Public Transportation: Public transportation is plentiful in NYC, including a large subway system and bus system. Symphony Space is directly across the street from the 96th Street station of the subway line.
By Taxi: We discourage driving to the conference due to the lack of parking availability, high tolls on roads in/out of Manhattan, and overall traffic unpredictability. Instead, our guests wishing to travel in NYC should consider using a car-sharing platform like Uber or Lyft - or hailing a licensed New York taxi.
Parking: There is no parking available at the venue, and legal street parking is extremely limited. Parking garages near the venue charge on average $60-70 per day, with surcharges for large vehicles. If possible, we recommend not driving a personal vehicle to the event. Alternatively, drivers may prefer to park outside the city (for instance, at the Journal Square station of the PATH Train system) and use PATH, NJ Transit, LIRR, MNR, or other public trains to come into the city.
We are fortunate to be in the middle of one of the world's great metropolitan areas, which means that guests joining us from out of town have a plethora of lodging options. Generally, we would recommend a reputable 3-4 star hotel close to the conference venue or, for better value, just outside of Manhattan in the Meadowlands area in New Jersey or in the Bronx area north of Manhattan. It is also worthwhile to consider a short-term home rental.
Below, we share a sample of possible recommended options. Please note that this year Gospel Forum does not have a hotel partner.
The best options for those wishing to be close to the venue are (in order of our preference) NYLO, The Excelsior, The Lucerne, and Hotel Beacon. Each is about 1 mile (20 mins walking) from the conference venue. Please note that these and most other reputable 3-4 star hotels in Manhattan will be asking $250-350/night.
The closest hotel is Days Inn, just across the street from Symphony Space. However, due to mixed reviews we would only recommend this property for those who prioritize proximity.
The easiest way to find lower-priced hotels is to look slightly further away from the venue. Hotels in New Jersey (for instance, in the Meadowlands area, where there is a Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Courtyard Marriott, Hyatt Place, Embassy Suites, etc) are often available for under $150. From time to time, hotels in Manhattan may fall into this price range as well, but those properties are often less reputable. While our guests may find good values in Brooklyn or Queens, we would not recommend these areas due to the difficulty of traveling to/from these areas.
For our guests staying further from the conference venue, we recommend the MTA Subway system and ride-sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft to get around. Avoiding driving (i.e. rental cars) if possible.
In addition to the hundreds of hotels in New York, there are hundreds of private homes available for rent in NYC through platforms like Airbnb, VRBO/Homeaway, and Flipkey. These rentals often provide both better value and more flexibility for guests than a traditional hotel.
Since many of the homes available for rent are quite large, our guests may want to consider coordinating a larger rental with other conference attendees through our Facebook event page.
LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
Most New York residents prefer to travel via LaGuardia airport because it is easily the closest to the city. From LGA, the easiest ways to get into the city are:
Uber/Lyft: A private car from LGA to anywhere in Manhattan usually runs from $25-35, depending on traffic conditions. A taxi will likely be at least $15 more, including tip.
New York Airporter: A convenient bus service that runs every half hour ($15 one way, $24 roundtrip). Stops at popular destinations Grand Central, Penn Station, Port Authority, and Bryant Park. To reach Symphony Space, take the bus to Port Authority or Penn Station and then take the 1-2-3 subway to 96th St.
EWR and JFK are the largest airports that service the New York metropolitan area. Both serve as major hubs for the largest airlines and accommodate many more flights per day than LaGuardia. While they are both further from the city, there are many ways to travel into the city from both:
By Rail: From Newark, take NJ Transit from the Newark International Airport stop to NY Penn Station (est. $11). From JFK, take the E subway at Jamaica Station to many destinations in Manhattan (est. $7.75).
By Car: Shared rides in Uber or Lyft generally run from $30-35 from both airports. Private cars run $50-65, depending on traffic and dropoff location.
We welcome international guests at Gospel Forum. We hope you find this information useful.
Language Services: At this time, we are not able to provide translation services. All sessions are in English.
Air Travel: Please travel through Newark International Airport (EWR) or John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK). It typically takes up to 2-3 hours to clear customs in either airport.
Visa Invitation Letter: If you require a Visa Invitation Letter, please Contact Us. Please provide 1) your full name; 2) your full international address, 3) your title and company (or ministry), 4) your date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy), and 5) your nationality and passport number.