2018 Investigators’ SuperConference
Travel and Useful Information
CONFERENCE LOCATION and DATES:
The 2018 Investigators’ SuperConference will take place 08-11 November, 2018 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in midtown Manhattan, New York City.
08 November 2018 – Pre-Con and Welcome Reception
09 November 2018 – Conference Day I and Person of the Year Dinner
10 November 2018 – Conference Day II
11 November 2018 – Post-Con
Hotel street address: 401 7th Ave (corner 33rd Street), New York, NY 10001, USA.
Hotel Telephone: +1-212-PE6 (736)-5000 (the famous “Pennsylvania Six, Five Thousand”).
Google Map Link: Click Here
The Fraternal Order of Investigators has secured a special discounted rate ($175/night) with an automatic room upgrade (to “PENN5000” rooms and suites) for all conference attendees. If you do not receive the discounted rate (or better) and a PENN5000 room, make certain that the reservation agent is using reservation code “FRATOR”. Use of the direct online booking link is recommended:
Attendees desiring to book a longer stay – up to 3 days before and after the conference – will receive the same discounted rate, provided that they are also attending the conference.
Early reservation is strongly recommended as we anticipate that both the conference and hotel will be quickly SOLD OUT.
If you are a member of a another hotel chain’s frequent guest program and want to use or earn their points, there are literally hundreds of other hotels nearby. Every major hotel chain has a hotel located within 1-3 blocks of the Hotel Pennsylvania.
If you want to ship heavy items or luggage to the hotel, the Hotel Pennsylvania will receive and hold items for registered guests. Check with the hotel for details and limits.
HOW TO GET TO THE CONFERENCE HOTEL:
New York City is served by three major airports as well as by train and bus terminals.
You can also drive and park in commercial lots near the Hotel, if you are so inclined. However, Manhattan traffic is not for the faint-of-heart nor the short-tempered and Midtown Manhattan parking fees are steep. We recommend public transportation or taxis.
Licensed “Yellow” Taxis are available at all NYC area airports.
NYC Subways and Busses require purchase of a “Metrocard”. The base fare of a subway or bus ride is $2.75, but you will pay $3.00 if purchasing one ride at a time. You’ll also have to pay $1.00 if you are purchasing a new Metrocard instead of using an existing one.
(Due to recent events, we will not recommend nor comment upon Uber, Lyft or any other similar services. Note that many “black car” services that try to solicit your business at NYC and NJ airports are unlicensed and should be avoided unless you arranged in advance for pickup.)
John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) is an international airport located in the borough of Queens, where many overseas and domestic flights arrive. After arrival, the AirTrain service can bring you from the airport to the Jamaica train station. (Do NOT take the AirTrain that goes to the Howard Beach Station unless you desire an extended subway ride.) Tickets for the AirTrain are $5.00 each, plus $1.00 if you require a new Metrocard. If you are traveling with multiple people, consider the JFK AirTrain Ten Trip Metrocard for $25, which offers a substantial discount and is good for six months.) From the Jamaica subway station, you can take the “E” subway train or the Long Island Railroad commuter line. If you choose the latter (which is generally much faster), be sure to buy a ticket before boarding, as the cost almost doubles if you buy it on the train. (If you find yourself traveling to or from JFK via this method on either Saturday or Sunday, be sure to buy the CityTicket, which brings the fare down to $4.25.)
Both the subway and LIRR take you directly to Penn Station, just across the street from the hotel.
LaGuardia Airport (LGA), also in Queens, is where many domestic and Canadian flights arrive. It is geographically the closest airport to Manhattan. From LGA, private shuttle buses can take you to the hotel. You can also take the M60 Select bus to the N or Q subway lines, which will bring you to Herald Square, one block east of the hotel. You must buy a MetroCard and use it to get your bus ticket before boarding. (You will get a free transfer to the subway.) Metrocards can be found at machines in the terminal and at Hudson News kiosks in the airport.
