New York City: A Great College Town

New York City has more than a half a million students enrolled in one hundred and four colleges and universities. These students take advantage of Broadway shows, world famous museums, remarkable food, fantastic nightlife, culture around every corner, and incredible diversity- New York City has it all! As a student at the State University of New York State College of Optometry, you will have the opportunity to grow and learn as much from New York City that it can be seen as your second classroom. For your first taste of life in New York, check out some of the fun web sites below!

Around SUNY Optometry

Bookstores & Newspapers

As the University does not have its own bookstore, the following places may be of local help to the college community.

If planning to visit in-person, please call ahead for their business hours.

Medicine & Science

Selected Area Bookstores

  • Argosy Book Store
    116 East 59th Street (between Lexington and Park Avenues)
    specializes in old and rare books including the history of science & medicine, antique maps & prints, and autographs
  • Rizzoli Bookstore
    31 West 57th Street (between Fifth & Sixth Avenues)
    housed in a landmark building offering quality art, architecture, travel and photography books
  • Strand Book Store
    828 Broadway (and 12th Street)
    popular for their wall-to-wall inventory of new/used and rare/signed books


Boroughs & Neighborhoods

City & State Guides



Walking Tours


  • Craigslist:apartment listings; site popular with students
  • your choice of no-fee or broker-exclusive Manhattan apartments
  • NYC Affordable Housing Resource Center: the official site provides apartment hunting tips, rent regulations and links to help you in your search
  • Rent-Direct: subscriber service that sends out email alerts and offers live telephone support

Theater/Performance Discounts

Many performing arts organizations provide discounts to students with valid ID's.
Some also set aside a limited number of discounted tickets for same-day performance sale (known as rush tickets).

The library receives discount coupons to various Broadway and off-Broadway shows courtesy of the School Theatre Ticket Program.
Drop by our circulation desk to see what's available.

Local Transport

New York City Transit

  • NYC Subway
    NYC Transit subway map
    local and express subway and train service throughout the city
  • Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
    Long Island Rail Road map in html
    travel between Brooklyn and Queens or Manhattan and Queens to Long Island
  • Long Island Bus
    Long Island Bus map
    routes between Queens and Long Island and connects in Long Island with LIRR
  • Metro-North Railroad
    Metro-North Railroad map
    takes you to points in Connecticut, New Jersey, and upstate New York
  • MTA New York City Transit Bus
  • Local and express bus schedules
    serving the five boroughs of New York City
  • New York City Department of Transportation (DOT)
    the latest on city traffic rules, advisories, permits and the Staten Island Ferry
  • New Jersey Transit
    lower and mid-Manhattan connections that will take you throughout the state of New Jersey via bus and rail
  • Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
    oversees the bridges and tunnels, ferry services to Manhattan, and the three area airports
  • Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT): the largest bus terminal in the United States dispatching buses to destinations across the country
  • Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation (PATH): provides lower and mid-Manhattan connections to Newport, Hoboken, Jersey City, Harrison and Newark, New Jersey
  • Air Train to JFK

Area Airports

How to get to the airports:

Travel Hub


  • Airwise:airport and air travel guide with domestic and worldwide flight schedules
  • EscapeMaker:guide to one-day and weekend getaways in the Northeast
  • Fodors:city miniguides including restaurant and hotel reviews
  • Frommers :like their guidebooks, with maps, hotel and restaurant reviews
  • GORP:adventure travel with book, gear and Community links
  • I Explore: from National Geographic for adventurous travelers
  • Lonely Planet Online:world guides to just about everywhere
  • Rough Guides Online:searchable edition to the book series
  • Trip Advisor:reviews of hotels, resorts and vacations
  • :Transportation Security Administration checklist

Comparison Shopping

  • Expedia:book flights, hotels, and cruises domestically and abroad
  • Last Minute Travel:last minute deals
  • Orbitz: compare rates on flights, hotels and car rentals
  • rates at major travel websites
  • Travelocity: search for airfares, hotels, car rentals, cruises and rail travel
  • Travelweb:last-minute discounts on hotels, flights and rental cars


Special Needs Travel

International Travel

Volunteer Organizations