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Rockefeller Rooftop Gardens
Look in any tourist book and you’re bound to see ‘Top Of The Rock’ observation deck, if you want to avoid the flocking tourist but still get up high, this is one of the more ‘undiscovered’ sights in the city. It’s an urban garden with incredible views, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Fifth Avenue!


Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
Before I fill you in on the wonders of the island and statue let me tell you this, get there early! Take a trip to Ellis Island, once the nation’s busiest immigration inspection ports, to discover the story of those that began their quest to become American citizens.

 

Times Square: Midnight Moment
Averaging over 300,000 daily visitors, this really is the busiest spot in the city! For a real taste of the action, you’ll need to go after dark. From 11:57 to midnight, the electronic billboards showcase a digital art exhibition with cutting-edge work by both famous and lesser known artists. Perfect for students with an interest in art!


Broadway
Obviously New Yorker’s are big fans of Broadway, so why wouldn’t you want to hit up a show? Treat your drama students, the city has everything from ‘School of Rock’ to the famous ‘Wicked’, there’s sure to be something your students will enjoy! I love the theatre which means I’ve seen a LOT of shows, but my absolute favourite is The Lion King, I couldn’t recommend it more.


American Museum of Natural History
Famously starring in the ‘Night at the Museum’ films, the American Museum of Natural History is actually one of my favourite museums I’ve ever been to! It’s so easy to spend a full day here, the exhibits are interactive and engaging, especially the discovery room!


Central Park
This is the great, green haven in New York City. Covering over 840 acres and featured in over 350 films, Central Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world. Sheep Meadow is my favourite spot, perfect for a group picnic on a sunny day.


Museum Hop
Did you know there are over 80 museums within the 5 boroughs of New York? The city has been around for 400 years and in that time they’ve built up a lot of interesting history!
 

For your students to try

Get your students into pairs. If they stand at each end of the archway in front of the famous Oyster Bar and Restaurant in Grand Central Station, there is an architectural trick, mean means if they speak into the wall they will be able to hear what the other is saying. How amazing is that?

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