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Signature City New York: The Big Apple Experience

Program Number: 8861RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 4/19/2015 - 4/24/2015; 5/10/2015 - 5/15/2015; 5/31/2015 - 6/5/2015; 6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015; 6/28/2015 - 7/3/2015; 8/9/2015 - 8/14/2015; 9/6/2015 - 9/11/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015; 11/1/2015 - 11/6/2015;
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.



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



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.
 
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:
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 Road Scholar Health & Safety 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 
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, May 31)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in available after 3:30pm. After checking into your room, between 4:00 & 5:00pm come to the designated meeting room (it will be posted) 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: 5:00 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. If your arrival is delayed, please attend orientation and then eat afterwards.
 Evening: 6:15 - 7:30 pm 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 New York City and visit Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and St. Patrick's Cathedral
(Monday, June 1)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast in Meeting Room and register with the MTA for a senior citizen MetroCard if you are 65 or over.
 Morning: Learn about New York City and its five boroughs
 Lunch: Lunch in Meeting Room
 Afternoon: Visit Radio City Music Hall, stroll Rockefeller Center and stop in St. Patrick's Cathedral
 Dinner: Dine in neighborhood restaurant
 Evening: Learn about Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
(Tuesday, June 2)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot "American Breakfast" in the Tick Tock Diner
 Morning: Visit the Statue of Liberty
 Lunch: Lunch on Liberty or Ellis Island on your own
 Afternoon: Visit Ellis Island
 Dinner: Dine in neighborhood restaurant
 Evening: Stroll the High Line with one of our staff and see what all the fuss is about in AARP, Smithsonian and Nat'l Geographic Magizines
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Guided Times Square walk/Free time
(Wednesday, June 3)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast in Meeting Room
 Morning: Walk around the Times Square area with our local expert and theater guru.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch in Bryant Park
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon and Evening to Explore New York on your own or follow one of our staff to their favorite neighborhood
 Dinner: Dine on your own at your expense
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Preparatory Lecture and visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(Thursday, June 4)
   
 Breakfast: Another hot "American Breakfast" in the Tick Tock Diner
 Morning: Our local expert helps you to navigate the Metropolitan Museum. and then after a walk through Central Park, visit the Metropolitan Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Metropolitan Museum
 Afternoon: Continue to enjoy the Metropolitan Museum of Art's holdings.
 Dinner: Dine in a neighborhood restaurant
 Evening: If you still have stamina, take a guided neighborhood walk
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: The Week in Review
(Friday, June 5)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast in Meeting Room
 Morning: Our morning ends at 10:30 with hotel check-out at noon
 Morning: Participate in a lively discussion of the week's activities.
   
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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