New York City and New York University*
New York is the most populous city in the United States, and the center of the New York metropolitan area, which is among the most populous urban areas in the world. A leading global city, New York exerts a powerful influence over worldwide commerce, finance, culture, fashion and entertainment. As host of the United Nations headquarters, it is also an important center for international affairs. Located on a large natural harbor on the Atlantic coast of the Northeastern United States, the city consists of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. The city's 2007 estimated population exceeds 8.3 million people.
New York's many districts and landmarks in the city have become well-known to outsiders. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wall Street, in Lower Manhattan, has been a dominant global financial center since World War II and is home to the New York Stock Exchange. The city has been home to several of the tallest buildings in the world, including the Empire State Building and the twin towers of the former World Trade Center.
The workshop is being held at the New York University (NYU) Torch club. NYU is a private, nonsectarian, research university in New York City. NYU's main campus is situated in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan. Founded in 1831, NYU is the largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students. NYU is organized into 16 schools, colleges, and institutes, located in six centers throughout Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn. Since the late 1970s, the central part of NYU has been its Washington Square campus in the heart of Greenwich Village.
Getting to the Venue
New York is served by 3 major airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), La Guardia Airport (LGA) and the Newark International Airport in New Jersey (EWR). The taxi fare into Manhattan from the airport is approximately $55 plus toll and tips (Note that this fare is higher if you fly in through EWR). New York is also well connected by bus to many cities, such as Boston and Washington DC.
The workshop is being held at the NYU Torch Club, located at 18 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10003. There are numerous options on how to get there using the train system.
-- If you take the A/B/C/D/E/F/V trains, get down at W 4th Street. Head southeast on W 4th St toward MacDougal St (453 ft). Continue straight onto Washington Square S (0.2 mi). Turn left at Washington Square E (0.1 mi). Turn right at Waverly Pl. The destination will be on the right (341 ft).
-- If you take the 6 train, get down at Astor Place. Walk on Astor Pl toward Broadway (394 ft). Turn left at Broadway (223 ft). Turn right at Waverly Pl. The destination will be on the left (423 ft).
-- If you take the R/W train, get down at 8th St NYU. Walk south on Broadway and turn right on Waverly Pl (2 minute walk).
-- If you take the 4/5 (or N/Q) train, get down at 14th St Union Square and transfer to the R/W (or 6) train on the other side of the platform; Get down at 8th St NYU (or Astor Place). Follow instructions as written above. Alternatively if you choose to walk from Union Square, walk south on Broadway and turn right on Waverly place (8 minute walk).
* Information from Wikipedia.