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BioC 2019: Where Software and Biology Connect

When: June 24 - 27, 2019
What: Developer Day, Main Conference, Symposium
Where: NYU and Rockefeller University, New York City, USA
Slack: Bioconductor Team (#bioc2019 channel)
Twitter: #bioc2019


The conference will take place in two venues:


The conference venues are most easily accessible from the east side of Manhattan (especially around Grand Central Terminal) and from Long Island City (LIC). LIC provides good value for the price, but will require taking the subway (or a cablecar over the East River if you are near the bridge to Roosevelt Island!)

The following link may provide group rate discounts for hotels close to the venues:

Most affordable options

Long Island City (LIC) provides affordable hotel options (starting at ~$120/night+14.75% tax), and is 25-30 minutes by transit to both Rockefeller University and NYU Langone Medicine.

Most convenient options

These options are easy walking distance from Rockefeller University, but are > $250 / night.

Closer to NYU:

NYU Langone

Please arrive at NYU through the main entrance on 1st Avenue between 30th and 34th street.

Local Transportation to NYU

Buses: The M15 local bus runs the length of First Avenue in Manhattan and stops near the front of the NYU Langone Medical Center. For the M15 limited bus, which runs express, the closest stop is at 29th Street. The M34 bus runs the length of 34th Street in Manhattan and stops directly in front of the north entrance to NYU Medical Center on 34th Street at First Avenue. The M16 bus, which connects with nationwide bus service at the Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd Street and Eighth Avenue), has a nearby stop at First Avenue and 23rd Street. One bus fare is $2.50. A MetroCard or coins are required.

Subway: The subway costs $2.75. The stops closest to the NYU Langone Medical Center and the Bellevue Hospital Center are: 33rd Street or 28th Street stops (at Park Avenue) on the Number 6 line. Grand Central Terminal at 42nd Street between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue (4, 5, 6).

Available Parking Options:

Getting around NYU Langone

Farkas Auditorium: Follow the Yellow Pathway and you will quickly come upon the Alumni Hall. The Farkas Auditorium will be to your right. If you have reached the Medical Science Building then you have gone too far. Registration will take place here. Smilow Research Center—Found at the very end of the Yellow Pathway. Upon entering the Medical Center, take the Yellow Pathway to the Smilow elevator bank at the back of the building.

Medical Science Building (MSB): Found midway along the Yellow Pathway. The MSB conference room for the workshop can be found down by continuing past the elevators into the Smilow Research Building and continuing down the stairs (or taking the elevator 1 floor down).

Science Building (SB): The main entrance of this building is located on E. 30th Street and has access points from the Smilow Research Center and the Medical Science Building. From MSB, please take the elevators to the ground floor and follow the signs marked “Science Building.” This building can also be access by a bridge next to the Smilow Seminar Room.

Rockefeller University

Arrival at Rockefeller.

Please arrive to Rockefeller at the entrance on 66th street and York avenue.

Local transportation to Rockefeller University

Buses: Two buses stop near the main entrance: the York Avenue/ 57th Street crosstown (M31) and the 68th Street crosstown (M66) (Metropolitan Transit Authority). Both routes pass within steps of the entrance.

Subway: Take the 6 to the 68th Street/Hunter College and walk east or the Q to 2nd Avenue/72nd Street and exit at 69th street. Rockefeller is half a mile from the Subway.

Tramway (cable car): The Manhattan stop of the Roosevelt Island Tramway is a 7 minute walk from Rockefeller University. This is likely to take a little extra time but can be a nice option if you are staying along the F line or within walking distance of the Roosevelt Island F line subway station in Long Island City. The tramway uses the Metrocard and costs a regular subway fare.

Taxis estimated costs.

Bicycle racks are at the end of 68th Street parking lot under the tennis court by the staircase in the back.

Arriving by air

The main airports that serve New York City are LGA, JFK, and EWR (Newark).

Arriving to Manhattan from JFK.

Arriving to Manhattan from Newark.

Arriving to Manhattan from LaGuardia.

Driving and parking

Take the FDR Drive southbound to 63rd Street or northbound to 61st Street; turn right on York Avenue. There is no parking on campus. Here are the closest places to park: