After a long break from posts I thought it worthwhile to share some of the knowledge I have gained visiting my favorite city; New York, New York. Since my last post I have been lucky enough to be able to return to the Big Apple for a short break to reaffirm my love for the place as the best city on earth; in my opinion! although I know many more agree. My Fiance and I have been fortunate to visit the city on a number of occasions and each time we have added new and exciting experiences in what is an ever changing city. Whilst I would never consider myself an expert I feel that the little things I have learnt in visiting the city makes it more enjoyable so I thought I would share a few things with you…
First up – The Subway
Without a doubt this is the best way to explore the city; one of the first things I learnt when I first visited, as the city is huge! Even if you only want to visit Manhattan you will find out very soon how big it is and whilst walking is a good way to soak up the city you will struggle to walk everywhere in good time . Of course cabs are another option (and by all means get a cab!) but being a more frugal traveler I think the subway is ideal and a good place to start.
Tip 1 – Get a weekly MetroCard. These are circa $30 and last 7 days with unlimited travel; an absolute bargain if you compare to the tube in the Big Smoke.
Tip 2 – Don’t try and get one at rush hour, like London or any other city you will be getting in the way of people just trying to get to work and its New York so don’t expect good old english queuing and niceties!
Tip 3 – Uptown and Downtown are important. Make sure you get on the right line! Get a subway app or carry a small subway map with you to avoid wasting time and potentially getting lost. The subway is easy enough to negotiate but when its busy you are better off knowing exactly which way you are looking to go.
Tip 4 – Enjoy the entertainment! The subway is full of a vast myriad of characters and especially at weekends we have seen some very good entertainers in the stations. If you enjoy street performers some of them are definitely worth a watch.
All that being said, be safe and follow the rules. Whilst New York is probably one of the safest places we have ever visited remember it is a still working city so treat it as you would any other major city you might visit. We have never had any problems on the subway but study it beforehand i.e. your local station and line, to give yourself a fighting chance.
Hopefully you will find the above helpful and please feel free to leave feedback if you do. I have quite a few more topics I want to share about this wonderful city and hope some of it helps would-be travelers and Big Apple lovers like me!