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How to get to NYC from JFK Bus and Van Services New York Airport Service Express Bus: The fare is $13, which you pay in cash to the bus driver. The busses operate once every twenty to thirty minutes between 6am and midnight. For exact schedules call (718) 875-8200. The trip is 45 minutes to an hour and there are several stops in Manhattan:
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Grand Central Terminal, 125 Park Avenue (betw. 40 and 41st Streets) NOTE: From here you can catch a shuttle bus to many New York hotels for $2 The Eighth Avenue and 42nd St. Wing of The Port Authority Bus Terminal Penn Station, 34th Street (betw. 7th and 8th Avenues)

Express Shuttle USA (formerly Gray Line): One-way fare is $14. The buses run from 7am to 11:30 pm to locations in Manhattan from 23rd to 125th Streets. When you arrive at the airport, go to the ground transportation desk. A shuttle bus will come to pick you up within twenty minutes of your arrival. For exact schedules call (212) 315-3006 or (800) 451-0455. SuperShuttle: (800) BLUE-VAN (258-3826)
AirTrain JFK is the train service that operates between JFK International Airport, Long Island Rail Road trains and New York City Subway. It also serves as an on-airport service connecting the airline terminals, rental car facilities, hotel shuttles, and airport parking lots. The Jamaica route ends at Jamaica Station on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) next to the Sutphin Boulevard/Archer Avenue-JFK subway station (to Brooklyn and Manhattan or Queens). Connecting transit services: E, J and Z subway trains, Q6, Q8, Q9, Q20A, Q20B, Q25/Q34, Q30, Q31, Q40, Q43, Q44, Q60 and Q65 buses Taxis - Taxis are available at every terminal and there is a taxi stand where you will be directed to a taxi.

- use only taxis from the taxi dispatch booth (refuse offers for transportation from others) - tipping is customary for good service (15 - 20%) The Taxi & Limousine Commission is conducting a Flat Fare program for trips between (to and from) the Manhattan and JFK International Airport. The flat fare is $45.00 plus any tolls. The meter will not be turned on and the night surcharge will not be added.

If passengers request multiple stops, the flat rate of $45.00 will be collected at the first stop in either Manhattan or John F. Kennedy Airport, and the meter will be turned on for the remainder of the trip. The metered fare should be collected at the last stop, from the last passenger.
How to get to NYC from LGA

Taxis Taxis into the city take anywhere from 20-40 minutes. They cost between $16-$26 NOT including bridge tolls. Make sure to hail a cab in the designated areas or ask a uniformed airport employee to help you. Generally, it's polite to tip at least a dollar per bag if the taxi driver assists you. Bus and Van Services New York Airport Service Express Bus: The fare is $10, which you pay in cash to the bus driver. The busses operate once every twenty to thirty minutes between 6:45am and midnight. For exact schedules call (718) 875-8200. The trip is 40 minutes to an hour and there are several stops in Manhattan:
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Grand Central Terminal, 125 Park Avenue (betw. 40 and 41st Streets) Transfer available to hotels between 27th and 59th Streets. Air Trans Center located in the Eighth Avenue and 42nd St. Wing of The Port Authority Bus Terminal Penn Station, 34th Street (betw. 7th and 8th Avenues)

Express Shuttle USA (formerly Gray Line): One-way fare is $13. The busses run from 7am to 11:30 pm to locations in Manhattan from 23rd to 96th Streets. When you arrive at the airport, go to the ground transportation desk. A shuttle bus will come to pick you up within twenty minutes of your arrival. For exact schedules call (212) 315-3006 or (800) 451-0455. SuperShuttle: (800) BLUE VAN (258-3826) Public Transportation The New York City subways and buses run to LaGuardia for $2.00. If you have large quantities of luggage, you will find it very difficult to manage this trip. The easiest route is the M60 bus which picks you up at the airport and drops you off at 116th and Broadway in front of the gates of Columbia University. From here you can

take a bus, taxi or subway to anywhere in Manhattan; we don't suggest riding the subway at night if you are new to New York. From the M60 you can also transfer to the 4,5,6,A,C,D,1,2 & 3 subway lines Taxi Cabs Taxis into the city take anywhere from 30-60 minutes. They cost $45 "Flat Fare" to Manhattan (as of 2007-07) NOT including bridge tolls and tip. Taxis are cash only. Make sure to hail a cab in the designated areas or ask a uniformed airport employee to help you. Generally, it's polite to tip at least a dollar per bag if the taxi driver assists you. more about taxis... Car Services Gotham Limo: For a little more than a taxi, you can have excellent service in a limo or sedan. Services such as opening doors, helping with luggage, curbside assistance, airport baggage claim greeting, suit & tie attire, and advance reservations are all standard. Visit the website for a special discount coupon and more information or call (888) 446-5466. Other car services: Dial Car (800) 342-5106, Carmel (800) 924-9954 Bus and Van Services New York Airport Service Express Bus: The fare is $13, which you pay in cash to the bus driver. The busses operate once every twenty to thirty minutes between 6am and midnight. For exact schedules call (718) 8758200. The trip is 45 minutes to an hour and there are several stops in Manhattan:
  

