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Group Rates at the Marrakech Hotel

Teachers College guest housing

Hostels International – least expensive by far!

Union Theological & International House

Columbia University and other colleges and universities guest housing

AirBnB and similar websites

Hotels

Lodging in New Jersey?

Looking to find a roommate?

Manhattan Geography, Travel, and Map

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Marrakech Hotel | www.marrakechhotelnyc.com


2688 Broadway, at West 103 St., NY, NY 10025
Tel: 212.222.2954

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The Marrakech is located 17 blocks (less than 1 mile) south of Teachers College, at the W 103 St stop of the #1 subway. There is a flight of stairs from the street to the lobby, stairs to the rooms (no elevator) however there is a porter always on the spot to carry luggage. The rooms are fairly small, but clean and comfortable.

Group Rates at the Marrakech Hotel:  STEMteachersNYC has negotiated a group rate for participants in any of our summer 2017 workshops at the Marrakech Hotel, 2688 Broadway, New York, NY. This is located conveniently close to both Columbia Secondary School (site of the CMPF and Modeling Leadership Workshops) and Teachers College (site of many of our other workshops). The #1 subway also has a stop at West 103rd St and Broadway, within a few steps of the Marrakech front door. For an orientation to Manhattan geography, see Geography & Travel in Manhattan in the last section of this document.

Workshop participants have found the Marrakech to be comfortable and pleasant in previous summers. The Hotel is located on the 2nd floor, with a flight of stairs from the street, and there are always friendly porters on duty to carry up your bags.

The group rates are $149 for a “Deluxe Double” room with one double bed, or $179 for a “Double/Double” room with two double beds. Reservations must be made no later than May 15th, 2017 to receive discounted group rate; you must mention STEMteachersNYC and the name of the workshop for which you are registered. You must provide a credit card to guarantee the booking. Full payment is not required until check-in. NY State Tax is 14.75%; NY Occupancy Tax is $3.50 per night. Reservations must be cancelled in writing or via direct phone call by 7 days or more prior to arrival to avoid charges.

Do you want to save money by sharing a double room at the Marrakech?

Here is what you need to do:

1) Register for one of our 10 summer workshops at Eventbrite.com. For direct links to the Eventbrite web pages for each of our workshops, go back to our homepage: <http://STEMteachersNYC.org>.

2) Find a roommate who is also a workshop participant. We recommend joining STEMteachersNYC’s Facebook Group at <http://tinyurl.com/facebookstem> and sending 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.

Teachers College | www.tc.columbia.edu/housing


517 West 121st Street, NY, NY 10027
Tel:(212) 678-3235 

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Teachers College has dormitory-type rooms available to the public over the summer. See URL below for details. The rooms have a twin bed and bathroom but no kitchen, with access to shared kitchen facilities. These accommodations are as close as you can get to the site of the workshops without sleeping in the lab! Participants in past workshops have found the accommodations very satisfactory but not luxurious. There are not a large number of rooms available to the public, and past workshop participants who have stayed here report that Teachers College was unwilling to guarantee a room more than a few weeks in advance. Rates and other information are available via phone: 212.678.3235, or on the Web: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/housing/guest-and-conference-housing/guest-housing/

Youth Hostel International | www.hinewyork.org


891 Amsterdam Ave., NY, NY 10025
Tel: 212.932.2300

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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:

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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.

Union Theological Center: |https://utsnyc.edu


3041 Broadway at 121st Street, New York, NY 10027

Tel: 212.316.0055

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A variety of rooms are available for an affordable stay in Manhattan.

Prices start at $135 per night (plus taxes), and each room offers:

Private bath
Cable television
Complimentary wireless internet access
Iron and hair dryer
Miniature refrigerator
Daily housekeeping services
24-hour access front-desk security
Free local telephone service and all incoming calls. (Guests are requested to use a cell phone or phone card for long-distance calls.)
Air conditioning

International Househttp://www.ihouse-nyc.org


500 Riverside Drive NY, NY 10027

Tel: 212.316.6300

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International House has eleven (11) furnished guest rooms/suites which are available for short-term stays year round.

Each guest room and suite provides the following:

  • Air-conditioning
  • In-room telephone service (all calls billed separately)
  • Private bathroom
  • Plasma cable television
  • Small refrigerator
  • Housekeeping service
  • Hair dryer
  • Linens (sheets, towels, pillows and blankets)

Hotel Beacon:http://www.beaconhotel.com


2130 Broadway at 75th St. New York, NY 10023

Tel:+1 800.572.4969

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The newly renovated rooms and suites include a full kitchen, marble bathroom, cable television, direct dial phone, voice mail, discounts at the Equinox Health Club and discounted parking nearby.

