Second to the subway for most of us (save messengers and Olympians), bicycling affords the quickest transit around Manhattan. We have seen people leaving black tie affairs at the Plaza and the Waldorf on bike, and we dodge (and sometimes join) masses of bikers in Central Park. We have also seen plenty of bike accidents. With caution we recommend bicycling in and around Manhattan to the visitor. For the die-hard, a helmet and a horn, bell, or whistle are a must. Plan your route in advance, and be alert for opening car doors and swerving cars. Heed my grandfather's three favorite adages: "easy does it", "better safe than sorry", and "not all the nuts are in the nuthouse."
New Yorkers divide religiously along East Side/West Side
lines. But occasionally they are known to travel to the Other
Side. If you find yourself in such an unlikely position, you
might take a cross-town bus: they run along 66th/67th Streets,
72nd, 86th, 96th, and 110th. These are, however, some of the
slowest buses in the MTA's roster, famously clocked at an
average of about four miles per hour. So you might also
consider walking, enjoying the park along the way, and
grinning as you pass the bus unloading its charges.