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Getting to Columbia University



By Air

LaGuardia Airport is the closest to the campus; a taxicab ride is about $30 (not including a 18% tip), and the M60 Select Bus Service goes directly from LaGuardia to the campus every half hour for $2.75 (change only). For visitors arriving at any area airport (including Newark International Airport), public transit is available to the Port Authority Bus Terminal (see paragraph above). Coach service and taxicabs are another option; for example, a taxi directly to campus from Kennedy Airport costs approximately $60 (not including a 18% tip).

By Car

From Riverside Drive and West 95th Street

Go north on Riverside Drive to 116th Street. Turn right and go two blocks to Broadway and the University’s main gate (which is not open to traffic).


Street parking and local parking garages may be available. The Central Parking System garage is on West 114th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue; Riverside Church Parking Garage is on West 120th Street between Claremont Avenue and Riverside Drive; GGMC Parkingis at 512-520 West 112th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.



Aloft Harlem, is in the center of New York City's most historic neighborhood, Harlem! It's steps from the famous Apollo Theater, Central Park, and major express subway stations. Head over to the bright lights of Times Square in minutes! Meet & mingle with friends at the hotels W XYZ Bar, grab a sweet, savory, or healthy snack from the 24/7 pantry, or relax in the Lounge. Stay connected with free hotel-wide wired and wireless high -speed internet Access! 


Nearby Attractions

Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater is important not only because it honors and promotes the contributions of black American performers, but also because it is a living example of progress: The building was originally a burlesque theater that did not allow black patrons. Visit the Apollo for an Amateur Night, which started the careers of so many legends—including Ella Fitzgerald—or take a historical tour of the building.


The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a research library  of the New York Public Library and an archive repository for information on people of African descent worldwide. Located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue) between West 135th and 136th Streets in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, it has, almost from its inception, been an integral part of the Harlem community. It is named for Afro-Puerto Rican scholar Arturo Alfonso Schomburg. In addition to research services, the center hosts readings, discussions, art exhibitions, and theatrical events. It is open to the general public.

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