Alice Mungyu ’19
Fall break is fast approaching and if you haven’t made plans yet don’t panic! Only three hours away by bus lies the city that never sleeps. From Wall Street’s tall skyscrapers to the flashy billboards of Times Square, New York City pulses with an uncontrollable energy. Even if you’re not mesmerized by the city’s monuments, you’ll be blown away by its flourishing arts, food and people. If you’re an international student who has never explored NYC, get ready for an unforgettable adventure. There are plenty of places you can go to that are perfect for the short recess.
If you’re an art lover, you can admire the striking works on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the American Museum of Natural History. There are millions of artifacts (approximately 32 million) inside the Museum of Natural History. As the largest art museum in the United States, the Metropolitan Museum of Art consists of different works from African to Islamic art. Give yourself some time to learn and enjoy all the beautiful artifacts that have been collected throughout history.
If you want to escape the busy streets of Manhattan and take a breath of fresh air, Central Park is the best place to go. Not only is it the first public park built in America, but it is also one of the most frequently visited, with over 25 million guests per year. The park is full of lakes, theaters, ice rinks, fountains, tennis courts, baseball fields, many playgrounds and other facilities. There is also a zoo inside Central Park which has animals such as polar bears, snow leopards, red pandas and more. Take a stroll around area and explore the endless possibilities that exist inside the park.
If you still have some energy (and cash) left over, don’t miss the chance to snag tickets to an award-winning Broadway show. For popular shows such as “The Lion King,” “Hamilton,” “Wicked” or “Aladdin,” Broadway tickets can get pretty expensive. But with a little research and planning, you might score some discounted tickets. There are a few ways to find tickets for less than asking price if you do a little work. Here’s a short breakdown of the some options:
Many Broadway shows offer a ticket lottery and if your name is drawn, you’ll receive an email with information on how to purchase your discounted ticket either online or at the box office.
Rush tickets can be purchased at the box office the morning of the show for a discounted price.
Under a large set of bleachers aka the “red stairs” is the TKTS booth. Here you can find discounted tickets for the day’s shows. Unlike box offices, you don’t get to pick price ranges and seats. The TKTS booth is also an iconic Times Square landmark.