So we got you around town on the Subway and let you know where to hang out while you wait for the ball to drop and now it's time to tell you how to get from New York's crazy airports to the heart of Midtown without getting lost (or having to take an expensive taxi).
From New York's LaGuardia Airport (Astoria, Queens):
LaGuardia (LGA) is the trickiest in terms of transportation. Serving mostly domestic carriers, LaGuardia is the smallest of New York City's major airports, but also causes the least amount of headaches in terms of on time arrivals and departures.
To reach Midtown Manhattan from LGA, you have a couple of options:
1. Take the M60 bus from the arrivals terminal to the Astoria Boulevard (Hoyt Avenue) Subway station about ten minutes away from the airport. This station services the N and Q trains which run under Broadway in Manhattan. You will want to take a Manhattan bound train which will take you to the Times Square/42nd Street Subway station right in the center of the action.
2. Take the M60 bus from the arrivals terminal to 106th Street and Broadway on Manhattan's Upper West Side. You can then transfer to the 1 Train at 103rd Street and Broadway for Downtown service to the Times Square/42nd Street Subway station.
From New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (Jamaica, Queens)
JFK is quite a distance from Times Square, but the airport offers a convenient way to reach Midtown through public transportation. When you are ready to leave the terminal, you will want to follow the signs to the AirTrain which makes loops around the terminals of the airport and also to Jamaica Center and Howard Beach. The AirTrain is $5 and the Subway ride is $2.50 but you can purchase a combination ticket to get you into the City. Just note that you will purchase you AirTrain ticket as you exit the train, not as you go onto it.
You will want to make sure you board the right train.
From the Howard Beach Station you can transfer to the A Train which will take you on a whirlwind journey through Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan and eventually (about an hour later) into the 42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal Subway station right near Times Square.
From Jamaica Center you can transfer to the E Train which will take you to the same station. The E runs express in Queens and will get you to your destination much faster than the A. This would be my suggestion.
So, avoid the cab fare and traffic coming into New York City on New Year's Eve. Just take the train! We hope you enjoy your flight and will see you on New Year's.
And don't forget to book your party so you have a place to be on NYE!