New York Trip 2019
At the start of the Christmas holidays, a group of 20 pupils set off on an exciting trip to New York City!
"Straight after the Carol Service last term, we set off to Heathrow to catch our evening flight to JFK airport. After many films were watched during the flight, we touched down and made our way to the hotel, which was right in the middle of Manhattan Island, 2 blocks down from the Empire State Building.
Day one began with beautiful blue skies and a cold crisp temperature, perfect for a walk through Time Square, past Trump Tower and through Central Park to the Museum of Natural History. This was followed by a short walk to one of New York’s food halls, with a wide range of different foods available. The Rockerfeller Centre was the next stop and a trip up the ‘Top of the Rock’ to see some spectacular views of Central Park and over Manhattan. In the evening, we took the short walk from our hotel to Madison Square Gardens to get courtside seats to watch the New York Knicks warm up and play the Indiana Pacers!
Day two was a trip down to Lower Manhattan on the subway and visits to the World Trade Centre Museum and memorial, followed by an excellent experience at the One World Observatory building and more spectacular views. The group walked through the financial district and the famous Wall Street to board the Staten Island ferry to get a closer view of the Statue of Liberty, with some fantastic photos being taken at sunset of this iconic statue. In the evening, after some huge slices of American pizza, we took the short walk to Bryant Park Christmas Market for pancakes, waffles and all sorts of sweet treats.
On the third day we walked to the western edge of Manhattan to board the USS Intrepid and explore the Air, Sea and Space Museum to see Concord, the Enterprise space shuttle, Growler submarine and many other aircrafts which would have travelled on this aircraft carrier. A walk down the Hudson River took us to the $200million ‘Vessel,’ a huge staircase exhibition with 154 flights of stairs. In the evening we ate in Times Square at Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant and, although it was a little wet, we got to see the famous tourist spot all lit up at night time. Another trip to the Rockerfeller Centre gave us a view of the famous Christmas tree and shop displays of 5th Avenue as well as the studio tour where pupils filmed their own chat show. Another food Hall was visited with a wide range of different cuisines available for lunch, before an informative trip around the United Nations building where we happened to see the Secretary General who was visiting that day. The evening involved a trip to Broadway to see Mean Girls and another evening walk back through Times Square.
On the last morning the children ate in a traditional New York Diner, having waffles, pancakes, eggs and all sorts, before having an informative and interesting tour around the Houdini Magic Museum, seeing a few tricks and learning about the magician. The long trip home began after an excellent trip with many memorable experiences."
Watch the video from the trip here