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Explore New York City

NYU is located in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood in downtown Manhattan rich with history and culture. The University – which has no walls and no gates – is deeply intertwined with New York City. Precollege students will have the opportunity to explore the city through chaperoned events and activities during the program and, if they wish, experience the city on their own during their off-time.

New York City is comprised of five boroughs. Throughout the boroughs, there are hundreds of distinct neighborhoods, many with a history and character all their own. If the boroughs were each independent cities, four of the boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx) would be among the ten most populous cities in the United States. Additional information regarding New York City and its neighborhoods can be found in the links below.

NYC Travel Information (provided by New York University):

Neighborhood maps (NYC Department of City Planning):

Manhattan neighborhoods:

The Bronx neighborhoods:

Brooklyn neighborhoods:

Queens neighborhoods:

Staten Island neighborhoods:

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Getting Around

New York City is a large metropolis, but with a little planning—and the use of maps—it can be easy to navigate. Most of Manhattan’s streets form a grid with streets running east and west and avenues running north and south. Street numbers increase as you travel north (10th Street is north of 4th Street), and avenue numbers increase as you travel west (5th Avenue is west of 2nd Avenue). Broadway is the only street in Manhattan that travels the full length of the island and is not a part of the grid.

Explore the Travel and Transportation page of our website for maps, public transit information, and details about our Bike Share program.

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Get to Know New York

The unique and unparalleled energy of Manhattan has attracted visitors and settlers to this city for centuries. We now invite you to fill one term in the Big Apple with a lifetime of experiences. Here is a condensed guide to some of the city's most popular attractions.

The Chrysler Building
405 Lexington Avenue (at East 42nd Street)

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Ellis Island
Accessible by the Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry from Battery Park in lower Manhattan

The Empire State Building
Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street

Grand Central Station
East 42nd Street at Park Avenue

New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue at West 42nd Street

Rockefeller Center
Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue between 47th and 51st Streets

The South Street Seaport
East River at the foot of Fulton Street

The Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island in New York Harbor
Ferries to Liberty Island depart from Battery Park

Times Square
Broadway between West 42nd and 53rd Streets

United Nations Headquarters
East 42nd Street to 48th Street between 1st Avenue and the East River
Guided tours in many languages available daily

Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn

Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue

Celebrate Brooklyn
Prospect Park Bandshell

Central Park Summerstage
Central Park Naumburg Bandshell

Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Lincoln Center

Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center Plaza

New York Philharmonic
10 Lincoln Square, #132

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street

The Cloisters (a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
In Fort Tryon Park at 99 Margaret Corbin Drive

El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street)

Frick Collection
One East 70th Street (at Fifth Avenue)

Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street

International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) at 43rd Street

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue (at East 92nd Street)

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street

Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

The Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street

The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52nd Street

National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green (near Battery Park)

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at East 75th Street

Brooklyn Botanical Garden
990 Washington Avenue (near Prospect Park)

The Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx

Central Park
59th Street to 110th Street between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West

Hudson River Park
Battery Park to West 59th Street

Prospect Park
95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY

Federal Reserve Bank of New York
33 Liberty Street

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Broadway at West 64th Street

NBC Studios
30 Rockefeller Plaza

New York Stock Exchange
20 Broad Street (near Wall Street)

Radio City Music Hall
Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) at West 50th Street

Village Theatres
"Student rush" tickets are available to students at a reduced rate after a certain time on performance days. Call the theatre and you may save some money.

The Public Theatre
434 Lafayette Street (near East 8th Street)
Offers a varied program of plays. Discounted student rates may be available for certain performances.

Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street
New York's first off-Broadway theatre. Volunteer ushering available.

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
74 East Fourth Street
A multimedia theatre space for experimental performance. Occasional volunteer ushering available.

The Living Theatre
272 East 3rd Street
Founded by Judith Malina and the late Julian Beck in 1947, this theater has been a major force in avant-garde theatre for over thirty years. Student discounts are available.

P.S. 122
First Avenue at Ninth Street

New York City Reads

Before all of your reading is claimed by textbooks, articles, and journals for class, delve into the local paper or pick up one of the books or magazines below to read about your new home this summer.

  • The New York Times
  • Here is New York by E.B. White
  • The Encyclopedia of New York City by Kenneth Jackson
  • Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  • From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.I. Konigsburg
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Washington Square by Henry James
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