les quartiers traversés peuvent se révéler assez hostiles. Légèrement plus rapide que la ligne E et un peu moins bondé que cette dernière en heure de pointe. Durant les heures de pointe également (ouverture et sorties de bureau), J/Z peuvent sauter certaines gares, n'hésitez donc à demander si votre gare sera desservie par le prochain train. Si vous retournez à l'aéroport avec la ligne "A", assurez-vous que le panneau de destinations affiche Far Rockaway ou Rockaway Park ; les trains pour Lefferts Blvd. ne marquent en effet pas l'arrêt à l'aéroport ! Si jamais vous vous trompez, vous pouvez descendre dès que possible ou attendre d'atteidnre le terminus et de prendre le bus Q10 bus qui se rend directement à l'aéroport. Tout comme pour les trains "J" et "Z", prendre le "A" de nuit demande certaines précautions dans la mesure où il traverse des quartiers difficiles.

  • SuperShuttle - Mini-bus bleus effectuant des courses porte à porte vers les hôtels de Manhattan pour environ 25$.
  • Navettes Go Airlink - Minibus collectif vers ou en provenance de Manhattan, 17-20$ l'aller simple. 10% de remise si réservation sur internet.
  • Taxi - Le moyen de transport le plus flexible reste le taxi, bien que l'attente puisse être longue lorsque plusieurs vols arrivent en même temps. Forfait de 52,50$ vers n'importe où dans Manhattan mais sans compter les péages (jusqu'à 5,50$) ni les pourboires. En dehors de Manhattan sur les trajets allant à l'aéroport depuis n'importe où se font au compteur.

On trouve aux terminaux d'arrivée de nombreux taxis sans autorisation, aussi si vous voulez prendre l'un d'eux, assurez-vous de bien négocier le prix avant de monter ; prix devant être mentionné au forfait "légal" mentionné plus haut. Dans l'absolu, à éviter si vous ne connaissez pas bien la ville.

aéroport International Newark Liberty

Situé à l'ouest de New-York, à cheval sur les villes deNewark et Elizabeth, New Jersey. Cet aéroport dispose de trois terminaux sobrement nommés A, B et C. Le terminal C est celui attribué à United Airlines, l'une des compagnies principales de Newark. La plupart des autres compagnies aériennes internationales font appel au terminal B tandis que les vols domestiques (à l'exception de Delta qui part et décolle du Terminal B) s'envolent du terminal A. Ceci dit, il y a des exceptions donc vérifiez quand même !

Signalisation des terminaux
Terminal Niveau
Terminal A Niveau 1 : Parking ; Niveau 2 : Arrivées et transport au sol ; Niveau 3 : Comptoirs d'enregistrement toutes compagnies
Terminal B Niveau 1 : British Airways, Open Skies ; Niveau 2 : Air India, Alaska, Delta, Jet Airways, Porter, Virgin Atlantic ; Niveau 3 : El Al, Lufthansa, SAS, Singapore, Swiss, TAP Air Portugal
Terminal C Niveau 1 : Arrivées et transport au sol ; Niveau 2 : Classe économique, Enregistrements prioritaires, Services généraux ; Niveau 3: Classe économique, Enregistrement pour les groupes, Services spéciaux

Trajet NY-EWR :

  • Bus de Transit New-Jersey n°62 et autres - L'option la moins chère, le New Jersey Transit bus #62 a son point de départ devant les terminaux et il marque l'arrêt à Newark Penn Station (aller simple 1,50$ ; 25 min de trajet, prévoir l'appoint). A partir de là vous pouvez prendre la ligne de métro PATH (2$) et descendre soit à World Trade Center station dans le district de lower Manhattan (25 min), soit à Journal Square, où vous pouvez prendre une connexion Journal Square-33rd Street (33ème rue) de l'autre côté de la plateforme et marquant les arrêts suivants le long de la 6ème Avenue : Christopher Street dans 'Greenwich Village, 9th St, 14th St, 23rd St et 33rd St. Prévoyez 90 minutes en comptant l'attente. Notez bien qu'en faisant cela, vous prenez tout sauf l'itinéraire touristique, attendez-vous donc à être le seul non-local dans le bus. Le N°62 fonctionne 24/24 et 7/7 entre Elizabeth, NJ et Newark Penn Station, y compris les jours fériés. Notez cependant que la cadence ralentit le week-end.
  • Express pour l'aéroport de Newark - (Aller simple 16$, 28$ en A/R) Toutes les 15 min, à destination de la 42ème rue à Manhattan. Environ 40 minutes selon le trafic. Gratuit pour les moins de 12 ans.
  • Supershuttle - Minibus collectif desservant Manhattan. 19$ pour Manhattan.
  • Go Airlink Shuttle - Minibus collectif desservant Manhattan. 18$ pour Manhattan. 10% de remise si réservation sur internet.

Chemins de Fer

Amtrak et Commuter Rail sont deux réseaux concurrents et complémentaires, sans oublier bien sûr PATH qui sera abordé ici.

PATH

Un train PATH train au terminus de WTC

PATH(Port Authority Trans-Hudson) est un réseau type métro connectant connecting New-York City à Hoboken, Newark ainsi qu'à d'autres points situés sur la berge de l'Hudson River au New Jersey. Deux lignes passent sous l'Hudson et la ville, une aboutissant près du site du Le réseau PATH est, par conséquent, un moyen pratique pour se rendre à downtown Manhattan sans s'embêter à faire la connexion à Penn Sation. Notez d'ailleurs que la station PATH sur la 33ème rue ne fait partie ni n'est connectée à Penn Station.

Tarif au 1er Oct 2012 : 2,25$ par trajet sur le réseau PATH. Iml existe une carte au forfait appelée Smartlink au tarif de 15$ pour 10 trajets ou 30$ pour 20 trajets. Cependant, la carte en elle-même doit être achetée (5$ ou 20$ chargée avec 10 trajets).

en Autocar

Suivant les lignes et les compagnies, les cars vont du standard (occidental) aux luxueux modèles équipés de Wifi, de prise de courant et autres équipements. Quoi qu'il en soit, ils désservent le New-Jersey, la banlieue de New-York située à l'ouest de l'Hudson River, et globalement toutes les villes de la côte Est des USA. Notez qu'il existe à New-York bon nombre de compagnies que l'on peut qualifier de charter, c'est moins cher, mais souvent moins sûr (niveau sécurité routière), moins confortable et pas du tout prévu pour les touristes.

La gare du 'NY Port Authority fait office de terminus pour bon nombre de ces autocars, bien qu'il existe d'autres emplacements tels que dans le voisinage de Times Square, Penn Station, Wall Street, Chinatown, les aéroports et autres lieux encore. La gare du 'NY Port Authority se situe au 625 sur la 8ème Avenue à Manhattan (8ème Avenue & Ouest 42ème Rue près de Times Square. la correspondance en métro s'appelle 42nd St Port Authority Bus Terminal [2]

Vers/En provenance du New-Jersey

  • New Jersey Transit A son termnis au Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal entre la 8ème Ave & la 42ème rue.
  • Lakeland dispose des lignes 46 (vers Dover), 78 (Bernardsville ou Bedminster) et 80 (Newton ou Sparta) depuis le Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Vers/En provenance de Boston

Le voyage prend en moyenne 4h30 et il y a plus de 80 départs par jour dans chaque direction.

  • Boston Deluxe, connecte Chinatown à Hartford. Service le week-end, 15$.
  • Limoliner De Boston, avec un steward, un service alimentaire, Wi-Fi et de larges sièges.
  • Lucky Star De Boston à leurs bureaux dans Chinatown, au moins un par heure de 06h00 à 23h00 et à 02h00. Certains cars sont équipés de Wifi. A partir de 1$ sur internet.

Vers/En provenance de Philadelphie, Baltimore, et Washington DC

  • DC2NY Vers/En provenance de Washington DC. WiFi.
  • Eastern Travel - Plusieurs cars par jour vers Chinatown et/ou Penn Station. Certains cars sont équipés de Wifi. Partnerariat avec Megabus sur certaines lignes.
  • Hola Bus
  • Today's Bus
  • The Know It Express - Ligne entre Atlantic Avenue, la station de métro Pacific Street à Brooklyn et Washington DC.
  • Tripper Bus - Vers/En provenance de Bethesda (Maryland) et Arlington (Rosslyn), Virginie. Embarquement à l'arrêt entre la 7ème Avenue & la 34ème rue à Penn Station & Madison Square Garden. A partir de 1$ sur internet.
  • Vamoose Bus - Ligne entre Penn Station (7ème Ave & Ouest 30ème rue) et Bethesda (Maryland); Arlington et Lorton (Virginie). A partir de 30$ par trajet.
  • Washington Deluxe Vers/En provenance de Washington DC. Wifi à bord. (21$) Certains services desservent Brooklyn depuis DC.

Vers/En provenance de la Pennsylvanie au-delà de Philadelphie

  • Martz Trailways Ligne entre la Pennsylvanie de l'ouest et le Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal, entre la 8ème avenue & la 42ème rue.
  • Susquehannabus Trailways dessert le centre et le nord de la Pennsylvanie.
  • Trans Bridges Dessert Bethlehem, Allentown, Doylestown, etc. en Pennsylvanie.

Vers/En provenance d'autres villes

  • Adirondack Trailways dessert différents endroits de l'état de New York ainsi que Montréal.
  • BoltBus Lignes vers Boston, Washington, DC et Philadelphie ; tarifs à partir de 1$ sur internet, en se rapprochant de la date de départ, les prix se fixent aux alentours de 20$. Cars équipés du Wifi et de prises électriques. Les cars pour DC marquent l’arrêt entre la 33ème rue et la 7ème avenue, ainsi qu’entre Canal Street et la 6ème avenue. Les cars pour Philadelphie marquent l’arrêt entre Canal Street et la 6ème avenue, ainsi qu’entre la 34ème rue et la 8ème avenue.
  • C&J, +1 603 430-1100 (toll free: +1 800 258-7111), [3]. Dessert Tewksbury (Massachusetts) and Portsmouth (New Hampshire)
  • Greyhound, Vermont Transit Propose des connexions en Amérique du Nord, prix dégriffés sur internet uniquement. Départ : Port Authority Bus Terminal ( 8ème Avenue & 42ème rue). Certains cars sont équipés du Wifi et de prises électriques.
  • La Cubana Descend à Miami, une part jour sauf mardis et jeudis, le long de la I-95 et marquant l’arrêt à Union City (New Jersey) ; Elizabeth City (New Jersey ; Philadelphie, Washington etc. Point de départ devant les bureaux, au 4149 sur Broadway.
  • Megabus Navettes fréquentes pour Boston, Buffalo, upstate New York, Toronto, Atlantic City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore et Washington D.C.

La plupart des bus arrivent du côté ouest de la 7ème avenue, juste au sud de la 28ème rue et prennent leur départ du côté sud de la 34ème rue entre la 11ème et la 12ème avenue en traversant la rue à partir du Javits Center . Notez que ce point de départ se trouve à bien 15 minutes à pied de Penn Station. La ligne d’Atlantic City arrive et prend son départ à Port Authority Bus Terminal, entre la 8ème Avenue et la 42ème Street. Wifi et prises électriques, à partir de 1$ sur internet. Les prix dégriffés ne peuvent être trouvés que sur internet et par téléphone.

  • Coach USA. En plus de Megabus (voir ci-dessus), Coach USA supplée également sur les réseaux Suburban, Shortline, Olympia, Red & Tan Line, et Rockland bus vers d’autres destinations en Pennsylvanie, au New-Jersey, Massachusetts, upstate New York, ou Connecticut.
  • NeOn Un réseau desservant Toronto ; les cars partent du Royal York Hotel à Toronto et traversent l’état de New York jusqu’au New Yorker Hotel entre la 8ème avenue et la 34ème rue. Wifi et prises électriques, à partir de 1$ si réservé plusieurs mois à l’avance pour arriver à des prix de 50$ plus on se rapproche de la date.
  • Peter Pan Bus Company dessert les villes du Nord-Est des USA et Port Authority Bus Terminal (entre la 8ème avenue & la 42ème rue).
  • 7Bus Dessert la partie supérieure de Long Island.
  • Today Bus, Everyday Bus, and Tiger Bus [4] Ces trois lignes partent du Chinatown de Manhattan. Les deux premières desservent Virginia Beach/Norfolk Virginia (env. 6 heures) ; tandis que la troisième pousse jusqu’à Virginia Beach, la ville suivante). Les prix varient mais sont aux alentours de 60$ A/R ou 35$ aller simple.

En bateau

New York est depuis sa fondation l’un des ports de passagers les plus actifs au monde, et entrer aux USA par voie maritime est plus que jamais, aussi plaisant que spectaculaire. En plus de la ligne de transport Cunard Line, de nombreuse croisières débutent ou se terminent à New York.

  • Cunard Line effectue des liaisons régulières entre le Brooklyn Cruise Terminal et Southampton, Royaume-Uni ainsi qu’avec Hambourg, Germany aboard the RMS Queen Mary 2, qui fut en son temps le plus grand paquebot au monde. La traversée dure 6-7 jours et coûte de 800$ à 6000$, suivant la période et le type de cabine choisie.


