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New York City is for Students

by Rhoda Venture
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A New York City trip is a rite of passage for many students. Each year brave teachers everywhere plan Broadway shows, tours of the Empire State Building or stops in Times Square. These iconic NYC attractions are must dos! However, teachers also know that kids like to shake things up. When you’re ready to make your standard trip a stand-out experience, check out these Big Apple favorites. You’ll quickly see why New York City is for students!

Dylan’s Candy Bar
3rd Avenue, 33 Union Square West and Hudson Yards Locations

Imagine walking into a real-life game of Candyland. Chocolate drips from shelves, giant lollipop trees sprout from the floor and candy steps lead to sweet nirvana. Dylan’s Candy Bar has its flagship store in NYC and is an awesome stop for students! Whimsical displays and 7000 colorful confections make Dylan’s the largest candy selection in the world!

Lower East Side Tenement Museum and Ellis Island
97 and 103 Orchard Street

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is another gem to share with student groups. This landmark building tells the story of immigrants to New York City between the 19th and 21st centuries through the personal stories of those who lived here. Couple this experience with a trip to Ellis Island to help students understand the role of immigration in our nation’s evolving identity.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86, W 46th Street

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum offers a rare opportunity for the youth of today to interact with the heroes of the past. Precious few years remain that will allow younger generations to spend time face to face with those who served on ships like the Intrepid. Age appropriate STEM and history programs encourage a greater understanding of the ship, its crew and its role in history. Capture these teachable moments before they slip away.

Chelsea Piers
62 Chelsea Piers

These once busy piers on the Hudson River had fallen into ruin until the mid-1990s. That’s when the 27-acre riverfront property began its renaissance. Chelsea Piers is now a bustling, vibrant entertainment and sports complex packed with activities perfect for students. There’s bowling, indoor ice skating, batting cages a rock wall and more. There are great group dining options as well!

New York Transit Museum
99 Schermerhorn St.

The New York Transit Museum is housed in an authentic underground subway station in Downtown Brooklyn. It’s a unique look at the history of mass transportation, telling the extraordinary stories of workers, engineering and emerging technologies. Students can take the wheel of a city bus, climb into vintage cars or a take a turn through the turnstiles. It’s a lot of fun and a great highlight for your itinerary.

Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards is one of the newest attractions in NYC. It’s a sprawling 26+ acre complex on the West Side of Midtown Manhattan. It has restaurants, shops, office space, residences, gardens and green space, attractions and the world’s first Equinox Hotel®. It’s also a “selfie-rich” environment for those all-important social media posts!

In March 2020, the Edge will open in Hudson Yards. At 1,100 feet, it will be the highest outdoor deck in the western hemisphere. Its glass floor juts out 65 feet from the building at 30 Hudson Yards for the most breathtaking, panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. It’s just terrifying enough that the kids will love it!

As you plan your pilgrimage to New York City this year, shake up the schedule with one of these attractions. They’re guaranteed to be your new favorites and great examples of why New York City is for students!

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