Category Archives: Trips

NYC Summer Hot Spots

It’s almost summer break! Are you wondering what you can do to enjoy this summer? The students of class 3C would like to share some of their favorite spots in New York that you could visit this summer!

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

“For the holidays, we go to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with our families. It is close to Prospect Park. It has a Japanese Garden, the Palm House, and colorful flowers. A major attraction is the Cherry Blossom Festival where 200 cherry trees are in full bloom. It’s like a pink ocean, very spectacular! Our children like to play in there. The garden is beautiful and full of different plants. There are  many people in the summer.” – May Ma and Miya Wu

Address:990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY ‎

How to Get There: 2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Franklin Ave. in Brooklyn

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Coney Island

“Coney Island is a peninsula and beach on the Atlantic Ocean in southern Brooklyn. In the summer, many people like to go there to relax and go swimming on the weekends. The New York Aquarium in Coney Island is open almost every day of the year. So, I always go to Coney Island to play with my family.” – Sandra Liang and Bonnie Huang

Address: Surf Ave. and W 12th St., Brooklyn, NY

How to Get There: D, F, N, or Q train to Coney Island/Stillwell Ave. in Brooklyn

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Central Park

“This is the biggest and most important park in the middle of Manhattan. There are a lot of ponds and lakes and the park is surrounded by buildings. It’s great to go there in any season. In the winter, you can go ice skating. There are some ice rinks there and, during the summer or spring, everything is green. I like to go there and lay on the grass to read a book or just to relax.” – Daniela Polidura and Jackie Huang

Address: 59th St., Manhattan, NY

How to Get There: A, B, C, D, or 1 train to Columbus Circle, or N, Q, or R train to 5th Ave./59th St.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Before you go to the museum, it is hard to imagine how wonderful the huge building is.  It gathers all of the East and West cultures. In the Chinese section, you can see a Su Zhou garden, statues of Buddha, curios, and jades.” – Kelly Zhao and Li Duan Chen

Address: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY ‎

How to Get There: 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th St.

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The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

The American Museum of Natural History is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. It is one of the largest and most celebrated museums in the world. In the museum, you can visit some wonderful exhibitions halls. For example, the African Mammal Hall, with exciting dioramas of monkeys and elephants, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, with its share of whales and fish, and the Fossil Hall. This amazing exhibition shows fossils of all kinds, like mammals and dinosaurs. You would feel amazed by the huge dinosaur fossil in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, the Museum’s main entrance. Wouldn’t you want to go there? – Bella Zhao and Khanh Au

Address: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY

How to Get There: B or C train to 81st St./Museum of Natural History

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Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge ranks as one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century and remains one of NY’s most popular and well-known landmarks. The impressive bridge spans the East River between Brooklyn and Manhattan and stretches for a length of 5989 feet, about 1.8km. The span between the large towers measures 1595.5 feet. This made the Brooklyn Bridge the world’s largest suspension bridge. – Kiki Wang and Ji Peng Wang

Address: New York, NY

How to Get There: J or Z train to Chambers St., or 4, 5, or 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall in Manhattan – or A or C train to High St. in Brooklyn

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A Poet in New York

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The New York Public Library on 42nd St. (the big one next to Bryant Park with the two big lions sitting in front) has a special free exhibit about one of Spain’s most famous poets: Federico Garcia Lorca. He came to New York in 1929 to study English as a Second Language and also learn about America. They have his letters, manuscripts, and drawings on display, as well as his guitar and passport.

Since it’s National Poetry Month, why not go check it out? It’s going to be there till July 20th.

The exhibit’s name is Back Tomorrow: Federico García Lorca / Poet in New York. From the NYPL website:

In June 1929, at a time when young writers and painters dreamed of living in Paris, Federico García Lorca (1898–1936), Spain’s greatest modern poet and playwright, broke boldly with tradition and sailed for New York. His nine months here, followed by three months in Havana, changed his vision of poetry, the theater, and the social role of the artist.

Lorca came to New York to study English but devoted himself instead to writing Poet in New York, a howl of protest against racial bigotry, mindless consumption, and the adoration of technology. “What we call civilization, he called slime and wire,” the critic V. S. Pritchett once wrote. But Lorca’s book reaches beyond New York—“this maddening, boisterous Babel”—into the depths of the psyche, in a search for wholeness and redemption.

