A comprehensive guide to NYC transit for the holidays

It's time for the holidays, which means one of two things: you'll either be frustrated while trying to commute out of the city, or you'll be frustrated by people trying to come into the city. Either way, our major transit areas are going to be affected, so here's a list of guides, tips, tricks, and other things to keep in mind that'll help you maintain sanity throughout the next few weeks.

10 game-changing NYC airport hacks

Since flying in and out of JFK, LaGuardia, or Newark is only slightly worse than being scissor kicked in the groin repeatedly (and somehow EVEN WORSE during the holiday rush), we came up with 10 NYC airport hacks that'll make it... kind of a lot better than being scissor kicked in the groin repeatedly! Seriously though, these tips are about to make flying to/from NY infinitely more bearable. READ MORE

23 game-changing NYC train & bus station hacks

Navigating your way through our city's public transportation hubs -- purchasing a ticket, scouring for a snack or a toilet, finding the gate, and settling into a seat (hopefully on the right track) -- most times is gonna suck. But it doesn’t have to. Not if you read this: 23 hacks for making your next NYC mass transit experience not the worst. READ MORE

Manhattan's first-ever Subway Bar Map

If you spend any amount of time on the subway this season, you're probably gonna need a drink. Or several drinks. That's why we turned the Manhattan Subway Map into a Manhattan Subway Bar Map that breaks down the best bar within a five-minute walk of every stop (that actually has bars near it). Enjoy. READ MORE

Brooklyn Bar Map

Brooklyn's first-ever subway bar map

Don't worry, people doing holiday stuff in Brooklyn/leaving Brooklyn to go do holiday stuff somewhere else -- we've got you covered, too. READ MORE

The NYC Ferry Bar Crawl

Aside from the four commuters who use it each morning, the East River Ferry seems largely forgotten by the city's general population, especially during the colder, Christmas-ier months. Which is a shame, because not only is it the most enjoyable way to cover large swaths of ground... er, water... it's also the fastest way between a lot of points. So, we took it upon ourselves to create a food-filled, booze-soaked Ferry Bar Crawl, the real reason why Noah invented boats. READ MORE

The 26 best people on the subway

There are all sorts of stories out there about all of the worst people on the subway (ESPECIALLY during the holiday travel rush), but what about the best people? What about the unsung heroes of everyday life who lift their eyes up from Candy Crush just long enough to make traveling underground with a billion people jammed into metal boxes that much less awful? It's time we gave those champions of transportation civility their due. READ MORE

The definitive list of foods that are OK to eat on the subway

Mmmmmm subway food... READ MORE

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Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist's NYC Editor and there is nothing he enjoys less than being in Grand Central around the holidays, except being in Penn Station around the holidays. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.