Hostels International (lowest cost by far!): There is a large, clean, and well maintained Hostel located at West 104th St. and Amsterdam, 16 blocks (.8 mile) from Teachers College: http://www.hinewyork.org/, 646.766.1500. This is by far the least expensive option, with dormitory style rooms. Workshop participants have stayed here and praised it. (See details at bottom of this document.)
Lodging at the Hostel International in NYC (891 Amsterdam Avenue at West 104th Street).
This is by far the least expensive option. All accommodations are in dorm-style rooms, with 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 individuals in bunk beds, with common bathrooms. The Hostel is large, over 600 beds, clean and well run, located at 891 Amsterdam Ave (W 104th St), 16 blocks from Teachers College. The only other furniture than beds in the rooms is individual lockers with locks, but there is substantial common space, including a café and a common kitchen with refrigerators.
Photos of the rooms and common areas:
Prices for July and August 2016 were as follows: 4-bed Dorm: $69/night; 6-bed Dorm: $68/night; 8-bed Dorm: $63/night; 10-bed Dorm: $60/night; 12-bed Dorm: $58/night
Reservations can be made either online at <http://hinewyork.org/> or via telephone at 646.766.1500.
To reserve a room, you must be a member of Hostelling International USA, either as a “daily member” ($3/night) or as an “annual member” ($28/year for individuals 18-54 years of age, $18/year for seniors, 55+ years of age). You can join at <http://www.hiusa.org/membership>, or as part of reserving a room above.
Forming a group and reserving an entire room. As you might expect, if you reserve a bed on your own, you are likely to be sleeping in a room with strangers. HOWEVER, if you have a group of exactly the right size, it IS possible to reserve a room for the group. All of the members of the group must be planning to stay for the same dates and the reservation must be made for all of them at once by simply reserving the appropriate number of beds online <http://hinewyork.org/> or via telephone at 646.766.1500. If you reserve online, you do not receive a confirmation that all of the beds are in one room, but you can confirm that via telephone.
If you wish to form a group to stay at the Hostel, join the STEMteachersNYC Facebook group at <http://tinyurl.com/facebookstem> Send out a message to the group, such as the following: “I’m planning to be in NYC from DATE1?? to DATE2?? attending the <??Workshop??> organized by STEMteachersNYC. I’m <male/female> and am seeking a roommate to keep lodging costs low. Please let me know via email at <??email address??> if you are interested.”
The admin of our Facebook Group will be monitoring messages and will make sure that messages seeking roommates are on top. STEMteachersNYC’s Facebook Group now has a few hundred teacher-members, almost all of whom have attended our workshops, so you can assume that the recipients of your message will have a sense of the context for your request.Summer is the busiest time of year for the Hostel, so it is essential that reservations for beds, and especially for entire rooms, be made as early as possible.
Also – Please check the Hostel site for the rules regarding payment for reservations and cancellations: <http://hinewyork.org/reservations/>.
Reservations can be made either online at http://hinewyork.org or via telephone at 646.766.1500.
To reserve a room, you must be a member of Hostelling International USA, either as a “daily member” ($3/night) or as an “annual member” ($28/year for individuals 18-54 years of age, $18/year for seniors, 55+ years of age). You can join at http://www.hiusa.org/membership, or as part of reserving a room above.