The Graduate Center
CUNY (City University of New York)
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016 USA
There is a wide, wide range of places to stay in Manhattan. Though accommodations in New York can be more expensive than in other cities, the good news is that you have a number of options—luxury hotel rooms, hostel dormitory rooms, and everything in between are available within walking distance of the Graduate Center. (If you’re a grad student on a tight budget, we’re working to connect you with grad students and other TtW-affiliated hosts in NYC who can offer couch or floor space. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Housing” in the subject line if you need a place to stay, or if you have a couch to offer!)
Below, we’ve listed a few places that we think might be good options for TtW attendees. All are near The Graduate Center, and all offer free wireless Internet access to guests. We think it’d be fun to have as many people clustered in the same general area as possible, though you’re welcome to stay wherever you like.
Please note that all rates listed were gathered online in mid-January of 2013; prices may have gone up, and may not include applicable taxes and fees. (If a hotel or hostel lists no available rooms online, try giving them a call—there’s often a few more rooms left!)
La Quinta Manhattan
17 West 32nd St
New York, NY 10001
Distance from TtW: 0.2 mile walk
Room types: Hotel rooms: 1 king or queen bed, or 2 queen beds. All have private bathrooms.
Current Rates for TtW: start at $149.99/night (1 queen bed)
Major selling points: Rooftop bar; discounted parking; 24-hour fitness center.
20 West 29th Street
New York City, NY 10001
Distance from TtW: 0.3 mile walk
Room types: Hotel rooms & suites: 1 king, queen, or full bed; 2 twin beds (bunk). All have private bathrooms.
Current Rates for TtW: start at $279/night (1 full bed) or $259/night (twin bunk beds)
Major selling points: Gym; bar in the lobby; dog friendly.
120 East 31st Street
New York, NY 10016
Distance from TtW: 0.4 mile walk
Room types: Hotel rooms: 1 queen or full bed; 2 full or twin beds; shared or private bathrooms.
Current Rates for TtW: start at $109/night (1 full bed with shared bathroom) or $139/night (1 full bed with private bathroom)
Major selling points: Budget hotel.
New York Budget Inn
200 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10016
Distance from TtW: 0.4 mile walk
Room types: Hotel rooms (1 twin or double bed; 2 or 3 twin beds) and dormitory rooms (1 of 4 twin beds in a room). Most have shared bathrooms.
Current Rates for TtW: start at $49.99/night (1 twin bed in a 4-person dormitory room) or $79.99/night (1 twin bed in a private room)
Major selling points: Budget hotel; smaller dormitory rooms.
Detailed directions–as well as more information regarding airports, hotels, and mass transit–can be found on the CLAGS website.
B, D, F, M, N, Q to 34th St / Herald Square (0.2 mile walk; the R sometimes stops here as well)
6 to 33rd Street (0.3 mile walk; note that the 5 does not stop here, and the 4 only stops here overnight)
1, 2 to 34th St / Penn Station (0.4 mile walk; the 3 sometimes stops here as well)
33rd Street Station (0.3 mile walk)
Take the FDR drive to 42nd Street, and take a right onto Fifth Avenue. The CUNY Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue, between 35th and 34th streets. Parking garages can be found nearby, including Meyers Parking at 9 West 35th Street, and GGMC Parking at 325 Fifth Avenue.
The New York City subway system is awesome: it runs 24 hours a day, and for a $2.25 deduction off your MetroCard, it will get you nearly anywhere in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or the Bronx. You can purchase a MetroCard at the main entrance of most subway stations.
That said: the NYC subway system is also fairly complex, and not all trains make all possible stops all of the time. If you’re not already familiar with the NYC subway, you’ll want to be sure you know not only which direction you want to go, but also whether you want a Local or an Express train, and whether the train you want stops at your station full-time (some trains have schedules that change during peak, off-peak, or “late” [overnight] hours). Be sure to read the schedule change signs posted on the platforms, especially because the subway is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. (You can find more info on the MTA website.)
If you have a smartphone, you may find a transit app helpful for getting around on the NYC subway. One app that we’ve had good luck with in NYC is called HopStop; the download is ad-supported, but a paid ad-free upgrade is available.
Taxis are another common way of getting around Manhattan, and hailing one is usually pretty easy (except in some areas during rush hour). The base fare in Manhattan is $2.50, plus a $0.50 New York State tax and any applicable surcharge ($1.00 between 4pm and 8pm; $0.50 between 8pm and 6am); your fare will go up by $0.50 per unit (fifth of a mile, or 60 seconds not in motion).
New York City has three major airports; it is possible to get to Midtown from any of them without a car. Prices listed are approximate; click on the links below for more detailed information.
John F. Kennedy International (JFK)
Public Transit: $7.25. Take AirTrain to Jamaica Center; get on subway (E, toward World Trade Center).
NYC Airporter Bus: $16. Will drop you at Port Authority, Penn Station, or Grand Central Station; offers free shuttle from Grand Central Station to Midtown hotels.
SuperShuttle: $19. Will drop you at your hotel.
Taxi: $52 flat rate, plus tolls and tip.
Public Transit: $2.25 (with MetroCard). Take the M60 bus to Lexington Ave (at 125th St); get on subway (6, toward Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall).
NYC Airporter Bus: $13. Will drop you at Port Authority, Penn Station, or Grand Central Station; offers free shuttle from Grand Central Station to Midtown hotels.
Super Shuttle: $15. Will drop you at your hotel.
Taxi: $25-37, plus tolls, tip, and any surcharges.
Newark International (EWR)
Public Transit: $12.50. Take AirTrain Newark to Airport Station; get on NJ Transit toward New York Penn Station. (You can also take PATH from Airport Station.)
Newark Airport Express Bus: $16. Will drop you at Port Authority or Grand Central Station.
Super Shuttle: $20. Will drop you at your hotel.
Taxi: $55, plus tolls and tip.
The CUNY Graduate Center is fully wheelchair accessible, and the rooms for Theorizing the Web are all located very close to each other. For those who cannot attend in person, both the keynote and the panel sessions will be streamed live online; we also encourage remote attendees to participate on the conference hashtag (#TtW13) and on the individual panel hashtags (please see conference program). Gender-neutral restrooms are provided. If you have any other accessibility needs, please email us at email@example.com.