A ride on the NY subway travel isn’t necessarily what most visitors find fun in the city, but the recent opening of the extension of the 7 line is cause for celebration.
The station, at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, makes walking The High Line from the Meatpacking District to its northern terminus even more appealing; instead of having to retrace your steps, you can take the train to other parts of the city.
But first, explore the far west side. With the new NY subway station, you can easily get to Comic Con at the Javits Center, the Intrepid Air and Space Museum and the Circle Line Cruise tours, among other attractions.
Or rent a bicycle at Bike and Roll and ride the greenway from Battery Park City to the George Washington Bridge.
The new station is also clean, with working (for now) bathrooms and escalators, amenities not taken for granted in the rest of the subway system.
The 7 train, nicknamed the International Express, cuts across Manhattan and then heads into Queens, recently dubbed by Lonely Planet as the best place to visit in the U.S. The train stops at Citi Field, home to the first place (for now) New York Mets Major League Baseball team; if you were in town for the US Open, then you know that the 7 train is also the best way to get to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Other treats along the 7 train include a bustling Chinatown in Flushing and Indian restaurants clustered near Roosevelt Avenue / Jackson Heights.
Long Island City is another worthy stop on the 7 train, with a number of hip bars and restaurants and an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art, called MoMA PS1.