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Seeing the city with a wheel chair

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Seeing the city with a wheel chair

I have been to the city many time and I'm use to using the subway & walking everywhere. I'm use to go, go, go. There isn't enough time to do everything I want. I'm in need of some help, as I have my parents coming with me in October and my father is in a wheel chair. I won't be able to travel the city like I usually do. We will be here for three days and so far I have booked a show and the 9/11 memorial. I need suggestions on how to get him around town, I think the subway will be hard on both of us. Also, I have never been a fan of the hop on/off bus tours. Is this something I should consider with the circumstances? I'm open to any ideas as he hasn't been to the city in 20 years and a lot has changed. Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: Seeing the city with a wheel chair

Driving a wheel chair in Manhattan is not that big a deal. Most corners have good curb cuts. There are a few places with cobblestone streets, but nothing formidible.

This guide will be of use to you nycgo.com/cms/…access.pdf

The New York MTA has subway station wheelchair access info here: http://www.mta.info/accessibility/transit.htm On the subway map the stations with a wheelchair symbol have elevators. http://www.mta.info/maps/submap.html

Be aware, only a small number of the subway stations are accessible and elevators not always reliable, but those that are can be a boon. (The MTA website posts a list of out-of-service elevators that you should check the day of your trip.) Though at least one (non-rush hour) subway trip is part of the NYC experience IMO.

Buses are accessible but are slower (though they allow gawking at the street-scapes.) Bus map here: http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/manbus.pdf

While you are here, if you are in Manhattan, Accessible Dispatch is a way you can call a wheelchair accessible yellow cab http://www.accessibledispatch.com/

Also be aware that many Broadway theaters offer REALLY good prices on wheelchair accessible seats (and a companion seat). The views are not always the best, but the prices are right. (Be aware some do not have accessible restrooms, nearby hotels such as the Mariott are convenient for those purposes.)

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2. Re: Seeing the city with a wheel chair

Use the regular NYC buses. They all 'kneel' so that you can get a wheelchair on. The drivers are very helpful. They are a little slower than the subway as they can get stuck in traffic, but they allow you to see the city.

http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/manbus.pdf

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3. Re: Seeing the city with a wheel chair

More information on riding the bus with a wheelchair: web.mta.info/accessibility/transit.htm#buses

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4. Re: Seeing the city with a wheel chair

If they've not been to NYC before, send them on

onboardtours.com

If you give them fair warning, they can arrange to have an accessible bus.

Also, there's a pretty good search engine on the forum and a number of previous threads on the topic if you do a text search. I'd recommend staying in a less hectic location but one in which you can get around reasonably easily by bus. Murray Hill (east 30's) would be one good option. Have a look at the Affinia Dumont and Affinia Shelburne.

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