Staffers and delegates are travelling from all over the world to attend GCIMUN 2012. While many of them are New York natives, some of us are not so city savvy. Editor Florence Luna has some tips:
New York City is the largest city in the United States. Home to the United Nations Headquarters, it is an international hub of global commerce and has been depicted as one of the cultural capitals of the world. NYC, or the Big Apple as it is commonly called, has many major destinations that with the time allotted around or during conference can be explored at your convenience. With some of the most esteemed and familiar landmarks and attractions in the world, there is something for everyone in this diverse city. Whether you visit the Empire State Building or take a stroll in Central Park, you’re sure to leave with more than you came amidst all New York City has to offer.
In order to spend some time exploring NY, you should first take a gander at modes of transport throughout the intricate points of interest you have on your must-see list. I, for one, found myself a little lost arriving in an unfamiliar city halfway across the country and scrambling to arrive to conference promptly after misjudging my sense of direction via public transport. It is crucial to utilize resources (friends going to and from the airport on the same day) to access the cheapest and most convenient transportation. In order to keep up with NYC railroad, bus, and subway schedules in real time visit www.mta.info. The NYC Subway is a popular and fast transit system that runs through most of the city. The different lines connect at almost every few major streets. While taxis are not a hard thing to come by in New York, be prepared with spare cash for them as I’m sure they do not take cabbing and dashing lightly. Also, make sure to implement a buddy system of sorts in order to preserve your safety throughout your stay and travel.
If you are tech-savvy and have the latest in iPhone and Android Apps then be sure to check out the dozens of applications available ranging from your basic navigational needs to turning your device into a “cab-hailer”. NYCMate delivers the convenience of every NYC subway, bus and some railroad maps at your fingertips. The New York City on the Cheap application offers suggestions for exploring NY while remaining frugal; it includes discount shopping, museums with free admission, and free events and tours.
Though there are usually authentic New York City hot dog stands and waffle street carts where food can be conveniently picked up, most eateries in New York can turn out to be pretty pricey. If money is tight, I would suggest always getting leftovers and storing them in the refrigerator in your hotel for that night’s dinner or next day’s lunch. Grand Central Station, a short block from the hotel, has a variety of reasonably priced food to satisfy your every hunger need. Also, be sure to actually utilize lunch breaks for your eating time as food is not permitted in committee rooms.
Life as a delegate can be an exciting and rewarding one, as long as you allow yourself the proper assets to thrive in conference. It is important to remember that scrambling to gather your materials and arriving on time is not an option if you wish to succeed. Having your materials prepared and your research done will greatly improve your chances of achievement within your delegation as well as give you breathing room to enjoy yourself among the inevitable new friends you will make and the city that never sleeps.
Be sure to always inform someone of where you are going if you decide to go solo on your travels and please take note of the provided information and enjoy your stay in NYC!
For further information regarding directions to the UN Headquarters and schedule of events please visit http://www.unausa.org/Document.Doc?id=1281.