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Directions to Morningside Heights

Columbia's Morningside Heights campus is located at Broadway and 116th Street in Manhattan. Drivers should note that in New York City, right turns at red lights are illegal unless traffic signs state otherwise.

Columbia University is located at 116th Street and Broadway in Upper Manhattan.
Columbia University is located at 116th Street and Broadway in Upper Manhattan.

By Car From the North
Take the New York Thruway (I-87) or the New England Thruway (I-95) south to the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95) in the direction of the George Washington Bridge. Take the exit for the Henry Hudson Parkway south (last exit before the bridge). Exit the Parkway at West 125th Street. Merge onto Marginal Street (0.2 miles). Turn left onto 125th Street (0.2 miles). Turn right onto Broadway and continue south to 116th Street. University main gate is on left. The main gate is not open to vehicular traffic.

Alternatively, take the Saw Mill River Parkway south to the Henry Hudson Parkway south. Cross the Henry Hudson Bridge ($3.00 cash toll) into Manhattan. Exit the Parkway at West 125th Street. Merge onto Marginal Street (0.2 miles). Turn left onto 125th Street (0.2 miles). Turn right onto Broadway and continue south to 116th Street. University main gate is on the left. The main gate is not open to vehicular traffic.

By Car From the South or West
Take the New Jersey Turnpike north or I-80 east to the George Washington Bridge ($8 cash toll heading into New York; westbound to New Jersey is always free). After crossing the bridge, take the exit for the Henry Hudson Parkway south. Exit the Parkway at 125th Street. Merge onto Marginal Street (0.2 miles). Turn left onto 125th Street (0.2 miles). Turn right onto Broadway and continue south to 114th Street. Make U-turn and continue to 116th Street. University main gate is on right. The main gate is not open to vehicular traffic.

Alternatively, drivers can enter New York City via the Lincoln Tunnel. Take I-280 north to I-95 north. From I-95, take Exit 16E toward the Lincoln Tunnel/NJ-3 ($8 cash toll heading into New York; westbound to New Jersey is always free). Keep left at the fork and merge onto NJ-495 east. Leaving the tunnel, take the exit toward 42 St./I-495 E/New York 9A; bear to the left and continue under the underpass onto Dyer Avenue. Turn left onto West 41st Street. Turn right onto 12th Avenue, the Henry Hudson Parkway. From the Parkway, take the West 96th Street exit. Merge onto 96th Street and turn left onto Broadway. Continue to West 116th Street. University main gate is on right. The main gate is not open to vehicular traffic.

By Car From Southern Manhattan or Brooklyn
Take the Henry Hudson Parkway (Route 9A) north. Exit the Parkway at 125th Street. Turn right onto 125th Street. Turn right onto Broadway and continue south to 116th Street. University main gate is on the left. The main gate is not open to vehicular traffic.

By Car From Long Island
Take the Long Island Expressway or the Grand Central Parkway west to the Triborough/RFK Bridge ($5.50 cash toll), to Manhattan. Follow 125th Street westward 12 blocks to Broadway, which is under an elevated subway structure. Turn left onto Broadway and continue south to 116th Street. University main gate is on the left. The main gate is not open to vehicular traffic.

By Car From the New York Area Airports
From LaGuardia: Take the Grand Central Parkway west to the Triborough/RFK Bridge ($5.50 cash toll), to Manhattan. Follow 125th Street westward 12 blocks to Broadway. Turn left onto Broadway, which is under an elevated subway structure and continue south to 116th Street. University main gate is on the left. The main gate is not open to vehicular traffic.

From John F. Kennedy: Take the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678) northeast to the Grand Central Parkway (Exit 10) toward La Guardia Airport and the Triborough/RFK Bridge. Cross the bridge ($5.50 cash toll) into Manhattan. Follow 125th Street westward 12 blocks to Broadway, which is under an elevated subway structure. Turn left onto Broadway and continue south to 116th Street. University main gate is on the left. The main gate is not open to vehicular traffic.

From Newark: Follow directions under By Car From the South or West (above).

By Train or Bus
Trains to New York arrive at Grand Central Station or Pennsylvania Station; buses stop at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Visitors arriving at these stations can take either public transportation or a taxi north to the campus.

By New York City Public Transportation
Five bus lines (M4, M5, M11, M60, M104) and one subway line (the No. 1 local) serve the Columbia neighborhood. The Columbia stop for the buses and the subway is 116th Street. The M60 bus is a direct link between campus and LaGuardia Airport. Do not use the Nos. 2 and 3 express subway trains, which follow a different route and do not stop at Columbia University. If you take the No. 2 or 3, transfer at 96th Street to the No. 1 local train.

Maps of bus and subway routes are available on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority website.

By Air
For visitors coming into La Guardia, John F. Kennedy or Newark airports, taxi service is available to the campus (about $25 from LaGuardia; from Kennedy a flat rate of $45 plus tolls), and there is bus service to Grand Central Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Bus service directly from LaGuardia airport to Columbia, the M60 city bus, is also available.

By Inter-Campus Shuttle Bus
A free shuttle bus connects the Morningside Heights campus with its Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Columbia University Medical Center campuses and affiliate Harlem Hospital. Shuttle service schedules and news can be found on the Transportation Services website.

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Parking in Morningside Heights

You may park on the streets around campus or use the local parking garages. The garages below are listed from south to north.

