Things to Do in New York

Time to explore this amazing city!

Discounts (see below) are available for shared-van service to and from local airports and sight-seeing activities throughout the week! 

In addition, the WACP has organized several events on Friday evening, October 12 that provide Congress attendees with an opportunity to explore the city in the company of other attendees.

All the events listed include onsite tour coordinators to help organize and lead the tours. 

 

9/11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM + FREEDOM TOWER (One World Oberservatory)

October 12th, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Tour Coordinator: TBA

Downtown Tour Info:
WACP 2018 attendees will have the opportunity to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in downtown Manhattan, with an option to visit the observatory at One World Trade Center. Attendees are encouraged to depart the Columbia Morningside campus at 5:30pm (on 10/12/18) and make their way via the NYC subway or Taxi/Lyft/Uber to the meeting point at the 9/11 Memorial Museum by 6:30pm (the start time for the tour), where they will be guided by a WACP tour coordinator. Attendees are encouraged to buy tickets to the Museum and Observatory (optional) in advance.

9/11 Museum Location: 180 Greenwich Street

Located within the original site of the World Trade Center, Ground Zero, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum pay homage to victims and first responders of the tragedy of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

The 9/11 Memorial consists of a human-made waterfall cascading into reflecting pools, constructed in the original footprints of the Twin Towers. The names of the victims are etched in bronze around the two pools.

The National 9/11 Memorial Museum tells the story of 9/11 through artifacts, personal narratives, and interactive technology. Here you will hear stories from first responders and learn about the aftermath of the tragedy. Attendees will also find part of the wall originally built to hold back the Hudson River and the remnants of columns that formed the exterior structure of the Twin Towers.


Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Freedom Tower Location:
One World Trade Center
285 Fulton Street
(Entrance on West Street at Corner of Vesey Street)

The World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The observatory is located on the 102nd floor, at 1,254ft (382.2m), and provides magnificent 360-degree panoramic views of NYC and its surrounding waters.

Downtown Manhattan from heli-April2012

Photo by David Jones [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

When is the downtown tour?
Evening of October 12, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Where is the meeting point?
9/11 MEMORIAL MUSEUM
180 Greenwich Street
Fulton St and Greenwich St. (nearest intersection)

What time does this tour start?
Attendees are encouraged to arrive at the meeting point by 6:30pm, since the last entry to the 9/11 Museum is at 7:00pm. A WACP tour coordinator will wait for late arrivals at the meeting site.

How can I get tickets and what will it cost?

Links to Buy Tickets:

One World Observatory

9/11 Memorial/Museum (Memorial is free to all)

Estimated Cost:
One World Observatory: $34 Adult, $67 VIP (skips lines)
9/11 Memorial: Free to all
9/11 Museum: $24 Adult

What time are they open?

9/11 Museum:
Sun – Thu, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., last entry at 6 p.m.
Fri – Sat, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., last entry at 7 p.m.

9/11 Memorial:
Daily: 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m.

One World Observatory:
Daily: 9am – 9pm, last ticket sold 8:15pm

How will I get there, and when should I depart?

BY SUBWAY
Subway will take approximately 40-60min

• Walk 0.4 miles (8 minutes) West to 116TH ST – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY STATION 1 [SOUTHBOUND]
• Take the SOUTH FERRY bound Train
• Get off at RECTOR ST STATION 1 [SOUTHBOUND]
• Walk 0.1 miles (2 minutes) North to destination.

Or

• Walk 0.4 miles (8 minutes) South-East to 116TH ST STATION B/C [DOWNTOWN]
• Take the EUCLID AV bound Train.
• Get off at FULTON ST STATION A/C [DOWNTOWN]
• Walk 0.2 miles (4 minutes) West to destination.

BY TAXI, LYFT or UBER
Taxi, Lyft or Uber will take approximately 45 minutes; drop-off is recommended at the following sites:

• 7 WTC – Corner of Barclay St. and Greenwich St.
• 4 WTC – Corner of Liberty and Church St.

How will I identify my tour coordinator at the meeting site?

The WACP tour coordinator will be holding a sign indicating his/her affiliation to the WACP 2018.

Should I bring a coat? Will it be cold?

Attendees are encouraged to monitor the weather prior to their departure, but as it will be autumn in New York, it may be appropriate to bring a coat to make sure you are comfortable while walking outdoors.

Can I see all three sites in one evening?
In order to complete all three excursions in the same evening, attendees are encouraged to visit them in the following order: 9/11 Museum, World Trade Center Observatory, and 9/11 Memorial. The WACP tour coordinator can provide a timetable to facilitate visiting all three sites.

WALKING TOUR OF MIDTOWN MANHATTAN

October 12th, 2018 @ 7:00pm

Tour Coordinator: TBA

Midtown Tour Info:
WACP 2018 attendees will have the opportunity take a guided walking tour of Bryant Park, Times Square, Broadway’s Theater District, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden, Herald Square, and Rockefeller Plaza, with the option to ascend to the Rockefeller Plaza Observatory.

Attendees should depart the Columbia Morningside campus by 5:30pm (on 10/12/18) and make their way via the NYC subway or Taxi, Lyft or Uber to the meeting point in Bryant Park (entrance on 6th Ave and West 41st St) by 7:00pm (the tour start time), where they will be met by a WACP tour coordinator. Attendees are encouraged to buy tickets to the observation deck at the “Top of the Rock” (30 Rockefeller Plaza) in advance; all tickets are subject to availability.

When is the midtown tour?
October 12, 2018 @ 7:00pm

Where is the meeting point?
Bryant Park (entrance on 6th Ave and West 41st St)
1060 Sixth Avenue

What time does this tour start?
Attendees are encouraged to arrive at the meeting point by 6:30pm, as the walking tour will start promptly at 7:00pm. A schedule of times and locations will be provided. Late arrivals are encouraged to meet the group at the appropriate location for time of arrival.

How can I get tickets and what will it cost me?
The Walking Tour itself is free of charge. Tickets are needed to visit the Top of the Rock Observatory.

Links to Buy Tickets:

Top of the Rock Observatory

Hours of Operation (open daily):
Top of the Rock Observatory: 8:00am–Midnight / Last elevator up at 11:15pm

Estimated Cost:
Top of the Rock Observatory (69th & 70th Floors): $39 Adult

How will I get there, and when should I depart?

BY SUBWAY
Subway will take 25-35 min. Attendees are requested to depart by 5:30pm or 6:00pm at the latest.
• Walk 0.4 miles (8 minutes) South-East to 116TH ST STATION B/C [DOWNTOWN]
• Take the BRIGHTON BEACH bound Train.
Get off at 42ND ST – BRYANT PARK STATION B/D/F/M [SOUTHBOUND].
• Walk 0.1 miles (2 minutes) South-East to destination.

Or

• Walk 0.4 miles (8 minutes) West to 116TH ST – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY STATION 1 [SOUTHBOUND]
• Take the SOUTH FERRY bound Train.
• Get off at 42ND ST – TIMES SQ STA 1/2/3 [DOWNTOWN].
• Walk 0.2 miles (4 minutes) South-East to destination.

BY TAXI, LYFT or UBER
Lyft, UBER or Taxi will take 40-50 minutes.

How will I identify my tour coordinator at the meeting site?
The WACP tour coordinator will be holding a sign indicating his/her affiliation to the WACP 2018.

How long is this tour?
This tour will last approximately 1.5 – 2 hours, with additional time for those who wish to enjoy the observatory at the “Top of the Rock.”

Should I bring a coat, will it be cold?
Attendees are encouraged to monitor the weather prior to their departure, but as it will be autumn in New York, it may be appropriate to bring a coat to ensure you are warm while walking outdoors.

I am not able to walk much. Is this tour for me?
Attendees must be in good physical health and are also requested to wear comfortable walking shoes for this tour.

RESTAURANTS

RECOMMENDATIONS

LESS EXPENSIVE

Flor de Mayo Restaurant
Flor de Mayo Restaurant serves a fusion of Chinese and Peruvian cuisines. It is one of the few remaining Chinese-Latino restaurants in New York City, and its affordability and proximity to Columbia University make it a highly popular and convenient place to eat.

