Travel & Tourist Information

Memorial Sloan Kettering is located on the Upper East Side (UES) of Manhattan. Elegant real estate, quaint restaurants, designer boutiques, and proximity to Central Park all contribute to the refined tranquility of the Upper East Side. This residential New York City neighborhood is ideal for art lovers who may want to stroll down the Museum Mile (Fifth Avenue) and visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim or the Museum of Modern Art a bit farther in midtown Manhattan. Perhaps you prefer to explore the Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium on the Upper West Side or the nearby United Nations and the landmark Grand Central Station. Those into fashion and shopping will love the close proximity to Madison Avenue, studded with Manhattan’s best retail stores. The list of things to do on the Upper East Side is as expansive as your interests. Check out The Affinia Hotel’s top picks for Upper East Side attractions, restaurants, and bars.

The 2016 ARIO meeting takes place on the UES at Memorial Sloan Kettering in the Rockefeller Laboratories Building at 430 East 67 Street (between York and First Avenues). Almost all of the recommended nearby hotels are also on the UES – you can check your hotel’s specific website for address information.

Traveling to MSK


  • LaGuardia Airport is the closet to Manhattan. While there are several shuttle, bus and train options, the best option in terms of your time and peace of mind will be to take a taxi cab to and from the airport.
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is a bit further and probably has the most direct flights to and from many cities. Here too there is a subway (train to the plane option), but taxis are your best choice.
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR - NJ) is also an option (but the farthest) with Amtrak train service into Penn Station and then take a taxi cab from Penn Station. Taking a taxi cab directly from the airport is faster, but pricey.

Taxi Cabs

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  • LGA to UES in normal traffic should run about $35 – it is a metered fare
  • JFK to UES in normal traffic should run about $63 – It’s a flat rate of $52, plus tax, tip and a possible surcharge of $5.30 max. depending on destination
  • EWR to UES in normal traffic should run about $68

Once in Manhattan, Uber is very popular in NYC and will probably be cheaper than hailing a Yellow Cab. At LGA and JFK, drivers for UberX, Uber’s lower-cost service, can pick up passengers if they are licensed by the Taxi & Limousine Commission. It is the only market where all drivers are required to obtain a taxi license and show proof of insurance.

Yellow Cabs can be gotten easily by sticking your hand out at any major street corner. Or simply go to the front of any hotel or major restaurant and ask them to hail you a cab. Most Yellow cabs take major credit cards – be sure to ask if it is working before committing to the ride. Tipping is expected in a Yellow Cab and 20% is considered a decent tip.


Amtrak runs trains from all destinations up and down the Northeast corridor and from all over the US and Montreal, Canada into NYC Penn Station. Penn Station is on 34 Street and Eighth Avenue on the Westside of Manhattan. A taxi cab from Penn to the UES should run about $20.

Subway and NYC Local Bus Fares

The fare for a subway or local bus ride is $2.75 (if you purchase more than one fare), no matter how far (how many “stops”) you travel. Single ride cards are sold but they cost $3.00. The fare for an express bus ride is $6.50. If you qualify for reduced fare, you can travel for half fare. Up to three children 44 inches tall and under ride for free on subways and local buses when accompanied by a fare paying adult. Infants (under two years of age) ride express buses free if the child sits on the lap of the accompanying adult.

Metrocards can be purchased via vending machines at most stations and in some stores.

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Fall Baseball

  • The New York Mets play at Citifield in Queens and are hosting the Phillies on Sunday, September 25, 2016
  • The New York Yankees play at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx and are hosting their long-time rivals the Boston Red Sox on September 27-29, 2016

Of course all of the above is only a small sampling of what there is to do, see, eat and drink in NYC. Click here for more great ideas.

What to Wear and September Weather

Dress for the conference is business casual. Early to mid fall in NYC can be hard to predict. Make sure you have a light-medium weight jacket or sweater and of course if it’s warm outside, the meeting space will be air-conditioned.

September generally is a warm month in NYC, but evenings can be a bit cooler as the month wears on.

  • Average High Temperature: 76°F (24°C)
  • Average Low Temperature: 61°F (16°C)
  • Pack an umbrella

People wear almost anything to the theater and only the most upscale restaurants require a suit jacket or tie.