Sunday, February 16, 2014
Quick And Easy Subway Navigation In New York City
The New York City subway system is fast and efficient. Unfortunately, it is not very tourist friendly - it was built for the people who live in and around New York City (and rightly so). Which means it was built for people who know where, and which way, they are going.
If you are a tourist in New York City, and have not committed to memory a street map of the area, or at least the locations of the major tourist attractions, here is a handy cheat sheet for you (a "Life Hack" as the kids are calling it these days).
On the island of Manhattan, East is "Downtown" (not necessarily compass east, but towards the Atlantic Ocean). West is "Uptown" (towards the Pacific Ocean).
If you are in Mid-town, that means you are close to Penn Station/Madison Square Garden (Madison Square Garden is on top of Penn Station). If you want to go to the Statue of Liberty, Staten Island, Wall Street, the World Trade Center Memorial/Freedom Tower, that requires going east, which means downtown. Take the 1 to the Ferry Station. You are blocks from the aforementioned attractions from there.
Want to go to Central Park? The Natural History Museum? (trust me, you do). That requires going west (again, not necessarily compass west, but towards the Pacific Ocean), which is uptown. Take the 1,2, or 3 - they'll all get you there.
Oh, subway rides are $2.50 a pop in one direction.