Fifteenth International Congress
of the New Chaucer Society

July 27-31, 2006, in New York City

Travel Information

 Conference Location    ·   Parking    ·   Maps    ·   Arrival By Air
Arrival By Rail    ·   Arrival By Bus    ·   Public Transport
Taxicabs

CONFERENCE LOCATION 

The conference venue is the Leon Lowenstein Building in the Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, located at 113 West 60th Street (bounded by West 60th and West 62nd Streets, Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues). Fordham can be reached by
subway (A, B, C, D, 1 and 9 to 59th Street at Columbus Circle), and by city bus (M5, M7, M11, M104). Enter the campus at the corner of Columbus and 60th Street; the registration desk will be on the left side of this entrance, just inside the doors.  The Pope Auditorium (site of the Plenary sessions) is right past the Security Desk, on the right side. To get to the Plaza Level (location of coffee breaks, receptions, the Book Exhibit, and elevators to the other floors), take the escalator up one level.  Note that elevators 5 and 6 go to the 12th floor; the other elevators go to the 11th floor from where you will have to walk one flight up to reach the 12th floor.

PARKING

Reduced-rate parking is available at Preor Parking (212-245-9594) at 40-50 West 61st Street, between Columbus Avenue and Broadway; the rate is $12 for 12 hours. A similar rate is available at Central Parking/Kenny Systems at 345 West 58th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Broadway (212-582-7110). Parking is also available at Allie Parking at 425 West 59th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues at the rate of $9 for 12 hours (212-246-7220). To receive these reduced rates, you must validate your parking ticket at the Front Security Desk at the entrance to Fordham University at 113 W. 60th Street.

MAPS

MTA provides both subway and bus maps online. To find the lines specific to your needs, go here for subways, and here for busses. Please note that the bus link will take you to a pdf file.

For a map of the area around Lincoln Center, please follow this link.

ARRIVAL BY AIR

New York City is served by three airports:   

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is the largest airport within New York City proper.  Situated in Queens, JFK is at least half an hour away from Midtown Manhattan by taxi, about thirty or forty minutes by rail, and longer by subway. The flat rate for  a New York City (Yellow) taxi from JFK to anywhere in Manhattan is $45 plus toll (Triborough Bridge, $4.50) and tip (15-20 per cent on the fare).  Drivers of unofficial cars often cruise the airport offering rides to Manhattan, but are best avoided.

The JFK AirTrain, a monorail,  connects to the Jamaica station of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR; schedules at http://www.mta.info/lirr/)  and costs $5; the fare on LIRR trains from Jamaica to Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan (34th St. and 8th Avenue) during morning rush hours is $7, $5 at other times during the week and $3 on weekends.  Tickets for both the AirTrain and the LIRR may be purchased from machines in their respective stations. From Penn Station, the number 1 train of the New York City Subway System will take you to 59th Street, only two blocks from the Fordham Lincoln Center campus. 

The Air Train also connects to the subway’s “A” train at the Howard Beach Station; the trip from there to 59th Street will take less than an hour.  

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is located in New Jersey, about half an hour away from Penn Station by rail, on New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor Line train (http://www.njtransit.com).  A one-way ticket is $14. A taxi from Newark Airport to the Fordham Lincoln Center Campus will cost at least $60.  

La Guardia International Airport (LGA), in Queens, is primarily a domestic airport, although it does offer a limited number of international flights. Shuttle flights from Washington National Airport and from Boston Logan Airport arrive here.  La Guardia is not connected to Manhattan by rail. A metered Yellow taxi ride (there is no flat rate) from the airport to midtown Manhattan (including the Fordham Lincoln Center campus; about 30 minutes) should cost $20- $25 plus bridge toll ($4.50 at the Triborough Bridge) and tip (15-20 per cent of the fare). Surcharges: for trips made between 4 and 8pm, $1; between 8pm and 6am, 50 cents.

