Come pianificare un viaggio a New York City

Come pianificare un viaggio a New York City

Congratulazioni per aver deciso di visitare la grande mela. Se si sceglie di trascorrere il tempo nel club Metropolitan Museum of Art o un S & M nel West Village, o entrambi (saremmo sorpresi se il Met ha avuto un randello S & M nei suoi sotterranei), siete dentro per una bella esperienza. NYC non è quasi come pazzo o pericoloso come film lo fanno fuori per essere, quindi rilassatevi e godetevi la stranezza intrinseca.

A proposito, diamo per scontato che si desidera visitare Manhattan. Agli altri quartieri (Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn e Staten Island) tutti hanno il loro fascino, ma salvare quelli per il secondo viaggio; come mesi di guardare "Sex and the City" vi hanno insegnato, nulla vale la pena di vedere è a Manhattan.




New York City, essendo una grande metropoli, può essere letta in molti modi: da aereo, treno, autobus o auto.

* Flying: There are three major airports people usually fly into when traveling to New York. LaGuardia is the closest to Manhattan, and is located in the borough of Queens. JFK International Airport is also in Queens, but a little farther from Manhattan. Newark is in New Jersey and is by far the farthest from the city.

Most airlines fly out of all three airports, although international and American Airlines flights go through JFK, most USAir flights go through Laguardia and most Continental flights go through Newark.

All three airports have plenty of taxis to get you into the city. You can also take advantage of shuttles provided by Gray Line Express Bus 212-757-7712, Olympia Trails 212-964-6233, and the New York Airport Service 718-875-8200. These will cost you less than a cab, but the ride will take longer and will be less pleasant.

* Train: Amtrak trains arrive constantly in Penn Station, which is located at 7th Avenue and 34th Street (if these numbers don't mean anything to you, don't worry; by the end of this, you will be a city guru). Penn Station is conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan and can be accessed via subway and taxis. Metro North, a light-rail system that runs from Connecticut to New York, is another convenient way to get into the city if you happen to be nearby. Those trains come into Grand Central Station, which is located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue.

Taking Amtrak can be quite pricey; in fact, unless you're only a couple hours away from the city, it's often cheaper to just fly in. So unless you have a fear of flying, you should definitely compare air and rail prices.

* Bus: For those of you on a tight budget (or who are just plain cheap but have a lot of time on your hands), the bus is always an option. Buses--run by several companies including Greyhound, Trailways, Peter Pan and New Jersey Transit--are usually much cheaper then trains and planes, and they are just as convenient, arriving at Port Authority, located at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. Of course, buses take longer and have smellier bathrooms. Hey, life is a tradeoff.

* Driving: If you choose to drive to New York City, your best bet is to find a garage as soon as you arrive (preferably one that doesn't charge an arm and a leg) and park your car for the duration of the trip. Driving and parking in the city are both impossible (mentally, if not physically), and will certainly make your trip miserable. Since New York has excellent public transportation and thousands of taxis, you really don't need your car if you are staying in Manhattan.

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