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Signature City New York: The Big Apple Experience

Program Number: 8861RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/20/2014 - 4/25/2014; 8/10/2014 - 8/15/2014; 9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014; 12/14/2014 - 12/19/2014; 3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: New York City, New York
Price starting at: $1,275.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Bubbling with history, culture, diversity and energy, New York is whatever one makes of it. Wave after wave of people from the Colonial era to the present have flocked to the Big Apple to seek their fortunes. Whether you’re a first-timer or a former New Yorker reacquainting yourself with old haunts, trace the story of New York from its Dutch beginnings and into the future as you absorb the city’s architecture, economy, politics and more on expert-led field trips to great city icons.




Highlights

• Discover the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a museum that is to New York what the Louvre is to Paris.
• Recall the heady days of the world’s largest privately owned entertainment and business complex at Rockefeller Plaza, outside and inside incredible Radio City Music Hall.
• Explore the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, gateway to America for millions of immigrants.



Activity Particulars

Walking 2-5 miles, lots of stairs. Public transportation used throughout program.



A 3-night version of this program is also available (#6593).




Date Specific Information

4-20-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
John Kriskiewicz

John Kriskiewicz, a native New Yorker, is an architectural historian with a professional degree in architecture from Pratt University. He teaches several courses concerning the architectural and planning history of New York City at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union. He is the director of history and architecture programs for Discover New York with Kitt Garrett, Inc. John also does research for architectural firms and has written the introduction to the book, "Manhattan Skyscrapers.”
 
Stephen Cole

Stephen Cole is an internationally produced, published and recorded writer. As librettist and lyricist, Mr. Cole has had his musicals produced Off-Broadway and in London. Besides writing 10 years of Drama League tributes — honoring Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera, among others — Stephen has written for such stars as Tyne Daly and Valerie Harper. Stephen has published three books, including “That Book About That Girl,” the unofficial companion to the Marlo Thomas sitcom from the 1960s.
 
Daniel Egan

Daniel Egan has degrees in music theory from St. Olaf, the Eastman School of Music and Yale, where he is on faculty. He has appeared as soloist or ensemble singer with the New York Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra of New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and was in the permanent ensemble at New York City Opera. His recordings include “Sweeney Todd” with the New York Philharmonic and backup vocals for Patti Page’s "Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert.” Both earned Grammy nominations.
 
Gerry McGee

Gerry McGee is a native New Yorker who grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He graduated from Manhattan College and worked in Midtown as a corporate vice president for more than 40 years. Gerry is a board member and treasurer of Music Before 1800, Inc., which presents eight concerts of early music each season on Sunday afternoons.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   New Yorker Hotel
  New York 5 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 and fitness center.
  Contact info: 481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: www.nyhotel.com
  Room amenities: Cable TV, Telephone
  Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, 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 p.m. in hotel meeting room. You will be staying at New Yorker Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
12 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 $15 per day. Take AirTrain 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

 

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 $45 plus toll and tip LaGuardia: to/from airport $35 and up plus toll and tip Unless noted otherwise Taxi FARE DEPENDS ON TRAFFIC!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 
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 I495 to Midtown Tunnel Exit East 34th Street Right onto 34th Street proceed to 8th Avenue
  From the Northeast I95 to I278 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: Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, April 20)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in available after 3:30pm. Proceed to your room and at 4:00 come to the designated meeting room (it will be posted) to register with your Program Coordinator and pick up your (arrival packet) containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your schedule at the front desk when you check in.
 Dinner: 5:00 pm Enjoy your first meal at the colorful Tick Tock Diner, located just off the hotel lobby. This 24-hour diner features classic American cooking. White and black checkered floors and shiny chrome columns enhance the all-American ambience. Dinner in The diner is available and included even if you arrive late. Our meal is scheduled for 5:00pm so that we can get through orientation. If your arrival is delayed, please attend orientation and then eat afterwards. ORIENTATION: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. You will also meet your fellow participants. During free time, the Group Leader will be available to lead informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently. Please be aware that program activities are scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Evening: Following orientation we will take a short walk to visit the Empire State Building to get a birds' eye view of the city upon which you are about to embark. Along the way you will pass Macy's, the world's largest department store and Herald Square, becoming familiar with your neighborhood.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Radio City Music Hall/Rockefeller Center
(Monday, April 21)
   
 Breakfast: During our Continental Breakfast, served in the meeting room, a representative from the MTA will be present to register all participants age 65 and over for Senior Citizens' MetroCards. We will be traveling by subway and this will enable all who are eligible to travel around New York City half price on buses as well as subways.
 Morning: Our first lecture, by a distinguished architectural historian will take you on a virtual tour of New York's five boroughs from the comfort of your seat. Our second lecture will provide an in depth history of New York City, illustrating how and why it became the city it is today.
 Lunch: Lunch in Meeting Room
 Afternoon: Take the subway to Rockefeller Center a National Historic Landmark that was built by John D. Rockefeller in the 1930s. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the complex covers 22 acres. We will tour Radio City Music Hall, home to the world famous Rockettes. Then spend a reflective moment in the Neo-Gothic splendor of St. Patrick's Cathedral before returning to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dine like a New Yorker! This evening, we'll enjoy a meal in a local restaurant located within a few blocks of the hotel.
 Evening: After dinner we return to the hotel for a lecture/presentation about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
(Tuesday, April 22)
   
 Breakfast: A hot 'American' breakfast will be served in the Tick Tock Diner
 Morning: Journey by ferry to Liberty Island for a closer inspection of one of New York City's most notable landmarks - the Statue of Liberty. Since its dedication in 1886, the Statue of Liberty has served as a symbol of hope for the many immigrants who have arrived here since the turn of the 20th century. The statue was a gift to the UlS. From France and was designed by artist Frederic August Bartholdi.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your Ellis Island on your own in one of the cafes on Liberty or Ellis Island.
 Afternoon: Board the ferry for a short journey to Ellis Island. As you enter the Main Building, experience what 12 million immigrants felt as they first entered the United States. Take in exhibits or look for relatives on The American Immigrant Wall of Honor. Then return to the mainland via ferry and stop by the 911 Memorial site to pay your respects before returning to the hotel.
 Dinner: This evening we'll enjoy a meal in a local restaurant so you can further explore the flavors of the city.
 Evening: After dinner, follow your group leader to the High Line, one of New York's newest parks on an abandoned railroad trestle above the streets of Chelsea.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Times Square/Free Time
(Wednesday, April 23)
   
 Breakfast: A Continental Breakfast will be served in the Meeting Room
 Morning: A presentation led by a local expert is meant to spark your interest in exploring the known or little-known areas of New York during your free afternoon. You will be filled in on not-to-miss experiences of the city! Then we will embark on a guided walk through Times Square, the crossroads of the world.
 Lunch: We will eat a picnic lunch in Bryant Park, centrally located for whatever adventure you may have in mind for the afternoon.
 Afternoon: With the insider recommendations that you received this morning, spend a free afternoon and evening exploring New York on your own or follow a local guide to Harlem and witness its second renaissance.
 Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Metropolitan Museum of Art
(Thursday, April 24)
   
 Breakfast: A hot 'American' breakfast will be served in the Tick Tock Diner.
 Morning: Learn from a noted art historian about the Metropolitan Museum of Art and obtain tips on navigating it's halls before heading up to the museum. More than two million works are held in the Met, the largest art museum in the U.S. Collections range from ancient Egyptian relics to modern and contemporary art. Some of the museum's most famous pieces include works by Picasso, Rembrandt, VanGogh and Homer.
 Lunch: Choose from one of the Met's many cafes and dining areas to enjoy lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Continue to enjoy the Met holdings on your own or join one of the many docent tours.
 Dinner: This evening, we'll again enjoy a meal in a local restaurant so we can further explore the flavors of the city together.
 Evening: An optional exploration of your leader's favorite historic neighborhood will follow dinner or you can enjoy your last evening on your own.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: NYC in Literature Lecture/Departure
(Friday, April 25)
   
 Breakfast: A Continental Breakfast will be served in the Meeting Room
 Morning: Take in our morning presentation led by a local expert: "New York City, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow From a Literary Point of View."
 Lunch: After a 'sweet surprise," lunch is delivered to the Meeting Room by 10:30 a.m. to take with you on the run. Hotel check-out is noon but luggage may be stored in the lobby for later departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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


When Harlem Was in Vogue


Author: David Levering Lewis


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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