Is New York City Accessible for Wheelchairs?

When you think of the Big Apple, you think of busy streets with thousands of people traversing the gridlocked city on their busy way. If you are in a wheelchair, it may not seem like the friendliest place for getting around—but this simply isn’t true! In fact, New York is an extremely accessible place for wheelchair users and for people with disabilities of all kinds.

The key to having an enjoyable, successful trip to New York City is making sure that you have a good plan in place. Many areas of the city that you will want to visit are wheelchair-friendly, but it doesn’t hurt to make sure. Some attractions that can be easily visited if you are in wheelchair include:

  • Top museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Frick Collection, and the New York Historical Society
  • Big department stores, like Macy’s, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue
  • The ground-floor facilities of the Statue of Liberty, which includes the bookstore, gift pavilion, and dining area
  • Seeing a show on Broadway – but be sure to check the individual theaters for their accessibility options

Knowing how many opportunities there are to enjoy the Big Apple, you can take on New York in a wheelchair without worrying about accessibility and spend your time witnessing the culture, food, and amazing attractions.

Written by:

Jackie Edwards, freelance researcher, editor and writer