Welcome to New York!

New York City consists of 5 boroughs. Manhattan is the one that most think of, as that's the one with the most skyscrapers and tourist sites.  The other 4 boroughs are: Bronx (where Yankee stadium is located), Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.  

 

AIRPORTS
Airports serving the area are: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and La Guardia (LGA).

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

If you're staying in Manhattan, you should know that taxi fares vary, depending upon the airport in which you arrive. If you're staying outside of Manhattan, the fares are metered and will generally cost more. 

New York City is one of the most accessible cities via airports because we have 3 that are very close to Manhattan! 

  • EWR - Newark (Located in New Jersey, really easy train ride into Penn Station)
    • Public Transportation: Train Ride: $14 one way on New Jersey Transit. You'll need to take the airtran ($5) from the airport to the Newark train station.
      • You can purchase tickets in three ways: 
        • On the train (in cash)
        • At the ticketing machines at the airport, heading up to the Airtran
        • Using the online phone app NJ Transit (pick Newark to Penn Station - NY) 
    • Cab/Lyft/Uber: ~$60
  • LGA - La Guardia (closest to Manhattan, fewer flights than the others) - Under construction so expect delays with cabs or rides.
    • Public Transportation: Q47 bus, and transfer to the 7, E, F, M, R subway lines at 74 St/Roosevelt Ave
    • Cab/Lyft/Uber: ~$15-30 
  • JFK - John F. Kennedy (Farthest away and longest commute but most flight options) 
    • Public Transportation: Airtran to rain Station then hop on the or A (~1.5 - 2 Hours) 
    • Cab/Lyft/Uber: ~$75

FIXED FARE FROM JFK ON YELLOW CABS

Taxi fares from JFK on the yellow cabs have a fixed rate to Manhattan only. The current fixed fare is: $52.00 plus tolls and other surcharges, if you arrive during rush hour, for example. For information on NYC taxi and limosines, consult their website at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/passenger/taxicab_rate.shtml

You might also find this information useful at Travel Zoo:
http://www.travelzoo.com/blog/taxi-tips-tourists-nyc/

Fans may wish to check out the New York Airport Shuttle Bus for transfers from an airport to Manhattan. They offer free drop offs to hotels between 23rd Street and 63rd Street. For more information, check out: https://www.nycairporter.com/

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IF YOU DON'T MIND THE COMMUTE..
Fans coming into EWR who don't mind traveling by ferry and subway to Manhattan could consider booking rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island. You can reserve a free shuttle for airport pick up and drop off, as well as a shuttle to take you to the Staten Island ferry. The hotel is nice, with an indoor pool and a wonderful Italian restaurant. 

http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/hilton-garden-inn-new-york-staten-island-EWRSIGI/index.html

THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY
The Staten Island Ferry runs everyday, 24 hours a day, and at least once every 30 minutes. During rush hour times, it is more frequent. It is FREE and it passes by the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano Bridge on each trip. Each trip is 25 minutes and you arrive in downtown Manhattan, next to Battery Park and close enough to walk up and see the Wall Street bull and the 9/11 Memorial. Many tourists take the ferry just to see the Statue of Liberty a bit closer. (There are tourist boats that go to the Statue and Ellis Island for a fee.) For information about the Staten Island Ferry, here's the website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/ferrybus/ferrybus.shtml

STAYING IN NEW JERSEY

You may also want to consider staying in New Jersey for less expensive lodging and a comfortable commute to Yankee Stadium. Here are some ways to make it to the Pinstripe Bowl from New Jersey!

1. NJ Transit: Trains go directly into Penn Station where you can grab the NYC Subway ‘D’ train to the stadium. NJ Transit also has a mobile app to simplify your journey. (http://www.njtransit.com/hp/hp_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=HomePageTo)

2. PATH Train: The PATH Train is the primary transit link between Manhattan and neighboring New Jersey urban communities and suburban commuter railroads. It runs 24/7 and is a convenient way to travel to and from Manhattan from NJ towns like Hoboken, Jersey City, Harrison, and Newark. This means that you can stay in Hoboken and Jersey City and get to Yankee Stadium in approximately 45 minutes by taking the PATH to 33rd Street and taking the NYC Metro Subway D train to Yankee Stadium.

The Playwright Irish Pub, where pre- and post-game Iowa events take place, is within walking distance of both Penn Station and the 33rd Street PATH Station.


DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN

Besides the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty, there's a small park called Battery Park right next to it, where you can also pay the tourism boats that take you to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. There's a fun little carousel called the Seaglass Carousel next to the ferry in Battery Park and the ride is $5.00. It's beautiful at night and fun for kids and adults alike. There's a lot in lower Manhattan to see and experience, just as there is in other parts of the city.  Places like Wall Street and the bull, Chinatown, Little Italy, and the 9/11 Memorial are popular tourist stops. Discount shopping is conveniently located in the Century 21 store that's located right across from the 9/11 Memorial.

I recommend that you take a look at the NYC Official Guide website for detailed information on what you'd like to see and do while here. https://www.nycgo.com/boroughs-neighborhoods

METROCARDS

You can buy a card to ride the subways and buses all over NYC and put a specific dollar amount on it (or) buy an unlimited ride option. Express buses cost more. The non-express rides are $2.75 each and include one transfer within a time period for free. You can buy the cards at the machines in subway stops, at the Staten Island ferry and in some delis and other vendors. The initial card is $1.00 plus whatever fare you choose to put on it. You can refill your card with more money, if you decide you need to. If you add $5.50 or more, you get a 5% bonus on your card. Consult the MTA website for lots of information about fares, schedules, and updates to lines during the holidays. http://www.mta.info/
 

What can I expect in terms of cost? 

The cost of living in Manhattan is more than double the national average! 

  • Hotels (per room): $200-400 per night. Also keep in mind that hotel rooms in Manhattan are tiny! 
  • Eating (per person, per meal):
    • Food: $15 for an inexpensive restaurant (delis, cafes), $75+ for a pricier place (steakhouses, sushi) 
    • Drinks: $10-30 per drink (ya we're not kidding!), the Hawkeye bar will have specials ;) 
  • Transportation in the city: 
    • Subway/Bus: $2.75 per swipe on a subway (free transfer to buses) 
    • Cab: $20-25 to get to most places
    • Lyft or Uber: $15-20 
  1. What about Hotels? 

    • Aside from standard hotel booking sites, you can try apps like Hotel Tonight for good deals on NYC Hotels. 

    • You can also try www.airbnb.com and rent an apartment!  

      • Airbnb is a website for people to list, find, and rent lodging. It has over 1,500,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 190 countries.

  2. Where can I find information about Broadway shows or other activities in the city?

    • Check out www.nycgo.com which is a New York City resource guide for all different activities

Have more questions? Send us an email - info@nymetroiowaclub.com!