March/April 2013 Issue • Volume 41 • Issue 3

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Visiting New York City

The 108th Annual Meeting will be held in New York City on August 10-13, 2013. It is not too early to start planning your visit to this multi-cultural city.


Getting to New York City

If you plan on flying, New York City can be accessed by three major airports—John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Upon arrival, travelers can get to midtown Manhattan by taxi, bus, subway, commuter train, or car service.

John F. Kennedy International Airport - www.kennedyairport.com

Taxi

Subway

Private van, bus, car services

LaGuardia Airport -  www.laguardiaairport.com

Taxi

Subway

Amtrak - www.amtrak.com

Annual Meeting attendees can also travel by train. Amtrak (800-USA-RAIL) operates from New York Penn Station, directly under Madison Square Garden, on 34th St. between 7th and 8th Aves. Popular trains leaving during rush hours can fill up quickly; it is a good idea to make reservations online or via phone. Amtrak’s Acela express train provides regular fast commuter service between major points along the east coast such as Washington, DC, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Haven, and Providence.

Hotel and Meeting Rooms

Reservations

Hotel

Single/Double

Triple/Quad

Hilton New York

$259/$259

$289/$289

Sheraton New York

$222/$242

$272/$302

Housing Deadline: July 15, 2013

The 108th ASA Annual Meeting in New York City will be located at the Hilton New York and Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. The hotel facilities will host all ASA program sessions. ASA registration and satellite office, book exhibits, Employment Service, and the Bookstore will be located at the Hilton New York. All plenary sessions will be located at the Hilton New York.

All housing services are being managed through Connections Housing. Booking a room through Connection Housing (www.asanet.org/am2013/housing.cfm) is an important way to support ASA and ultimately keep overall meeting costs as low as possible. Staying “within the block” is also more convenient and helps you stay connected with the informal activities and networking opportunities that occur during the meeting.

Accessibility Housing Requests – When making a hotel reservation you may request audio, visual, or mobility assistance. If you would like ASA Meeting Services to verify that your accessibility request(s) related to houseing will be honored, send your request to ASA after you have made your reservations to: ASA Meeting Services, 1430 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005-4701; fax (202) 638-0882; meetings@asanet.org. Inform ASA Meeting Services of any non-housing related accessibility requests at these same contacts.

Attractions and Tours

To say there is plenty to see and do in New York is an understatement. Below are just a few suggestions.

Apollo Theatre - Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater is important not only because it honors and promotes the contributions of black American performers, but also because it is a living example of progress the building was originally a burlesque theater that did not allow black patrons. Visit the Apollo for Amateur Night, which started the careers of so many legends—including Ella Fitzgerald—or take a historical tour of the building.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden - The Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is as committed to education and conservation as it is to inspiration. Whether you’re looking to learn something or just want to soak up 52 acres of natural beauty, the BBG has more than 10,000 kinds of plants from all over the world. The garden is open year-round and has plants for every season, plus indoor tropical gardens and bonsai trees.

Empire State Building Observatory - Take in panoramic vistas of New York City from its highest viewing point, the Empire State Building Observatory. Whether on a clear day or a starry night, this stop is a must for any visitor, which explains why its lines are equally famous. To avoid long waits, get there either very early or very late; the Observatory is open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week.

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park - Though best known as the location of the U.S. Open, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park—which, at 1,255 acres, is the City's third-largest park—boasts a range of worthy attractions. It was the site of two World's Fairs (1939-1940 and 1964-1965). The Unisphere, a 140-foot-tall stainless-steel globe built for the 1964-1965 World's Fair, was the site of the final alien fight scene in Men in Black. Other Flushing Meadows-Corona Park attractions include the hands-on New York Hall of Science, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Theatre, and the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, a weekend-long sporting and cultural event held August 10-11, 2013.

Brooklyn Bridge - John Roebling’s engineering masterpiece was the world’s longest suspension bridge upon its completion in 1883. One of the most recognizable structures in the city, the bridge has been featured in countless movies and television shows and, as the first land passage between Manhattan and Brooklyn, represents a critical piece of New York City history. Although the bridge is visible from the shores of both boroughs, it is best experienced through a leisurely stroll across its elevated pedestrian walkway. Here, visitors from around the world can share a path with New Yorkers making their daily commute; those walking across can enjoy views of downtown Manhattan and New York Harbor on every step of the 5,989-foot traverse. The Manhattan-side entrance is at Park Row and Centre Street, across from City Hall Park.

Helicopter Flight Service - There is probably no better way to see New York City than from above. Get a bird’s-eye view of Central Park, the Hudson River, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty. Additionally, the airport transfer service provides the fastest means available for getting to and from the metropolitan area airports. www.heliny.com.

Circle Line Sight Seeing Tour - Whether you are exploring New York for the first time or seeking a mini-vacation, a Circle Line cruise is a relaxing and fun way to see the world’s most famous skyline. Beverages, wine, beer, cocktails, and food are available on board. www.circleline42.com.

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