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July 5, 2012

The ESC's Guide To NYC: Transportation


We are so excited that the BlogHer Conference is coming back to New York City for 2012! Since we know Manhattan can be a bit overwhelming for some out-of-towners, we thought we'd offer some helpful tips to making the most of your stay in The Big Apple. (Tip #1: Don't call New York "The Big Apple".)

Note: Those of you from other metropolitan cities similar to Manhattan might find some of these tips to be obvious or common sense, but you'd be surprised how many people aren't familiar with this type of area and really just have no idea what to do. So we're here to help!

So here's our first installment of The ESC's Guide to NYC:

Transportation

 

We remember hearing some complaints after BlogHer10 that it was too hard to get around NYC and there was "too much walking". We had a hard time understanding those complaints because Manhattan has more public transportation options than most other areas. So we thought we'd offer some helpful basic traveling tips (and etiquette) for the attendees coming in for BlogHer12.

Taxis

  • Hailing a cab
We often see tourists frustrate themselves by frantically trying wave down off-duty taxi after off-duty taxi. When just the center is lit, highlighting the medallion number, the cab is available. When the medallion number and the "off duty"/side lamps on a taxi are lit, it is off-duty and won't stop for you. When there are no lights lit, it already has a fare and won't stop for you. It doesn't matter how hard you wave your arm back and forth.



To hail a cab, stand on or near the corner of a street (on the side of the street that has traffic going in the direction you're headed if possible). Step off the sidewalk into the street a bit - not too much, just enough to make it easier for cab drivers to notice you, not enough to get hit by a car - and stick out your arm. Don't wave your arm around or yell "Taxi" or whistle - you're not a character in a movie.

You can use the CabSense app on your smartphone to help you find the best nearby street corner to hail a cab based on the day of the week, time and your location. If you're in an area of New York without yellow cab traffic, it will give you info for car services or livery cabs (see below). Don't steal someone else's cab; that's just shitty. The first person (or group of people) waiting for a cab, gets the first cab that pulls up. If you're really desperate, wait for the next one or go to the next corner or cross the street.

At some places, such as outside the Long Island Rail Road or Amtrak (both at Penn Station), you can wait online to get a taxi. Don't bother trying to hail a cab on your own at these areas; drivers aren't allowed to stop for you unless you're on the line. Instead go down a block or so and beat the line completely.
  • Riding in a cab

A maximum of four passengers can ride in a standard size cab. (Three in the back and one passenger can ride shotgun next to the driver when the rear is filled.) Get in the cab and then tell the driver where you're going as soon as possible. Speak loudly/clearly. Don't give an exact address, give an intersection (e.g., "30th and Madison"). If both are numbers, give the street first and the avenue second (e.g., the corner of 10th Street and Fifth Avenue is "10th and 5th", not "5th and 10th"). Don't ever expect a cabbie to automatically know the exact location of any bar, restaurant, coffee shop or store, although certain destinations (like Grand Central Station or Penn Station) are common knowledge.

New York taxi drivers are required to take you to any destination in the five boroughs, but they're probably not going to psyched if you're going outside Manhattan to Queens or Brooklyn. So definitely don't tell them that's where you're headed until you're already in the cab. If they refuse to take you where you want to go, you can threaten to report them. (If you ever have any problems with a New York Taxi, call 311 or file a complaint onlineMake sure you record the driver's name and medallion number.)

For more information on passengers rights, review the Taxicab Rider's Bill of Rights.

If you're actually familiar with how to get to your destination, it's okay to tell your driver which route you'd like to take. But in most cases, trust that they know better than you do.

  • Paying for a cab
Taxi fare is $2.50 upon entry, plus $0.40 for each additional "unit". The standard "unit" fare is: 1/5 of a mile when the taxi is traveling at 6 mph or more or 60 seconds when not in motion/traveling at less than 6 mph. There is a surcharge of either $0.50 (between 8pm-6am) or $1.00 (Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm) plus a New York State tax surcharge of $0.50 per ride. There is no additional charge per passenger or for luggage. (Certain destinations have flat rates, such as JFK airport. You can find more detailed information on rate of fares, flat rates, trips beyond the city, tolls, group rides, etc. here.)

