John F. Kennedy International Airport, also known as JFK, is a public airport owned by New York City and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey under a long-term operating lease. It is located in Jamaica, Queens – the south-eastern portion of New York City and 15 miles away by highway from midtown Manhattan. JFK is the busiest international air passenger gateway and the third-leading freight gateway in the United States. The airport handles more international traffic than any other airport in North America. In 2013 alone, the airport handled 50,423,765 passengers. JFK is JetBlue Airways’ base of operations, the focus city for Caribbean Airlines and Avianca, and a major international gateway hub for American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Currently, there are more than 70 airlines that operate out of JFK. The airport has six operating terminals and two pairs of parallel runways which surround its central terminal area. Apart from Toronto Pearson International Airport, it is the only other airport in North America with scheduled direct flights to all six inhabited continents.
New York City is full of sights to see, places to discover, and interesting activities to do. There are several multi-attraction schemes that you can purchase such as the Explorer Pass, New York CityPASS, New York Pass, OnBoard New York Tours, and Zip Aviation Helicopter Tours. These passes grant admissions to most of New York’s top attractions with line-skipping privileges. The most famous landmark would be the Statue of Liberty in Lower Manhattan. Of course, there’s the world-renowned Empire State Building in Midtown, the Brooklyn Bridge which provides a spectacular view of the Brooklyn and Manhattan skylines, the eternally fascinating Times Square, west of Midtown area, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park, and Museum of Modern Art in Midtown are just some of the most known attractions in the city. You can stroll or bike on Central Park in Manhattan or see the most obscure of movies in Film Forum on West Houston Street. If you have money to splurge (or just window shop), Bergdorf’s on Fifth Avenue has a wide variety of high-end fashion boutiques and stores that offer couture pieces and more. There are several spots dedicated to great, live music but Bowery Ballroom on Delancey Street is the best one of them all. The Grand Central Terminal serves as a great reminder of the city’s past and also offers quite a thrilling experience.
How to get around within New York
Getting around New York City is easy since most of the city is laid out in grid, with streets running east and west and avenues running north and south. A great way to get to your destination, nearby or even far ones, is by walking. Not only is it healthier and cheaper, but it’s also a fantastic way to sight-see. A lot, if not the majority of New Yorkers prefer to hit the sidewalk, due to the amount of road traffic – especially in Midtown. But the fastest way to navigate around the city is still by taking the subway. You’ll need to purchase a MetroCard from the Metropolitan Transit Authority or MTA. Buses accept MetroCard and cash payments. If your destination is somewhere within Manhattan, then you can take the subway-type system called PATH, which is cheaper than the subway. For traveling in and between the city and within the suburbs, you can also take the commuter rail. For making cross-town trips, a bus ride is most recommended. There are different types of taxis that serve New York City. These cabs operate in specific areas, depending on which part of the city you are in. The Yellow Cabs get around in most of Manhattan and are available at the airport. Green Boro cabs navigate around Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and northern Manhattan areas only. The livery cabs/black cars, however, can only be called by phone. You can also get around the city on ferries. The Staten Island Ferry carries passengers and bicycles from Battery Park to Staten Island for free. The New York Waterway connects the city with the New Jersey Hudson River Waterfront, as well as points in Brooklyn and Queens for a price. Lastly, the New York Water Taxi operates between points within Manhattan, as well as some connections to New Jersey and Brooklyn. The city’s expanding cycle lane network makes New York more bicycle-friendly. Just remember to stay on the streets because bikes are not allowed on sidewalks.
How to get there
New York City is exceptionally well-connected by air. Aside from JFK, Newark Liberty International Airport and the domestic airport, LaGuardia Airport, are all operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. For inter-airport transfers, you can take either the bus, subway, New York City Airporter Bus, ETS Air Shuttle, All County Express, or taxi. There are several other modes of transport to get in the city. If you are taking the train, Amtrak operates from New York Penn Station. It is recommended to reserve a ticket online or by phone, especially if you are bound on any of the city’s business routes. Besides Amtrak, there are three commuter railroads that serve New York City: Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Rail Road (Metro North), and New Jersey Transit, which operates from Penn Station by Madison Square Gardens, except for Metro North, which starts at Grand Central Terminal. PATH connects the city to Hoboken, Newark, and different points on the New Jersey shore, which makes it a shortcut if you’re traveling between Newark and Lower Manhattan. There are both public and private buses that serve cities along the east coast of the country. New York City can be easily reached by car from anywhere in the country due to its position on the US Interstate highway network. The main routes into the city are I-95, I-80, and I-76/I-78. Meanwhile, if you are getting in by cruise ship or ocean liner, New York City is usually the starting and ending point of most cruise ships. The Cunard Line is a regularly scheduled passenger service that operates between the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Southampton, England, as well as Hamburg, Germany.
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