The Puck Building is in one of the liveliest sections of Manhattan, next to Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, and SoHo within easy walking distance of Bleecker Street, Broadway, Avenue A, and St. Mark's Place. It's a great place to visit this summer, not to mention the fact that you'll be right there when you come to Beyond HOPE.
There are many cheap ways to get to New York City in August. Travel agencies will help you for free look in various magazines like Time Out, Village Voice, local alternative weeklies, and travel sections of newspapers. Buses, trains, and carpools are great alternatives to domestic flights. Beyond HOPE Ride Board is a great way to arrange carpools.
From the airports... From all three airports (Kennedy, LaGuardia, Newark) you can either take a cab or bus to the city -- from Kennedy you can take a free bus to the subway and take the A train into Manhattan for $1.50. To get to the Puck Building in this manner, take the A train to West 4th in Manhattan and transfer to a Brooklyn bound B, D, F, or Q for one stop to Broadway/Lafayette. If you take a bus, see the directions below from the Port Authority.
By car... We'll assume you can find New York City on your own. Once you're actually over the bridge or through the tunnel, head for Houston Street, just south of 1st Street. The conference takes place on the southeast corner of Houston and Lafayette. There are parking garages in the neighborhood and many nearby streets allow free parking from Friday evening through the weekend.
By train... From Penn Station, take the A train downtown to West 4th, transfer to a Brooklyn bound B, D, F, or Q for one stop to Broadway/Lafayette. From Grand Central, take the #6 subway downtown to Bleecker Street.
By bus... From the Port Authority Bus Terminal, take the A train downtown to West 4th, transfer to a Brooklyn bound B, D, F, or Q for one stop to Broadway/Lafayette.
The Puck Building is not a hotel, which we believe will make the conference itself a lot more interesting. We've compiled a list of places to stay in the city, ranging in price from $40 a night on up. We suggest the following: the YMCA at 215 W 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues (212-741-9226) rooms start at $40 and there are no age restrictions; Off Soho Suites Hotel on 11 Rivington Street. This hotel is only a couple of blocks away from the Puck Building and you can get European style suites, complete with kitchens, for a low price. A suite for 2 is $89, for 4 it's $149. They also have a location on East 12th Street off 3rd Avenue. Both of these hotels don't have a huge number of rooms so we suggest making reservations quickly (212-979-9808); Howard Johnson on 429 Park Avenue South between 29th and 30th Streets (212-532-4860) rooms start at around $100 a night; and Holiday Inn at 132 Lafayette Street (212-966-8898) rooms are around the $150 level.
You may find these places sold out by the time you get around to making reservations. Don't panic! There are more hotels in New York than we can count and the worst things that can happen are that you will have to pay a little more (only if you don't shop around) or take the subway an extra stop or two.
Here are some helpful alternatives:
Chelsea International Hostel: (212) 647-0010