How to find the Palmer Laboratory

...well, our lab is not located here...

Our Address

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
Black Building, Room 511
Columbia University
630 West 168th Street
New York, New York 10032

Phone: (212) 305-8675 (Arthur G. Palmer)
Phone: (212) 305-0257 (Research Group)
Phone: (212) 305-3882 (Department Administator) FAX: (212) 305-7932

From the Airports to the City and our Lab

These are the means of transportation that we recommend for getting from the three airports to the city/our lab:

Laguardia is the airport closest to our lab, and the only one that we recommend that you take a taxi cab from straight to our lab (unless you're on an expense account). The cab fare will probably run between ~$20-25, including the bridge toll. A much cheaper alternative is to take the M60 city bus from Laguardia (stops right outside most terminals, runs every ~30 min) to Columbia's main campus. The bus fare is $1.50, which you have to pay in coins or using a token (same as for the subway). From Columbia's main campus (located at 116th St. and Broadway), you can either take the 1/9 subway line (red) uptown to the Columbia-Presbytarian Medical Center (see instructions for the subway below), or you can take a cab. The cab fare between the two campuses runs between ~$6-8.

Newark is the airport furthest away from the city, but often faster to get to/from than JFK. The AirTrain is probably the most convenient method of getting into New York. Other transportation options include shared vans and the Olympia Trails Bus. The Bus will bring you to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. From the bus terminal you can take the subway, preferrably the A (blue) line, which is an express train, and is located closer to the bus terminal than the 1/9 line. Another alternative is to take a cab from the Port Authority, which will cost you ~$15.

J.F. Kennedy. The fixed rate taxi cab fare from JFK is $35.00 plus tolls ($3.50) and tips (15%). You should get a cab at the designated taxi stand at the airport (follow the signs). Alternatively, take the Carey bus to Grand Central station. The fare is about $12. From Grand Central, your most convenient option is to take a cab to our lab. The fare will probably be ~$10-15. The less convenient alternative is to walk across the street to Grand Central, find the "cross-town shuttle" subway line (S, black), take this to Times Square/42nd St., transfer to the 1/9 line uptown (or walk a bit further in the tunnels under Times Square and transfer to the A line, which runs express).

More Info on the Airports and Transportation.

From the Train stations to our lab

Penn Station (Amtrak, NJ Transit). Take the A (blue) subway line uptown (see further instructions below).

Grand Central Station (Metro North). Take the "cross-town shuttle" subway line (S, black), to Times Square/42nd St., transfer to the 1/9 (red) or the A (blue) subway lines uptown (see further instructions below).

NJ Transit train schedules
Amtrak web page, including schedules
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, including New York City Transit (Subway and Bus), Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Rail Road, and more...

How to get to our lab by Subway

Subway map

The subway stop closest to our lab is the 168th St. - Broadway station on either the 1/9 (red) or A/B (blue) lines, located way up north (uptown) in Manhattan.

If you take the 1/9 line: You will have to take the elevator to the street level. As you step out of the elevator, turn left, exit thru the gates, and continue in the same direction up the stairs. This will take you to the 168th st/Broadway corner, where you turn left and walk west along 168th st. At the other end of this block is the Black Building (that is William Black -- the building isn't colored black), where our lab is located. Unclear? Take a look at this map.

If you take the A/B line: Follow the signs to the 1/9 line (transfer), until you get to the gates by the elevators. Then follow directions above for the 1/9.

Lots of info on the subway system.
Here's another subway page that includes all of the railroads and has a big! detailed image.

Are you planning on taking a taxi cab?

Then this complement to our address above may be helpful info for the cab driver: Columbia-Presbytarian Medical Center, corner of West 168th St. and Fort Washington Ave. Here's a map to help you orient yourself in advance.
General info on taking a taxi cab in NYC .

By car

Driving is usually the least convenient way to travel to our laboratory (and most places in New York City. If you insist, here are directions.

From the north: (1) Take the New York Thruway (Route 87) to the Cross Bronx Expressway in the direction of the George Washington Bridge. Bear right as you approach the bridge and take the exit for Riverside Drive south. (2) The New England Thruway (I-95) becomes the Cross Bronx Expressway. Proceed as above. (3) Take the Saw Mill Parkway south or the Cross Country Parkway west to Riverside Drive south.
From the east: Take the Grand Central Parkway or Long Island Expressway west to the Cross Island Parkway north. Cross over the Throgs Neck Bridge to the Cross Bronx Expressway in the direction of the George Washington Bridge. Proceed as above.
From the south and west: Take the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) north or I-80 east to the George Washington Bridge. As you cross the bridge, be careful to exit onto Riverside Drive south.

Parking The Columbia Presbyterian Hospital parking garage is located on Fort Washington Avenue and West 165th Street (enter from Fort Washington).

General info on driving a car in NYC.

Once you have arrived at the (William) Black building

You need to register with the guard and get a visitor badge. The guard will want to know who you will be visiting and he might want to call us up before letting you in. So, it's a good idea if you have our office/lab address and phone number available at this point.
Take the elevator up to the 5th floor. Turn left as you step out of the elevator. Our lab is the second door from the right on the wall you are now facing (after you turned left). Unclear? Take a look at this map.

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