Getting Around New York City By Subway

If you are staying in Manhattan and you want to see all the tourist attractions there is only one way to travel and that is the subway. Most tourists to New York City think that the subway is dirty and full of graffiti but that just isn't the case anymore. You will only see that in the movies, actually you won't see that in any new movies as they don't allow film crews to put graffiti on the trains for movies.  

New York City R-160 subway train #9498

To navigate the subway all you need to do is go to a token booth and get a free subway map. Most trains run north and south in Manhattan so you are only minutes from any tourist attraction by subway. If you are in midtown it only takes 15 minutes to get downtown.

Some places you may want to see:

Ground Zero - A, C or E train to Chambers Street. 1,2,3 train to chambers street or the R and W train to City Hall.
Battery Park - 1 train to south ferry or the 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green station.
South Street Seaport - A or C train to Broadway-Nassau street
Flatiron Building - R or W train to 23rd street.
Washington Square Park - A, B, C, D, E, F, V to West 4th street. Macys - B, V, F, D, Q to 34th and 6th ave.
Bloomingdales - 4, 5, 6, N, R, to 59th and Lexington avenue.

Of course almost any train will take you to or near Times Square at 42nd street stations. Speaking of 42nd street if you take any train 4,5 or 6 to Grand Central station you can see this old train station landmark and then stroll along 42nd street towards Times Square. This is a nice little walk as along the way you will see the Chrysler Building and the New York Public Library Building which has some great architecture.

Behind the Library is Bryant Park where they have the Fashion shows. It also has free wi-fi outdoors. So if you get stuck in a dinky hotel and need to get online you can take your laptop there and get online to send family and friends pictures of your trip. They will be jealous with envy.

Depending on how much you plan on using the subway you have to plan how much you need to pay. They have individual fares that as of this writing is $2 each way or you can buy a daily or a weekly pass.

If you would like to take a free tour of a subway ride see the video of a train ride going over the Manhattan Bridge.

 

 

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