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IT students out in new york

Technology in New York

On a cold moonlight morning (4am) BTEC IT students and staff set off for Heathrow airport on the trip of a lifetime to NEW YORK (5-9 December).

Travelling with Virgin Atlantic we were all very excited and warmly welcomed at JFK airport .

Our hotel (Hotel Pennsylvania) was brilliantly located close to Madison Square and the Empire State building. Once in our rooms there was a quick turn-around, before half the group headed off on a sight-seeing tour of the local area (Grand Central, Time Square, Empire State building) and the other half of the group, lead by Joe McCarthy-Holland, set off on a train ride to New Jersey to take in the thrills and spills of the New York Jets NFL match against the Indiannopolis Colts.

The weather was cold and cloudy, but undeterred and bright and early the following morning (not a bleary eye in sight!) we set off for a boat cruise to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island followed by a trip to Samsung and ice-skating in Central Park.

In the middle of the week we took the metro to the Museum of Moving Image and took a self-guided tour around the wonders of animation, cinematography and computer graphics = fascinating place and we could have spent longer there, but we all set off back to New York to go to Nintento and the Anime store to explore the wonders of computer gaming.
On the penultimate day we were priviledged to take a ride to the top of the Rockefellar Centre to the ‘Top of the Rock Observatory’. Although the weather was overcast, we took in the amazing view over New York which will be etched our minds forever. A little bit of Christmas shopping was had by all. before a rather subdued bunch headed back to the hotel to transfer to JFK for the journey home.

Back on English soil and with jet-lag about to set in, we all bid each other a fond farewell and headed off home with our heads and phones full of amazing images of a wonderful trip. We each left a little bit of our heart in New York – perhaps we’ll be able to catch up with it on another trip!