Use of New York City subway system. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day; city streets and sidewalks, stairs.
In the hotel breakfast room, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet with milk, juice, and coffee included.
We’ll be joined by a local expert and look at New York City through the “lens” of TV, film, and theater with an illustrated talk and overview of the marriage between these industries and this city. Next, we’ll turn our focus to television as we’re joined by a professional who creates shows in this medium. Our lively discussion will focus on what makes TV work.
At the hotel, we’ll have boxed lunches with a choice of sandwich or salad, chips, sweet treat, fruit, water.
Next, we’ll take the subway to Rockefeller Center. Originally conceived as a new home for The Metropolitan Opera, the 1929 stock market crash forever changed the fortunes of Rockefeller Center. The Met chose to stay put elsewhere and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. persuaded the Radio Corporation of America to anchor his new development instead. RCA required a state-of-the-art building to house the studio space for its new subsidiary: the National Broadcasting Company, that created programming not only for the new medium of radio but was experimenting with a new technology called “television.” Today, 30 Rockefeller Plaza continues to house the world headquarters of NBC and its affiliates including MSNBC as well as the broadcast studios of “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and “NBC Nightly News.” An NBC page will be our host as we go behind the scenes at 30 Rock. We’ll explore at least two studios and learn about aspects of the TV production process such as scriptwriting, producing, and how the finished product reaches its audience. After the field trip, we’ll return to the hotel by subway.
At a restaurant near the hotel, we’ll have a plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll visit the observation deck at a legendary location synonymous with movies such as “King Kong,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and a host of others: The Empire State Building.