How to get around New York like a local - THE SUBWAY

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How to get around New York like a local - THE SUBWAY Mar 24, 2009
Being a native New Yorker, here is some advice for you if you are visiting the City (meaning Manhattan) and the outskirts.

The cheapest, fastest, truly New Yorker experience to get around is the Subway. It runs very often (late night about every 20 minutes) and you can take local or express trains or combine both.

Very good subway map in PDF format:


If you can’t handle the following, don’t even bother:

* Occasionally homeless people asking for money

* Panhandlers

* The smell is not fresh air like a park

* Not a fancy clean train station

* Hundreds of people walking fast trying to catch their train

* Standing while riding during rush hour

General Advice:

* Don’t look naive

* Don’t answer people talking to you if you get a bad vibe from them (don’t be rude to those very few) just keep walking

* Late night, make sure not to be alone if you are a visitor (you won’t know how to handle yourself in a sticky situation)

* Never try to hop over the gates without paying, there are too many cops and you will get caught.

* Always have a subway map with you; you can get them at any booth at entry

* Study the map before you come to City (the PDF version), it will make it a 1000 times easier for you to get around, and you will feel like you know the city pretty well.

* Get a pass (7 day, month) whatever fits your time needed. It will be a LOT cheaper for you.

* If you do find yourself lost, ask the MTA employees in the booth for assistance.

* Keep you wallet in a safe place.

* Be courteous, yet don’t be too polite or you will never get on the subway (or anywhere else in the City)

If you can handle all that, I can hosetly say that you will enjoy and feel New York like a true local.

If you need any advice, I am here to help.

Enjoy the best city in USA, and be safe!
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sanfoodie says:
Visiting NY probably next month for a mixed business and sightseeing trip. Valuable advice. Surely follow and keep in mind during my stay. Very well explained
Posted on: Apr 09, 2017
I visited New York this October and used the subway for all of my traveling. It was a GREAT way to get around. Your warning and general advise are perfect. Any one reading this should definitely follow it. My friend and I were able to download the same subway map on his IPod Touch. So, when we were lost, it didn't look like we were tourist looking at a map. We looked like every other New Yorker using their IPod on the subway.
Posted on: Dec 30, 2008
marksreynolds says:
We use the subway in NYC all the time when we visit. It's the best way to get every where!
Posted on: Jul 29, 2008
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