I am very excited to be attending BlogHer this year. Its my first BlogHer and I am looking forward to meeting some wonderful bloggers and learning ways to make my blog better and learn how to be better versed in social media.
I was also excited that the conference is in NYC. I grew up on Long Island and have always loved visiting the city.
While there are many ways to get around NYC and they all have pros and cons, with the exception of bringing your own car and driving it around. My only response is to NOT DO IT. NYC can be challenging to navigate by car and finding legal, inexpensive parking is next to impossible. If you thought about coming in by car, I suggest you find one of the commuter rail or Amtrak stations near you and park your car there and take the train.
If you are going to take in some sightseeing when you are not in conferences here are the pros and cons to getting around.
Pros and Cons to Traveling in NYC:
Pros: Its free and its a great way to see the city, there are a lot of cute little stores, and gives you lots of opportunities for people watching.
Cons: You are limited by the speed you can walk, so if you are trying to see lots of the city, walking alone is not the most efficient way.
Pros: You will go exactly where you want and you can still see lots of what is going on. Also, if you have a friendly driver, you can have some great converations.
Cons: Taxi’s are expensive. I would save a cab for when you are either exhausted, carrying a lot of stuff, or feel that you are hopelessly lost.
Pros: Efficient, and not very expensive. You can cover lots of the city, and get to people watch. Also the subway is very safe and most trains have a map of the stops so you will not miss your stop. Here is a link for a Subway Map, and you can also download a free app for the Subway.
Cons: You do have to plan a little to make sure you are going to the right place, and be careful to be on a local and not an express train. Also, since the subway is underground, you do not see a lot of the city.
4. Tour Bus-
On just about every corner you will see people selling tickets for one of the double decker tour buses. You buy tickets and you can hop on and off for different loops around the city.
Pros: You really get to see a lot of the city, and if you get a good tour guide, you learn a lot of neat facts. Also, the hop on-hop off nature allows you to target the areas you want to see, and with a bus every 10-20 minutes during the day, you are never stuck in one area for long.
Cons: The tickets are not cheap, but if you google the companies, you can often get coupons. Also, getting from place to place is faster than walking, but slower than the subway or taxi.
I have never tried the bicycle rickshaws, so I cannot comment on them.
Getting around NYC is also pretty easy as the bulk of the city is on a grid. Sometimes you might get turned around a little, but you can always find your way.
Also to save yourself a little on a cab, try to catch your cab facing in the direction you want to go it. That trip around the block, especially in traffic can add to your fare.