Aux Alentours

Article principal : New York City/Aux Alentours‎

"Consignes"

Veuillez noter que, pour des raisons de sécurité, il est désormais difficile de trouver une consigne où laisser ses bagages où que ce soit dans les gares new-yorkaises, y compris Penn Station et Grand Central Terminal. Concernant les aéroports, on trouve des consignes aux terminaux 1 et 4 de JFK. Celui du terminal 4 est ouvert 24h/24. Il existe également une consigne dans le Bâtiment 4 du même aéroport, où il vous sera demandée une photo d’identité. A Manhattan, vous trouverez Cubby, situé au 303 Park Avenue South – c-à-d non loin de Central Terminal ; les prix vont de 7 à 12$ pour 24h. Schwartz Travel & Storage, dispose de trois sites de stockage dans Midtown Manhattan, près de Penn Station ; les prix varient de7 à 10$ par bagage. Enfin, certains hôtels acceptent de garder les bagages de leurs clients sortants.

Par convention, Manhattan est décrite comme s'étendant du nord au sud (ou pour être plus précis du nord-est au sud-ouest), avec ses rues orientées d'est en ouest et ses avenues du nord au sud. Par conséquent il est assez facile de trouver son chemin. Les rues sont numérotées (sauf dans le centre de Manhattan) et la numérotation est croissante à mesure que vous allez au nord. La plupart des avenues sont numérotées d'est en ouest (ainsi, « First Avenue » (la 1ère Avenue) est à l'est de la deuxième, etc.) En-dessous de la 59ème rue, la numérotation des bâtiments sur les avenues commence à l'extrémité sud de l'avenue et augmente à mesure que vous vous déplacez au nord, tandis que la numérotation des bâtiments des rues commence à Fifth Avenue [la 5ème Avenue] (pour la plupart - voir ci-dessous) et augmente à mesure que vous allez vers l'est ou à l'ouest à travers la ville.

Au-dessus de Washington Square, Fifth Avenue (la 5ème Avenue) divise Manhattan entre « est » et « ouest », et la numérotation commence ainsi à Fifth Avenue de chaque côté (avec interruption au niveau de Central Park) et en augmentant dans les deux sens. Les adresses à l’ouest de Fifth Avenue suivent le modèle de l’exemple suivant : « 220 W 34ème Rue», tandis que ceux à l'est de Fifth Avenue seront sur le modèle « 220 E 34th St. » St est bien sûr l’abréviation de « street », « st/nd/rd/th » sont l’exact équivalent de « -er/-nd/-ème » en français et la lettre après le numéro renvoie au côté Est ou (W) Ouest. Cependant, pour les rues numérotées sous Washington Square (heureusement, il n'y en a que deux, les 3ème et 4ème Rues), Broadway divise les rues entre est et ouest. En raison de ce double système de numérotation, il est toujours conseillé de garder à l'esprit l'intersection la plus proche de votre destination (la 6ème Ave et la 34ème St, Broadway et la 51ème, etc.) Vous pouvez également voir des formulations spécifiques par rapport aux rues transversales les plus proches, par exemple "1755 Broadway b /w 56th & 57th" ou "74 E. 4th b/w 2nd & Bowery." (b/w est l’abréviation pour « between », qui signifie entre. Enfin, notez que dans Greenwich Village et Downtown Manhattan, ces beaux systèmes n’ont plus cours, dans la mesure où les rues serpentent allègrement, finissent en impasse et se croisent entre elles. Les rues de Greenwich Village sont particulièrement connues pour défier toute logique, n’essayez donc pas d’improviser sans plan ou guide !

A pied

Sur de courtes distances, le meilleur moyen de circuler dans New York est encore de marcher ! En tant que grande ville, il convient bien entendu d’être prudent : les piétons new-yorkais marchent vite et ont une « conduite » assez voire très audacieuse, en tant que touriste ne vous sentez pas obligé de faire de même ! Marchez à votre rythme, regarder où vous mettez les pieds, excusez-vous si vous rentrez dans quelqu’un, attendez sagement le feu vert, et tout devrait bien se passer. Après tout, vous n’êtes pas attendu au bureau, si ?

Transport public – Métro et bus

La MetroCard

Pour prendre le bus et le métro à New York City, vous aurez probablement besoin d’une MetroCard, délivrée au Metropolitan Transit Authority MTA. Il est possible de payer le bus en prenant celui-ci au cas par cas (attention, il vous faudra le montant exact en pièces !) la MetroCard est nécessaire pour pouvoir utiliser le système ferré souterrain. La carte peut être achetée sur internet, aux guichets des stations de métro, dans les distributeurs automatiques de ces dernières et également dans les à journaux et de nombreux magasins. (La MetroCard sera indiquée sur la devanture). Les distributeurs automatiques dans les stations de métro prennent la carte bleue, mais notez qu’il y a un surcoût de 1$ pour toute nouvelle carte. Le réseau métropolitain PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) qui effectue des connexions entre New York et le New Jersey, est indépendant du MTA, bien qu’il applique les mêmes tarifs. Bien qu’il soit possible de payer son voyage sur le réseau PATH avec une MetroCard, cela ne vous permet pas de transiter gratuitement d’un réseau à l’autre. C’est la même chose pour le JFK AirTrain. Les autres réseaux, Metro-North Commuter Railroad, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), New Jersey Transit (NJT) les bus, trains et « Light Rail » ainsi que l’Amtrak de leur côté n’acceptent pas la MetroCard.

Les différents types de MetroCards

Jusqu’à 3 enfants de 110cm ou moins peuvent prendre le métro et les bus locaux gratuitement s’ils sont accompagnés par un adulte payant sa place normalement.

Les MetroCards expirent généralement au bout d’une année, la date de péremption est mentionnée au dos de la carte, dans le coin supérieur gauche.

  • Single Ride MetroCard - 2,75$, permet un unique voyage et ne permet pas de correspondance ; reste valide seulement 2h après l’achat.
  • Pay-Per-Ride (Regular) MetroCards – Le système le plus usité : ces cartes sont préchargées et disponibles à des montants allant de 4,50$ à 80$. Chaque trajet en bus local, métro et chaque usage du réseau PATH déduit 2,50$ de votre carte, tandis que les trajets en bus express retranchent 6$. Un trajet sur le JFK Airtrain coûte 5,00€. Bien entendu, vous pouvez recharger votre MetroCard à tout moment. De plus, vous recevez un bonus de 7% pour un chargement de 10$ ou plus (par conséquent si vous ajoutez 10$ sur votre carte, vous recevez en fait 10,70$). Cette version est la plus intéressante si vous restez plusieurs jours à New York et que vous prévoyez d’user les transports publics de temps en temps.
De plus, la MetroCard Pay-Per-Ride vous permet une correspondante gratuite dans les 2 heures suivant un trajet payé normalement :
  • Depuis le métro vers un bus de ville,
  • Depuis un bus de ville vers le métro,
  • Depuis un bus de ville vers un autre bus de ville (mais d’une ligne différente de celui que vous venez de quitter)
  • Depuis un bus express vers le métro
  • Depuis un bus express vers un bus de ville
  • Depuis un bus express vers un autre bus express (mais d’une ligne différente de celui que vous venez de quitter)
Vous pouvez passer de métro en métro tant que vous ne sortez pas d’une station, ou plus précisément que vous ne passez pas un tourniquet ou un portillon, car dans ce cas vous devrez payer l’accès à nouveau.
De plus, si vous montez dans un bus et que vous payez les 2,25$ avec une MetroCard, vous pouvez prendre une correspondance sur un bus express au prix réduit de 3,25$ au lieu de 5,50$.
  • Unlimited Ride MetroCards (voyages illimités) – sont disponibles en forfait 7 jours (30$) et 30 jours (112$). Leur validité va du premier usage à minuit le 7ème (ou 30ème) jour. Notez que 18 minutes doivent s’écouler avant que la carte soit de nouveau utilisable dans la même station, ceci pour éviter que des petits malins ne se servent d’une carte pour plusieurs personnes. L’Unlimited Ride MetroCard n’est pas valide pour les buses express, le JFK AirTrain, ou le réseau PATH vers le New Jersey.
  • 7-Day Express Bus Plus – coûte 50$ et autorise un usage illimité de non seulement les bus de ville et du métro, mais également des buses express. Intéressant si vous logez à Staten Island, Queens ou dans le comté de Westchester et que vous vous rendez souvent dans le centre.
  • Enfin, il existe un passe illimité spécifiquement pour le JFK Airtrain : sur 30 jours pour 40$ ou 10 jours pour 25$.

Notez également que la présentation de votre MetroCard peut vous procurer des remises sur les prix des billets pour certains évènements. Current promotions,

En Métro

Carte du réseau new-yorkais

Le métro reste le moyen le plus rapide de traverser la ville, fonctionnant 7 jours sur 7 et 24h/24. Le tarif est de 2,50$ (à moins que vous n’utilisiez une Single Ride MetroCard, à 2,75$), quelque soi le trajet effectué. Bien que sa réputation de saleté soit toujours d’actualité, l’époque durant laquelle prendre le métro était dangereux, dans les années 70 et 80, est belle et bien résolu et désormais, voyager en métro est quasiment sans danger. Bien entendu, il convient de rester sur ses gardes particulièrement en voyageant de nuit et seul : descendez aux stations les plus fréquentées ; ne vous isolez pas et ne faites pas un usage ostentatoire d’objets de valeur. Bien que les actes de violence soient extrêmement rares, le vol à l’arraché/dérobée est très commun, faites donc particulièrement attention lorsque vous produisez iPhones ou autres objets électroniques de valeur dans la rame.

Dans le Métro

  • Pour y accéder, il vous faudra insérer votre MetroCard dans la fente située sur le côté droit du tourniquet. Présentez votre carte avec le logo face à vous et la bande magnétique noire vers le bas. Ensuite glissez-la vers l’avant à une vitesse modérée. Vous saurez que la bande magnétique a été lue lorsque vous entendrez un déclic tandis qu’un voyant lumineux portant la mention "Go" en vert s’allumera. A ce moment-là seulement, vous pourrez franchir le tourniquet.

Insérez la carte ou poussez le tourniquet de manière impropre aura pour conséquence de vous coûter un voyage (si vous utilisez une carte Pay-Per-Ride) ou bien d’être bloqué pendant 18 minutes (utilisateurs de carte Unlimited Ride). Dans ce cas-là, rouvez un guichet et expliquez votre problème, l’agent de faction contrôlera votre MetroCard puis vous laissera passer.

  • Les panneaux suspendus situés sur les quais indiquent les lignes marquant l’arrêt à cette station ainsi que leur direction. Les trains eux-mêmes portent la mention de leur destination.
  • Les stations de métro reçoivent leur air directement de la rue, de sorte qu'il peut y faire très froid en hiver, tandis qu’en été, la température peut monter bien au-dessus de la température de la surface, n’oubliez donc pas de prendre ce paramètre en compte lors de vos déplacements. Les rames en elles-mêmes sont assez confortables.
  • Certaines lignes sont express, ce qui signifie qu’elles sautent des stations mineures afin d’être plus rapides. En général, il y a le même nombre de trains express que de trains desservant chaque stations, mais l’embarquement ne se fera souvent pas sur le même quai, prêtez donc attention aux indications.
  • Bien que le réseau fonctionne 24h/24 et 7 jours sur 7, durant le week-end et tard le soir, certains trains ne circulent pas tandis que d’autres, express, effectuent des arrêts plus fréquents. Enfin, certaines entrées de métro sont fermées. Vous trouverez plus de détails sur MTA. D’autre part, les travaux sur les voies se font en général également le week-end et la nuit. Vous pouvez consultrer le site [5], page dédicacée aux travaux et autres interruptions de service.
  • Vous trouverez un plan à jour du métro ici, ou vous en procurer un aux guichets des stations de métro. Le site HopStop.com vous permet de visualiser les différents réseaux.

Vue d’ensemble du réseau

Chaque ligne de métro est associée à une lettre ou un chiffre.