Morningside Inn | www.morningsideinn-ny.com


235 West 107th St., NY, NY 10025
Tel: 212.316.0055

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Morningside Inn is in a nice location only 13 blocks from Teachers College. Clean, small rooms in fair condition. The Inn does have a  small elevator and  many rooms have a refrigerator.

Columbia University and other nearby Universities | 


Guest housing options

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Columbia University includes a Law School, Medical School, and many other graduate schools with a large number of graduate dormitories and apartments separate from Teachers College. The Law School, the Medical School, the other graduate schools, and/or the University may make rooms available to visitors in the same way that Teachers College does. STEMteachersNYC has not yet researched this, so it may well be worthwhile to explore the websites of the University and of the many individual graduate schools. Please let us know if you find something worthwhile. Note that the Medical School and the huge hospital with which it is associated (Presbyterian-NY Hospital) are located 48 blocks (2.5 miles) north of Teachers College, on a direct subway line connection (#1 train).
Other colleges and universities: The two largest institutions are the various units of the City University of NY (CUNY)  (City College of CUNY is at 135th and Amsterdam Ave.) and NYU. We have heard at various times that rooms may be available to the public in the summer at Fashion Institute of Technology (W 28 St. and 7th Ave.) and at Manhattan College in the Bronx (Riverdale).   All these options are farther away from the workshop location than the options above.

AirBnB and similar websites: | www.airbnb.com


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There are a variety of types of rooms advertised via AirBnB, ranging from a couch or mattress on the floor in a student dorm room to luxurious townhouses. Workshop participants have successfully rented lodging via AirBnB. However, there have been legal challenges by landlords and by the hotel industry to AirBnB rentals in New York City – particularly in co-operative housing and in rental apartments, and the legal situation is, as far as we know, not completely settled.

Some More Lodging Options

These are all located on the west side of Manhattan and are located between 1 and 5 miles from
Teachers College at 525 W 120th St. There are, of course, many, many other hotels and housing
facilities available in NYC and the surrounding region.

W New York Times Square Hotel

Reservations : 212-755-1200 
Location : 1567 Broadway at 47th Street 
W New York Times Square features 509 ultra-modern guest rooms and 43 suites. Their services and amenities include high-speed internet access, exercise rooms, and Aveda bath products.

Nylo Hotel
Reservations: 212-362-1100
Location: 2178 Broadway at 78th Street
Website: http://www.nylohotels.com/nyc

Belnord Hotel

207 West 87th St. 

New York, NY 10024 
1-800-671-9207 

Days Inn
215 West 94th St. 
New York, NY 10025 
1-212-866-6400 

The Newton Hotel
2528 Broadway  (at 95th St.)

New York, NY 10025 1-800 643-5553 

Hudson Hotel
Reservations: 800-444-4786
Location: 356 West 58th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues
This 1,000-room hotel features cozy “studios.” Amenities include in-room safe, cable TV, Sony CD players and Agua bath products.

The Lucerne
Reservations : 212-875-1000 ext. 80 / 800-492-8122 or lucerne@newyorkhotel.com
Location : 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
The Lucerne features 250 deluxe oversized rooms and suites. Its offerings include in-room movie, Nintendo game system, high-speed internet access and choice of complimentary newspaper.

Aloft Hotel Harlem
Reservations :  1-877-462-5638
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels/index.html   
Location : 2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard at 123rd Street
Aloft rooms feature an “ultra-comfortable” signature bed, a walk-in shower, custom amenities by Bliss Spa, and more.

Empire Hotel
Reservations : 212-265-7400 / 888-822-3555 or reservations@empirehotel.com 
Location : 44 West 63rd Street, between Broadway and Columbus Avenue 
Each room contains VCR, CD/cassette stereo (extensive CD library available) and use of the health club facilities.

Looking to find a roommate who is also a workshop participant?
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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.

Lodging in New Jersey?

Lodging in New Jersey? New Jersey is closer than you would think: just across the Hudson River, with a variety of commuter trains (either the Port Authority Trans Hudson, PATH, trains, or NJ Transit) which come into Penn Station (and other locations) with a direct connection to the #1, 2, & 3 subways. Newark or Jersey City, for example, are reachable via PATH and/or NJ Transit. One name to try is the Best Western Robert Treat at 50 Park Pl., Newark, NJ. A colleague stayed there and said it was convenient to Penn Station. For additional info about geography and transportation (especially from the airport), see section below.

