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Getting to Gotham

Did You Know? New York City's first nickname, Gotham, goes back to the mid-17th century.


JFK, La Guardia, Westchester (the small, quiet airport near CNR), and Newark, NJ are the four airports that service Manhattan. To get from any airport to your lodgings, you can take a Super Shuttle or a cab. 

There are also dedicated shuttle buses that run from LaGuardia and JFK airports directly to Grand Central Terminal on 44th Street for only $12-15. From there, you can walk, hail a cab, or take the subway to your lodging (or Summit) location.

NOTE: There are “gypsy” or “livery” cab drivers who will offer you a ride to the city. They will offer to carry your bags and try to negotiate a price. It is illegal for these cab drivers to solicit you, but they will try to anyway. 

SUMMIT TAXI DISCOUNT: If you are more the "taxi type," for a discounted rate courtesy of the Summit, call 1st Choice Taxi and Limo at 914.632.8000. You can use our discount code "4387" to get $6-12 off their already lower (for NYC) rates to anywhere from any of the four NY area airports (valid through July 2017).

Amtrak Trains arrive into NYC's Penn Station (34th Street and 8th Avenue, near our various venues).

Long Island Railroad and Metro North trains (goes to our College of New Rochelle location) run through Grand Central Terminal (42nd Street and Park Avenue, near our various venues), but the LIRR runs primarily through Penn Station.

Various bus lines service the city, including New Jersey Transit, Peter Pan, and Greyhound. Most dock at Port Authority (42nd Street and 8th Avenue, near our various venues).

bus companies drop off and pick up at various locations around the city. Many of these companies only run routes between New York and select cities, such as Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Pittsburgh, and others. Some of these companies feature great rates, amenities like Wi-Fi, plus convenience. They include: Bolt Bus, Megabus Luckystar, Vamoose, BestBus, and Academy.

Driving to and around New York is not as difficult as many people think. Coming into NYC, there are tunnel tolls of $8, but none to get out of town. The Lincoln Tunnel is closer to our venues than the Holland Tunnel. There are also a variety of bridges into NY, and some require tolls. Free and metered parking is available in various neighborhoods, and there are parking garages everywhere. However, on-street parking can be difficult to find, and parking enforcement is merciless. There are many parking lots and garages in the immediate vicinity of our facilities. Below are a few photos of some within a block of our 48th and Broadway location.

Moving Around Wonderful Town

There are lots of parking lots and garages nearby our various venues, so, unless you are a seasoned big-city driver, consider parking your car for the day (or the weekend) and set out on foot, taxi, subway, or bus. There are lots of convenient ways to get around Manhattan. Here are some great websites where you can find whatever you might need to know.
All things parking in NYC can be found on these sites:
Central Parking System

Parking rates on the block of our weekend Times Square venue are:

Crown Parking 2013           Parking Rates 2013

Click here for Metropolitan Transit Authority subway maps, schedules, fares, accessibility information, and more.
The subway is a safe, very convenient, and inexpensive form of travel in NYC. And there's a lot of interesting wall and floor art—not to mention wonderful performers of all sorts—in stations around town.

If you travel by subway, you’re guaranteed to see NYC's incredible diversity. You can purchase a subway pass in most stations from a person in the booth, or from a vending machine that takes credit and ATM cards or cash. Simple to use, they function much the same way as an ATM machine; just touch the screen and follow the directions.

If traveling by subway, make sure to note the letter or number of your train, and do not just follow the color of the “line”. Unlike in some cities, there is more than one red line, green line, orange, etc.—and they frequently split off. So note the letter or number and station name. For subway signage, just look up, as most signs hang from the ceiling, and you’ll see the line letter/number and schedule above the tracks. Contrary to some stereotypes, New Yorkers can be quite friendly, especially to tourists, so just ask. Get yourself a map online before you go, and if you feel lost or need help, ask someone. New Yorkers are happy to point you in the right direction in their city. Also, "there's an app for that," as they say.

Seen one television show or movie too many about TAXIS and their drivers?

