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Signature City New York: The Big Apple Experience

Program Number: 8861RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/10/2015 - 5/15/2015; 9/6/2015 - 9/11/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015; 3/20/2016 - 3/25/2016; 4/3/2016 - 4/8/2016; 5/15/2016 - 5/20/2016; 6/12/2016 - 6/17/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: New York City, New York
Price starting at: $1,348.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

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.



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
Midtown hotel within walking distance of 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.
 
Tom Bernardin

As a National Park Service Guide at Ellis Island, Tom Bernardin became an avid collector of Statue of Liberty memorabilia — and his association with Ellis Island inspired him to write "The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook: The Story of Our Past Told Through the Recipes and Reminiscences of our Immigrant Ancestors." He has made guest appearances on National Public Radio, the TV Food Network, Arts and Entertainment and the History Channel.
 
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:
Hotel check in is 3:00. Registration begins at 4 p.m. in hotel meeting room. You will be staying at New Yorker Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Our program ends at 10:30. 12 noon is check-out. You will be staying at New Yorker Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Photo I.D. such as Drivers License or Passport
  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: Arrival & Check-In / Registration & Orientation / Empire State Building
(Sunday, May 10)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in available after 3:30pm.

4:00-5:00p.m: Program Registration. At 4 p.m, come to the meeting room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. The meeting room location will be posted in lobby. If you arrive late, please ask for your envelope when you check in.
 Dinner: 5:00 p.m. 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: 6:15-7:30 p.m. Orientation The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. After orientation we will walk over to the Empire State Building. From the 86th floor observation deck you get a bird's eye view of the Manhattan street grid and all five boroughs and New Jersey in the distance. It's a great way to orient yourself to New York's geography and get your first taste of the city.

Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lecture on the history of New York / Visit Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and St. Patrick's Cathedral / Lecture on the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
(Monday, May 11)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel. Enjoy a continental breakfast served in the hotel meeting room, featuring New York City bagels, muffins, fruit, and eggs.

During breakfast, register with the MTA for a senior citizen MetroCard if you are 65 or over. A representative from the MTA will take your picture and a copy of your driver's license to process your permanent MetroCard application. They will give you a temporary card to use for the week, enabling you to ride for half price. A few weeks after you return home you will receive a permanent card in the mail. That is your official invitation to come back to New York and ride around half price.
 Morning: Enjoy a lecture on the history and architecture of New York City and begin to gain an understanding of all five boroughs.
 Lunch: Deli sandwiches are provided for lunch in the meeting room before heading out on our field trip.
 Afternoon: Our first stop is Radio City Music Hall, a masterpiece of Art Deco decoration, where we will have an expert-led exploration that takes us behind the scenes of its famous music productions. Marvel at the art, architecture and engineering, and see the hydraulic lifts from the early 20th century that still move the many stages. After your visit, stroll Rockefeller Center with our expert and watch the skaters at the foot of the sculpture of Prometheus. Before returning to the hotel we will stop in St. Patrick's Cathedral. Completed in 1879, the cathedral is a symbol of the success of New York’s immigrant Irish Catholic population.
 Dinner: Dine in a neighborhood Chinese restaurant and enjoy a family-style meal including your choice of soup, three appetizers and five entrees.
 Evening: Learn about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island during a presentation by a former Ellis Island National Park Service ranger. Our presenter, Tom Bernardin, is the author of "The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook: The Story of Our Past Told Through the Recipes and Reminiscences of our Immigrant Ancestors."
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
(Tuesday, May 12)
   
 Breakfast: This morning we will start with a hot "American" breakfast in the Tick Tock Diner. You can choose eggs with all of the sides, waffles or pancakes, or if you prefer a healthier fare, fresh fruit and yogurt is available.
 Morning: We head straight out this morning to best take advantage of the time spent on Liberty and Ellis Islands. You will have the opportunity to visit both iconic harbor islands today on your own schedule. The ferry brings us to Liberty Island, home of the Statue of Liberty, where we have provided you with passes to the statue’s pedestal. This includes the statue’s museum.

Ferry to Ellis Island on your own schedule. There, visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the restored immigrant processing building which pays homage to those who travelled through and examines the broader immigration history of the United States. The interactive museum lets you walk in immigrants’ footsteps, take the tests necessary to gain entry, attend a trial and decide the fate of a young man hoping to start a new life in America.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost. Enjoy lunch on your own on either Liberty or Ellis Island. Both sites have cafeterias, with larger facilities and selections available on Liberty Island.
 Afternoon: Continue viewing the sites on Liberty and Ellis Islands, then reconvene with the group on Ellis Island to take the ferry back to Manhattan. On our return, we will stop at the 9/11 memorial and site of the World Trade Center.
 Dinner: We dine at "Uncle Nick's," a fun and festive dining room for a taste of traditional Greek cuisine. Enjoy a family-style meal of Greek salad, four entrees, and baklava and galaktoboureko for dessert.
 Evening: After dinner, we head over to what may be New York's most acclaimed new park. Written about in Smithsonian, National Geographic and AARP Magazines, the High Line is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. We will stroll above the traffic below, through the gallery district of Chelsea and into the trendy Meat Packing District with an expert leading the way.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Get to Know New York / Theater District and Times Square / Free Afternoon and Evening
(Wednesday, May 13)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the meeting room.
 Morning: Learn about some of the lesser known areas of New York that you will be able to explore during your free afternoon. Then, enjoy an expert-let exploration of the Theater District and Times Square.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch in Bryant Park, just like a native, before heading out on your own for the afternoon.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon and evening. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You also have the option to follow our expert up to Harlem. The number two destination for foreign tourists, Harlem's history and 19th century architecture will amaze you.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: Free time to relax or take in a show.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(Thursday, May 14)
   
 Breakfast: Hot American breakfast at the Tick Tock Diner.
 Morning: Learn about the Metropolitan Museum of Art and obtain tips on navigating its galleries before heading up to the museum. On the way, you will traverse Central Park and our expert will elaborate on its history and point out areas of interest.
 Lunch: At the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in any of the museums' eating venues. From the extensive selections in the cafeteria to the elegant "Petrie Court Cafe" you can't go wrong with whatever eatery you choose.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore the extensive holdings of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, arguably the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere. A variety of docent led explorations will guide you through the collections of your choosing.
 Dinner: Enjoy a plated farewell dinner at an Italian restaurant close to our hotel.
 Evening: After dinner, join us for a guided neighborhood walk, or return to the hotel to prepare for departure tomorrow. We often use this last night to visit Greenwich Village with its charming, winding streets.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: New York from a Literary Point of View / Hotel Check-out / Farewells & Departures
(Friday, May 15)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the meeting room.
 Morning: "New York City, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" is the topic for discussion as our lecturer takes you on a tour of New York City from a literary point of view. A lively dialogue often ensues as participants recount the areas of discovery that delighted them during their week here. Program ends at 10:30. Hotel check-out is noon.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
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


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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