  • Les trains de la ligne Lexington Avenue (4, 5, 6) sont quasiment les seuls à desservir le côté est après la 23ème rue. Permettent de se rendre au Metropolitan Museum of Art (4, 5, ou 6 vers les stations 86ème ou 77ème rues), au Guggenheim Museum (4, 5, ou 6 vers la station 86ème rue) ; e entre autres : la Statue de la Liberté (lignes 4, 5 vers Bowling Green Station), Chinatown (ligne 6 vers Canal Street Station), et la Bourse (4 et 5 vers Wall Street).
  • Les lignes de la 7ème Avenue (1, 2, 3) desserves Broadway au-dessus de la 42ème Rue, et la 7ème Avenue au-dessous de la 42ème rue. Permet de se rendre à West Village, Chelsea et le quartier de TriBeCa, ainsi qu’aux quais d’embarquement des ferrys pour Staten Island ou la Statue de la Liberté (ligne 1 vers la station South Ferry) et également l’université de Columbia (ligne 1 vers la station de la 116ème Rue).
  • Les lignes de la 8ème Avenue (A, C, E) desservent la 8ème Avenue entre les 14ème et 116ème rues, puis St. Nicholas Avenue, Broadway, et Ft. Washington Avenue depuis la 125ème rue, à Harlem. Entre les 50ème et la 59ème rues, la branche E débouche sur Queens, tandis que les lignes B et D rejoignent les lignes A et C pour le trajet le long de Central Park West (sachant que les lignes B et C effectuent des arrêts « locaux »). Permet de se rendre au Natural History Museum (B et C à la station 81ème rue), et Cloisters Museum (ligne A à la station 190ème Rue). Pour vous rendre à l’aéroport JFK, prenez la ligne E montante ou un train desservant Rockaway sur la ligne A.
  • Le tronçon de la 6ème Avenue (lignes B, D, F, M) parcourt à partir de l’ouest de la 4ème Rue jusqu’au 47-50ème Rues et permet d’accéder à la New York Public Library (42nd St), au Rockefeller Center, au Radio City Music Hall, et à la cathédrale St Patrick (47ème-50ème rues).
    • En arrivant dans le centre , ces lignes se séparent. La ligne D descend la 4ème avenue vers Coney Island. La ligne F se rend aussi à Coney Island en suivant un autre itinéraire. La ligne B s’arrête à Brighton Beach en parallèle à la ligne Q, qui se rend également à Coney Island.
      • La ligne M va à l’est, longeant le tronçon de Nassau Street (J,Z), puis bifurque au-dessus de Myrtle Avenue et va jusqu’à Middle Village dans Queens. Les lignes J et Z, quant à elles, continuent soient vers l’est jusqu’à Jamacia, ou vers l’ouest dans Southern Manhattan, via le pont de Williamsburg.
    • En arrivant dans le centre, les lignes B et D bifurquent vers l’ouest et rejoignent les lignes A et C (cf ci-dessus). Elles se dirigent ensuite à nouveau vers le Bronx après la 145ème rue. La ligne M prend à l’est et rejoint la E le long de la 53ème rue (desservant le musée d’Art Moderne), puis se dirige vers Queens. La ligneF effectue un arrêt supplémentaire sur la 6ème avenue au niveau de la 57ème rue, puis se dirige à l’est vers Queens, effectuant un arrêt à Roosevelt Island puis rejoignant les lignes E, M, et R.
  • Le tronçon de Broadway (N, Q, R) descend Broadway donc sous la 42ème rue et sur la 7ème Avenue et 59ème Rue au-dessus de Times Square.

Les lignes N, Q et R sont utiles pour accéder à Chinatown (Canal Street), SoHo/NoHo, le secteur de NYU, Union Square (14ème rue), l’Empire State Building (34ème rue), Times Square (42ème rue), Carnegie Hall (57ème rue), Central Park (stations 57ème Rue et 5ème Avenue) ainsi que l’extrémité sud de l’Upper East Side. La ligne R descend également vers Financial District et South Ferry (Whitehall Street). De même que les lignes D et F, les lignes N et Q desservent Coney Island selon leur propre itinéraire : La N est isolée, tandis que la Q suit un tracé parallèle à la ligne B.

  • La ligne 7 (Flushing), aussi appelée l’"International Express", traverse la ville le long de la 42ème rue(constituant ainsi une alernative intéressante pour les trajets de nuit à la navette (cf ci-dessous) et en dehors de Queens, effectuant des arrêts dans les quartiers philippin, de l’Asie du sud, hispanique et chinois / coréen, et également vers CitiField (anciennement Shea Stadium).
  • La ligne de Canarsie (L) parcourt également la ville le long de la 14ème, puis débouche sur Canarsie dans Brooklyn.
  • La ligne “Crosstown” (G) couvre l’essentiel du Brooklyn occidental puis s’enfonce dans Long Island City dans Queens. A aucun moment elle n’effectue d’arrêt dans Manhattan.
  • il existe trois Navettes (nommées avec un "S", pour « shuttle ») dans le réseau. La navette de la 42ème rue connecte Times Square à l’ouest à Grand Central Terminal du côté est. La navette Franklin Avenue à Brooklyn effectue quatre arrêts sur Fulton Street (correspondance avec la ligne C), Park Pl, Botanical Gardens (correspondance avec les lignes 2,3,4, et 5), et Prospect Pk (correspondance avec les lignes B et Q). La navette Rockaway suit un tracé parallèle à celui de la ligne A entre Broad Channel et Beach 116ème rue.


En "PATH"

Le réseau PATH Peut être utilisé pour se déplacer dans Manhattan, à partir de la 33ème rue le long de la 6ème Avenue jusqu'à Christopher Street pour un tarif très raisonnable grâce aux accords avec le MTA. Rappelez-vous cependant que les Metrocards Unlimited Ride ne peuvent être utilisées sur le réseau PATH. En revanche, est acceptée la carte SmartLink (semblable à la MetroCard, mais la SmartLink ne peut être utilisée dans le métro). Au niveau tarif, le ticket PATH coûte 2,25€, ce qui est moins que pour le méro (2,50€). Très utile pour aller sous Midtown le long de la 6ème Avenue, le réseau PATH fonctionne également 24h/24 et 7jours sur 7. D'habitude, on trouve un train toutes les 5-10 minutes, mais au cours de la nuit, l'attente peut atteindre jusqu'à 35 minutes.

Trains de banlieue

Comme le nom l'indique, ce réseau (("commuter rail"))permet de voyager de l'hypercentre vers la banlieue et vice-versa mais peut également servir pour certains déplacements en centre également, en effet, certains arrêts desservent des sites qui sont assez éloignés des stations de métro. Attention, les MetroCards ne fonctionnent pas sur ce réseau, par conséquent des tickets doivent être achetés. Notez que l'achat de ticket sur internet ou dans les gares avant d'embarquer est plus intéressant, mais si vous sautez dans le train, vous pouvez également vous procurer des billets.

Le Réseau ferré de Long Island Railroad, (souvent abrégé en LIRR), desservant Penn Station dans Midtown Manhattan, Flatbush Avenue/Atlantic Avenue dans le centre de Brooklyn, et dispose d'un service limité aux heures de pointes vers/en provenance de Long Island City, Queens. Le tronçon de Port Washington se rend dans le nord-est de Queens, qui, en dehors de Flushing et Citi Field, n'est pas desservi par le réseau métropolitain. Le tronçon principal, "Main Line", qui contient la plupart des lignes qui desservent les différents secteurs de Long Island, se rend dans le sud-est de Queens, ce qui comprend Jamaica, Laurelto et Rosedale. Le tronçon Atlantic, qui débouche sur le" centre de Brooklyn, dessert East New York et Bedford-Stuyvesant ainsi que Bedford-Stuyvesant, les deux se trouvant à Brooklyn. Ce tronçon n'est cependant pas accessible depuis Manhattan. Le réseau LIRR est également le moyen le plus rapide de vous rendre de JFK à Manhattan, Brooklyn ou Queens, et dessert de nombreux sites populaires à Long Island, tels que Long Beach, Port Jefferson, et Montauk. Le réseau LIRR est réputé pour être constamment en retard, mais dans les faits cela concerne surtout les extrémités orientales du réseau plutôt que New York City et sa banlieue immédiate.

The Metro-North Railroad provides services to/from Grand Central Terminal. Trains go to the Bronx and the northern suburbs of the city. The Hudson Line covers several parts of the Western Bronx, while the Harlem Line goes through the Central Bronx — an area with no subway service. It is the best way to get to Arthur Avenue and the New York Botanic Gardens. The Hudson and Harlem Lines are also your gateway to Westchester County and beyond, with the Hudson Line running all the way to Poughkeepsie. The New Haven Line runs to Connecticut, terminating, logically enough, in New Haven.

By bus

Even in Manhattan, with its dense subway network, buses can often be the best way of making a cross-town (i.e. east-west) journey, for example, crossing Central Park to go from the Metropolitan Museum to the Museum of Natural History. And outside peak hours, a ride by bus from the tip of Manhattan at Battery Park to Midtown is a good and cheap way of taking in the sights.

Bus basics

  • Bus lines are identified by letters followed by numbers. The letters indicate the borough in which the line mostly operates (M=Manhattan; Bx=Bronx; B=Brooklyn; Q=Queens; S=Staten Island). Collectively, the letters and numbers make up the route (examples: M31, Bx9, M15). Signage at each bus stop indicates which buses stop there. Signage on the front of each bus indicates the route and destination of the bus. maps for each borough.
  • Express buses travel between Manhattan and the outer boroughs, usually to areas where the subway doesn't operate (such as eastern Queens, the eastern Bronx, southeast Brooklyn, and Staten Island). They cost $5.50 but offer comfortable cloth seats and are less crowded than the subway and local buses. Most Express buses are identified with either "X" (x1,x2,x63,x68) or by the Borough they connect to Manhattan. So Expresses buses to and from the Bronx would be labeled BxM (BxM11, BxM18), to and from Brooklyn would be labeled BM(BM1,BM2) and to and from Queens Qm(Qm1,Qm2). Staten Island express buses are labeled with "X".
  • When boarding a bus with a MetroCard, insert the card vertically, with the pin hole down, the black stripe to the right and the word "MetroCard" facing towards you, into the card slot in the top of the fare box next to the driver. You should be able to read the word "MetroCard" from bottom to top when inserting the card in this manner. The fare box will swallow the card, read it, and return it to you. Note this is different from the procedure to enter the subway described in "Subway Basics."
  • Bus fareboxes only accept nickels, dimes and quarters. As a safety precaution, drivers do not handle money. Change is not given, so exact fares must be paid. If you pay with coins and require a free transfer, you will have to ask the driver for one after you have paid.
  • Certain north-south buses contain a small orange and purple card in the window that says "Limited." These limited buses do not make all local bus stops, stopping only at major cross streets. They are similar to express buses in some ways, but only cost $2.50 to ride. If a Limited bus skips your stop, you can wait for a local bus which will arrive soon. On some Avenues where there is at least two or more bus routes serving it, some bus routes may operate Limited on the entire avenue or at least until they branch off. For Example the m1,m2,m3,m4,m5; the m2 and m5 provide limited-stop service on 5th Ave and Madison Ave during the day.
  • +Select Bus Service+ also makes limited stops like the Limited buses described above, and costs the standard $2.50 fare. They appear on the Bx12 in the Bronx and M15, M34 and M34A in Manhattan. They can be identified by two large blinking blue lights on the front of the bus. However, these buses operate on a very different payment system. To board these +SBS+ buses, fares must be paid before boarding by using machines on the sidewalk near a special +SBS+ bus stop which is typically quite close to the local bus stop. Follow the instructions at the machine to pay. Once the fare has been paid, a receipt will be printed; take it and keep it with you. Once the bus arrives, you can enter through any door, but remember if you paid with cash to use the front door if you will need to ask the driver for a transfer. Fare inspectors will occasionally check for your fare receipt as proof of payment; show it to them if they ask. If you don't have a valid receipt, you will be forced to pay a fine of $100 or more so it is wise to always pay the fare. However, if you cannot buy the ticket successfully, such as due to a malfunctioning machine, note the machine number and report the problem to the bus driver near the front door at once. If the +SBS+ skips your stop, wait at the local bus stop for a local bus which will arrive soon.

By taxi

  • Yellow Cabs cruise in most of Manhattan and are available at dispatcher lines at airports, but are harder to find in the other four boroughs. Real NYC taxis are yellow, have a metal seal on the hood ("medallion"), a light with a taxi number on the roof, a meter for billing, stickers on the windshield for various licenses, special taxi license plates, and a divider inside the car. The fares are $2.50 plus a $0.50 state tax to start, plus $0.40 for each 1/5 mile traveled. There is a night surcharge 20:00-06:00 of $0.50 and a rush hour surcharge of $1 from 16:00-20:00 M-F. In addition, as in the rest of the United States, tipping your taxi driver is expected in New York. For more information, see Tipping in the United States. Info on fares, flat fares, group rides and rules. All yellow cabs accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express for payment. In the unlikely event that the card reader is broken, the driver will let you know before you get into the taxi. To hail a taxi, stand visibly near the street (but away from moving traffic) with one arm raised over your head. The medallion numbers on the roof of the taxi will indicate the status of the taxi:
    • If the medallion number is unlit, then the taxi is already occupied and therefore unavailable.
    • If the medallion number is lit and the "off-duty" sign next to it is also lit, the taxi is typically not available. However, sometimes the taxi will stop for you even if the off-duty sign is lit, usually if you are going in the same direction as the taxi driver to turn the cab in after his shift. So if you are desperate, it's worth a try to hail it. However, a driver may still decline your fare even after stopping if you are going a different direction than them.
    • If the medallion number is lit but the off-duty sign on the roof is not, then the taxi is available for hire.
  • Livery or Black Cars, known as car services or livery cabs, may only be called by phone, and are flat rate rather than metered. In most areas, they are not allowed to cruise the streets or airports for fares, although sometimes they will do so anyway. Ask for the fare while on the phone. Their license plates will say either "Livery" or "TLC" on the bottom.

In some areas, livery cabs can be flagged on the street. Though this is technically illegal (the driver, not you, could get into trouble), it is useful in upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs and is accepted practice. The minimum fare in these cabs is about $7, and it is advisable to negotiate the fare before you get inside (again, tipping your driver is expected). Since yellow cabs are hard to come by in the outer boroughs, these cars are particularly useful for getting to the airport (your hotel can arrange one, or look up car services in the Yellow Pages).