Serving Lunch & Dinner Hours
Sun – Thurs: 12 Noon – 11 PM
Fri & Sat: 12 Noon – 12 Midnight

Location:
2651 Broadway
Tel: 212-663-5520
flordemayo.com

MODERATELY EXPENSIVE

Carmine’s Italian Restaurant
Carmine’s Italian Restaurant is a family-style restaurant that specializes in Southern Italian cuisine. Its family-sized portions include home-style antipasto, pasta, seafood or meat entrees, and homemade desserts. At Carmine’s, “every day [feels] like a Sunday afternoon at Grandma’s!”.

Locations:

Midtown Times Square Location
200 W 44th St
Hours: 11 am – 12 Midnight 7 days a week
Reservations: carminesnyc.com, opentable.com
Tel: (212) 221-3800

Upper West Side Location
2450 Broadway
Hours: 11 am – 11 pm Sun – Thursday
11 am – 12 Midnight Fri & Sat
Reservations: carminesnyc.com, opentable.com
Tel: (212) 362-2200

MORE EXPENSIVE

Tavern on the Green
Tavern on the Green is located in Central Park and was originally built in 1870 by Calvert Vaux to house sheep that grazed on the park’s Sheep Meadow. It opened as a landmark restaurant in 1934. The tavern has served presidents, royalty, artists, actors, and has also been featured in films.

Location:
67th Street & Central Park West
Hours: Mon – Fri: 11 am – 11 pm.
Sat – Sun: 9 am – 11 pm
Reservations: opentable.com
Tel: (212) 877-8684

Bar SixtyFive at the Rainbow Room
Bar SixtyFive at the Rainbow Room, located in the Rockefeller Center Plaza, features stunning views with American bistro fare. The bar/restaurant also features an elevated lounge experience, offering a modern twist on old-world glamour for bespoke cocktails.

Location:
30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor,
Located in: Rainbow Room

Hours:
Monday-Friday 5PM–12AM
Saturday Closed
Sunday 4–9PM
Reservations: opentable.com
Tel: (212) 632-5000

Attendees are requested to make reservations as early as possible. All reservations are subject to availability.

HUDSON RIVER AND HARBOR CRUISE (Harbor Lights - Circle Line tours)

October 12, 2018 @ 7:00pm (please arrive at meeting point by 6:30pm)

Tour Coordinator: TBA

Where is the meeting point?
Pier 83 (West 42nd Street and the West Side Highway)

Where is the departure location?
Pier 83 (West 42nd Street and the West Side Highway)

When is the meeting time?
6:30 pm (please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time to ensure proper boarding)

When is the departure time:
7:00 pm

How long does it take?
2.5 hours

How can I buy tickets?
Attendees are encouraged to book tickets online.

Links to Buy Tickets:
Harbor Lights tour (Circle Line)

How much does it cost?
$40 Adult

Please note that this tour is a boat tour and subject to weather and water conditions. Those who suffer from motion sickness are asked to consult their doctors and take the appropriate precautions prior to the day of the cruise tour. All attendees are requested to wear comfortable walking shoes, with proper grip, for this tour.

Tour Info:
HARBOR LIGHTS CRUISE
The cruise will go down the Hudson River from midtown Manhattan, passing Chelsea Piers, One World Trade Center, the High Line Park, and the tip of downtown Manhattan. The cruise will also pass by the Statue of Liberty.

Please note that the 5th World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry has no business relationship with the places or companies above. The sole purpose of posting these two services is to provide convenience for the participants.

New York Sightseeing: WACP Congress attendees receive a 15% discount on various third-party admissions, and a 10% discount on theatre tickets.

Available services include: Transportation, Broadway, Dining, Passes, Packages, Museums, Observation Decks, Guided walking tours, New York bike tours and Rentals, Empire State Building packages, Broadway packages, Helicopter tours, Cruises and boat tours, Day trips from NY, Escorted tours, VIP tours, Walking tours. Visit https://www.newyorksightseeing.com/wccp to learn more.

Conference attendees also receive a 5% discount for shared vans only. If attendees prefer individual rides, they can use Yellow Taxi which has flat-fee to Manhattan or Uber. Visit https://www.goairlinkshuttle.com to learn more.

Please note that the 5th World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry has no business relationship with the two companies above. The sole purpose of posting these two services is to provide convenience for the participants.