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So your planes, trains, and automobiles have all just arrived in the greatest city in the world (in our humble opinion), but now what?! You don’t want to spend your whole weekend in the airport/train station parking garage. Here’s a few quick suggestions on getting to the party:

1. Subways: The subway is a New Yorker’s best friend. It can pretty much get you anywhere in the city. The closest subway stop to Location 05 is the 34th—Penn Station stop on the A C E line. If you don’t mind the extra avenue walk over, the 34th Street—Penn Station stop on the 1 2 3 line is not far either. Once you’re at Penn Station, either jump on the M34 Select bus service heading west to the Javits Center—12 Ave, or take a short stroll right down the street.

  • From Penn Station: You’re already there! Either jump on the M34 Select bus service heading west to the Javits Center—12 Ave, or take a short stroll right down the street.
  • From Grand Central: Jump on the S shuttle train and head to Times Square. Once you’re there, take the downtown 1 2 3 line or the downtown A C E line one stop to Penn Station.
  • From Port Authority Bus Terminal: Hop onboard either the downtown 1 2 3 line or the downtown A C E line one stop to Penn Station.

Do not fear the subway! The subway is your friend! However, downloading the MTA‘s app is always helpful when checking for delays or service changes.

2. Airports: But what if you’re coming from the airport? No problem!

From JFK:

If you want to take the subway: Take the JFK Airtrain from JFK Terminal 2-3 Station heading toward Jamaica Station. Get off at Sutphin/Jamaica Station and transfer to the E train. The E train will bring you back into Manhattan and will stop in midtown at 42nd Street—Port Authority Bus Terminal, 34th Street Penn Station, and 23rd Street. (We assume you won’t be coming to the party straight from the airport, but the E line will take you straight to Midtown West, so any hotels in the area are accessible.) If your hotel is in another neighborhood, you may have to transfer trains, but you can check out those transfers on MTA’s website or use the HopStop app!

If you want to take a taxi: There is a flat fare from anywhere in Manhattan to and from JFK.

From LaGuardia:

If you want to take the subway: Take the Q70 bus from Laguardia Intern Rdy/Parking Lot 1 station heading toward Limited Laguardia Airport Central Terminal. Get off at Roosevelt Ave/74 Street and walk to the E line subway entrance on 74th Street and Roosevelt Ave. Head toward Manhattan and the World Trade Center. The E train will bring you back into Manhattan and will stop in midtown at 42nd Street—Port Authority Bus Terminal, 34th Street Penn Station, and 23rd Street. (We assume you won’t be coming to the party straight from the airport, but the E line will take you straight to Midtown West, so any hotels in the area are accessible.) If your hotel is in another neighborhood, you may have to transfer trains, but you can check out those transfers on MTA’s website or use the HopStop app!

If you want to take a taxi: There is no flat fee to and from Laguardia Airport, but the HopStop app will estimate the time and fare for your trip into Manhattan.

Hotels

The great thing about the public transportation system is that even if your hotel isn’t located two blocks away from the party, it’ll still be relatively easy to get there. We recommend staying close to Midtown (it gives you a plethora of options in accessing other parts of town during your NYC-exploring time), since that’s where the party will take place. However, rates and availability vary in different neighborhoods, so if you aren’t tied to the convenience of rolling out of bed and being at the party within 30 minutes, it’s great to shop around for your options. You can also check out our awesome group rates on the Where to Stay page!

Apps & Such

There are a bunch of helpful apps you can use when you’re traveling in NYC.

HopStop, which also has a similar-functioning website, allows you to enter your starting point and destination and then gives you step by step instructions on getting there by subway, bus, walking, and even estimates your taxi fare.

MTA has a Subway Time app that allows you to get train times and real-time updates on service changes.

Like we’ve said before, there’s no critic more honest than your average consumer. The Yelp app allows you to search the neighborhood you’re in for restaurants and features reviews from customers who have already been there. You can compare prices and sort by neighborhood or cuisine to find the perfect match. You can also use Foursquare in order to check in to different places and get recommendations on nearby restaurants and activities.

If you know where you’re going to be ahead of time and are looking for a more formal review, New York Magazine has great suggestions of restaurants, and on their website you can filter through them on their Grub Street blog by neighborhood, price, and cuisine. They’re a trusty source when it comes to a professional epicurean critic.