Originally Posted by acecow
For reference, this is how an easy-to-use and accessible subway layout looks like:
It's kind of ridiculous to compare the subway of a different city whose layout and geography is completely different from NYC. It's retarded actually.
Originally Posted by mafoofan
The fact that the map is better laid-out and easier to read doesn't make the underlying rail system more effective or convenient. It never ceases to astound me how fast I can get around Manhattan by subway. In the mornings, I never have to wait more than 3 minutes for a train. Once on, it take all of seven minutes to go down forty blocks--four to five minutes if I catch the express.
+1 NYC's subway system is super easy and fast and efficient once you figure it out. Not every line is equal, but most are above average. Express trains get you all over quickly. Granted, there are some spots that are under or badly served. But it's NYC for Christ's sake, walk 2 or 3 blocks and jump on a different line.
Originally Posted by acecow
I've stayed in Manhattan before (not in winter though) and I have to say, the subway system was very ineffective. While the trains were fast, many times I had to take long detours to get from one line to another just to end up close to where I started. Some parts suffer from not enough interconnects between different lines, forcing you to take long subway trips to get from point A to point B, which are located very close to each other on the map. I guess, sometimes it's better to take the bus. By the way, guys. Here's another question. Can I buy the 7-day pass online before coming to NY? I'm flying to JFK, so I'll have to take that $7 train to get to the city.
Uber fail. No one need ride the bus in NYC unless you're over 65 or need to go more than 5 but less than 15 blocks in foul weather. There are cheap buses that bring you to the city center from the airports. Much less than cabs, and I think most rates are reasonable. Did I just advocate a bus? Let's call it a shuttle then. Regarding your original question, I guess it comes down to a balancing act. You don't want to bring so much winter clothes with you that it'll be hard to pack and/or bring stuff back with you. On the other hand, it can get very very cold around the end of December. Especially if you're going to be out at night and it it's windy. You're going to want more than just a sport coat for sure. I think a warm scarf and definitely a warm hat will help, gloves also. For shoes it shouldn't matter much unless it's wet or snowing, in which case you could purchase them here as others have suggested. In sum I think you need to be ready for some cold ass temperatures, whether you bring appropriate clothes with you or buy them here will be your options.