Navigating NYC-01

So, you’ve made it to NYC (finally!) and you’re ready to take on the greatest city in the world (if we do say so ourselves!). But wait! You don’t know how to get anywhere! You don’t want to spend your whole weekend in the airport/train station parking garage, so here’s a few quick suggestions on getting to the party:

1. Subways: The subway is a New Yorker’s BFF. It can pretty much get you anywhere in the city. However, the closest subway stop to Pier Sixty is, well, still a bit of a walk. To get as close as you can by train, take the C or E line to 23rd Street. If you don’t mind the stroll, you can just walk the three blocks and three avenues to Pier Sixty. You can also jump on the M23 bus going toward Chelsea Piers. Here are a few other options (**These directions get you on the subway to the 23rd Street stop on the C or E subway lines. From there you can walk, take the bus, or grab a cab.):

  • From Penn Station: You’re almost there! You can jump on the subway line listed above, or hit up the M11 bus service toward WEST VILL ABINGDON SQ via 9 AV, and get off at the HUDSON ST towards BETHUNE ST stop.
  • From Grand Central: Jump on the S shuttle train and head to Times Square. Once you’re there, take the downtown C or E line two stops to 23rd Street!
  • From Port Authority Bus Terminal: Hop onboard the downtown C or E line one stop to 23rd Street.

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 Chelsea 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 and Google Maps apps!

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 transfer to the E subway line. Head toward Manhattan and the World Trade Center. The E train will bring you back into Manhattan and will stop in Chelsea at 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 and Google Maps apps 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 Chelsea or 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.

Google Maps will help you plan your trip from start to finish, with options for public transit and taxi as well! It’ll give you step-by-step instructions from point A to point B.

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.

Uber and Lyft are both car service apps that will help you request a cab to come and pick you up from your location. Please keep in mind that the prices for these apps vary with time of day and the weather.

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. It’s a trusty source when it comes to a professional epicurean critic.