NYC Tip: Actually Using the Bus
/ February 1, 2010

Screen shot 2010-02-01 at 1.52.07 AMHere at NYU, we all like to pretend that we’ve become real New Yorkers by memorizing the MTA subway map by heart, one of the first rites of passage for anyone living in the city. But here’s another useful way of utilizing your MetroCard: actually using the bus. Yes, the bus — that gigantic vehicle that frequently comes close to running you over.

I know, I know. The MTA is probably one of the most poorly run government agencies in the country, and Crash made you feel ghetto for riding the bus. But think again about managing transportation in these contexts:

  • You’re drunk in the Lower East Side, but you need to get to Union Square soon. The nearest subway, probably a twenty-minute walk away, is slow due to construction. Solution: Take the M14 crosstown from Ave. D directly to Union Square.
  • It’s 20 degrees near the Hudson deep in the West Village, but you live deep in the East Village. You’re also wearing heels. Solution: Take the M8 from Christopher St. all the way to Ave. C.
  • Remember the 2nd Ave. subway that was supposed to happen 75 years ago? It’s still not there. Solution: Take the M15 downtown on 2nd Ave. or the m15 uptown on 1st Ave.
  • Your friend told you to meet her at Stuy-Town, but because you’re on At&t, you thought she said Sky-Town, the hottest new club in Chelsea. Solution: Take the M23 crosstown to 1st ave.
  • You had so much fun exploring Central Park that upon exiting you found yourself in Spanish Harlem. You don’t speak Spanish. Solution: Take the M1,2,3, or 4 downtown (east side) or the M10 downtown (west side).

Of course, there’s many other situations (I can’t say that word seriously after Jersey Shore) you can be in that would best be served by using the bus. Check the MTA bus map for all bus lines.

But beware, this is the MTA, which means bus schedules are subject to change unexpectedly and the drivers look perpetually hungover. Fares are also still $2.25, which means Crash might have been right after all.

But seriously, how the hell are you going to get out of Spanish Harlem?

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