PAO Parking
214 West 95th Street
(between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue)

West Side Parking
234 West 108th Street
(between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue)
212-222-8800
Open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

E&B Operating Group
143 West 108th Street
(between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenue)
212-865-8315
Open 24 hours

GGMC Parking
512 West 112th Street
(between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue)
212-865-1754
Open from 6 a.m. to midnight

Pro Park America
1090 West 114th Street
(between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue)
212-523-1051
Open from 6 a.m. to midnight

Claremont Parking Corp.
Riverside Church, 120th Street
(between Claremont Avenue & Riverside Drive)
212-870-6736
Open from 6 a.m. to midnight

GMC Garage
532 West 122nd Street (between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue)
212-961-1075
Open from 6 a.m. to midnight

More Than Parking (MTP)
631-635 West 131st Street
(between Broadway & 12th Avenue)
212-368-2579
Open from 6 a.m. to midnight

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Directions to Columbia University Medical Center

The Center is located at West 168th Street and Broadway, immediately southeast of the George Washington Bridge, in the Heights/Inwood section of northern Manhattan.

Columbia University Medical Center is located at West 168th Street and Broadway.
Columbia University Medical Center is located at West 168th Street and Broadway.

By Public Transportation 
Subway: Take the 1, A, C trains to the 168th Street station. From midtown Manhattan, the A train provides express service.

Bus: A number of city buses serve the medical center: M-2, 3, 4, 5 and 100. For additional bus and subway information, call the Transit Authority at 718-330-1234.

By Car
The fastest and most convenient way to reach the medical center by automobile is to follow directions to the George Washington Bridge. Then exit onto Riverside Drive. From there, proceed south and turn left onto West 165th Street (the first left), and then right onto Fort Washington Avenue to the medical center parking facility.

From upstate New York and New Jersey After crossing the George Washington Bridge, follow signs to the Henry Hudson (also called the West Side Highway), and then to Riverside Drive.

From Riverdale and Westchester via the Saw Mill River Parkway Exit the Henry Hudson Parkway at the Riverside Drive exit, which is immediately past the George Washington Bridge.

From Westchester, Connecticut, or the East Side of Manhattan via the Major Deegan, Cross-Bronx Expressway, or Harlem River Drive approaching the George Washington Bridge, take the Henry Hudson Parkway, stay to the left and follow signs to Riverside Drive.

From the West Side of Manhattan Take the Henry Hudson Parkway to exit 15-Riverside Drive South.

By Inter-Campus Shuttle Bus
A free shuttle bus connects the Columbia University Medical Center campuses and affiliate Harlem Hospital with the Morningside Heights campus and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Shuttle service schedules and news can be found on the Transportation Services website.

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Parking at Columbia University Medical Center

Courtesy parking in one of Columbia University Medical Center's five parking facilities is available for guest and special visitors to the University for a fee. Requests for guest parking must be made in advance by completing a Guest Parking Request Form. Columbia University cannot guarantee that parking will always be available for guests.

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Directions to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory sits on a high, forested bluff on the Palisades overlooking the Hudson River, about fifteen miles north of Manhattan.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory sits on a high, forested bluff on the Palisades overlooking the Hudson River, about fifteen miles north of Manhattan.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory sits on a high, forested bluff on the Palisades overlooking the Hudson River, about fifteen miles north of Manhattan.

By Car From Westchester
Take I-287 west across the Tappan Zee Bridge. Take the first exit after the bridge (Exit 10 Nyack). Proceed South on Rte. 9W for a distance of approximately 5 miles. Lamont-Doherty will be on your left.

By Car From New York City & Long Island
Take the upper level of the George Washington Bridge to the first exit (Palisades Interstate Parkway). Proceed north on the parkway for a distance of approximately 10 miles to Exit 4 (Rte. 9W). At the end of the exit ramp at the stop light, turn left onto Rte. 9W North and proceed north for a distance of approximately 200 yards. Lamont-Doherty will be on your right.

By Car From Upstate New York and Northern New Jersey
Via the New York State Thruway Southbound: Take the Thruway South to Exit 13 (Palisades Interstate Parkway South). Proceed on the Parkway south for a distance of approximately 10 miles to Exit 4 (Rte. 9W). At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto 9W North. Proceed on 9W for a distance of approximately 1 mile. Lamont-Doherty will be on your right.

By Car From New Jersey
Via Route I-80 and points West: Take Rte. 80 East (remain in local lanes) to the Palisades Interstate Parkway exit just before the George Washington Bridge. Follow signs to the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Proceed north on the Parkway for a distance of approximately 10 miles to Exit 4 (Rte. 9W). At the end of the exit ramp at the stop light, turn left onto Rte. 9W North and proceed north for a distance of approximately 200 yards. Lamont-Doherty will be on your right.

Via Route I-95 and points South: Take Rte. 95 North to Rte. I-80 East (remain in local lanes) to the Palisades Interstate Parkway exit just before the George Washington Bridge. Follow signs to the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Proceed north on the Parkway for a distance of approximately 10 miles to Exit 4 (Rt. 9W). At the end of the exit ramp at the stop light, turn left onto Rt. 9W North and proceed north for a distance of approximately 200 yards. Lamont-Doherty will be on your right.

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