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New York: Essentials

updated February 21, 2017


New York Airport Service
212/875-8200, nyairportservice.com
Shuttle bus between Manhattan (Grand Central Terminal, Port Authority, and Penn Station) and LaGuardia is $12 one way, $21 round trip; JFK is $15/$27. Departs approximately every 30 minutes. There's also a shuttle link between JFK and LaGuardia 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., $13 each way.

Newark Liberty Airport Express Bus Service
(Olympia Trails), olympiabus.com
Shuttle bus transportation from Newark is $13 one way, $22 round trip. Departs every 30 minutes for stops at Penn Station, Grand Central, and Port Authority.

AirTrain panynj.gov/airtrain
Follow signs at JFK and Newark for connections into the city. Trains run every 10 minutes. Fare to/from JFK is $5, which must be purchased on a MetroCard. Trains stop at connecting subway stations, so add another $2 for subway fare. If coming from JFK, use the MetroCard machine at the train-subway transfer. Rides to/from Newark are free to/from the Newark Rail Link Station, where you get NJ Transit, which takes you to/from Penn Station for $11.55. Trains leave every 30 minutes.


Subway & Bus mta.nyc.ny.us
$2 flat fare; MetroCards available at subway station kiosks. A daily "Fun Pass" is $7; a seven-day pass is $21. Ask for map at booth. Single-use free transfer available if going from bus to bus, bus to subway, or subway to bus. Ask for transfer ticket from bus driver if using change instead of MetroCard.

Initial fare: $2.50; 40¢ each 1?5 mile or for each 90 seconds stopped in traffic. Add 50¢ for rides after 8 p.m.; add $1 Mon.-Fri. from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Taxis take up to four passengers.

Average rate: $1 per minute; operate evenings and weekends. Licensed "peddlers" only.

Staten Island Ferry
718/390-5253, siferry.com
Free; 25-minute ride between Whitehall St. in Lower Manhattan and St. George Terminal on Staten Island. Awesome views of N.Y. Harbor, the skyline, and Lady Liberty.

New York Water Taxi
212/742-1969, newyorkwatertaxi.com
A double-decker, high-speed catamaran that makes 10 stops in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, including Chelsea Piers, Christopher St., and South St. Seaport. $5 for single rides, $20 for two-day hop-on/hop-off ticket. Hoofing it in NYC It takes the average person one minute to walk one "short" (north-south) block, and two minutes to walk one "long block" (east-west) in Manhattan. Do the math.


Free on the Street The Village Voice or New York Press At Newsstands


  • Time Out New York, timeout.com

  • New York Magazine, nymetro.com

  • The New Yorker, newyorker.com

    Big Onion Walking Tours
    212/439-1090, bigonion.com
    Lively, informed historic- and ethnic-themed tours led by guides with advanced degrees in history. Check online calendar or call for meeting spots. Adults $15, seniors $12, and students $10. No reservations required; schedule subject to change in case of inclement weather.

    Municipal Art Society of NY Tours
    212/935-3960, mas.org/events/tours.cfm
    Expert in-depth exploration of city architecture. Weekday walking tours $12; weekend walking/bus combo tour $15. Free tours of Grand Central Terminal only depart Wed. at 12:30 p.m. from the information booth in the Main Concourse.

    Nosh Walks
    212/222-2243, noshwalks.com
    Taste your way from Odessa to Bombay. Most tours are $20 and do not include the cost of food. Sat.-Sun. only.

    Radical Walking Tours
    718/492-0069, radicalwalkingtours.org
    See NYC through the eyes of anarchists, revolutionaries, and good old-fashioned hell-raisers. Summer schedule suspended; call for upcoming tours. $10 per tour.

    Gray Line New York
    800/669-0051, graylinenewyork.com
    Fare is $49 for a two-day hop-on/hop-off tour by double-decker bus. Makes 42 stops in all. All tickets must be purchased online, by phone, or at the official start location, 777 8th Ave. at W. 47th St.

    Pioneer Sailings From South Street Seaport Museum
    212/748-8786, southstseaport.org
    Schooner sailing tours of N.Y. Harbor beat the popular but noisy Circle Line any day. $30. Daily sailings May-Sept.; call for times.



  • Movies Moviefone, 212/777-FILM, moviefone.com

  • Theater Telecharge, 212/239-6200, telecharge.com

  • Sports & concert tickets Ticketmaster, 212/307-7171, ticketmaster.com

  • Directory information 411

  • Emergencies Police and Fire Departments, 911

  • Complaints, non-emergencies NYC citizen service line, 311

  • Mayor's Office for People With Disabilities 212/788-2830
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