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City Highlights Weekend in New York City

Program Number: 20516RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/24/2013 - 5/27/2013;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: New York City, New York
Price starting at: $795.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 4; 2 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 0 Lunches, 1 Dinner    

Bold, hip and never happy with the status quo, there is no place in the world like New York City. From uptown in Harlem to downtown in Greenwich Village, to the top of the Empire State Building to the bottom of the Statue of Liberty, get the true flavor of the Big Apple with locals who love their city to the core. We’ll show you the city that tourists never see, plus we’ve left plenty of time for you to see a Broadway show on your own or just grab a slice and watch the ringers play chess in Washington Square Park.




Highlights

• Real New Yorkers give you the whole story of those can’t-miss icons: the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the hipster’s haven of Greenwich Village.
• Enjoy an interactive panel discussion of New Yorkers focusing on various aspects of living in the city.
• Eat out at a popular restaurant that’s a favorite among New York locals.



Activity Particulars

Walking 3-5 miles a day. Extensive use of public transportation. Field trips proceed rain or shine.




Date Specific Information

5-24-2013

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Coordinated by Explore New York, Corp.




New York City

The City That Never Sleeps, The Capital of the World, The Big Apple: Whatever you call New York, it is undoubtedly one of the world’s great centers for culture, food, finance, style and entertainment, from Broadway to the Bronx.



Accommodations
Historic Midtown hotel, restored to Big Band-era style; walking distance to Times Square and Theater District.
Meals and Lodgings
   New Yorker Hotel
  New York 3 nights
 New Yorker Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features a business center, fitness center and coin operated laundry.
  Contact info: 481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: www.newyorkerhotel.com
  Room amenities: Cable TV, Telephone
  Facility amenities: Concierge, 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, guest laundromat, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: market rate. Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: market rate. Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM at hotel meeting room. You will be staying at New Yorker Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 noon is check-out. You will be staying at New Yorker Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Photo I.D.
  Parking availability:
Hotel Valet parking starts at $35. per 24 hours. Long Term Parking at Newark Airport is as low as $9 per day. Take Coach USA Express as described above.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York
  Nearest airport:  Newark, LaGuardia, Kennedy
  From End of Program
  Location: New York
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airlink
phone: 877-599-8200

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

See Comments
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles; LaGuardia 9.75 miles; Newark 16.25 miles

   

JFK & Newark: $19 from, $20 to airport LaGuardia: $15 from, $18 to airport tax, toll and tip not included.

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Allstate
phone: 800-453-4099
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

JFK & Newark $46; LaGuardia $32
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles; LaGuardia 9.75 miles; Newark 16.25 miles

   

Additional $8 between peak hours (2:30 – 7:30 PM). $5 extra for airport pick-up (must call ahead). RATES VARY WITH TIME OF DAY AND DAY OF WEEK BUT SHOULD ALWAYS BE PRICED PER CAR NOT PER PERSON. Tip and Toll are also required but not included in all rates. Call to reserve 24 hours in ADVANCE and confirm price.

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Carmel
phone: 800-922-7635
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

See Comments
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles; LaGuardia 9.75 miles; Newark 16.25 miles

   

Rates begin at $40 day-rate $45 night-rate for JFK, $43 day-rate $50 night-rate for Newark, $28 day-rate $35 night-rate for LaGuardia. Night rate begins 8 PM. RATES VARY WITH TIME OF DAY AND DAY OF WEEK BUT SHOULD ALWAYS BE PRICED PER CAR NOT PER PERSON. Tip and Toll are also required but not included in all rates. Call to reserve 24 hours in ADVANCE and confirm price.

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Dial '7'
phone: 800-777-8888
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

JFK & Newark $46; LaGuardia $31
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles; LaGuardia 9.75 miles; Newark 16.25 miles

   

RATES VARY WITH TIME OF DAY AND DAY OF WEEK BUT SHOULD ALWAYS BE PRICED PER CAR NOT PER PERSON. Tip and Toll are also required but not included in all rates. Call to reserve 24 hours in ADVANCE and confirm price.

 

New Jersey-Newark

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
NJ Transit

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15 adults, $11.25 seniors
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 

 

Distance:

 

Newark 16.25 miles

   

From Newark Airport Follow signs from baggage claim area to monorail direct to Newark Penn Station Take NJ Transit to New York Penn Station (across the street from the Hotel)

 

New York-JFK

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles

   

From JFK take AirTrain ($5) to Howard Beach (A subway $2) or Sutphin Blvd (E subway $2) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

 

New York-LaGuardia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

See Below
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

LaGuardia 9.75 miles

   

Take Q33 bus to Roosevelt Avenue station ($1.00 for seniors 65 and over; $2.00 adults IN COIN.) Take the “E” Subway train DOWNTOWN to “34th Street/Penn Station.” $2.00.

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
New Yorker Rides
phone: 646-293-1658
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

JFK $65; Newark $70; LaGuardia $50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles; LaGuardia 9.75 miles; Newark 16.25 miles

   

Tax, toll, and tip included.

 

JFK/LaGuardia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
NYC Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

See Comments
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles; LaGuardia 9.75 miles

   

Rates JFK: from airport flat rate $52 plus toll and tip LaGuardia: to/from airport, metered fare, $35 and up plus toll and tip Unless noted otherwise Taxi FARE DEPENDS ON TRAFFIC!

