New York
Five Days, Five Boroughs
Discover authentic New York on insider-led walks as you learn about architecture, historic monuments and cultural institutions in each of the city’s five boroughs.
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Program No. 1725RJ
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
New York
New Yorker Hotel

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

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you take your luggage to your room, come to the Road Scholar meeting room at 4:00, usually the Brooklyn Room on the Lower Level, it will be posted on the LED board in the lobby across from the Security Desk. 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. If your arrival is delayed, please attend orientation and dine afterwards.

Dinner: 5:00pm: Enjoy your first dinner at the Tick Tock Diner, conveniently located off the lobby of the hotel. This restaurant features regional American cuisine, in traditional NJ Diner fashion. If your arrival is delayed ask for the Road Scholar Menu, dinner is still included. Please attend orientation and then eat afterwards or get take out if our orientation is still taking place.

Evening: Orientation: 6:15 p.m. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. Scheduled free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that 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. After orientation we will take a stroll to the Empire State Building where you can get a bird's eye view of the city that never sleeps.

Introduction To New York, Brooklyn Field Trip
New York
New Yorker Hotel

Breakfast: at 8:00 In our meeting room, have a New York bagel with a schmeer plus other choices including beverages. Please arrive on time with a photo copy of your ID to register for a senior citizen MetroCard if you are 65 or over.

Morning: An architectural historian will give us an introduction to the five boroughs of New York City — the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island — each with its own history, personality, and appeal. We’ll then depart by subway for Brooklyn.

Lunch: At a neighborhood restaurant in Brooklyn Heights.

Afternoon: Our local expert will lead us through a few Brooklyn neighborhoods. Until it was consolidated into the City of New York in 1898, Brooklyn was an independent city. It was founded by the Dutch in 1646 as the village of Breuckelen and grew to become New York’s most ethnically diverse borough with a distinctive blend of cultures that remain to this day. It is also the most most densely populated of all the boroughs. We’ll see the Brooklyn Bridge, one of America’s most significant engineering achievements in the 19th century from Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Promenade. Designed by a German immigrant, John A. Roebling, this magnificent suspension bridge of granite and steel took 14 years to complete (1869-1883), spanning the East River to connect Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Dinner: At a restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: We'll walk to another Manhattan neighborhood with our local expert to see what's most interesting at the time of the program.

Visit Queens
New York
New Yorker Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel plated meal

Morning: We’ll take the “International Express” to one of Queens' diverse neighborhoods. The 7 Line is nicknamed the “International Express” because Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in America.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll visit the site of two world's fairs and the fantastic panorama at the Queens Museum.

Dinner: At a neighborhood restaurant.

Evening: Our Local Expert will take us on a stroll in one of New York’s historic neighborhoods.

Staten Island, Free Time
New York
New Yorker Hotel

Breakfast: In our meeting room, have a New York bagel with a schmeer plus other choices including beverages

Morning: We’ll travel across the harbor on the Staten Island Ferry and visit the area around the ferry slip including the Lighthouse Museum and Staten Island Borough Hall.

Lunch: Box lunches on the Ferry returning to Manhattan.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON or The Group Leader will walk us to the 9/11 Memorial site. You are welcome to remain and explore on your own, return to the hotel, or catch a show.

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

Evening: At leisure.

Manhattan, The Bronx
New York
New Yorker Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel plated meal.

Morning: We’ll board a private motorcoach and ride to the Upper West Side of Manhattan and Harlem, then continue through the South Bronx to our luncheon neighborhood.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in the Little Italy section of the Bronx.

Afternoon: Our journey continues through The Bronx to Wave Hill with its beautiful botanic garden.

Dinner: In a neighborhood restaurant, share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: With our Local Expert, we’ll have an opportunity for another walk in Manhattan.

Lecture-Discussion, Program Concludes
New York

Activity note: Hotel check out is noon.

Breakfast: In our meeting room, have a New York bagel with a schmeer plus other choices including beverages

Morning: As a closing highlight, we’ll be joined by a New Yorker who’s in touch with what’s happening in the five boroughs, to lead the group in a lively discussion. The session will end at approximately 10:30 a.m. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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