The drivers determine the fares up by themselves; it's all calculated by the meter using combined fractional measures of distance and time and they can't alter the meter in any way. So no, you're not being "scammed" or "overcharged" unless you're asked to pay something other than what you see on the meter at the end of the ride. You can estimate what your fare might be beforehand using sites like TaxiFareFinder.com, WorldTaximeter.com or TaxiWiz.com. If you suspect a driver is "taking you for a ride" (heh) by taking a round-about route, he or she very well may be, but remember that some streets are one-way or have other obstructions, and your driver can't control the traffic. If you're traveling during rush hour, it's going to be a considerably slower ride and there's nothing you can do about it.
 
Most, but not all, New York taxis currently accept credit cards but cash is always quicker and probably preferred by the driver. And yes, you have to tip the driver. Unless he or she was horribly rude to you during your ride, you should tip 15-20% (plus an extra dollar or two if they helped you with your bags).

For more info on NYC tipping etiquette, check out the ESC's Guide to NYC: Tipping.

Livery/Car Service

Sometimes you don't want to try to hail a cab; you want to cab to come to you. Here's a list of TLC licensed for-hire car services (sorted by borough). This is convenient for those of you traveling on a tight schedule or who don't want to deal with hailing a cab on the street or waiting in line. If you're traveling in a group, some services can provide vans or limousines that seat 10 or more people. Some can even provide child safety seats when requested in advance.

But be aware that these cars are typically more expensive than taxis.You should always ask for the rate for a trip in advance and sometimes can even pay in advance with a credit card.

When they come to pick you up, look for stickers on the outside of the car, that give the base name, base license number and base telephone number. Inside the car, there should be the driver's TLC license behind the driver seat. If you don't see this, you're probably not in a legal livery cab. For info on how to identify a TLC-licensed livery cab and driver check out this brochure.


New York recently passed new rules that change the way livery cabs look and operate. In the past, it was not legal to hail livery cabs from the street like you would with a yellow cab; you were only allowed to call and reserve one in advance. (Not that that ever stopped drivers from picking up fares anyway.) But now some livery cab companies are given permits to pick up New Yorkers off the streets in the outer boroughs. A new fleet of livery cabs known as "Boro Taxis" will be picking up passengers outside Manhattan and in Northern Manhattan (above E. 96th - W. 110th Streets). You'll recognize these cars easily - they're apple green!

Pedi-cabs 


We honestly don't know much about pedi-cabs in NYC because something about having a guy bike you around town just rubs us the wrong way. Our first instinct is to say "skip it" but if you really want to give it a try, here's some info:

- Revolution Rickshaws
- Mr. Rickshaw
- Pony Cab

Subway

A lot of the complaints we've heard about how expensive New York is, came from people who took cabs everywhere. Listen guys, the subway costs $2.25-$2.50! Any time of day, any direction, any destination. That's hella cheap! Why would you complain about the cost of a cab when you could take the bus or subway for $2.50? (More on the bus system, below.) Also, up to three children - 44" tall and under - can ride for free when accompanied by a fare paying adult.
  • Preparing to take the Subway
Some people find the subway system a bit confusing, but it's pretty easy to figure out if you do a little "work" beforehand.

You're going to want to check the directions before you go. You can check the MTA's website for route information (they have their own TripPlanner program) or you can go to onthego.mta.info from your iPhone, iPad or PDA browser and to get maps, service status, schedules, etc. for the New York subway and bus system. Or we recommend you try HopStop.com (you can also download the free HopStop app on your smart phone). There you can put in two addresses and get detailed subway directions.

When that's not possible, a subway map isn't that hard to read... you just need to know what you're looking for. Below is a little "excerpt" of the NYC subway map, so you can look it over and figure it out. (Click here to check out the full map.)





Before entering the station read the sign indicating which trains are accessible from that station and any other important information. Some entrances will give you access to all trains at that station, others will only give you access to the Uptown or Downtown trains. (In that case, you can usually find the opposite entrance across the street, unless otherwise specified.) Here are two random examples:




In the photo on the left, you can access the N, R and W trains going Downtown and to Brooklyn. So if you want to go Uptown or to Queens, there is probably another entrance on the opposite corner. In the photo on the right, you can access the A, C, E, N, Q, R, W, 1, 2, 3, 9 and 7 trains, as well as the Shuttle ("S"), all in either direction. But if you're traveling between 8:50 pm and 6:00 am, then you'll have to enter at another entrance. Certain entrance signs may specify that they don't sell MetroCards at that location. You'll have to enter with a card or it will instruct you where to go to buy one at a nearby station (probably across the street).

