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Aerial image of container ships arriving at Port Newark


Food, Travel

and Hotels

Participants in the workshop will receive a stipend of $1300 from the NEH, from which you can budget travel, meals, and accommodations. You will need to make your own arrangements for travel and accommodations for the five-day workshop. We provide recommendations below. Feel free to contact us at with any questions. We understand that New York City is an expensive location. We expect many participants will need to supplement the NEH stipends with funds from their home institutions to afford their stays. 


If you live outside of New York, you will need to arrange for your own travel to the city. Instead of driving, we would recommend arriving by train to Penn Station or by air to any of the three major airports—LaGuardia, JFK, or Newark. Driving in the city is difficult and parking is time-consuming and expensive. 

We will be meeting at different locations most days of the workshop. To facilitate travel throughout the city, we will provide participants with a week's unlimited subway Metrocard; we will also pay for any ferry passages between site visits. Boat tours and bus tours will be covered by the grant.


Unfortunately, NEH Landmarks projects are not allowed to provide food for participants. Although you must pay for lunch out of your stipend, we will recommend eateries in the vicinity for lunch every day of the wrokshop. You are also free to pack your lunch. Dinner will be on your own.

Hotels and Accommodations

You should reserve your own accommodations well in advance of your stay. Below is a list of mid-tier hotels we have identified in neighborhoods convenient to our workshop activities. These include the Financial District, near many of our planned site visits; and Downtown Brooklyn, close to lower Manhattan and serviced by many subway lines.


We do not have any familiarity with these specific hotels and we are not able to negotiate any reduced rates. We recommend these hotels only as starting points for your search. You may also wish to research room shares and week-length sublets.

Financial District

Downtown Brooklyn (close to Lower Manhattan)

Murray Hill (a central but less expensive neighborhood)

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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