There is no designated conference hotel. The best way to find accommodation in NYC is to use the search tools at internet sites like OrbitzExpedia, and Travelocity (or at sites like, etc.).

Keep in mind, as you search on the above sites, that the further away from Midtown you stay, the cheaper the hotel. In past conferences, some people have chosen to stay in hotels in Brooklyn and Queens, and take the subway in.

The following website has apartments listed for short-term stays. These apartments allow multiple guests, so there might be something here that’s cheaper (and more convenient) than a hotel, if you share with someone:


For your reference, we provide here an unorganized and incomplete list of hotels in the immediate area of The Grad Center (keep in mind we make no claims regarding quality!):

Note on smoking: Not every hotel allows smoking, so if you smoke, you should ask when booking (smoking in a non-smoking room can lead to penalties). The smokers-united website has some information on hotels in NYC which have rooms where smoking is permitted.

If you want to do your on-line hotel search according to address or point of interest (or “attraction”), here is some information that might be helpful:

our address:  365 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10016

intersection: 5th Avenue, 34th Street

nearest attractionEmpire State Building (diagonally across the street from The CUNY Grad Center)

another close attraction: The main branch of the New York Public Library

The neighborhood in which The CUNY Grad Center is located is often called Murray Hill (or sometimes Midtown South).  The neighborhoods called Times Square/Broadway, the Garment District, KoreatownHerald Square, Bryant ParkMadison Square Park, the Flatiron DistrictUnion SquareGramercy Park, and Kips Bay are also close.

If you plan on staying in a hotel more than a mile away from The Grad Center, you might want to consider using the subways and/or buses to get back and forth to the conference (though beware: sometimes it’s faster to get from Point A to Point B in Manhattan by just walking quickly, as opposed to hunting down — and waiting for — public transportation).

Thanks to the CUNY2012 organizers for inspiring the organization of this page.