New York City Resources
WHERE DO I GO?
Many resources are available to help you explore New York City.
City Guide NY
NY dot com
New York City The Official Guide
New York City Tourism and Travel Guide
Things To Do In NY
Print Resources (which are also available online)
The New York Times
New York Magazine
Timeout New York
The Village Voice
Not For Tourists
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Address to address
Try www.hopstop.com or www.trips123.com for directions from one street address to a second street address using public transportation.
The base fare is $2.25 paid by MetroCard. You can transfer from one subway line to another at certain stations for no additional charge and (with the use of a Metrocard) between buses and trains. Using the Metrocard system, you must transfer within a two hour window of time. You can also buy a 7-Day ($27), 14-Day ($51.50), 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard ($89), or a Fun Pass. The Fun Pass gives you one day of unlimited subway and local bus rides for $8.25 (can be used until 3:00 am the following day). Be sure to check a subway map for these connections and pick up a Metrocard brochure for more details on free transfers between trains and buses. For more information, rates, maps, and service advisories visit http://www.mta.info/.
Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit
Depending on the point of departure, there are commuter trains from New Jersey, Connecticut and New York State that travel into Midtown Manhattan’s New York Penn Station or Grand Central Station.
Go to New York Penn Station for service to Long Island or New Jersey, the Long Island Rail Road http://www.mta.info/lirr/ travel to points eastward in New York state’s “longest island” and New Jersey Transit for service to communities in New Jersey that are North West, West and South West of New York City. See: http://www.njtransit.com/hp/hp_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=HomePageTo
From Grand Central Station, the Metro-North Railroad serves points North and North East of New York City. The Metro North also connects to a large number of communities in Connecticut. See: http://www.mta.info/mnr/index.html
The base fare for buses is $2.25. You can use your MetroCard to pay for your bus fare. In order to transfer from one bus to another bus, you must obtain a pass from the driver when you first board the bus. This transfer is free of charge. A 7-Day Express Bus Plus MetroCard ($45) is also available. See above for information about transfers between trains and buses. For more information check out http://www.mta.info/.
Your cab ride begins at $2.50. It increases 40 cents per 1/5 of a mile or 60 cents per minute if the cab is standing in traffic. There is a $1.00 peak hour New York City surcharge added to the total fare from Monday - Friday after 4:00 pm & before 8:00 pm. The non-peak surcharge is $0.50 cents added to the total fare from 8:00 pm – 6:00 am. A New York State surcharge is of $0.50 is also added to each ride.
When You Go, A Few Words About Taxes and Tipping
Tax in NYC is 8.875%. There is no sales tax imposed on the purchase of clothing and footwear valued under $110.
Tipping is a big way of life in NYC. You are expected to tip wait staff, taxi drivers, coat checks, bartenders, doormen at hotels and hotel maids, hair washers and stylists, masseuse and food delivery. In restaurants, you are expected to tip 15% to 20% of the bill. Some restaurants will automatically add 20% tip to groups of six or more, so read the menu and/or check carefully.
HOW DO I ENJOY NEW YORK CITY ON A STUDENT’S BUDGET?
Discount Movie and Broadway Tickets
Visit NYU’s Ticket Central at the Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Room 206 or www.nyu.edu/ticketcentral
Cheap Guides to NYC
HOW DO I FIND "GREEN" RESOURCES?
NYC Bike Maps
NYC Department of Sanitation (Recycling)
Council on the Environment of New York City (lots of stuff, gardens, green markets, etc)
Green Thumb NYC (local community gardens)
Department of Parks & Recreation (green initiatives, volunteering, etc)
NYC Department of Environmental Protection (information on rules and regulations and status as well as educational reads)