Grand Central Terminal, 125 Park Avenue (betw. 40 and 41st Streets) NOTE: From here you can catch a shuttle bus to many New York hotels for $2 The Eighth Avenue and 42nd St. Wing of The Port Authority Bus Terminal Penn Station, 34th Street (betw. 7th and 8th Avenues)

Express Shuttle USA (formerly Gray Line): One-way fare is $14. The buses run from 7am to 11:30 pm to locations in Manhattan from 23rd to 125th Streets. When you arrive at the airport, go to the ground transportation desk. A shuttle bus will come to pick you up within twenty minutes of your arrival. For exact schedules call (212) 315-3006 or (800) 451-0455. SuperShuttle: (800) BLUE-VAN (258-3826) Public Transportation

The New York City subways and buses run to JFK for $2.00. If you have large quantities of luggage, you may find it difficult to manage this long trip. Take the A train to Howard Beach (not all A trains go here, double check that you aren't headed to Lefferts Blvd). From there take the free shuttle bus to your terminal. Tip to reach the subway system (from george.rasko@octel.com ): Take the free JFK parking shuttle to the long term parking lot. This drops you off right at the "JFK" subway station, which takes you through Brooklyn and connects to all major subway routes. Tip for Queens: Take the Q10 to Lefferts Blvd. subway stop (A train) or to the Kew Gardens subway stop (E F R); Or the Q3 to the 179 Jamaica (F R).
How to get around www.hopstop.com – This is a great site to help you get around via the NYC subway system. Sightseeing www.circlelinedowntown.com - Cruise along the New York Harbor sailing past the enchanting worldfamous skyline. www.esbnyc.com – Visit the observatory on the 86th floor of New York's famous Empire State Building www.intrepidmuseum.org - visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The USS Intrepid is an important part of America’s history at sea, in the air and in space. The Intrepid’s role in this history spans two major wars, the space program, and rescue and recovery efforts in the days following the attacks of September 11, 2001. www.statueliberty.net - Take a tour to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island www.un.org - The United Nations New York Headquarters is one of the most visited sites in New York City. Lecture tours are offered in more than 25 languages www.centralpark.com – Central Park covers 843 acres, which is 6% of Manhattan. You can go just hang out in the park or visit the Central Park Zoo. A walk around the Zoo’s five plus acres will take you through a variety of habitats, all carefully designed to recreate the natural environment of the animals they house (over 130 different species). This website also offers several different walking tour suggestions. Also, don’t forget about Strawberry Fields, an area stretching from 71st to 74th streets which was dedicated to John Lennon. www.bronxzoo.com – The Bronx Zoo opened its gates in 1899 and quickly became one of NY’s most beloved institutions. Today the zoo houses over 6,000 animals and it is quick subway ride from NYC.

www.rockefellercenter.com – Visit the world famous Rockerfeller Center and Discover New York in all its forms from 70 stories up at Top of the Rock Observation Deck - the view: the city's only crystal-clear, 360° experience of your New York. http://grandcentralterminal.com – Not just the largest train station in the world by number of platforms 44, with 67 tracks along them. It is also home to 68 shops and countless places to grab a bite to eat. www.southstreetseaport.com - For more than two centuries, the South Street Seaport has been a place where innovation and history come together, open space for walks and recreation along the waterfront; open sightlines of the harbor from Fulton and Beekman Streets; provide a new meeting space for live performances, lectures, and children’s programs; and offer venues that celebrate both the area’s rich history and its vibrant present. http://timessquare.com – Commonly referred to as the Crossroad of the World. Times Square has become a symbol and primary landmark in its home city. Its animated, digital advertisements help create an incredibly exciting vibe contributing to Times Square popularity to both tourists, locals and the Manhattan business community. Times Square is also home or adjacent to many of the Broadway theatres that feature some of the most popular award winning productions ever produced (such as “Wicked and Jersey Boys”). It is hard to get tickets to some of the more popular Broadway shows. The TKTS ticket stands offer same-day discount tickets to Broadway shows, Off-Broadway, and other arts events at up to 50% off their original prices. There are TKTS locations are: Times Square (47th Street, just east of Broadway and
another at South Street Seaport at 199 Water Street)

http://www.nytix.com/Broadway/DiscountBroadwayTickets/TKTS/ Sports www.yankees.com – Check out the first season at the new Yankee stadium www.nymets.com – Check out the first season at the new CitiField Tickets can be hard to come by at the stadiums. It is always safe to by them at www.stubhub.com. It is a safe and secure way for fans to buy and sell tickets. www.chelseapiers.com – Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex, in New York City, is a 30-acre waterfront sports village that has an amazing driving range, bowling alley, brewery and much more. Then there are the wonderful museums of NY New York City is home to top-notch museums in art, architecture, photography, natural history, television, radio and technology. For a comprehensive listing go to: http://www.ny.com/museums/

