The Perse School

New York, New York

10 Nov 2014

Over the half-term break, students form the English and Drama Department headed across the pond to New York, for a few days of drama activities and sightseeing. Robert Holiday in the Lower Sixth shares his experiences of this action-packed trip.

“In October half-term, a group of nine sixth form students travelled to New York City for an English and Drama trip. Although the stay was short, the itinerary was packed with every New York experience one could hope for, leaving us all inspired and enriched (if a little exhausted) by the end of it.

Unfazed by a three-hour delay to our flight, the group was determined to make the most of our first night in New York; after a quick respite in the hostel, we set out to tackle one of the most iconic sights of the city, the Empire State Building.  After a bite to eat at the Hard Rock Café and a rapid stroll through the awe-inspiringly hectic Times Square, it was time to head back to the hostel and have a well-deserved night’s sleep.

Day two started with a ferry trip taking us to Liberty Island, home of the statue symbolic of New York, then on to Ellis Island where we learnt about the struggles and stories of those who had settled in America throughout history at the Museum of Immigration. A whistle-stop tour of Wall Street and Ground Zero came next, followed by a fascinating visit to the Museum of Modern Art. Our first musical of the trip, On the Town was lively and cheerful, and especially appropriate as the story described a group of sailors making the most of their short time in the ‘greatest city in the world’.

A drama workshop kicked off our third day, where we were given the chance to ask questions to one of the actors from the musical from the previous night. We then dashed off to see Cabaret at the beautiful Studio 54 theatre, a highlight for most members of the trip. Dinner that night was at Bubba Gump Shrimp, a Forrest Gump themed restaurant in Times Square, where we were tested on our knowledge of the film for prizes. The night was concluded with a walk over Brooklyn Bridge, an opportunity to see the city in all its nighttime glory.

Our final day arrived all too soon, but with it came a collective determination to squeeze in as many activities as possible. An idyllic walk through Central Park was followed by a visit to the ‘greatest museum in the world’, the enormous Metropolitan Museum of Art. After a lunch of classic New York pizza, we took to the High Line, an ingeniously designed elevated park built on the remnants of the old railway tracks, which led us straight to the iconic Macy’s department store. By then it was time to leave, so we headed to the airport for our overnight flight back to Cambridge.

Whilst of course returning to Cambridge didn’t quite match up to the buzz of New York, it was good to be back. It’s safe to say that everyone had an incredible time, and we are extremely grateful to Mr. Green for his hard work in making it such an unforgettable trip.”


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