Newcomers can find New York daunting, but here are some survival tips. Use city landmarks and the street grid to find your bearing. Save money by avoiding touristy destinations, eating street food, and getting free or discounted access to shows, games, and museums. Choose the subway card that matches your travel patterns, avoid the congested middle cars, and enjoy the stations’ free WiFi. Public transportation is cheapest way to get to the airport. Bike where you can, but when you do use the taxi, do tip.
- When you need to reorient yourself, look to the city’s tall landmarks for guidance
- If you live in the city, wait until someone or many people actually come to visit you before going to any of the popular tourist destinations
- Don’t overload your MetroCard with more money than what you’ll actually end up using, and if you travel on the subway frequently, invest in the unlimited card
“Let’s face it: New York is one of the best cities in the world, but living here isn’t easy.”