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 of skyscrapers. Later, our expert will take us on the subway to lower Manhattan where we’ll stroll through the oldest part of NYC and experience first-hand what happens when building goes unchallenged and how regulations affect the quality of life below. Some locals like to call this area "Skyscraper National Park."
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.
Free time. This time has been set aside for your 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. You might like to continue exploring lower Manhattan on your own, the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, or check out the waterfront and South Street Seaport Museum. It’s New York — the possibilities are virtually endless.
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.
To prepare for tomorrow’s field trips, we’ll have an introduction to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.