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Washington Square

Washington Square Park

The Silver School's educational, extracurricular, and social hub is housed in three charming and welcoming town houses on New York University's main campus. Located in the historic Washington Square area, the School is just steps away from the park and part of a centuries-old neighborhood. Nearby in the Lower East Side are the communities where Chinese, Italian, and Eastern European immigrants first settled and where the ethnic character of their neighborhoods still remains; where the concept of social work originated; and where innovative work continues with more recent immigrant populations. The campus is also close to newer neighborhoods, such as the East Village and SoHo.

Classes for all program options are held at the School's town houses or in nearby buildings during the day and evening hours and on Saturdays. Students enrolled in joint programs with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYU Master of Public Health program, or the School of Law take these schools' classes at Washington Square as well. The main campus also holds the School's full educational resources, such as our vast multimedia social work collection, housed at the Bobst Library. NYU's extensive network of student services, accessible to students at all of our program sites, is also found here.

Travel Directions

By Train

Metro North into Grand Central Station
Take the Lexington Avenue subway (No. 6 train) downtown to Astor Place Station. Go west on Astor Place to Broadway. Walk south (take left) on Broadway to Waverly Place. Walk westward (take right) on Waverly Place until you reach Washington Square Park. Take a right at University Place, the entrance to the Silver School of Social Work is at the corner of University Place and Washington Square North.

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Amtrak into Pennsylvania Station
Take the 8th avenue subway (A and E trains) downtown to West Fourth Street-Washington Square Station. Walk east on West Fourth Street until you reach Washington Square Park.* Walk east on Washington Square South. Walk north (take left) on Washington Square East. The entrance to the Silver School of Social Work is at the corner of University Place and Washington Square North.

PATH Trains from New Jersey
To Ninth Street Station (Sixth Avenue and Ninth Street), then walk south to West Fourth Street and east to Washington Square. *See above directions.

By Bus

All Greyhound and New Jersey Transit buses go to the Port Authority Terminal. Port Authority marine terminals in New York and New Jersey are open and operating normally. From there, take the Eighth Avenue subway downtown (see By Subway below).

By Subway

Take the Lexington Avenue subway (No. 6 train) to Astor Place Station. Go west on Astor Place to Broadway. Walk south on Broadway to Waverly Place. Walk westward on Waverly Place until you reach Washington Square. Follow above directions to the Silver School of Social Work.

Take the Broadway subway (R train) to Eighth Street Station. At Broadway walk south to Waverly Place. Walk westward on Waverly Place until you reach Washington Square.

Take the Sixth Avenue subway to West Fourth Street-Washington Square Station (A, B, C, D, E, F, or M train). Walk east on West Fourth Street until you reach Washington Square.

Take the Seventh Avenue subway to Christopher Street-Sheridan Square Station (1). Walk east on Christopher Street towards Waverly Place. Turn right on Waverly Place, street becomes Washington Square North. Take left on University Place, School entrance is on left corner.

By Car

From the Bronx and Upstate NY
Take the NY State Thruway, which becomes the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, to the Triborough Bridge (toll). Cross to Manhattan taking the FDR Drive. Follow the FDR Drive south to Houston Street. Continue west on Houston Street past Broadway to La Guardia Place. Turn right (north) and follow La Guardia Place to Washington Square.

From Connecticut
Take the New England Thruway (I-95) into the Bronx. Then, take the Bruckner Expressway (I-278) to the Triborough Bridge (toll). Cross to Manhattan taking the FDR Drive south to Houston Street. Continue west on Houston Street past Broadway to La Guardia Place. Turn right (north) and follow La Guardia Place to Washington Square.

From the Northwest, West, and South, including New Jersey
Take I-95 and/or the New Jersey Turnpike to the Lincoln Tunnel or the Holland Tunnel. If taking the Lincoln Tunnel, take the right tube and stay in the right lane, turning right onto Dyer Avenue after exiting the tunnel. Go through three lights, making a left on to 34th Street and move to the right lane. After one block, turn left onto 9th Ave., continuing south until 14th Street. Turn left onto 14th Street, followed by a right onto 5th Avenue, until it ends at Washington Square. If taking the Holland Tunnel, there will be a circle after exiting. Take the Canal Street East exit. After a few lights, turn left onto West Broadway. Proceed north until you reach Washington Square.

From the George Washington Bridge
Take the Henry Hudson Parkway (turns into the West Side Highway/12th Avenue) south to 23rd Street. Turn left (east) on 23rd Street to Fifth Avenue. Turn right (south) on Fifth Avenue to Washington Square.

From Brooklyn
Take the Manhattan Bridge. Off the bridge, take Canal Street west to Sixth Avenue (also called Avenue of the Americas). Take Sixth Avenue north to West Fourth Street and travel east to Washington Square.

From Queens
Take the 59th Street Bridge and turn left (south) on Fifth Avenue. Fifth Avenue ends at the Washington Square campus.

From Staten Island
Take the Staten Island Express across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge crossing into Brooklyn. Take the Belt Parkway west to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) east. Take the Manhattan Bridge exit, cross over the bridge, and take Canal Street west to Sixth Avenue (also called Avenue of the Americas). Turn right (north) on to Sixth Avenue to West Fourth Street. Turn right (east) and travel to Washington Square.

From Long Island
Take the Long Island Expressway (also called the L.I.E. or I-495) west to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. Drive west on 37th Street to Fifth Avenue. Turn left (south) on Fifth Avenue until it ends at the Washington Square campus.

Washington Square Campus
Mailing Address:

Silver School of Social Work
New York University
Admissions/Enrollment Services Office
1 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 998-5910
Email: ssw.admissions@nyu.edu


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