Newark Airport (EWR) in New Jersey serves a large number of domestic and international destinations. EWR is the most convenient airport to fly into as far as public transportation is concerned. There is frequent AirTrain/New Jersey Transit commuter service between each terminal and Penn Station, which is directly across the street from the Hotel Pennsylvania. When transferring from the AirTrain, be sure to get on a Manhattan-bound New Jersey Transit train and NOT an Amtrak train, as that will cost significantly more for a very short trip.
The Conference hotel is literally across the street from Pennsylvania “Penn” Station.
The Long Island Railroad, [New Jersey Transit] (http://www.njtransit.com/), and MetroNorth offer short-range transportation options to New York City from around the metropolitan area. Amtrak offers short and long-range train transportation. Except for MetroNorth, all of these rail lines arrive at Penn Station
MetroNorth arrives at Grand Central Station, which means you must take the subway (one stop to Times Square and then a downtown 1, 2, or 3 one stop to Penn Station). Or you can walk or take a short taxi ride.
The 33rd Street PATH station is one block from the main Hotel Pennsylvania entrance. PATH trains provide a quick hop from several points in New Jersey, including Hoboken station, a major train hub.
Greyhound Trailways and a number of other intercity bus companies serve the Port Authority Bus Terminal, located on Eighth Avenue at 42nd Street. Possibly the best way to get from Port Authority to the conference is on foot (walk one block east to Seventh Avenue, and then nine blocks south to the hotel, a distance of about a half mile), but you can also take the subway downtown one stop: the A, C, E, N, Q, R, 1, 2, or 3 all depart from Port Authority (Times Square subway station). Or, as always you can take a cab.
Subways and City Buses:
Take the 1, 2, or 3 train to 34th Street and Seventh Avenue (Pennsylvania Station), right across the street from the Hotel Pennsylvania; or the A, C, or E to 34th Street and Eighth Avenue (Pennsylvania Station) and walk one block east; or the B, D, F, M, N, Q, or R to 34th Street and Sixth Avenue (Herald Square) and walk one block west. The MTA’s website has maps and other useful information. You can also obtain a free printed subway map by asking at any station’s token booth.
The M4, M5, M7, M20, M34/M34A SBS, and Q32 buses all stop within a block or two of the hotel, but we do not recommend taking them unless you’re already familiar with the city’s bus system.
AFTER CHECKING IN:
Pick up your SuperConference registration badge and other Conference materials at the Registration Desk on the 18th floor.
If you have a Twitter account, make certain that you are following ” @2018PI ” for live conference updates. We recommend that you begin following @2018PI now for advance notifications.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY:
In case of personal peril or medical emergency, immediately dial “911”.
Conference attendees are solely responsible for their own health and safety.
Despite what you may have seen on television and in movies, New York City is one of the safest large cities, and arguably has the best Police Department, Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services / Hospitals of any city in the world.
The Hotel Pennsylvania maintains a security staff and a special guard will be present in the conference’s vendor area.
FOI’s Sgt.-At-Arms, Frank Aviles, will be present during all active conference times.
The Conference’s Coordinators, Jimmie Mesis (tel. 888-808-4802) and
Steven Rambam (tel. 212-969-0286) are available to assist attendees at
all times during the conference in the event of a genuine emergency.
The City of New York has extremely restrictive firearms laws, separate from New York State’s laws (which are also very restrictive). Before bringing a firearm into the City of New York, you are advised to verify that your personal status and/or licensing / credentials allow you to possess a firearm within the City’s boundaries.
All Conference attendees are expected to comport themselves in a professional and fraternal manner at all times. Disruptive or unprofessional conduct will result in revocation of Conference credentials and ejection from the Conference.
Robots and other Telepresence Devices must have their own ticket to attend the Conference and suitable lodging (storage). Standard 110v outlets are available throughout the hotel. Robots should not be left unattended unless they are sufficiently autonomous and non-confrontational.
Proper Response to Native Greetings:
The local greeting among NYC Natives is not “hello”; it is “how you doin’?”. The proper response to any such greeting is not “fine, thank you, and yourself?”; it is “how YOU doin’?” (emphasis on the “YOU”). As with all exotic locales, learning a bit of the local language will make your stay more enjoyable.