 
Driving Directions
  FROM NEW JERSEY Take the Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan. Follow the signs to 34th Street. Turn left on 34th Street. Turn left on Eighth Avenue.
  FROM THE EAST I-495 to Midtown Tunnel Exit East 34th Street Right onto 34th Street proceed to 8th Avenue
  FROM THE NORTHEAST I-95 to I-278 West Exit 6B toward Triboro Bridge Exit toward "RANDALLS-WARDS ISLANDS/MANHATTAN/FDR DRIVE" Merge onto Triboro Bridge Merge onto FDR Drive Exit #8 toward I495/MIDTOWN TUNNEL/East 34th Street Right onto 34th Street proceed to 8th Avenue
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Opening Presentation, Empire State Building Excursion
(Friday, May 24)
   
 Afternoon: After checking in at the hotel front desk at 4 p.m., register and pick up the arrival packet that we’ll review during orientation.
 Dinner: At 5 p.m., enjoy your first included meal at the colorful Tick Tock Diner, just off the hotel lobby. This 24-hour diner features classic American cooking with classic diner decor to enhance the all-American ambiance.
 Evening: Orientation at 6:15 p.m. You'll have an informative overview of the program and meet the program staff and fellow participants. After orientation, enjoy a lively presentation by a retired National Park Service Ranger on the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, which we visit the next day. Then walk three blocks to the Empire State Building, which is amid a sizable restoration effort as part of a more than $550 million capital improvement project. The extraordinary refurbishment brings together world-class architects, historians, artists and craftsmen to recreate the building's original Art Deco style while adding state-of-the-art enhancements. At the center of the renovation is the restoration of the Empire State Building’s historic lobby with its iconic celestial ceiling mural made of aluminum leaf and 23-karat gold. Please note that visitors must pass through primary security screening — similar to airport security procedures — before going to the Observatory.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: View The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from Harbor Cruise, Free Afternoon and Evening to Explore on Your Own
(Saturday, May 25)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a catered breakfast in our private meeting room with bagels, muffins, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, bananas and beverages. During breakfast, we'll also register for the Metro Card included in your program fee. This card provides 10 trips on the New York subway system. You can add value and trips to your Metro Card at any subway station.
 Morning: Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, are still closed due to damage incurred by hurricane Sandy. We will take a scenic harbor cruise to get as close as possible, while learning the history of these iconic sights.
 Lunch: On your own. Our group leader will head to Greenwich Village with its array of food options and the semi-annual Washington Square Art Fair. Originating during the depression, artists from the Metropolitan area and beyond come Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends to exhibit their creations.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon. You may continue to explore lower Manhattan or set off for other adventures on your own. Perhaps you'll want to attend a Broadway show — we’ll steer you to the TKTS Half-Price Ticket Stands — or you can follow the Group Leader on a walk through Greenwich Village
 Dinner: On your own. Savor the cuisine of one of the city's more than 2,000 restaurants, or join the Group Leader and other like-minded participants for dinner at your own cost.
 Evening: Free evening. Explore all New York has to offer on your own.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Visit Central Park, Upper East Side and Lincoln Center Performance
(Sunday, May 26)
   
 Morning: Take a stroll on the Upper East Side and Central Park
 Brunch: Enjoy brunch at a popular restaurant that’s a favorite among New York locals.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an exceptional experience that will include a performance of the New York City Ballet. A Tribute to Broadway includes Leonard Bernstein's "Fancy Free:" the precursor to the full-length stage and screen productions of "On the Town," "Fancy Free" presents the escapades of three footloose sailors on shore leave in Manhattan; George Gershwin's "Who Cares:" mirroring Gershwin’s brassy melodies, Balanchine's big city ballet is full of jazzy, syncopated rhythms and balmy, romantic duets; and Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story:" a modern love story based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this suite brings audiences to the feuding streets of 1950s New York City with its crackling energy and heart-rending poignancy.
 Dinner: After your brunch, you might just want to grab a quick bite at the Chelsea Market during our evening stroll.
 Evening: Stroll the High Line. An abandoned elevated railroad trestle has been converted to New York's newest park made famous by articles in Smithsonian, National Geographic, AARP magazines and more.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Brunch

Day 4: Panel of New Yorkers discusses various aspects of living in the city.
(Monday, May 27)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a full American breakfast in the Tick Tock Diner.
 Morning: Enjoy a fascinating discussion with native New Yorkers about their lives in this vibrant city. The program concludes at 10:30 a.m. and hotel check-out is 12 p.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  New York New York Visitor's Bureau
NYC Convention and Visitor's Bureau (212) 484-1222 For additional information, visit www.nycvisit.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York


Author: Clifton Hood


AIA Guide to New York City


Author: Norval White and Eliot Wilensky, eds.


Downtown: My Manhattan


Author: Peter Hamill


Fiorello H. La Guardia and the Making of Modern New York


Author: Thomas Kessner


Five Points


Author: Tyler Anbinder


Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898


Author: Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace


Guide to New York City Landmarks


Author: Andrew S. Dolkart, Matt Postal, et al.


The Epic of New York City


Author: A. Robb Ellis


The Great Bridge


Author: David McCullough


The Rise of New York Port


Author: Robert Greenhalgh Albion


The Wedding of the Waters: the Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation


Author: Peter Berstein


Water for Gotham: A History


Author: Gerard T. Koppel


World of Our Fathers


Author: Irving Howe


Writing New York: A Literary Anthology


Author: Phillip Lopate, ed


Description: Recommended: F. Scott Fitzgerald's "My Lost City" pp 569-580 Jan Morris' "Manhattan"





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