A Guide for Graduate Students, 2002-2004
Here is a partial list of restaurants, bars, gathering places, and movie theaters in Princeton and nearby towns. They are grouped to give only a general idea of cost. Most of these restaurants serve lunch as well as dinner.
Inexpensive Restaurants and Takeouts
Burger King, 84 Nassau Street
Moderately Priced Restaurants
Annex, 128.5 Nassau Street
Higher Priced Restaurants
Alchemist and Barrister, 28 Witherspoon Street
Bars and Gathering Places
There are restrictions on the consumption of alcoholic beverages at the Graduate College and the Butler and Lawrence Apartments. See Rights, Rules, Responsibilities for more information.
The minimum drinking age in New Jersey is 21. The sale of packaged alcoholic beverages in New Jersey is closely regulated by the state. Liquor stores are open Monday through Saturday until 10:00 p.m.; some are open for a few hours on Sunday.
Debasement Bar (D-Bar) is in the basement below Pyne Tower, at the Graduate College. Graduate College and Annex residents are members of the bar, which is open Monday through Sunday from 10:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks are available, and there is taped background music. Nonresident membership information is available at www.princeton.edu/~gradcol.
Frist Campus Center boasts Café Vivian and a Beverage Lab featuring smoothies and health drinks. Live entertainment and movies are offered throughout the year. The Café in the basement of Murray-Dodge Hall also offers live entertainment and nonalcoholic beverages as well as freshly baked snacks. Both are open in the evening.
Listings for area movie theatres may be found at www.nj.com/movies
AMC Hamilton (24 screens) 325 Sloan Avenue, Hamilton
The University Film Organization (UFO) shows recent movies for a modest fee in the Frist Campus Center.
Drama and Music
The McCarter Theatre on University Place, presents concert series featuring world-famous artists and orchestras, numerous performances by its own professional repertory company, films, concerts sponsored by the University Concert Office, performances by the Princeton Ballet, PJ&B, a musical review by the University's Triangle Club each year, and many other attractions. Student rush tickets are available for drama presentations at half price 30 minutes before the show. The theater is located on University Place, (across from the Dinky -- the Princeton train station).
Theatre Intime produces several dramas annually in Murray Theatre on campus.
There are many University musical organizations, and graduate students may audition for them. The Chapel Choir sings each Sunday in the chapel and has several major concerts each year. The University Glee Club also has several concerts during the year and takes a tour during spring recess. The Chamber Chorus is selected from members of the Chapel Choir and the Glee Club. Several graduate students play in the University Orchestra, which also includes musicians from the faculty and the surrounding area. The University Band is a colorful marching group that performs during the football season and becomes a smaller concert ensemble in the spring. There are other groups on campus and in town. For information on performances, rehearsals, and auditions, contact the Department of Music or the Friends of Music in Princeton, both of which are in the Woolworth Center. Check the Princeton Weekly Bulletin and the Daily Princetonian for events. Free concerts are offered in Richardson and Taplin auditoriums, Westminster Choir/Rider College, Palmer Square and the Princeton Shopping Center.
There are dozens of sports played on both the intercollegiate and intramural levels. Many events are free. Graduate students can purchase a sports pass for $25 for athletic events (excluding NCAA tournament events).
The intramural athletic program offers an opportunity for competition between undergraduate and graduate student clubs. The graduate teams are organized by the Graduate College athletics chair. Membership on graduate student teams is open to all Princeton graduate students regardless of where they live. Graduate students usually join teams in basketball, touch football, hockey, soccer, and softball. If sufficient interest is shown, competition in billiards, bowling, bridge, chess, golf, pool, squash, table tennis, and volleyball is organized.
All of the athletic facilities of the University are available to graduate students and their spouses. Dillon and Jadwin gymnasiums have facilities for basketball, gymnastics, squash, swimming, and weightlifting. Lockers are available and should be applied for as soon as possible in September. Princeton has 18 clay and 17 asphalt tennis courts on campus, and there are two clay courts north of the Graduate College. The University swimming pool in Dillon Gymnasium is open during the week and on Sunday afternoon. The schedules for the pool and for ice skating at Baker Rink are posted in Dillon Gym and appear in the Princeton Weekly Bulletin. The Springdale Golf Club adjoining the Graduate College is open to students for a fee. Billiard, ping-pong, and pool facilities are maintained in the Graduate College.
