The phrase “urban jungle” applies well to a city like New York. From the outside, it seems like a chaotic 303 mi2 mass of packed streets, winding subway tunnels, and threatening alleys. But if you spend enough time roaming NYC, you’ll learn there’s a method to the madness—and that information is valuable to you as a rideshare driver. That’s why we’ve compiled our top tips for navigating New York City like a pro.
Manhattan Street Numbers
Manhattan is one of the most likely stops for tourists, so you’ll want to know how to navigate it. The fact that most roads in Manhattan are numbers and not names may seem complex, but understanding the pattern of the numbers is the trick to navigating New York like a pro.
Avenues run from north to south in Manhattan. If you were to start on the far eastern side of the island, you would find yourself on 1st Avenue. As you travel west, the numbers go higher. That means if you’re at 3rd Avenue and have to go to 6th Avenue, you know you’re traveling west. 5th Avenue is considered the middle dividing line.
There are a few places in Manhattan where avenues do have names, though. For instance, between avenues 3rd and 5th, you’ll find Madison, Park, and Lexington.
Manhattan streets run from East to West. As with avenues, if you start at 1st street in Greenwich village and travel north, the street numbers will go higher the further uptown you travel. So, a trip starting on 8th street and ending at 4th will take you south. Streets also have the designation of east and west. This tells you whether they’re to the east or west of 5th Avenue.
Some people recommend having a compass or compass app handy for telling north from south. While this can be helpful, keep in mind that the street and avenue directions are oriented to the Hudson River, not the exact cardinal direction. If you use a compass, you’ll notice streets travel northwest to southeast while avenues travel northeast to southwest.
The idea of using landmarks to navigate can seem shamefully “touristy” to some. But not using iconic landmarks to navigate is like building a house and saying no when someone offers you a box of tools. Besides, as a rideshare driver, you’ll undoubtedly be spending a lot of time taking passengers from landmark to landmark anyway.
Specialize in an Area
We don’t have to tell you that New York City is massive. Trying to service every single corner of it at the same time will not only get you lost; it will cost you more in gas than you would earn in fare. Choose a few areas to focus your attention on. The more you drive an area, the more you’ll know every nook and cranny of it.
Whether you’re driving in Time Square or a TLC car rental in the Bronx, navigation is crucial as an NYC rideshare. And if you’re lost in the urban jungle, Fasttrack Mobility has got your back.