Housing & Facilities

Housing Option Through City Lore:

Summer scholars are responsible for arranging their own housing. However, City Lore will reserve a set of single and double dormitory rooms at the St. George Towers at 55 Clark Street in historic Brooklyn Heights. The location is just a short subway ride from Manhattan–about 20 minutes to City Lore and the NYU Kevorkian Center using the A/C at High Street. The Saint George Hotel offers a quiet, well-maintained residence with 24-hour concierge and security.


Double: $425/person/week (+$25 mandatory nonprofit membership fee; St. George operates as nonprofit)
Single: $638/week (+$25 mandatory nonprofit membership fee)

Participants interested in using this option will be expected to use part of their stipend to pay for the accommodation. The cost will be deducted from your stipend.

Note: the rooms are double size but can be reserved as a single. The cost does not include linens, which would be $75 extra.


All rooms include:

  • En suite bathroom
  • Bed
  • Desk
  • TV with cable
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • A/C with thermostat

Other building amenities include:

  • 24-hour key card security
  • Communal kitchen facilities on ground floor (you must bring your own pots/pans and cooking utensils)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Common space with pool table
  • Film room available by reservation
  • Meeting rooms available by reservation
  • Free access to the gym next door, Eastern Athletic Clubs
  • RA’s and Student Life Desk


From St. George Residence brochure: “Steps from the St. George is the popular Brooklyn Promenade–a half-mile long stretch on the waterfront with breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, and the majestic Brooklyn Bridge. The neighborhood is full of great places to eat, friendly coffee shops, several grocery stores, banks, dry cleaners, and pharmacies. ANd nearby Montague and Fulton Streets host abundant shopping opportunities.”

Typical dorm room (furniture included, not decor)

Communal kitchen space in lower level of building

Free access to gym next door, including swimming pool

Take a virtual tour of the St. George Towers:

Other Housing Options:

See list below for other options that you can arrange on your own. Please note these range in price and location. Please be advised that accommodations at these establishments (with the exception of owner vacation rentals) are also basic, dormitory style rooms.


City Lore Gallery

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

Lectures & Workshops: The first week of the institute will take place at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University at 50 Washington Square South. The second week of the institute will take place in the City Lore Gallery located at 56 East 1st Street. Both are located in Lower Manhattan and are easily accessible by public transportation.

Computer & Internet Access:It is recommended that institute participants bring laptop computers or tablets. Wireless Internet access will be available at both City Lore and the Kevorkian Center. It is also available for free at selected branches of the New York Public Library.

Libraries: Readings for the institute will be on reserve at City Lore (as well as in packets). Participants also have access to the many branches and research libraries of the New York Public Library while they are in town.

Travel to New York City: New York is served by 3 major airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International. The city is also served by Amtrak at Penn Station and regional and national bus companies at Port Authority Bus Terminal. As July is the height of the tourist as well as college intern season in New York, advanced travel arrangements are highly recommended.

Local Travel: As the institute takes place primarily in Manhattan, participants are encouraged to use public transportation. Both City Lore and the Kevorkian Center, as well as our field trip sites, are easily accessibly via subway. Service status, a trip planner, and other useful information can be found at: Fare information can be found at: Participants are urged not to drive in Manhattan. Parking near City Lore and the Kevorkian Center is difficult and expensive.

Additional Information

Walking: New York is a walking city, so please bring comfortable shoes. There won’t be much walking most days, but you will need to walk to the sessions and to run errands. Please be prepared to walk on field trip days.

Dining: While accommodations are expensive, it is possible to eat well on a budget in New York. We will provide lists of inexpensive restaurants, groceries, and green markets to Summer Scholars.

Shopping & Sightseeing: If you are coming to New York primarily to shop and sightsee, this institute is not for you. Our schedule is a full one. While there will be personal time in the evenings and on weekends, most days are filled with the institute’s programmatic activities. However, there will be several opportunities to explore the neighborhoods of Muslim New York with City Lore and our guest faculty.

Family & Partners: If possible, we recommend that you do not bring your family or partner. Alternative housing is expensive, and, in accordance with NEH regulations, we do not allow auditing of the institute.

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