Plan your visit to New York City with this helpful guide!


Workshop Location: 

New York College of Podiatric Medicine
53 East 124th Street
New York City
(Between Park and Madison Avenues)

Specific directions to the workshop will be provided at the time of enrollment

Closest Subway Stop:

125th Street Stop on the #4, #5, and #6 Trains
(corner of 125th St. and Lexington Ave.)

Airports:

LaGuardia Airport
John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport

Liberty International Airport
(Located in Newark, New Jersey)

 

Hotels in New York City are notoriously expensive; however, there are many reasonably priced hotels in the city if you know where to look. There are even a few affordable hotels within walking distance to the workshop location at 53 East 124th Street. In general, if you can, we recommend trying to find hotels on the East Side of Manhattan (check to see if the address has the word “East” in front of the street number). Hotels on the East Side will be close to the #4, #5, and #6 trains, which will bring you within a few blocks of the workshop location. The #4, #5, and #6 trains stop at 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, which is the closest subway train stop to the workshop. The next closest subway stop is the #2 at 125th Street. The New York City subway is a safe, convenient, and affordable way to get around the city.

We have compiled a list of accommodations ranging from low-price hostels and the YMCA (shared rooms and baths) to reasonably priced hotels, all within a short walking distance to public transportation that will take you to the workshop location. In general, hotel prices are less expensive in January, February, and March. For the summer months especially, it is wise to inquire if the hotel you are seeking has air-conditioning, as the summers in New York can be quite hot and humid.

If none of these options interest you, there are many other accommodations available in the New York City area. Check out Quikbook.com and booking.com, both sites that search out good deals, and you can also check out airbnb.com for more unconventional and inexpensive choices. When searching for a hotel on these or other websites, we recommend setting your preferred “location” to “Upper East Side” or “East Harlem,” as these are the names of the neighborhood that the workshop building is located in. Setting your location to our neighborhood will help you find a place within walking distance of our workshops.

ACCOMODATIONS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE C3NY WORKSHOP LOCATION

La Sienna ($115 a night and up) http://hostelworlds.com (type in La Sienna, New York) East 123rd and Adam Clayton Powell New York, NY 10035 To Get to the workshop: Walk East to 124th and then up a block. Takes five minutes to walk to the workshop. This is a choice highly recommended by previous students. A renovated brownstone with welcoming hosts, some with private bath. Shared kitchen, or kitchen in some studios. Must like cats!

Harlem Bed & Breakfast ($101 a night and up) http://www.harlembedandbreakfast.com 54 West 120th Street New York, NY 10035 (646) 371-9344 To get to the workshop: Walk four blocks north on Madison Avenue. It takes less than 10 minutes to walk to the workshop.

Achieve Housing Hotel ($125 a night and up) http://www.achievehousing.com/guest-rooms 36 East 126th Street (between 5th & Madison Avenues) New York, NY 10035 (917) 723-2720 “…a housing solution with a “guest house” touch.” To get to the workshop: Walk one block south. It takes less than 5 minutes to walk to the workshop.

Aloft Harlem Hotel ($189 a night) http://www.starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels/ 2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard New York, NY 10027 (212) 749-4000 To get to the workshop: Walk a few blocks east. It takes 15 minutes to walk to the workshop.

102 Brownstone Boutique Hotel ($100 – $175 – Two Night Minimum Preferred ) http://102brownstone.com/ 102 West 118th Street New York, NY 10026 (212) 662-4223 stay@102brownstone.com To get to the workshop: Walk a few blocks east and 6 blocks north. It takes 15-20 minutes to walk to the workshop.

Mount Morris House Bed & Breakfast ($175 and up) http://www.mountmorrishousebandb.com 12 Mount Morris Park West New York, NY 10027 (917) 478-6214 mountmorrishouse@hotmail.com To get to the workshop: Walk a few blocks east and north. It takes 10 minutes to walk to the workshop.

Bubba & Bean, Bed and Breakfast Guesthome ($130 and up) http://bblodges.com/index.html 1598 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10029 (917) 345-7914 info@bblodges.com Technically a bit farther than walking distance, this guesthouse has rooms in a mid-1880’s townhouse, and is a little over a mile walk to the workshop. Or take the #5 train two stops. An excellent choice!

HOSTELS AND SHARED ROOMS/BATHS

Here is a good resource for New York City hostels: http://www.hostelz.com/hostels/USA/New-York/New-York-City

Hostel International, New York (Shared room & bath) (under $50/night) http://www.hinewyork.org 891 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10025-4403 (212) 932-2300 To get to the workshop: Either take the M60 bus which originates at 106th Street and Broadway (35 minute bus ride to workshop) or get to 96th Street and Broadway, and take the #2 train north to 125th Street. 10 minute walk from there to the workshop. Allow 45 minutes to get to workshop from the Hostel International.