Taxi Basics

  • All licensed taxis and sedan limousines are authorized to take 3 passengers in the backseat and 1 in the front seat for a total of 4. However, some of the newer minivan and SUV yellow cabs can seat more passengers and may take more than four passengers (even though the licensed limit is posted in the cab). Larger than sedan limousines can be reserved, also useful for airport trips with lots of luggage, by calling any of the dozens of companies in the yellow pages.
  • For all cabs, you must pay tolls for bridges, tunnels and highways. Be careful of being overcharged by drivers for toll crossings—on some bridges and tunnels (like the Queens-Midtown Tunnel) rates are not posted in plain view. So, a crossing which actually cost the cab driver $4 is easily passed onto the unsuspecting passenger as a $5 charge. Outside the city, other than flat fare destinations and Newark Airport, meter rates are doubled (when going to Westchester or Nassau County). Tipping your driver is expected.
  • Finding an available yellow cab can be difficult during the "shift change" times. Cabdrivers work 12-hour shifts, usually 16:00-04:00 or 04:00-16:00. As a result, cabs are scarce 16:00-17:00, and 04:00-05:00. If you need to get to the airport during these times, calling a car service is a good idea.
  • Knowing where cabdrivers want to go at various times of the day can help you find one. In the morning, drivers without a fare head for the Village and uptown to pick up commuters heading for Midtown and Wall Street. Hence if you are standing on the uptown side of Park Ave at 72nd Street, for example, you will find more empty cabs (heading uptown) than if you are trying to hail one going downtown (towards midtown). The reverse is true during the afternoon rush hours. If you are in an outer borough, a major road heading into Manhattan is often a good place (or the only place) to find a yellow cab.
  • NYC taxis must take you to any destination within the five boroughs. Drivers often will not want to go to the outer boroughs (since it is hard to find fares there and they often have to return to Manhattan without one) but they are required to take you by law. If a driver refuses, you can call 311.
  • Be wary of unlicensed cars (known derisively as "gypsy cabs") cruising for passengers, especially near the airports. While drivers may claim to offer you a cheaper rate than an actual taxi, your chances of actually getting this rate (not to mention getting to your destination safely and quickly) are less. If you are in doubt, ask an airport staffer for help finding a cab or cabstand. Major airports have taxi information cards for passengers.
  • There are also bizarre van and shuttle services in different parts of the city. You will have to ask where it is going and how much it costs. Usually, you will see people lining up and some mysterious van will appear and they will board. There are services between Chinatown and Queens (you won’t have to make any transfers if it goes where you need to go!), and also there are separate services in Brooklyn, and Queens. Many of these services are branded as "Dollar Vans" (actually costing $2.00), and follow major bus routes along major avenues in these boroughs and will drop you off and pick up at any corner along the avenue. Some are legal while most aren't and usually compete with each other for customers and may cut some other van drivers off. This is an accepted practice in these boroughs and at times are faster than MTA buses. The illegal vans may not have insurance so you ride at your own risk. Most drivers of these vans have heavy West Indian accent. Some may seem sketchy but for the most part are people just trying to make a living. They are usually are helpful with directions. It is rare that incidents occur with them.
  • In recent years, pedicabs have appeared in New York. The city is in the early stages of licensing and enforcing safety regulations for them.

By ferry

  • The Staten Island Ferry, runs from Battery Park in southern Manhattan to Staten Island. The ferry carries passengers and bicycles only, runs every 30 minutes during rush hours, and is free (so don't be fooled by con artists trying to sell "advance tickets"). Not only does the ferry provide a means of transport, but it offers an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor on its way. Even if you don't want to visit Staten Island, taking this trip is highly recommended and is very popular with tourists. Ride on the starboard side of the ferry (right side facing the front) from Manhattan and the port side from Staten Island for the best views (to the west). If you want to take good photographs, try to get on the ferry as soon as the gates open and walk briskly to an open window (few windows are open to the air and will populate quickly). The Manhattan-to-Staten Island route passes slightly closer to the Statue of Liberty than the return route.
  • New York Waterway, operates ferries that connect the city with the New Jersey Hudson River Waterfront, and with points in Brooklyn and Queens. These ferries are not free. Inquire as to fares before boarding.
  • New York Water Taxi runs ferries between points within Manhattan, with some connections to Brooklyn and New Jersey. Their boats are painted to look like taxis.

By car

A word of advice about driving in New York City: don't. A car is inadvisable — street parking is practically non-existent near crowded areas and tourist attractions, and garage parking rates range from very expensive to plain extortion. Traffic is almost always congested, parking rules are confusing, and many drivers are aggressive - as you will find out, Manhattan reverberates to the near constant sound of car horns being blown. The public transportation options are many and offer significant advantages and savings over driving a car. Many New Yorkers, particularly in Manhattan, don't own cars for this reason. If you are staying in a suburb and commuting to the city by car, think twice — driving to one of the Long Island Railroad, Metro North, or New Jersey Transit stations and taking the train into the city is a better option, and the parking fees at the station, train fare, and MetroCard combined are usually much cheaper than parking downtown. There are often secure parking areas in many stations. In Staten Island, parking near the ferry terminal and using the ferry will save you money and time.

If you do choose to drive, get a map, especially if driving outside of Manhattan. Good maps to use, if you are not driving, are the free bus maps which have each street, though the subway map can work in a pinch (also used for small boat navigation). In Queens, numbers identify not only avenues and streets, but also roads, places, crescents, and lanes, all of which might be near each other. Read the entire street sign. Outer borough highways are confusing and often narrowed to one lane, the potholes could trap an elephant, the signs are sometimes misleading, exits which should appear do not, and signs directing a highway approach drag you through miles of colorful neighborhood (in the wrong direction) before finally letting you onto the highway with a stop sign and six inches of merge space.

Traffic in New York City roughly follows a hierarchy of precedence, which is unwise to challenge. Fire engines, ambulances, and police cruisers are given priority, followed by other public service vehicles such as buses, road crews, and sanitation trucks. Beneath them are taxi cabs and delivery trucks. Below those are other cars. Note also that driving a car with out-of-state license plates (save for perhaps Connecticut or New Jersey) will instantly mark you as an outsider, sometimes resulting in other drivers being more aggressive around you than they would with a local. Suffice it to say, driving in New York is not for the timid, fearful, or otherwise emotionally fragile.

Car rental

The major car rental agencies have offices throughout the city. Smaller agencies are also well represented. Be warned that car rentals in New York are generally more expensive than elsewhere in the United States, and frequently require a deposit of up to $500, if you do not have a credit card. Insurance rates also tend to be higher in New York than in most other cities.

Gas/Petrol stations

Gas stations are few and far between, especially in Manhattan, where only a handful exist around the perimeter of the island. Be prepared to up to $0.50 more per gallon than in the surrounding suburbs or New Jersey. Therefore, if you have the option, it is best to fill your car while you aren't in NYC, as long as you have enough gas to last!

Points of entry

There are several points of entry/exit into the city from the New Jersey side: the Lincoln Tunnel (midtown/41st Street), the Holland Tunnel (downtown/Canal Street), and the George Washington Bridge (way uptown/178th Street) — all are accessible from the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95). I-78 east will also feed directly into the Holland Tunnel (US-1/9 is also a popular route). I-80 east will terminate at an I-95 junction, the north route of which will lead directly to the George Washington Bridge. The bridge is also directly accessible from US-46 east. With all of these options, many commuters choose to listen to 24 hour traffic reports on AM stations 880 (every ten minutes on the 8's) and 1010 (every ten minutes on the 1's) to find the least congested route at that time. Weekend traffic delays can easily exceed 60 minutes at some of the tunnels, so plan accordingly!

The Midtown Tunnel under the East River is convenient for Long Island travelers, as it becomes the Long Island Expressway. The Queensborough Bridge (aka The 59th Street Bridge) also crosses the East River into Queens, is toll-free, and lands near the mouth of the Midtown Tunnel but requires some automotive manipulation to get onto the Long Island Expressway. Other routes head north and east out of the Bronx, including Interstates 87 (north to Albany) and 95 (northeast to Boston) and the Henry Hudson Parkway, which is along the Hudson River.

Toll charges

Toll charges are Very Expensive for some crossings mostly to New York from New Jersey and to Staten Island from New York. As of December 2, The Port Authority[6] had increase the tolls for New York/New Jersey crossings to a whopping $13, and it's cheaper if the toll is paid by E-ZPass. Eventually, it will increase until 2016 and there was some criticism for how that money was used. The MTA[7] is more different. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge cost $15, and most crossings cost $7.50 or less. Be advised that there's is traffic delays as well and some will take a long time, mostly an hour.

On the other hand, many of the crossings (in particular all three Hudson River crossings) are only tolled going into New York City.

Rush hour traffic

Traveling at off-hours makes sense to avoid rush hour traffic, but highways and roads are still generally packed any time of day. The Cross Bronx Expressway, which is part of I-95 and leads to the George Washington Bridge, is almost always choked with traffic. The Long Island Expressway has heavy eastbound traffic between the morning and evening rushes. The Holland and Lincoln Tunnels are 10 minute waits on a good day. The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) is notorious, and an accident on the Verazzano Bridge without shoulders can cause a backup all the way through the northern part of Staten Island into New Jersey. It is a good idea to check radio traffic reports, especially before crossing a bridge or tunnel. Three different stations have reports every 10 minutes around the clock: 880 AM (on the 8's), 1010 AM (on the 1's), and 1130 AM (on the 5's).

Driving cross-town (east-west) in Manhattan during rush hours is especially troublesome because the traffic lights are optimized to move traffic along the north-south roads. Your best bet is to avoid driving in Midtown Manhattan (between the 30s and 50s) whenever possible. If you do drive in Midtown Manhattan cross-town, posted Midtown Thru Streets [8] may reduce delays.

Traveling with a commercial vehicle

If you are traveling with a commercial vehicle, such as a moving truck, remember that commercial traffic is prohibited on many roadways throughout the city. Commercial traffic is permitted only on multiple-lane roadways designated as "expressways" (such as the Long Island Expressway, Cross-Bronx Expressway, or Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) and the surface streets unless marked otherwise. Commercial traffic is prohibited on all multiple-lane roadways designated as "parkways" (such as the Grand Central Parkway, Cross-Island Parkway, or Henry Hudson Parkway) with frequent low bridges. [9] Unfortunately, the majority of fast-moving roadways are designated as parkways in New York City. Commercial traffic is also prohibited on the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Drive in Manhattan. The only viable option for traveling with a commercial vehicle in Manhattan is the surface streets, but always look out for low vertical clearance.

Garage Parking

Parking in garages or outdoor lots is usually very expensive, costing as much as $40 per day in Manhattan, although cheap or free lot parking is available at some times at certain locations. Street parking can be free or much cheaper than garage or lot parking, but can be extremely hard to come by. Also, "bumping" cars in front of and behind of you to get into and out of a parking spot (known to some as "Braille Parking") is common, so if you choose to park on the street, don't be surprised if you find a few new scratches and scrapes on your bumper.

As a general rule, hotels in New York do not supply garage parking. The few that do will charge you handsomely for the privilege. To find garage parking, look at the following four websites:

  • ParkWhiz.com [10] is a free site and mobile app that allow users to book the perfect parking spot. Simply enter your destination to search parking by location, price, amenities and garage reviews. You can book daily and monthly parking as well as parking for sports, theaters and concerts throughout New York.
  • DiscountNYCParking.com [11] is a website full of tips about parking in New York City.
  • BestParking.com [12] is a free service that allows users to search and compare all daily and monthly rates and locations for parking facilities in Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn. Users can book free parking "Reservations" and "Rate Guarantees" at over 20% of Manhattan's parking garages (including Icon Parking Systems and Edison ParkFast). The website's instant rate comparison clearly displays the rates on a Google map and the interface is extremely user-friendly. Regular rates, early bird specials, weekend specials, night Specials, SUV/oversize/luxury vehicle rates, motorcycle rates, and all additional posted charges are included in the instant rate comparison.
  • PrimoSpot.com [13] is a free site that allows users to find on-street (free) parking. It will calculate the amount of time you can stay in metered and alternate side of the street city parking. They provide a breakdown of the regulations and photos of the signs. There is coverage for Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Hoboken, New Jersey. Users can type in an address, intersection, or zip code and will get the regulations for that area. The parking regulations display on a Google map and the interface is easy to use. Note that PrimoSpot will only tell you how long you can stay in a parking spot in any particular zone; there's no guarantee that there will actually be an empty spot waiting for you when you arrive.
  • IconParking.com [14] is a service where you can book your parking time (if you know it) by the block, date, time, and even choose which garage. One traveler says, "I've gone into garages that have initially said they're full up and then I said I booked it online and they shrugged and honored it." When you book online with this company, print a confirmation and take it with you. Most times the attendants/valets will assume you know what you're talking about, but sometimes they want to see the printed confirmation. Also, when you pay, they may feign ignorance as to the price you were quoted online. This is another reason to print out the reservation. Using this service, it is possible to pay $10 on a weekday for 8 hours of parking 10:oo-18:00on John Street in the Financial district. If initially the valet says they don't have to honor that rate, be persistent and you should get it.
  • ParkFast.com [15]. This site is for Edison Parkfast, the owner/manager of 40 parking locations around the city. The site isn't as feature-rich and you can't pick your hours or dates, but at least they have some basic rates and locations.

