New York, New York! Just like Sinatra sang, everyone wants to be a part of it. Not only is the Big Apple the most densely populated city of the USA, but it’s also the most culturally diverse city in the world. Thinking about the crowded Times Square can only give you a headache when you imagine the number of people making their way through with famous yellow taxis, bikes, cars, or simply by walking. Moving around New York can become a real nightmare if you don’t think about different ways of transport, so here are some of the most convenient, yet attractive ways to stroll through the Big Apple.
The underground route
There is no easier way to cover long distances in New York than taking the subway. New York’s subway has one of the richest train networks in the world, which also makes it fairly complicated to figure out. Luckily, there are many free subway apps that can help you find your way around easier. The sub works 24 hours a day and covers most routes from Manhattan through Queens to Brooklyn and the Bronx. You can buy a weekly MetroCard if you plan on using this transportation method a lot, because this is the option that certainly pays of most.
Follow the food trail
If you want to eat your way around New York City, the best way to do so is by checking out some of the city’s ethnic food hotspots. Since New York is so culturally diverse, you can find basically any kind of food you can imagine in this glorious city. You can find a wide choice of Argentine, Greek, Australian and even North African foods in East Village alone, while there are far more options to explore in Chinatown, East Harlem and Flushing. Don’t forget to also stop by Little Italy for the most amazing pizza you can find in the US, and also try the Eastern European fare in Little Odessa.
Panoramic bus tours
Before you get lost in the busy streets of New York, make sure to take a look of it from above. Climbing the Empire State Building is always a good idea, but the best way to understand what’s really going down in the streets is to take a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus sightseeing tour. This option gives you the freedom to hop off at any spot you like, and then just jump on another one whenever you feel ready to get back to sightseeing. For those of you living in Canada, taking a bus tour from Montreal to New York is probably the best idea for a really picturesque sightseeing tour that includes not only New York’s most popular sights, but also the outskirts of the city and the beautiful nature in between. This is also a great option for those of you who wish to see more than just concrete streets of New York’s center.
Lose your feet in the crowd
Finally, there’s nothing like a good, old walking tour to finish the day off. Having a map of the city is a must, but you can also try just wandering around for a few hours and see where you end up. You can easily run into surprising sights that you might not have on your map but that are definitely worth seeing. The best way to set the pace is to start your walking tour from Times Square, since this is the best place to truly understand how fast New York is, and in order to keep up, you must be as well.
It would be dishonorable not to mention the bike lane that goes through Central Park and the cruisers that provide daily tours around the island. Whichever way of transportation you choose, make sure that you are in shape to move around a lot, because New York is not for the lazy. New Yorkers value time as a resource, which is why you too should make every minute you spend in New York truly count.