I know, I know, I'm not exactly reinventing the wheel here. And it's no surprise that New Yorkers are pretty used to walking. But we all slack off a little, and sometimes the walk from 14 and Lex to 31st and Broadway can be daunting. But come on- do you really need to take the L train from 8th Ave to First? The entire island of manhattan is only 13.5 miles long and 2.5 miles wide (approximate). Suck it up. Plus, you won't have to feel guil
ty about drinking that iced grande latte later. You've earned it- the cost and the calories.
And for those of us who wear high heels- just carry a pair of Old Navy flip-flops in your bag. Trust me. You'll want them later.
When it comes to getting from Point A to Point B, I think every
budget conscious New Yorker considers taxis as the ultimate money waster. But when you're in a group, that's not always the case, especially with the new fare hikes. After paying an initial fee of $2.50 ($3.50 during peak hours) taxis have a flat rate of 40 cents per 1/5 of a mile, or every 60 seconds that the car is idle. Check hop stop for an approximate cost, and as long as you're not going to Penn Station at 5:00 on Friday, go ahead and wave one down. With a couple of friends in tow, you'll most likely break even- and get to your destination faster.
If you have no qualms wearing a business suit while riding a scooter, you can save a ton of money on your daily commute. A $40-60 dollar investment on Amazon.com can get you a pretty sweet Razor Scooter, designed to carry up to 143 pounds. Remember, they're called scooters for a reason: those things can move. And if you get embarrassed riding it, hey, at least it's not a segway.
4. Roller Blades
These are a little more pricey, but consider them a long term investment. Most rollerblades run from around $60-100, but you can get a decent pair for $40 if you look hard enough. Just make sure to try them out in Central Park before taking them to the streets- learning to brake is an art.
5. Bikes. (Not.)
Please, don't ride a bike in New York. Dozens of bicyclists die every year in NYC from traffic related injuries, and I've heard horror stories from friends who own bikes here. If you do decide to use a bike, PLEASE look up bicycle-friendly streets (such as 5th ave) and buy a helmet.