Navigating New York City

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Traveling through New York City

Mass Transit

The best way to get around NYC is through a combination of walking and mass transit. NYC's extensive system of subways and buses are operated by the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority). The system is inexpensive, operates 24/7 and provides a fun way to extend sightseeing, and it gets you where you need to go—fast. Other inter-borough connections include ferries and even an aerial tramway.

Getting an MTA MetroCard is your first step to navigating the City by subway or bus. A MetroCard is required to enter the subway system, while exact change or a MetroCard can be used on buses. You can purchase a MetroCard at any subway station from multilingual machines (which accept cash, and credit and debit cards) or booth attendants.

Riders can choose a pay-per-ride or an unlimited-ride MetroCard. There is a $1 fee to purchase a new MetroCard, so be sure to retain it (and check the expiration date on the back of the card—the MTA will issue a new MetroCard for no charge if your card has expired or is damaged). The base fare for a subway or bus ride is $2.75. Adding value to the card works as follows: The minimum value that can be purchased on a pay-per-ride MetroCard is $5; an unlimited MetroCard enabling users to ride as often as they like costs $31 for seven days. Varying discounts are given when purchasing multiple rides and for seniors (age 65 and older) and disabled riders. A single‐ride ticket is $3, is sold only at vending machines and must be used within two hours of purchase. For a map of New York City's subway and bus system, click here.

New York City Taxis

The City's fleet of taxicabs is regulated by the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). Taxicabs operate 24 hours, provide door-to-door service and accept cash or credit cards. The City's famous yellow fleet is primarily seen throughout Midtown but can be hailed for trips to other boroughs and even to other states. NYC's new apple-green Boro Taxis can pick up hails in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens (excluding the airports) and Staten Island, plus northern Manhattan (north of West 110th Street and East 96th Street); they are not authorized to pick up any trips elsewhere in Manhattan.

To hail a taxi, stand at the curb and look for a yellow cab with an illuminated white number on top. Off-duty cabs display the illuminated words "Off Duty" on the same sign. Board and exit the cab curbside.

For yellow or green taxis, there is a minimum meter fare of $3, and prices increase based on the distance and duration of the trip (assume prices are higher during peak rush-hour traffic). Surcharges apply to the meter price nightly, 8pm-6am, and Monday-Friday, 4-8pm. Drivers appreciate a 15-20 percent gratuity at the end of a trip. Bridge and tunnel tolls are not included in the taxi's metered fare. For further details, visit or call 212-NEW-YORK from outside the City or 311 when in town.


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  2. Select the uberPOOL option at the bottom of the app on the slider.
  3. Request and ride—you may be matched with another rider traveling along a similar route.

Visitor Services


New York City is committed to ensuring accessibility for everyone with special needs, and has equipped all buses with lifts for those in wheelchairs and those who have difficulty climbing stairs. In addition, many subway stations include elevators, ramps, visual display signs, accessible public telephones, and tactile and audio features on vending machines. Subways also have automated voices indicating stops, and all buses and select subway stations are wheelchair accessible. Many street-hail taxicabs accommodate wheelchairs. To request a wheelchair-accessible taxi, call the accessible dispatch center at 646-599-9999; text a request to 646-400-0789; or download the free mobile app "WOW Taxi" at the Apple App Store. Passengers with disabilities are eligible for reduced fares on most mass-transit trips. For more information about NYC accessibility, call 212-NEW-YORK from outside the City or 311 while in town; contact the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (212-788-2830, TTY: 212-504‐4115,; or visit NYC & Company's accessibility section.

Baby Sitting


Baby Sitters' Guild, established in 1940, provides in-room childcare, corporate conference back-up childcare and childcare for weddings, meetings or other events. Our sitters are from a dynamic pool of individuals with teaching, theater, art and nursing backgrounds. Guild sitters are all CPR and First Aid certified, have dynamic and varied backgrounds such as teaching, nursing, art and theater and have all been thoroughly vetted with complete background checks. Baby Sitters' Guild sitters arrive at each assignment with age-appropriate arts and crafts, books, toys, and games to keep the children fully engaged while in their care.

A children's party will be held on July 9th Childcare, games, activities and FUN is provided by The Baby Sitters Guild. On alternate dates and times childcare is provided by Baby Sitters Guild on an individual family basis.

Our rate is $30 per hour for one child and $5.00 additional for each additional child. We are pleased to offer a reduced rate beginning at $25.00 per hour at 20 families. We have a 4 hour minimum per appointment. A transportation fee of $6.00 if you return before midnight or $10 if you return after midnight is added to your bill at the end of each assignment.

Visit the reservations page on or call 212-682-0227 and use promo code bsg10282 to receive 5% off the hourly rate.

Tipping Guidelines

  • Hotel doorman: $3 for hailing a cab
  • Porters and bellhops: $1-$2 per bag
  • Maids: $1-$2 per person, per day of your visit, or as much as $5 per day
  • Wait staff and bartenders: 15-20 percent of total bill
  • Taxi drivers: 15-20 percent of total fare
  • Tips for other service personnel, such as theater ushers, tour guides and coat--‐check staff, are always appreciated.

It's worth noting that if you're having drinks at a bar, bartenders typically expect a $2 tip for every drink they serve.

Fun Activities in your Spare Time

TV Show Tapings

Attending the tapings of popular television shows filmed in New York City is fun and free. It's best to arrange obtaining tickets as far in advance as possible, depending on the individual show's policies. Still, many shows have standby options if you're willing to wait. Click here for the addresses and schedules of TV shows—and your chance to say hi to people back home on national television.

New York City Ferry System

New York City comprises several islands, and its waters are home to an extensive ferry system to take you uptown and downtown, as well as across the rivers between boroughs. Perhaps the best-known transport is the Staten Island Ferry. It's primarily a commuter shuttle between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan, but it's also a wonderful 5.2-mile, 20-minute mini-cruise with great views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan—plus it's free. Other shuttles include New York Water Taxi and NY Waterway and other services are available, too, such as harbor and sightseeing cruises like Statue Cruises, operating direct service from Battery Park to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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