Outdoor Action is a University program that primarily uses the facilities of the Princeton Blairstown Center as a base. Participating in its activities is a good way to get away from campus and to meet people from different parts of the University. No prior experience is necessary for any activity; Outdoor Action encourages individuals to learn new skills and to enjoy the outdoors. OA maintains a climbing wall at the Armory building on campus. Check the OA Web site for announcements, or call the office at 258-3552.
Call the YMCA (497-9622) or the YWCA (497-2100) on Paul Robeson Place for information about their activities and facilities. Both welcome graduate students and their families.
The Princeton Community Pool and Tennis Complex (921-2990) is located on Witherspoon Street near Route 206. It has an outdoor wading pool, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a small but deep diving pool with one high and two low boards, bath houses, a refreshment area, picnic tables, extensive decks and lawns, a well-furnished playground, and tennis courts. The pools are open every day from Memorial Day to the Labor Day weekend. There is an admission charge, and season permits can be purchased. There is an additional charge for using the tennis courts. For information, call the township recreation office, 921-9480.
Weekend Skiing Trips. Information can be obtained from the International Club of the YMCA/YWCA. Skiing starts in late November and continues through March. On weekends, there is usually queuing for the tows, making midweek skiing preferable if it can be managed. New England, the Catskills, and other areas of New York State are much more expensive than Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and are recommended only for the serious skier who intends to stay for at least a few days.
Books about and maps of the Princeton area are available at the public library and at bookstores and newsstands in town. Information can also be obtained from the Princeton Historical Society in Bainbridge House on Nassau Street, across from Firestone Library.
The Princeton Battlefield on Mercer Street, Nassau Hall, Bainbridge House, Maclean House, and Morven (former official residence of New Jersey's governors) are only a few among dozens of places worth investigating. Thomas Mann once lived in Princeton (at what is now the Aquinas Institute on Stockton Street) as did T. S. Eliot (at 14 Alexander Street) and Albert Einstein (112 Mercer Street). Grover Cleveland spent his last years here and is buried in the Princeton Cemetery (Witherspoon and Wiggins streets) as are many of Princeton's presidents, Aaron Burr Sr., for example, and novelist John O'Hara.
Herrontown Woods, 125 acres located in the northeast section of the township with an entrance on Snowden Lane, has three miles of trails, two streams, and a boulder field as its chief attractions. Woodfield Reservation, off the Great Road East near Tenacre Foundation and Mountain Lakes Preserve on Bayard Lane are other wooded areas laid out with trails.
Marquand Park consists of 17 acres of woodland, picnic grounds, and a playground. Bordered by Stockton Street (Route 206 South), Lovers Lane, and Mercer Street, this park has some extraordinary foreign trees and shrubs.
Princeton Wildlife Refuge is mainly marshland and bog. Situated at the foot of Alexander Street, near the Lawrence Apartments, the refuge also has a marked trail running along Stony Brook. The refuge is a favorite haunt of some 30 types of birds, which can be viewed from an observation platform.
Other walking and biking trails include the path along the far side of Lake Carnegie, the towpath of the Delaware-Raritan Canal, towpath of the Delaware-Raritan Canal, extending behind Lake Carnegie and past historic communities, such as Griggstown, and the woods behind the Institute for Advanced Study, where there is a hanging bridge. Other destinations for bicycle rides and visits include Pretty Brook Road, Rocky Hill, and Hopewell. The Howell History Farm in Hopewell offers visitors and participants workshops in the skills and handcrafts once needed in the home and on the farm in centuries past.
There are two places to rent canoes in the immediate area: one at the end of Lake Carnegie in Kingston; the other just off Alexander Road at Turning Basin Park. Boats and innertubes can be rented at various spots along the Delaware River. Information is available in an excellent book by J. N. Cawley, Exploring the Little Rivers of New Jersey (Rutgers University Press).
