Sunday, October 31, 2010

New York City: Start Spreading the Transit

(Air travel provided by Frontier Airlines. Frontier flies nonstop from New York-LGA to Denver.)

Start your Big Apple adventure from the center of it all, Times Square.

Between La Guardia Airport (LGA) and city center (Manhattan):
MTA Bus M60

Between Kennedy International (JFK) and city center (Manhattan):
AirTrain JFK + LIRR or E or J or Z

Between Newark-Liberty (EWR) and city center (Manhattan):
AirTrain Newark + Amtrak or NJT

Note: As you can see, only La Guardia has direct service toward Manhattan.

Arriving/Departing by Rail or Bus:
Amtrak and BoltBus use Penn Station, adjacent to Madison Square Garden. Greyhound uses the Port Authority Bus Terminal, just a couple of blocks west of Times Square. Metro-North train lines from the northern suburbs and Connecticut use Grand Central Terminal.

Maps and guidebooks are free at information kiosks and hotel desks. The most centrally located tourist information center is the Times Square Museum and Visitor Center, which houses the 2008 New Year's Eve ball. Count down with the Ball, practice your New Year’s Eve kiss, and watch a spectacular five-minute light show at :05, :25 and :45 minutes. See the Ball’s 9,576 LEDs display flags from around the world, the four seasons, and more!

The Times Square Museum and Visitor Center houses the 2008 NYE Ball. Go see it for free!

For an official online version of the transport map, click here.

Main transit systems:
MTA New York City Transit (subway, buses and Staten Island rail)
Staten Island Ferry (ferry)
Metro-North (rail)
Long Island Rail Road (rail)

Most attractions will be located in the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, in addition to the waterways between them. The Staten Island Ferry is a free boat service between Manhattan (Whitehall Terminal near Battery Park) and Staten Island (St George Terminal). On this ride, you can take in awesome views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

The elegant interior of the Grand Central Terminal alone attracts millions of tourists annually.

The metropolitan area is spread out, but Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens are close enough together that visiting within and between these boroughs is quick and easy. Brooklyn and Queens are technically on the western edge of Long Island.

The main attractions of New York City can be grouped into three areas. Manhattan-Bronx: Bronx Zoo, Yankee Stadium, Central Park, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, MOMA, Times Square / Theater District, Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden, Ground Zero, Battery Park, UN Headquaters, Wall Street, Washington Arch. Brooklyn-Queens: Shea Stadium, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Coney Island. On the water: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge, Roosevelt Island Tramway.


Further afield: Take the Metro-North train to New Haven, CT and visit Yale University. You can also take the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) for a day trip to Long Beach, Jones Beach, the Hamptons, Montauk and Greenport!

A 2-in-1 photo op at the Flushing Meadows Park: the Unisphere and the Pavillion towers.

Bus M4:
Madison Square Garden <> Empire State Building <> Fifth Avenue Shopping <> Museums <> Central Park East

Subway [2]:
Staten Island Ferry (use Whitehall) <> Madison Square Garden <> Times Square <> Central Park North <> Bronx Zoo

Subway [7]:
Times Square <> Grand Central <> Shea Stadium / Flushing Meadows

Subway [D]:
Yankee Stadium <> Central Park West (use 59th St) <> Rockefeller Center <> Coney Island

Staten Island Ferry (free):
Battery Park <> Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (view only) <> Staten Island

And yes, it's possible to use New York City as a base for making day trips to other nearby cities, such as the Hamptons, Mystic Resort in Connecticut and of course, Philadelphia. Currently, Greyhound offers the least expensive fares to these cities, but if you want the in-car dining and lavatory facilities of rail travel, then Amtrak is the option for you.

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