Remembering the Crusades: Myth, Image and Identity

28th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies

Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York City: March 29-30, 2008

Hotel and Travel Information

The conference venue is the 12th Floor Faculty Lounge of 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). Enter at the corner of Columbus and 60th Street; take the escalator up one level to the bank of elevators on the Plaza Level. Elevators 5 and 6 go directly to the 12th floor; the other elevators go to the 11th floor from where you will have to walk one flight up.

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 their parking ticket at the Front Security Desk at the entrance to Fordham University at 113 W. 60th Street.

Public Transportation
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).

Fordham is also about one mile from Penn Station train station and one-half mile from the Port Authority bus station.  NYC is served by three airports LaGuardia and JFK in New York, and Newark in New Jersey.

To find good rates on NYC hotel rooms (especially over week-ends), check out these web sites:
Note that you must add 13.375% taxes, $2 city occupancy tax and a $1.50 Javits Center fee to the hotel rate to calculate the total cost.

The following hotels provide a limited number of rooms at the Fordham corporate rate; if you wish to take advantage of this rate, please mention that you will be attending a Fordham conference when you make your reservation and ask for the Fordham rate.  To calculate distances, note that the conference venue is at 60th St. and Columbus (8th) Ave., in the Lowenstein Building of the Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. Note that Fordham has not yet finalized its corporate rates with all of these hotels, but expects to within the next few weeks. For those who put price above comfort and proximity, see below under Cheaper Accommodations for some other options.

Beacon Hotel                                                
2130 Broadway                                               Last year: $210; $260 one bedroom suite
New York, NY 10023
(212) 787-1100 (ext. 623)

Buckingham Hotel                                         
101 West 57th St. at 6th Ave.                           Last year: $239 studio, $279 suite        
New York, NY 10019                                        
(212) 246-1500
Small but sophisticated hotel near Carnegie Hall.

Club Quarters                                                  Rates not yet set
25 West 51st St.                                                Last year: $219 (+ $15 for each guest)
New York, NY 10019                                    
(212) 575-0006
Two other locations are at 40 West 45th St. and 52 William St., though the Fordham rate is not always in effect at all locations.  These locations had a rate of $204 last year.

226 West 52nd Street                                        $239 standard
New York, NY 10019
(212) 315-0100
Large hotel located near Times Square.

Dream NY
210 West 55th Street                                    $265 Small (full bed)
New York, NY 10019                                     $295 Medium (queen)
(212) 247-2000                                             $325 Large (king or 2 doubles)
Reservations: (866) 437-3266
Upscale, high design boutique hotel near Fordham.

Hudson Hotel                                                
356 W. 58th St. at Columbus Circle              $249 standard; $309 deluxe     
New York, NY 10019
(212) 554-6000
Very stylish hotel conveniently located near Fordham.  A standard room is 150 square feet and has a queen bed or 2 doubles.  The deluxe is 225 square feet with a queen bed.

The Empire Hotel
44 West 63rd Street                                         $285 Standard
New York, NY 10023                                        $315 Superior
(212) 265-7400
Recently re-opened with new amenities.

Cheaper Accommodations
For those who put price above comfort, you may want to try one of these lower-priced alternatives.  Some lower-priced hotels have opened recently with young, hip travelers in mind, so you might even discover a gem.  If none of these are suitable, try for reviews from native New Yorkers and tourists alike.

The Pod Hotel                                                Rates
230 East 51st Street                                       $119 single with shared bath
New York, NY 10022                                       $179 double
(212) 355-0300
Young, hip and tiny.  Very recently opened, and one of the most reasonably priced hotels in the city.

Gershwin Hotel                                            Rates
7 E. 27th St.                                                    $109 for basic private rooms
New York, NY 10016                                     up to $249 for the fanciest
Tel: (212) 545-8000
Fax: (212) 684-5546
Self-consciously hip boutique hotel in easy walking distance to some of New York’s biggest attractions.

Chelsea Hostel                                            Rates
251 W 20th St                                                $30 (incl. tax), dorm without bathroom
New York, NY 10011                                     $34 (incl. tax), dorm with bathroom
(212) 647-0010                                             $75 (incl. tax), private room with either                                         double bed or bunk (min. 2 people)
Spartan, a true hostel, but has a good reputation for cleanliness and friendliness.

Hostelling International                             Rates
891 Amsterdam Ave.                                    $32-37, depending on degree of privacy
New York NY, 10025
T: +1 (212) 932.2300
F: +1 (212) 932.2574
This is at the corner of 103rd and Amsterdam on the Upper West Side.  It’s close to many popular Columbia University student hangouts, and in easy walking distance of several subway lines.

Central Park Hostel
19 West 103rd Street                                   Rates
New York, NY 10025                                    $34-40 for dorms
tel: (212) 678-0491                                       $119 for private room
fax: (212) 678-0453                                      $159-179 for studio apartment
This is right off Central Park in the Morningside Heights/Harlem area.  Subways and buses are easily accessible, and there are a wealth of restaurants, bars and shops in easy walking distance.

Chelsea Lodge                                             Rates
318 W 20th St                                                 $119-129
New York, NY 10011
(212) 243-4499
A bed-and-breakfast, generally agreed to be clean if a little spare.  Bathrooms are shared unless you book a suite.

YMCA of New York
This site offers centralized listings for the New York YMCA guest lodgings located throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens:

Further Information
For other questions regarding the conference, please contact us at the Center for Medieval Studies: by phone: 718-817-4655 by fax: 718-817-3987; or by email at


Last modified: Jan 28, 2008
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