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New York City

Iona is only 20 miles north of Manhattan – a quick train ride on the nearby Metro North rail line will get you there. The New Rochelle train station is within walking distance of the Iona campus, but we also have our Gael Express shuttles to take you to and from the train. A half-hour train ride drops you in the heart of one of the greatest cities in the world.

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New York City boroughs

Manhattan

It truly is a global gateway to the world…and literally no more than 30 minutes from Iona’s suburban campus in New Rochelle. The New Rochelle Metro North commuter train line takes you directly into Grand Central Station, the largest train station in the country and arguably one of the most beautiful train stations in the world. Grand Central Station is registered as a National Historic Landmark in New York City.

Once there, you will quickly realize there isn’t any place in the world like it.  You can catch the latest exhibitions at the Met and MoMA, snag a hot Broadway ticket, and find great deals at Fifth Avenue department stores and SoHo boutiques. Times Square with the bright lights of Broadway is just a short walk away, as is Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and Madison Square Garden. For nature lovers, Central Park is a big draw – a true city oasis where runners, skaters, cyclists and wanderers do their thing, right in the heart of the city. 

Discover all that Manhattan has to offer, and in the process discover new interests that you didn’t even know you had.

Bronx

The borough just to the north of Manhattan. Best known for Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo, but you may not know that it has sprawling parkland dotted with indoor respites like the historic Van Cortlandt House Museum and the Bartow-Pell Mansion, also a registered National Historic Landmark! Come spring, the New York Botanical Garden comes alive with its famous annual Orchid Show. City Island, a small nautical town right in the heart of a major metropolis, calls the Bronx home, not to mention the South Bronx, the birthplace of hip-hop. Finally, no visit to the Bronx is complete without a stroll along Arthur Avenue, where authentic Italian markets and restaurants dish up some of the City’s best comfort food.

Brooklyn

From Prospect Park’s rolling hills to the Brooklyn Heights promenade, this borough’s beauty shines bright. Some of the most cutting-edge art galleries call Brooklyn home, and that’s just the beginning. There’s so much to explore. See a ground-breaking performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), or watch the Nets’ and Islanders’ seasons heat up at Barclays Center. Feeling a little hungry? You can unwind in eclectic restaurants. In the mood for a little music? Stop by one of many music halls with upcoming break-out artists. Looking for something a little retro? Check out some of the most eclectic consignment shops in NYC. Finally, end you excursion at Junior’s, home to NYC’s most famous cheesecake.

Queens

First and foremost, home to the New York Mets and Citi Field, along with the National Tennis Center where the prestigious U.S. Open is held every August. Beyond sports, this borough is one of the best examples of the NYC melting pot, and all those different cultures and traditions are highlighted in the varied food options that Queens offers. Try souvlaki in Astoria, dumplings in Flushing, and empanadas in Jackson Heights for just a taste of its offerings. After your meal, head to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Relics of the 1964 World’s Fair await you—like the Unisphere and the New York Hall of Science.  Cementing Queens’ artistic reputation are cultural institutions like the Museum of the Moving Image, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Socrates Sculpture Park, an alfresco gallery overlooking the East River.

Staten Island

Often called the forgotten borough, but Iona insiders don’t make that mistake. Hop aboard the infamous Staten Island Ferry for the 25-minute ride from Lower Manhattan – it’s free! You will have the best vantage point in the city to see the lower Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. When you disembark, you will be in historic St. George, whose spectacular gilded theater hosts concerts, comedy and theater year-round. It’s walking distance from the National Lighthouse Museum and a short bus ride to Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. Within the latter’s 83-acre campus are 23 historic buildings housing various museums and nine gardens that are nothing short of stunning.