Want to visit the Big Apple and not worry about wheelchair accessibility?
With New York City’s well-paved streets and biggest attractions located in the Times Square Area, getting around New York in a wheelchair could not be easier!
Hotels in the Greater Times Square area such as the Marriott Marquis, the Sheraton NY Hotel and Towers, the Hilton Times, the W. Hotel Times Square, and the Millennium Broadway, are all wheelchair accessible in order to host guests with all types of needs. For wheelchair-accessible excursions in the Manhattan area, here are a few great places to check out on your trip!
All Broadway theaters are wheelchair accessible and also provide special wheelchair seating upon request. In fact, wheelchair theatre attendees are eligible for discounted prices if tickets are purchased in advance. The TKTS Booth on 47th street and Broadway offer half-priced tickets on the same day of performances. Tickets can be purchased at www.telecharge.com or by calling 1-888-VISIT-NY. Make sure to request special wheelchair-accessible seating!
Many of New York City’s popular museums are wheelchair accessible! The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) are both accessible by wheelchair and equipped with elevators and wheelchair ramps. Both museums offer discounts for seniors as well! For seniors 65 years and older, MoMA is only $18 and the Met is only $17.
In addition to an abundance of metropolitan activities and sights to see, New York City boasts some of the world’s most iconic parks. Central Park offers 843 acres of scenery to roam and explore in addition to the Central Park Zoo, the Wildlife Center, the Children’s Zoo, and the Strawberry Fields. Bryant Park, located next to the famous New York Public Library’s building, offers a nice break from the fast paced city life. In the winter, one can bring a picnic to the searing area and enjoy the sun. During the winter season, Bryant Park offers an ice skating rink and holiday boutique. The Chelsea High-Line, Manhattan’s elevated park, is accessible by elevator and offers a beautiful view of the Hudson River and New Jersey. Washington Square Park, located in Greenwich Village, has paved walkways so everyone can enjoy it!
All of Manhattan buses offer wheelchair lifts, making it easier to get around the city. To use the subway, check the MTA website for a list of subway stations that have elevators. For taxi service in New York, call 311 to request a taxi with wheelchair-accessibility. New York City residents can apply for Access-A-Ride for van service around the greater Manhattan area. Check out their website at www.mta.info/nyct/paratran/guide.html for more information and on how to apply!
As a predominately pedestrian city, the streets of New York City are wide a convenient for wheelchair users. With a little per-planning, the right arrangements, and suggestions from an experienced Staff at Alvita Care, your stay in New York will surely be an experience to remember!