On the 19th of November, Millbrook DECA took on the Big Apple. Starting with a very early departure Thursday at 5:30 a.m., the group finally arrived in New York City around 10:30 a.m. to unload the bus and take a quick walk around Central Park. While there, they learned that historically there was a gambling problem in the city and many would race horses on the park’s paths, so they reconstructed them to be curvy and eliminate that problem. Afterwards, the students had some free time to grab lunch and make a few purchases. The next stop was a rushed dinner at Planet Hollywood and then off to the Broadway show Wicked, which lived up to its name. It was a greatly designed play.
The next morning started with breakfast and coffee, since little sleep was to be had the previous night. Everyone loaded back on the bus and traveled through the Lincoln Tunnel to get to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum at 10 a.m. Once the groups got through the four floors of the building, an extraordinary view from the top of the Empire State Building was in place. Following that, a choice of Radio City Music Hall, Intrepid Museum, or a tour of luxury hotels was next on the agenda. There was some free time before dinner before they headed to the VCU vs. Duke game hosted at Madison Square Garden.
Saturday was the last day, so that morning was hectic in the rooms of a Holiday Inn in New Jersey. By 10 a.m., the group was on a ferry to Staten Island, getting off only to get right back on to return to Manhattan. The 9/11 Memorial followed and then a visit to SoHo for lunch and a little bargain shopping. Immediately after, there was a tour of the previous night’s venue, Madison Square Garden. By 5 p.m., it was time to leave the big city and return to the slow paced world of Winchester.
The students learned a great deal during their visit, such as no store in Times Square is profitable, at all, and the hotels make more money off the billboards on the side of their buildings than the rooms they rent out. Of course, they also learned directional skills, time management, and how to adapt to different social environments.