Culture and Recreation
New York City and the region provide Weill Cornell graduate students with unsurpassed cultural and recreational opportunities. Through the Graduate School Events Coordinator, Charli Yandolino, students obtain affordably priced tickets to Broadway plays, movies, operas, and concerts, as well membership in Asphalt Green, a nearby recreation complex.
Much of the world's best art, music, theater, ballet, cinema, and cuisine is within walking distance or accessible by short trips using public transportation. The Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGS) neighborhood offers many shops and restaurants. These, together with services and businesses such as banks and food markets, give the neighborhood an aura of a small, well-defined community.
New York City's world-renowned museums range from the Museum of Modern Art on 53rd Street, and the Whitney Museum of American Art on nearby Madison Avenue, to the giants on Fifth Avenue, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. West of this area, across Central Park, are the American Museum of Natural History (with its famous dinosaur exhibit) and Lincoln Center, featuring the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. Carnegie Hall, renowned for its offerings of both classical music and jazz, is located farther downtown amidst New York's most fashionable shops.
For sports enthusiasts, there is Madison Square Garden, home to the Knicks basketball team and Rangers hockey team. Central Park, the East River Promenade near Weill Cornell, and the Hudson River Promenade near the World Financial Center, are nearby for strolling, biking or jogging.
There are opportunities to participate in student-organized hiking or skiing trips to the mountains north of the city. Also within easy reach, Long Island is surrounded by beautiful beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean.
Transportation in the City
More information about subways, buses, routes, transfer policies, and MetroCards is available from the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA): http://www.mta.info/
Subways are a fast and inexpensive way to get around the city. Trains run 24 hours a day, with waiting time between trains normally just a few minutes, depending on the time of day. Subways traverse Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. The closest subway station to the WCGS campus is at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue; it is served by the number 6 local train.
Buses run uptown, downtown and cross-town in Manhattan from 6 a.m. until shortly after midnight. They are a great way to get around the city but can be slow going when there is a lot of traffic. Buses available in the WCGS area are: M66 and M72 traveling cross-town; M31 traveling from West 57th Street to East 92nd Street along York Avenue; and M15 traveling uptown to East 125th Street along 1st Avenue and downtown along 2nd Avenue.
Fares for subways and buses are economical. All subway fares must be paid with a MetroCard, not with cash. Most buses accept either MetroCards or cash. The cards are sold at many subway stations, and also at some businesses (including the Weill Cornell bookstore, located on East 70th Street between 1st and York Avenues).
Taxis are very available in the WCGS area. Fares are many times higher than subway or bus fares. All taxis in New York City use the same fare structure.
Transportation Into and Out of New York City
New York City has two main rail stations, Grand Central Terminal on the East Side in midtown, and Pennsylvania (Penn) Station on the West Side, just below midtown.
Grand Central serves the Metro-North commuter railroad, which goes to suburbs in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Penn Station serves the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), a commuter railroad serving New York's Long Island; Amtrak, the U.S. national passenger railroad, serving 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.
Traveling by bus is also an option. Approximately three dozen bus lines operate from the Port Authority Bus Terminal located between 8th and 9th Avenues and 40th to 42nd Streets. Information about the bus lines is available at: http://www.ny.com/transportation/port_authority.html.
Bus travel between New York and several other East Coast cities is also available from a number of bus companies that together refer to themselves as "Chinatown" buses. Their fares are less than standard bus lines. Information is available at: http://www.chinatown-bus.org/.
Three airports are located in the New York City area. Both the John F. Kennedy (JFK) International and the La Guardia Airports are located in Queens. Newark Liberty International Airport is located in Newark, New Jersey. More details about each are available at the Port Authority web site: http://www.panynj.gov/.
Commuting to and from airports in NYC can be expensive. Taxis do offer group fares. Shuttle services are also available; contact numbers for shuttles can be found at the Port Authority web site. The city subway system does provide service for JFK airport (the A train on the blue line from Manhattan to the Howard Beach/JFK Airport stop, with transfer to the AirTrain monorail to get directly to the airport). Newark Liberty can be reached by taking the North East Corridor Line of the New Jersey Transit Railway.