All talks for the May 20–23 meeting will be on the concourse level of the Graduate Center of CUNY (the City University of New York). The GC is centrally located in Manhattan diagonally across the street from the Empire State Building.
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
The Graduate Center is fully ADA compliant. If you have any requests or concerns about your needs being met, please contact the local organizers at
evangelia[dot]antonakos[at]bcc.cuny.edu or shoshana[dot]friedman[at]kbcc.cuny.edu.
The facility is fully covered by a guest WiFi network but cell reception can be weak.
TRAVEL TO NEW YORK CITY:
New York is served by three major airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty international Airport (EWR), and LaGuardia Airport (LGA, with domestic flights only). Taxis from these airports are expensive, often USD 60 or more, and from EWR taxis are more complicated, because this airport is in the state of New Jersey, which has different taxis from New York City.
All three airports are accessible by public transit. For details, please see link to/from JFK, to/from EWR, and to/from LGA.
When traveling from the meeting venue, the quickest airport to reach is EWR: walk ten minutes to the Pennsylvania Station entrance at 32 Street and 7th Avenue, and take a New Jersey Transit train to the Newark Liberty International Airport station (<30 minutes), then a monorail from there to all airport terminals. (DO NOT get off the train at the stop called “Newark Penn Station,” which is in downtown Newark. The airport is the following stop.)
To reach JFK Airport from the Graduate Center, walk to the Pennsylvania Station entrance at 34 Street and 7th Avenue, and take a Long Island Railroad train to Jamaica (22 minutes, very frequent), then the AirTrain from there to all JFK terminals.
To reach LaGuardia Airport from the Graduate Center, take the F subway train at 34 Street and 6th Avenue, in the direction of Queens, and get off seven stops later, at Roosevelt Avenue (NOT at the earlier stop “Roosevelt Island”). Upstairs at street level, the Q70 bus runs frequently to LGA. The entire trip to LGA should be no more than 60 minutes. Coming from the airports, one simply does any of these trips in reverse; from JFK, you should take the AirTrain to Jamaica, rather than to Howard Beach.
Intercity trains connect New York to cities along the northeastern coastline of the US: Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Richmond, VA, as well as certain inland cities. Trains along these routes run frequently, generally at least once an hour. All trains require reservations, and prices are usually lower for tickets purchased in advance: visit http://www.amtrak.com. All these trains arrive at Pennsylvania Station, between 7th and 8th Avenues and between 31 and 34 Streets in Manhattan, about ten minutes’ walk from the Graduate Center.
Intercity buses mostly arrive at Port Authority Bus Terminal, at 41 Street and 8th Avenue. The major bus company is Greyhound (see http://www.greyhound.com), but others also serve PABT. Several discount bus carriers, including Bolt Bus and Megabus, operate with tickets that can only be purchased online, and let you off at streetcorner bus stops around midtown Manhattan.
New York has an extensive network of subways and buses, but no trams. The subways are much faster than the buses, and many subway routes stop near the Graduate Center: the B, D, F, M, N, Q, R, and W lines at 34 Street and 6th Avenue; the 6 line at 33 Street and Park Avenue; the 1, 2, and 3 lines at 34 Street and 7th Avenue; and the 7 line at 42 Street and 5th Avenue. The fare for a single ride is USD 2.75, using a MetroCard purchased from a machine in any subway station. This fare will also get you a free transfer to or from a bus line, should you need it. If you stay for longer than the four days of the meeting, a 7-day pass may be cheaper, at a cost of USD 33. Subways are quite safe, but can be subject to breakdowns and delays. Not all stations are handicapped-accessible. For travel during weekends one must visit mta.info for updates about construction and extensive re-routing of trains. For local travel and walking times you might consider the following smartphone apps: Google Maps, citymapper, maps.me (the last has decent offline options too).
From the suburbs, many commuter train lines arrive at Pennsylvania Station (see above), from Long Island and New Jersey; others arrive at Grand Central Station, at 42 Street and Park Avenue, from the northern suburbs and Connecticut. Some of these lines can be useful for coming from the outer reaches of New York City as well, especially from Queens and the Bronx. Visit mta.info for details.
There are many hotels within 15 minutes walking distance from the Graduate Center, in a range of price points but true “budget” options will be hard to come by in mid-town Manhattan. However as the Grad Center is so close to so many subways, do no shy from looking elsewhere in Manhattan or other boroughs of the city (with Brooklyn and Queens being the closest options).
A block of rooms at a local hotel is being renegotiated; info will be posted here when available.
LOCAL DINING OPTIONS
There are a wide range of casual dining options for food, coffee, and drinks near the Grad Center. We are requested not to bring food and drinks back into the venue.
Some near by options (in development)