Airports, Airport Transportation and Other Transportation into NYC
New York City is served by four airports: La Guardia Airport in Queens, 8 mi/13 km from Midtown; John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), 15 mi/24 km east of Midtown; Newark International Airport in New Jersey, 16 mi/26 km west of Midtown; and MacArthur Airport, about 45 mi/70 km east of Manhattan in Ronkonkoma, Islip Township, Long Island.
SuperShuttle operates blue and yellow mini-vans that serve JFK, La Guardia and Mac Arthur airports. Shuttle service is first-come, first-served every 15-30 minutes, 24 hours. Between 1:30am-5am use a courtesy phone to obtain service. From JFK and La Guardia US$14-$17; from MacArthur US $20-25. Phone +1 800 258 3826.
Gray Line Air Shuttle/Express Shuttle USA serves Manhattan hotels from La Guardia, JFK and Newark. US$13 from La Guardia; US$14 from JFK; US$14 from Newark; US$18.50 to Newark. Phone +1 212 315 3006 or +1 800 451 0455. Departing from Newark Airport, Olympia Trails Airport Express Bus makes stops at Penn Station, Grand Central Station, and Port Authority Bus Terminal. Phone +1 212 964 6233, +1 908 354 3330, +1 718 622 7700 or +1 888 622 7200.
Taxis are expensive. Approximate fare from Newark to Midtown (not including tip): US$40-$60; from JFK: US$30 plus tolls; from La Guardia: US$20-$25; from MacArthur US$90-$100 plus tolls. Do not accept rides in "gypsy" (unofficial) cabs.
Limousines Reservations advisable for these: Tel Aviv, sedans and limos from JFK, Newark, La Guardia and MacArthur; US$25-$225 plus tax, tolls and tip; phone +1 212 505 0555 or +1 800 222 9888. Olympic, sedans and limos from JFK, Newark and La Guardia; US$30-$50 plus tax, tolls and tip; phone +1 800 995 1200 or +1 800 833 3999.
Rental Cars Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National are on site at JFK, La Guardia, and Newark airports. Avis, Budget and Hertz are at MacArthur
Airport. It is not recommended that you rent a car. Driving into and around Manhattan is difficult. Parking at Marriott Marquis is $45 per day.
For further transportation information you can visit the Port Authority Website at http://portnynj.com and refer to the tab on the left hand side that says "AIRPORTS". Once in this section, please refer to "getting to and from the airport".
Amtrak - National Railroad Passenger Corp. is located in Penn Station, Seventh - Eighth Avenues at 31st - 33rd Streets. Phone +1 800 872 7245. National Passenger Service. Operates seven days. (http://www.Amtrak.com)
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) for schedule and fare information phone +1 718 217 LIRR or +1 516 822 LIRR. Operates from Penn Station (33rd St. and 7th Avenue) in Manhattan to Montauk and 134 other Long Island Communities. Operates seven days. (www.lirr.com)
Metro-North Railroad Phone +1 212 532 4900. Operates from Grand Central Terminal to 119 stations in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. Operates seven days. (www.mta.nyc.ny.us)
NJ Transit Phone +1 800 772 2222 or +1 973 765 5100. Frequent rail service throughout New Jersey into New York City. Operates seven days.
Path Phone +1 800 234 PATH. Operates round trip from Newark, NJ's Penn Station through lower Manhattan. Path's 33rd St. Station is in Midtown Manhattan one block from Amtrak trains. Operates seven days.
NJ Transit Phone +1 800 772 2222 or +1 973 765 5100. Frequent bus service throughout New Jersey into New York City.
Port Authority Bus Terminal. Eighth Avenue between 40th - 42nd Streets. Phone +1 212 564 8484, +1 201 659 8823. The nation's largest and most modern bus terminal. Provides connecting bus service to virtually any point in the continental US, Canada, and Mexico. Modern shopping complex inside. Serves the three major airports; buses leave regularly from Airport Bus Center in North Wing. Airline ticket counters.
Monday-Friday 9am-3 pm; some banks stay open to 5:30pm or 6pm one day a week. Some open Saturday mornings.
The New York Marriott Marquis has a full Business Center complete with PC's, internet access, copying, faxing and secretarial services. There is a 24-hour Kinkos on 47th Street and 6th Ave a few blocks from the hotel at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, phone +1 212 391 2679.
All ICC 2002 programs and events will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis located at 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036. Phone +1 212 398 1900 Fax: +1 212 704 8930. Hotel amenities and services available to guests can be viewed at http://marriotthotels.com. Babysitting services are available upon request. The hotel is equipped with a health club and sauna. Guest rooms are equipped with data ports, and high-speed Internet access. The hotel has several restaurants and bars. The concierge staff at ext. 51 can provide recommendations and assistance.
