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Unique Ways to Get Around New York

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I have an inceatible fascination with the Big City. Personally, I blame it on my love of everything Broadway. The Great White Way has called my name for years. But, alas, I've never been to the Big Apple -  probably because of my irrational fears fueled by too many episodes of Law & Order. I think in 2013, that will all change. I do need to make more flights in order to get my gold status, after all.

So as part of my initial research into making the bold trip into New York City sometime next year, I've been doing a lot of reading about how to make the most out of my trip - from what to see, where to get tickets to the shows I can't wait to see (again), and where to stay. But above all, I need to find ways to get around the city with the least amount of effort possible. And with all due respect to those living in the city, riding the subway doesn't sound exactly enticing.

So here are some of the unique ways I've found to get around the city. Granted, there is a little bit of a premium I will eventually pay getting around using these methods - but I can at least feel a little more secure worrying less about losing my personal effects. 

  • Shairporter
    My co-worker and friend (and our New York correspondent) Coby Kellogg wrote in September about ways to get to the city from the airport - and how taking a cab to the city may be the most effective way to get there. Shairporter takes it to the next level by connecting people going to the same place online. Once a connection has been made, the group agrees where to meet (either coming from or going to the airport), and all share a cab at a lower rate than it would for one to go on their own! If you're looking for an easier way to get exactly where you're going, or want to make some new friends in the city, this is something to definitely look into. And if you're going to or from the airport for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 21 - they'll pick up the fare for your group! What's better than a free airport ride?
  • Uber
    In my last technology post
    , I posted about how interesting Uber was. They've since expanded to New York City - and based on my last look from their app, they seem to have plenty of cars happy to take you around town. Here's how it works: open the app and sign up for the service (credit card required). Then, select your location, and request a ride - the nearest driver will accept it, and come to get you to take you away. The best part is that the driver is paid automatically from the app - tip included. So there's no arguing about the fare, and you're protected by Uber from paying too much. Plus, all the drivers have to be licensed by the city - and if a driver receives too many bad reviews, they will be removed from the service.
  • Gray Line Tours
    So maybe you're like me, and you have no clue what to do outside of Times Square and Broadway. My proposed solution is a hop-on-hop-off (HOHO) bus tour is for you. Gray Line seems to have some of the better tours - and if you don't mind spending a little money, you can get on and off these busses at any time over as many as three days. This looks to be a great way to see the city without a whole lot of difficulty - and get some inspration on what to see your next time around. Plus, for a little more, you can include tickets to some of the more interesting places to see in town.

So that's what I've been able to find when it comes to getting around New York. What do you recommend I try when I get to the city? Let me know in the comments below!

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Rachel K.

Absolutely love the big apple here too! We used the Shairporter service and it saved us a fortune!

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