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection contains more than two million works of art ranging from medieval armor and European paintings to contemporary art. From ancient to modern art, this has it all! Go to www.metmuseum.org For Contemporary Art: Whitney Museum of Art: http://whitney.org/ New Museum: http://www.newmuseum.org/ Guggenheim Museum: www.guggenheim.org Japan Society: www.japansociety.org/
American Folk Art Museum: http://www.folkartmuseum.org/

Other great museums to check out are: The Museum of Modern Art - http://moma.org The Museum of Natural History - www.amnh.org Art Neighborhoods There are several vibrant historic art districts in NYC and environs, with great art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants: SoHo is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Originally associated with the arts, it has since become famous for both destination shopping and its downtown scene. The name is a blend of "South" and "Houston" from "south of Houston Street." Its name is the model for other new neighborhood acronyms in New York City, such as NoHo, for North of Houston Street, TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal Street), Nolita (North of Little Italy), and DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Before its incarnation as a trendy locale, it was known as the Cast Iron District because of the many buildings incorporating cast iron architectural elements. For more information go to: www.sohonyc.com/ Chelsea: As New York' visual arts community moved from Soho to West Chelsea in the 1990's the area bounded by 10th and 11th Avenue, and 18th Street and 28th Street has become one of the global centers of Modern Contemporary Art. The West Chelsea Arts District is home to over 370 art galleries and innumerable artist studios. The area is also home to the modern dance company Cedar Lakes who perform in their theater in the West Chelsea Arts district. Go to: www.chelseaartgalleries.com Williamsburg Brooklyn is home to a thriving art community and is largely associated with one of its main thoroughfares: Metropolitan and Bedford Avenue. Many ethnic groups have enclaves within Williamsburg, including Germans, Hasidic Jews, Italians, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans. The neighborhood is also a magnet for young people moving to the city, and is an influential hub for indie rock. For more information go to: www.freewilliamsburg.com

P.S. 1, Long Island City, Queens: P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States. An exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, P.S.1 devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. A catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art, P.S.1 actively pursues emerging artists, new genres, and adventurous new work by recognized artists in an effort to support innovation in contemporary art. Go to: www.ps1.org
Day Tripping

If you need an excuse to extend your visit to NYC, or have the time and inclination to explore beyond our ‘concrete jungle’ during your short stay, you can combine a visit to the beautiful Hudson River Valley with two renowned art venues. I highly recommend: DIA Beacon: Located in scenic Hudson River Valley, approximately 80 minutes north of NYC, Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries is the museum for Dia Art Foundation's renowned collection of art from the 1960s to the present. The museum, which opened in 2003, is situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York. Dia:Beacon occupies a former Nabisco box-printing facility that was renovated by Dia with artist Robert Irwin and architect OpenOffice. Along with Dia’s permanent collection, Dia:Beacon also presents temporary exhibitions, as well as public programs designed to complement the collection and exhibitions, including monthly Gallery Talks, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Go to: www.diabeacon.org Storm King Art Center: Widely known as one of the world's outstanding sculpture parks, the Storm King Art Center is located approximately one hour north of New York City, in New York's Hudson Valley. The Art Center's permanent collection of sculpture, dating from 1945 to the present, includes works by many of the twentieth century's most influential artists, integrated into a pristine, 500-acre landscape of rolling hills, fields, and woodlands. Go to: www.stormking.org Favorite Restaurants – Outer boroughs: Astoria, Queens, home to the legendary Archie Bunker of All in the Family, is a true example of a melting pot – with the best Greek restaurants outside of Greece! It’s very easily accessible via the NYC Subway system. It also boasts The Bohemian Hall - a part of New York City history and the last original remaining Beer Garden in all New York City where once there were hundreds. Bohemian Hall is run and managed by the Bohemian Citizens Benevolent Society, a Fraternal organization dedicated to preserving this precious piece of history! Go to: Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden: www.bohemianhall.com And: http://nymag.com/listings/bar/bohemian_hall_and_beer_garden/ Take the N train to Queens, to Astoria Blvd. Favorite Greek Restaurant: Cavo, 42-18 31st Ave, Astoria, NY 11103 (R train to Steinway Street) www.cavoastoria.com Also on 30th Avenue you will find an outdoor café/restaurant on every corner from 31st Street to Steinway Street. A favorite is Athens Café on 30th Ave at 32nd Street.

We have it on good authority that the absolutely best Souvlaki is from a street vendor located on the corner of Broadway & 32nd Street. Chicken, pork & beef kebob on a stick or on a pita – the best in the world! (Anthony Bourdain, take note!) Take the N train to Broadway Other notable attractions include the Kaufman Astoria Studios' Museum of the Moving Image, Isamu Noguchi Museum, and Socrates Sculpture Park. Astoria Park, along the East River, is Astoria's largest park and also contains the largest of New York City's public pools which was also the former site of the U.S. Olympic trials. Visit www.astoria.org for more info & links


				
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