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Tickets for the Awards Luncheon on Monday and the Conference Banquet on Tuesday are included with the full registration fee and available for sale at an additional cost for guests and other conference attendees. Join us on Monday evening for a dinner cruise on board World Yacht. Tickets can be purchased with your conference registration. Additional information on these events can be found in the Social Events section of this program. The New York Marriott Marquis has several restaurants as well as room service. In addition there are a plethora of restaurants in every price range within a few blocks of the hotel.
(Advance) Take advantage of advance registration discounts when you register for ICC 2002 on or before 29 March 2002. Simply complete and submit the registration form in this program or register on-line at www.icc2002.com for a faster confirmation.
(On-Site) The registration/information desk will be located on the 5th floor of the New York Marriott Marquis just outside of the ICC 2002 Exhibit Hall/Internet CafÈ (Westside Ballroom), except on Thursday 2 May when registration will be in the 4th floor lobby.
Preliminary Registration Hours:
Saturday 27 April 15:00 - 6:00 (tentative)
Sunday 28 April 7:00 - 19:00
Monday 29 April 7:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 30 April 7:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 1 May 7:00 - 17:00
Thursday 2 May 7:00 - 17:00
Conference Social Events
Please see the Social Events Section of this program for complete details on the ComSoc 50th Anniversary Grand Reunion, the Awards Luncheon, ICC 2002 Conference Banquet and the World Yacht Dinner Cruise.
The US monetary system is one American dollar $1.00 = 100 cents. Traveler's checks denominated in US dollars are accepted at most hotels, restaurants, and large stores. ATMs are located inside banks and in major terminals, such as Penn Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal and Grand Central Station. Most ATMs accept major bank cards from banks that are part of such international banking networks as Cirrus and Plus, and credit cards (if you obtain a PIN prior to travel). ATMs dispense US currency at the going rate of exchange. However, do not rely on just one debit or credit card to obtain cash.
American Express (phone +1 212 640 5130), Thomas Cook Foreign Exchange (phone +1 212 753 2595) and Chase Bank Foreign Currency Exchange (phone +1 212 935 9935) for branch and hour information, (phone +1 800 242 7324 for foreign currency information) have offices throughout the city.
If you have a special need please be certain to indicate this on the ICC 2002 Conference Registration Form. For a copy of Access for All (accessibility information for disabled travelers), phone +1 212 575 7660, or write to Tricia Hennessey, Hospital Audiences, Access Dept., 220 W. 42nd St., 13th Floor, New York, NY 10036. Costs US$5.
Information about agencies that assist people with disabilities is available from the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, 52 Chambers St., Office 206, New York, NY 10007, phone +1 212 788 2830.
Business casual is recommended for daytime and evening ICC 2002 events.
The US uses 110-120 volts, 60 cycles, compared to 220-240 volts, 50 cycles, in most of Europe.
The ICC 2002 Exhibit Hall/Internet Café will be open from 10:00 - 16:00 Monday - Wednesday.
Guest Hospitality and Tours
Spouses and Guests of conference attendees can take advantage of our big city hospitality during the conference in the ICC 2002 Guest Hospitality Room located in the New York Marriott Marquis. Enjoy light refreshments, rest your weary feet and pick up your complimentary gift bag of NYC themed goodies. Spouses and Guests must show their ICC 2002 name badge for entrance to the Guest Hospitality Room and to receive their gift bag. The Guest Hospitality Room will be open Monday - Wednesday from 8:00 - 17:00. (Additional hours on Sunday and Thursday may be added.) ICC 2002 has arranged optional tours for conference guests. All tours will depart from the Guest Hospitality Room. Please see the Guest Hospitality and tours pages for more information.
ICC 2002 has reserved a block of rooms at the New York Marriott Marquis, from Thursday 25 April, 2002 - Monday 6 May 2002. New York Marriott Marquis is located at 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 Phone: +1 212 398 1900 Fax: +1 212 704 8930. We also have a small block of rooms at the Renaissance New York Hotel 2 blocks away.
The Renaissance is at Two Times Square (7th Ave at 48th St.) Phone +212 765 7676 Fax +212 765 1962. IEEE ICC 2002 rate at both hotels is is $235 per night plus 8.25 % New York State Tax, 5% New York City and a $2.00 Occupancy Tax
To make your reservation please click here.
Reservations at the Renaissance New York Hotel must be made by telephone.
The ICC 2002 Exhibit Hall/Internet Café will be open from 10:30 - 15:30 Monday - Wednesday. All guestrooms in the New York Marriott Marquis have data ports, most guestrooms are equipped with high-speed access for an additional fee. Computers with Internet access are available for a fee in the hotel Business Center. easyEverything Times Square Internet Café is a 24/7 Cyber Café with 800 PC's located on 42nd Street 4 blocks from the hotel. Connection rates start at $1. 234 West 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) Phone +1 212 398 0724 URL: www.easyeverything.com/usa
All Conference Sessions and Publications will be in English.
