Last updated on: May 5, 2020
Images of New York City in popular culture would not be complete without pedestrians flagging down the familiar yellow taxi of iconic lore. These days, however, tourists and locals have quite a few more options for transportation than just taxis. Depending on your circumstances, there may be better ways to get from point A to point B in modern New York. Here’s how best to get around in NYC.
Rideshare apps, like Uber and Lyft, have made some headway in New York, although they have not completely taken over as they have in some other cities. Thanks to political negotiations, there is a limited amount of these rideshare cars on the roadways. In the future, New Yorkers may enjoy more widespread access to these services, but for now, their numbers are restricted.
Vehicle rental is a popular option for any traveler. However, traveling by car is not the best way to get around NYC. You might be best off by foregoing a car rental, because of the unique nature of New York traffic. First of all, parking is extremely expensive and difficult to locate in some areas of the cities. The driving habits of New Yorkers are infamous for their lack of etiquette. Finally, navigating New York roadways in busy afternoon traffic could prove to be a nightmare. For the experienced or daring, though, car rental could be a good option. In order to stay safe, it helps to know the most dangerous time of day to drive. It’s something you may want to take into consideration when planning on travelling in the city.
New York has one of the oldest, most iconic subway systems of any major city. All the boroughs are connected via the subway system, making reaching a neat bar in Queens just as accessible as a big Manhattan skyscraper for a business meeting. The subway may not be the most glamorous mode of travel in the Big Apple—especially during the “Summer of Hell”—but it’s certainly the cheapest and the most authentic. If you’re strapped for time to make it somewhere during rush hour, the underground option may be the best for you.
The famous archetype, the New York cab driver, is likely not going anywhere soon. While other modes of travel have made headway in recent years, New York still sees a high volume of taxis. It’s a great way to get around without the hassle of worrying about finding parking or getting worked up cruising the chaotic streets, and they’re an option that’s usually just a wave away.
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