New York

Signature City New York

Get an insider’s perspective on New York as you explore Ellis Island, the Met, Rockefeller Plaza and learn about the city’s transition from a Dutch outpost to an American icon.
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Program No. 8861RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Bubbling with history, culture, diversity and energy, New York is whatever one makes of it. Wave after wave of people from the Colonial era to the present have flocked to the Big Apple to seek their fortunes. Whether you’re a first-timer or a former New Yorker reacquainting yourself with old haunts, trace the story of New York from its Dutch beginnings and into the future as you absorb the city’s architecture, economy, politics and more on expert-led field trips to great city icons.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking 2-5 miles each day, lots of stairs. Public transportation used throughout program.

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

This program offers a full schedule of activities and may have a maximum of 38 participants. There are lots of different ways to explore New York City with us depending on your preference of group size, pace, program inclusions and time available for travel. Visit www.roadscholar.org/collections/nyc to explore them all!
Featured Expert
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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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John Kriskiewicz
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
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722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York
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Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway
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Let The Great World Spin
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Time and Again
by Jack Finney
New York
by Edward Rutherford
The Big Oyster
by Mark Kurlansky
American Passage
by Vincent Cannato
Here Is New York
by E. B. White
The Island at the Center of the World
by Russell Shorto
Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center
by Daniel Okrent
Downtown: My Manhattan
by Peter Hamill
Mannahatta: A Natural History of NYC
by Sanderson & Boyer

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