Use of New York public transportation (subway). Walking approximately 5 miles; city streets and sidewalks.
In the hotel meeting room, we’ll have bagels, muffins, bananas, hard-boiled eggs, cold cereals, cream cheese, jelly, butter, plus milk (regular/low-fat), orange juice, coffee/decaf, tea, water. During breakfast, we will 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 — your official invitation to come back to New York and ride around for half price. If you have been on a previous program and have a senior citizen's MetroCard, please bring it with you.
We’ll be joined in the meeting room by a local expert for a lecture on the history and architecture of New York City and begin to gain an understanding of the five boroughs it comprises — the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island — each with its own history, personality, and appeal. We will travel by subway with our Group Leader to the Rockefeller Center area. We’ll also stop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Completed in 1879, the cathedral is a symbol of the success of New York’s immigrant Irish Catholic population. We’ll then stroll to Rockefeller Center with our expert. This remarkable complex is the legacy of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. It opened in 1933 in the depths of the Great Depression as both a business venture and a manifestation of the belief that public art is an act of good citizenship. The art deco motifs and sculptures were intended to signify human development in spirit, science, industry, and more.
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.
We will regroup at a designated time and place for our next field trip, to Radio City Music Hall. At this Art Deco masterpiece, we will have an expert-led exploration that takes us behind the scenes of its famous productions. We’ll marvel at the art, architecture, engineering, and see hydraulic lifts from the early 20th century that still move the many stages. The remainder of the afternoon is free for personal independent exploration.
At a neighborhood Chinese restaurant, we’ll have a family-style meal with choices of soup, appetizers, and entrées; coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll be joined by a former Ellis Island National Park ranger for a presentation on Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island, setting the stage for our field trip in the morning.