Street Parking - Rules and penalties for violation

  • Check all parking signs carefully. Parking meters demand constant feeding, and are hungry late into the night in some areas. In some parts of Midtown Manhattan, there are pay-and-display meters which are only in effect 18:00-23:59 on weekdays and all day on weekends. In these areas, parking is prohibited during the workday, except for commercial trucks. It is a good idea to keep a roll of quarters in your car, as not all meters accept credit cards. Parking is permitted at broken or missing meters for the time posted on the signs. Parking is illegal at ALL bus stops and within 15 feet (4.5 m) of fire hydrants. Yellow lines on the curb have no legal meaning in NYC, so they cannot be relied upon to tell you if you are parked far enough from a hydrant. That said, in most areas the seams in the sidewalk are roughly five feet apart, so leaving at least three "squares" of sidewalk between the hydrant and your bumper is a smart move. Many motorists simply pay garage fees to avoid the anxiety of finding a parking spot and the risks of expensive parking tickets.
  • New York has "alternate side of the street" parking rules [16], which may require street parkers to move their cars at different times of the day (such as early morning, or overnight in a few business districts) so that street sweepers can clean the roads. Alternate side rules are suspended on many obscure holidays, while parking meters and other weekday restrictions are only suspended on a few major holidays (not even on all Federal holidays).
  • Trying to leave a car parked illegally for very long will often end with a $150 fine, and a vehicle illegally parked in an overcrowded place is very likely to be towed away and face a $300 fine. The New York Police Department operates the tow pounds [17].

Important Rules While Driving

  • Unlike other places in the United States, RIGHT TURNS ON RED IN NEW YORK CITY ARE ILLEGAL, except where otherwise posted, like a sign that reads "AFTER STOP RIGHT TURN PERMITTED ON RED". [18] Be careful when driving as some (but not all) entrances to New York City have signs alerting motorists that it is illegal to turn on the red in New York City, and other drivers from out of town may not know this rule.
  • As in the rest of New York State, talking on a cell-phone (without a hands-free device) or texting while driving is illegal. Even if you do have a hands-free device, minimize your talking and prioritize driving.
  • There are red light cameras at 100 intersections in New York City. [19]. A camera will take a picture if you run a red light and a fine disputable on the web will be issued in 30 days.[20] However, since the camera does not identify who is driving the vehicle, no points will be issued against your drivers' license.
  • Some bus lanes have video cameras.[21] A camera will take a video if you drive illegally in the bus lane other than to turn right and a fine disputable on the web will be issued in 30 days.[22]
  • If there is an emergency vehicle trying to get through with its siren blaring, pull over to the side and move forward as necessary. On many one-way streets (avenues in particular), the middle lane is designated as the "FIRE LANE" so that motorists can pull over to either side lane.
  • Some avenues and many streets have only one-way traffic. Thankfully, one-way streets generally alternate direction, so if your destination is down a one-way street going in the wrong direction, go another block and double-back. A handy mnemonic is "Evens go East," meaning that, for the most part, streets with even numbers will head east, and vice-versa (in Manhattan). The best gauge to determine a one way street's direction is to check the direction parked cars face.
  • Be wary of your surroundings when you park your car. While NYC is a safe city for its size, it's not necessarily safe for your car as well. Make it as unworthy to steal as possible.

By bicycle

Cycling [23] in Manhattan can often be quicker than taking the subway or a taxi, but it isn't for the fainthearted. New York City's tumultuous traffic makes biking difficult. Aggressive cab drivers, jaywalking pedestrians, potholes and debris on the roads create a cycling experience that might just as well have been taken from Dante's Inferno. If you do venture into the concrete jungle on a bike, make sure you wear a helmet and have sufficient experience in urban cycling. Despite the hazards, around 100,000 New Yorkers commute to work by bicycle every day. Conditions are likely to improve in future, as the city expands the cycle lane network and completes the traffic-free greenway encircling the whole of Manhattan.

See

Like most of the great world cities, New York has an abundance of great attractions - so many, that it would be impossible to list them all here. What follows is but a sampling of the most high-profile attractions in New York City; more detailed info can be found in the district pages.

A number of multi-attraction schemes give reduced prices and line-skipping privileges.

  • Explorer Pass, [24]. Allows you to choose 7, 5 or 3 top attractions to visit. Cardholders have 30 days to use the card after visiting the first attraction. Attractions to choose from include Top of the Rock Observation, Rockefeller Center Tour, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NBC Studio Tour, movie tours, cruises, and more. Also included with the card are shopping, dining, and additional attraction discounts.
  • New York CityPASS, [25]. Grants admission to 6 New York attractions within 9 days of first use for a much reduced rate. The attractions are Empire State Building; Metropolitan Museum of Art and same-day admission to The Cloisters; American Museum of Natural History; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Option Ticket One with choice of either Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck or Guggenheim Museum; Option Ticket Two with choice of either a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise or Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. $106 adult, $79 youth aged 6–17.
  • New York Pass, [26]. Grants access to over 50 top attractions with line skipping privileges. Passes are available for 1 day ($80 adult, $60 child), 2 days ($130 adult, $110 child), 3 days ($140 adult, $120 child) or 7 days ($180 adult, $140 child). Remember, you must obtain a ticket in each attraction. You can visit as many attractions as you want in the time period - the more attractions you visit, the more you save. Also includes a free 140 page guide book, but is much better to organize your visits previously, via internet.

See also the district pages for detailed information about attractions. Detail is gradually being moved from this page to the district pages.


  • OnBoard New York Tours (NYC Tours), 1650 Broadway (50th & 7th Avenue), 212-852-4821, [27]. Sightseeing Bus and Walking Tours of New York City. Varies.
  • Zip Aviation Helicopter Tours, Pier 6, East River (Downtown R Train, Whitehall Stop), 866ZIPOVER, [28]. 9A-7P. Zip Aviation offers three different helicopter tours of New York City and operates out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport on Pier 6, East River side. $145.

Landmarks

Statue of Liberty

Naturally, Manhattan possesses the lion's share of the landmarks that have saturated American popular culture. Starting in Lower Manhattan, perhaps the most famous of these landmarks is easy to spot - the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of the nation standing atop a small island in the harbor, and perhaps also the most difficult attraction to access in terms of crowds and the long lines to see it. Nearby Ellis Island preserves the site where millions of immigrants completed their journey to America. Within Lower Manhattan itself, Wall Street acts as the heart of big business being the home of the New York Stock Exchange, although the narrow street also holds some historical attractions, namely Federal Hall, where George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States. Nearby, the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Site commemorates the victims of that fateful day. Connecting Lower Manhattan to Downtown Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge offers fantastic views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines.

Moving north to Midtown, Manhattan's other major business district, you'll find some of New York's most famous landmarks. The Empire State Building looms over it all as the second-tallest building in the city, with the nearby Chrysler Building also dominating the landscape. Nearby is the headquarters of United Nations overlooking the East River and Grand Central Terminal, one of the busiest train stations in the world. Also nearby is the main branch of the New York Public Library, a beautiful building famous for its magnificent reading rooms and the lion statues outside the front door; and Rockefeller Plaza, home to NBC Studios, Radio City Music Hall, and (during the winter) the famous Christmas Tree and Skating Rink.

Still in the Midtown area but just to the west, in the Theater District, is the tourist center of New York: Times Square, filled with bright, flashing video screens and LED signs running 24 hours a day. Just to the north is Central Park, with its lawns, trees and lakes popular for recreation and concerts.

Museums and galleries

New York has some of the finest museums in the world. All the public museums (notably including the Metropolitan Museum), which are run by the city, accept donations for an entrance fee, but private museums (especially the Museum of Modern Art) can be very expensive. In addition to the major museums, hundreds of small galleries are spread throughout the city, notably in neighborhoods like Chelsea and Williamsburg. Many galleries and museums in New York close on Mondays, so be sure to check hours before visiting. The following is just a list of highlights; see district pages for more listings.

Arts and culture

New York City is home to some of the finest art museums in the country, and in Manhattan, you'll find the grandest of them all. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park has vast holdings that represent a series of collections, each of which ranks in its category among the finest in the world. Within this single building you'll find perhaps the world's finest collection of American artwork, period rooms, thousands of European paintings including Rembrandts and Vermeers, the greatest collection of Egyptian art outside Cairo, one of the world's finest Islamic art collections, Asian art, European sculpture, medieval and Renaissance art, antiquities from around the ancient world, and much, much more. As if all that wasn't enough, the Metropolitan also operates The Cloisters, located in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, houses a collection of medieval art and incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters and other monastic sites in southern France in its renowned gardens.

Near the Metropolitan, in the Upper East Side, is the Guggenheim Museum. Although more famed for its architecture than the collection it hosts, the spiraling galleries are ideal for exhibiting art works. Also nearby is the Whitney Museum of American Art, with a collection of contemporary American art. In Midtown, the Museum of Modern Art(MoMA), holds the most comprehensive collection of modern art in the world, and is so large as to require multiple visits to see all of the works on display, which include Van Gogh's Starry Night and Picasso's Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, as well as an extensive industrial design collection. Midtown is also home to the Paley Center for Media, a museum dedicated to television and radio, including a massive database of old shows.

In Brooklyn's Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum of Art is the city's second largest art museum with excellent collections of Egyptian art, Assyrian reliefs, 19th-century American art, and art from Africa and Oceania, among other things. Long Island City in Queens is home to a number of art museums, including the PS1 Contemporary Art Center, an affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of the Moving Image, which showcases movies and the televisual arts.

Science and technology

In New York City, no museum holds a sway over children like the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan's Upper West Side. Containing the Hayden Planetarium, incredible astronomy exhibits, animal dioramas, many rare and beautiful gems and mineral specimens, anthropology halls, and one of the largest collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world, this place offers plenty of stunning sights.

Near Times Square in the Theater District, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum takes up a pier on the Hudson River, with the aircraft carrier Intrepid docked here and holding some incredible air and space craft.

Over in the Flushing district of Queens, on the grounds of the former World's Fair, is the New York Hall of Science, which incorporates the Great Hall of the fair and now full of hands-on exhibits for kids to enjoy.

Another standout museum is the Transit Museum located in an abandoned station in Downtown Brooklyn. The old subway cars are a real treat and the museum is a must if you're in New York with kids (and well-worth it even if you're not).

Neighborhoods

Like all great cities, New York is made up of distinct neighborhoods, each of which has its own flavor. Many of the neighborhoods are popular with visitors, and all are best experienced on foot. See individual borough pages (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx , and Staten Island) for a comprehensive listing of neighborhoods.

Parks

Though the image many people have of Manhattan is endless skyscrapers and packed sidewalks, the city also boasts numerous lovely parks, ranging from small squares to the 850-acre Central Park, and there are worthwhile parks in every borough. From the views of the New Jersey Palisades from Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, to the grand Pelham Bay Park in The Bronx, and the famous Flushing Meadow Park in Corona, Queens, site of the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, there is more than enough to keep any visitor busy. And almost any park is a great spot to rest, read, or just relax and watch the people streaming past. To find out more about New York City parks, look at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation website and the WikiTravel pages for each borough.

Note that except for special events, all NYC parks are closed 1AM–6AM.

Do

A general word of advice on sightseeing in New York:

Tourists often spend their entire vacation in New York standing in line (or as New Yorkers say, "standing on line"). This is often unnecessary; there are usually alternatives. For example, one can choose to avoid the Empire State Building during the day (it is open, and empty, late, until midnight or 02:00 on weekends during summer), skip the Statue of Liberty in favor of the Staten Island Ferry, and stay away from the Guggenheim on Monday (it is one of the only museums open that day). Also, there is no reason to stand in line for a Broadway show if you already have a ticket with an assigned seat. If you prefer, get a drink nearby and come back closer to curtain time, when you can walk right in. The lines for bus tours can be absurd because tourists all seem to have the exact same itinerary - which is get on a bus in the morning in Times Square, get off for the Statue of Liberty, and finish on the East Side in the afternoon. Why not go downtown in the morning, and save Midtown for the afternoon? You will thank yourself for avoiding the crowds. Also, understand that buses are the slowest way to go crosstown in Midtown Manhattan during peak hours, and taxis are not much better. You are often better off on foot.

Entertainment

Theater and Performing Arts

New York's Broadway is famous for its many shows, especially musicals. You might want to visit TKTS online[29], which offers tickets for shows the same night at discounted prices, usually 50% off or visit BroadwayBox.com,[30] or NYTix.com,[31] community sites posting all recent Broadway discounts. TKTS has two offices, one at Times Square with lines often hours long, and a much faster one (sometimes minutes) at South Street Seaport (Corner of John St, just south of Brooklyn Bridge). Note that only cash is accepted at South Street. Show up at opening time for best selection. Tickets to most Broadway shows are also available from the Broadway Concierge and Ticket Center[32], inside the Times Square Visitor Center. They offer restaurant and hotel recommendations, parking help, and other services in addition to ticket sales, available in several languages.

