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Visiting New York City for the ACUI annual conference in 2010 will be an exciting and amazing experience for first timers or New York City regulars. The Conference Program Team has put together all the information you need to get to and around the city using a variety of means. New York has one of the best public transportation systems in the country, is served by three major airports, Amtrak, and New Jersey transit, and has one of the largest taxi cabs fleets in the world. Taking time to research travel options will help make your trip to New York a safe and fun experience. The most savvy New York travelers have confidence and knowledge of all the options available some of which are outlined below. You are encouraged to visit the NYC & Co. website, the official visitor's company for New York City, and to ask questions of the Conference Program Team or ACUI Central Office. 

As most of you know getting around the city is easy with public transportation.

Cabs
Know your directions.
When approaching from the east, take a left onto Eighth Avenue and a right on 46th Street. Proceed straight to hotel. Remember, 46th Street is a one-way street going west and 47th is a one-way going east. You cannot get out of a cab on Broadway (which is the same as Seventh Avenue).

From the south, follow Eighth Avenue to 46th Street and turn right. The hotel will be on the right at the end of that block.

Get an estimate.
For example, Penn Station to the hotel is approximately $6 and money well spent if you are carrying your luggage. This website can help you calculate what you should expect from your cabbie including tip!

Subway/bus system = MTA
Subway and bus fare are the same at $2.25 each way.
Plan your ride with the easy-to-use interactive tripplanner.mta.info website. MTA is responsible for both the subways and the buses so your ticket is interchangeable. The best value, especially when traveling with more than one person, is the Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard. Put $8 on the card and receive a 15 percent bonus and get free transfers subway to bus or bus to bus. If you plan on hitting the city before or after conference, the seven-day unlimited ride MetroCard might do the trick; a $27 cost with reduced fare of $13.50.

Hop Stop
Hop Stop is an easy way to map your route using public transportation as well. Their mobile app (hopstop.com/pda or a free download for iPhone) is great, but you can also send yourself a text message with the directions. Stop by the "ACUI Update" Host Information Center for directions to some of New York's most popular sites as well as quick access to Hop Stop's website.

Hotel

The New York Marriott Marquis is the host hotel for the 2010 annual conference. The hotel is in the heart of Times Square; every amenity you may need is available at the hotel or within walking distance. Check out the hotel website for more information.

Need a Roommate?
Room sharing information is now available! Check out the ACUI Forum to post your information or contact other attendees regarding your rooming needs.
Rooms are still available at the rate designated at the time of your call. Dial 800.843.4898 to make a new reservation or change an existing one.

Hotel address and phone
New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
212.398.1900

 

Hotel Payment Information

At the time you make your reservation, you will be asked for a credit card to secure the room, but no charges are posted to your card unless you cancel later than the indicated date or fail to show up without cancelling the reservation.

If you are paying with a check, all checks have to be sent in advance and cleared at least 10 days prior to arrival. Please include a copy of your hotel reservation and confirmation. Send check and confirmation information to:

ATTN: Front Desk/Accounting
New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Drive into the city and park at the hotel

The hotel is in Times Square on Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets. Driving directions are available online.

Valet parking at the hotel is $55 for a car, $65 for a SUV or minivan, and $80 for an oversized vehicle with maximum height of 6 ft. 2 in. Rates are per 24 hours.

There is a self park lot across 46th street advertised at $20 per day.

Travel time to hotel from local airports

Travel time between the airports and Midtown Manhattan by taxi or car:
45–60 minutes for JFK
20–35 minutes for LaGuardia
35–50 minutes for Newark
Always allow 30 extra minutes in case of heavy traffic, especially during rush hour, peak holiday travel times, or if you're taking a bus.

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Transportation, Bus

Megabus is a low cost bus service to New York City. The bus in available for pick up in a variety of U.S. and Canadian cities and drops you on 31st Street by Penn Station. For Internet-savvy travelers on a budget, Megabus.com claims to offer a service that makes mainstream bus travel seem pricey. Megabus services the following cities to New York City:

Toronto, Ontario
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Buffalo, N.Y.
Rochester, N.Y.
Syracuse, N.Y.
Albany, N.Y.
Ridgewood, N.Y.
Boston, Mass.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Atlantic City, N.J.
Baltimore, Md.
Washington, D.C.

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Transportation, Airports

 New York City has three main airports:

LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

Located on the waterfront in the Borough of Queens, New York City and only nine miles from Midtown Manhattan, LaGuardia handles mostly domestic flights. It is named after Fiorello LaGuardia, the former mayor of New York. It is the smallest of New York's thee major commercial airports.

