New York

New York City at a Slower Pace: The Best of the Big Apple

Hear New Yorkers’ formidable stories and join art, architecture and history experts to explore New York at a slower pace.
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Program No. 23029RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Discover the best of the "big apple" as you explore the city at your own pace. Walk in the footsteps of millions of migrants at Liberty and Ellis Islands, and learn their stories at the Immigration Museum. While visiting Rockefeller Center, stop at St. Patrick's Cathedral, a symbol of the successful assimilation of New York's Irish population, on fashionable Fifth Avenue. Taste the diverse flavors of this city as you dine like a New Yorker! See the city through the eyes of art, architecture and history experts as they lead you through New York's iconic sights.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
This program is specifically for those who want to avoid subways. We will have a private coach to transport us on most field trips. Walking a few blocks, being on your feet for up to an hour and climbing stairs each day.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.

General Notes

There are lots of different ways to explore New York City depending on your preference of pace and modes of transportation, program inclusions and time available for travel. Visit www.roadscholar.org/collections/nyc to explore them all!
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John Kriskiewicz
John is a native New Yorker with a professional degree in architecture from Pratt Institute. He has taught courses focusing on architectural and city planning history at Parsons School of Design, The Cooper Union, Fashion Institute of Technology, Stern College for Women, and Manhattan College. John has designed travel programs and lectures for many of New York City’s institutions and corporations including Road Scholar/Explore New York. He admits to a special affinity for New York’s extensive infrastructure as well as its Mid-Century Modern heritage.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Mannahatta: A Natural History of NYC
by Sanderson & Boyer
Time and Again
by Jack Finney
The Big Oyster
by Mark Kurlansky
722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York
by Clifton Hood
New York
by Edward Rutherford
The Island at the Center of the World
by Russell Shorto
Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center
by Daniel Okrent
by Jonathan Gill
Here Is New York
by E. B. White
Downtown: My Manhattan
by Peter Hamill
American Passage
by Vincent Cannato
Let The Great World Spin
by Colum McCann
Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway
by Michael Reidel

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