12th Eastern Gravity Meeting
Center for Computational Relativity & Gravitation
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
2009 June 15-16


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Local Information

The 12th Eastern Gravity Meeting was held 2009 June 15-16 on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology. This local information page is being left up in case it proves useful for future reference

The conference was held in building 78, also known as the CIMS (Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies) building (or on some signs as the Louise M. Slaughter Building), in room 78-2230/2240.

This annotated campus map may prove useful for navigating RIT.

We have prepared a google map to help with locations, distances, and directions.

Driving directions:

A quick note: The Radisson, RIT Inn, Fairfield Inn Airport, Holiday Inn Marketplace, and Best Western all have a free shuttle van to campus. Ask to be dropped off at building 78 if possible.

From the Radisson, the RIT Inn, or any of the other local hotels located along Jefferson Rd./West Henrietta Rd., you will want to head West on Jeferson Rd. (Rte. 252), past the first entrance to RIT (Lowenthal Drive), and make a left at the second entrance to RIT (Lomb Drive). At the roundabout, go straight, and head toward the visitor's booth. You will need a visitor's parking pass to park on campus. Have the guard direct you to J-Lot or T-Lot. Both have visitor parking available; for J-Lot, it is at the top level, and for T-Lot it is the nearest row of parking. The entrance to the building is at the top of the roadway between these two lots, currently under construction.

From hotels near the airport grounds: Take Scottsville Rd (Rte. 383) South to Jefferson Rd. (Rte. 252), and make a left. Go striaght through the first light (River Rd.), and make a right at the main RIT entrance (Lomb Drive). Follow the instructions above to the visitor shack and parking lots.

Walking directions

It is a 15-20 minute walk from the Radission to the conference location. Head onto campus along Lowenthal drive, and make your way to the "quarter mile walk" that runs through the main stretch of campus. Turn right, and go as far as humanly possible to the west. The final building you will reach will be building 78, the CIMS building.


The Rochester International Jazz Festival will be running during EGM. Featuring well-known artists as well as several free stages, this is option for a night out on the town on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday. The stages and venues are all in the heart of downtown, with coffeeshops and bars available nearby for refreshments. Street parking is available, but you will be well-advsed to consult the parking information available at the website.

If you arrive early on Sunday, and want to visit downtown, there is also a free concert by Hypnoptic Clambake, a Klezmer/jam band. They will be playing from 4:30-7:00 pm at The Abilene Bar and Lounge, located at 153 Liberty Pole Way in Rochester.

Nearby Dining

There are numerous dining options close to campus, many of which are listed on this handy Google Map.

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Particularly close to campus is Park Point, at the corner of Jefferson Rd. and John St, featuring King David's Restaurant (Middle Eastern), Wok With You (Chinese/Pan-asian), Lovin' Cup Bistro, TC Riley's Pub, Paradiso Pizza, and Abbott's Frozen Custard (i.e., ice cream).

A quick note: There are too many chain restaurants to name on Jefferson Rd. and nearby roads. You will find Pizzeria Uno, Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse, Applebee's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Macaroni Grill, The Olive Garden, IHOP, to name a few. A google search can help find these.

On-campus Dining

The closest dining option on campus is Crossroads, which has a grill, a sub shop, a salad station, sushi, pasta, and Chinese food. Slightly farther away is the RITZ Sportszone, featuring Paninis, subs, Mexiacan, and Pizza. Coffee and espresso drinks can be found not only at Crossroads, but also Java Wally's, located in the Wallace Library. All of these may be found on the annotated campus map.

Last Modified: 2012 January 5

Dr. John T. Whelan / john.whelan@astro.rit.edu

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