At Columbia University
October 12-13, 2018
New York City, NY
International Affairs Building (IAB)
420 West 118th Street
New York City, NY
Please register upon arrival at the registration desk on Ancel Plaza, just outside/south of the International Affairs Building (6th floor campus exit). Please wear your name tag both days during the conference. This tag is necessary for accessing the event, breakfast, lunch, as well as the reception. Note however that tags are not needed to enter conference buildings.
You can register for the conference at
The Friday night reception will take place at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Ave at 103rd Street, New York, NY (directions from Google map). The reception goes from 7:15 - 10:15. There will be food and an open bar. Some of the exhibits will be open. The student prize will officially be awarded at the reception.
Columbia University has free open Wi-Fi ("Columbia University") with no password needed.
There is no conference hotel, so you are free to choose your preferred housing.
New York is America’s safest large city. So you need not feel restricted to staying in some areas and not others. We strongly recommend checking Google Maps or a comparable to learn travel times to Columbia before making reservations. Yellow cabs, Green cabs, Lyft, Uber, Via, Curb, and Gett provide many options to move through the city by automobile. Of course, there is also one of the world’s great subway systems, open 24 hours. We don’t recommend buses for more than relatively short trips (they are very slow). Citi Bike is an additional alternative. Oh, and walking.
Besides hotels, Airbnb is very active in NYC and features both room rentals and entire apartments. On the latter there is some regulatory uncertainty due to uneven enforcement of local laws on rentals of entire apartments. There are also competitors to Airbnb.
There are also some moderately priced options very close to Columbia. These include the Union Theological Seminary, the International House, and Teachers College.
The city is its own best museum. Walk around. The city was born in the southern tip of Manhattan. Walk north and see the years advance. Don’t forget the outer boros.
A great way to explore New York is walking tours. One that features many Columbia phd students in history is the Big Onion Walking Tours. Walking tours that include a number in the outer boros is by the official Queensborough historian, Jack Eichenbaum, who has The Geography of NYC walking tours.
There is an unbounded number of interesting activities, sites, museums and a similar number of guidebooks. So we leave to you to find out about those. Here we highlight only a select set, focusing on those that may hold special interest for students of cities. A number of these venues may run out of tickets on the days you are here, so buy tickets in advance where possible.