Big Apple is a big hit with Perse English students
12 Mar 2019
Lower Sixth students Jonathan Black and Trinny Duncan reflect on the Sixth Form English & drama trip to New York
Having arrived at school early, 12 Sixth Form students set out on our trip to New York. After arrival at JFK Airport, we immediately set off into the heart of the city, Times Square, and on to the Empire State Building for an awe-inspiring view before heading to dinner.
The next day, refreshed from a good night’s sleep, we first enjoyed an authentic diner experience for breakfast before glimpsing the beauty of Grand Central Station – the so-called ‘greatest indoor space in the world’. It was certainly very impressive. Continuing via the Rockefeller Centre and St Patrick’s Cathedral, we finished the morning by taking in the sights that the Museum of Modern Art had to offer (very many!) before seeing our first show To Kill A Mockingbird, apparently the hottest ticket on Broadway! A very enjoyable and eye-opening show for all, brilliantly staged and extremely thought-provoking. We then visited the iconic Hard Rock Café for dinner before catching the subway across the East River to Brooklyn. Then followed several people’s favourite part of the trip – crossing the Brooklyn Bridge towards Manhattan and taking in the famous skyline, lit up in the dark.
The following day saw us visit Lower Manhattan. After a delicious bagel breakfast we visited the 9/11 memorial site at Ground Zero. A very moving part of the trip, the peaceful nature of the memorial seemed very fitting for remembering the devastating tragedy. After this we moved on to see the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street before boarding the New York Water Taxi. The boat took us around the harbour of the city, giving us fantastic views of Manhattan, New Jersey and, most impressively, the Statue of Liberty – all accompanied by our fantastic guide Robin. Travelling back towards Times Square, we got involved in a very enjoyable drama workshop and we got to meet and question one of the stars of the To Kill a Mockingbird production. We then had dinner at the Bubba Gump restaurant, a Forrest Gump-themed restaurant right in the heart of Times Square. The day ended with the novel experience for many of attending the opera at Lincoln Center to see La Fille du Regiment, yet another exciting and busy day.
Sadly, we eventually came to the final day of our trip which began with a chilly walk through the scenic Central Park – a highly enjoyable part of the visit, with plenty of photo opportunities – before heading to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We had only a few short hours in the museum, but could easily have spent all day there. It was highly impressive with galleries of virtually every art form. This was followed in the afternoon by some final shopping opportunities before heading to Newark Airport for our flight home.
It was a whistle-stop tour of the sights of the Big Apple, giving a fantastic cultural insight into the United States. It was certainly an unforgettable trip that will stay with us all for a long time.