While subway lines in Manhattan run north and south, BUSES are the way that we cross town, and major bus routes cross at 14th, 23rd, 34th, 72nd, 79th, 86th, 96th, 110th, 116th, 125th, 135th, and 145th streets. Bus routes also run north and south in Manhattan, starting with an “M” and then a number. An unlimited subway transit pass (you can buy it by the day, week, or month) will also work on any bus, and transfers are free.

Download one or more of these apps onto your smart phone so that you can call for transport service when you need it.

Dial 7

...or call 1st Choice Taxi and Limo and get a Summit discount (see below)

From bike and helicopter tours to Sex and the City hotspots, NYC TOUR companies will take you there for a fee.

Bite into the Big Apple


Get On Line, or Get Online. . .

TKTS is just across the street from our venue at 48th and Broadway. This middle-of-Times Square landmark sells day-of-show tickets for Broadway and other theater events at discounts up to 50%. Expect to wait in line (or go after 7pm and take what is left). Bring company, something to read, or use it as an opportunity to make new friends—many NYC friendships are formed waiting on line for tickets. Local lingo alert: Standing in a line, in order to purchase something or gain entry somewhere, is known as being “on line,” not "in line."
. . . and Get it Wholesale: Don’t pay full price for theater tickets!
• Check CRAIGSLIST for discount tickets.
• Go to the theater and try to buy last-minute unsold seats, or buy from a scalper on the street. Scalping tickets is legal in NYC, though not necessarily cheaper.
• If you’re a student or a senior, you might be eligible for a special rate.
• Do some comparative shopping. Then visit BROADWAY.COM to see how much you saved! When doing advance research, this site has all the info you'll want to know about the popular shows. Send us your outcome study.

From Radio City Music Hall to the Village jazz clubs and Carnegie Hall, NY.COM has links to music and concerts around New York.

Enjoy art, history, anthropology, astronomy, or botany? Here's a link to MUSEUMS for every interest. Prefer to see cutting edge contemporary work that's still for sale? There are hundreds of GALLERIES all over NYC.

Everything DANCE in New York. Find performances all around town.

The 92nd St Y is famous for many things, among them, its readings and Poetry Center.
New York is arguably the food capital of America, and there are an endless number of options in EVERY price range, cuisine, and level of formality that you desire.

YELP is a great website where anyone can rate and review any restaurant, and New Yorkers are known for sharing their opinions. Find out where the locals like to eat.
For informal, memorable eating, check out these New York institutions and newcomers:
Katz’s Delicatessen (of Where Harry Met Sally fame), Zabar’s, Chelsea Market, Magnolia Bakery, Buddahkan, Fulton Fish Market, Amy’s Bread, Barney Greengrass, Grand Central Oyster Bar, Hill Country, Lombardi’s Pizza, and Momofoku Ssäm Bar, among hundreds of others.

Or try a papaya/hot dog combination. It’s so New York, and the cheapest meal around.

Street cart food in New York is inexpensive, tasty, and safe, and is a great way to sample different cuisines. Some gourmet establishments and upscale foodies have even started their own food carts and trucks, including The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, and the Treats Truck. Our favorite for quality, longevity, and price is The Halal Guys, whose brick and mortar restaurants have begun to franchise globally and can now be found around NYC (but their original outdoor location near MoMA is still the best experience).

There are many local grocery store chains around the city, and their pricing is good: Associated, Gristedes, D’Agostino, Food Emporium, Food City, Gourmet Garage, C-Town. There are farm markets throughout the city almost every day of the week. There are small markets and bodegas throughout the city on almost every block, and don't let their diminuitive size fool you; those places have everything, including beautiful fresh flowers, sundries, and pre-made sandwiches.

Street Food/Food Cart Vendors
Take a culinary/cross-cultural trip around the world, and visit Chinatown, Koreatown, the Lower East Side, and Little Italy — all without leaving Manhattan.

Celebrity Chefs
New York is home to many celebrity chefs and their restaurants, including Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Masaharu Morimoto, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, Tom Colicchio, Thomas Keller, Danny Meyer, Joël Robuchon, Bill Telepan, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, David Chang, Wylie Dufresne, Daniel Boulud, Anita Lo, and many others.