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Making the Most of New York City
Making the Most of New York City
The Disney Magic docks at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, on the Hudson River near 48th St. The terminal is five long blocks (0.8 miles) west of Times Square. Though there is little in the way of food and lodging in the neighborhood, the Intrepid Air and Space Museum is next door. The Magic home ports here in fall 2016 and 2017. See xxxx for details on embarkation and debarkation in New York.
Note: For those guests on the 7- and 8-night cruises from New York to the Bahamas which include a 1-day Walt Disney World Resort ticket with Park Hopper and three FastPass+ selections, you will not need to make FastPass+ selections in advance! Your three Fastpass+ selections can be used at most attractions with the exception of Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey in Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
New York has one of the world’s great mass transit systems, including 300 bus routes and 24 subway lines, the Staten Island Ferry, and commuter rail. Fewer than half of New York’s households own a car! Maps and fares can be found at http://www.mta.info. City bus and subway fare is $2.75 per ride. Pay with exact change (bus) or MetroCard (bus and subway). Subway-to-bus and bus-to-bus transfers are free (ask when you board). Pay-Per-Ride MetroCards cost $5.50 and up (buy what you need, refill as needed), with an 11% bonus added when you buy or add $5.50 or more to a card. These can be bought at street kiosks, subway stations, and some retail stores. Up to 4 can share one card. Manhattan buses travel most major crosstown (east-west) streets (14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, 50th, 57th etc.), and nearly every north-south avenue (uptown is north). Major crosstown streets are two-way, intermediate streets are one-way, and most avenues are one-way. The M42 bus crawls the length of 42nd St. from the piers to the U.N. Building, with transit connections nearly every block. Drive around Manhattan? Fahgedaboudit! On-street parking is almost impossible, garages and parking lots very expensive, traffic is crazy, and the (mostly) one-way streets add extra complications. Taxis are cheap by comparison, especially for trips under 2 miles. Only yellow New York City taxis can legally be hailed. It’s $2.50 per trip plus $0.50 for each 1/5 mile and for each minute the cab is stopped or moves slower than 6 mph. No extra charge for luggage. Towncars and limos must be hired in advance; their drivers cannot solicit or stop for hails.
New York has the lowest crime rate among the nation’s 25 biggest cities! New Yorkers are eager to help visitors enjoy their city, but not every helpful person has your best interests in mind. Distraction and inattention can be your greatest enemies. Stay aware of those around you and the bad guys will seek-out easier marks. Safe, welcoming neighborhoods may evaporate when you turn a corner, so know the score before you set out on your own.
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