Photo of customer information center bulletin board
Once you get underground, near the main booth there will be a Customer Information Center bulletin board that has a map, schedules, and information about changes in service. Unless this is one of the few spots that doesn't sell MetroCards, you'll find a row of MetroCard vending machines inside the subway.
  • Buying a MetroCard
You can buy a card from a station agent for cash, but most people use the machines. Make sure you check the electronic display at the top of the machine. If it says "Cash Only" or "Credit/Debit Only" etc. you better make sure you have the right method of payment. Have this ready to go before you get up to the machine, especially if there are people waiting on line behind you. (If you're using cash, don't pay with large bills. Most machines won't give too much change - and it will be in dollar coins.) Those of you who are from Washington, D.C. might find buying a NYC MetroCard super easy compared to your jacked-up system... but those of you who never take the subway might still find it confusing.

You can buy a new MetroCard or add money to an old one ("refill"). Touch the screen to get started. You can choose between a MetroCard and a SingleRide card. A SingleRide card must be purchased with cash and must be used within 2 hours of purchase, so this isn't the card you want if you're buying it ahead of time for later use.
 
If you select MetroCard, you have two choices: pay-per-ride or unlimited ride. You can put different amounts of money on a pay-per-ride card (rides are $2.25 each). I think the lowest amount you can put on a regular card is $4.50 but if you put $10 or more on your card at a time you will get a 7% bonus ($10 will get you $10.70, $20 will get you $21.40).

Up to four people can use a pay-per-ride MetroCard at once. (That is, at one time, not for one swipe. You can swipe up to four times in a row on one card.) So if you're traveling in a group, this is a good option. For every swipe of your card, you're entitled to one free subway-to-bus, bus-to-subway or bus-to-bus transfer within 2 hours of your swipe. So if you're going to take the bus to the subway, that's only one fare... unless you stop for a 2 hour lunch or something in between.

Pay per ride MetroCards are refillable (until they expire, which takes a while, so don't worry), so if you have a balance of only say, $0.50 at the end of the day, it's not lost money, you can put a few more bucks on the card and use it again.

Unlimited Ride cards are good for as many rides on the subway and buses as much as you want, during a specific time. But they aren't completely "unlimited" - you can't use them more than once every 18 minutes (so that means only one person can use this card at a time). Subway station agents can't override the 18 minute rule, you just have to wait, so if you exit the subway and then realize you have to go back in, you have to wait. You can buy a 7-Day Unlimited card for $29 (or a 30-Day Unlimited for $104 but this choice isn't a good option for you unless you're planning on staying in New York for weeks). The MTA has provided a chart to compare Unlimited Cards with Pay-Per-Ride Cards. Unless you're planning on staying in New York for more than a few days and will be traveling by subway and/or bus quite a bit (15 or more times within a week long period), then it's not worth the cost for most of you.

  • Using a MetroCard
Have your Metrocard ready before you approach the turnstiles. Really. We mean it. Have it in your hand before you even walk over to the turnstiles. If you're not sure how much money is on your card, don't use the turnstile to check it. There are MetroCard readers available that you can use to verify your remaining balance (or the expiration date for Unlimited Ride cards).

Hold your card with the MetroCard name facing toward you (if you look closely, you'll see arrows on the bottom facing the direction you want to be swiping in) and quickly swipe your MetroCard through the turnstile and walk through when the screen says "GO."

If it doesn't let you through right away, read the screen. It might say "Please swipe again". This means it didn't read the card properly so you can swipe again at that turnstile or move to another (after several failed attempts, try another). You won't be charged another fare. But if the screen says "Swipe card again at this turnstile" you will be charged another fare if you move to a different turnstile (or if you're using an Unlimited card, you'll be forced to wait 18 minutes). Honestly we're not even sure why it makes you do this sometimes, but when it does, just keep swiping at that turnstile. If it says "See Agent" there's something wrong with your card and you should bring it to the station agent.
  • Taking the Subway

Photo of subway sign for Downtown & Brooklyn B and C trains

Follow the signs for the subway route you want to take. There will be signs telling you which trains stop there (letters or numbers) and which direction they're traveling in: Uptown (northbound), Downtown (southbound), or Brooklyn-bound. (Click here for detailed info on each particular line.) In some of the larger stations, where there are a lot of different trains, you may have to walk some to get to the one you need. Just follow the signs and arrows.

Photo of the side of a train displaying C train route and letterWhen the train pulls up, make sure it's the right one before you get on it. The front and side will display the number or letter (usually more than one route will stop at the same station, so check before you get on.) A local train will make every stop, while express trains skip some stops. Check beforehand which you want to be on... an express train might skip the station you're going to; a local train will probably take longer to get to your final destination. Trains of the same color don't necessarily mean they're the same train or hit all the same stops.

