New York City
New York (or New York City just to distinguish from the State of New York) with the population of about 8.2 million people is the most populated city of the USA. It is the capital of the eponymous state and the centre of the New York Metropolitan area, one of the most populated in the world. The city consists of five boroughs: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. All of them, except Manhattan, an original county of New York, were annexed to the city in the late 19th century. Except the economical, political and cultural significance, New York City is the huge transport hub. The key passenger transport junctions are: 2 major passenger ship terminals, 2 rail stations, 3 airports (John F. Kennedy International Airport, La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport).
New York passenger ship terminals:
Since the second half of the 20th century the passenger terminals have been serving only the recreational cruises, but still they attract numerous tourists. Manhattan Cruise Terminal is located on the 12th Avenue on the Hudson River. The nearest airport is LaGuardia Airport – about 16 km. The distance from Newark Liberty International Airport is about 25 km, from John F. Kennedy Airport – about 35 km. This cruise terminal serves the itineraries to Bahamas, Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama Canal Great Britain and Northern Europe. Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is located in the Red Hook area, Pier 12 on 72 Imlay Street. The distance from LaGuardia Airport is about 19 km, from John F. Kennedy Airport – about 32 km, and from Newark Liberty International Airport – about 25 km. Brooklyn Terminal serves the itineraries to Great Britain, Northern Europe, Canada, Mexico.
New York rail stations:
Grand Central Terminal is the world’s largest rail station by number of platforms, though at the present time it serves limited number of directions. It is located on 42nd Street and Park Avenue, in Midtown Manhattan, and serves routes to Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Harlem, Long Beach, Port Jefferson, Port Washington, Greenport (in the State of New York); Danbury, Waterbury, New Haven, New Kansas (in the State Connecticut). The distance from LaGuardia Airport is about 14 km, from Newark Liberty International Airport – about 26 km, from John F. Kennedy Airport – about 27 km.
Pennsylvania (Penn) Station is located on underground levels of Pennsylvania Plaza on the 7th Avenue and the 8th Avenue in the Midtown Manhattan. It is the major intercity rail hub. It serves the routes to Boston, Washington, Montreal, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Chicago, Toronto, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Richmond. The distance from LaGuardia Airport is about 18 km, from Newark Liberty International Airport – about 30 km, from John F. Kennedy Airport – about 13 km.
New York airports:
John F. Kennedy International Airport is the busiest air gateway in the US. It is located in the borough of Queens, on the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678), about 28 km from Midtown Manhattan. It is connected with the city by the Van Wyck Expressway and by Belt Parkway (via JFK Expressway). The approximate distance from LaGuardia Airport is 22 km, from Newark Liberty International Airport – about 45 – 65 km (depends on the route).
La Guardia Airport is also located in borough of Queens (waterfront of Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay) on the Grand Central Parkway. The distance from Midtown Manhattan to this airport is about 10 km, from Newark Liberty International Airport – about 36 km.
Newark Liberty International Airport is owned by the city of Newark and is located partly in Newark and partly in Elizabeth, 22 km from Manhattan.
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