how to get around NYC

I sometimes think the most daunting part of New York is the overwhelming feeling that there is no amount of time in the city to allow for seeing absolutely everything. There are always new to shows to be seen, new food to be tried, and new experiences to be had. Perhaps the best starting point is knowing how to get around the Big Apple. By knowing how to get around, you can better create a plan for how to hit every item on your New York 'bucketlist.'


When searching for how to get to New York City in the first place, you should know that there are 3 major airports that service New York City: Newark, Laguardia, and JFK. Newark is in New Jersey, however, it's just a train or 40-min. share-ride away from Manhattan. If you find cheaper tickets into Newark, it could be worth it to buy them, as an Airlink to your accommodation in Manhattan only costs about $21. 

Now, for getting around the city...


The famous yellow cabs are everywhere in NYC. You can call ahead and make a reservation if you know you'll need a ride at a certain time. However, in my experience, there is never a shortage of taxis to get you from point A to point B. Rates can be steep, but the perk is that you'll be taken straight to your destination, which is nice when you don't feel like walking in the bitter spring temperatures {like in April when it's sunny but 50°} or when you don't have time to spare! 


During our short time in the big apple, S and I utilized Uber. He had the app on his phone and it was the first time I had used it. In light of recent political events, I suggest making the switch to Lyft. Download the Lyft app, create an account, and request a ride. Easy breezy! This, again, is a great option when you don't have much time. 


The subway system is by far the best way to get from one side of the city to the other for cheap. As long as you know which direction you are headed {East, West, North, South}, you'll be in good shape. Besides walking, the kiwi clan used the subway to get around the city during our long stay and found it pretty easy to navigate. I suggest purchasing the unlimited MetroCard if you will be in the city riding the subway frequently. There are, however, plan options for those staying for shorter periods of time. 

me, navigating the city via walking with my eyes closed

me, navigating the city via walking with my eyes closed


For those who want to explore every corner in an active and eco-friendly way, walking is my top recommendation. This choice is best if you have comfortable shoes and time. New York City is very walkable thanks to its density. In 2015, my friends and I walked the city in {basically} its entirety. From SoHo to Harlem, over to Midtown and the Upper Eastside. If you visit in the summertime, walking allows for you to venture fully and discover every nook and cranny. You'll likely stumble upon hidden gems and beautiful back-alleys. 


Another environmentally conscious way to see the city is by pedal bike. The crew of Kiwis and I biked rented bikes for almost nothing near Central Park. We stopped to take pictures around park landmark statues and even managed to get yelled at by a jogger {way to bring it, New York}. Our bike rental was good for a half day and we were free to take on the whole city. There are many options for bike rentals around the city. Price and time allowance all vary. Citi Bikes are popular with locals. 

I had the best time in New York. Yet again. It seems like the shiny city never disappoints. I can't wait to share everything with you all from my return to the 'concrete jungle.' Speaking of which, I have shin splints like an absolute to ice my poor legs.