Every time I travel to a new city, I rely on the city's metro system and subway stations to help me go around and locate my bearings. Fortunately, New York City's subway system is not as challenging as I thought it would be (I personally think Tokyo's subway system had a little bit more complexity, since some of the transfers from one line to another within a station need maneuvering around staircases, etc). You just have to be alert and observant enough to know that multiple lines go through the same platforms, services go on different routes during weekends, disruptions are common, and some are express (i.e., skipping stations).
So, armed with my NYC Subway app, we were able to go around Manhattan easily. The trips were never dull - whether you are with your friends, talking excitedly of things you're going to do once you reach the destination; or alone, when you begin to observe the New Yorkers riding the train, waiting and hoping for some of them to suddenly burst into song (happened twice during my stay!)
Speaking of singing, street artists are never a rare sight inside the subway stations. Some of them even have elaborate productions - complete with speakers, microphones, and costumes, adding a nice touch to your commute. It's pretty awesome how they manifest the city's vibrancy.
New York City's subway system is operated by MTA. A single journey costs 2.50 USD, and tickets are available in station vending machines. You can also purchase a MetroCard Week Pass for 29.00 USD which gives you unlimited train (and bus, except Express Bus) rides for 7 days. Quite useful if you're like me who likes to go around the city using the subway. More info on the service status and journey calculations here.
Location:Manhattan MTA Subway Stations, New York City, USA
Camera Used:Canon EOS 400D
Date:December 31, 2012 - January 7, 2013