Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published March 28th 2011
If you are looking for a way to really experience New York City, especially its people, hop on the New York Subway. But, instead of getting from one "touristy" destination to another, ride the #1, #2, and #3 subway lines out as far as they go. This will take you through the Bronx and Manhattan, and you'll finish your ride in Brooklyn.
In order to get the best experience, you want to board the #1 subway line in the Bronx at the Van Courtland Park station. From there, you want to ride that line all the way to the South Ferry Station.
Once you've completed that route, hop back on the #1 subway going north, and ride to the Chambers Street Station. Here you will take the #2 subway line to Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.
At that station, you want to re-board a #2 subway line train and retrace your route to Franklin Avenue. Hop off here and catch the #3 subway line to New Lots Avenue in Brooklyn.
There are, of course, other subway lines that get you to different locations throughout New York City, but the #1, #2, and #3 subway lines actually follow the straightest route.
Because of this, after you've taken one continuous ride from the Bronx to Brooklyn, you can then decide at which stations you wish to disembark to see different sites and places in the City. For example, if you want to go to Harlem, you want to get off at the 103rd Street Station and catch either the #2 or the #3 subway line trains.
Do you want to see Grand Central Station? Take the #1 subway line to the 42nd Street/Times Square station, and then take the #7 line (Flushing Local) to the station itself.
The best way to ride the New York Subway is to purchase a MetroCard. In fact, except for specific circumstances, the MetroCard is the only way you can pay for your rides. Go ahead and purchase a 7-day unlimited ride MetroCard, and you'll be set for the rest of your trip.