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Saturday, June 16th, 2018

NYEA has made it a tradition to attend the yearly Mermaid Parade at Coney Island. This year the crowds were massive, yet we were able to find a comfortable spot along the boardwalk where we could see all the fish-scale and coconut-bra wearing mermaids and the trident carrying mermen who paraded through the summer heat. We were surprised by the costumes inspired by other sea creatures such as jellyfish, sharks and squids too! Despite long lines, we also got to taste the classic hot dogs and corn dogs at Nathan’s. Finally we found a spot on the beach where we laid out some blankets and enjoyed the sun. Some of us even took a dip in the cold, yet refreshing water while others didn’t leave without dipping their feet in the salty ocean. We will surely look forward to going again in 2019.
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Located at one of New York’s premier sports centers, Chelsea Piers, Bowlmor offers a unique and upscale bowling experience. Upon arriving for our most recent field trip, we rented out bowling shows and played a fun game together. Afterwards, we explored the rest of Chelsea Piers, and took in the surrounding views. All in all, we had a great time, though we left feeling pretty exhausted, ready to start our own relaxing weekends!

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This past Friday, the students went to Central Park in order to have a picnic. The sun was out, and the temperature reached almost 90 degrees, so we found a nice shady spot beneath a tree. The students brought chips and cookies to snack on after eating lunch. Some took naps in the grass while others tossed a Frisbee that one of the students had decided to bring along. All in all it was a great way to spend the sunny afternoon after a long week of classes!

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The competition was fierce as NYEA students participated in Game Day! The event started with several nerve-racking rounds of
Jenga™. It took a steady hand and nerves of steel to keep the wooden tower from toppling.

Next, students tried their hand at the ever-popular game of UNO ™. This fast-paced colorful card game proved to be the crowd favorite! It was a fun day for everyone!

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This Friday the students visited the little known Museum of the City of New York. Outside of the great building stood a statue of DeWitt Clinton, an early mayor of New York City who was also largely responsible for the construction of New York State’s Erie Canal. Once inside, we were met with a massive spiraling staircase in the brightly lit and impressive lobby. We were then directed to a theater where they played a film on the history of New York City. We learned that the name Manhattan came from the name for the island by the Abenaki people who lived in the area before Europeans appeared in what is now New York Harbor. After that we went through the different galleries where there were exhibits on public art across New York City, a history on the woman’s suffrage movement and even a series of photographs taken in New York by the famous movie director Stanley Kubrick. All in all, we were met with images of both the Big Apple’s past and present, giving us a wealth of ideas for other historical places to visit right in our own city.
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On May 5th, some Mexican people celebrate Cinco de Mayo, to commemorate the army’s unlikely victory against the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. In recent years, it has been adopted as a defacto celebration of Mexican-American culture and heritage in the U.S., much like St. Patrick’s Day with Irish-Americans. So, we thought it was fitting to visit Rosie’s Mexican Restaurant in the East Village for our most recent field trip. Students from Italy, Vietnam, Brazil, Japan, and Saudi Arabia enjoyed typical Mexican dishes like tacos and enchiladas, many for the first time. After lunch, the group continued on to a bakery in the area to sample some over-the-top pastries before going their separate ways to enjoy the beautiful spring weekend.

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NYEA students visited Fraunces Tavern at 54 Pearl Street in downtown Manhattan.  Fraunces Tavern is one of the oldest buildings in Manhattan and was constructed in 1719.  Students visited the upstairs museum, where they discovered much about the history of Colonial America and the revolution. Specific topics on the tour included the evolution of the American flag, period dress, and espionage during the revolution.

On December 4th, 1793 George Washington bid farewell to his officers in the second-floor dining room at Fraunces Tavern, while celebrating the British departure from the colonies on November 25th.
After the museum, students enjoyed fried chicken sandwiches at FUKU and dessert at Milkbar.
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The remedy for a dreary Fri? Makeup, patent leather jumpsuits and an audio/visual overload celebrating forever phoenix and New York native, David Bowie. That’s right, this week we took in the “David Bowie Is” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.

Thinking it might help to first know who he ‘was’ before going, some of our classes featured Bowie mini-lessons. (Labyrinth anyone?) The exhibition was designed to be experienced with a soundtrack of music and audio segues, so Sennheiser’s on we wandered. There was a lot to take in: film and video clips looping on wall-sized screens, drawings, paintings, photographs, and more. Some students were surprised to recognize his music. Some noticed Bowie’s multi-cultural influences, from Germany to Japan, and his international collaborators. Others admittedly were a little overwhelmed by the crowds and welcomed exploring the other floors of the museum afterwards. (What can we say? NYC loves their Thin White Duke.)

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A group of four left the school around 1:45 pm and headed towards Macy’s for their annual Flower Show via the A/C line to 34th Street. Once having arrived, we proceeded to walk along the outside of Macy’s before entering to enjoy the flower show. Most of the main floor was decorated with different floral setups, as well as part of the second, not to mention many of the windows outside for passers-by to look at and enjoy. After spending nearly an hour admiring the flower show, we took more photos of the windows outside, as well as ourselves before heading to a cafe in nearby Korea Town, where we had chicken, vegetable and curry buns, cheesecake, green tea ice cream and Thai bubble tea. After chatting for a while, we left at around 4:30 pm and parted ways.

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