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New York City is one of those cities that once you visit, you will never get it out of your mind, or your heart. Spending time in New York is like spending time in the middle of a movie…the sights, the sounds, and the characters that abound all around you make visiting this world-renowned city a life experience that few folks ever forget.

New York airports include JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark. MTA public transportation is available from the airports to New York, but its best to avoid them when making the trip. The trip from the airport to NYC includes enough transfers that it is much too confusing, and much too difficult to do with luggage. Your best option, if you have luggage, is to take a taxi or shuttle service. Taxis are fast and very convenient. They are available at taxi stands outside the terminals. AirTrains are also available from Newark & JFK. This new rail link now connects Newark Airport to Manhattan on a monorail link. However the Airtrain connection to JFK is complicated, so even from JFK it’s best to take a taxi or shuttle.

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The Super Shuttle which also serves all three airports. Visit www.supershuttle.com for more information. New York Airport Service (www.nyairportservice.com) buses also connect JFK and Laguardia to the Port Authority bus terminal, Grand Central, and midtown hotels. There are a large number of options to make the commute from any one of the three airports, so make sure to visit the airport websites and choose the option that suits your particular needs best.

The Manhattan transportation systems are remarkable. Visitors can get anywhere they want to within NewYork city through a combination of subways, buses and cabs. However the transportation can be very busy sometimes complicated, and even then, sometimes you simply need to walk, especially during rush hour. Keep in mind that the primary means of most New Yorkers to get around town is walking.

Advice about taking a car to NYC – don’t do it. Traffic is a nightmare, parking is near impossible, and your trip will be an overwhelming headache of near accidents and honking. If you do come to New York in a car, find a garage to park it, and leave it there.

Buses offer a very good way to get around the city – they are more pleasant than subways because you are above-ground, and they are also less expensive than taxis. However they can get stuck in traffic, so consider carefully the time of day that you choose to board a bus. A good rule of thumb is to use subways for long-distance jumps, and buses for jumps of just a few blocks.

The best option for transportation is to buy a Metrocard, this way you can transfer to the bus or subway for free within 2 hours. Make sure that each bus is going where you need to go by checking the map on the sign at every bus stop, or get a hold of a route map. When riding the bus, signal for a stop by pressing the tape strip above and beside the windows about 2 blocks before you want to stop. Push on the yellow tape strip to exit.

Additionally, The Alliance for Downtown, New York’s Downtown Connection offers a free service that connections many downtown destinations. These buses run daily every 10 to 15 minutes – and are a great option to save money while traveling the city. Learn more at www.downtownny.com.

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New York Interesting Facts

  • The Governor Thomas Dewey Thruway is the longest toll road in the United States.
  • FIT in Manhattan is the only school in the world offering a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing
  • In 1807, the Clermont made its maiden voyage from NYC to Albany, making it the first successful steamboat.
  • New York City has 722 miles of subway track.
  • The first daily Yiddish newspaper appeared in 1885 in New York City.
  • The first international sports here, boxer Bill Richmond, was from Staten Island.
  • The New York Post, established in 1803 by Alexander Hamilton is the oldest running newspaper in the United States.
  • The first capital of the United States was New York City.
  • In 1789, George Washington took his oath as president on the balcony at Federal Hall.
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