About New York City


New York City attracts more than 62 million visitors each year as a financial, cultural, art and scientific center. It is home to more than 120 colleges and universities and over 80 museums. A thriving performing arts scene includes on- and off-Broadway shows, and iconic attractions like Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street and Times Square abound. With so much to explore, the “City of Lights” provides a vibrant backdrop for the first Metamaterials Congress outside of Europe. To learn more about NYC, see


The Congress will take place at the City University of New York (CUNY)  Graduate Center  in the heart of New York City. The Graduate Center is well-connected to public transportation from its location near the Empire State Building at the corner of 5th Avenue and East 34th Street.

Pennsylvania Station, a hub for intercity and local trains and buses, is a ten-minute walk from the GC, and three major airports lie within 20 miles: LaGuardia Airport (LGA) hosting primarily domestic flights, and Newark (EWR) and John F. Kennedy (JFK) offering extensive international service.

Detailed schedules and a schematic overview of subway lines and bus routes are provided on the MTA website.


The Graduate Center’s facilities for the Congress include three auditorium-style halls: Proshansky, Elebash, and Segal, as well as seven break-out session rooms surrounding a concourse lobby. A sky-lit dining commons will host the reception dinner. Free wi-fi is available throughout the Graduate Center.

The two-day Doctoral School following the Congress will be hosted at CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) in Harlem, a half-hour subway ride from the Graduate Center.

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