Big Lights Will Inspire You In New York
Laura Dementiev (Lower Sixth) shares her experiences of the Perse field trip to New York.
After arriving at the YMCA, we had a chance to unpack and relax for a couple of hours before heading off for dinner to the Heartland Rotisserie. After having our first meal in NY, we visited the top of the Empire State Building, by which point it was completely dark with no clouds, giving us a beautiful view of the lit up city below. Exhausted after a long day, we headed back to the YMCA for the night.
The following day we had a huge breakfast before walking The High Line – a 1.45-mile-long linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. Despite the snowy weather, we all thoroughly enjoyed the walk, but were definitely glad to be out of the rain when we went to the Museum of Modern Art afterwards. We had a chance to split into smaller groups to explore the museum for a couple of hours.
In the afternoon, we watched a performance of ‘Cats’ at the Neil Simon Theatre – a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ by T. S. Eliot. Dinner that evening was at the famous Hard Rock Café located in Times Square, after which we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn back to Manhattan, taking in the beautiful view around us.
The next day, we visited Battery Park before taking a Ferry to Liberty Island (where we had a chance to take pictures with the Statue of Liberty) and Ellis Island (where we could explore the Museum of Immigration). One student from our group even found a plaque with the name of one of her ancestors on it in the Museum.
After returning on the ferry, we visited Ground Zero (the World Trade Centre site), located in Lower Manhattan. The previous World Trade Center complex stood on the site until it was destroyed in the September 11 attacks. Today there is a memorial in place of where one of the towers was. Next, we had a drama workshop by ‘Broadway 101 Theater’, where we also had an opportunity to meet and have a Q&A session with one of the actors from the performance of ‘Cats’ we saw.
Dinner that evening was at Bubba Gump Shrimp, a Forrest Gump-themed restaurant where we had a beautiful view of Times Square. We then had some free time in Times Square, after which watched an amazing performance of ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at the Belasco Theatre.
On our final day we walked around Central Park and the Upper East Side before visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Again, we could split into smaller groups to explore the amazing museum. Although we had a few hours at the Met, it would have been absolutely ideal to have an entire day exploring all the exhibitions.
Sadly this was the end of our short but busy trip to New York, but it was an amazing trip filled with everything you could possibly do in only a few days! By the end of it we were exhausted but very happy to have had the chance to visit such a fantastic city.