Venue & General Info


META'15 will be held at the North Academic Center of The City College of New York (CCNY). The City College of New York, officially the City College of the City University of New York or City College, is a four-year college that operates as part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the largest urban university system in the United States. Of CUNY’s 23 member institutions City College of New York (founded in 1847) is the oldest. CCNY graduates include 12 Nobel laureates, a U.S. Secretary of State, a Supreme Court Justice, several New York City mayors, members of Congress, state legislators, scientists and artists. City College's thirty-five acre Manhattan campus along Convent Avenue from 130th Street to 141st Street is on a hill overlooking Harlem.

Shepard Hall, City College of New York

Directions to CCNY North Academic Center

NOTE: Getting to CCNY by public transportation from any of the three major airports takes about 90 minutes. The cost is $2.25-$17.25. (Taxis take a bit less time, but not much less, and cost $35-$50.)


Get to the Broadway-7th Avenue subway line and take the #1 train toward upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Get off at the 137th Street Station. When you go up the stairs, you're at the south end of a small triangular park. Walk to the northeast corner (138th Street, away from Broadway). Make a right and walk one long block to Amsterdam Avenue. City College is on the other side of Amsterdam Avenue.

The North Academic Center is on your right. To enter it, cross Amsterdam Avenue and go right, with the building on your left. You will find two entrances (the building forms a bridge between them). If they are both closed, go to the main entrance all the way down the stairs near either entrance, and then between the stairs.

The Towers dormitory is near the south end of the campus, about 1/2 mile away, and the Harlem YMCA is about 1/2 mile east, across St. Nicholas Park. All the other hotels and hostels we recommended are near stations of the #1 subway train.


DON'T drive to CCNY, unless you already have plans for parking.

Get to Manhattan's West Side Highway (US Route 9A) either from the Lincoln Tunnel (follow signs after exit in Manhattan to West Side Highway N), or via I95. (If you are on I95 South, just after the intersection with I-87 the road splits; take the right half, to the "last exit in NYC", and follow signs to the West Side Highway South. If you are on I-95 North, cross the George Washington Bridge; toward its end look for and follow signs to the West Side Highway South, 9A.)

Take the 125th Street exit from 9A, and turn away from the river at 132nd Street. At Broadway, make a left, and then the next right at 133rd Street. This street ends in the CCNY parking lot.

After parking, walk back to the entrance, and then make a right turn on foot, and go north on Convent Avenue about 1/4 mile. After crossing 135th Street, you eventually pass the tall, relatively new Science Building on your right.

To get to the main entrance of NAC, make a left at the end of the Science Building.

From Kennedy Airport

Take Airport free shuttle to the Subway (and Parking lots). There, take "A" train to 59th Street (Manhattan), and transfer there to the Broadway line, #1 train north. Time: about 90 minutes; cost, about $10.00.

From LaGuardia Airport

Take the Q33 bus to Roosevelt Av. or 74th Street. Take the #7 train to its Manhattan terminal, Times Square. There transfer to the Broadway line, #1 train north. Time: about 90 minutes; cost, $2.25-$5.00.

From Newark Airport

Take the Olympia Airport shuttle to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Follow directions below from there. Time: about 75 minutes; cost, $17.25.

From Pennsylvania Station or Port Authority Bus Terminal

The Broadway-7th Avenue subway line is in the station; follow signs. Time: about 30 minutes; cost, $2.25.

From Grand Central Station

Take either the 42nd Street Shuttle or the #7 train (both accessible from inside the station) to Times Square; there follow the signs to the #1 local uptown. Then transfer to the Broadway line, #1 train north. Time: about 40 minutes; cost, $2.25.

From George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal

The Broadway-7th Avenue subway line is in the station; follow signs. Take the #1 train SOUTH and cross Broadway before following the directions to CCNY given above. Time: about 20 minutes; cost, $2.25.


About the City of New York

New York City is the most populous city in the United States. The city consists of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island with a census-estimated 2012 population of 8.3 million distributed over a land area of just 300 square miles (~780 sq. km). As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

New York City Skyline


Many districts, landmarks, and parks in New York City have become well known to its approximately 50 million annual visitors. Times Square, iconified as "The Crossroads of the World", is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway theatre district, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world's entertainment industry.

Times Square


Central Park is an 883-acre (3.57 sq. km) park in Manhattan and is the most visited city park in the United States, with 25 million visitors each year. The park contains a myriad of attractions; there are several lakes and ponds, two ice-skating rinks, the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, the 106-acre (0.43 sq. km) Jackie Onassis Reservoir. Indoor attractions include Belvedere Castle with its nature center, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, and the historic Carousel.

Central Park


The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor, nearby Manhattan. The statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is an icon of freedom: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad.

Statue of Liberty


New York City is home to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (commonly referred to as “The Met”), the largest art museum in the United States. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments.  Represented in the permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art.  The Met also maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine, and Islamic art.  The main building, located on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan's Museum Mile, is by area one of the world's largest art galleries.

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art