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Getting to Manhattan

New York City is serviced by three major airports, JFK International, Laguardia and Newark International. JFK and Laguardia are both in Queens while Newark is in New Jersey. JFK and Laguardia are easier to get to and from Manhattan than Newark; however, oftentimes you can get more affordable plane fares through Newark. Keep in mind, however, that taking a cab from Newark to Manhattan can cost $45-60, and JFK and Laguardia have fixed cab fares of $30-35 to anywhere in Manhattan. It's also best to stick to licensed cabs (yellow cabs at JFK and Laguardia) and try not to be swayed by gypsy cabs since they may try to rip you off. You can also take Amtrak or NJ Transit from Newark if you decide to go to that aiport. Visit www.amtrak.com or www.njtransit.com for fares to and from Newark. You can also take the subway (A,C trains) from JFK to Manhattan, and this is only $2.00. Keep in mind, though, that this mode could take almost 1 1/2 hours from your terminal to your final stop in Manhattan and vice versa, so make sure you have enough time. Ask for directions at the airport for the A,C trains, and they will let you know how to get there. Laguardia is not serviced by any subways, but there is a bus to the Upper West Side as well as a short bus ride that goes from the airport to the F subway train. New York is also served by Greyhound, Amtrak, NJ Transit and Metro North. Amtrak, NJ Transit and Greyhound all go to Penn Station on 34th Street, and Metro North goes to Grand Central station.

Getting to the Angel Orensanz Foundation

The Angel Orensanz Foundation

172 Norfolk Street, New York, NY 10002

The Angel Orensanz Foundation Center is located on Manhattan's lower east side. It is also surrounded by fairly popular areas such as Little Italy and Soho to the west, the East Village and Alphabet City to the north and Chinatown to the south. Here is a large picture of Manhattan if you'd like a better picture in your mind of the Lower East Side's location. North is to the right. Everything north of 120th street is cut off, as are all the other boroughs (The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island). So here is a picture of all 5 boroughs.

Below is a close up image of where the Angel Orensanz Foundation is. We will use this for reference below when describing the different ways of getting there.

By Car

From points north: Harlem River Drive South to FDR South. Exit #5 at Houston Street. Merge onto E. Houston Street and go about 1/2 mile. Make left turn onto Essex Street and right into PARK FAST garage. Walk one block east to 172 Norfolk Street.

From points west: Take George Washington bridge to Harlem River Drive South to FDR South. Exit #5 at Houston Street. Merge onto E. Houston Street and go about 1/2 mile. Make left turn onto Essex Street and right into PARK FAST garage. Walk one block east to 172 Norfolk Street.

From points east: Take Triboro Bridge, exit right to Manhattan onto FDR South. Exit #5 at Houston Street. Merge onto E. Houston Street and go about 1/2 mile. Make left turn onto Essex Street and right into PARK FAST garage. Walk one block east to 172 Norfolk Street.

You can use mapblast.com for more specific directions (go to directions and type in 172 Norfolk Street, New York, NY as the destination). It's also important to note that if you're brave enough to decide you want to find your own parking spot on the street and not park in one of the garages shown on the map, Norfolk is a one-way street (going north), so you can't turn right onto it from Houston.

By Subway

As you can see from the map, the Angel Orensanz Foundation can supposedly be reached via the F, V, J, M, and Z. In our opinion, though, it's best to stick with the F or V train. The J, M and Z are fine if you're coming from Brooklyn. For ex-New Yorkers, the B, D and Q used to stop on Grand Street but are actually no longer stopping there until sometime in 2004. From anywhere in Manhattan, a cab should be relatively cheap, or at least less than $15-20, so if you split it with people, it'll be faster and worth it. Further, here's a current subway map.

From the Upper West Side: Take the B or D trains to 47-50 Rockefeller Center and trasnfer to the F or V train. Take the F or V to 2nd Avenue and exit the subway station. From there, walk east (past 1st Avenue and Avenue A) to Norfolk Street. Turn right onto Norfolk and walk south for half a block until 172 Norfolk.

From the Upper East Side, Midtown East, the Bronx and the East Village: Take the 6 train to Bleecker Street and follow the signs to the F train. You've now walked underground from Bleecker to Broadway-Lafayette - congrats! Now, take the F or V train to the 2nd Ave. stop and exit the subway station. From there, walk east (past 1st Avenue and Avenue A) to Norfolk Street. Turn right onto Norfolk and walk south for half a block until 172 Norfolk.

From Brooklyn: Take the F train to Delancey street. Walk one block east on Delancey Street to Norfolk Street. Walk 3 blocks north on Norfolk Street to #172 which is located on the right hand side. For some people, access to the M train may be more convenient than the F train ( you can catch the M at the Pacific Street/Atlantic Ave. stop in Brooklyn which connects the 4,5,2,3,W,Q-local and Q-express ). So, take the M to the Essex Street stop. From there, walk one block east on Delancey Street to Norfolk Street. Walk 3 blocks north on Norfolk Street to #172 which is located on the right hand side.

From Queens: The best way seems to be to take the F or V to 2nd Avenue. From there, walk east (past 1st Avenue and Avenue A) to Norfolk Street. Turn right onto Norfolk and walk south for half a block until 172 Norfolk. The J, M and Z trains may be better for some people. If so, take the J, M or Z to the Essex Street stop. From there, walk one block east on Delancey Street to Norfolk Street. Walk 3 blocks north on Norfolk Street to #172 which is located on the right hand side.

From Southern Manhattan: If you're in the Financial District, you can take the J train to the Essex Street stop. From there, walk one block east on Delancey Street to Norfolk Street. Walk 3 blocks north on Norfolk Street to #172 which is located on the right hand side. If you're in Tribeca, you should take a cab or walk because it'll be faster and cheap.

By Taxi or Car Service

Cabs are plentiful in the city, so you shuldn't have to wait more than a couple of minutes in Manhattan for one. Most cab drivers should know where Norfolk street is, but if they don't, tell them it's on the south side of Houston, just east of 1st Avenue. Since Norfolk is a one-way street (heading north), unless you're coming from the south, it's best to tell a cab drive to take you to the southside corner of Houston (pronounced HOWS-TON) and Norfolk Street. From there, walk right onto Norfolk and walk a half-block to 172 Norfolk. If you really want to be let off right in front, tell the cab driver to take you to Norfolk between Houston and Stanton and make sure to tell him that Norfolk is south of Houston and Norfolk goes one-way north, so he'll have to loop around from the south.

By Train or Greyhound

You can take Metro North from Connecticut and Westchester to Grand Central. From there, you can follow the subway directions for Midtown East. If you take Amtrak, NJ Transit or Greyhound to Penn Station, you can walk underground to the F or V train, which you should take to the 2nd. Ave. stop. From there, walk east (past 1st Avenue and Avenue A) to Norfolk Street. Turn right onto Norfolk and walk south for half a block until 172 Norfolk. Either train station is also an affordable cab ride to the Orensanz Foundation (about $10).