Guest Rooms at the Vanderbilt YMCA (Shared bath) ($72 and up/night) http://www.ymcanyc.org/association/guest-rooms/vanderbiltrooms 224 East 47th St New York, NY 10017 (212) 875-4273 (917) 441-8800 ecolon@ymcanyc.org To get to the workshop: Follow the directions for the #4 or #5 train. Catch the train 5 blocks away at Grand Central Station (42nd Street & Lexington Ave). It will take 20 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train.

PRIVATE ROOMS/SHARED BATHS

The Pod Hotel (Shared or private bath) ($169 and up/night) http://www.thepodhotel.com 230 East 51st Street New York, NY 10022 (212) 355-0300 Toll free US: 1 (800) 742-5945 Toll free Canada: 1 (800) 874-0074 info@thepodhotel.com To get to the workshop: Follow the directions for the #6 train. Catch the train 2 blocks away at 51st Street and Lexington Avenue. It will take 25 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train.

The Hayden Hotel/Park 79 (Shared or private bath) ($169 and up/night) http://www.park79hotel.com/ 117 West 79th Street New York, NY 10024 (866) 3-PARK79 (212) 787-3300 info@park79hotel.com To get to the workshop: Follow the directions for the #1 train. Catch the train one block away at 79th Street & Broadway. It takes 25 minutes to the workshop once on the train.

Hotel 31 (Shared or private bath) ($130 and up/night) http://www.hotel31.com 120 East 31st Street (between Lexington & Park Avenues) New York, NY 10016 (212) 6853060 hotel31@verizon.net To get to the workshop: Follow directions for the #4, #5 or #6 train. Catch the train a few blocks away. It will take 20 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train.

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York Guest Rooms (all private baths) ($135 and up/night) https://utsnyc.edu/about/guest-rooms-at-union/ Broadway at 121st Street New York, NY 10027 (212) 280-1313 landmark@uts.columbia.edu To get to the workshop: Approximately 20-30 minute walk from the workshop. Or take the M60 bus, which stops just across the street; 20 minutes on the bus.

Carlton Arms (shared or private bath) ($80 and up/night) www.carltonarms.com 160 East 25th St New York, NY 10010 212-679-0680 artbreakhotel@aol.com An unusual and interesting choice for the budget minded, a unique Art Hotel. See website for more information. To get to the workshop: Follow directions for the #6 train. Catch the train a few blocks away at 23rd Street & Park Avenue. It will take 20 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train.

MODERATELY PRICED HOTELS

Opera House Hotel ($140 and up/night) http://www.operahousehotel.com/ Email: reservations@operahousehotel.com 436 East 149 Street Bronx, NY 10455 (718) 407-2800 (718) 407 2828 FAX The Opera House Hotel is a non-smoking boutique-style hotel, located in the heart of the South Bronx. The hotel is located just one block from the #2 and #5 express lines at the 3rd Avenue – 149th Street subway station, which provides guests with fast and easy access to Manhattan and neighboring boroughs of New York City. Complimentary continental breakfast is served daily for all guests, and tea and coffee can be found on the mezzanine level twenty-four hours a day. To get to the workshop: Take the #5 subway to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue. Walk one block west and one block south to the workshop location. It will take 10 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train. Alternately, take a taxi to the workshop.

Hotel Grand Union ($175 and up/night) http://www.hotelgrandunion.com/ 34 East 32nd Street New York, NY 10016 (212) 683-5890 contactus@hotelgrandunion.com To get to the workshop: Follow directions for the #6 train. Catch the train a few blocks away at 33rd Street & Lexington Avenue. It will take 20 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train.

Park Savoy ($115 and up/night) http://parksavoyhotel.com/ 158 W 58th St New York, NY 10019 (212) 245-5755 parksavoy@aol.com To get to the workshop: Follow directions for the #1 train – get the train one block and half away at Columbus Circle and 59th Street. It takes 25 minutes to the workshop once on the train.

Belnord Hotel ($85 and up/night) http://www.belnord.com 209 West 87th Street New York, NY 10024 (212) 873-5222 To get to the workshop: Follow the directions for the #1 train. Catch the train two blocks away at 86th Street & Broadway. It will take 20 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train.

Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central ($129 and up/night) “http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/hampton-inn-manhattan-times-square-central-NYCFFHX/index.html 220 West 41st Street New York, NY 10036 (212) 221-1188 Recommended by students To get to the workshop: Get on the #2 Train uptown to 125th Street. It will take 30 minutes total to get to the workshop.

