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New York’s Hidden Treasures and Secret Places (5 nights)

Program Number: 10517RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014; 6/7/2015 - 6/12/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 10/25/2015 - 10/30/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: New York City, New York
Price starting at: $1,445.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 10; 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Already familiar with New York’s top icons? Discover more of the city’s history and culture with local experts. Delve into its fascinating neighborhoods as you learn. Visit the Chelsea Market, stroll the side streets of Greenwich Village and spend a day discovering the sights and sounds of Harlem. From the Lower East Side to Central Park's remote corners, savor a different New York neighborhood each day and the flavor of one of its restaurants each night.




Highlights

• Explore New York neighborhoods with a local expert who highlights the hidden and historic aspects you might not know about.
• Have brunch in a Harlem soul food restaurant.
• Conclude your program with brunch and a stroll.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to five miles per day over uneven ground, standing up to one hour, climbing two flights of stairs consecutively.



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 within walking distance of Times Square and Theater District.
Meals and Lodgings
   New Yorker Hotel
  New York, NY 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, fitness center and coin operated laundry.
  Contact info: 481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: newyorkerhotel.com
  Room amenities: Cable TV, Telephone
  Facility amenities: 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: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Market rate Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Market rate Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 hotel check-in, 4:00 register with program coordinator, 5:00 dinner in the diner, located in the hotel. 6:15 orientation You will be staying at New Yorker Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Programming ends by 10:30. 12:00 noon is hotel check-out. You will be staying at New Yorker Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Government issued photo I.D.
  Parking availability:
Hotel parking starts at $35 per day
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York, NY
  Nearest highway: I-95, I-78, I-87
  Nearest airport:  JFK (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA), Newark, NJ (EWR)
  From End of Program
  Location: New York, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

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 ($1.25 for seniors 65 and over; $2.50 adults IN COIN.) Take the “E” Subway train DOWNTOWN to “34th Street/Penn Station.” $2.50.

 

New York-JFK

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles

   

From JFK take AirTrain ($5) to Howard Beach (A subway $2.50) or Sutphin Blvd (E subway $2.50) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

 

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!

 

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:

 

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
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:

 

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/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.

 

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)

 
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/Light dinner at a local cafe
(Sunday, October 12)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in available after 3:30pm. 4:00pm: After checking in at the hotel front desk, take your bags ti your room and between 4-5:00pm come to the designated meeting room (it will be posted on the LED board across from security) to register with your Program Coordinator and pick up your arrival packet. Programs are planned far in advance, so local circumstances may require changes from time to time. We will notify you as quickly as possible should there be any changes and appreciate your understanding.
 Dinner: 5:00pm: 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. If your arrival is delayed, please attend orientation and then eat afterwards.
 Evening: 6:15pm: We begin our orientation to the program and introduce staff and members of the group. We’ll review the schedule and any updates and answer any questions you may have. Following orientation we will visit the Empire State Building.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Learn about the lives of those that helped build NYC into what it is today. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the Museum of Eldridge street will illustrate the history of and stories of those brave enough to take a chance in the Big Apple.
(Monday, October 13)
   
 Breakfast: Meet with the MTA and obtain our Senior Citizen MetroCards for all that qualify.
 Morning: We head straight out and visit the Lower East Side and visit Eldridge Street Synagogue, recently opened after a 20 year restoration. You will be guided through the magnificently Moorish-revival style structure and learn one community's story of establishing themselves in a new and unfamiliar country.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore any of the many immigrant flavors or split a pastrami sandwich at Katz' Deli
 Afternoon: Be guided through the Lower East Side Tenement Museum; a completely restored tenement building. But not in the way you might think. In this museum, you'll be guided through the homes and lives of the actual tenants of these rooms that have been made to look just as they did when they were inhabited. You will discover the conditions in which millions of immigrants lived when they first arrived to New York City and America. Discover the dreams they arrived with and the struggles they met to make those dreams come true.
 Dinner: Dinner in a neighborhood restaurant
 Evening: Take a closer look at Hell's Kitchen and the Garment Center neighborhoods near our hotel.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Learn how New York transforms itself when populations and industries change with a visit to the Merchant's House and walk through Greenwich Village; once home to the elite, then Bohemians, Beats and Hippies.
(Tuesday, October 14)
   
 Breakfast: American Breakfast in the Hotel Diner
 Morning: Travel down to Greenwich Village and visit The Merchant's House to see how the other half lived.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch in Washington Square Park
 Afternoon: Continue to explore the wandering streets of the Village with our expert guide.
 Dinner: Dinner in a neighborhood restaurant
 Evening: Stroll the High Line and see the neighborhood of Chelsea
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Brunch in a charming French Bistro and then a walk in Central Park
(Wednesday, October 15)
   
 Depart From: Travel to Brunch
 Morning: Start your morning with a Brunch in a French Bistro on the Upper East Side and then a stroll through Central Park.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON and evening to Explore New York on your own, take in a museum or show. Matinee day!!
 Dinner: Free evening to attend a Broadway show, music venues, more neighborhood highlights on your own. Many fine choices to dine in this fine city.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel

Day 5: Everyone has heard of Harlem but what is the neighborhood really like? How did it come to be? Find out when we make our way up there for a walk and a real Harlem Soul Food Lunch
(Thursday, October 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel
 Morning: Take the A train beyond Harlem to the Northern section of Manhattan and visit the Morris Jumel Mansion once George Washington's headquarters.
 Lunch: Soul food lunch
 Afternoon: Harlem is a neighborhood of neighborhoods. See the area that was once Alexander Hamilton's estate, the same neighborhood made famous by Count Basie and Billy Strayhorn. Walk past the famed Abyssinian Baptist Church; over 200 years old on your way to the Apollo Theater
 Dinner: Dinner in a neighborhood restaurant
 Evening: An optional ride on the Staten Island Ferry will be offered this evening. Enjoy the evening downtown skyline on this free ride courtesy of New York City's Transit Authority.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap up your week with a lively discussion.
(Friday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel meeting room
 Morning: A local writer/editor conducts a lively discussion to wrap-up our week.
 Lunch: Program concludes with a sweet surprise and lunch on your own.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  New York, NY New York Visitors Bureau
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. For additional information, visit www.nycgo.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


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


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


Author: Peter Berstein


When Harlem Was in Vogue


Author: David Levering Lewis




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