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Why did you come to New York City?

I came here as a contemporary artist/ oil painter. My artwork’s theme is “HUMAN’S DESIRE”. Everyone knows NYC is the most exciting city in the world. Sometimes it’s HEAVEN but sometimes it’s like the DEVIL for someone! This exciting city makes me have a good imagination!

Why did you join NYEA?

I have to do a presentation about my artwork in English by myself. Before I came here, when I compared some English schools, NYEA had good support for me by a great staff. So, I decided to go to NYEA, and now, I have great teachers and good friends, I really enjoy my school life and my life!
*My solo exhibition in NYC is this October. Please come!  ☺

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The Dutch arrived in the 1600’s and began establishing colonies and farming communities near Coney Island. Native American Indians, however, used to collect clams and snails along the beaches there long before that. So, it makes sense that in 1829 the first road to connect Coney Island (which in those days was an actual island) was called Shell Road. Not part of New York City then, the area quickly became a popular seaside getaway.

Coney Island is famous for its amusement park rides. The Cylone, opened in 1927, is one of the world’s most famous. America’s very first roller coaster, based on a Pennsylvania coal mining track, was built there in 1884. Until 1964, The Parachute Jump would pull patrons more than 200 feet in the air and drop them to the ground with a parachute. The imposing structure still remains like a giant steel flower on the beach.

In 1871, Charles Fentman, a German immigrant got the idea to to sell sausages in long rolls that made them easy to carry around the beach. Thus began Coney Island’s long love affair with hot dogs. (Although in 1913 the Coney Island Chamber of Commerce banned the use of the term “hot dog” — concerned that visitors would think it was dog meat!). Today, the annual July 4th hot dog eating contest attracts thousands of spectators and over 1 million viewers on television.

Coney Island is an iconic summer attraction full of fascinating history. Join NYEA for the Mermaid Parade on June 25th to see what it’s all about.

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Ramadan Begins June 6, 2016

Muslim Students and staff at NYEA are observing the holy month of Ramadan from June 5 – July 5.

During the month of Ramadan, the Quran was revealed to the Prophet, Mohammed.  “صلّى الله عليه وعلى آله وصحبه وسلّم”. It was revealed specifically on the 27th night, which Allah calls the blessed night (Qadr night). Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic solar calendar and one of the five Pillars of Islam. During Ramadan, Muslims all over the world fast from dawn until sunset. They follow this month strictly to approach God and evaluate their lives through Islamic guidance. The holy month of Ramadan is a good way to cleanse Muslims bodies and souls from bad behaviors, so fasting does not mean only to refrain from eating, but is rather the total commitment of the person’s self control. The purpose of fasting during Ramadan is to remind Muslims about the bounties of Allah and also to remind them not to be wasteful. One of the main goals of fasting is to feel empathy for those who suffer through and face hunger on a daily basis.

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