I wanted to share with folks my personal know-how as a local-yocal from NYC for getting around town and up to Omega Institute, for those who are coming from further afield and who prefer to use public transit.
Public Transit to Omega Institute (Rhinebeck)
I myself am planning to take Metro North (Hudson Line) from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan up to Poughkeepsie on Sunday evening, probably in the company of @laurieWayne and @julietnpn, if others want to come along on the party train. From there we’ll split a cab, about a half hour drive to Omega. The Hudson Line also has a stop at Harlem-125th Street, which is especially easy to get to from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) via the M60 Shuttle Bus.
Another option is to take Amtrak from NY Penn Station (34th St) up to the Rhinecliff Station, which is a smidge closer to Omega and only about a 20 min drive, though train tickets are also a smidge more $ and they don’t run quite as frequently.
There’s a local car service, Exectutive Ride (+1-845-204-7148), which looks like a good Uber alternative, or probably there would be people with cars (#GOATSwithCars) willing to pick you up from either station, if you inquire in the “Attendee Logistics” spreadsheet (you should have gotten a link to via email).
New York City MTA Subway & Buses
NYC Subway and Buses are a great way to get around the city in all 5 boroughs. The MTA website is very helpful, and there is even a MyMTA app if that’s yer thing. These days, both subways and buses accept contactless NFC payment via phone or credit/debit cards with a chip, so you don’t have to fumble with a Metro Card you may only use once.
Pre-GOAT / Post-GOAT / Anytime-GOAT
And since I’m just gonna be kickin it in Queens the weekends before and after the conference, I’d be delighted to meet up with others who have a little time to kill in the city, though I’m preferential to the outer boroughs.
There’s actually a great spot in my area, Nowadays, which has a large outdoor space that can accommodate a crowd, if we had enough interested people, but I’m also game for meeting up at any ol’ coffee shop or bar or a public park if the weather is nice. Laurie and I may also be doing the quickest little site-seeing tour on Sunday evening, starting around the Oculus Center then probably making our way up to the BK Bridge-City Hall Station, and going from there straight to Grand Central and then to Omega.
In any event, I’m happy to chat with folks who are coming in and have questions or just want to connect. See you all soon!