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NYEA students and our Level 3 teacher David left the school shortly after noon and made their way uptown to the Upper East Side. After arriving at the 103rd station with the 6 train,
we walked a few blocks away via Central Park.

Once inside the museum, we checked out some NYC artifacts on the first floor and then headed to the basement to watch TImescapes,
a documentary of the stages of NYC’s history. Afterwards, we went to the third floor to see an exhibition of bicycles throughout NYC
history. They even had Citi Bikes to try out with a motion-detector screen.

After taking a few more photos, we decided to walk to nearby 86th St. and ate at Shake Shack.

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The group of students from level 1, 2,4 and 5 and our Level 3 teacher David left school shortly after noon and made their way to the subway, eventually arriving at the 2nd Ave station on the F line. Just two blocks away from the subway on the corner along 2nd Ave sits the well decorated Rosie’s Mexican Restaurant.

Once inside, we made ourselves comfortable and ordered some nacho chips with guacamole and two different types of sauces, including any drinks we were interested in. Afterwards, we ordered some delicious food, such as tortas (Mexican-style sandwiches), enchiladas and tacos (corn tortillas with fillings).

The food, the drinks, the environment, the conversations we had all made this experience a pleasurable and memorable one.

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Group left NYEA shortly after 10 a.m. and headed to the 2/3 line on Wall St. via Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Upon arriving, we decided to wait for the rest of the group. It turned out that the main entrance was closed, so we met at the parking lot entrance just around the block.

After entering the garden, we were amazed by how many cherry blossoms there were in full bloom, not to mention how crowded it was! We then headed towards the Conservatory, where there was a bonsai tree exhibition, artwork on the roots of plants and trees on the walls, as well as an aquatic room, tropical, rain forest and desert zones.

When we left, it started to rain pretty heavily. Despite this, we used our umbrellas and strolled towards the Japanese Garden seeking shelter in the pagoda. We then circled around the large pond once the rain let up somewhat and then walked back towards the gift shop where we all shared our amazing photos.

 

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Movie Friday 04/12/2019 April 15, 2019

On Friday, our students watched Minority Report.

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Group of three students and our Level 3 teacher David left school shortly after noon and took the A train uptown via Washington Heights to West 168th St. One we arrived, we walked a short distance to the local armory where the robotics competition was being
held.

Once inside, we had the opportunity to view the different types of robotic technology offered by NYC K-12 schools broken into four robotic leagues using advanced engineering equipment.

Different activities were offered inside the armory and there were spectators in the stands as well checking out the movements of the swift robotic vehicles performing their unique tasks.

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Group left school shortly after noon and took the 2/3 line to Penn Station. After arriving at the station, Macy’s was just two blocks away and we made our way towards the store.

Once inside, we immediately noticed what Macy’s had to offer, namely the annual Flower Show. The theme for this year is space and science fiction. The entire store was bedecked with floral arrangements, including a makeshift Venus fly trap, spaceships and space creatures.

After taking some memorable photographs, some of us made our way to nearby Korea town and had some lunch at a Korean food court.

 

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Right around the corner from the school is one of the most interesting museums NYC has to offer. This museum is dedicated to the “Infinity of Nations” that lived across the Americas, from Alaska all the way to the tip of South America. The students were impressed by the contrast of the decadent architecture of this historic building and the refined artistry of the pottery and dress of the wide array of indigenous cultures represented in the collection.

In the current Taino exhibition, the students learned about the tumultuous effects that the European cross-Atlantic voyages had on the native inhabitants of the lands in the Caribbean Sea. But we also got to see how native traditions have survived into the modern day with conucos (traditional gardens for food), art and other customs. Afterwards, the students braved the wind and walked to Chinatown to try some Taiwanese cuisine.

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Group of student and our Level 3 teacher David left NYEA at around noon and arrived within the hour to MOMA in Midtown. Once inside and receiving our tickets, we proceeded towards the second floor, where a group of ballet performers were warming up. Afterwards, we walked up to the 5th floor to check out the permanent exhibitions of art displayed, including viewing the most popular work of art up there: “Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh.

Whenever we had a chance to, we took either group photos or individual ones of each other. A floor down from where we were, we checked out antique furniture and modes of transportation. We then split up and parted ways.

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Group left NYEA shortly after 12:00 pm and headed right for the 2/3 line at Wall St. to Borough Hall in Brooklyn. Once we arrived, we walked a few blocks away to find the old Court Street subway entrance, which happens to be the site of the New York Transit Museum, located at Schermerhorn Street and Boerum Place.

Inside, we checked out the gift shop, then explored the entire main floor, which exhibits past NYC transit memorabilia, subway advertisements, videos, historical photos and objects, as well as MTA buses. Afterwards, we made our way downstairs to the main attraction, which houses different subway cars of two separate tracks. Each car is unique from a different decade in history, giving one the feel of traveling back in time.

After taking many photos of our surroundings and enjoying everything the museum had to offer, we decided to leave.

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Group left the school at financial district shortly after 12 pm and made their way to the green line via uptown. It was cold but the sunshine was bright and beautiful. Upon arrival at Astor Place station, we walked a few blocks via East Village’s “Little Tokyo,” where the museum is located on the second floor of an old, decrepit-looking apartment building which used to have a speakeasy on the bottom level. The neighborhood itself was once frequented by well-known gangsters such as Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and John Gotti.

The primary focus of the museum’s exhibition revolved around the Prohibition Era of the 1920’s. Once inside in the museum, we had the pleasure of viewing old gangster memorabilia, such as a suit once belonging to famed criminal Henry Hill, death masks of gangster John Dillinger, bullets from the Saint Valentine’s Day massacre investigation, as well as a bullet from the shooting of bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd. In addition, many photographs, newspaper clippings, various guns of all shapes and sizes, as well as original documents from the Prohibition Era were to be found.

After walking around for some time and listening in on the tour going on, we decided to leave and say our goodbyes.

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