Students traveling to destinations outside Princeton by car might seek advice from friends concerning unfamiliar routes, but maps are available for a fee from most service stations. Maps of states and other regions generally include rough details of major cities, but in most cases individual maps of cities are more useful. Such a detail map is indispensable for visitors to New York City. The New York Information Center on Times Square provides maps free of charge. Very good (but a little more expensive) maps can be found at the kiosk on Palmer Square, Hinkson's, and Micawber Books. Nearly all states and cities support agencies that provide information for travelers. Local chambers of commerce are usually helpful, and many areas have tourist guides that provide information without charge. Inexpensive travel guides are published by oil companies, and accommodations directories are published by the American Automobile Association (AAA).
In addition to gasoline expenses, there are often bridge and turnpike tolls to take into account. Toll roads are usually better than other highways.
Driving into the city can be troublesome because parking is usually expensive and scarce. When driving into New York City, it may be worthwhile to park on the streets downtown, where parking spaces can usually be found, and use public transportation to your final destination, rather than pay the prices charged at parking garages in midtown. Anything of value should be removed from the car.
Almost all major cities have YMCAs and YWCAs capable of accommodating overnight guests. Information can be obtained by calling the Princeton YMCA, 497-9622. International students can become affiliate members of the YMCA by joining the International Club, though membership is not required of those who use the hotel services of the organization. All students, and especially international students, are welcome at International Houses, which can be found in many major cities. In New York City, there is an International House at Riverside Drive and 123d Street.
New York City
It is worthwhile to visit New York City for both sight seeing and entertainment. There are concerts, operas, plays, musicals, and many art galleries and museums. The trip can be expensive, but it need not be. Half-price tickets to Broadway shows can be purchased at the TKTS booth in Duffy Square (near Times Square on Broadway) on the day of the performance. You can travel almost anywhere in Manhattan by subway or bus. An all-day Metro card is convenient for busy visitors. Subway fares also can be paid with a token, available in all subway stations and in some suburban train stations. Not all token booths stay open all hours; buy your tokens early, just to play it safe. Buses require exact change, in coins; drivers do not make change. Bus fare can also be paid with a subway token.
Comprehensive information about the city can be obtained free of charge by writing to the New York Convention and Visitor Bureau, 2 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10017 (212-397-8222). Visitors are welcome to make inquiries in person at the Visitors Information Center and the Information Center of the Department of Commerce and Industrial Development in Times Square. Among the many guides to New York are Kate Simon's New York Places and Pleasures, a Meridian paperback; New York on $35 a Day, a Frommer paperback edited by Joan Hamburg and Norma Ketay; the Michelin Green Guide to New York City; and New York: Open to the Public, by Cheri Fein, published by Stewart, Tabori, and Chang (www.nycvisit.com or www.nyctourist.com).
The following lists provide information about a variety of free and inexpensive cultural activities throughout the city. Call the sponsoring organization for specific information.
New York Public Library, Lincoln Center Branch. 4:00 p.m. daily; 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Juilliard School, at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center; Friday evening
Free jam sessions at the Blue Note, West Third Street; every night, after the last show
These are the best-known and the must-sees:
Asia Society Gallery, 725 Park Avenue (70th Street)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue (Eastern Parkway)
Brooklyn Museum, adjacent to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park (190th Street) (medieval architecture and gardens; period furniture, artwork, and music)
Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Fifth Avenue at 91st Street
Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street (fine art and concerts housed in an elegant mansion)
Japan House Gallery, 333 East 47th Street
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street
Museum of American Folk Art, 49 West 53rd Street
Museum of the American Indian, Broadway at 155th Street
Museum of Modern Art, 33 Street at Queens Boulevard, Queens
Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
Pierpont Morgan Library, 29 East 36th Street
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (89th Street)
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue (75th Street)
American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium, Central Park West at 79th Street
Bronx Zoo, Fordham Road at Bronx River Parkway
Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue (St. Marks Avenue)
Central Park Zoo, 830 Fifth Avenue (64th Street)
FAO Schwartz, Fifth Avenue at 58th Street (toy store)
