Take a bite, or many bites, out of The Big Apple. So we took the New Jersey Transit to New York City. The modern coach bus goes to the 42nd Street Port Authority. The Port Authority is one of the many hubs of ground transportation in NYC.
Most of your major bus companies are located there and you can make connections with almost every subway line via a walking tunnel to Times Square.
The rail hubs are Grand Central Station, connected by a subway shuttle from Times Square, and Penn Station, a two-stop jaunt on the subway. The subway system is the quickest and most efficient form of transportation on the island, with stops within four to six blocks of each other.
The system used to be confusing with many independent lines designated by different letters: IRT, BMT, etc. Today the various routes are designated by colors and either numbers or letters. A map shows all of the routes and their connecting points.
The subways system today is very easy to follow. It is also safe, contrary to some people’s perceptions.
On one of the lines from Manhattan to Queens, the tracks literally ride on the water under the East River. Even engineers do not know how to correct the problem. The money collected at the ticket booths is sent by a special train which travels the system.
Uptown is Northbound and Cross-town is either to the East River or the Hudson River(West Side). What a wonderful and safe way to see the city. We passed by Columbus Circle, the edge of Central Park, Julliard, Lincoln Center, the Theater District, and of course glitzy vibrant Times Square.
The Lexington Avenue bus goes further Downtown. Along the way we passed Chinatown, the Bowery, Little Italy, skirted Greenwich Village and ended at city hall. There are so many different types of restaurants in NY that you could eat at a different one every single night and not repeat yourself for your entire lifetime.
Today we rode the subways. First, we went Uptown to the Northern tip of Manhattan to Tryon Park and the fort. This is the highest point on Manhattan, overlooking both the Hudson and the East Rivers. At the northernmost point of the park is The Cloisters Museum.