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Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
Black Building, Room 511
630 West 168th Street
New York, New York 10032
Phone: (212) 305-8675 (Arthur G. Palmer)
Phone: (212) 305-0257 (Research Group)
Phone: (212) 305-3882 (Department Administator) FAX: (212) 305-7932
Laguardia is the airport closest to our lab, and the only one that we recommend that you take a taxi cab from straight to our lab (unless you're on an expense account). The cab fare will probably run between ~$20-25, including the bridge toll. A much cheaper alternative is to take the M60 city bus from Laguardia (stops right outside most terminals, runs every ~30 min) to Columbia's main campus. The bus fare is $1.50, which you have to pay in coins or using a token (same as for the subway). From Columbia's main campus (located at 116th St. and Broadway), you can either take the 1/9 subway line (red) uptown to the Columbia-Presbytarian Medical Center (see instructions for the subway below), or you can take a cab. The cab fare between the two campuses runs between ~$6-8.
Newark is the airport furthest away from the city, but often faster to get to/from than JFK. The AirTrain is probably the most convenient method of getting into New York. Other transportation options include shared vans and the Olympia Trails Bus. The Bus will bring you to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. From the bus terminal you can take the subway, preferrably the A (blue) line, which is an express train, and is located closer to the bus terminal than the 1/9 line. Another alternative is to take a cab from the Port Authority, which will cost you ~$15.
J.F. Kennedy. The fixed rate taxi cab fare from JFK is $35.00 plus tolls ($3.50) and tips (15%). You should get a cab at the designated taxi stand at the airport (follow the signs). Alternatively, take the Carey bus to Grand Central station. The fare is about $12. From Grand Central, your most convenient option is to take a cab to our lab. The fare will probably be ~$10-15. The less convenient alternative is to walk across the street to Grand Central, find the "cross-town shuttle" subway line (S, black), take this to Times Square/42nd St., transfer to the 1/9 line uptown (or walk a bit further in the tunnels under Times Square and transfer to the A line, which runs express).
More Info on the Airports and Transportation.
Grand Central Station (Metro North). Take the "cross-town shuttle" subway line (S, black), to Times Square/42nd St., transfer to the 1/9 (red) or the A (blue) subway lines uptown (see further instructions below).
NJ Transit train schedules
Amtrak web page, including schedules
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, including New York City Transit (Subway and Bus), Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Rail Road, and more...
The subway stop closest to our lab is the 168th St. - Broadway station on either the 1/9 (red) or A/B (blue) lines, located way up north (uptown) in Manhattan.
If you take the 1/9 line: You will have to take the elevator to the street level. As you step out of the elevator, turn left, exit thru the gates, and continue in the same direction up the stairs. This will take you to the 168th st/Broadway corner, where you turn left and walk west along 168th st. At the other end of this block is the Black Building (that is William Black -- the building isn't colored black), where our lab is located. Unclear? Take a look at this map.
If you take the A/B line: Follow the signs to the 1/9 line (transfer), until you get to the gates by the elevators. Then follow directions above for the 1/9.
Lots of info on
the subway system.
Here's another subway page that includes all of the railroads and has a big! detailed image.
From the north:
(1) Take the New York Thruway (Route 87) to the
Cross Bronx Expressway in the direction of the George Washington Bridge.
Bear right as you approach the bridge and take the exit for Riverside
(2) The New England Thruway (I-95) becomes the Cross Bronx Expressway.
Proceed as above.
(3) Take the Saw Mill Parkway south or the Cross Country Parkway west to
Riverside Drive south.
From the east: Take the Grand Central Parkway or Long Island Expressway west to the Cross Island Parkway north. Cross over the Throgs Neck Bridge to the Cross Bronx Expressway in the direction of the George Washington Bridge. Proceed as above.
From the south and west: Take the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) north or I-80 east to the George Washington Bridge. As you cross the bridge, be careful to exit onto Riverside Drive south.
Parking The Columbia Presbyterian Hospital parking garage is located on Fort Washington Avenue and West 165th Street (enter from Fort Washington).
General info on driving a car in NYC.
Staying overnight? Nothing to do??? Too bad...