Native New Yorker Walking Tours - Charles Schwartz, licensed and insured NYC Sight Seeing Guide
 
Traveling to or from LaGuardia Airport by public transport
 
Traveling to or from JFK International Airport by AirTrain JFK
 
Traveling to or from Newark Liberty Airport by AirTrain Newark
 
                       Traveling around the city by New York City Subway
   Traveling to or fromLong Island by MTA Long Island Rail Road 
 
   Traveling to or from upstate New York on MTA Metro-
   North Railroad or to Northern  New Jersey or Connecticut
 
 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  
                             North America.
 
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         
                              Manhattan.
 
                           "Downtown" means traveling in a southerly direction in          
                             Manhattan.
 
                             Finding the cross-streets for a Manhattan address is     
                             easily calculated  using simple algorithms.
                    
                    
     Calculating Walking Distances in 
     Manhattan:
 
 
                             When walking along an avenue (north-south-
                             north): 20 blocks, (e.g. from 34th to 14th street)            
                             equals1mile/1.6 km
 
 
                             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
 
                           Manhattan Henge
 
There is a phenomenon which has been termed"    Manhattan Henge" by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural  History.Four times a year, the sun can be seen     
            rising or setting squarely at the ends of Manhattan
             streets.
 
   Much in the way our ancient ancestors were able to   
   predict
  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.  
 
 
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