Getting Around New York
New York City is basically a friendly city, particularly to those who do not live in it. It is a city where every corner is accessible and almost everything is available hence, tourists will have no concept of alienation whenever they enter the Big Apple. A key feature in New York City, which attests to its friendliness and accessibility, is the mode of transport it provides to every city-dweller or traveler.
The transport system in the Big Apple is extensive and multifaceted – ferries, suspension bridges, taxis, buses, schooners, mass transits, etc. The commuter bus fleet and rail network in New York City are the largest in North America. The rail system, which connects the city boroughs, converges at Pennsylvania terminal and Grand Central station.
The dominant means of travel for New Yorkers and foreign tourists alike is the public transit. Rather than driving their own automobiles to their destination as is widely practiced in almost every city and state of the U.S., those who are living in New York City ride the mass transit. Due to extreme traffic that are a daily event in the Big Apple brought about by the large population that thrive the city and its suburbs, New Yorkers spend at least 38.4 minutes per day getting to work, which is the longest commuting time among the big cities in the U.S. The city also has a number of parkways and expressways which complement such mass transit system. The city’s massive network of parkways and expressways link the city of New York to other states such as Long Island, Westchester County, New Jersey and Connecticut through tunnels and suspension bridges. One of the busiest bridges in the world in terms of vehicle traffic is the George Washington Bridge.
The New York City Subway is notable for having the most number of operating stations which makes it the biggest rapid transit system in the world. The New York City subway is unlike other systems in most big cities like London, Tokyo, Paris and Madrid in that the NYC subway stays open for 24 hours everyday.
New York City also has three major airports namely, John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International. A fourth airport is planned which shall be known as Stewart International Airport. Travelers from around the world and outside New York City can easily gain access to the city through traveling by air.
Additionally, tourists can easily get around New York City through walking and cycling as both are a common mode of travel by the New Yorkers, making the Big Apple the most energy-efficient major city in the U.S.
In the Big Apple, streets are a defining characteristic of the city despite the fact that the New York City populace relies heavily on public transit. Several of the city’s roads and avenues, like Madison Avenue, Broadway, and Wall Street are home to various national industries such as entertainment, theater, advertising organizations, and finance organized and situated along such roads strategically. Manhattan District’s road network map had a significant impact on the physical development of New York City.