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New York Trip 2020

On Monday 17th February sixteen 6th Form students met at Fulston Manor at 08:30am ready to embark upon their eagerly anticipated trip to New York.

After a pleasant flight the group landed at JFK airport and were transferred to the hotel. Not wanting to waste any time, the students quickly took their suitcases to their rooms and met in the reception area ready to head to see the famous lights of Times Square. All of the students were amazed by the bright lights and vibrant atmosphere, they posed for many pictures on the iconic ‘Red Steps’. The group then went to get some food before heading back to the hotel for their first overnight sleep in NYC.

The group woke up full of excitement and positive energy on Tuesday morning and began their ‘Downtown Manhattan Walking Tour’. We were all left speechless by the architecture and stories behind the extraordinary buildings found on each and every street and avenue. On the tour we visited sights including Battery Park, Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, Financial District including the Broadway Bull, New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve Bank, Wall Street, Grand Central Terminal & The World Trade Center Site. In the afternoon we visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum and were able to conduct a self-guided tour of the museum, the students found this extremely moving and informative. We then walked to ‘Little Italy’ for an appetising Italian buffet style dinner before returning back to the hotel.

A few more tired heads arose on the Wednesday morning following an action packed first full day. After breakfast we made our way to the Rockerfeller Center for a guided tour of NBC Studios. Many of the students highlighted this as their favourite part of the trip as they were given a detailed ‘behind the scenes’ tour of famous American television shows. In the afternoon we were given the opportunity to travel 850 feet above street level to the ‘Top of The Rock’, from there we were able to take in the breathtakingly beautiful views of the New York skyline under a bright winter sun. We dined at Planet Hollywood for our evening meal before taking our seats to watch ‘Mean Girls’ on Broadway. The show was enjoyed by all, and the group walked back to the hotel reciting the name of the main character “Regina George” (mainly led by Miss Newsome) in their finest American accents.

On Thursday we travelled downtown to Battery Park and boarded the ferry to Liberty Island. The group were then given access to the viewing platform on the famous monument where they could look across the Hudson River at the picturesque Manhattan skyline. We then boarded the train to Central Park where students enjoyed the scenic urban views. From there we went to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant for our reservation and enjoyed shrimp, burgers and southern fried chicken. It was a crisp, clear evening so we took our opportunity to go to top of the Empire State Building to take in the night lights of the city at 1000 feet above street level. Just before we departed the observation deck, we were astonished to see a NYPD helicopter hover alongside us just 20 metres away at eye-level, before lifting its tail end and darting away and down towards Battery Park.

On the final morning we took the train to Brooklyn and walked back across the Brooklyn Bridge towards New York City. Despite the bitter cold wind the students were amazed by the views and enjoyed spending time taking photos at various areas of the bridge.

It was a fantastic week enjoyed thoroughly by students and staff alike.

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