New York boasts an enormous amount and variety of theatrical performances. These shows usually fall into one of three categories: Broadway, Off-Broadway, or Off-Off-Broadway. Broadway refers to the shows near Times Square that usually play to theaters of 500 seats or more. These include the major musicals and big-name dramatic works, and are the most popular with visitors. Tickets for Broadway shows can run to $130 a seat, though discounters like TKTS (above) make cheaper seats available. Off-Broadway indicates performances that are smaller (less than 500 seats) and usually of a certain intellectual seriousness. Some of these theatres are located around Times Square in addition to different locations throughout Manhattan. Tickets to Off-Broadway shows tend to range from $25–50. Off-Off-Broadway refers to those shows that play to very small audiences (less than 100 seats) with actors working without equity. These can be dirt cheap and often very good, but some may be sufficiently avant-garde as to turn off conservative playgoers. Off-Off-Broadway Theaters worth checking out are Rising Sun Performance Company [33], Endtimes Productions [34], and The People's Improv Theater [35].

For current and upcoming Broadway and Off-Broadway info and listings, visit Playbill.com[36]. This site also has lots of articles on what's going on in the NY commercial theatre scene. Broadway.com [37] and Newyorkcitytheatre.com [38] also has plenty of info, as well as some videos and photos. Theatermania [39] has many discounts to the bigger shows, and also provides listings for the Off-Off scene. If visiting in the summer, brave the huge lines and attempt to get tickets to the Public Theater's [40] annual "Shakespeare in the Park," which often features big-time stars of stage and screen. Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Natalie Portman, and Liev Schrieber are just a few of the actors to have appeared here in recent years. Oh, and it's free. Just get to one of the box offices ridiculously early, especially the one at the Park.

It's possible to purchase tickets to The Tony Awards, Broadway's biggest award ceremony and the culmination of the theatrical season in the city. These aren't cheap, but if you're into the theatre scene and know something about the various performers being honored, it can be an exciting night. In any case, the performances are always fun, and you can catch moments that aren't in the broadcast. Always the first or second Sunday night in June, visit The Tony Awards website [41] for the most current details.

New York has a wide variety of musical and dance companies, including several that are among the world's most renowned. There are also numerous small companies putting on more idiosyncratic shows every night of the week. The following are just a few of New York's most high-profile music and dance options.

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music(BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. Home to the impressive Brooklyn Philharmonic, BAM is one of the best places in the country to attend cutting-edge new musical and dance performances. The Next Wave Festival every autumn is a much-anticipated event of the New York performance scene.
  • Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue. The premier venue for classical music in the United States, Carnegie Hall is famous around the world for its dazzling performances. Playing at Carnegie Hall is, for many classical musicians, the epitome of success. Carnegie Hall houses three different auditoriums, with the Isaac Stern auditorium being the largest venue.

Subway: N, Q, R, or W to 57th Street-7th Avenue.

  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, 155 West 65th Street (at Broadway). The Chamber Music Society is the most prestigious chamber music ensemble in the United States, playing in the acoustically impeccable Alice Tully Hall.
  • Metropolitan Opera at Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, 155 West 65th Street (at Broadway). The Met (as it is known) is one of the greatest opera companies in the world. The company performs six days a week (Monday-Saturday) during the season (September-April), and always lands the greatest singers from around the globe. Expect to pay a small fortune for the most expensive seats, but upper-tier seats can cost as little as $25.

Subway: 1 to 66th Street-Lincoln Center

  • New York City Opera at New York State Theater in Lincoln Center, 155 West 65th Street (at Broadway). (Closed for renovations until Fall 2009.) The slightly more accessible and energetic younger sister of the Met, the NYCO is a world-class company that puts on a dynamic range of performances. Plus, tickets can go for as little as $16.
  • New York City Ballet at New York State Theater in Lincoln Center, 155 West 65th Street (at Broadway). Founded by George Balanchine, the New York City Ballet is among the world's best dance companies. Their performances of the The Nutcracker, during the holiday season, are enormously popular.
  • New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, 155 West 65th Street (at Broadway). One of the premier orchestras in the United States, playing a wide variety of concerts (more than 100) every year to sold-out crowds, the Philharmonic is well-known for its standard-setting performances of the classical canon. The season runs from September to June, and in the summer they play free concerts in parks around the city [42].
  • Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, (212) 632-3975, [43]. See the Rockettes, another show or just tour the famous Art Deco masterpiece.

Film

New York is one of the world's greatest film cities, home to a huge number of theaters playing independent and repertory programs. Many major US studio releases open earlier in New York than elsewhere (especially in the autumn) and can be found at the major cineplexes (AMC, United Artists, etc.) around the city. Be advised that, as with everything else in New York, movies are quite popular, and even relatively obscure films at unappealing times of the day can still be sold out. It's best to get tickets in advance whenever possible.

As many films premiere in New York, you can often catch a moderated discussion with the director or cast after the show. Sometimes even repertory films will have post-screening discussions or parties. Check listings for details.

In addition to the more than 15 commercial multiplexes located throughout the city, some of the more intriguing New York film options include:

  • Film Forum 209 West Houston Street. A stylish theater in Greenwich Village that runs two programs—contemporary independent releases and classic repertory films. While the current releases are almost always interesting and worth seeing, it's the repertory programming schedule that filmlovers anticipate eagerly.
  • American Museum of the Moving Image 35th Ave and 36th Street, Queens. AMMI contains a museum devoted to, literally, moving images, so visitors will find exhibits on zoetropes and video games in addition to film and television. They also put on a terrific screening program, with films showing continuously throughout the day.
  • Angelika Film Center 18 West Houston Street at Broadway, (212) 995-2000, [44]. Just down the street from Film Forum, the Angelika plays new independent and foreign films, many of which are only screened in New York. The cafe upstairs is something of a hotspot as well.

Subway: N or R to Prince Street.

  • Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue (at East 2nd Street), [45]. A varied program of unique films, both repertory and new, most playing for only one or two screenings. Many of the films shown here can't be seen anywhere else (for better or worse). It also plays host to several film festivals yearly.

Subway: F to 2nd Avenue-Lower East Side

  • Cinema Village On 22 East 12th Street between University Place and Fifth Ave (212) 629-5097, [46] Cinema Village specializes in showing documentaries, independent and foreign films. Often the films there will not be playing anywhere else in the country and Q&As with directors are common at opening weekends.
  • Film Society at Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, 155 West 65th Street (at Broadway), [47]. The Film Society always puts on a terrific repertory program and shows a wide variety of experimental and foreign films. In addition, numerous talks and panels are held here, many featuring bold-named directors, screenwriters, and actors.
  • MoMA 11 West 53rd Street. In addition to being the crown jewel of modern art museums, MoMA puts on a terrific repertory program in a nicely renovated theater below the museum. And compared to other New York movie theaters, tickets to films at MoMA are a steal.
  • New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. Running in October, the New York Film Festival is one of the country's best, with great films from around the world accompanied by interesting discussions, lectures, and panels. Be advised that tickets usually sell out at least a month in advance.
  • Tribeca Film Festival. Throughout May the movie theaters of Lower Manhattan are taken over by the Tribeca Film Festival, which puts on a truly enormous amount of screenings and talks. Just a few years old, the Tribeca Film Festival has already secured a prominent place in New York's film calendar.

Parades

New York City hosts many parades, street festivals and outdoor pageants. The following are the most famous:

  • New York's Village Halloween Parade. Each Halloween (31 Oct) at 19:00. This parade and street pageant attracts 2 million spectators and 50,000 costumed participants along Sixth Avenue between Spring Street and 21st Street. Anyone in a costume is welcome to march; those wishing to should show up 18:00-21:00 at Spring Street and 6th Avenue.
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The morning of each Thanksgiving on Central Park West, this parade attracts many spectators and is broadcast on nationwide television.
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade. The largest St. Paddy's parade in the world! Route is up 5th Ave from 44th Street to 86th Street and lasts from 11:00 to about 14:30. Celebrations in pubs citywide happen the rest of the day and night until the green beer runs out.
  • Labor Day (aka West Indian Day Parade or New York Carribean Carnival). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day_Carnival The Labor Day Carnival, or West Indian Carnival, is an annual celebration held in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. Its main event is the West Indian-American Day Parade, which attracts between one and three million spectators,[1] thus taking in more foot traffic in one day than the entirety of Toronto's Caribana festival. The spectators watch the parade on its route along Eastern Parkway. The large parade is held on American Labor Day, the first Monday in September.

Buy

New York is the fashion capital of the United States, and is a major shopping destination for people around the world. The city boasts an unmatched range of department stores, boutiques, and specialty shops. Some neighborhoods boast more shopping options than most other American cities and have become famous as consumer destinations. Anything you could possibly want to buy can be found in New York, including clothing, cameras, computers and accessories, music, musical instruments, electronic equipment, art supplies, sporting goods, and all kinds of foodstuffs and kitchen appliances. See the borough pages and district sub-pages for listings of some of the more important stores and major business districts, of which there are several.

Buying art

Anyone can freely create, display, and sell art, including paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, DVDs, and CDs, based on freedom of speech rights. Thousands of artists earn their livings on NYC streets and in parks. Common places to find street artists selling their work are SoHo in Lower Manhattan and near the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 81st Street.

Outlets

New York City has a number of retail outlet locations, offering substantial discounts and the opportunity to purchase ends-of-line and factory seconds. Century 21 in Manhattan is one of the largest stores where New Yorkers get designer clothing for less.

Convenience stores

Basic food, drinks, snacks, medicine, and toiletries can be found at decent prices at the ubiquitous Duane Reade [48], CVS, and Rite Aid stores. For a more authentically New York experience, stop by one of the thousands of bodegas/delis/groceries. Although sometimes dirty-looking in apparent need of repair, you can purchase groceries, water, inexpensive flowers, coffee, and cooked food -- typically 24/7.

Shopping in airports

Most shops in NYC airports are chain outlets, the same as can be found in most of large airports in the world--so it's pretty difficult to feel the spirit of the fashion capital if you only have 2 hours waiting for a connecting flight. At JFK airport, JetBlue Airways' new terminal 5 is populated with modern, cutting-edge restaurants and shops, but terminals 4 and 8 are also a good place for retail and duty free shopping.

From Newark, the best shopping can be found in United Airlines' main hub in Terminal C which has a massive selection of restaurants and shops with the offering from Terminal B being pretty poor in comparison (although the Port Authority is making improvements as of 2012), and almost non-existent from the domestic Terminal A.

Street Vendors

In New York City it is common for street vendors to set up tables on the sidewalk, close to the curb, and sell items. They are required to obtain a permit to perform this activity, but it is legal. Purchasing from these vendors is generally legitimate, although buying brand name goods from these vendors (particularly expensive clothing and movies) is ill advised as the products being sold may be cheap imitation products. It is considered safe to buy less expensive goods from these vendors, but most will not accept payment by credit card, so you will have to bring money. Be particularly wary of any street vendor that does not sell from a table (especially vendors who approach you with their merchandise in a briefcase) as these goods are almost certainly cheap imitation products.

Eat

New York has, as you might expect of the Big Apple, all the eating options covered and you can find almost every type of food available and every cuisine of the world represented. There are tens of thousands of restaurants, ranging from dingy $0.99-a-slice pizza joints to $500-a-plate prix fixe sushi. Thousands of delis, bodegas, and grocery stores dot every corner of the city and DIY meals are easy and cheap to find. Street food comes in various tastes, ranging from the ubiquitous New York hot dog vendors to the many carts with Middle Eastern cuisine on street corners in mid-town.

Fruit stalls appear at many intersections from Spring to Fall with ready to eat strawberries, bananas, apples, etc available at very low cost. Vegetarians will find New York to be a paradise with hundreds of vegetarian-only restaurants and good veggie options in even the most expensive places.

