Games for Change (G4C) annual conference is taking place on October 21st and 22nd and is being hosted by the City University of New York.
The conference is located in the northern tip of Manhattan. It is accessible via several modes of transportation: MTA bus, MTA subway, or car/taxi.
The subway is the most efficient way to move about NYC. It is clean, modern, and safe although its popularity among locals can make it quite crowded at times.
Entry into the subway requires a “Metrocard”. It cost just $2.00 per ride no matter how far one travels. There are also “unlimited ride” passes that can be purchased for a day or even for multiple days. Every subway station contains electronic machines that dispense these cards. All forms of payment are accepted: cash, credit card, or ATM cards. Metrocards work equally on both buses and subways and the costs are the same.
Take the “A”, “1” or “9” train to 207th Street, walk west and make a right on Cooper Street.
>>Print out this handy map: http://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/about_bmcc/inwoodmap.pdf
The “A” train (the blue line on map) will be the fastest way to the conference center. It runs express during the day. There is also a “C” train that runs along the same track. The “C” train runs local and goes as far as 168 th. At 168 th simply get off the “C” and wait for an “A” that will arrive shortly.
Also the “1” and “9” train (the red line on the map) stops at 207 th. The conference center will be a block or so away from the stop.
The MTA website contains lots of useful information. It can be accessed at http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/nyct/subway/
Click here for a New York City Transit Map.
The bus will take considerably longer but if one prefers, take the M100 to 207 th street. From downtown, take the M11 to 125 th street and transfer to the M100. Transfers are free.
One can hail a cab from anywhere in NYC. All cabs are yellow and black and charge by distance/time. It is easiest to catch a cab near hotels and major attractions, but they are rather frequent in the main parts of Manhattan. The basic route should be to take the Riverside Drive north past Fort Tryon Park – merge onto Broadway for several blocks until 207 th, make left, go one or two blocks. Expect to pay somewhere around $20.00 - $25.00 each way.
There are several car services available in NYC. Rates are negotiated per service per trip.
Tel-Aviv Car Service is a very popular service. They can be reached at 212.777.7777 or on the web at http://www.telavivlimo.com. Be sure to make reservations in advance.
There is a parking garage 4 blocks east of the conference site at 3896 Tenth Avenue and Isham Street (Tel: 212-567-9818). Ask for the Games for Change special rate and the normal day rate of $21 will go down to $8 - good from 8am-7pm FRI and SAT. To get to the site from the garage, walk due west on Isham Street, and after 4 blocks, you'll reach Cooper Street. CUNY is on the corner.
New York City is of course filled with many hotels. We have recommended several options below mainly due to their location and/or price. While you are free investigate your own options, keep in mind that staying on the west side of Manhattan will ensure more convenient access to the conference center; although, it is possible to reach the conference center from anywhere in Manhattan. If you would like to find your own hotel you can search for hotels located near areas such as “ Columbus Circle”, “ Upper West Side” or “Midtown West” to be close to convenient transportation.
HI- New York (A very inexpensive Hostel that is safe and
Holiday Inn Downtown
Holiday Inn Midtown-57th Street
West Park Hotel
Herald Square Hotel