New York

Signature City New York: A Short and Sweet Stay in the Big Apple

New York, New York! From the amazing collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to a ferry ride to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, experience the Big Apple’s pulsing energy.
Rating (5)
Program No. 6593RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

Whether you’re a first-time explorer or a former New Yorker curious about your old haunts, experience the history, culture and amazing energy of the Big Apple. Trace the story of New York City from its Dutch beginnings to its time as capital of the new United States and on to a discussion of what the future holds. Learn about the city’s architecture, economy, diversity and politics. Expert-led field trips give you an insider’s view of New York City’s best known icons.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking 2-5 miles per day with lots of stairs. Public transportation used exclusively throughout program.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Go behind the scenes at the historic Radio City Music Hall where you'll meet one of the world famous Rockettes.
  • Explore the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, gateway to America for millions of immigrants.
  • Join a local expert for walks through iconic neighborhoods and dine at local eateries.

General Notes

There are lots of different ways to explore New York City depending on your preference of pace, program inclusions and time available for travel. Visit www.roadscholar.org/collections/nyc to explore them all!
Featured Expert
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Richard Turnbull
Richard Turnbull is an assistant professor in the History of Art Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and lectures regularly at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. He has published numerous articles on topics from the challenges of being an adjunct professor to the photography of Luke Smalley, and has forthcoming articles on Islamic art and 70s pop music and culture. Richard earned his Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts.

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

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Richard Turnbull
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John Kriskiewicz
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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.
The Island at the Center of the World
by Russell Shorto
Downtown: My Manhattan
by Peter Hamill
Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway
by Michael Reidel
Mannahatta: A Natural History of NYC
by Sanderson & Boyer
Time and Again
by Jack Finney
The Big Oyster
by Mark Kurlansky
by Jonathan Gill
Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center
by Daniel Okrent
722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York
by Clifton Hood
American Passage
by Vincent Cannato
Let The Great World Spin
by Colum McCann
New York
by Edward Rutherford
Here Is New York
by E. B. White

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