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What It's Like to Live in Lower Manhattan, New York City

Get the inside scoop on this evolving area of the city that never sleeps

Thanks to an extensive public transportation network, Lower Manhattan is one of the most accessible neighborhoods in New York. The area is currently served by 14 subway lines, eight local and 25 express bus routes, multiple ferry routes and PATH train service to New Jersey. And transportation in the area is only expected to improve: The Fulton Transit Center and the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, both slated to open in 2014, will make Lower Manhattan the third-largest transportation center in New York.

Shapiro: "From a standpoint of transportation, this is the best area in all of New York City. Every train comes down here from both the East and the West sides. I also have pretty easy access to the FDR Drive, so if I'm going way uptown a lot of times I'll drive. If there's no traffic, I can make it to the Upper East Side in about 8 to 10 minutes."

Rygorsky: "I definitely walk most of the time, especially when it's not raining or snowing. I can get pretty much anywhere I need to go by walking. But if I need to go a long distance, it's really simple to just get on a subway."

Jacobson: "I can get anywhere on my Vespa. Every single subway is in our neighborhood, and because of the commercial aspect of the area, there are cabs everywhere."

Hughes: "We have great access to public transportation. I like to travel by foot and by subway -- both convenient and green."

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