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Hotel + Food Recommendations

Visiting New York

To learn about some of New York’s many attractions, please visit:www.nycgo.com.

The New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities has put together an extensive Official Accessibility Guide, which contains listings of accessible hotels, restaurants, bars, and attractions as well as suggestions about the best ways to get around the city: http://home2.nyc.gov/html/mopd/downloads/pdf/accessibility_guide.pdf.

Location and Transportation

The Graduate Center is located in Midtown Manhattan, one block north of the Empire State Building at Fifth Ave between 34th St and 35th St.

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You can get to the Graduate Center easily from almost all subway lines. It is very close to 34th St.-Herald Square (Subway lines B,D,F,M,N,Q,R), Penn Station (Subway lines A,C,E,1,2,3), and the 33rd Street station (the 6 line). Subway fare is a flat fee of $2.25/trip, with no transfer fee between subway lines and one free transfer between the subway and bus. A 7-day unlimited metrocard can be purchased for $30.

Among Manhattan’s accessible subway stations are Penn Station and the Herald Square station. Manhattan bus lines are also wheelchair-accessible. More information on public transportation and accessibility is available on the MTA website.

Hopstop and Google Maps can both provide directions between all locations in New York City, and allows you to choose your method of transportation (subway/train, bus, bicycle, walking, car, etc.).

Getting to New York

In addition to the three commercial airports in the New York area—LaGuardia, Kennedy, and Newark, train service is available to Penn Station and Grand Central Station. Bus service is also available from across the Eastern Seaboard for very affordable prices (e.g., here and here). Driving in to New York City is possible, but the high cost and difficulty of parking near the Graduate Center, as well as bridge tolls, make it quite an expensive option.

Airport Transportation
Public transportation, yellow taxis, and bus and shuttle van service are available from all three nearby airports: LaGuardia, Kennedy, and Newark. You can find information about the different transportation options here: www.nycgo.com/?event=view.article&id=229998#1

LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

  • Approximate Distance: 9 MI / 14.48 KM (about 30 minutes from Manhattan)
  • By taxi: about $25 to Manhattan, plus tolls and tip

Kennedy (JFK)

  • Approximate Distance: 17 MI / 27.36 KM (about 60 minutes from Manhattan
  • By Taxi: $ 45 flat rate to Manhattan, plus tolls and tip
  • By public transportation: Air Train ($5) to the subway ($2.25/one-way)

Newark (EWR)

  • Approximate Distance: 12 MI / 19.31 KM E (about 50 minutes from Manhattan
  • By public transportation: NJ Transit into Penn Station

Wheelchair-Accessible Cab / Shuttle

A Ride For All.  Phone: 718 706 7433
Prices to midtown Manhattan from:
LGA ~ $50 (plus tip and $6.50 tolls)
JFK ~ $60 (plus tip and $6.50 tolls)
Newark ~ $60 (plus tip and $14.00 tolls)
Details: Can seat one wheelchair user and three other adults

Symphony Transportation.  Phone: 800 253 1443
Prices to midtown Manhattan from:
LGA ~ $17 (plus tip and $6.50 tolls)
JFK ~ $19 (plus tip and $6.50 tolls)
Newark ~ $23 (plus tip and $14.00 tolls)
Details: Shared ride, seats several wheelchair users. Please call in advance.


Hotel Information

There are plenty of inexpensive hotels within easy traveling distance of the Graduate Center. There are other options throughout Manhattan, for example near Times Square, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, and the Lower East Side.  To find listings of hotels with a range of accommodations, see the Official Accessibility Guide distributed by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities: http://home2.nyc.gov/html/mopd/downloads/pdf/accessibility_guide.pdf.

Reasonably priced hotels located near the Graduate Center that advertise accessible facilities
Holiday Inn Express Fifth Avenue
15 W 45th Street (on Fifth Ave)
Phone: 212-302-9088
DoubleTree Metropolitan Hotel
569 Lexington Ave. (at 51st St)
Phone: 212-752-7000
Additional suggestions for reasonably priced hotels
The Comfort Inn Manhattan (very close to the Graduate Center)
42 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-947-0200
The Larchmont Hotel (in the West Village; recommended to us as an inexpensive, nice hotel in an excellent location)
27 West 11th St., New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-989-9333
La Quinta Inn (just a few blocks from the Graduate Center, and rates start from $110)
17 West 32nd St., New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-736-1600
Carlton Arms Hotel (a 10-15 minute walk/ride from the Graduate Center; shared bath starts at $80, single for $110; the hotel is known for fun and funky decor)
160 East 25th Street, New York, NY, 10010
Phone: 212-679-0680
The Pod Hotel (just off the 6 train and a 20-minute walk from the Graduate Center)
230 E 51st St. NYC, NY 10022
Phone: 212.355.0300
The Jane Hotel (a charming and inexpensive place; rather far away from the Grad Center but in the fashionable meatpacking district and close to the High Line and other places of interest)
113 Jane Street, New York, NY 10014
Phone: 212-924-6700


Dining options in New York are extensive, and there are places to fit any budget or extravagance. Since everybody has their own preferences, it is easiest to search on a site such as Yelp.com to find dining options to fit your tastes and budget. Restaurant reviews can also be found in the Village Voice, the New York Times, Time Out New York, NY Magazine, Zagat, and the Michelin Guide.

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