Don't leave without trying

Delis & Street Food

  • The New York Bagel. There is no bagel like the New York Bagel anywhere else in the world. Bagels, which are a doughnut-shaped round of boiled dough with a distinctive, chewy, sweet interior and a leathery outer crust, arrived from the old world with Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe and have become utterly New York in character. You can get bagels anywhere in the city but, for the best bagels you may have to trek away from the main tourist sites. H&H Bagels at W 46th St. and 12th Av. is very popular and expensive, but many bagel connoisseurs consider Absolute Bagels at Broadway and 107th street to be the most traditional and best. Ess-a-Bagel on 21st and 1st Av. and 3rd Av. between 51st and 52nd Sts. also has a strong following. For anyone out there wanting to try a REAL bagel, you need to go to Brooklyn. One good spot is the Bagel Hole (see Prospect Park (7th Avenue of the F or G) or try looking in Midwood (Avenue J on the Q subway line). For the best bagels, go early when they are warm and straight from the oven. There's also a little-known cousin to the bagel, the bialy, which is like a bagel but the hole does not go all the way through. Kossar's Bialys on Grand Street at Essex is an ancient Lower East Side institution.
  • The New York Hot Dog. Vendors all over the city sell hot dogs - affectionately called "dirty water dogs" by the locals - from pushcarts on city sidewalks and in parks. Choose your toppings from mustard, ketchup, and relish (or just ask for everything), wrap the dog in a paper napkin, and walk along the sidewalk trying not to let the toppings slip and slide all over your hands. Also recommended is Papaya King (several locations),[49] known for their inexpensive meals ($3.25 for a dog and a drink) and their blended tropical fruit drinks and smoothies. Or, take the Subway to Coney Island (D, F, N, Q trains, Coney Island - Stillwell Ave. stop) for the famous Nathan's hot dog (1310 Surf Ave). Be forewarned that many New Yorkers never eat either one of these foods.
  • The New York Deli Sandwich. Another delicacy brought over by Jewish Immigrants, you must try either a corned beef or pastrami sandwich (a "Reuben" is always a good choice). There are some better known delis in the city, but the most famous one is Katz's Deli at Houston and Ludlow Streets. They have been around since 1888, and still pack them in day and night.
  • The New York Pizza. A peculiarly New York thing, you can buy pizza, with a variety of toppings, by the slice from almost every pizzeria in the city. A New York pizza has a thin crust (sometimes chewy, sometimes crisp), plenty of cheese, and an artery-hardening sheen of grease on top. Buy a slice, fold in half lengthwise, and enjoy. If you just want a piece of plain cheese pizza, ask for "a slice." Or pick up one with pepperoni -- the quintessential meal on the go in New York.
  • The New York Cheesecake. Made famous by Lindy's and Junior's deli in New York, it relies upon heavy cream, cream cheese, eggs and egg yolks to add a richness and a smooth consistency. Now available throughout the city, but to get the original, go to Junior's, just off the Manhattan Bridge in Downtown Brooklyn (see Downtown Brooklyn) (B, Q, or R to DeKalb Avenue)
  • The New York Egg Cream. Also often referred to as a "Chocolate Egg Cream". A blend of chocolate syrup, milk, and seltzer water. One of the best is found at Katz's Delicatessen. Though not often on the menu at many diners, if you ask for one they will still prepare it for you at most locations.

Restaurants

Maybe it's the size of New Yorkers' tiny kitchens, or perhaps it's the enormous melting-pot immigrant populations, but either way, this city excels at every kind of restaurant. There are fancy famous-chef restaurants, all ethnic cuisines and fusion/updates of ethnic cuisines (second-generation immigrants tweaking their family tradition), plus all the fashionable spots, casual bistros, lounges for drinking and noshing and more.

Credit cards

While most restaurants accept credit cards, some smaller restaurants, particularly in Chinatown and Williamsburg, do not. Others have required minimum purchase amounts for credit/debit purchases. Most establishments will prominently display this requirement, so keep your eyes open if you typically pay for meals with plastic.

Tipping

As in the rest of the United States, tipping is expected in New York restaurants. New Yorkers often calculate the base tip by doubling the tax. For more information, see Tipping in the United States.

Dress Codes

Restaurants with entrees under $20 are unlikely to have any preference about what their customers wear. Of course, like most major cities, New York has some expensive, extremely fashionable restaurants that care about, and enforce, a certain level of dress among their customers - but "jackets only" restaurants are very uncommon nowadays.

If you're from elsewhere in the US and wish to "pass" as a local within Manhattan, pay attention to your shoes and coat. Most local exclusiveness is pretty understated, but where it exists it's generally from nightlife commuters from New Jersey and Long Island that supposedly threaten to rob bar-filled neighborhoods of their local color. Therefore, if your style doesn't fit in but is obviously from outside the US, you may find yourself as welcomed as graciously as any local, if not more so.

Vegetarians

New York is a friendly place for vegetarians and vegans. There are many vegetarian only restaurants with offerings varying from macrobiotic food to Ayurvedic thalis or Asian Buddhist food. But, more importantly, almost every restaurant at every point on the price scale has vegetarian dishes that are more than an afterthought. Even Per Se, one of the most expensive and sought after restaurants in the city, has a seven course vegetarian tasting menu well worth the expense. DIY vegetarians will have no problem finding fresh vegetables, a wide variety of cheese, bread and prepared vegetarian foods in New York supermarkets.

Street Food

Nothing differentiates New York more from other American cities than the astonishing amount of food cooked and served on the streets. Starting with the thousands of hot dog stands on almost every street corner (try Hallo Berlin on 54th and Fifth for the best rated sausages), the possibilities are endless. People trek to Jackson Heights in Queens for a nibble of the famous arepas of the Arepa Lady. Freshly cooked Indian dosas are served up for a pittance at the NY Dosas stand in Washington Square Park. The Trinidadian/Pakistani Trinipak cart on 43rd and Sixth. Danny Meyer, the famous restaurateur, has a burger stand ("Shake Shack") in Madison Square Park as well as a new location on the upper west side. The halal offerings in midtown are legendary (Kwik-Meal on 45th and Sixth; Chicken Guy/Halal Chicken on 53rd and Sixth and many others). Most carts serve lunch (from about eleven in the morning to five or six in the evening) and disappear after dark, so look for a cart near you, smell what's cooking, and enjoy a hot and often tasty lunch for a few dollars (a meal costs anywhere from about $2 to $8). Mornings, from about 06:00-10:00, the streets are dotted with coffee carts that sell coffee, croissants, bagels, and danish pastries and are good for a cheap breakfast: small coffee and bagel for a dollar or so. From 10:00 to 19:00 many vendors sell lunch and dinner choices, including hot dogs, hamburgers, gyros, and halal. Other street vendors sell italian ices, pretzels, ice cream, and roasted peanuts. Also, look around for the coffee truck (often found in Union Square), dessert truck, as well as Belgian waffle truck that roam around the city.

Do It Yourself

New York's many markets and grocery stores make preparing your own food interesting and easy. Almost every grocery store, deli, or bodega has a prepared foods section where you can make your own salad (beware, you are charged by the pound!) or buy ready to eat foods such as burritos, tacos, curries and rice, lasagna, pastas, pre-prepared or freshly-made sandwiches, and many other types of foods. Whole Foods has five New York City locations, all with a variety of foods, and a clean place to sit and eat but any supermarket will have enough to take away to the park or your hotel room for a low cost meal. If you have a place to cook, you'll find almost any kind of food in New York though you may have to travel to the outer boroughs for ethnic ingredients. Most supermarkets have Thai, Chinese, and Indian sauces to add flavor to your pot, and many, especially in upper Manhattan, have the ingredients necessary for a Mexican or Central American meal, but go to Chinatown for the best Chinese ingredients, Little India in Murray Hill for Indian ingredients, Flushing for all things Chinese or Korean, Jackson Heights for Peruvian, Ecuadorian, and Indian, Flatbush and Crown Heights for Jamaican, Williamsburg for Kosher, Greenpoint for Polish. Ask around for where you can get your favorite ethnic ingredients and you'll find traveling around in local neighborhoods a rewarding experience. There is also a Trader Joe's at Union Square for cheap but delicious supermarket buys. Western Beef Supermarkets offer more foods from different ethnicities than average supermarkets.

Drink

The only thing about New York City that changes faster than the subway map or the restaurants is the bar scene. While some established watering holes have been around for decades or centuries, the hot spot of the moment may well have opened last week and could likely close just as quickly. The best way to find a decent bar is to ask the advice of a native dweller with trustworthy taste.

The following is a general overview of the popular neighborhoods for a night out. For more specific suggestions, see the relevant district pages.

  • Greenwich Village - Probably the best neighborhood to go if you are in town for just a brief period. It is the equivalent somewhat of a Latin Quarter, full of locals of all ages, especially students attending NYU. There are many bars and jazz clubs around Bleecker Street and MacDougal, as well as near lower Seventh and Sixth Avenues.
  • Chelsea - Lots of clubs and a thriving gay scene along Eighth Avenue between 20th & 30th Streets. There is a mix of bars and of course not every bar is a gay bar. West Chelsea (27th-29th streets, west of 10th Avenue) is loaded with clubs. If you are European and looking for a discotheque, this is where you want to be.
  • The Meatpacking District - Trendier bars and clubs and some expensive restaurants, including the Old Homestead, NYC's oldest steakhouse. Located between Greenwich Village and Chelsea, around 14th Street and 9th Avenues.
  • The Lower East Side - Formerly the dingy alternative to the West Village, but has become trendier today. Ludlow Street is crawling with bars and small music venues in an area that may remind you of the Bastille in Paris. Rivington and Stanton Street are also viable options. The area has experienced an influx of hipsters in recent years.
  • The East Village - Lots of bars located on Second Avenue around 2nd Street. There is also a sizeable cluster of Japanese bars, which are great fun, located on St. Mark's between 2nd and 3rd.
  • Alphabet City - East of the East Village, this area was once a dangerous drug-addled hell hole; today it is cleaned up and loaded with bars. Heroin dens have been replaced with brunch places!
  • Murray Hill - More hip with the 30-year-old crowd. The area around 29th Street and Lexington Avenue has many Indian restaurants, but within three blocks there are plenty of watering holes, including a couple of fireman bars and an all Irish whiskey pub.
  • Times Square - A very touristy area. The Marriot Marquis at Broadway & 45th has a revolving bar on the 50th floor. The Peninsula Hotel at 5th Avenue & 55th has probably the classiest rooftop bar in New York. The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center is often closed and has a dress code. The Hotel Metro on 5th Avenue & 35th also has a rooftop bar with fantastic, stress free, views of the Empire State Building. Very few New Yorkers would be caught dead at these places.
  • Williamsburg - One stop into Brooklyn on the L train, this is the capital of NYC's hipster scene. If you like thin pale boys with tight jeans and no job, this is the place for you. There are plenty of bars along Bedford Avenue. Many of New York's small music venues are located here.
  • Woodside - A 10-minute ride on the #7 train line from Times Square, this Queens neighborhood is a great for happy hour and drinking festivities before a Mets baseball game. There are several Irish pubs by the Woodside train station.
  • Astoria - This Queens neighborhood, 25 minutes from Times Square on the N/Q trains, is home to Queens' Bohemian Hall Beer Garden, near the Astoria Boulevard subway stop. This bar, popular in the summer, covers an entire city block, is walled and filled with trees, indoor and outdoor tables and a cool crowd, and serves great Czech and German beer.
  • Bay Ridge - This Brooklyn neighborhood has one of the highest concentrations of bars in the city! The neighborhood has been generally Irish/Italian and does not have the hipster/yuppie scene common in New York.
  • Park Slope - This Brooklyn neighborhood is the yuppie capital of New York and you are more likely to find a tea house serving soy milk than a bar here. Young couples pushing strollers is a common sight. There is some low-key nightlife, although in recent years this has been on the decline. A number of lesbian bars are located in this area.
  • St. George - This Staten Island neighborhood has a few bars located south of the ferry terminal. Make a left when you leave the boat. Tourists take the trip on the ferry every year and never get off. Look for live music at the Cargo Cafe or Karl's Klipper, both located on Bay Street w/ phenomenal views of the Verrazano Bridge.

Last Call

Last call is 04:00, although many establishments will let you stay beyond that, especially in the outer boroughs. It is not uncommon to be locked in a bar after 04:00 so people can keep drinking.

Tipping

Travelers from abroad should always follow local tipping customs when it comes to drinking at a bar. New York bartenders expect $1 for each drink served, even if it is a simple can of beer. The reason it's expected is that it represents the overwhelming majority of the bartender's wage. The bar owner typically does not pay the bar staff, with the exception of a symbolic "shift pay," which can be less than $5 an hour before taxes. The result is that on a slow night a bartender may make close to nothing, whereas on a busy Saturday they can walk out with a great deal of cash.

Seasoned bartenders will not hesitate to remind the drinker of this custom, and it is sometimes assumed that non-tipping foreigners are consciously withholding tips despite knowing better. A customer who does not tip may find the level of service drop precipitously.

While those not accustomed to this system may object to essentially bankrolling the salary of the staff, note that many bartenders will "buy back" your 3rd or 4th round (i.e. you get it for free), which can balance it out.

In short, happy bartenders make happy customers, and your generosity will usually be rewarded.

Liquor Stores

Wine and liquor are sold at liquor stores, and are not sold at delis or supermarkets. There are many located along 8th Avenue. The cheapest liquor store in Manhattan is Warehouse Wines and Spirits at 735 Broadway between Waverly Place and Astor Place, just a bit south of 8th Street. Beer cannot be bought 04:00-08:00 on Sunday morning (although if you look hard, you can get around this).

Local Beers

There are various local beers to try. Chelsea Brewing Company, Heartland Brewery, and Brooklyn Brewery are worth a visit.

Drinking Age

In the United States, the legal drinking age is 21. Even if you're well over 21, make sure to keep your driver's license (sufficient for US & Canadian citizens) or passport (sufficient for everyone else) on hand. Especially in touristy neighborhoods, it's not uncommon to be asked to prove your age as a matter of policy or court order - even at a restaurant. Outside of the touristy areas, and especially in Brooklyn, people tend to be more relaxed.

Sleep

New York has some of the most expensive accommodation in the world. Expect to pay up to $50 for a hostel, $100-$200 for a budget room with shared bath, $250-$350 for a mid-range hotel with a decent room and a restaurant and/or room service; and much higher in a high end hotel. There is no shortage of choice however as all of the major international hotel chains such as Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Holiday Inn each have multiple properties in Manhattan. Most rooms below $200 in Manhattan are small with room for a bed, a tv, and little else. Be warned that the quality of hotels varies significantly and, in many cheap hotels away from the center such as along the West Side Highway or in the outer reaches of Queens, you may share the premises with hourly customers!

