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Teachers College Columbia University Roundtable in Second Language Studies

Roundtable in Second Language Studies (TCCRISLS)

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By Plane

Three airports service the New York City area: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

From JFK:

  • The cheapest but most time-consuming way to get to Manhattan from JFK is by taking the AirTrain (free from within but $5.00 USD if entering the airport) to either the Jamaica or Howard Beach stations, purchasing a MetroCard (there is a $1.00 fee for a new card), and then taking the A Train to Manhattan. Please click on this link to read more details about this method. 
  • If you decide to take a taxi, the flat fare is $52.00, but after tolls and tip, expect to pay around $70-80 USD.
  • You can also make arrangements through many other authorized airport vehicle services (please scroll to the bottom the page)

From LGA:

  • While the smallest of the three NYC airports, LGA is, however, the closest to the Teachers College (TC) campus and so is the most accessible by bus. The MTA's M60 bus passes right by TC and each trip is an affordable $2.50 USD with an MTA MetroCard (but $2.75 for every SingleRide ticket). Also be aware that you may transfer free from local bus-to-subway, subway-to-local bus or local bus-to-local bus within two hours of the time you paid your fare!
  • If you decide to take a taxi, expect to pay anywhere from $26-34 USD before tolls and tip. 
  • Other transportation options can be found on the LGA Ground Transportation page

From EWR:

  • The most affordable way to get to Manhattan from EWR involves taking the AirTrain (free if you are already in the airport but $5.50 USD if you are going to the airport) to the New Jersey Transit's Newark Airport Rail Station. From there, you can take the NJ Transit train to New York Penn Station, where a one-way ticket costs about $12.50 USD.
  • Taxi service to and from EWR to Manhattan is generally very expensive, costing between $97-102 (+$17.50 surcharge) USD, and this does not yet include tolls and tip.
  • Other transportation options can be found on the EWR Ground Transportation page

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By Bus

Bus transportation into New York City from neighboring states and communities usually terminates at Port Authority Bus Terminal, at West 42nd St and Eighth Avenue. In addition, a number of other economical charter bus companies connect other cities to New York City, including:

Within New York City, four MTA bus routes include a stop at West 120th St and Broadway (Teachers College): M4 (available from both Grand Central Station and Penn Station), M5, M11, and the M104 (available from the Port Authority Bus Terminal). The fare required is exact change in coins or Metrocard.

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By Car

The Henry Hudson Parkway (West Side Highway) in New York City runs parallel to the Hudson River and offers convenient access to Teachers College. The highway can be reached from most of the main routes entering New York City. The nearest major highway link to it is Interstate Highway 95 (I-95).

Whether driving north or south on the Henry Hudson Parkway/West Side Highway, exit at 95th St. At the first traffic light, turn north (left) onto Riverside Drive; at 120th St turn east (right) and go two blocks east to the College. The main entrance is located midway between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, on the north side of West 120th St.


While West 120th St offers metered parking on both sides of the street, parking on New York City streets in the Columbia University area is limited. Nearby off-street parking facilities include:

  • Morningside Garage, 3100 Broadway (at 123rd St), (212) 864-9877
  • E & B Operating Corp., 137 West 108th St (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), (212) 865-8315
  • Park Yorkshire Garage, 151 West 108th St (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), (212) 865-2314
  • Upper Westside Parking Garage, 234 West 108th St (between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway), (212) 222-8800
  • Riverside Church Garage, 120th St (between Riverside Drive and Claremont Avenue), (212) 870-6736
  • Evening parking is available at Riverside Church, (212) 866-1000

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By Subway

The subway station serving Teachers College is the 116th St stop of the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue local. The No. 1 subway train (red line) are local trains serving this station. Be sure that you are on (or transfer to) the local line at the 96th St Station. The express line (No. 2 or No. 3 trains) does not serve Columbia University.

There are subway entrances at Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. From Grand Central Station, the Shuttle (S) goes to "Times Square" 42nd St, offering access to the No. 1 IRT Broadway Local trains going uptown.

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By Train

Pennsylvania (Penn) Station:

  • Services several AmtrakNJ Transit, and MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) railroad lines
  • Penn Station is serviced by the 1, 2, 3, A, C, and E MTA subway lines
  • Penn Station is also serviced by the M4, M7, M20, M34/M34A SBS, and Q32 MTA buses

Grand Central Terminal:

  • Services MTA Metro-North Railroad lines between New York City and its northern suburbs in New York and Connecticut
  • Grand Central Station is serviced by the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S (Shuttle) MTA subway lines
  • Grand Central Terminal is also serviced by the M101, M102, M103, M1, M2, M3, M4, Q32 and M42 MTA buses

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**Adapted from TC Office of Admission page**

Location & Maps

Please enter Teachers College through the Broadway entrance just past West 120th Street.


Teachers College, Columbia University 525 W 120th Street New York, NY 10027

Map of Teachers College

All TCCRISLS Roundtable events will take place in the Cowin Conference Center located in Horace Mann Hall. 

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Map of Morningside Campus

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