  • Taxis from LaGuardia. Taxis into the city take anywhere from 20–40 minutes and cost from $26–36, not ncluding bridge tolls (these are an additional $4). Most taxis take credit and debit cards but some are cash only. Ask the cabbie before getting in the car. Make sure to hail a cab in the designated areas or ask a uniformed airport employee to help you. Generally, it's polite to tip at least a dollar per bag if the taxi driver assists you.
  • Bus and Van Services from LaGuardia
    1. New York Airport Service Express Bus: The express bus fair is $10, which you pay in cash to the bus driver. The buses operate once every 20–30 minutes between 6:45 a.m. and Midnight. For exact schedules, call 718.875.8200. The trip is 40 - 60 minutes. The best location for drop off to the hotel is the Grand Central Terminal, 125 Park Avenue (between 40th and 41st Streets).
    2. SuperShuttle: Shared van rides with multiple drop off are $16 per person. SuperShuttle also has a private van for up to 11 people for $115 and private sedans for $55-75. 800.BLUE.VAN or 800.258.3826.
  • Public Transportation from LaGuardia. The New York City subways and buses run to LaGuardia for $2. The easiest route is the M60 bus, which picks up at the airport and dropsoff at 116th and Broadway in front of the gates of Columbia University. From here you can take a bus, taxi, or subway to anywhere in Manhattan.You can also take the Q33 bus to Roosevelt Avenue and Jackson Heights or 74th Street and Broadway in Jackson Heights Queens. If you get off the bus at Roosevelt Avenue, you can catch the E or F trains into Manhattan. If you get off the bus at 74th Street, you can catch the #7 train heading into Manhattan. This train stops at Times Square.

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John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

John F. Kennedy International Airport is located in the heart of Queens, only 15 miles away from Midtown Manhattan. JFK is the international gateway to the U.S. for commercial flights and freight shipments. It is the largest of New York's three major airports. The airport has a Ground Transportation Desk where you can get information when you arrive.

  • Taxi Cabs from JFK. Taxis into the city take anywhere from 30–60 minutes. They cost $45 "Flat Fare" to Manhattan, not including bridge tolls and tip. Most taxis take credit and debit cards but some are cash only. Ask the cabbie before getting in the car. Make sure to hail a cab in the designated areas or ask a uniformed airport employee to help you. Generally, it's polite to tip at least a dollar per bag if the taxi driver assists you.
  • Bus and Van Services from JFK
    1. New York Airport Service Express Bus: The fare is $13, which you pay in cash to the bus driver. The buses operate once every 20–30 minutes between 6 a.m. and Midnight. For exact schedules, call 718.875.8200. The trip is 45 minutes to an hour. The bus stops in Manhattan at Grand Central Terminal, 125 Park Avenue (between 40th and 41st Streets) NOTE: From here you can catch a shuttle bus to many New York hotels for $2.
    2. SuperShuttle: Shared van rides with multiple drop off are $16 per person. SuperShuttle also has a private van for up to 11 people for $115 and private sedans for $55-75. 800.BLUE.VAN or 800.258.3826.
  • Public Transportation from JFK. The New York City subways and buses run to JFK for $2.00. Take the A train to Howard Beach (not all A trains go here, double check that you aren't headed to Lefferts Boulevard). From there, take the free shuttle bus to your terminal. Tip to reach the subway system: Take the free JFK parking shuttle to the long term parking lot. This drops you off right at the JFK subway station, which takes you through Brooklyn and connects to all major subway routes.

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Newark International Airport (EWR)

Newark Liberty International Airport is located in New Jersey and is about 15 miles south west of New York City. While it is a bit further from the city than the other two airports, it is normally less crowded and has more modern facilities. The airport has a Ground Transportation Desk where you can get information when you arrive.

  • Taxis from Newark. Taxis into the city take anywhere from 20–45 minutes. They cost $30–38, not including bridge tolls (these are an additional $10). Most taxis take credit and debit cards but some are cash only. Ask the cabbie before getting in the car. Make sure to hail a cab in the designated areas or ask a uniformed airport employee to help you. Generally, it's polite to tip at least a dollar per bag if the taxi driver assists you.
  • Bus and Van Services from Newark. Newark Liberty Airport Express – The express runs every 15 minutes, and the trip is 45 minutes to an hour. Tickets can be purchased online, but not from the bus drivers. Call 877.863.9275 for the latest information.The buses run from about 4–1 a.m. between:
    • Newark Liberty Airport (terminals A, B, and C)
    • Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd Street between 8th and 9th Avenue)
    • Bryant Park (Northwest corner of 42nd Street and 5th Avenue)
    • Grand Central (120 East 41st Street between Park and Lexington Avenues)
  • Train Services from Newark. AirTrain Newark - Newark Airport has recently connected their internal monorail to a new station servicing both Amtrak and New Jersey Transit lines. You can buy a ticket to the Newark International Airport Station, check your flight times or buy a ticket there, and be minutes away from your terminal. There are also Amtrak and New Jersey Transit vending machines in the station. For fares to different destinations, contact Amtrak or New Jersey Transit directly.

