The New York Fine Arts Class arrived to blustery conditions in the Big Apple last Friday evening. Wind chills were dipping well beneath zero degrees but that did not deter the team from venturing out to Times Square and Rockefeller Center.
For many, this was their first time to partake of the sights, sounds, and tastes of New York. Mrs. Smith did not disappoint in making sure that this cultural experience was as complete and varied as seven days in the city would allow. The performing arts ranged from the “Hansel and Gretel” opera at the Met to “Stomp” in the East Village. Students were impressed and amazed at the talent of a particularly gifted cellist who stole the show at the symphony but the crowd favorite was seeing the Broadway show “Wicked” at the Gershwin Theatre.
Taste buds were equally treated to such a variety of delights. A must have would be New York style pizza from John’s Pizza but it would be hard to pick a favorite between Virgil’s BBQ pork nachos or Carmine’s chicken Parmesan. For some, it might even be the late night run to the Shake Shack with Mr. and Mrs. Hunt for a burger and shake.
The students visited many sites rich with history such as Ellis Island and Federal Hall and the beauty of the architecture of places such as Grand Central Station, the New York City Library, the Guggenheim museum and the Empire State Building.
Subway rides provided great opportunity for discussion about the places we just visited and the places we were going to. It also brought us very very TOGETHER at times!
A real treat was getting to attend church with Hillsong of New York City. Very different from what us mid-westerners were used to was the security we had to go through to enter the building to worship.
One minute we were exposed to such opulence and beauty and talent and the next we saw such dirtiness and poverty and homelessness. One evening some of our group were able to share our leftovers with those less fortunate. We saw the city firsthand as we walked between 7 and 11 miles each day! The week was full of wonderful opportunities and we took advantage of each and every one.