The NYC Metro is an efficient way to navigate the city for distanced too far to walk. Costs are $2.75/trip of any length loaded onto a reusable Metro card purchased simultaneously for $1 at first trip using cash or credit card at easy-to-use machines at any station . Various unlimited use options can be purchased.
Rarely is one more than a few blocks away from a stop. The red line runs up through the UWS to Morningside Heights and Harlem, the green and new Q line run up the UES, other lines well-marked in southern Manhattan and into Brooklyn. WiFi is free and reception excellent.
Cars and stations were quite clean, albeit not immaculate. By paying attention to one’s surroundings st no times did we feel at all unsafe. New York City today is among the safest cities in US.
Good maps are widely available both at subway stations and online. Most cars have the upcoming stops electronically updated as the train passes each stop. At complex stations signs are well posted to direct you, though it clearly is helpful to know in advance your planned route (also searchable by the usual Maps apps).
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