Use of New York City public transportation (subway); extensive stair climbing. Walking up to 8 miles with stops along the way; city streets and sidewalks.
In the hotel meeting room, we’ll have bagels, muffins, bananas, hard-boiled eggs, cold cereals, cream cheese, jelly, and butter, plus milk (regular and low-fat), orange juice, coffee/decaf, tea. Please arrive on time with a photocopy of your ID to register for a senior citizen MetroCard if you are 65 or over. During breakfast, we will register with the MTA for a senior citizen MetroCard (if you are 65 or over). This cost is included in the program price. 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 by an architectural historian who 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 via subway for Queens. Each of the days on this program is designed to give a representative taste of the Borough visited. The #7 Train which runs straight through the Borough of Queens is nicknamed "The International Express." And that's our theme for Queens: "The International Borough." As of the 2010 Census, Queens was the single most ethnically and culturally diverse county in the entire United States. We begin with a short pre-lunch stroll through one of the neighborhoods that sprang up in the early 20th Century and has seen marked demographic change over the last 100 years.
We break for lunch along the South Asian shopping strip of Jackson Heights for an Indian Buffet. The Jackson Diner is heralded as one of the best Indian restaurants in NYC, drawing diners from all over the city and the world.
This afternoon we travel further into Queens for a visit to the site of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. In between the fairs, The NYC Pavilion was temporarily repurposed as the first United Nations General Assembly Building during construction of the current UN complex on The East River. Now The Queens Museum, the building opens especially for us this afternoon so that we may visit their signature exhibit: The Panorama of the City of New York. Created for the 1964 World's Fair and updated periodically, it is a scale model of the entire 5 Boroughs of New York... including every single building, all parks and even the airports - look for the planes taking off and landing at LGA!
At a Chinese restaurant near the hotel, we’ll have a family-style meal with tea and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We'll visit a Manhattan neighborhood with a local expert to see what's most interesting at the time of the program.