Manhattan Laboratory Museum, 314 West 54th Street (nature, art, and cultural activities for children and adults)
New York Aquarium, Boardwalk and West Eighth Street, Brooklyn
Staten Island Historical Society/Richmondtown Restoration, 441 Clarke Avenue (Arthurkill Road) (a restored 17th- and 18th-century village)
ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington Street (issue-oriented art)
Alternative Museum, 17 White Street (Sixth Avenue) (nonmainstream, nonestablished art; World Music series)
American Craft Museum, 44 West 53rd Street (often has demonstrations and workshops that accompany exhibits; research facilities available)
Center for Building Conservation, 45 Peck Slip (South Street) (staffed by graduates of Columbia University's program in historic preservation; demonstrations, hands-on exhibits)
China Institute in America, 125 East 65th Street (summer craft workshops as well as China House Gallery exhibits)
The Drawing Center, 137 Greene Street (Houston Street) (dedicated to drawings; lectures, concerts, programs on care and conservation of works on paper)
Forbes Magazine Galleries, 60 Fifth Avenue (12th Street) (extensive collections of toys, autographs, Fabergé eggs, and Franco-Prussian War paintings)
Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, 33 Washington Place at Washington Square East (New York University's art center; innovative, late 19th- and 20th-century works)
Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street (book arts)
Henry Street Settlement, Louis Abrons Arts for Living Center, 466 Grand Street (Pitt Street) (emerging, minority, and women artists)
Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, 8 West 40th Street (outstanding buildings and their designers)
Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Avenue (Richmond Road), Staten Island
The Kitchen, 484 Broome Street (Wooster Street) (video and multimedia experimental performance art)
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (between 104th and 105th streets) (music, film, theater, fine and folk arts, and folk arts of Spanish-speaking people)
Museum of Holography, 11 Mercer Street (Canal Street)
National Academy of Design, 1083 Fifth Avenue (89th Street)
Project Studios One (P. S. 1), 46-01 21st Street, Long Island City (innovative, experimental art)
Studio Museum in Harlem, 44 West 125th Street (Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard) (works by black artists; educational programs)
Urban Center, 457 Madison Avenue (between 50th and 51st streets) (arts of the built city: architecture, urban planning and design, public art, historic preservation, landscape architecture, public transportation; education programs
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 1048 Fifth Avenue (86th Street) (center for research and study of Eastern European Jewish culture
Philadelphia is rich in buildings and artifacts of historical significance, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Bus and subway lines provide public transportation. Information about the city is available from the Philadelphia Official Handbook for Visitors, a Hammond paperback, or online.
Philadelphia is somewhat easier to get to and to get around in than New York City, and shopping can be simpler and less expensive. The Reading Terminal Market at 12th and Market Streets, open Wednesday through Saturday, is a wonderful place to find all kinds of produce and other foodstuffs at low prices. A small Chinatown is only a few blocks away, along Race Street in the vicinity of 9th and 10th Streets. There is a wholesale flea market and an antiques district along Pine Street between 9th and 12th Streets and a fabric district on South 4th Street. South Street is a sort of miniature version of Greenwich Village, where thrift and used-book stores, boutiques, and restaurants abound.
Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets
Balch Institute of Ethnic Studies, 18 South Seventh Street
Franklin Court, Chestnut Street (between 3rd and 4th Streets)
Franklin Institute and Fels Planetarium, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 20th Street
Fleisher Art Memorial, 715-19 Catherine Street
Free Library of Philadelphia, 19th and Vine streets (borrowing fee for non-Philadelphians)
Institute of Contemporary Art, 34th and Walnut streets (free)
Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne Drive off Belmont Avenue, West Fairmount Park
Moore College of Art, 20th and Race streets (free)
Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Broad and Cherry streets (free)
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 South 18th Street (free)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street
Philadelphia Zoo, 34th and Girard Avenue
Please Touch Museum, 210 North 21st Street
Print Club, 1614 Latimer Street (free)
Rodin Museum, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street
Rosenback Foundation Manuscript and Antique Collection, Locust and 20th Streets
University of Pennsylvania Museum, 33rd and Spruce streets (free)
Ritz, 2nd and Walnut Streets
Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South Street
Walnut Mall, 3925 Walnut Street
Eric 3 on the Campus, 40th and Walnut Streets
International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Walnut Street Theater, 9th and Walnut Streets (both movies and drama)
TUCC Cinematheque, 1619 Walnut Street