How to Get to and From NYC Airports


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NYC Gude: Getting to and from the Airport

In the next few months as New York City begins its winter thaw and the city comes alive again, friends and family will be  visiting us in this crazy city we call home. From the very start, there’s a lot to get used to — the sights, sounds, smells (both good and bad), and transportation. The sights, sounds, and smells come later, but you’ve gotta figure out transportation before you even leave the airport. It can all be a bit overwhelming — not to mention pricey. So we wanted to break down all the different options for your next trip to the Big Apple.

NYC Taxi 

Cost to/from JFK: $52 flat rate (plus tolls, the 50-cent MTA State Surcharge, the 30-cent Improvement Surcharge, and tip)

Cost to/from LaGuardia: It depends, although you can kind of figure it out this way: the initial charge is $2.50, plus 50 cents per 1/5 mile or 50 cents per 60 seconds in slow traffic or when the vehicle is stopped. If that just confused you more (like it did me), we paid our cab driver about $30 to make it to the UWS on the day we moved in.

Convenience leaving the airport: It doesn’t get more convenient than taking a cab from the airport. The cabs are all lined up right outside, just waiting for the next passenger.

Convenience going to the airport: Depending on the time of day and your location, it may be hard to find a cab driver to take you to the airport. If you plan to go this route, have a plan B just in case.

Uber

Cost to/from JFK: Depending on which Uber car you choose (uberX, uberXL, uberBLACK, or uberSUV), it will cost you anywhere from $60 to $125.

Cost to/from LaGuardia: It depends, but plan on spending between $30 and $90, depending on the car and the time of day.

Convenience leaving the airport: It may require more wait time leaving the airport than other options would since you may have to wait for your driver to arrive.

Convenience going to the airport: At least for a ride to the airport, it doesn’t get much more convenient (and pricey) than Uber. If you’re unfamiliar with Uber, it’s a driving service all done through an app. You set your pickup location, a driver will accept it, and it will show you where your driver is and the expected arrival. When you’re in the car, you can follow the route and ETA on your phone as well.

Car Service

Cost to/from JFK: The starting price is $52, plus tip.

Cost to/from LaGuardia: The starting price is $34, plus tip.

Convenience leaving the airport: It may require more wait time leaving the airport than other options would since you may have to wait for your driver to arrive.

Convenience going to the airport: With a car service, you’re able to call in advance, even the night before, and your driver will call you when he arrives at your pick-up location. This option is especially convenient if you’re leaving for the airport in the wee morning hours.

Public Transportation

Cost of subway to/from JFK: $2.50 or metro card (plus $5.00 for AirTrain)

Most convenient if… you have a lot of time. The route to JFK can get long and complicated, and no matter where on the island you’re coming from (or going to), you have to take the JFK AirTrain as well. If you search the public transit route to JFK on Google Maps, it will show you the way. I wouldn’t recommend this option for people visiting the city for the first time since it can get a little hairy.

Cost of M60 Bus to/from LaGuardia: $2.50 or metro card

Most convenient if… you’re staying near an M60 bus stop. We lucked out in having one just a five-minute walk from where we live. The best way to know if there’s a stop near you? Search LaGuardia in Google Maps and have it show you the public transit route. You can also take the subway to an M60 stop. Depending on your starting (or ending) point, the route will vary, so rely on Google Maps to show you the way.

Shuttles

NYC Airporter

Cost to/from JFK: $16 one way

Cost to/from LaGuardia: $14 one way

Convenience going to/from the airport: The NYC Airporter shuttle picks you up from the airport and then takes you to any of one of the following locations: Grand Central, Penn Station, and Port Authority. If you can easilyt get to one of these locations, this could be an option worth considering. The buses leave the airport and the locations in Manhattan every thirty minutes between 5:00 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., so keep that in mind when making your decision. You can purchase your tickets in advance or at the location.

SuperShuttle

Cost of SuperShuttle to/from airports: $15-$30, depending on your location in Manhattan

Convenience going to/from the airport: SuperShuttle picks you up directly from where you’re staying in the city. The only downside is that it’s picking up other passengers as well, which can add to your commute time. Since you’re at the mercy of their timing, you may also arrive at the airport much earlier than you normally would like to on your way home. If you choose this option, you’ll want to making online reservations in advance.

What We Do

We’ve done it all, but 90% of the time, we take public transit to and from the airport since it saves us a good $50. When we moved out here, we used a cab, and Johnny and I have both used Uber and a car service for business trips. But the $50+ price tag is a hard pill to swallow, so we almost always opt for losing some time and convenience and saving a good chunk of money instead.

The next time you’re headed to the city, we hope this guide will help at least a little in getting you to your destination. And then let the NYC sightseeing begin!

He Says/She Says: Product Boxes


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He Says/She Says: Product Boxes

When we were scouring NYC for an apartment back in November, our biggest priority was space. Neither of us cared about any bells and whistles; we just didn’t want to feel (too) cramped with two kids. One of the biggest perks to the apartment we now call home is that it came with a huge storage locker in the basement. Four feet wide, six feet deep, and ten feet tall — that kind of extra space is unheard of ’round these parts.

But since moving in, that glorious storage locker has been defiled — used for something so worthless that I can barely utter it aloud. One of us — the one that’s not me — has filled our storage locker with empty product boxes. Yes, you read that right. A significant portion of our storage locker is being used for EMPTY boxes. The TV box, iMac box, keyboard box, KitchenAid box, Playstation box, and printer box are all housed down there — among others.

These boxes are dusted off and brought out of darkness only when we move because Johnny insists that no other box except the original could keep our items their very safest. Our iMac, which we bought at the beginning of 2010, has had its box follow us all over the country. Starting in Utah, it’s traveled to New York, Boston, North Carolina, back to Utah, and now back to New York. Johnny swears by his saving of product boxes and plans to do it for the rest of our lives. He thinks it keeps our products safe and argues that if we were ever to sell one of the said products, having the box would be appealing to a potential buyer.

I, on the other hand, find his strange obsession to be a form of hoarding, and I think he should seek help. There are moving boxes of all shapes and sizes these days. And with enough styrofoam peanuts and bubble wrap, I’m certain I could ensure safe transport of any and all of our prized possessions without the original box. And in general, I like to throw things away. I get a certain thrill from it, which leads to a constant tug of war in our house between keeping things and throwing them out. It possibly also leads to me throwing things out while Johnny’s at work and never telling him about it.

But the product boxes? Those stay. If I even touched one while Johnny was away, he would know.

I can hear it now…

Johnny: Did you touch Carl? (He’s likely named them by this point.)

Me: Yes… NO! I don’t know!

Johnny: I swear if you ever do anything to him… 

And so, we agree to disagree. Johnny continues to hoard his product boxes, and I’ve reluctantly accepted his cardboard children into our family. Where do you stand? Are you a fellow product box hoarder? Or, like this reasonable gal, do you throw those cardboard children to the curb without so much as a second glance? There’s no middle ground… you’re either with me or against me.

Ways to Track Your Budget


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5 Ways to Track Your Budget

It’s getting close to the end of the month. Last night Johnny was looking at our budget and said, “We have $130 left in our Food category?!” And then I chimed in, “Yeeah… about that. I still haven’t entered in our grocery order from Friday. That will bring it down…

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