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PIT-UN 2022 Convening

Travel

The events will take place on Oct. 28-29 at two distinctive locations — CUNY Graduate Center and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden — easily accessible by public transportation. 

See below to learn about hotel accommodations and transportation to Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden on Staten Island.

Accommodations 

PIT-UN designees and grantees are invited to book their stay at  Staypineapple, An Artful Hotel, Midtown Manhattan (337 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018).

PIT-UN designees qualify for three-night accommodations at Staypineapple on Thursday, Oct. 27 (check-in) through Sunday, Oct. 30 (checkout) reservation. Booking information will be available soon.

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Transportation to Staten Island

Fast Ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island 

The Day 2 events, hosted by the College of Staten Island St. George, will take place at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York 10301. 

Convening attendees are invited to travel to the Staten Island location on the Fast Ferry. Meet at Pier 79 (West 39th Street and 12th Avenue) to catch the 8:44 a.m. ferry (St. George route). Pier 79 is approximately 0.9 miles from Staypineapple, or a 20-minute walk/10-minute drive. Passengers are encouraged to arrive at the pier by 8:30 a.m. to make the departure time.

See the ferry schedule (weekend schedule) should you plan a different departure time. Please note that the next ferry leaves at 9:14 a.m. and arrives at 9:47 a.m. (the day’s events start at 10 am).

Shuttle Bus from the Ferry
Landing to Snug Harbor

Attendees who catch the 8:44 a.m. group ferry will be taken by chartered shuttle bus to Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden from the St. George Fast Ferry landing on Staten Island.

Designee NVF Reimbursement Guidance

Individuals are requested to purchase the lowest available fare at a reasonable travel time. We do not intend to make all people fly red-eyes when flying from one coast to the opposite coast.

For more guidance please see the information on the Designee Travel page 

The cost of the transportation to and from a point of origin of travel falls within the travel expense policy. We expect a reasonable expense and is the project’s discretion if they want to cover this portion.

New America will reimburse you according to the guidelines on the Designee Travel page

Terms and Conditions: All flights, up to the lowest-available, most direct, coach class fare (standard economy). Up to the lowest available business class fare for international flights (arrives in a different country than that from which it departed) of more than five hours actual flight time, including domestic connecting flights. Baggage fees, which include oversize/overweight bags if the oversize/overweight bags contain NVF equipment/supplies/materials.

We are expecting that ticket costs from origination to convening and back to origination should cost the same or lower. PIT-UN can essentially reimburse what the cost would be to travel on an intended day. When reconciling this expense, you will need to submit screenshot information showing the cost on departure day was similar to or less than the actual end date of the convening.

Transportation to and from New York

Individuals are requested to purchase the lowest available fare at a reasonable travel time. We do not intend to make all people fly red-eyes when flying from one coast to the opposite coast.

For more guidance please see the information on the Designee Travel page 

Transportation to and from an airport

The cost of the transportation to and from a point of origin of travel falls within the travel expense policy. We expect a reasonable expense and is the project’s discretion if they want to cover this portion.

Designee Travel Reimbursement Requirements

New America will reimburse you according to the guidelines on the Designee Travel page

Terms and Conditions: All flights, up to the lowest-available, most direct, coach class fare (standard economy). Up to the lowest available business class fare for international flights (arrives in a different country than that from which it departed) of more than five hours actual flight time, including domestic connecting flights. Baggage fees, which include oversize/overweight bags if the oversize/overweight bags contain NVF equipment/supplies/materials.

Extending A Stay in Regards to Transportation

We are expecting that ticket costs from origination to convening and back to origination should cost the same or lower. PIT-UN can essentially reimburse what the cost would be to travel on an intended day. When reconciling this expense, you will need to submit screenshot information showing the cost on departure day was similar to or less than the actual end date of the convening.

Health & Safety

Our top priority is the health and safety of the Convening attendees, speakers, and staff. By adhering to COVID-19 safety guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NYC Department of Health, we aim to create a safe and welcoming environment for all in-person attendees.  

All in-person participants are required to submit proof of vaccination and wear a mask during all indoor activities. You will be required to upload proof of vaccination for the Convening organizers and you will need to produce your proof of vaccination on site to gain entry to Convening venues.

At the Convening 
Convening events are held both indoors and outdoors with limited capacity.  The event organizers will provide KN95 masks, COVID-19 test kits, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting surface wipes. Additionally, participants will have access to local health services as indicated on the provided map.

Upon arrival to the CUNY Graduate Center for Day 1 (Oct. 28) activities, you will be asked to produce proof of vaccination to gain entry.

Visitors are required to wear a mask while indoors at any indoor area of the campus operated by Snug Harbor.

All in-person attendees are required to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster prior to the event (please upload by October 18).

If you have tested positive from October 18, 2022 and onward, we ask that you remain home. If you are unable to participate in the Convening for any reason, please contact Nadine Duncan as soon as possible.

  1. Isolate immediately if you have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive.
  2. Please contact Nadine Duncan as soon as possible.
  3. Stay at the hotel and separate from others.

CTS, which provides both rapid and PCR testing, has a fleet of mobile COVID-19 testing vehicles in a variety of locations throughout NYC. There are several trucks located near the StayPineapple and the CUNY Graduate Center, including: 

  • 1333 Broadway New York, NY 10018 
  • 555 7th Ave New York, NY 10018
  • 131 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036
  •  1514 Broadway New York, NY 10036

CUNY Graduate Center
Upon arrival to the CUNY Graduate Center for Day 1 (Oct. 28) activities, you will be asked to produce proof of vaccination to gain entry.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Visitors are required to wear a mask while indoors at any indoor area of the campus operated by Snug Harbor.

Proof of Vaccination (Required for In-Person Attendance by 10/18)
All in-person attendees are required to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster prior to the event (please upload by October 18).

If you have tested positive from October 18, 2022 and onward, we ask that you remain home. If you are unable to participate in the Convening for any reason, please contact Nadine Duncan as soon as possible.

If you feel sick during the Convening

  1. Isolate immediately if you have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive.
  2. Please contact Nadine Duncan as soon as possible.
  3. Stay at the hotel and separate from others.

CTS, which provides both rapid and PCR testing, has a fleet of mobile COVID-19 testing vehicles in a variety of locations throughout NYC. There are several trucks located near the StayPineapple and the CUNY Graduate Center, including: 

  • 1333 Broadway New York, NY 10018 
  • 555 7th Ave New York, NY 10018
  • 131 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036
  •  1514 Broadway New York, NY 10036

At Staypineapple 
StayPineapple is the official Convening hotel and upholds important health and safety protocols.

Travel
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect. However, the CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings. 

Beginning September 7, 2022, masks are optional for customers on NYC subways, buses, ferries, and commuter rail. The MTA encourages riders to continue to wear masks throughout our public transit system. Please respect other riders’ choices.

In the interest of hosting a safe event, we ask that all attendees wear masks during travel. 

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