Appalachian State University
New York Loft 117 East 24th Street, Suite 3-A (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY 10010
Mission: The mission of the Appalachian Loft is to provide an affordable and convenient environment for Appalachian students, faculty and staff fulfilling academic requirements, conducting academic research or other activities while visiting New York City. There is a resident director to assist our guests while visiting the Loft. The Loft is governed by the ASU Off Campus Advisory Board and is managed by the Office for Business Affairs.
Brief History: The New York Loft program was created in 1973, led by faculty from the Art Department, from a desire to enhance higher education and broaden ASU students’ lives. The original 2,250 square foot facility was opened in 1974 in Tribeca. The Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund of Appalachian State University purchased the current location in 1998, and the name changed to the Appalachian Loft upon opening in October 1998.
Facility: The Appalachian Loft is a 4,400 square foot facility located in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. There are two large bunk rooms, each with 10 beds. Each room has two large bathrooms. There is a shared kitchen, living room, dining area, and media center available for all guests. There is one private room with a private bath along with a suite for our faculty and staff directors while they operate the day to day management of the Loft.
Faculty and Staff Directorships: Directorship positions at the Appalachian Loft are available to all full-time Appalachian faculty for both summer sessions, fall and spring semesters. Directors of the off-campus housing facility live in and direct operations of the Loft while fulfilling a departmental research project. The directorships run concurrent with Appalachians semesters. Staff directorship positions are available for full time staff members (SHRA and EHRA Non-faculty) during winter break.
Groups: The Appalachian Loft is utilized by many official faculty-led student groups. Almost all Academic departments within the University that have taken student groups to the Loft, include Theater and Dance, Art, Finance, Banking & Insurance, Sociology, Psychology, Communications, and the School of Music. Alumni and faculty also use the Loft in group capacity.
Reservations: Priority is given to ASU’s official faculty-led student groups, immediate affiliates which are defined as current faculty, staff, students and alumni. The rates vary depending on affiliation. Official faculty-led student groups receive a discounted rate per night.
Interns at the Loft: Two spaces are held for ASU students each semester who are completing internships for credit. There is an application process for these students, and priority is given to upperclassmen and to students who may not have another opportunity for personal and professional development.
Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment to all applicants, students, and employees. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. The university actively promotes diversity among students and employees.