Visiting NCCAT

NCCAT is located within the main NYSBC site in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan  (Directions)

Where to stay


NCCAT Guest House

Getting to New York City

There are multiple good options for getting to New York City. The best option for you will depend on where you’re coming from and when.

Visitors Guide

The Neighborhood

Harlem has long been known for its intimate jazz clubs, soul food institutions and African-American heritage. Harlem draws a diverse crowd of locals and visitors. Trendy eateries, stylish clubs and hip bars make for an energetic nightlife scene. The area features a mix of 19th-century brownstones and modern high-rises. Its main artery, 125th Street, is home to the iconic Apollo Theater, as well as chain stores and restaurants.

Public Transportation

Closest Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, 1

Closest Bus Routes: M1, M7, M10, M15, M102, M103, M104,, M106, M116

What about lunch?

While you’re visiting NCCAT, there are many options within walking distance to buy lunch during the day (see our recommendations below).

We also have a consistently-brewing coffee maker, and a full size refrigerator, freezer, microwave, and toaster oven in our kitchenette that you are welcome to use if you prefer to bring your own provisions.

Some of our recommendations:


Maison Harlem

Sushi Sushi

Uncle Tony’s Pizza

Fruces Juice Bar

Manhattanville Market

Charm Thai 

Rai Rai Ken Harlem 

Cafe One (at Amsterdam and 140th St – no website but cheap cafe eats and coffee)

Local bodegas, abundant in the area, offer quick and affordable simple sandwiches and salads. Ask us for recommendations.

Plowshares (5 min. walk)

I Like it Black Coffee Shop (7 min walk)

Dear Mama (inside the Jerome L. Green Science Center, 8 min walk)

Closest to NCCAT and the Guest House:

Foodtown of Morningside Heights (Amsterdam Ave and LaSalle St)

Foodtown of Frederick Douglas Blvd (132nd St and Frederick Douglas Blvd)

KeyFood Harlem (125th St and Morningside Ave)

CTown Supermarkets (135th St and Broadway)

Lincoln Market (122nd St and St. Nicholas Ave)

More options with a slightly longer walk:

Whole Foods (125th St and Malcom X Blvd)

Manhattan has some great routes. If Strava’s heat maps leave you wanting, we’ll point you to the endorphin lovers in our group who are happy to share their favorites.