Traveling to or from JFK International Airport by AirTrain JFK
Traveling to or from upstate New York on MTA Metro-
Getting Your Bearings in New York City:
New York is composed of five boroughs, four of which are
situated on islands. Only The Bronx is part of mainland
In Manhattan, streets are laid out, roughly, east-west-east,
and avenues run north-south-north.
Streets are divided at 5th Avenue into "east" and "west".
South of Washington Square Park, in Greenwich Village,
Broadway divides "east" and "west" streets.
The designation of "east" and "west" streets ceases to exist south of Houston Street.
East-west, street house/building numbering begins at the particular dividing avenue.
Avenue house/building numbers increase from south to north.
"Uptown" means traveling in a northerly direction in
"Downtown" means traveling in a southerly direction in
Finding the cross-streets for a Manhattan address is
Calculating Walking Distances in
When walking along an avenue (north-south-
north): 20 blocks, (e.g. from 34th to 14th street)
When walking along a street (east-west-east), on
average: 3 blocks, (e.g. 5th to 8th Avenue) along 34 St. =
1 mile/1.6 km
rising or setting squarely at the ends of Manhattan
Much in the way our ancient ancestors were able to
the advent of Winter and Summer Solstice via solar
observations, so, too, New Yorkers can know with
precision the arrival of December 5 and January 8 as
well as May 28 and July 12/13, respectively.