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Transportation, Trains

Taking a train into New York City?
Trains can be a great way to travel to New York City. For visitors from nearby states, commuter trains offer convenient access to the city without the hassle or expense of parking once they arrive. For visitors from further away, train travel offers a great chance to see the United States.

Pros of train travel

  • Flexibility in travel plans
  • No need to get from the airport to the city, as trains bring you directly to the city
  • Room for walking around
  • Food service and sleeping accommodations on longer routes

What to know about train travel to New York City

  • Reserving seats on commuter trains is not possible—arrive early at peak times to get a seat
  • Some Amtrak trains offer or require seat reservations
  • Commuter trains offer discounts during off-peak times and on weekends
  • You may be asked to present photo ID when boarding Amtrak
  • Commuter trains don't have checked luggage facilities or luggage assistance
  • Most trains have a bathroom on board
  • On long train rides, there is often food service
  • Trains allow you to bring along your own food and non-alcoholic beverages on board
  • Many commuter rail stations offer free parking on weekends; check in advance to find out parking policies if you plan to park at a station

New York City has two main rail stations: Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station. Grand Central is on the East Side, in Midtown, and Penn Station is on the West Side, just below Midtown. Both are served by numerous bus and subway lines. Metro-North Commuter Railroad, which goes to the city's suburbs, serves Grand Central. Penn Station serves Long Island Railroad (LIRR), a commuter railroad for New York's Long Island; Amtrak, the U.S. national passenger railroad, serves many points throughout the U.S.; New Jersey Transit, a commuter line serving points in New Jersey; and PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson), a subway line serving Manhattan and New Jersey.

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Grand Central Terminal
42nd Street and Park Avenue (between Lexington and Vanderbilt Avenues)
212.532.4900
Grand Central is on New York's East Side. Subway lines here include the 4, 5, 6, 7S and S (shuttle between Times Square and Grand Central). Buses stopping here include M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M42, M98, M101, M102, M104, and Q32. This is the main terminal for train service provided by Metro-North Railroad.

Penn Station
31st to 33rd Streets between Seventh and Eighth Avenues
Penn Station is on Manhattan's West Side, just below Midtown. Subway lines serving the station are the A, C, E, 1, 2, and 3. Buses include the M4, M5, M6, M7, M34, and Q42. This is the central station for train service provided by Amtrak, Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, and PATH.

Amtrak
Amtrak is the United States largest train network—with a 22,000-mile route system including 500 stations in 46 states. Long-distance routes typically offer dining cars and sleeping accommodations. There are also rail passes available for International visitors and other travelers looking to explore the United States and/or Canada. Trains arrive at New York City's Penn Station.
800.872.7245 or 212.630.6400

Commuter Train Services:
Long Island Rail Road
This line operates out of Penn Station and serves 124 stations in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, providing service for some 81 million customers each year. Destinations include the racetrack Belmont Park, Shea Stadium, the beaches at the Hamptons and Montauk, Jones Beach and wineries.
718.217.5477

MetroNorth
Currently the second-largest commuter line in the United States, Metro-North operates from Grand Central Terminal. Metro-North's roots can be traced back to the New York & Harlem Railroad, which began in 1832 as a horse-car line in lower Manhattan. Today, with 384 route miles and 775 miles of track, Metro-North goes to 120 stations in seven counties in New York State—Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, the Bronx, New York (Manhattan), Rockland, and Orange—and two counties in the state of Connecticut—New Haven and Fairfield.
212.532.4900 or 800.METRO.INFO

New Jersey Transit
The rail system features 11 lines in three divisions (Hoboken, Newark, and the Atlantic City Rail Line), with frequent rail service throughout New Jersey (with Atlantic City and the Jersey shore popular stops), and into and out of New York City. Service also connects to Newark airport.
800.772.2222 or 800.626.7433

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Updated Feb. 24, 2010
Updated Feb. 24, 2010