Minutes to Midtown, and Better For It

by Haley Davidson

When you hear the word Manhattan, you probably think of Midtown as the very essence of what New York city isthe smell of hot dog vendors, the Empire State Building rising in the distance, taxis honking, and the dazzling lights of Times Square.

But little did you know, just minutes away on the train lies Financial District: tucked away, a neighborhood situated right on the water, home to Battery Park, the New York Stock Exchange, and incredible right-on-the-water views.

Just about every express train line in New York converges in the Financial District, which means that when you live here, you can make it to Midtown in mere minutes. The best part? You don’t have to fall asleep to flashing lights or cars honking, and you don’t have to elbow your way through hordes of tourists just to get your morning cup of coffee.

With one of the shortest average commutes in the city, Financial District residents have the best of both worlds. There’s Fulton Center and the Oculus just a 5-10 minute walk from your apartment, both which are bustling transportation hubs that can get you to the heart of Times Square in less than 20 minutes.

The Financial District has its Starbucks and McDonald’s, but since the neighborhood mostly caters to the New Yorkers working at Citibank and living in luxury residential buildings, you’ll find a plethora of local restaurants and coffee shops at your fingertips.

Grab your fresh groceries at Zeytuna, your Friday night drinks at Stone Street Tavern, your Saturday afternoon gelato at Grom, and your summer tan on the Battery Park lawn. Plus, on the weekends, the only person you have to fight for a brunch spot at Mad Dog and Beans is your next door neighbor.

During the week, you can wake up at 7:00am, grab a cup of coffee at Koyzina Kafe (a local deli) or, if your more of the almond-latte-extra-hot type, one of these coffee shops. Hungry? Grab a scone at the same deli, or check out the famous Leo’s Bagels on your way to the train.

But before you get on the subway, make sure you take note of these tips:

You can save money by purchasing an unlimited Metro card

For an interactive map and live updates, download the NYC Subway app

Be sure to arrive on time by planning for delays and rush hour crowds

Fit in with the New Yorkers by following this subway etiquette guide religiously

On your 20 minute trip to Manhattan, you’re actually at an advantage. You now have 20 minutes of focused time to make yourself a better person—time other interns probably spend sleeping.

In 20 minutes you could…

Get smarter by listening to one of these podcasts.

Catch up on the day’s headlines.

Finally pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read.

Start practicing mindfulness.

Learn something new with one of these language apps.

Before you know it, your minutes to Midtown will have disappeared behind you, and you’ll be ready to take on the day, a little better than you were when you woke up this morning.