Decoupled Dev Days will be held at the NBCUniversal offices at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City (colloquially known as “30 Rock”), where the monthly Drupal NYC meetups are held. 30 Rockefeller Plaza is located at the 47–50 Sts/Rockefeller Center station on the New York City Subway. Sunday sprints will also be held at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Thank you to our venue sponsor NBCUniversal for graciously hosting the inaugural edition of the conference!
Important information about 30 Rockefeller Plaza
Rockefeller Center security requires that all visitors have a valid form of identification in order to be issued a guest pass which will allow you to enter and exit the building. Please ensure that the name you used on your registration matches the name on your form of identification. If that is not the case, please contact us immediately so we can ensure you can enter the venue.
Upon entering 30 Rockefeller Plaza please go directly to the NBCUniversal Visitors Registration Office. Volunteers from NBCUniversal and Decoupled Dev Days staff will be available to help you with the security sign-in procedure and guide you past the turnstiles, into the elevators, and up to the conference location.
Map showing venue location in Midtown Manhattan
How to get here
New York City can be difficult to navigate, but fortunately there are many different means of arriving in the area and getting around the city. If you are coming from elsewhere in the United States, we strongly recommend you avoid driving, as parking can be prohibitively expensive in Midtown Manhattan.
Arriving by plane
There are three airports serving New York City, each with easy access to the Rockefeller Center area.
From John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), take the Jamaica-bound AirTrain. At the AirTrain terminus at Sutphin Blvd/Archer Av/JFK, transfer to the Manhattan-bound E train on the New York City Subway. You can then transfer to the Manhattan-bound F train at Jackson Hts/Roosevelt Av. Continue on the downtown F or M train to 47–50 Sts/Rockefeller Center.
From Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), take the AirTrain to Newark Liberty International Airport station served by New Jersey Transit (NJT). Then, take either the North Jersey Coast line or Northeast Corridor line to New York Penn Station in Manhattan. At 34 St/Penn Station on the New York City Subway, you can walk east to 34 St/Herald Sq to take the uptown B, D, F, or M train to 47–50 Sts/Rockefeller Center. To avoid the walk, take an uptown E train to 5 Av/53 St, where you can transfer to a downtown M train to 47–50 Sts/Rockefeller Center.
From LaGuardia Airport (LGA), take the Q70 LaGuardia Link bus service from LaGuardia Airport to Jackson Hts/Roosevelt Av. Then, take the Manhattan-bound F train on the New York City Subway to 47–50 Sts/Rockefeller Center.
Inclusive of gratuity, taxis from JFK to Rockefeller Center will run approximately $60–80, from LGA approximately $30–40, and from EWR approximately $80–100.
Arriving by train
Amtrak operates Penn Station in Manhattan, which is served by the Northeast Regional service (Boston–Washington), Acela Express service (Boston–Washington), other long-haul train services, and commuter rail services. Penn Station is contiguous with 34 St/Penn Station on the New York City Subway. There, you can either walk east to 34 St/Herald Sq to take the uptown B, D, F, or M train to 47–50 Sts/Rockefeller Center. To avoid the walk, take an uptown E train uptown to 5 Av/53 St, where you can transfer to a downtown M train to 47–50 Sts/Rockefeller Center.
Arriving by bus
Megabus, Peter Pan Bus, and Bolt Bus offer intercity bus services throughout the Northeast Corridor and along the East Coast to New York City. Some bus services terminate at Port Authority Bus Terminal, while others terminate near 34 St/Hudson Yards at 34 St between 11 Av and 12 Av. From 42 St/Port Authority Bus Terminal on the New York City Subway, take the uptown E train to 7 Av, where you can transfer to the downtown B or D train to 47–50 Sts/Rockefeller Center.
Happy hour venue
The official Decoupled Dev Days post-conference happy hour will be held in the Lobby Bar of the Ace Hotel New York at 29 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001. The easiest way to get there from the conference venue is to take the downtown B, D, F, or M train on the New York City Subway to 34 St/Herald Sq. From there, it is only a few blocks south on Broadway at the southeast corner of Broadway and 29th St.
Lunch and coffee
The Decoupled Dev Days organizing team regrets that we cannot provide lunch and coffee at the venue for conference attendees. However, there is a large variety of options for lunch and coffee around Rockefeller Center for any budget.
The underground Rockefeller Center Concourse, connected to the 47–50 Sts/Rockefeller Center subway station, has many different food options, including Au Bon Pain, Hale and Hearty Soups, Harry’s Italian Pizza Parlor, Just Salad, Pret à Manger, Subway, Tri Tip Grill, and others. There are also several restaurants at a higher budget, The Sea Grill and Cucina.
The surrounding area has many lunch options as well, including lower-budget fare such as Chipotle, Così, Five Guys, and New York Kimchi. Higher-end restaurants include Le Bernardin, The Capital Grille, Sushiden, and several steakhouses.
There are Starbucks and Blue Bottle Coffee locations inside the Rockefeller Center Concourse and a Dunkin Donuts just outside the subway entrance.
Things to do in the area
The Rockefeller Center area, let alone Midtown Manhattan, has plenty to do for visitors to New York City.
The Top of the Rock is the observation deck at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. We recommend that you aim to arrive early in the day or late in the evening, as lines can get very long.
The NBC Studio Tour takes visitors through the history and impact of NBC, one of the primary television broadcasters in the United States.
Rockefeller Center itself is a shopping hub, with many noted stores located both above ground and underground.
Radio City Music Hall, an iconic performance venue where several popular television shows are filmed and the Rockettes perform, is located just north of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the most iconic churches in New York City, is located at the northeast corner of 5th Av and 50th St.
Times Square and Broadway are located mere blocks away from the venue.
Further away, Grand Central Terminal is located to the southeast, and Central Park is located directly north of Rockefeller Center.
New York City can be extremely hot and humid during the month of August. We recommend you wear light clothing with few layers and drink ample water. The heat and humidity can be particularly stifling on New York City Subway platforms, where temperatures can reach high extremes.