New York 2017: An action-packed itinerary in the Big Apple!
Twenty-three Senior Canonbury students enjoyed a very special trip to New York, planned specifically for those studying the arts at GCSE or A-level. The trip was led by Mr Stroud, Head of Art; Mrs Parks, Head of Drama and Theatre Studies; and Mr Murray, Head of Music.
On Thursday 19 October, Year 10, 11 and 12 students met at school for a couple of morning lessons before departing for the airport in the afternoon. Upon arriving at JFK Airport, they made their way to their accommodation, the YMCA Vanderbilt located in the heart of Manhattan’s fashionable East Side in New York. The area is alive with excitement and in the heart of midtown, with some of the most exciting shopping streets in the world: Madison, Fifth and Park Avenues. Within walking distance are Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the New York Public Library, the Museum of Modern Art and Bloomingdale’s.
After settling into their hostel and getting a good night’s sleep, the first stop on day one was The Guggenheim Museum, home to an important collection of modern art. Students were able to explore the museum with a guided 60-minute programme and see various collections and exhibitions.
Then it was time to soak up the sun and indulge in an ice cream in Central Park as the weather was unbelievably hot for the time of the year. After relaxing and taking in the scenery, it was onto Times Square to buy some souvenirs and get the perfect photo or selfie. In the evening, all students enjoyed a meal at the Hard Rock Café, which was finished off with a Broadway show and the New York Times Critics’ Pick, ‘Come From Away’.
Day two was equally jam-packed with activities. Students spent three or four hours at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is one of the most visited museums in the world. Students were able to sketch drawings of artefacts and explore the museum for themselves. In the afternoon, students had a guided tour of Radio City Music Hall, which has hosted some of the world’s most legendary entertainers on its Great Stage. Then it was onto the Rockefeller Centre to admire the plaza. With another busy day almost over, students enjoyed the spectacular New York skyline from the Observation Deck on the 86th floor of the Empire State building.
Day three kicked off with a visit to the Museum of Modern Art also known as MoMa. The museum covers every artistic medium from architecture and design to film and electronic media. They had lunch at the iconic Grand Central Terminal, which has a popular food market. No trip to New York is complete without a visit to Macy’s, the self-proclaimed “biggest department store in the world”! In the evening, students were able to see another Broadway show, the ‘School of Rock’.
On the final day in the big apple, there was still so much to see and do. First stop was Museum of Art and Design, which offers four floors of high quality design and handicrafts, from blown glass and carved wood to elaborate metal jewellery. Students took part in a 90-minute interactive programme to learn about contemporary art, craft, and design through hands-on art making and interacting with artists-in-residence. The last stop was the New York Public Library, which is the second largest public library in America and was the prominent setting in the 1984 Ghostbusters movie!
Much to the students’ disappointment, it was then time for them to come home, having thoroughly enjoyed a five-day action packed itinerary in the big apple, filled with museums, Broadway Shows, sightseeing and of course some shopping!
Published on: 29th November 2017