Living in New York City is a unique experience in any borough, but Manhattan is so central to the New York lifestyle that locals refer to it simply as “the city.” New York City is full of great food, beautiful sights, and endless things to do, and New York is also one of the safest cities in the world! Moving to NYC can be an overwhelming experience, so we created this page to provide you with some useful resources for your time here.

Learning the Area
Geographically, New York is a city with 5 boroughs, 59 community districts and hundreds of neighborhoods. You can get a better sense of your surroundings by exploring the neighborhoods online at For a more detailed breakdown click here.

Finding A Place to Stay

Unfortunately, we do not provide any housing opportunities. We suggest incoming fellows and students check or for short-term housing options.

Dormitory style rooms may also be available at the 92nd Street Y.

A number of previous fellows have rented nearby private apartments at 1367 First Avenue. To inquire, please contact Ms. Betty Kim at (917) 583-9233.

Please understand that any referral made to non-Weill Cornell or New York Presbyterian real estate property shall not be construed or reported as an endorsement or approval by Weill Cornell Medicine or a warranty or representation by Weill Cornell Medicine as to the quality, safety or other features of such property, and/or its owners or management agent(s). Weill Cornell Medicine expressly disclaims any and all responsibility for any issues that may arise with regard to such property or rental units or with regard to disputes between landlords and tenant concerning such property or rental units. All prospective tenants are encouraged to exercise their own judgment when evaluating a prospective rental unit or landlord.

While you may find what seem like good options on Craiglist, be very careful of scams. Never give money before seeing a place in person. For more tips on avoiding scams visit

Getting Around
The easiest ways to get around Manhattan are public transportation (subway and bus) and ride hailing apps like Uber and Lyft (where you can input your exact destination).

Eating and Drinking
New York City is the cultural capital of the United States and one of the greatest food cities in the world. Be sure to check out Dr. Evins’ comprehensive curated list of the top restaurants in New York at

Local restaurant reviews can also be found on Yelp and The Infatuation.

Another quintessential component of the NY food scene is the ability to get pretty much anything delivered to your home at any time, from nearly any place. We recommend the following apps and websites for delivery,

  • DoorDash (Get $30 off your first 3 orders by following this link)
  • UberEats (Get $30 off your first order by using code eats-mvjgp at checkout)
  • Seamless (Get $10 off your first order by following this link)
  • Postmates (Use code H5TT to get a $10 delivery credit)

We also recommend FreshDirect for delivery of groceries and household items. Click here to get $25 off your first order.

Seeing the Sights
We have access to discounted tickets to shows and attractions, as well as discounted car rental, please don’t hesitate to ask once you arrive.

For those looking to do serious discounted clothes shopping, we recommend Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley, NY.

Planning to travel within the Northeast? If so, check out Alex’s guide to the Northeast Corridor for restaurants and attractions in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.