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4 Tips for Riding the Subway in Manhattan

Riding the NYC Subway is an all-American experience that you'll surely take part in during your stay at a Midtown Manhattan hotel like Hotel Mela. If you haven't ridden the Subway before, you might feel a bit intimidated by this major mass transit system. We are here to help. We've gathered four tips for riding the Subway in Manhattan so you'll be well prepared the first time you step on board. 1. Stay to the Right. When climbing stairs or riding an escalator stay to the right! You're on vacation, but New Yorkers are experiencing the hustle and bustle of their busy day and that means they are in a hurry. 2. Don't Hold Doors. Don't try to be a do-gooder! Holding the Subway doors not only delays the train (making other passengers a bit grumpy), it is also incredibly dangerous. 3. Take an Express Train. It's no secret that some streets and some Subway stations are busier than others. If you want to get from Point A to Point B in a flash, take an Express Train. Local trains stop at all points on the line, but Express Trains only stop every nine or ten blocks. Stand on the center platform for Express Trains. 4. Ask for help! When in doubt, or admittedly lost, ask for help. New Yorkers get a bad rap for being rude, but you'll likely be pleasantly surprised at how willing one is to direct you the right way. There's no doubt that riding the NYC Subway is an experience! Use our tips to help make it a positive one and if you're not sure what train to catch to your destination, ask the accommodating staff at Hotel Mela. You'll find these professional NYC locals to be incredibly helpful and entirely knowledgeable.