The CUNY Graduate Center
The Lifelong Peer Learning Program (LP²) at the CUNY Graduate Center is located in the heart of New York City, at 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. The landmark building, once the home of the B. Altman Department Store, was redesigned specifically for the Graduate Center’s needs, serving as a thriving center of intellectual inquiry and exchange for the university, the city, and the national and international academic community.
The building features the light-filled three-story Mina Rees library that incorporates some of the historic design elements as well as a dissertation reading room and the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library Reading Room; seven floors of classroom, student, and office space; a soaring glass-ceilinged dining commons; and a “cultural complex” of presentation spaces for the school’s many scholarly gatherings and public programs. Included in the latter are a 389-seat auditorium with accompanying breakout spaces, a 180-seat recital hall with state-of-the-art acoustic design, a 70-seat multipurpose theater space, and an art gallery facing Fifth Avenue. There is also a first-floor snack bar and lounge, an exhibition hallway, music practice rooms, extensive computer access, and a skylight conference room, among myriad other resources and facilities.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19 building access is currently restricted. Please see the CUNY GC COVID-19 page and Building Entry Policy.
Building Access Hours
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon–6 p.m.
How To Get Here
Located on Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets, the building is two blocks east of Penn Station, one block east of Herald Square, and two blocks west of the 33rd Street and Park Avenue station. The closest subway station, located at 34th Street and Avenue of the Americas, is served by the B, D, F, N, R, and Q trains.
Penn Station is served at Seventh Avenue by the 1, 2, 3, and 9 IRT trains, as well as the A, C, and E lines at the Eighth Avenue station one block west. Detailed information on bus and subway transport in New York City can be found at the website of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).