New York is the epicentre of the USA, if not the planet. It is a world capital for art, fashion and food.
The Big Apple, as it is affectionately known, is famous for its big city energy. There is an optimism and creativity in the air. There are always wildly imaginative works being created in this melting pot of cultures. It’s a feast for the senses. Hollywood has fed you bits and pieces of New York for years.
Now it’s time to grab it with two hands and take a bite out of the Big Apple.
Here’s a few things you must do in New York:
- Empire State Building : King Kong’s favourite look out
- Broadway : everyone wants to be a star in New York
- Central Park : jog, walk or sit and watch the world go by
- Metropolitan Museum of Art : a day is not enough
- Statue of Liberty : enjoy a coffee inside her head
- Brooklyn : the trendiest people in New York
- The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum : Located in Ground Zero
- Time Square : you must take a selfie here
- Museum of Modern Art : Andy Warhol and the best contemporary artists
- Magnolia Bakery : absolutely crazy about cupcakes
- Delmonico’s Bar and Grill : the ‘first American restaurant’ started by a Swiss-Italian family
- Bowery Ballroom : for the best live music
- Katz’s Delicatessen : A famous Jewish deli opened in 1888
- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts : Home of The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Ballet, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra and several other resident performing arts companies.
- Carnegie Hall : For over a century, Carnegie Hall has been the place where distinctive artists of all stripes have come to make their names in New York City.
- Trump Tower : see where Presidents come from
A few New York city facts:
- Before Europeans arrived, the area was populated by the local Native American Delaware Tribe .
- The first European colonists were Dutch, fleeing from the Spanish Inquisition.
- The city was originally named New Amsterdam.
- In 1626, Peter Minuit bought the land (New York City) from Native Americans by trading beads and furs.
- From 1789 to 1790, New York City was the nation's capital.
- New York City has a population of about 8.6 million.
- Almost half of the city's residents speak a language other than English.
- New York has more than 60,000 homeless people.
- New York City is the most densely populated major city in the United States.
- The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France in 1886.
- The TCS New York City Marathon attracts more than 50,000 runners.
Rennert New York Language School is in Midtown Manhattan , about five minutes from Grand Central Station and 15 minutes from Times Square . It’s a big school with about 500 students in summer. It offers a great range of English programmes. There are the more classic lessons including Cambridge exams (FCE and CAE) as well as some interesting plus courses. Try English plus Dance, Fashion, Photography or Music Video Production, among others.
Rennert New York Language School also has a dedicated executive centre with small group and private courses for more mature clients (minimum age is 26).
Students are surrounded by extraordinary dining and entertainment options. The speedy NYC subway system (a short walk away) will take you to all corners of the city.
- Midtown Manhattan, minutes from Grand Central and Times Square
- Easy access to the subway
- Homestay: In Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. All locations are about 40 to 60 minutes away from the school via subway
- Student residences: Rooms with shared bathrooms from 5 to 20 minutes travel time from the school
- Apartments: Shared, from 5 to 25 minutes away
- American General English
- Business English
- English for Academic Purposes
- TOEFL Preparation
- TOEIC Preparation
- IELTS Preparation
- Cambridge Preparation (CAE, FCE)
- Work Experience Internship Programs
- Gap Year/University Placement
- English + Dance
- English + Fashion
- English + Music
- English + Coding
- English + Photography
- English + Acting
- English + Filmmaking
- English + 3D Animation
- English + Music Video Production
- Professional Executive English
- Family Programs
- TESOL Programs
- Private lessons
- Max class size: 12 students (5 for Professional courses)
- Average class size: 10 students
- School capacity: 500 Students
- Average Age: 28
- Minimum Age: 16+ for GE, 26+ for PEP
- Student Lounge
- Executive Lounge for Professional Students
Rennert offers two work placement programs, one for students traveling with a Student Visa and one for students traveling without. Both programs can be started any Monday.
Daily activities, most of which are free or come at a reduced price. Here’s an idea:
- Broadway show
- Baseball or basketball game
- Harlem Gospel Choir
- Lectures and workshops
- Jazz night
- Walking tours
- Weekend tours to nearby cities including Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls.
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It doesn’t get much better than studying English in New York. There’s always so much to do and see. It’s non–stop. The problem is finding time to sleep. If you are a big city person and like crowds, then this is the place for you. It’s definitely not the cheapest city in the USA.