I found a great site for traveling in New York City. Embarrassingly I don’t have native New Yorker-like directional skills. I plot out my route using a combination of subway maps and MapQuest. Well, not anymore! HopStop.com is a great site for providing a combination of subway and bus directions. The interface looks frighteningly similar to MapQuest (let’s pray they don’t get sued and close the site down!). You have options of travelling via any combination of bus, train and walking. They have settings to determine whether you prefer to do more walking than transferring or vice-versa. Best of all they have an estimated time of arrival based on your departure time. These folks thought of everything. They even have a 360 degree view of the street where the train will let you off.
HopStop.com is not just limited to New York City. The site has transit system directions for Boston, San Francisco and Washington D.C., as well. Besides providing directions, HopStop also has a “City Guide” (although MSN Local is probably a more comprehensive option), MapQuest-style maps and a mobile option (for those who want to use their Blackberry / SideKick or MS Mobile device to find directions while already in the city). So if you’re not exactly Carrie Bradshaw and need a little help like me, check it out!
If you have a regular train or bus that you take, for a bonus laugh go to the Transit Ratings section and look up your bus or train line. Funny stuff.
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Taken by Aspersions.