Best NYC Hacks


The city that never sleeps, the Big Apple, NYC – no matter the name it is a top spot for most travelers. It is also notoriously expensive to visit and live here. I’m going to share with you some city hacks that can help even a tourist feel city smart. 


Airport Transportation


When arriving at JFK Airport Taxi’s are a flat rate to and from the city around  $50. This is a good bargain if you’re traveling with a few people that can split the cost with you. It is easy and low stress too.

You can also call an Uber. Uber’s have nicer cars and they can be cheaper than cabs. For example when landing at Newark Airport a cab to the city is around $60 but an Uber to the city is $45. You can always ask the taxi stand what the price is and then compare that to an Uber ride on your phone. 

The cheapest option is the hour and thirty minute train ride. You will have at least one transfer. You will encounter stairs and long tunnels to navigate so if you’re packing heavy be prepared. The cost is of a one way metro ticket ($2.75) plus an airbus ticket ($5) for a total of $7.75!


Moving around the City


While in the city you can take cabs, Uber’s, buses, and pedi cabs. The best option if you’re staying in the city for more than 2 days and plan on running around a lot is to buy the Subway Unlimited Week pass at $30.00 

If you only have a day then a pre-paid subway card is the best option. A single ride is around $2.75. You can put any dollar amount on the card and share it between your group. You can swipe the card and then hand it back to the person/persons you are traveling with before you go through the turn style.

Cabs are a metered rate starting at $3.30 then the meter moves up by 50 cents increments for the duration of your ride. 

Uber is a better price than a cab EXCEPT at high traffic times of day like mornings and evenings. Then fairs will be double what a cab ride would normally cost.

There are many good sight seeing Hop on Hop off buses. I like City Sightseeing. This will give you a great return on your money. There are different routes that take you around Manhattan and the stops cover the top attractions of the city.


Shopping with out paying Sales Tax


Everyone who comes to NYC does at least a little shopping! The city has it all and that includes a high sales tax. What to do? If making bigger purchases always ask what the cost of shipping is. Most of the time shipping is free or a lot less than the sales tax of the purchase. Anything I buy in NYC -clothes, shoes, bags- I ship home so I don’t have to pay the tax. Also a lot of Department stores will offer out of state visitors 10% off cards. Bloomingdales does this if you show them your out of state license or ID. 


 My Personal Favorite Free Things to do in NYC


High line


Central Park


Staten Island Ferry


9 11 Memorial Fountain


Exploring the different neighborhoods such as Soho, China town/ Little Italy


Chelsea Market


Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Bridge Park


Time Square




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  • Olga Pekalska
    Posted at 13:47h, 01 November Reply

    I haven’t been since May of 2002. Back then it was still very much ground Zero. Can’t wait to go see the memorial and museum.
    I absolutely adore central Park. Can’t wait to go back and explore some of the other things on your list.
    What would you recommend for shows where I wouldn’t be paying an arm and a leg?
    Definitely want to experience an NYC Broadway or off Broadway. I hear they’re the best. Thoughts?

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