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New York City Resources

Arriving in New York City

Students generally arrive in New York City via one of the major international airports—John F. Kennedy International and Newark International Airport—or LaGuardia Airport if flying domestically.  Each airport has information desks to help students plan their travel into New York City.  Students should consult http://www.panynj.gov/airports/ before traveling to New York for information on getting from the New York City area airports to New York City.

Transportation in and around New York City

New York City boasts an extensive and affordable public transportation system.  Taxicabs are also widely available.  Most residents do not own a car and rely exclusively on public transportation.  Some helpful websites for getting around NYC include:

  • HopStop (provides door-to-door directions and maps using public transportation)
  • MTA (provides bus and subway maps, as well as any service advisories concerning NYC public transportation)

  • Long Island Railroad (information on the railroad servicing areas between NYC and Long Island)

  • New Jersey Transit (information on the railroad servicing areas between NYC and New Jersey)

  • PATH (information on the railroad servicing areas between NYC and northern New Jersey) 

  • Metro North Railroad (information on the railroad servicing Connecticut and other areas north of NYC)

  • AMTRAK (information on the railroad servicing areas between NYC and various cities across the country)

  • Greyhound (information on the bus servicing areas between NYC and various cities across the country)

Staff Favorites: Fordham Law Neighborhoood and Beyond

Fordham Law School is situated in the heart of Lincoln Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side.  This neighborhood, considered the performing arts capital of New York, offers upscale shopping, a myriad of performance venues, and a quick escape into Central Park.  Immediately to the south of campus, the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood is renowned as one of the New York's top nighttime destinations.

Below is a list of some of our staff's favorite destinations (or use the interactive map at top.)

Kiran Chahal, Graduate Admissions Officer/Enrollment Specialist

Favorite Cheap Eat

  • Levain Bakery (167 W 74th Street, at Amsterdam Ave.)
    For the Best Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie. Hands. Down.
  • Little Italy Pizza (2047 Broadway, between 70th and 71st St.)
    Try a slice of their Margherita.
  • Mariellas (960 8th Avenue, between 57th and 56th St.)
    For quick and cheap pizza by the slice.
  • Whole Foods Market (Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle)
    A  grocery store in the basement where you can grab a quick bite at their hot food bar and salad bar.
  • Caracas Arepa Bar (93 1/2 E 7th Street, between 1st Ave. and Avenue A)
    For delicious Venezuelan style "sandwiches."

Favorite Better Eat

  • Pure Thai Cookhouse (766 9th Avenue, between 51st and 52nd St.)
  • Queen of Sheba (650 10th Avenue, between 45th and 46th St.)
    Good Ethiopian food.

Favorite Shopping Destination

  • Zara (1963 Broadway, at 66th St.)

Favorite NYC Neighborhood

  • Greenwich Village

Favorite Weekend Plans

  • Summer Stage at Central Park for amazing free concerts.
  • Check out Time Out New York online for great weekend ideas.

Toni Fine, Assistant Dean

Favorite Cheap Eat

  • Lincoln Park Grill (867 9th Avenue, between 56th and 57th St.)
    Everyone who knows me comes with me here at some point.  Great burgers and happy hours.  Super friendly staff!
  • Paquito’s Restaurant (143 1st Avenue, at 9th St.)
    Cheap Mexican food.

Favorite Better Eat

  • John’s (302 E 12th Street, between 1st  and 2nd Ave.)
    Great Italian food including a vegan menu.  You feel like you have stepped back in time about 100 years.
  • Daniel (60 East 60 Street)
    If someone else is paying!

Favorite Shopping Destination

  • UNIQLO (31 W 34th Street, between 5th and 6th Ave.)
  • H&M (505 5th Avenue, at 42nd St.) 
  • Converse.com
    Is there anything cooler than designing your own chucks?
  • I have a tailor in Hanoi that makes my suits and most of my shirts, but this is not terribly convenient.

Favorite NYC Neighborhood

  • East Village

Favorite Weekend Plans

  • Going to the beach – except during the summer.
  • Walking everywhere I can.

Kandice Thorn, Director

Favorite Cheap Eat

  • Casabianca (503 W. 57th Street, between 10th and 11th Ave.)
  • Nanoosh (2012 Broadway, between 68th and 69th St.)
    The quinoa salad is amazing.
  • Shake Shack (various locations - http://www.shakeshack.com/ )
    One of the best burgers in the city.

Favorite Better Eat

  • Gennaro (665 Amsterdam Avenue, between 92nd and 93rd St.)
    A cozy Italian restaurant that is a classic Upper West Side Favorite,
    but the specials tend to be overpriced, so just order off the regular menu. 
    I especially recommend the lamb shank.
  • Tia Pol (205 10th Avenue, between 22nd and 23rd St.)
    Awesome tapas and a fantastic wine list.
  • Eataly (200 5th Avenue, at 23rd Street)
    Mario Batali's huge artisanal food shop.
    Great selection of casual restaurants and a rooftop beer garden.

Favorite Shopping Destination

  • The Habitat Shop (143 W. 19th Street, between 6th and 7th Ave.)
    I especially love their jewelry, all lead and nickel free.
  • Housing Works Thrift Shops (various locations; http://shop.housingworks.org/)
    Thrift shopping that supports a great cause. You can always find fun, eclectic things here.

Favorite NYC Neighborhood

  • Tie between the Upper West Side and Chelsea

Favorite Weekend Plans

Megan Smiley, Director

Favorite Cheap Eat

  • Hale & Hearty (927 8th Avenue, at 55th St.)
  • Xe May Sandwich Shop (96 St. Marks Place, between 1st Ave. and Avenue A)

Favorite Better Eat

  • Lil’ Frankies (19 1st Avenue, between 1st and 2nd St.)
  • The Spotted Pig (314 West 11th Street, at Greenwich St.)

Favorite Shopping Destination

  • Nordstrom Rack (60 14th Street, Union Square)
  • Karen Millen (114 Prince Street, between Greene St. and Wooster St.)

Favorite NYC Neighborhood

  • East Village

Favorite Weekend Plans

  • Live music at The Bowery (6 Delancey St., between Chrystie St. and Bowery)
  • Williamsburg Music Hall (66 North 6th Street, between Kent and Wythe Ave.)
  • Webster Hall (125 E 11th Street, off 3rd Ave.)
  • Terminal 5 (610 W 56th Street, off 11th Ave.)
  • MoMA PS1 Outdoor Summer Series (22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City)

Matt Dzioba, Assistant Director

Favorite Cheap Eat

  • Taco Mexicana Food Cart (59th Street and Columbus, 70th Street and Broadway)
    Weather permitting.
  • Alan's Marketplace (60th Street and Columbus)
    Right across from Fordham.

Favorite Better Eat

  • Bogota Latin Bistro (141 5th Ave, at Douglass St., Brooklyn)

Favorite Shopping Destination

  • UNIQLO (31 W 34th Street, between 5th and 6th Ave.)
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond (Broadway and 65th Street)
    Great place for home goods.

Favorite NYC Neighborhood

  • Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Favorite Weekend Plans

  • Concert at New York Philharmonic (10 Lincoln Square)
  • Beach at Jacob Riis Park
  • Biking in Prospect Park

Additional Information

The following resources provide useful information about New York City: