Visiting New York By Car
Getting behind the wheel in New York City can resemble an outtake from a Drivers Education video – any number of surprising scenarios could (and might) happen. So be alert and prepared. Map out your route ahead of time and be patient, because in a city this size, traffic happens.
Door to door directions can be easily mapped out prior to your trip by using Google Maps – or, better yet, GPS – in the event of a detour. Between street repairs, film or TV crews, fairs and other unexpected closures, there’s always a chance you’ll need to re-route.
As you approach the city you’ll be able to pick up local AM radio stations, such as WCBS News Radio 880 and 1010 WINS offering frequent traffic updates.
Bridges and Tunnels
Manhattan is an island, so you will need to cross one of the 14 bridges or drive through one of four tunnels to gain access. They are divided into three groups: East River Bridges and Tunnels connecting Queens and Brooklyn to Manhattan; Harlem River Bridges linking the Bronx to Manhattan; and Hudson River Bridges and Tunnels which offer access from New Jersey. Smaller and local bridges and tunnels do not have tolls, but expect to pay for any major crossing. EZ Pass is accepted, but rates vary. Consult the MTA website for bridge and tunnel crossing charges.
If staying at a hotel, ask about availability and rates for the hotel parking garage. When parking on the street, double check all signs for alternate side parking regulations and meter rules. Alternate side parking regulations are suspended for certain holidays, and you can view the full calendar at nyc.gov. There are a growing number of smartphone applications and websites that can be good resources for locating all nearby parking garages, getting rates and possible discounts.