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Geography and Travel around and to Manhattan

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Geography and Travel in Manhattan

Manhattan is a long Island, with the long axis lying approximately north-south. Almost all of the Island north of what is usually called “Greenwich Village” is laid out in a simple grid: the East-West streets start at 14th St. and go up all the way into the 200s at the northern tip, with almost exactly 20 blocks per mile, so from 14th to 24th is 0.5 miles, etc. The north-south streets are all “Avenues,” starting with 1st Ave. near the “East River” and going up to 12th Ave. near the Hudson River to the west. 5th Ave. is more or less in the “center” of the island. To the east of 5th Ave., all streets have an “East” prefix: E. 14th St, E. 96th St., etc. To the west of 5th Ave., all streets have a “West” prefix; for example, W. 14th St. and W. 96th St. Teachers College (TC) is located on the “Upper West Side” of Manhattan at 525 West 120th St. just to the east of Broadway. The Marrakech Hotel is located 17 blocks south of TC on Broadway at the corner with West 103rd St) at 2688 Broadway.

 

#1 Subway (“local”). The closest subway to the Marrakech is the #1 train, which has a stop at West 103rd St. (on Broadway), essentially right in front of the hotel. The #1 also has the closest subway stop, at W. 116th St. to Teachers College. The #1 train is a “local” train that stops at every stop and runs north and south the entire length of Manhattan on the west side of the Island. Going south from the Marrakech, the #1 goes along Broadway, stopping every 6-10 blocks, with important stops at W 96th St., W 72nd St., W. 66th St./Lincoln Center, W.  59th St./Columbus Circle, W. 42nd St/Times Square. The #1 then continues south along 7th Avenue, stopping again about every 6-10 blocks, including W. 34th St./Penn Station, W. 14th St., & Chambers St. ….

 

#2 & #3 Subways (“express”). There are also “express” trains (#2 and #3) that run along the same route as the #1 between W 96 St and Chambers St. (stopping in between only at W. 72, W. 42, W. 34/Penn Station, and W. 14). HOWEVER, ONLY the #1 stops at W. 103rd St & Broadway where the Marrakech is located, so if you are leaving the Marrakech and want to take the faster, express #2 or #3, you must first walk to W. 96th and Broadway, or take the #1 south from W. 103. And, most important, if you are going back to the Marrakech (or Teachers College) from “downtown,” traveling north on the #2 or #3 express, you MUST get off at W. 96 St. and switch to the #1 on the other side of the platform.

 

Travel from airports to West Side of Manhattan and Marrakech Hotel.

 

Taxi: There are “official” taxi stations with attendants at LaGuardia and JFK Airports. DO NOT jump into a taxi or private car that offers to take you to Manhattan unless you negotiate the price first. Here’s the link to the official NYC Taxi & Limo Commission rules about fares: <http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/passenger/taxicab_rate.shtml>. From JFK Airport to Manhattan, the taxi flat fare is $52 plus tolls and some fees. From LaGuardia and Newark the ride is metered; about $35 or so from LaGuardia to Manhattan, and MUCH more from Newark (maybe close to $100).

Public Transportation:

Laguardia Airport: By far the best way is the M60 SBS (Select Bus Service) NYC Bus which goes from LaGuardia to West 106th St. and Broadway, 3 blocks north of Marrakech. There are stops at Laguardia Airport, and they usually have signs marked M60. Because this is an SBS Bus, not a “regular” NYC Bus, it has limited stops; it goes faster, and you must purchase a ticket BEFORE you board at one of the blue kiosks. Here’s a link about how to buy the ticket: http://www.nyc.gov/html/brt/html/about/paying-fare.shtml. The problem for you as a new arrival is that you must pay for your SBS ticket, which costs $2.75, with either your MetroCard (which you probably do not have and for which there is no kiosk to buy one) or COINS (and you may not happen to have enough). My advice to the traveler is simply to make sure you have at least $2.75 in coins in order to be able to get onto the SBS Bus promptly and the first chance you get, duck into a subway station and buy a MetroCard at the machines there, which take credit cards.

 

JFK Airport: The “best” way via public transportation is probably to take the “AirTrain” from JFK to Jamaica and then to take either the “E” subway train or the Long Island Railroad to Penn Station, and then the #2 or #3 express subway north to W. 96th St. and change for the #1 to W. 103rd and Marrakech. The official website gives all the details: <https://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-ground-transportation.html>. Larry Dukerich did it and was pleased to save the cash but said it did take some time.

 

Newark (Liberty) Airport. You can take the AirTrain to the NJ Transit Station for Newark Liberty Airport and then a NJ Transit commuter train to Penn Station, then, as above, #2 or #3 to W. 96th and #1 to W. 103 & Marrakech. It’s not a simple one-step piece of cake, but I did it, and it wasn’t an ordeal. Saving the $100 felt great!

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