New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania ($170 and up/night; can sometimes find specials) http://www.hotelpenn.com 401 Seventh Avenue (at 33rd St.) New York, NY 10001-2062 (212) 736-5000 Toll free: 1 (800) 223-8585 info@hotelpenn.com reservations@hotelpenn.com This is an excellent, large, full service hotel which is centrally located and is a good choice for first time visitors to the city. Many languages are spoken. To get to the workshop: Follow the directions for the #2 or #3 train. Catch the train directly across the street at Penn Station. It will take 25 minutes to get to the workshop once on the train.

Washington Square Hotel (rooms from $175 and up and includes continental breakfast) http://washingtonsquarehotel.com 103 Waverly Place New York, NY 10011-9194 (212) 777-9515 Toll free: 1 (800) 222-0418 reservations@wshotel.com This is a beautiful hotel with a restaurant. Prices are lower in January, February, & March. To get to the workshop: Follow directions for the #4 or #5 trains. It takes 25-30 minutes to the workshop once on the train.

Hotel 373 Fifth Avenue ($175 and up/night) http://hotel373.com/ 373 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016 (212) 213-3388 Toll Free: (888) 382-7111 info@hotel373.com To get to the workshop: Follow directions for the #1 or #2 trains. Walk two blocks west on 34th Street to get to the train. Once on the train it takes 25 minutes to the workshop.

Check out this website for five more hotels: http://www.applecorehotels.com/ (Rooms start from around $150 and up; the best location for the workshop is the Ramada Inn Eastside)

Transportation in New York City

All the airports have easy access to Manhattan either via taxi, express bus, train, subway and/or other public transportation. Travel time into mid-town Manhattan from any of the airports, depending on mode of travel and time of day, can take from 30 to 90 minutes. For specific information, the following website will give you all the information you need: http://www.ny.com/transportation/airports/ 

Subways and Buses
Subways and most buses run 24 hours, 7 days a week. There are 25 subway lines designated either by a route number or a letter. These serve 468 stations along 714 miles of track. There are more than 5,800 air-conditioned cars that can take you almost anywhere in the city faster than a taxi at a fraction of the cost. The subways run every 2-5 minutes during the rush hour and 10-15 minues at other times There are more than 4,300 air-conditioned buses on over 200 routes to almost anywhere in New York City. Bus stops are located about every 2 blocks on street corners.

Paying for the Subway and the Bus
There is a flat subway/bus fare, no matter how long you ride. This is payable with the convenient MetroCard, a prepaid, discounted card that offers free transfers from bus to subway, subway to bus, or bus to bus within two hours of the beginning of the ride. The MetroCard may be purchased at MetroCard vending machines in subway stations or in neighborhood stores. A MetroCard may not be purchased on a bus. Buses also still accept fares in cash, but it must be exact change, in coinage only, no bills.
 

For bus and subway travel directions, call (718) 330-1234 or visit the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) website at www.mta.info.

Taxis
Yellow medallion taxis can be hailed on the street or found at taxi stands at major hotels or transportation hubs. A taxi driver seeking a passenger turns on the central portion of the outside roof light; if the light is not on, the taxi is not available. An alternative are the green taxis; they are fine to take as well.

New York City Facts

New York City has five boroughs: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island They are linked by a series of bridges, tunnels, and ferries. Manhattan is an island and the center of New York City. It is 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles at its widest. Fifth Avenue divides Manhattan into the East Side and the West Side. Except at its southern and northern tips, the streets that run north to south are referred to as avenues (Park Avenue, Lexington Avenue, etc.), and streets that run east and west are referred to as streets (23rd Street, 42nd Street, etc.). The Avenues in NYC are spaced much farther apart than the Streets. Twenty short, north-south blocks equal approximately one mile, whereas only 7 long, east-west blocks equal approximately one mile. Traffic generally runs in one direction, going east on even-numbered streets and west on odd-numbered streets. You can use the numbered street names to tell which direction you are traveling. The street and avenue numbers increase as you travel north and as you travel west. 

 

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in indoor public spaces including restaurants and bars, except registered cigar bars. Smoking is also prohibited in taxis, on buses, and on the subways.

 

Area codes

New York City has five telephone area codes: (212) and (646) for Manhattan; (347) and (718) for Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island; and (646) and (917) for all citywide cellular phones. All calls, even within the same area code, require dialing 1, and then the area code, and telephone number.

 

Tipping

The standard tip is 15-20% in restaurants and for taxis. A hotel porter generally receives $1.00 per bag and the doorman generally receives $1.00 for hailing a taxi.

 

Emergency Phone Numbers

Police, fire, ambulance – EMERGENCY: 911
Non-Emergency Police: 311
Directory assistance: 411 or 555-1212