New York City
Travel Guide

New York City 

Getting Around

By Car 

Driving in New York City is challenging with many areas congested with traffic. Furthermore, street parking is practically nonexistent near crowded areas and tourist attractions. Private parking garages and outdoor lots are available but range from expensive to inflated. There is also a rough hierarchy of precedence for traffic, which is unwise to challenge. Fire engines, ambulances, and police cruisers are given precedence, followed by other public service vehicles such as buses, road crews, and sanitation trucks.
New York City skyline

New York City skyline by Nadavspi

If you are staying in the suburbs i.e. outside the New York City limits, it is best to park your car at the Long Island Railroad, Metro North, or New Jersey Transit stations and take the commuter train to the city. If staying on Staten Island, you can cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Brooklyn before arriving in Manhattan. A better option (saving you time and money) is to park the car near the ferry terminal on Staten Island and then take the ferry to Manhattan.
Traffic in Times Square, New York City
Traffic in Times Square by Michael Danser

The roads in the outer borough (Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island) are sometimes confusing and often narrowed to one lane. In Queens, numbers identify not only avenues and streets, but also roads, places, crescents, and lanes, all of which might be near each other. If you intend to rent a car, you can find rental car companies based at JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and throughout the city. You will find car rental rates in the city cost more than other parts of the United States.

Parked cars in a Brooklyn neighborhood, New York City

Parked cars in a Brooklyn neighborhood by Vaguynny


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