It's okay to ask someone else who is also waiting for the train "does the __ train stop at _____ station?" if you're not sure. But if you've checked the map and gotten directions from HopStop beforehand, then you should be okay on your own.

Some people think the subway is unsafe and scary, but the subway is generally safe (maybe it's not super safe to ride alone in the middle of the night, but it's not super safe to be alone anywhere in the middle of the night). When you ride during non-rush hours, you might feel safer if you ride in the car with the conductor. The conductor's car is usually in the middle of the train. You can also ride in the first car with the train operator.

When the train arrives, you have to let people exit first before you get on. When the car subway is empty, you can do almost anything you want... but when it's crowded there are some unwritten rules you have to abide by. When you get on, move as far into the car as you can (don't hover by the door, because other people have to get on too - if you're getting off at the next stop, you're allowed to stay somewhat near the door, but you still need to move out of the way to let other people on and off the train).

Don't hold the doors, keeping them from closing. Especially if it's rush hour. Really, don't do it. We don't care if your large group of friends are still pounding down the stairs, rushing to catch the train... there will be another one in 10 minutes, so sorry. Unless your kids are on one side of the door and you are on the other side, it's not okay to hold everyone else up.

Take up as little room as possible - that means no being a seat hog, no spreading your knees wide, no putting your bag on the seat next you when you could easily be holding it instead. Put it in your lap, or on the floor between your legs. Yes, we know the subway floor is dirty, but sorry, that's how it is. If you're traveling with a very large suitcase or stroller, be courteous and careful about how you maneuver. Don't block people from getting on or off the train and be conscious of where you're swinging that bag. If it hits someone in the face, they reserve the right to hit you in the face.

Don't stare at people. It's just rude. This should be common sense everywhere, not just on the subway. If you see a pregnant woman or elderly person, or anyone with crutches, you should offer them your seat. If you're the one who is pregnant, elderly, or on crutches feel free to give everyone around you dirty looks for not offering you their seat. Women in high heels? Sorry, you're on your own.
If you're standing, it's not okay to lean your whole body against the pole. Other people need to hold on too, so one hand is all you're allowed. If you're standing by the door, you have to move out of the way at every stop, so other people can get on and off. But don't lean against the doors while the train is moving. On the other hand, you have to hold onto something or you will probably fall over onto the people near you.
Sometimes the trains get very crowded - if you're standing next to someone seated, common courtesy requires that you don't stick your crotch in their face. Yeah, just turn around slightly. If you end up face-to-face with another passenger, look away. Don't just stare at them for the duration of the ride.
Conductors make announcements so you'll know the next stop along the line, but it's not always easy to understand what the heck they're saying. So just pay attention. Every time the train stops at a station, the walls will say what station that is. If you got your directions from HopStop, they provide a list of all the stations you will pass by between your point of departure and your final destination. You can check the subway map (every train car usually has two on either side) to make sure you're traveling in the right direction. The newer subway cars have strip maps that show stops along the line, a digital readout of the upcoming stop, and a mechanical voice that announces the current and next station as well as available transfers at each.

After you exit the train, make sure you're at the right station. If somehow you screwed it up and you're not, don't exit the subway or you will have to pay again. Instead, check the map or ask for directions in order to get yourself back on track. If you're at the right station, follow signs to exit. Some of the larger stations may have several different exits on various streets. The directions you got from HopStop should've told you which exit to you in order to get you closer to your final destination. You may need to walk to the other end of the station to reach the correct one. Exit through the turnstiles, the same as you entered (you don't need to swipe to exit, just leave) being careful not to collide head-on with those who are trying to enter the station through the turnstiles.

