New York Gay
New York City is
a very easy city to access and travel 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.
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.
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”, 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 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.
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.
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.
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
Metro-North Commuter Railroad, which goes to NYC suburbs
in New York, Connecticut, and, New Jersey, serves Grand
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.
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
Authority serves as a ferry transportation clearinghouse
for the NY-NJ metropolitan area.