Navigating NYC

New York City has five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.  Most of Manhattan’s streets form a grid with streets running east and west and avenues running north and south.  Street numbers increase as you travel north (10th Street is north of 4th Street), and avenue numbers increase as you travel west (5th Avenue is west of 2nd Avenue).  

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) operates the city’s network of subways and buses. To use public transportation in the city, students must purchase a MetroCard. (There is an initial $1 cost for a new MetroCard, so make sure to refill your card instead of buying a new one.) One ride on a bus or subway is $2.75, but you can receive discounts when you buy a MetroCard with multiple or unlimited rides.  MetroCards may be purchased from vending machines or tellers in any subway station. Transfers from one subway line to another or from the subway to the bus are free. For more information about MetroCards, please visit the MTA website.

Commuter students traveling to NYU’s campus can use the MTA, New Jersey Transit, Long Island Railroad, MetroNorth, PATH, and other transportation services.  Only New Jersey Transit offers a student discount on fares.

Helpful navigation links:
NYC Official Guide
New York Magazine Neighborhood Guide
New York City Subway Map
Manhattan Bus Map