Travel and Accommodation

Travel Funds

Please note that there is a one time registration fee of $45 if accepted. This fee is to offset the some of the cost of the conference including lodging and meals. In cases of need, a fee waiver is available. Please contact us at for more information. Accommodation and food are provided by the host sites. We expect students to receive funding for transport from their respective departments. If you are unsure who to ask in your deparment, then be sure to reach out to an academic advisor, faculty member you know, or other contacts for guidance on the process. Limited travel funds are available for students who are unable to receive travel funds from their department.


You will stay at either the Hotel Newton or Aloft Harlem.

Getting here

Getting to New York City is rather straightforward. It is a major transportation hub. Travel by rail is probably the easiest for most attendees. Everything is connected via the subway, and you won’t have to worry about parking, which can be completely awful in January if there is some snow piled up.

The conference will take place in Upper Manhattan on each campus, all of which are on the 1 line. Detailed maps will come soon.

By Train

New York City has two main rail stations in Midtown: Grand Central Terminal (on the east side) and Penn Station (on the west side). Each is also served by numerous bus and subway lines. Grand Central is served by Metro-North Railroad, which goes to NYC suburbs in New York and Connecticut. Penn Station is served by the following: Long Island Rail Road, a commuter railroad serving Long Island; Amtrak, the US national passenger railroad, serving many points throughout the country; and NJ Transit, a commuter line serving points in New Jersey. You’ll arrive in NY at either Grand Central, or Penn Station:

Grand Central Terminal

Park Avenue and East 42nd Street (between Lexington and Vanderbilt Avenues)

Grand Central is the main terminal for Metro-North Railroad services. Subway lines here include the 4, 5, 6, 7 and S (shuttle between Grand Central and Times Square). For MTA bus details, visit

Penn Station

Seventh to Eighth Avenues, between West 31st and West 33rd Streets Penn Station is the main terminal for Long Island Rail Road, and a terminal for Amtrak and NJ Transit. Subway lines here include the 1, 2, 3, A, C and E. For MTA bus details, visit

Rail Services


Amtrak is the national passenger railroad of the United States. New York City’s Penn Station is their busiest station in the nation, serving hundreds of thousands of passengers each year. The company offers numerous packages and deals, including special passes allowing international visitors to make multiple stops throughout the country.

800-872-7245, 212-630-6400

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)

The LIRR commuter railroad operates out of Penn Station and serves 124 stations in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan, transporting some 81 million customers each year. Destinations include the Belmont Park racetrack, Citi Field, Jones Beach, the Hamptons and Montauk.


Metro-North Railroad

The second-largest commuter train line in the United States, Metro-North operates out of Grand Central Terminal. The historic roots of the operation go back to 1832, when the enterprise was known as the New York & Harlem Railroad, a horsecar line in Lower Manhattan. Today, with 775 miles of track, Metro-North goes to 121 stations (in seven New York State counties—Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Bronx and New York (Manhattan)—and Connecticut’s New Haven and Fairfield counties).

212-532-4900, 877-690-5114

NJ Transit

NJ transit features 12 lines in three divisions (Hoboken, Newark and the Atlantic City Rail Line) with frequent service throughout New Jersey (Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore are popular stops) and New York (Rockland and Orange counties)—and, of course, into and out of New York City via Penn Station. For schedules and fares, visit the NJ Transit website.

973-275-5555, TTY 800-772-2287

PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson)

The PATH provides rapid transit between several stops in New York City, along with locations in Newark, Harrison, Jersey City and Hoboken in New Jersey. Air travelers can connect to the PATH from Newark Liberty International Airport. The service operates from the Penn Station in Newark (not the same as Manhattan’s Penn Station) to Lower and Midtown Manhattan. The PATH’s 33rd Street station (on Sixth Avenue, in Herald Square) in Manhattan is one avenue from Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road and NJ Transit trains at Penn Station.


By Bus

There are a number of affordable, convenient bus lines that travel to New York City from around the United States. These include BoltBus, Megabus and Greyhound.

By Car

Use Google Maps for driving directions to New York City. Also, make sure you know where to park: you may want to use an app like SpotHero to find and compare parking spots and locations.

By Air

We expect that most attendees will travel by train, bus or car. If you are traveling by air and your travel cost is not covered by your department, your airfare must be approved by the conference organizers before you book your travel.