Bus

You need a MetroCard to ride the bus (refer to the MetroCard purchasing instructions above, under the Subway section) or $2.25 in exact change (no dollar bills, no pennies). Express buses cost $5.50. (Note: You can't use an Unlimited Ride MetroCard on Express buses, unless you purchase a 7-day Express Bus Plus MetroCard. This probably won't apply to most of you.)
Bus stops are located at street corners and have a tall, round sign with a bus emblem and route number. Some stops have bus shelters. Most stops also include a "Guide-A-Ride," which is a rectangular box attached to the bus sign pole that displays a route map and bus schedule. You can go to onthego.mta.info from your iPhone, iPad or PDA browser and to get maps, service status, schedules, etc. for the New York subway and bus system. Or we recommend Hopstop.com (like we mentioned above under Subway) for bus directions on your computer or smartphone. As the bus pulls up to the stop, be sure to read the destination sign on the front to check that the bus will take you where you want to go. Stay on the curb until your bus stops and the doors open.
  • Riding the Bus
As you board the bus, hold the MetroCard with the black stripe on the right and the MetroCard name facing you. The farebox is directly in front of you as you board. "Dip" the MetroCard into the farebox - your fare will be automatically deducted, and then the MetroCard will pop back out. After you've used the card, the farebox displays how much you just paid, how much money is left (on a Pay-Per-Ride card) or the date the card runs out (on an Unlimited Ride card), and the card's expiration date. If you pay your fare with MetroCard, you may transfer free from local bus-to-subway, subway-to-local bus or local bus-to-local bus within two hours of the time you paid your fare.

If you pay your fare with coins, you can still transfer free between buses with intersecting routes. Ask the bus driver for a transfer when you pay your fare. The transfer is a single-use MetroCard with a black strip along the bottom. When you catch your connecting bus, insert the transfer into the bus farebox - black stripe to the right side. Transfers are good for two hours from the time you paid your fare.

If you're using a Transfer slip instead of a MetroCard, it will go into the farebox the same way as the MetroCard except they do not pop back up to you.

Similarly to taking the Subway, please don't take up more room on the bus than you need to. Keep your feet, bags, packages, etc. out of the aisles. If the bus is crowded don't take up a seat with your bag.


Buses stop about every two or three blocks. Buses marked "Limited" make fewer stops. Push one of the tape strips located between the windows, one of the "stop" buttons found on grab bars of newer buses, to signal the driver to stop. Use the rear door to exit so that other people can board the bus.

Commuter Trains/Regional Trains

This won't apply to most of you, but if you plan on traveling to other parts of New York (such as Long Island and Westchester) or New Jersey, etc. you might need to take another train line entirely. Whoever you are visiting will likely be able to give you directions and instructions on how to do this, so we're not going to get into it here. But FYI, you can find main access to the Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and Amtrak at Penn Station (33rd St. and 7th Ave. - also where you can find Madison Square Garden, if you're looking for it) and the Metro-North at Grand Central Terminal (42nd St. and Park Ave.).

Pedestrians

  • Unwritten rules of the sidewalk
Don't walk too slow, especially if the streets are crowded. In fact, if you can't handle the pace, you should think about staying inside during the peak "rush hour" times during the week (beginning of the work day or end of the work day). Don't stop short suddenly in the middle of the street. Really, don't do it. Especially if you're stopping to check your map or point at something inconsequential. If you need to stop, move to the right and slow down gradually. In general, slow pedestrian traffic should move to the right; the left is for passing.

Stay to the right on the stairs as well (unless you need to pass someone). If you have a big suitcase, that stays on the right with you. When riding an escalator, the right is for standing and the left is for walking, so if you're traveling two people together, standing one behind the other, not side by side. (And your suitcase goes in front of you, not beside you.) Don't walk and text unless you're really good at it.

Don't walk more than three people across (unless maybe, two of those three people are children - but even then expect some people to be annoyed and shove past you if you're moving too slow). And if you insist on smoking, don't wave your arm around. No one wants your smoke (or ashes) in their faces.





When crossing the street watch out for cars making a turn. They will not stop for you just because you're in the crosswalk; look where you're going. Also, watch out for people riding bikes. They don't always stop at red lights (or follow any traffic rules whatsoever). Don't jaywalk. Yes, almost all New Yorkers do it, but it's an acquired skill and you'll end up getting yourself killed if you do it wrong.
  • Interacting with other New Yorkers
It's okay to stop and ask someone for directions (even if you're just not sure which direction the streets are going - up or down). Not all New Yorkers are rude! But remember that most people on the street in NYC are on their way somewhere and don't want to spend an hour listening to your life story. We're also used to people trying to sell us shit or asking us to sign something or giving us a scam story to get money. So don't preface it with "Can I ask you a question?" or "Do you have a minute?" because the answer will be no. Just get straight to the point as ask it, "excuse me, do you know where _________ is?" and then say thank you. If you ask "where's a good place to eat around here?" you're probably not going to get a straight answer. There are a million good places to eat. It's New York! Don't waste our time with questions like that. Plan ahead.

