Living in New York City
Weill Cornell is located on a self-contained campus that is part of a safe residential neighborhood on the prestigious Upper East Side of Manhattan. Numerous shops and restaurants in the immediate vicinity lend this neighborhood an aura of a small, well-defined community. New York City offers an unmatched range of cultural and recreational activities, many within walking distance of the campus and all readily accessible by public transport.
Much of the world's best art, music, theater, ballet, cinema, and cuisine is concentrated in Manhattan. Our major museums are world-famous, ranging from the nearby Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, to the giants on Fifth Avenue which include 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 the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts featuring the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. Farther downtown, Carnegie Hall, renowned for its offerings of both classical music and jazz, is located amidst New York's most fashionable shops.
On summer evenings, free concerts and operas are performed on the lawns of Central Park. Many of the cultural events, including Broadway plays, movies, operas and concerts, are provided to postdocs at affordable prices. Closer to home, free noon-time music recitals featuring fine soloists and groups are held on Fridays on the adjacent Rockefeller University campus.
For professional sports enthusiasts, there is Madison Square Garden, home to the Knicks and Rangers. Central Park, the East River Promenade adjacent to Cornell, and the Hudson River Promenade in lower Manhattan are nearby for strolling, biking, jogging and roller blading. Subsidized admission to a complete workout gymnasium on the upper East Side featuring an Olympic size swimming pool, are available through the office of Postdoctoral Affairs.
During the warmer months, street fairs are held in various neighborhoods of the City. Numerous international restaurants and first-run cinemas provide nourishment and entertainment for every taste. For food shopping, there are several supermarkets and gourmet stores nearby, and small groceries and fruit stands line nearly every street corner.
Those inclined to roam a short distance beyond the New York City boundaries will find beautiful state parks for hiking and biking excursions. The mountains of upstate New York and Vermont provide opportunities for downhill and cross-country skiing in the winter. Also within easy reach, Long Island is surrounded by beautiful beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean.