New York City Trippers

Reading the map

01 Jul 2015 by Daphne

The layout of Manhattan is like a grid with Streets and Avenues. The Avenues are numbered from East to West and run vertically from South to North. The Streets are numbered from South to North, run horizontally and are seperated between West and East by 5th Avenue. The even numbered streets are one-way streets that go from West to East and the odd numbered streets run from East to West. Because the Streets and Avenues are so long, addresses are given so you’ll know approximately where you have to be, like: 420 9th Avenue between 33rd and 34th.

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When exiting the subway, beware. There are often several exits and that can be a bit confusing (at least, we think so). To make life a bit more easier, keep the following in mind: when the numbers of the streets go up (32nd, 33rd, 34th) you’re heading north. So, when your destination is somewhere uptown and you see the street numbers go downwards, turn around. You took the wrong exit.

And when departing the subway, don’t ever stand still at the end of the stairs to take a look at your map. You’re in New York, where most people are always in a hurry. But, when you’re in the mood for some good and original cursing you should definitely take your chances. The last time we did it, right under the Port Authority escalator we were asked if we had "ever considered brainsurgery?"......

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