That said however, there are ways of finding accommodation in a big name mainstream hotel in Manhattan at lower prices - it takes some determination - but it can be done using the following tips:

  • January/February (but crucially, AFTER New Year), are traditionally the "quiet" months in the city. If you can stomach the likelihood of heavy snow and bitterly cold weather, there are deals to be had as hotels discount heavily to fill rooms.
  • Consider combined "flight+hotel" packages from your airline or travel agency; they often reduced the overall cost of the trip considerably compared with booking travel and accommodation seperately.
  • Check with the usual price comparison and aggregator websites, and so-called "Secret Room" promotions - discounts from $75-$200 per night are not unheard of.
  • Hyatt 48 Lex, 517 Lexington Ave, 1 212 838 1234, [50]. A trendy New York City Midtown hotel, Hyatt 48 Lex features a modern and unique design, new, spacious guestrooms, and an attentive staff providing 5-star service.

Taxes

Room rates are typically quoted excluding taxes, so expect your actual bill to be higher than the quoted rate. Taxes include New York State and New York City sales tax (8.875%), a New York City Hotel Occupancy Tax (varies but, for rooms above $40, $2 + 5.875%), and a surcharge of $1.50. For a $100 per night room, expect to pay $117.75, after taxes are taken into account.


Alternatives to Manhattan accommodations

You can also find alternative accommodation such short term apartments or hotels alternative on the NewYorkStay website [51].

It's worth keeping in mind that you don't have to stay in Manhattan.

Long Island City, Queens

In Long Island City, Queens, there are 10-15 clean and safe hotels in the region just across the Queensborough/59th Street Bridge from Manhattan. Accomodation here can cost as little as $50 per night. This area is being developed by the city as its new "hotel zone." Take advantage of it! Since the subway runs all night, you can go out in Manhattan and come back at any time.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn has a sprawling amount of hotels. In the neighborhood of Park Slope alone there are over 5 hotels. With great access to public transportation and quick trips into Manhattan Brooklyn is definitely a borough you should look into.

New Jersey

Just over the Hudson River and out of the city limits, in New Jersey, there are cheaper hotels, and Manhattan is easily accessible by a short 15-minute ferry ride, by train, by bus, or by a more expensive cab ride. However, public transit to and from New Jersey does not run as often as transportation within New York City, especially after midnight. Taking a cab to New Jersey can be difficult - at times, crossing the bridges and tunnels to New Jersey is painfully slow due to traffic.

Hotels close to Newark Airport can cost as little as $50 per night if booked online. However, to travel to Manhattan with public transportation can be complicated . Multiple transfers are required (airport shuttle to airport; #62 to Newark Penn Station; PATH train to the city), and services are of low frequency. Expect 1.5 to 2 hours each way from your Newark airport hotel to Manhattan.

Jersey City can be easier - it's only a short hop from there to Midtown on the PATH.

Staten Island

Another option for customers coming from Newark Airport is to stay in Staten Island. Some Staten Island hotels, such as The Hilton Garden Inn at 900 South Avenue, offer free shuttle buses or are on bus lines to the free St. George Ferry to Manhattan. Do be aware though that Staten Island is a lot farther than it seems from the main attractions.


Contact

Find free wireless hotspots across the city online at openwifinyc, OpenWifiSpots, NYC Wireless and WiFi Free Spot.

Wi-Fi is available in city parks and quite a few public libraries. The Apple store has dozens of computers setup and doesn't seem to mind that many people use them for free internet access, but they can be pretty busy at times. Easy Internet Cafe and FedEx Office are just some of the internet cafes which offer broadband internet at reasonable prices. Finding a store with an open power outlet may be difficult so be sure your device is fully charged and its battery is working properly.

Public phones are found all over the city so carry quarters if you plan to use them. Remember to include the 1 and area code when dialing from any phone in New York City - including private "land line" phones in buildings - as 11-digit dialing is always in effect, even when dialing locally.

Stay safe

Commonly believed to be very dangerous, New York is statistically the safest large city in the United States, and its crime rate per person is actually lower than the national average and the crime rate of many small towns. You can also be assured of a high police presence in Times Square, public transportation hubs and other major crowded places.

The most common crime against tourists (not including being overcharged!) is bag snatching. Never let go of your bag, especially in the subway but also when eating at a restaurant. Take special care if sitting outdoors or in a crowded self-service restaurant. Leave your passport and other valuables in a hotel safe or hidden in your suitcase, and don't flaunt a wad of money.

While muggings are rare, they do happen. Always be aware of your surroundings, especially if you find yourself on a lightly traveled or poorly lit street. Certain neighborhoods that are off the tourist path should be avoided in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Riverside Park and Central Park can be dangerous at night. If you go to an evening outdoor concert at one of the parks, follow the crowd out of the park before heading toward your destination.

In a post 9/11 New York, airport style security is becoming a common sight at a growing list of buildings, museums and tourist attractions, even the Public Library. Generally you can expect to have your bags checked (either manually by a security guard or through an x-ray machine) and walk through a metal detector. Unlike their counterparts at JFK and LaGuardia, security screenings at building entrances are surprisingly quick and efficient - and you can even leave your shoes on!

If you think you've inadvertently wandered into a dangerous area, hop into a cab, if available, or into the nearest subway station and go elsewhere. If a subway platform is deserted, stay within sight of the station agent if possible. Otherwise, if you are on the streets of an unfamiliar neighborhood, acting like you know where you're going - even if you don't - goes a long way. Criminals tend to look for easy targets - don't be one!

New York has its share of odd people: talkative pan-handlers, lonely people just wanting a chat, religious preachers, people with psychological disorders, etc. If you prefer not to speak with someone who approaches you for a chat, do what most New Yorkers do: completely ignore them or say "Sorry, gotta go" while continuing to walk at a brisk pace.

Despite the stereotypes, many New Yorkers are nice people and don't mind giving out directions (time allowing), so don't be afraid to ask! If you ever get into trouble, approach the nearest police officer. You'll find them to be friendly, polite, and very helpful.

Here are a few unofficial maps that can help you avoid inadvertantly wandering into a higher-crime area.

Cope

Information

  • Citizen Service Center, tel 311 (lines open 24/7) - New York City's official non-emergency help line, available in 171 languages for questions (parade hours and routes, parking restrictions, transport problems) and complaints (litter, noise pollution, access).

Babysitting

  • Baby Sitters' Guild, +1 212 682-0227 [52]. Bookings daily 09:00-21:00, cash payments only. For stressed and busy parents visiting New York, round-the-clock baby-sitting is available short- or long-term from $20 per hour (4 hr minimum) and cab fare (approx. $10). Multilingual sitters are also available.
  • Barnard Babysitting Agency +1 212 854-2035 [53]. Students of Barnard College babysit for around $16 an hour, minimum two hours, plus a $20 registration fee.

Smoking

Smoking in public places is highly restricted. It is prohibited in indoor sections of bars, restaurants, subway stations and trains (all transit system property), public parks, public beaches, pedestrian malls, both indoor and outdoor stadiums and sports arenas, and many other public places. If you light up in any of these places, you are subject to a summons and fine, ejection, and/or indignant reactions from residents. There do remain a small number of legal cigar bars that are exempt, as are the outside areas of sidewalk cafes and the like, but these are very much the exception. If you need to smoke while eating or drinking, be prepared to take a break and join the rest of the smokers outside, whatever the weather; many establishments have large space heaters. As in most US cities, drinking alcoholic beverages on the street is illegal, so bars will not let you take your drink outside.

Ambassade

  • An-flag.png Andorre, 27F, Two United Nations Plaza, +1 212 750-8064/5 (fax: +1 212 750-6630), [54]. Seule ambassade à se trouver à NYC et non Washington D.C.

Consulats

(liste non exhaustive)

  • Fr-flag.png France, 934 Fifth Ave (btwn 74th and 75th Sts), +1 212-606-3600 (fax: +1 212-606-3620), [57].


Get out

Locals would ask why you ever want to leave, but New York is a great jumping-off point to other locations in the metro area (including New Jersey and Connecticut) or anywhere in the Boston-Washington Megalopolis corridor.

  • Long Island— When you travel to NYC in the summer, a great idea is to check out Long Island. With its beautiful long white sanded beaches you can have it all: the big city and the summer holiday. Many New Yorkers do that every Friday, Saturday and Sunday if it is hot. Take the Long Island Rail Road from Penn Station to Long Beach ($6.75 one way), and from there go south to the beach itself. Take a day trip on the Hampton Jitney from various stops in NYC to the East End, where Long Island wine country is on the North Fork and The Hamptons are on the South Fork.
  • Fire Island - an all-pedestrian summer-resort island located off the coast of Long Island. Fire Island is home to many vacation communities on the western part of the island (Ocean Beach being the most populous, with the most restaurants and bars that make an excellent day trip). The eastern part of the island is home to the largely gay communities of Cherry Grove and the Fire Island Pines. Western Fire Island is reachable by ferry from Bay Shore on Long Island. Bay Shore is about an hour's train ride on the Long Island Rail Road from Manhattan, and the ferry ride from Bay Shore is another thirty minutes. Ferries to Ocean Beach from Bay Shore run about once every hour during the summer. Cherry Grove and the Fire Island Pines are reachable by ferry from Sayville. The easternmost community, Davis Park, is reachable by ferry from Patchogue.
  • Jersey City, New Jersey- Directly across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan is New Jersey's second largest city. Jersey City is a diverse city with lots of multicultural shops and restaurants. It can be reached from Manhattan via the Holland Tunnel or the PATH trains (the bi-state subway)
  • Hoboken, New Jersey-Directly across the Hudson River from the West Village and Chelsea is the alleged birthplace of baseball (most erroneously believe that the birthplace is Cooperstown, NY) and actual birthplace of Frank Sinatra. Hoboken is a small city in area with a great assortment of prewar buildings and conspicuous lack of many corporate establishments. The piers have great views of Manhattan, a large selection of bars, restaurants, and clubs, and are a good place to walk around. Hoboken can be reached from Manhattan by the PATH train or by bus from Port Authority as well by NY Waterway ferries.
  • The Palisades- On the western bank of the Hudson River, there are cliffs that rise sharply. These cliffs are known as the majestic Palisades. They range from 300 to 500 feet. They start in the Northern portion of Jersey City and stretch all the way to Nyack, New York. There are numerous viewpoints, trails and campsites located along the Palisades. The Palisades can be easily reached from Manhattan via the George Washington Bridge. Palisade Interstate Park and Parkway start north of the bridge.
  • Jersey Shore, New Jersey- The Jersey Shore starts just a few miles south of New York City. It stretches for almost 130 miles, and along it are private and public beaches. There are numerous activities along the Jersey Shore. A convenient train ride on the NJ Transit trains from Penn Station will get you to several of the towns on the Jersey Shore, including Manasquan and Point Pleasant Beach.
  • Westchester and the Hudson Valley - Home to the country's only government-operated theme park - Rye Playland - as well as beautiful neighborhoods. There are pretty communities along the Long Island Sound and inland, and the Hudson Valley (which extends north of Westchester) is truly beautiful; the train route (Metro North Hudson Line to Poughkeepsie or Amtrak to Albany) along the Hudson River is one of the loveliest in the country. Westchester County starts just north of the NYC borough of The Bronx.
  • Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey- Just an 80-minute drive from Manhattan sits the largest regional theme park in the world. Six Flags Great Adventure features 12 monster roller coasters and is located right next to the Wild Safari (one of the largest drive-through safaris in the world). There is also Six Flags Hurricane Harbor right next door (the largest water park in the Northeast). New Jersey Transit also provides bus service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan when the park is open (May-October).
  • Princeton, New Jersey- Also an easy train ride on New Jersey Transit, Princeton offers a quiet, tree-lined town, good for strolling or for visiting the Princeton University campus. Take the Northeast Corridor line to Princeton Junction, then transfer to the shuttle train (known locally as the "Dinky") to ride directly into campus.
  • New Haven, Connecticut— Just 65 miles away, New Haven is a 1 hour 45 minute ride from Grand Central Terminal via Metro North Railroad, and home to Yale University.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - The second capital of the United States is 1 hour 20 minutes away by Amtrak, very feasible for a day trip or side trip from New York. A cheaper but somewhat slower method of getting there is to either take the NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Line to Trenton and change for SEPTA or take a bus.
  • Boston, Massachusetts - Beantown, home to the Freedom Trail, incredible seafood, Harvard University in nearby Cambridge, and the Boston Red Sox (who are the most hated sports team of most New Yorkers), is 4 hours north on I-95 ($15-$20 one way by bus on Greyhound, Peter Pan, Bolt Bus or Mega Bus), with a bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal every hour around the clock or $60-$80 one way on Amtrak from Penn Station.
  • Woodbury Commons, in Orange County - This is one of the largest outlet chains in the northeast with over 200 stores to shop in. Just take exit 16 (Harriman) on Interstate 87. If you don't have a car, there are several bus alternatives from Manhattan like Gray Line New York, Hampton Luxury Liner and Manhattan Transfer tours.

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