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New York Gay Travel Essentials

New York City is a very easy city to access and travGay New York City Transportationel around in. Arriving into New York City is very easy with three airports, major train service, bus service and major highway systems all serving the city. Once in New York City, you can easily get around. Most sites within Manhattan are within walking distance. This is the real way to take in New York City and live like a New Yorker. However, if your footsies get tired, taxis and subway systems blanket the city. 





AIRPORTS
  

John F. Kennedy international Airport - JFK
JFK is located in Queens  approximately 15 miles southeast of midtown Manhattan. It takes about 30-45 minutes by car. JFK is the biggest of the New York airports and handles domestic and international flights.

Newark, NJ - EWR 
“Newark”, in Newark, New Jersey handles both domestic and international flights. It is relatively close to Manhattan - approximately 16 miles southwest from midtown Manhattan and is especially convenient from and to the west side of Manhattan. Newark airport is accessible from the New Jersey Turnpike Exits 13A and 14 and from U.S. Routes 1 & 9 and I-78. It is 3 miles south of Newark, New Jersey and is quite convenient for passengers continuing on by car to the north or south (via the New Jersey Turnpike) or the west on Rt. 78. 

LaGuardia, LGA
“LaGuardia”, is located on the northern shore of Queens (on the Grand Central Parkway, is 9 miles from midtown Manhattan and mainly handles domestic flights, Canada and the Caribbean. Most domestic flights in the U.S.A come through LaGuardia (there are some exceptions such as Continental Airlines).  LaGuardia is accessible by the Rand Central Parkway, local highways, a ferry from Manhattan and by helicopter and seaplane. 

DRIVING

Driving in New York City is not an easy task. If you are driving, try to hit New York City during non-rush hours. Since New York City is an island, the only access to the city is by tunnel or bridge, all of which bottle-neck during peak hours. Once in the city plan on parking your car for the duration of your visit and taking public transportation. 

New York City TaxisTAXI SERVICE 

Hailing a cab in New York City is easy. Just stand on the corner, hold up your hand and a taxi will appear. Service is very reasonable. All taxis will have meters so you will be able to watch your fare. 

SUBWAY 

The subway in New York City is very safe and easy to use. Visitors will find the subway systems very clean and efficient, however if several of you are traveling together, you will often do better by hailing a cab. 

TRAIN SERVICE 

New York City has two main rail stations, Grand Central Terminal and Pennsylvania Station. Grand Central is on the East Side, in midtown, and Penn Station is on the West Side near Macy's, just below midtown. Both are served by  bus and subway lines. 

Metro-North Commuter Railroad
, which goes to NYC suburbs in New York, Connecticut, and, New Jersey, serves Grand Central. 

Penn Station serves Long Island Railroad (LIRR), a commuter railroad serving New York's Long Island; Amtrak, the U.S. national passenger railroad, serving many points throughout the U.S.; New Jersey Transit, a commuter line serving points in New Jersey; and PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson), a subway line serving Manhattan and New Jersey.


BUS SERVICE

Approximately three dozen bus lines operate from the Port Authority Bus Terminal located between Eighth and Ninth Avenues and 40th to 42nd Streets, serving approximately 55 million riders a year. Direct service is available to Atlantic City, the Meadowlands Sports Complex, Monmouth Park, Belmont Park and points throughout the United States. The terminal connects with the 42nd Street stations of the IND, IRT, and BMT subway systems. 

FERRY SERVICE

The Port Authority serves as a ferry transportation clearinghouse for the NY-NJ metropolitan area.




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