New York City
Travel Guide

New York City 

Getting Around 

Street Numbering
It is relatively easy and straightforward to find your way in Manhattan. The borough is laid out in a grid with avenues running in an east-west direction and streets running in a south-north direction. In Manhattan:
  • Avenue numbers rise from east to west below 59th Street e.g. First Avenue to Fifth Avenue.
  • Streets numbers rise from south to north e.g. 10th Street to 48th Street.
Furthermore, building numbers on the avenues starts at the south end of the avenue and rises as you move north. Building numbers on the streets starts at Fifth Avenue and increases as you go east or west. Be aware that many streets in Manhattan are one-way.
Lower Manhattan, New York City

Lower Manhattan by Norbert Nagel

Above Washington Square, Fifth Avenue divides Manhattan into east and west. Numbering starts at Fifth Avenue on each side (except where Central Park interrupts) and increases in either direction. Addresses west of Fifth Avenue, for example, are written as 220 W 34th Street and east of Fifth Avenue as 220 E 34th Street. These are general rules when getting around in Manhattan and there are exceptions. However, many areas in the outer boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island) are not arranged in a grid and have different street naming or numbering patterns.

Public Transport
The best way to get around New York City is to take the city’s public transport, comprising of an extensive network of subway trains and commuter buses. The city’s public transport system is regular, reliable, and relatively inexpensive. For most visitors or tourists, many of the popular destinations in the city are reachable by subway trains. Use the MetroCard to ride the buses and subways operated by the city’s Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA).

New York City subway
New York City subway by Kmf164

For shorter distances, there is no better way than walking and you are generally within walking distance from a subway station or bus stop when in New York City. As a rough guide, there are around 20 blocks per mile and an average person can walk a block in about a minute. Remember that jaywalking is extremely common among New Yorkers, though it can be extremely dangerous. If you decide not to jaywalk and prefer to wait for the signal to give the green light, be considerate and not block others from jaywalking.  

Walking in Times Square, New York City

Walking in Times Square by Kamel15


Visiting New York
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