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Eat:



Drink:

Starbucks.  It seems like there is a Starbucks on almost every other corner in New York City.   And, of course, water.  Keep hydrated!

In A Word:
Awake!

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Surprises:
-Everyone thinks that there are a lot of horns sounded in New York City.  Actually, a few years ago, the city government came down on excessive horn honking and now there are high fines for honking without a good reason.

-How small the Statue of Liberty seems compared with all of the tall buildings.

- The number of taxis!
Getting up close to the Statue of Liberty.  At this time it is difficult to get into the Statue, but just seeing her close is a treat!
Standing in Times Square at nighttime.
Going to the top of the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock and seeing the city below.
Seeing a Broadway Show.
New York City, New York
Almost all American Christian Education Program trip extensions to New York City will include:






Most, time permitting, will also include:


Longer extensions can also include:
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Time on Fifth Avenue and at Rockefeller Center
Observation Deck of the Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock
Broadway Play (additional expense)
The Tribute World Trade Center Visitor's Center or the 9/11 Memorial
 
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The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles.  From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips.  "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

by Emma Lazarus, New York City, 1883

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NBC Studio Tour
Madison Square Garden Tour
United Nations Tour
Visits to various museums and galleries.
Bagels with cream cheese
New York-style pizza
Hot dog, pretzels, or roasted nuts from a street vendor.
New York City
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Climate
New York’s climate is temperate; in summer (June-August) temperatures can exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit and in winter (December-March) can occasionally fall below 10 degrees Fahrenheit.  Alternating hot and cold spells are common. Expect frequent rain showers in the spring months of April and May, with occasional thunderstorms and spells of humidity in the summer. Windy snow showers and ice storms blow into New York during the winter months.
Geography

New York City is located on the Eastern Atlantic coast of the United States, at the mouth of the Hudson River.
New York City is made of five boroughs separated by various waterways. Brooklyn and Queens occupy the western portion of Long Island, while Staten Island and Manhattan are completely on their own land mass. Bronx, to the north, remains attached to the New York State mainland.

The island of Manhattan is largely a protrusion of granite, rising a few hundred feet from sea-level. The southern tip and center of the island are virtually solid granite, while areas in Greenwich Village and Chelsea are composed of softer soil. As a result of this geologic arrangement, Manhattan's tallest buildings are located in these two large "rocky" areas.

Manhattan is flanked on its west side by the Hudson River, and on the east side by the Harlem River and the East River.

Essentials:
Be Prepared:
Watch:
Here is a link to a virtual reality panoramic photo from the top of the Empire State Building.

Read:
The New Colossus - a poem by Emma Lazarus about the Statue of Liberty.

Listen:
New York, New York - Fred Ebb/John Kander,  famous song about New York - normally found being sung by Frank Sinatra.