PLANES, TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES
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So you just landed at one of NYC's three (3) major airports: JFK, La Guardia, or New Jerseys Newark Airport.... what should you do to get to the city (assuming your staying in Manhattan). You can call 800-247-7433, which spells 800-AIR-RIDE. This is the Port Authoritys transportation hotline and it will provide you with a free list of transportation services. But here are some helpful hints for JFK (the major airport):
JFK to Manhattan by:
- Bus/Train: You need to find the yellow shuttle bus that goes to Howard Beach Station, then take the A train to Manhattan. This can take you up to two hours, but some may consider it a tour....lol.
- Shuttle/Train: A faster service to the train is the shuttle.
- Express Bus: There is the NY Airport Express bus, which is a popular option as well. It will cost you about $15 to get into the city and they run every 15-30 minutes during peak and about every hour or so during off peak hours. Laguardia has the same service. Be careful because this service may not be 24 hours. Heres a link to investigate further http://www.panynj.gov/aviation/jgtsfram.htm.
- Taxi: Those in search of convienience and with tons of money to burn can take a taxi. Its a flat rate of $45 (plus tolls) from JFK airport to Manhattan ($15 surcharge from Newark airport).
Now your in the city with tons to do. How do you get around. There are trains, buses, taxis, pedicabs, or you can just walk around by foot.
Public transportation (train/bus) is the cheapest way to get around ($2 per ride), but it can be frustrating, especially if you dont know the system. Here is a map to get an idea of what the city looks like --> http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/nyct/maps/submap.htm <-- Its also your subway map.
Train edicate: Dont go smiling at every Tom, Dick, and Harry that you see, because they'll be able to smell an out of towner for miles. If you do, then dont expect much of a hello in return. Not that NYers are rude... they just have time restrictions and cant seem to fit being cordial to half the world everywhere they go.
Minimum taxi fare is now $2.50. Additional charges are $0.40 per 1/5 of a mile (at or above 6 mph) or for 2 minutes of time stopped or traveling below 6 mph. The night-time surcharge is $0.50 for rides beginning from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. The peak hour weekday surcharge is $1.00 and is charged for rides from 4 - 8 p.m. weekdays. There is no additional charge for luggage and no per passenger surcharge. Any tolls during the ride are the responsibility of the passenger, in addition to the metered fare.
Getting around by foot is super easy in the city, because theres so much to see while your walking. Other benefits: its free and you burn calories. Manhattan is laid out like a grid so its hard to get lost.... the streets go from low to high in a Northerly direction... 5th avenue is the breaking point between East and West. The lower numbers start near 5th Avenue and get higher as you walk closer towards the water on each side.
Pedicabs are plentiful in the city... for now at least. They are trying to get rid of them because it can be quite dangerous when your side by side with the maniacs we call taxi cab drivers. Anyway, they can be a bit pricey, but fun. One precaution!!! If your a fat ass please dont make the poor pedicab driver pedal you all around the city. Its bad enough he has to suck in all the car fumes....=)
Well thats that as far as transportation is concerned.... If you have questions send me a message or call that hotline number I gave you... More to follow on other subjects. Read Below for Lodging.
Ok, I live in the city, so I know how super expensive it can be to lodge here. Man rent is anywhere from $1200 -$2000 a month for a one bedroom apartment, if your lucky. I guess what Im trying to say is that cheap and NYC dont go together too well. That is unless you want to be sleeping next to tyrone the homeless guy, who smells like romano cheese and poop...hahaha.
However, Ive noticed that most people want the cheapest lodging they can get, so that they can have some beer money left over... Well here is a site that rates hostels, which seem to be the cheapest route.----> http://www.hostels.com/en/us.ny.ny.html
If your not a big fan of hostels and want hotels. I have seen the inside of the New Yorker and its not that bad for the price and location. Its dab smack in the middle of the city (34th street) and its next to Madison Square Garden, Macys, H&M, and all these other great places to shop. Im not hotels.com so dont take my word for it... I would recommend extensive research to make sure your getting your moneys worth... oh and remember your getting what you paid for. Dont expect champaign and caviar experiences on a kool-aide budget. =)
THIS ENTRY IS A WORK IN PROGESS. I WILL UPDATE AS I LEARN MORE.