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Navigating New York City

An introduction to the layout of New York City (specifically Manhattan) and navigating the city's Subway system.
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Amanda Tiller

on 23 September 2016

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New York City
Queens
Manhattan
Brooklyn
The Bronx
Staten Island
Manhattan
Uptown
Downtown
Most of Manhattan is laid out in a grid of numbered Avenues and Streets
Avenues run up and downtown
The names of Avenues increase in number
as you move from East to West
Streets run East to West
The names of streets increase in number
as you move from downtown to uptown
Streets are divided into West and East
by Fifth Avenue
W 26 Street
E 26th Street
Although New York City Subway lines are color coded,
they are referred to by their letter or number titles, not by color.

Using Public Transportation
There are 22 main Subway lines
The 23rd line is the Shuttle line.
It does not function like the other lines, but instead runs back and forth between two points. There are multiple shuttle lines in the New York City subway system.
The colors are used to group lines that share significant amount of track in Manhattan.
Some train lines run express and make fewer stops
While other train lines run local and make all stops on their line
White Circles represent stations where both Local and Express trains stop.
Black Circles represent stops where ONLY Local trains stop. Express trains skip these stations.
In some places, there are underground tunnels through which you can walk in order to transfer between lines.
REMEMBER: The Subway Map is NOT to scale
These walking tunnels are shorter than they look
The New York City Subway Map is NOT to scale
Trains that make stops at a station
are listed beside the station name on the map
There are often Service Changes during the Weekends and Late at Night.

Keep an eye out for these signs to see if your trip will be affected.
Some parts of Manhattan do not follow this grid system
For Example: Older parts in the Downtown area, such as Greenwich Village, The Lower East Side, and the Financial District, do not follow the grid.
Accepts Cash or Credit/Debit
Accepts Credit/Debit Only
Swipe forward
ONLY
, not back and forth
with the black stripe facing you
You can buy or refill a MetroCard at vending machines located in the stations.

You cannot buy a MetroCard from a Gate Agent.

A new MetroCard costs $1.00 and Subway/Bus fare is $2.75 per ride. You can refill your card at MetroCard vending machines.
To go through the turnstile
Always swipe your card on the right side of the turnstile
ENTER HERE
SWIPE HERE
The cage style turnstiles can be tricky.


Make sure you enter correctly or you will lose your fare.


Enter to the RIGHT of the extended bars.
There are numerous apps available that give you updates on service changes and route your trip.
Google Maps
Best for walking directions and general orientation.
Also has transit directions.
KickMap
Best Subway map available. Perfect for offline viewing underground.
Transit App
Great step by step transit directions based on your location.
Be on the lookout for signs for Service Changes. This might affect your route during late nights and weekends.
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