10517
New York
City Walks: Exploring New York City’s Neighborhoods
Dive deep into the story of New York through its culturally rich neighborhoods. Local experts will lead you through hidden highlights and history and share what makes each one unique.
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Program No. 10517RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
9 meals
3 B 2BR 0 L 4 D
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation, Walk
New York, NY
D
Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After 4:00 p.m., come to the hotel's board room located on the lower level to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Our Group Leader is a knowledgeable professional who will serve as an educational resource in addition to leading field trips. We’ll also have presentations by local experts at different sites. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At a nearby restaurant, we’ll enjoy our first meal together with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: On our way back to the hotel, we’ll have a walk to become familiar with the neighborhood. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Free Time
New York, NY
B,D
Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central

Activity note: Use of New York City public transportation (subway). Walking approximately 8 miles; city streets and sidewalks.

Breakfast: In the hotel, choose what you like from the extensive breakfast buffet. Coffee and tea are available in the lobby 24 hours a day.

Morning: We’ll take the subway to the Lower East Side and visit The Tenement Museum, a National Historic Site. With a member of the museum staff, we’ll explore 97 Orchard Street, a restored tenement building, and gain insights into the lives of actual tenants who lived in these rooms that look just as they did when they were inhabited. The National Park Service has estimated that some 7,000 people from more than 20 nations lived here between 1863 and 1935. One of thousands of similar tenements on the Lower East Side, it represents the conditions in which millions of immigrants found themselves when they first came to America. We’ll learn about their dreams and the challenges they faced in making new lives for themselves and their families.

Lunch: 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. Katz’s Deli, a Lower East Side tradition since 1888, is the overwhelming popular choice where you can recall the film “When Harry Met Sally” and “I’ll have what she’s having.”

Afternoon: The Group Leader will take those who are interested in gaining a more in-depth appreciation of the immigrant experience on a stroll through the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy. The remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: Regrouping at the hotel, we’ll walk to a neighborhood Chinese restaurant for a family-style meal with choices of soup, appetizers, and entrées; coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: With the Group Leader, we’ll set out on a walking excursion to another of the city’s fascinating locations.

DAY
3
Merchant's House Museum, Greenwich Village
New York, NY
B,D
Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central

Activity note: Use of New York City public transportation (subway). Walking approximately 8 miles; city streets and sidewalks.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll travel by subway down to Greenwich Village and visit The Merchant's House Museum to see how the “other half” lived. Built in 1832, this National Historic Landmark building is the city’s only completely intact family home from the 19th century. It was the home of a prosperous merchant, Seabury Tredwell, and stayed in the Tredwell family for nearly a century. The museum collection of nearly 2,500 items includes period furniture, lighting ranging from antique candle stands to gas chandeliers, as well as fashions and textiles. It’s also reputed to be Manhattan’s most haunted house! A docent will lead our exploration.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. You might explore Bleecker Street, once home to push carts, and now known for its bakeries, salumeria, pizzerias, and gelato vendors.

Afternoon: The Group Leader will take those who would like to experience the fascinating West Village on a stroll highlighting its bohemian, literary, and musical history. The remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: Regrouping at the hotel, we’ll walk to a neighborhood restaurant for a plated meal.

Evening: Our Group Leader will conduct a stroll through another of the city’s distinctive areas.

DAY
4
French Bistro Brunch, Central Park Walk
New York, NY
BR
Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central

Activity note: Use of New York City public transportation (subway). Walking approximately 3 miles; city streets and sidewalks.

Morning: We’ll stroll through Central Park with our Group Leader who will talk about its history and areas of interest. Some 42 million people visit Central Park each year. Its 843 acres are managed by the private, not-for-profit Central Park Conservancy, formed in 1980 to improve and restore the park to prime condition after a period of decline. Central Park today is America’s greatest and grandest public green space, providing respite and inspiration for residents and visitors alike.

Brunch: Grab something at the hotel if you like, but morning brunch replaces breakfast and lunch. We’ll travel on the subway for brunch at a French bistro on the Upper West Side.

Afternoon: Free time. You might like to visit one or more of the city’s hundred or so museums, take in a show — it’s matinee day! — or any of the myriad other possibilities. The choice is yours.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure. Attend a Broadway show, a concert, see more neighborhood highlights on your own. It’s the one and only New York City, so your choices are practically limitless.

DAY
5
National Jazz Museum, Walk Through Today's Harlem
New York, NY
BR,D
Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central

Activity note: Use of New York City public transportation (subway). Walking approximately 8 miles; city streets and sidewalks.

Morning: We’ll take the subway to Harlem — recalling the hit tune “Take The A Train” made popular by Duke Ellington — for a docent-led exploration at The National Jazz Museum where we’ll learn about the roots of jazz in this historic neighborhood. Established in 1658, Harlem was a rural Dutch village for most of two centuries. The development of railroads fostered a growth spurt with homes for the ubiquitous immigrants as well as more affluent New Yorkers. Around the turn of the 20th century, Harlem became the unofficial “capital” of Black America, followed by the Harlem Renaissance in the arts and humanities. The Great Depression almost wiped it out and it took generations for restoration and rejuvenation to take hold. Harlem today is a vibrant, eclectic, diverse, and still rapidly changing neighborhood — that has become a top destination for foreign tourists!

Brunch: We’ll have brunch at a popular Harlem eatery.

Afternoon: The Group Leader will walk with those who want to get a deeper understanding of Harlem’s past and revitalized presence. The remainder of the day is free.

Dinner: In a neighborhood restaurant. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: We’ll take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry to see the downtown skyline from another angle. This free service — that used to cost 25 cents! — carries 22 million riders a year. Returning to the hotel, prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
New York, NY
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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