New York City Travel tips for first timers

By An Trieu

August 28, 2022

There are 5 boroughs in NYC


Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. When people say "The City", they're usually referring to Manhattan.

NYC Subway


The most convenient & cost-effective way to travel in NYC. Know Uptown, Midtown, and Downtown, Express vs. Local, and train numbers or letters shown below the station names.

Don't rent a car!


Taxis, ride-sharing apps (Uber, Lyft, Revel), buses, ferries, tram, bikes (ebikes exist!), & trains To/From NYC that is not the subway.

Be prepared to wallk!


Walk if you have time, and bring comfortable walking shoes. DON'T STOP ON THE SIDEWALK and step aside out of pedestrian traffic. Don't be afraid to ask for direction help.

Two-lane escalators


At the airports or train stations, stand on the right because the left lane is for passing. Be aware of your surroundings!

Areas to visit vs avoid


Go to Soho, 5th Ave, & Madison Ave for shopping. Asian food in Flushing, Queens. Time Square is worth it once and is much better at night. Venture out to other boroughs.

Public bathrooms aren't common


So go when you can. Look for Starbucks or make a list of free bathrooms in NYC if you can.

Do things you won't get to do it in any other city.


Ask about 'suggested donations' at museums. Go to a concert, go thrifting, try natural wine bar. Pizzas are bagels are must try. Bring cash!

NYC has a lot of parks.


Central Park and Prospect Park are actually worth a visit. Slow down and know that it's ok to not do everything.

Be early but don't rush!


Always plan to be early because you'd appreciate the extra minutes in case something happens. And lastly, be aware of your surroundings. Stay safe and have fun!