While walking down the street, you don't have to engage with every person handing out flyers or trying to get you to donate to their cause (those are the ones with the clipboards, just a warning). It's okay to ignore them, or say "no thank you" or "I can't stop, sorry". The same goes for homeless people.

For some of you from suburban middle America, it might be weird or uncomfortable to see homeless people on the streets of NYC, but we have a lot of them. They're just there, part of the city like the rest of us and you don't have to be afraid of them. Some of them may ask you for money. It's okay to give them money if they ask, but it's also okay to say "no, sorry" and keep walking or just keep walking without answering. (You'll notice that a lot people might walk right past them, not even noticing them or just ignoring them.) What's not okay is to make any kind of verbal judgment - don't speculate what they're going to spend that money on (seriously, anytime I want to hear someone say "oh he'll just spend it on drugs" I want to punch that asshole in the face) and whatever you do, don't tell them to get a job. Just don't fucking say that.

Driving

  • Renting a car

With the high quality (and quantity!) of NYC's public transportation, plus the cost of parking, renting a car is an unnecessary expense. In NYC even a pre-paid reservation does not guarantee you a car, so to improve your chances be early: Reserve early, select an early pick-up time, and show up early! It's often cheaper to rent from a location by the airport, instead of within Manhattan.
  • Driving in Manhattan
Whether you're using a rental or your own car, you need to be a strong driver to successful navigate the NYC streets (between the traffic, the taxis, the assholes on bicycles and the sheer mass of pedestrians) so definitely give it a lot of thought beforehand. It is not for the timid and weak at heart. Probably our first tip for driving in NYC is "don't do it". But if you insist...

For local news/traffic/weather on the radio tune into AM-1010 WINS (every 10 minutes at :01, :11, :21, :31 etc.) or AM-880 WCBS (every 10 minutes at :08, :18, :28, :38 etc.).

It is illegal to make a turn at a red light in the five boroughs of NYC. (It's okay in Long Island and Westchester, unless marked otherwise.) You won't be able to get out of a ticket for this by claiming you're from out of town. They don't care where you're from; just don't do it. The speed limit on city streets is 30 mph (on highways within city limits it is 50 mph unless otherwise stated). Watch out for pedestrians. They are everywhere. They jaywalk, they walk while they're texting, they're don't look where they're going, they are in charge. Be careful.

Read signs. On certain streets/avenues you can't make a left turn during certain hours... or you will get a ticket. Don't cause a traffic jam by blocking the intersection when a light turns red. Make sure you have enough room to clear the intersection before you go through the light.
  • Parking in Manhattan
Pay particular attention to street signs regarding parking. Even at a meter, there might be complicated rules that you don't know you're breaking. Make sure your tires are entirely outside the crosswalk markings... or you will get a ticket. You need to stay 15 feet away from fire hydrants when you park on the street... or you will get a ticket (or worse, towed). You do not want to get towed. The lots where they two your car are inconveniently located, charge over $100 a day, and often aren't open on weekends or in the evening. It can get expensive really quickly. If you can't find your car and think it's been towed, call 311. Give the operator your license plate number and they can let you know if your car has been towed.

If you don't know how to parallel park, quickly and while under pressure, then don't drive in NYC unless you're prepared to shell out a ton of money for parking. You can check out nyc.bestparking.com ahead of time, to compare parking rates and locations. Read the signs at parking garages very carefully. There's usually a fine print. And if you're not sure if they accept credit cards, ask. Some are cash-only.

General Tips

We've mentioned a lot of helpful apps and links you can use to help guide yourself throughout NYC. Here's a quick recap of those, as well as a few other helpful last minute tips:
  • CabSense - find the best nearby street corners to hail an open cab (mobile app)

  • TaxiFareFinder.com - estimate the cost of your taxi fare (web)
  • TaxiWiz.com - estimate the cost of your taxi fare (web)
  • Find-A-Ride - a list of TLC licensed for-hire car services (web)
  • TripPlanner - guide to the MTA public transportation system (web)
    • Hopstop.com - directions and public transportation guide (web)
    • HopStop app - directions and public transportation guide (mobile app)
    • Best parking - compare prices and locations of parking (web)
    • Best Parking - compare prices and locations of parking (mobile app)
    • Street Locator - calculate the cross streets of addresses in NYC (web)
    • WayFinder - locate the subway, bus or train stations nearest you and get walking directions (mobile app)
    • KickMap - 24-hour subway map and directions (mobile app)
    • NYCMate - bus and subway guide (mobile app)


    Check out the rest of the ESC's Guide to NYC


    1 comment:

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