Guide to Big Apple
NYC CITY GUIDE - If you are a student new to New York City, do not allow the tall buildings and flashy lights scare you! This New York City guide ensures that you adapt to NYC just as well as it adapts to you.
One can only expect a multitude of transportation options in NYC and there is no shortage of choices available. Subway, cab and bus are the three most popular transportation methods for students.
Subway:Taking the subway will get you where you need to be quickly. It is the fastest transportation available in NYC. You'll find maps of the subway system at any subway token booth. To use the subway you will need a Metrocard. A MetroCard also allows you to ride the city bus as well. This bright yellow magnetic fare car allows you to transfer from subway to bus as you need without charge. As an added bonus, purchasing a MetroCard with a value of $10 or more will get you a free-ride bonus. Unlimited day passes, 7-day passes and 30-day unlimited passes are also available at reduced costs.
Taxi Cab:If there are several people in the party, using a taxi cab may be cheaper than bus or train. Fares for a taxi start at just $2.50 with every 1/5 of a mile costing an additional 40cents. Flat rate fares are also available. For example, a trip from JFK Airport into Manhattan would cost just $45 (plus toll fees.)
City Bus:Buses in NYC run often, both uptown and downtown, though it may take you longer to reach your destination than with one of the other transportation methods. Maps of all five boroughs are available to help you plan your travel, available from the New York Transit Authority Customer service desk. You can visit the city bus website by clicking www.mta.nyc.ny.us or by calling 718-330-1234.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
MTA Subway and Bus Lost and Found: 212-712-4500
Long Island railroad travel Information: 718-217-5477
Metro-North railroad Travel Information: 212-532-4900
WHAT TO DO…
Things to do...New York City is called the city that never sleeps. Truly, if you would like to see all the best New York has to offer, even if you come for a long-term stay, there will really be little time left for sleeping. Everyone will find something for him or herself in the city, but here are some quick suggestions.
Any must-see list a visitor to New York will include the major attractions: Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building or the Brooklyn Bridge. New York City is replete with museums that will suit every taste: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim. No matter what you are looking for, you will find it here. And if you are at the Metropolitan, don't forget the Museum of Natural History; it's only a short walk away across the Central Park.
Speaking of Central Park, it truly is a unique natural gem. In the heart of a bustling city there are 843 acres of lush green landscape where you can go for a walk, run, play ball, rent a rowboat, go skating in winter or simply relax on the Great Lawn. Oh, and don't forget Shakespeare in the Park - free summertime plays at the Delacorte theater.
New York is a film-lover's paradise. Its famous for independent theaters such as Angelica Film Center where you can see foreign or independent movies you normally only hear about. And if you are in the mood for a musical treat, take you pick from a virtual smorgasbord of musical venues, from the Lincoln Center to Brooklyn Philharmonic, from the Bowery Ballroom to the Webster Hall. Check out big ticket bands at Radio City Music Hall or Madison Square Garden - the world's greatest arena - or simply walk into one of the numerous bars or clubs and listen to live music played nightly by local artists.
If you're in the mood for shopping, you can choose from the whole spectrum of locations: from the famous flagship stores like Bergdorf Goodman or Tiffany & Co. on famed Fifth Avenue to small boutiques offering unique wares. And when it comes to culinary experience, New York City offers tastes of the entire world prepared by the most famous chefs or small-time local cooks. Your taste buds will be rewarded no matter what you choose.
If you're LostGetting lost in NYC can be a very scary experience! There are many useful resources to prevent this, however. If you are near a subway there are maps on the station wall. A booth attend is also available to help you find the right way. When you travel, get more information than simply the address. Knowing a cross street can be very helpful in getting you where you need to be and ensuring you aren't lost. 3-1-1 are three digits for you to always remember. This number can be accessed at any time and can quickly help you find your car if it has been towed, help you file complaints against a loud neighbor, report a city violation and more. These three numbers and you will be connected to the appropriate city department immediately.
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