Living in NYC
How will you make the most of your college or internship experience?
Working hard, whether at your studies or at your internship, is key to your success—but how you spend your free time is also crucial to your learning experience. The EHS Student Life Staff is here to help you take full advantage of all that New York City has to offer. We can help you pick the best-of-the-best from an endless list of amazing things to do in this city, and in the meantime, here are a few tips to help you start your explorations on the right foot.
Soak Up The Culture
World-class museums, theatres, concerts, botanical gardens, galleries, poetry readings, art-house films—a world of culture is waiting for you when you step out the door. Even better yet, many great cultural events are free! For example, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) opens its doors for free certain nights, entrance to The Whitney is “pay-what-you-wish” at certain times, and the free summer concerts in Central Park really can’t be beat. Our Student Life staff often hosts trips to Broadway Shows, museums, concerts and other must-sees, plus they can give you the inside scoop on where to go when you venture out on your own.
See The Sights
Iconic New York City should not be overlooked. Timeless attractions like The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty really are incredible, and since you live here, you can visit them whenever you want. Check your calendar for one of many Student Life outings to classic NYC spots, or head out on your own. Go ahead, climb a skyscraper, play chopsticks at FAO Schwarz, wave to yourself on the jumbo screen in Times Square… these places aren’t just for tourists.
Be A Good Sport
With nine professional sports teams calling the city home, it’s always the season to hit the stands. And speaking of stands, the city has several new stadiums. Where else can you see the Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Nets, Jets, Giants, Islanders and more without having to hop a plane? NYC also hosts the U.S. Tennis Open, and the New York City Marathon, fills the streets with runners and fans every year. Sporting events are a thrilling taste of New York’s exciting local energy, and the EHS Student Life staff will save you a seat at many games.
Get Star Struck
You don’t have to be in LA to run into celebs. One of the most unique aspects of NYC is the role it plays as a location for countless TV shows and movies. Spot a star being filmed on the street, go to a casting call to be an extra in a major production, or attend a live taping of TV show. Many programs are shot on location in New York City, and best of all, attendance is free!
Indulge Your Appetite
Only New York City allows your palate to travel the world without ever leaving home. Chinese, Italian, Mediterranean, Indian, French, Mexican, Classic American, Fusion and some of the world’s best coffee shops… it’s all here. Our Student Life staff has collected our favorite spots from the thousands of restaurants to choose from—something every student can appreciate. Also, during the city’s Restaurant Week (one week in winter, one in summer) you can dine at the finest NYC restaurants for a fraction of the normal price.
Transportation In New York City
New York City is a bustling, vibrant metropolis, full of activities and excitement—and with a little know-how it can be easy to get around in too.
Of all the cities in the US, New York City is perhaps the most pedestrian-friendly. And our public transportation system is one of the most comprehensive in the world. Most locals will advise you not to bring a car when you move here, as expensive parking and bad traffic can make it more of a headache than it’s worth. Plus, you can often get to your destination faster by simply taking the subway, a bus, or a taxi. Here is some information to help you get acquainted with NYC’s transportation options.
New York has the largest subway system in the world, but don’t let this intimidate you, it is very easy to navigate. Routes are marked by numbers and letters, and signs at the platform tell you which direction trains are headed (e.g. Uptown, Downtown or Brooklyn-bound). Trains run 24-hours per day in all of the five boroughs, with one train every 2-5 minutes during rush hour, one every 5 to 15 minutes midday and evenings, and one approximately every 20 minutes after midnight.
You can get a free map at any subway station booth, they are posted on station walls and in the subway cars, or you can view one online at the MTA website. Websites like Hopstop, are also useful in planning out your route and estimating the time it will take you to get there. Furthermore, the subway is one of the most affordable modes of public transportation (after walking of course). You can buy a Metro Card at most stations with a credit/debit card or cash, and you can get a variety of unlimited and dollar-amount Metro Cards that can significantly lower the price-per-ride.
Your Metro Card will also work on any of the city’s extensive bus routes. With over 200 local bus routes and over 30 express bus routes in the city, riding the bus can be a very convenient option. It is also a great way to see the city, and get your bearings—as opposed to zooming to your destination underground. You can find bus routes and schedules listed on the MTA website (www.mta.info).
Taking a taxicab is another great option (though more expensive). You can easily hail a taxi near any EHS location, as well as throughout Manhattan and in parts of Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx.
How to hail a cab:
- Find a good spot on the side of the street where you are visible, but also safe (street corners are great). Though it is not necessary, it is best to hail the cab on the side of the street where the traffic is headed direction that you want to go.
- When you see a yellow cab coming along, simply stick out your arm to wave it down. (Everyone has their own style when it comes to hailing a cab, but an arm straight up or a little to the side should do the trick).
- It is important to look at the lights on the roof of the cab. A light lit in the center only means the cab is available; no lights means it is taken; and lights lit on the sides mean it is off-duty and most-likely won’t stop.
- Once the taxi pulls over, get in the back (always get in and out of the curb-side door to avoid other cars), and let the driver know where you want to go. Telling the driver the cross street on either side of your destination helps them know exactly where you want to go.
- In NYC taxicabs you can pay with a credit/debit card or cash, and it is customary to leave a tip.