In 1936, the poet left the manuscript of Poet in New York on the desk of his Madrid publisher with a note saying he would be “back tomorrow,” probably to discuss final details. He never returned. Weeks later, at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, he was brutally murdered by fascist elements in Granada, his body thrown into an unmarked mass grave. The book was published posthumously in 1940, but the manuscript mysteriously disappeared, lost to scholars for decades. The Fundación Federico García Lorca in Madrid and The New York Public Library exhibit it now for the first time, together with drawings, photographs, letters, and mementos—traces of a Poet in New York . . . and of New York in a poet.

To get more information, click here.

And here’s one of his poems about New York, translated into English:

Dawn by Federico Garcia Lorca

Dawn in New York has
four columns of mire
and a hurricane of black pigeons
splashing in the putrid waters.

Dawn in New York groans
on enormous fire escapes
searching between the angles
for spikenards of drafted anguish.

Dawn arrives and no one receives it in his mouth
because morning and hope are impossible there:
sometimes the furious swarming coins
penetrate like drills and devour abandoned children.

Those who go out early know in their bones
there will be no paradise or loves that bloom and die:
they know they will be mired in numbers and laws,
in mindless games, in fruitless labors.

The light is buried under chains and noises
in the impudent challenge of rootless science.
And crowds stagger sleeplessly through the boroughs
as if they had just escaped a shipwreck of blood.

Dawn in

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International Center of Photography

Looking for something to do during the vacation? Here’s a blog entry brought to you by Brian, the computer class teacher:

Most of us have many interests and hobbies that we like to explore in our free time. Whether it is trying new foods, going to live music concerts or visiting the movie theater to enjoy the newest films, there are plenty of things that keep us curious.

One of my interests is photography. Growing up I was always curious about the process of developing film, drawing with light and traveling with a camera in hand, capturing the world around me. In fact, while in college my major was photography, but then I changed it to English to become a teacher. And although I might not attend school for photography, it is still something that I love learning about.

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A favorite museum of mine that is rich in history and pictures is called the International Center of Photography (ICP). It is located at 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, which is close to Bryant Park.

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There is also a school at ICP where people can study photography professionally or recreationally. What I love most about this museum is that they always have new photography exhibits, and they often show photos from 30, 40 and 50 years ago. The museum displays photographs from international photographers, which is great because you are able to see different cultures and countries through the eyes of the people who live there. It is a very fun mixture of new, old, and creative pictures.

Also, the founder of the museum, his name was Cornell Capa, had a brother named Robert Capa, who is my favorite photographer; they are both from Hungary like my family. Robert Capa was a photojournalist, someone who wrote stories with pictures, and often went into war to take photos for newspapers. He died at age 40 after stepping on a landmine in Vietnam during the first Indochina War. His photographs of the Spanish Civil War and of World War II are some of the best and only images the world has.

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The museum sometimes shows Robert Capa’s original photographs from war, and they are very interesting to see. It is a great place for learning the history of photography, and there is always something new for visitors to enjoy. You can also take a tour of the school where you can see all the different classrooms and photography labs where students study.

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If you’re interested in visiting the museum or finding out more information, check out their website at www.icp.org and then take a trip to the International Center of Photography and enjoy what this wonderful museum has to offer.

Oh, and don’t forget your camera!

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Qian Hua’s Staycation

E0 teacher, Qian Hua visited some local sites in NYC, such as Times Square, the M&M store and Grand Central.  She tells us about her experience and shares some of her photos. Enjoy her story and pictures and then take the quiz to test your understanding. Thanks for sharing Qian Hua.

Staycation in New York City

I decided to spend the Christmas and New York break as a staycation and explore local holiday attractions with a close friend.  To my surprise, the Big Apple has a lot of impressive sites for a day trip.  We window shopped at Macy’s and took plenty of photos of the holiday display.  I found out I was a green M&M for the day in the Times Square M&M store; whereas, my friend was a brown one.

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Free NYC Fun

Looking for ways to have some summer fun? You’ll find plenty below!

