Huish Academy

New York, New York!


On Monday 13 February, twenty four students from Year 11 and Year 13 travelled to New York City with Mrs Swaine, Miss Palmer and Mr Sleeman. During our second visit to the bright lights of Manhattan, we managed to fit in even more to our tight schedule which, whilst being extremely exhausting, we managed to make the most of every day.

Over the course of five days, we managed to include:

  • A visit to Brooklyn Bridge Park to view the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.
  • NBC TV studios for a behind the scenes tour
  • Top of the Rock observation deck at the top of the Rockefeller Centre
  • late night viewing from the top of the Empire State Building
  • An evening watching a Brooklyn Nets basketball match
  • Statue of Liberty visit and also Ellis Island
  • 9/11 memorial and museum which was a very thought provoking visit
  • Daily visits to Times Square to experience the buzz of the area
  • A tour of Madison Square Gardens whilst seeing the arena set up in preparation for a Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert the same evening!
  • Time spent along 5th Avenue as well as the Rockefeller Plaza area.
  • A walk through Central Park viewing the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, Central Park Zoo (which some students visited along with the staff).
  • Spent our last evening watching the Lion King on Broadway which was a fantastic show.
  • Daily use of the subway to get around the city.

Everyone gained a lot from the five days away, identifying key areas of the city that have been featured in films and gaining an understanding about how the city has developed throughout its history and recovered from events such as 9/11. A highlight was having a good singalong at Ellen's Stardust Diner as well as learning the rules of basketball, marvelling at how a 48 minute game manages to last 2 hours 20 minutes!

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