NYU is located in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood in downtown Manhattan rich with history and culture. NYU, in keeping with its founder’s vision, is “in and of the city.” The University – which has no walls and no gates – is deeply intertwined with New York City, and students are encouraged to explore the city and take advantage of the many resources and experiences it offers.
For information about transportation and finding your way from point A to point B in the city, visit the Getting Around page.
Getting to Know the City
New York boasts some of the world’s top museums, restaurants, and sights. For ideas of what to do in the city, visit some of the websites below:
New York City History
Manhattan, “Island of Many Hills,” was inhabited by the Lenape people prior to European settlement by the Dutch in 1624-1625 when New Amsterdam was formed. The English conquered the area in 1664 and renamed the city “New York.” The city has as many stories to tell as people who live here. Learn more about the city’s past by visiting one of the museums below or going on a historic walking tour!
New York City Reads
Before all of your reading is claimed by textbooks, articles, and journals, delve into the local paper or pick up one of the books below to read about your new home.
New York Times
Here is New York by E.B. White
The Encyclopedia of New York City by Kenneth Jackson
Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.I. Konigsburg
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Washington Square by Henry James
NYU Ticket Central
Discounted tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway shows, sports games, movies, and other events around campus and the city are available to you through Ticket Central. For more information, and to sign up for the weekly mailing of specials, visit the Ticket Central website.
Go to museums for free! NYU’s Freeseums program allows you to use your NYUCard to get free admission to some of the city’s finest cultural institutions. For a full list of museums, visit the Freeseums website.
More information about taking advantage of New York City is available on the Student Resource Center website.