     The New York City  M60 bus  (fare: $2) runs from the airport  to  the Upper West Side of Manhattan (about 40 minutes); transfer (free) at 116th Street (the Columbia University stop) to the number 1 subway line, which will take you to 59th Street in about 10  minutes (bus schedule available at this site ).   

The New York Airport Service runs buses from La Guardia to various Midtown locations, such as Grand Central Station and Port Authority bus station (close to Fordham’s campus) for $12 single and $21 return. 
 

ARRIVAL BY RAIL 

Pennsylvania Station, located at 34 Street and 8th Avenue in Midtown, is New York's main rail station, served by Amtrak (http://www.amtrak.com), America's national rail service, which also serves the Long Island Railroad System, the New Jersey Transit system, and the PATH trains from New Jersey. 
Grand Central Station, at 42 Street and Park Avenue, is the Manhattan Terminal of the Metro-North Commuter Rail Road (schedules available here ),  serving destinations in Upstate New York and Connecticut. 
 

ARRIVAL BY BUS

There are a variety of ways to reach New York by bus. Many small companies make frequent trips from neighboring cities, such as Washington D.C. and Boston. For a list of bus companies that will take you to Port authority, please follow this link. In addition to these smaller buslines, Grayhound also stops at multiple locations in manhattan, including Port Authority. For more information, please go to the greyhound website. To reach the conference from the Port Authority, take the ACE subway line from the Port Authority uptown to Columbus Circle.

GETTING AROUND NEW YORK CITY 

Public transport.  Subways and buses run all the time, though less frequently late nights and weekends.  The fare is $2 per ride, irrespective of distance, and transfers from one line, or mode of transport, to another are free.  Fares must be paid using yellow plastic Metrocards, which can be purchased from vending machines or clerks at all subway stations, and in many shops; as many rides as you wish can be inscribed on a Metrocard by the appropriate payment (many machines also accept credit cards), and for each ten rides purchased a free ride is automatically entered on the card; fixed-rate “unlimited ride” cards are also available for a given period, from a day to a month. 

The Subway reaches most parts of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and The Bronx. A complete map of the system is posted in every station and in most Manhattan telephone directories.  Since Manhattan streets, above the southernmost (and oldest) part of the Island, are laid out on a grid, public buses have North-South routes on most Manhattan Avenues and East-West (“crosstown”) routes on most major streets, including several (65th-66th, 72nd, 79th, 86th, 96th Streets) that traverse Central Park, which occupies the center of the island form 59th to 110th Streets.  run across town and up and down major avenues.  Plastic yellow MetroCards can be purchased at machines in Subway stations, and these cards function as Subway and bus tickets (and provide free transfer from one to the other within an hour of disembarkation).  Subway and bus rides are $2 each. 

Staten Island (also called Richmond) can be reached  by ferry (frequent departures; a short, beautiful ride!)  from Battery Park /South Ferry at the southern tip of Manhattan (take the #1 train to its terminus, “South Ferry”). The ferry trip itself is free. Staten Island  has its own railway (http://www.mta.info/nyct/sir/) that runs from the ferry terminal at St George all the way south to Tottenville, the southernmost point in New York City (and New York State).  

Taxicabs. Yellow taxi cabs, officially licensed by the city, can be hailed on the street at any time.  The fare structure is $2.50 initial charge and 40 cents for each 1/5 mile, with surcharges of $1 from 4pm-8pm and 50 cents from 8 pm-6 am. Up to four people can ride for the same fare.  Please note the number of any cab you  ride in; it’s mounted on the roof and clearly displayed in the rear seat; if you have complaints or leave something in a cab, dial 311 on any telephone to reach the Taxi and Limousine Commission.  

There are also many “car services” serving Manhattan; cars are booked by telephone (and listed in any phone book) and you must ask for the rate for a particular trip when you book it; rates do not include tip. A car service car from midtown Manhattan to JFK airport currently costs about $50, not including toll or tip.   

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