The DVMM group is based in the Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research (Schapiro CEPSR), at the northern end of Columbia University's Morningside Campus. The building is on 120th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam, about half-way down the block on the south side (see map). Entering the building from 120th Street, you will come through a set of iron gates. To the left of the door there is an elevator that will take you to the 4th floor, where the auditorium is located. To reach the offices and labs on the 7th and 8th floors, you will need to change elevators on the fourth floor.
If you arrive during weekends, you have to enter the campus from the main gate at 116th St. and Broadway. Follow the directions in the "Coming By Subway".
If you're coming by subway, take the #1 or #9 train uptown and get off at the 116th Street Columbia University Station. If you find yourself on the Broadway IRT #2 express or #3 express train, be certain to change for the #1 or #9 local train at 96th Street. (A subway token can be bought in any subway station for $1.50).
Enter the Columbia University Campus through the big iron gates that are visible as soon as you come out of the subway station. Proceed along College Walk, turn left and walk up the stairs towards the northern end of the Campus.
Five bus lines (M4, M5, M11, M60 and M104) serve the Columbia/Morningside Heights area. Fare is $1.50, either exact change in coins or a subway token; bus drivers do not accept bills. On the M4, M60 and M104, disembark at either 116th or 120th Street and Broadway. Walk East on 120th Street to the Schapiro CEPSR building. On the M5 and M11, disembark at either 116th or 120th and Amsterdam. Walk West on 120th Street to the Schapiro CEPSR building.
Columbia is best reached by taking the 95/96th Street exit of the Henry Hudson Parkway (West Side Highway). Use the 95th Street off-ramp and turn left onto Riverside Drive. Proceed north to 116th Street. A right turn at 116th Street leads you to the campus gate. Private parking garages are avaliable on 122th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam, and on 120th St. near Riverside Dr.
To reach the Henry Hudson Parkway:
From the North
(1) Take the New York Thruway (route 87) to the Cross Bronx Expresway in the direction of the George Washington Bridge. Bear right as you approach the bridge and take the exit for the Henry Hudson Parkway south.
(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 the Henry Hudson Parkway 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 the I-80 east to the George Washington Bridge. As you cross the Bridge, be careful to exit onto the Henry Hudson Parkway south.
Limited Parking is available on campus. Please call in advance for this consideration. Otherwise, Street parking can be found in the neighborhood. Convenient parking may also be found at several nearby garages:
(1) P.J. & A., 122nd Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. $16/day, tel. 212-866-5671
(2) Morningside Garage, 3100 Broadway at 123rd Street $16/day, tel. 212-864-9877
(3) Riverside Church, 120th
Street between Claremont and Riverside $14/day, tel. 212-870-6700
Train Service in New York arrives at Grand Central or Pennsylvania Station; bus service arrives at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. From any of these, you can take public transportation or a taxi (about $12) north to the Columbia campus.
From Kennedy Airport
Taxis: Taxis are available directly from Kennedy airport to Columbia. Tell the driver that the most direct route to Columbia and the Upper West Side is the Triborough Bridge, not the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Taxi fare should be approximately $35, including the toll ($3.00) for the bridge.
Carey Airport Limousine Bus: The Carey Coach bus service provides the least expensive ride from J.F.K. The busses run every 20 to 30 minutes between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., stopping to pick up passengers in several places along the airport sidewalk. Look for signs (or ask a porter or guard) that indicate a Carey bus stop with Manhattan as the destination. A one-way trip is $11. This bus service makes two stops in Manhattan: at Park Avenue and 41st Street; and at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Avenue and 42nd Street. You can either get off at Port Authority and take a taxi (about $10) or subway (see directions above) to Columbia, or get off at Park Avenue and catch the westbound #104 bus on 42nd Street. (The #104 bus stops in front of Columbia's gates at 116th Street; bus and subway fares in New York City are $1.50 a ride; subways require a token, busses require a token or exact change.)
From La Guardia Airport
Taxis: Taxis are available directly from LaGuardia airport to Columbia. Tell the driver that the most direct route to Columbia and the Upper West Side is the Triborough Bridge, not the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Taxi fare should be approximately $25, including the toll ($3.00) for the bridge.
Carey Airport Limousine Bus: Busses run about every half hour from several different places around LaGuardia to Grand Central Station. The fare is $8 for a one way trip. You can then catch the westbound #104 bus on 42nd Street. (The #104 bus stops in front of Columbia's gates at 116th Street; subways require a token, busses require a token or exact change.)
MTA Bus: This is the chepeast way to travel to Columbia from LaGuardia. Take the M60 from any terminal and get off at 116th Street and Broadway. The ride is about 35 minutes (twice that during rush hours) and the bus runs every 20 minutes. The fare is $1.50, in exact change (coins, no bills) or tokens.
From Newark Airport
New Jersey Transit Busses
leave from Newark Airport to the Port Authority Bus Terminal 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week, leaving every 15 minutes MOST of the day, but run
less often in the wee hours with up to 90 minutes between busses. The
bus is #300; the price is $7 one way. The ride takes about 30 minutes.
From Port Authority take the subway (directions above) to Columbia or
catch the #104 bus at the Northeast corner of 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue.
There are three accomodations in the vicinity of the Columbia campus that offer very reasonable rates.
The Beacon Hotel, located on Broadway and 75th Street, is very close to the subway, Lincoln Center, and the Natural History Museum. Rates range from $135 to $200. Reservations can be made by phone (212-787-1100), by fax (212-724-0839) or online.
Near campus, Union Theological Seminary has guest rooms. The rates are $85 and $95 for singles and $110-120 for doubles. The rooms at the higher rate overlook the garden, and at the lower rate, they overlook the Street. For information and reservations, you can reach them by fax at 212-280-1313, or by phone at 212-280-1416.
The Mayflower Hotel is overlooking Central Park at 61st Street, very close to Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle, and several large music and book stores. There are several subway and bus stops nearby. Rates start at $200. Reservations can be made by phone (212-265-0060), by fax (212-265-0227) or online.
Among the large hotels in midtown, the Sheraton Manhattan/Sheraton New York has a convenient location at 52nd & 7th, allowing an easy subway or taxi ride to campus. Tel. 212-581-3300. Fax 212-582-5489.
On campus, there is the East Campus Hotel. Single occupancy rooms there are $70 and $58. For more information, or to book a room, you can reach the East Campus Conference Housing by fax at 212-972-3996, or by phone at 212-854-2946.
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