New York City

City Guide

You think all set for your trip to New York but, are you really? If you’re one to try to scope out the best dining / drinking / hangout spots ahead of time, we got you covered. Here’s the only list you’ll need while visiting.
 

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Our NYC Transit for beginners guide.

First thing’s first — travel by train. Train is what we call our subways. A few simple rules of thumb:
 
Broadway is a major vein and runs vertically through the entire city. Houston is pronounced ‘How-ston’. Broadway, Lafayette, Park, Fulton, etc, in Manhattan is one thing, but other boroughs have their own – keep an eye on what’s dubbed a street versus avenue. Your major subway hubs in Manhattan are Columbus Circle, Union Square, Grand Central, Times Square. They’re of YUGE help when navigating underground.
 
Now, for the fun part:
 

N Q R – QUEENS > MANHATTAN > BROOKLYN

– Starts in: Astoria, Queens
– Route: cuts vertically through Midtown until the southern tip of Manhattan
– Good for: going to Soho, Times Square, and down to Brooklyn’s Fort Greene, ending in Coney Island. Save me a seat on the Cyclone!
 

1 2 3  – BRONX > MANHATTAN

– Starts in: The Bronx
– Route: enters Manhattan by Harlem, through Columbia University, down via 7th avenue up until South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan.
– Did I go too far? Nah, it ends in the city.
 

4 5 6 – BRONX > MANHATTAN > BROOKLYN

– Starts in: The Bronx
– Route: vertically through the East side of Manhattan on Lexington, down to Wall Street.
– Did I go too far? You’ll quickly enter Brooklyn territory, Barclays Center, and end in Flatbush.
 

A C E – MANHATTAN > BROOKLYN

– Starts in: Washington Heights
– Route: runs up and down Central Park West, 8th Avenue, West 4th Street, until Fulton (the Manhattan version)
– Have I gone too far? Keep an eye out for Brooklyn’s own Fulton, making a special appearance on this route.
 

B D F M – BRONX > MANHATTAN > BROOKLYN

– Starts in: The Bronx
– Route: runs up and down Central Park West, 8th Ave, 6th Ave, to Chinatown and into Brooklyn via Barclays Center
– Have I gone too far? If you hear “This is the last stop, Brighton Beach.”
 

L – MANHATTAN > BROOKLYN

– Starts in: Meatpacking
– Route: runs east on 14th Street through Union Square, into Williamsburg, Bushwick, and the depths of Brooklyn.
– Good for: Crossing between Manhattan and Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhoods. As a tourist, unless you’re planning on a trip to Rockaway Beach, you may be looking to get off around Jefferson.
 

G – QUEENS > BROOKLYN

– Starts in: this train is a mystery to all – a true love/hate relationship, starting in Long Island City, Queens.
– Route: straight to Brooklyn’s Greenpoint, Bushwick, Bed Stuy, and deeper Brooklyn.
– Have I gone too far? Honestly, you may not even find yourself on it, but if you do, don’t look like a tourist.
 

J Z – QUEENS > BROOKLYN > MANHATTAN

– Starts in: Jamaica, close to JFK Airport.
– Route: through Queens, into Brooklyn, ending at Wall Street – chances are you won’t find yourself here.
– Good for: occasionally an option from Bushwick & South Williamsburg to go into Lower Manhattan.
 
 

What’s For Dinner?

The million dollar question is always ‘what should we do for dinner tonight?’ In a city with endless options, this is always the greatest mystery. While we can’t aim to cover everything the city’s got to offer, we thought we’d share a few personal favorites:
 

 
 

Culture Vulture

For those who’ve already covered the bucket list museums such as The Met, MoMA, Guggenheim, and the Museum of Natural History, here’s a shortlist of lesser known but equally great places to get your arts & culture fix.
 

Whitney & Met Breuer

The old Whitney museum, now moved to Meatpacking in a spanking new modern building, is a no brainer here. However, their old home in an Upper East Side brutalist building is now an annex to the behemoth that is The Met. Both worth a visit.
 

Frick Collection & Neue Galerie

The Old Masters have a sprawling home at this former residence of industrialist Henry Clay Frick on Fifth Avenue. Neue Galerie’s area of expertise is Austrian and German art and objects from the 1900s.
 

MoMA PS1 & Noguchi Museum

Long Island City’s MoMA PS1 curates a series of summer events with DJs and performers most Saturdays. Their restaurant and exhibitions are also pretty damn good – it’s always a win-win. Take the free shuttle to the Noguchi Museum and get lost in zen sculpture garden by the iconic Japanese artist.
 
 

You Should Be Dancing

New York’s illustrious history of dance clubs is one to study endlessly, but don’t let the stories discourage you – you can still party till the sun comes out in this city. Here are a few of our favorite spots.
 
If you’re more of the after-hours warehouse rave type, check out the Resolute or Black Market parties. For live music, look up Bowery Presents, Popgun, Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg.
 



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