32nd Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies
Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York City:
March 31-April 1, 2012


Travel and Hotel Information


Location 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.

Parking Reduced rate parking is available at Alfred Car Park (161 West 61st St.; 212-397-8949), Allied Garage (425 West 59th St.; 212-246-7220), Performance Parking (160 West 66th St., between Amsterdam and Broadway; 212-769-0134), and Regent Garage (45 West 61st St.; 212-245-9594). To receive the reduced rates, you must validate your parking ticket at the Front Security Desk on the ground floor of the Lowenstein building (113 W. 60th Street).

Public Transportation Fordham can be reached by subway (A, B, C, D, and 1 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.

Hotels To find good rates on NYC hotel rooms (especially over week-ends), check out these web sites: http://newyork.citysearch.com/find/section/newyork/hotels_visitors.html
Note that you must add 14.75% taxes, and a $3.50 occupancy fee per night to the hotel rate to calculate the total cost. To calculate distances, note that the conference venue is at 60th St. and Columbus (9th) Ave., in the Lowenstein Building of Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. For those who put price above comfort and proximity, see below under Cheaper Accommodations for some other options.

*When booking with hotels noted below, mention that you would like the Fordham rate, and you should be booked with the corporate rate that Fordham has arranged with the hotel, as noted here. The Main Conference Hotel is the Belleclaire.

*Hotel Belleclaire                                                
250 W. 77th St.                                           $129 Standard room; $ 159 Deluxe, Queen, King, or Double
New York, NY 10024                                       [Note these rates are applicable through the night of April 1, 2012]
(212) 362-7700

*The Empire Hotel
44 West 63rd Street                                   $225 standard queen; $255 superior king or double
New York, NY 10023                                       [Note these rates are applicable through the night of April 1, 2012]
(212) 265-7400
Newly renovated and with many amenities; close to the Lincoln Center campus.

*Hudson Hotel                                                
356 W. 58th St. at Columbus Circle              Rates Forthcoming     
New York, NY 10019
(212) 554-6000
Very stylish hotel conveniently located near Fordham.

Hampton Inn – Times Square North
851 Eighth Avenue, at 51st Street                   $237 king
New York, NY 10019
(212) 581-4100
Includes hot breakfast and is part of the Hilton hotel system.

Dream NY
210 West 55th Street                                $189 Small (double bed)
New York, NY 10019                                 $239 Medium (queen)
(212) 247-2000                                         $269 Large (king)
Reservations: (866) 437-3266
Upscale, high design boutique hotel near Fordham.

Beacon Hotel                                                
2130 Broadway                                               $275 one bedroom suite
New York, NY 10023
(212) 787-1100 (ext. 623)

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 http://www.yelp.com/nyc for reviews from native New Yorkers and tourists alike.

The Pod Hotel                                                Rates
230 East 51st Street                                     $209 double (double bed, private bath)
New York, NY 10022                                    $279 queen (queen bed, private bath)
(212) 355-0300                                            $159 single with shared bath
Forward-thinking and hip. More sophisticated and diverse than a hostel scene. Rather recently opened, and one of the most reasonably priced hotels in the city.

Gershwin Hotel                                            Rates
7 E. 27th Street                                             $159 Standard room w/double bed or two singles
New York, NY 10016                                     $239 Queen bed suite
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 Lodge                                             Rates
318 W 20th Street                                        $124-134
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.

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


Image: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 261, f. 38, reproduced by kind permission of The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
Last modified: Mar 12, 2012
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