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.

RELATED VIDEOS:
Intro to New York City = https://youtu.be/Wv2L6oe9pAA
Manhattan Street Grid System = https://youtu.be/4YiqZdk0c8Q
Lower Manhattan / Downtown Manhattan = https://youtu.be/DgZ2gavrtL0
Midtown Manhattan = https://youtu.be/0lgM4gQVZHA
Upper East Side = https://youtu.be/4droS3UkJp0
Upper West Side = https://youtu.be/53klXAzqhKc

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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

CREDIT:
A Vignelli-style unofficial map of the New York City Subway system in 2018
By CountZ at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14632383

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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31 comments

  1. Follow up video that's all about the MetroCard: https://youtu.be/3XHA4LczF2A

    CORRECTION on 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.

  2. Technically, the oldest subway line is the number1 train. That's why it has that number. It runs underground in Manhattan, but is an El in the Bronx. Your explanations of the other information is great!! I've been riding the subway for a long time, and you make it very easy to understand!

  3. Amazing video! Your channel is sublime. Keep it up. One thing I noticed—the audio is slightly harsh. I think there may be some reverberation in the room you record in. Maybe put up some audio pads on the wall behind you or a directional mic?

    The other possibility is that your mic is slightly clipping. It’s set too sensitively given the noise level causing it to slightly blow out (sounds fuzzy at louder times). Seriously I love your videos just trying to help! 🙂

  4. I grew up on Long Island and, while I occasionally used the NYC subway, I never understood it. (I just did everything by rote.) This video makes everything a lot clearer. I am impressed!

  5. Your explantation to the New York Subway Guide plus the history of how the NYC Subway systems have started is pure genius. At the end of the day, I shall watch more videos about Subway stations and how to ride an MTA train. Thank you for uploading this on YouTube, Miss Urban Caffeine. : )

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