New York Subway Guide 2021 | How to Navigate the NYC Subway

CORRECTION: When I mentioned the A is the oldest line, I should have been more clear. The oldest line is the IRT 9th Ave line in 1868. It was later replaced by the IND 8th Ave which was eventually absorbed by the current A line. So really, a segment of the A line is the oldest line.

How does the New York subway work? And how do you navigate the New York subway? Unfortunately, navigating NYC subway has a steep learning curve. That is why I put this ultimate video guide to the New York subway together to help guide you through the New York City subway system (especially helpful for tourists). This is the video I wish I had watched when I first visited New York City. Whether you are visiting or moving to New York City, I hope this video saves you a lot of time and frustration. You’ll learn a few trivia about the New York City subway (to include NYC subway letters); express and local trains; crosstown, uptown, and downtown trains; how to read the NYC subway map and station signage. Good luck and happy subway riding!

Stay tuned for the next video on how to buy and use the Metrocard plus other ways to pay for public transportation in New York City.

Intro to New York City =
Manhattan Street Grid System =
Lower Manhattan / Downtown Manhattan =
Midtown Manhattan =
Upper East Side =
Upper West Side =

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00:00 Intro
01:45 Subway Lines
07:02 Subway Map
08:03 Directional Signage
09:54 Platform Signage
12:07 Entrance Signage

A Vignelli-style unofficial map of the New York City Subway system in 2018
By CountZ at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,

MTA subway train station platform with people traveling in New York
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Entrance of Brooklyn Bridge city hall station subway
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Subway entrance at Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza in NYC
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Entrance to subway station (23rd St N and R trains)
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Broad street subway station in Wall Street
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Modern glass entrance to the NYC Subway at Bowling Green
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Entrance to the 14th Street-Union Square subway station
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Subway entrance at 23rd Street in NYC (1 train downtown)
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Wall street subway station in New York City (Uptown and the Bronx)
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