Directions

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The following general routes are suggested by the Society of Illustrators. Please be sure to consult a map for the actual best route from your location. Keep in mind that numerous alternate routes into Manhattan exist and that traffic conditions can vary widely and change rapidly. For specific questions or more information about directions, contact the Society.

 

BY BUS:


The nearest bus lines are the M98, M101, M102, and M103, running along Lexington Avenue, and the Q32 running along 60th Street. Check schedules and maps ahead of time at New York City Transit

BY CAR:


From Long Island:
Take the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge into Manhattan and exit onto 2nd Avenue, traveling south. Turn left onto East 60th Street, travel one block, and then turn right onto 3rd Avenue, traveling north. Go three blocks to East 63rd Street and turn left. If arriving from Long Island via another route, such as the Midtown Tunnel, check ahead of time for the best route to the Upper East Side and 63rd Street.

 

From Upstate New York via New York State Thruway:
From I-87 South/I-287 East follow signs for the Major Deegan Expressway. Via [bridge TK] travel onto the FDR Drive Proceed downtown to the 63rd Street exit

 

From Connecticut / Upstate New York via I-95:
Take I-95 South to Exit 6B, I-278 West toward Bruckner Expressway / Triborough Bridge. Take exit 47, I-278 West/FDR Drive/Grand Central Parkway toward Triborough Bridge. Via the RFK Bridge travel onto the FDR Drive. Proceed downtown to the 63rd Street exit

 

From New Jersey Via George Washington Bridge:
Exit George Washington Bridge, merge onto I-95 North. Take Exit 2, Amsterdam Avenue/Harlem River Drive/ FDR Drive, towards Manhattan. Follow signs to the RFK Bridge and FDR Drive. Take the FDR Drive downtown to 63rd Street Exit

 

From New Jersey Via Lincoln Tunnel:
Exit Lincoln Tunnel and take the 10th Avenue/West Side Highway exit toward points north. Follow 10th Avenue uptown to 65th Street. Turn right onto 65th Street and travel crosstown to Lexington Avenue. Turn right onto Lexington and travel south to 63rd Street

Parking:
On street parking in the vicinity of the Society is rarely available and recent meter enforcement policies leave motorists highly susceptible to ticketing. We recommend using a parking garage. Icon Parking is a useful website for locating parking in garages and lots and calculating its cost. Parking garages in the vicinity of the Society offering hourly, daily, and longer rates include:

    Baron Parking 1801 Third Avenue

    Custom Parking 186-188 E. 64th Street

    Capital Parking 166 E. 63rd Street

    Distinctive Parking 35-39 E. 61st Street

    GMC Parking 124 E. 63rd Street


    MPC Parking 300 E. 59th Street

    Premiere Parking 203 E. 61st Street

 

BY SUBWAY:


Metrocards may be purchased at any New York City Transit station, either from a manned fare booth or from an automated machine. Metrocard automated machines accept cash, credit cards, and debit cards.

 

From Brooklyn, downtown Manhattan, or Queens:
Take the F train to Lexington Avenue and exit on the southwest corner of Lexington and 63rd Street. Walk west.

Connections:
In Manhattan connections to the F train are available at Delancey Street from the J, M, or Z train; at West 4th Street from the A, B, C, D, E, or V train; and 34th Street from the B, D, N, Q, R, V, or W train.

 

From the Bronx or uptown Manhattan:
Take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue, exit, and walk uptown to 63rd Street.

 

Pennsylvania Station:
Exit Pennsylvania Station onto Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street. Walk one block east to the subway station at Sixth Avenue and 32nd and take the F train uptown to Lexington Avenue and exit on the southwest corner of Lexington and 63rd Street. Walk west.

Alternate route:
Take the 1, 2, 3, 9, A, C, or E train from Pennsylvania Station to Times Square/42nd Street, switch to the 7 train heading toward the east side and take it one stop to 5th Avenue/42nd Street. Switch to the uptown F train.

 

Grand Central Station:
Take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue, exit, and walk uptown to 63rd Street.

Alternate route:
Take the 7 train to 5th Avenue/42nd Street, transfer to the F uptown train, exit at Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street.

 

FROM THE AIRPORTS VIA SUBWAY:


JFK International Airport:
Take the AirTrain from JFK to the A train at Howard Beach/JFK Airport. Take the A train uptown (toward Manhattan). At Jay Street/Borough Hall (in Brooklyn) transfer to the uptown F train to Lexington Avenue and exit on the southwest corner of Lexington and 63rd Street. Walk west.

Alternate routes:
Take the AirTrain from JFK to E train at Sutphin Boulevard/Archer Avenue/JFK Airport.

Take the E train uptown toward Manhattan. At Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike (in Queens) transfer to the uptown F train to Lexington Avenue and exit on the southwest corner of Lexington and 63rd Street. Walk west.

It is also possible to change at Sutphin Boulevard/Archer Avenue/JFK Airport to the Long Island Railroad and travel to Pennsylvania Station. See above for directions.

 

LaGuardia Airport
There is no direct train service from LaGuardia Airport. Travelers must take a cab or car service or see directions via bus below.

 

FROM THE AIRPORTS VIA CAB OR CAR SERVICE:


To hail a cab at either JFK International Airport or LaGuardia Airport, look for the taxi stand, usually located outside the baggage claim in the pickup location for arriving passengers. Cab fare to the Society of Illustrators building from LaGuardia will vary depending on traffic but should run between $40 and $50, which includes regular fare plus tolls. A Flat Fare program is in effect for cabs running from JFK into Manhattan and the fare is $45. Fares from the city to JFK are calculated on the regular fare rate, plus tolls. Look for licensed medallion cabs and always take your receipt.


Travelers may also make arrangements with a private airport car or limo service, which often offer a flat fee for transportation but which may carry additional passengers.