We’ve listed some of the best and cheapest ways for you to have a good time this summer, you can thank us later 🙂

Most of the events are free, some are low-cost, so you can enjoy them with out hurting your wallet and pocketbook!

You’ll also find events just for children, so you can keep your kids active and entertained this summer.

Take some time, look through all the events and try to attend a few while we still have some summer left!

Shakespeare In the Park is a New York tradition that takes place daily at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. You need to enter an online lottery to win tickets. Click here for a website with some tips for attending. Click here for the actual Shakespeare in the Park website where you can enter the virtual ticket lottery to win seats for the show!

SummerStage offers over 100 shows throughout 18 parks in all of the 5 boroughs. You can search here by borough, neighborhood, park or the type of event you want to see. One of your favorites is the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, starting August 17th. Don’t miss it! Here’s a handy guide to help you enjoy the events.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival is coming to an end, but you can still catch some of the final events. Lincoln Center is one of the most popular arts venues in the NYC. Be sure to take advantage of all it has to offer. Check out the schedule here.

Free In NYC lists all types of free events throughout NYC; museums, concerts, movies, sports, TV shows, it’s all here! You can search by dates or event type. Take some time and explore all that is offered.

Youth Programs for all of you busy parents out there, here are a couple of links for fun summer activities especially for youths; MommyPoppins always has great tips and treats for family fun and over at NYC DYCD you can read the ‘The New York City Youth Guide to Summer Fun 2012’ which has a lot of information about activities and events happens for youths this summer.

Let us know if you have anything to add to the list. If you attend any of the events tell us if you enjoyed them and be sure to take some photos to send to us at usadultliteracy@gmail.com. Enjoy!

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New York Museums

Looking for something to do this summer? Why not go to a museum? Here are some good choices:

1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – also called “the Met” – is in a huge building on the east side of Central Park. It has art from many different countries and from many different time periods. It’s one of the most famous art museums in the world.

Address: 1000 5th Avenue,  New York, NY 10028

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price: If you go there, you will see that it says $25 “recommended donation” for adults, which means you pay what you can. So if you want to pay less, you can.

Click here for museum hours and other information.

2. The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art – also called MoMA – has newer artwork, with special exhibitions all the time. It also has a nice courtyard and cafe.

Address: 11 West 53rd Street,  New York, NY 10019

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price: $25 for adults, free for children. But it’s free for adults every Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Click here for museum hours and other information.

3. The Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum is in Brooklyn, of course, next to Prospect Park. It has old art, new art, and many special exhibitions as well – and it’s in a big, old beautiful building.

Address: 200 Eastern Parkway,  Brooklyn, NY 11238

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price:$12 for adults and children under 12 can get in for free – but once again, this museum is free the first Saturday of every month (except September), from 5 pm to 11pm.

Click here for museum hours and other student information.

4. The Cloisters Museum

The Cloisters is a small, beautiful museum of old religious art. It’s on a hill overlooking the Hudson River, and it has a wonderful view. It also has a nice cafe and courtyard, and there’s a very good park nearby.

Address: 99 Margaret Corbin Drive,  New York, NY 10040

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price: Again, it’s a $25 “suggested donation” for adults, so you pay what you want to pay.

For museum hours and other information, click here.

5. The New Museum

Located right here on the Lower East Side, the New Museum is, that’s right, a new museum. It has mostly new art, too.

Address: 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price: $14 for adults, kids under 18 get in free. Adults can also get in for free Thursday nights from 7 pm to 9 pm.

For hours and more information, click here.

MoMA Trip

June Foley’s Writing Class recently took a trip to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Below, June tells about some of the wonderful art they all saw:

I asked for a “greatest hits” tour, so we looked just a bit at the Cindy Sherman exhibit, then went on to van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” then his “Olive Trees,” Picasso’s “Three Musicians,” a quick look at Dali’s painting about time, Jacob Lawrence’s many paintings about the migration from the South to the North, Otto Dix’s “abstract expressionist” Dr. Meyer Herman,” a wall-sized painting by Jackson Pollack, and Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe. We also made a quick stop at the helicopter.

Have you been to MoMA or any other of the many museums in New York (or in any city)? Which is your favorite? What exhibits have you seen? Comment and tell us about your thoughts and experiences!

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