Seven-up in NYC

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Family Holidays -

Get­ting about: Take the sub­way. One ride is $2 but there are in­ex­pen­sive un­lim­ited ride cards for one, three, seven or more days (pur­chase at sta­tions). A max­i­mum of three chil­dren up to 110cm tall ride free with a fare-pay­ing adult. The Bronx is up­town and Brook­lyn is down­town. Re­mem­ber this when you are stand­ing on sub­way plat­forms. Com­fort stops: There are no pub­lic toi­lets in Man­hat­tan but there are fa­cil­i­ties in de­part­ment stores, ho­tels and restau­rants. Day of rest: Mu­se­ums are closed on Mon­days; some open at night. Rec­om­mended for ages 10 and younger: Chil­dren’s Mu­seum of the Arts at 182 Lafayette St (be­tween Broome and Grand streets); Big yel­low taxis: You can’t phone for a cab; just hail one on the street. It’s cash only and driv­ers usu­ally won’t break any­thing higher than $20. Rel­a­tively ex­pen­sive for sin­gle pas­sen­gers but a bar­gain for fam­i­lies. Help is at hand: Phone 411 for di­rec­tory as­sis­tance to find a phone num­ber or ad­dress. Foot­path eti­quette: Don’t stop in the mid­dle of the foot­path; al­ways step to the side, as New York­ers do, oth­er­wise you will cause a jam. Tips on tip­ping: New York­ers tip for ev­ery­thing so make sure you carry at least $5 in sin­gle bills at all times. Sarah Bryden-Brown Sarah Bryden-Brown is ed­i­tor of Her fam­ily mem­oir DadandMe (HarperCollins, $24.95) has just been re­leased. www.goc­i­ www.ny­­ily/kids­se­ums

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