Postdoctoral fellows may live within a few blocks of classrooms and laboratories, on a self-contained campus that is part of a safe residential neighborhood on the prestigious upper East Side of Manhattan. Numerous shops and restaurants in the immediate vicinity lend this neighborhood an aura of a small, well-defined community.
Campus life is dramatically augmented by being located within one of the world's great cities – a metropolis that Weill Cornell postdocs enjoy soon after their arrival. New York City offers an unmatched range of cultural and recreational activities, many within walking distance of Weill Cornell and all readily accessible by public transport.
Much of the world's best art, music, theater, ballet, cinema, and cuisine is concentrated on Manhattan island. Our major museums are world-famous, ranging from the Museum of Modern Art on 53rd Street, and the Whitney Museum of American Art on nearby Madison Avenue, to the giants on Fifth avenue which include the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. West of this area, across Central Park, are the American Museum of Natural History (with its famous dinosaur exhibit) and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts featuring the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. Farther downtown, Carnegie Hall, renowned for its offerings of both classical music and jazz, is located amidst New York's most fashionable shops. On summer evenings, free concerts and opera are performed on the lawns of Central Park.
For sports enthusiasts, there is Madison Square Garden, home to the Knicks and Rangers. Magnificent Central Park, the East River Promenade near Cornell, and the Hudson River Promenade near the World Financial Center are nearby for strolling, biking, jogging and roller blading. During the warmer months, street fairs are held in various neighborhoods of the city.
Immediately surrounding the campus, fellows' non-academic needs are met in a variety of ways. Free noon-time music recitals, featuring fine soloists and groups, are held on Fridays on the adjacent Rockefeller University campus. Numerous international restaurants and first-run cinemas provide nourishment and entertainment for every taste. For food shopping, there are several supermarkets, and a small grocery or take-out deli is on nearly every street corner.
New York City is an unparalleled place to learn and to do science. Further excitement and enrichment are in store for the fellow who wishes to experience our great city. To help you on your journey to NYC, visit nycvisit.com, where they have extensive listings of everything that goes on in the city. Have Fun!!