No inoculations are needed to enter the US unless you are coming from, or have stopped over in, areas known to be suffering from epidemics, particularly cholera or yellow fever.
Australians need passport, visa and proof of onward passage; citizens of the UK need passport and proof of onward passage; Canadians need proof of citizenship along with an official photo ID. Confirm travel document requirements with carrier before departure. Canadian citizens may enter the US without visas; they only need proof of residence. Citizens of UK, New Zealand, Japan and most western European countries traveling with a valid passport may not need a visa for fewer than 90 days of holiday or business travel to the US, provided they hold a roundtrip or return ticket and enter the US on an airline or cruise line participating in the visa waiver program. Citizens of countries not listed above, including citizens of Australia, must have two documents: a valid passport, with an expiration date at least 6 months later than the scheduled end of their visit to the US; and a tourist visa, available from the nearest US consulate. If you need to obtain a Visa for entry into the US be certain to apply for one as early as possible. IEEE Communications Society will provide you with a letter to help assist with your visa application on request. To request a visa letter email your name, complete mailing address, company and position to firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Symposium Speakers/Presenters are requested to attend the speakers breakfast on the morning of their presentation. Additional information will be available in the Final Program on-site or from your symposium chair.
Speaker Rehearsal Room
A speaker rehearsal room complete with overhead and LCD projector will be available Sunday - Thursday from 8:00 - 17:00 for any presenters who wish to rehearse and prepare for their presentations.
Student Travel Grants
If you applied for a Student Travel Grant you will be notified if you will receive a grant by the ComSoc office approximately 2 months before the conference. Award checks are distributed at the speakers breakfast the morning of your paper presentation. ICC 2002 has made special arrangements with the New York Marriott Marquis for grant checks to be cashed by the hotel. Details will be sent to you with your acceptance. Student Travel Grants are intended to help defray travel costs and are awarded to student authors/presenters who reside outside of the ComSoc region where the conference is held. Additional information can be found in the Author/Speaker section of the ICC 2002 Website at www.icc2002.com
The US is divided into 4 time zones (or 6 if you include Alaska and Hawaii). New York City is on Eastern Standard Time (EST).
This is part of the American way of life, based on the principle that you should pay for any special service. Here are some examples: bartenders: 10%-15%; bellhops: at least $2 per bag or $5-$8 for a lot of baggage; taxi drivers: 15% of the fare; airport attendants, $1 per bag or $2-$3 for a lot of baggage; valet parking attendants: $2.
Transportation Around New York
Taxicabs - Within the city, taxis cruise the streets looking for passengers. Taxi stands are at many hotels and transportation terminals. Yellow medallion taxis are the only vehicles authorized to pick up street hails. One fare covers all passengers; cabs need not be shared. Fares begin at $2, then increase by 30 cents for every 1/5 mile.
Subway - Operates 24 hours, seven days a week. Fare is $1.50 per one-way trip. MetroCard, or subway token required. Maps are located at subway and train stations, most hotels, Times Square Visitor Center (east side of Broadway between 46th and 47th) or The New York Convention and Visitors Bureau at 810 7th Avenue at 53rd Street.
Public Buses- Operate seven days. Fare is $1.50 (before MetroCard volume discounts) regardless of distance traveled. MetroCard, exact change or subway token is required. Free transfers to connecting buses. Bus stops are located near street corners, and can be identified by tall signs displaying bus emblems and route numbers. Buses stop every 2 to 3 blocks. Buses marked "Limited" make fewer stops. Free bus maps are usually available on the bus and can also be obtained from most subway stations, Times Square Visitor Center (east side of Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets) or The New York Convention and Visitors Bureau at 810 7th Avenue at 53rd Street.
MetroCard - Pre-paid cards that can be used on buses and subways. You can purchase MetroCards good for one or 10 trips. Cards are reusable and you can add money to them by visiting any subway station tollbooth. Additionally, you can purchase a 1-Day Fun Pass MetroCard for $4. This pass allows you to ride all the New York City Transit local buses and subways all you want from the time it is initially used through 3am the following morning. 7-day Unlimited Ride MetroCards are $17. For more information, phone +1 212 638 7622 or visit www.mta.nyc.ny.us
IEEE Travel can assist you with your travel arrangements to and from New York. They can be reached on-line at www.ieeetravelonline.org or by phone at +1 800 TRY IEEE in the US and Canada or +1 732 562 5387 outside the US and Canada.
April and May temperatures may range from 50° -70° Fahrenheit. We suggest that you pack a sweater, light jacket, and an umbrella for outdoor events. Comfortable shoes are recommended for city excursions.