If you are coming in by Amtrak or LIRR, then you have it easy. Penn Station is so close to FIT that it’s on their campus map!
If you’re coming in by Metro North, then you’ll arrive in Grand Central Station. You can hail a cab or take the subway. If you take the subway, take the Subway Shuttle/S train to Times Square, and then the 1 train downtown to 28th Street (FIT).
Navigating the subway can seem intimidating at first, but all you have to do is read the signs to know which platform to go to for the train you want. When you get to the platform, there are more signs overhead, and the trains have signs in their windows saying which direction they’re going in.
To travel on the subway, you need a Metrocard, which you swipe at the turnstile. Some Metronorth and LIRR tickets come with a Metrocard that’s preloaded with a few fares. If you don’t have one, there are automatic kiosks to buy one and load it with money.
If you have a mobile device, go to http://onthego.mta.info for maps, schedules, and more information.
Thanks to Sara Rofofsky Marcus for all her help with public transit and walking directions!