Wander Your Way Around New York

You’ve arrived in The Big Apple for your 3-day orientation and training prior to starting our Au Pair USA programme and want to get to know the city, or maybe you’re already studying on one of our language courses in New York and just need a break from the concrete jungle. Well there’s no better way to explore the less hectic side of NYC than by stretching your legs and letting your feet hit the pavement. Here are 5 of the coolest places to explore by foot and best of all… they’re free!

Roam Around Central Park

Central Park

Take some time out to explore New York’s beloved Central Park, a 843-acre public park in middle-upper Manhattan. The park boasts several lakes, theatres, ice rinks, fountains, tennis courts, baseball fields, many playgrounds and other facilities. It is also home to the Central Park Zoo and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There’s plenty to see and do in Central Park. Sports facilities can be found all over the park but most of the interesting sights are found in the lower half of Central Park. You’ll come across historical buildings, statues, monuments, beautiful bridges, and of course plenty of nature. At the weekends cars are not allowed in the park and it becomes a very welcome green oasis in the heart of this hectic city.

Wander Through The West Village

West Village

The West Village has a low-key, everyone-knows-everyone feel and picturesque charm that has largely remained the same since the 19th century. Wander aimlessly through its tree-lined streets and and simply get lost amid its charming townhouses, eclectic boutiques, and legendary bars, cafes, and shops. The West Village is one of the few areas in Manhattan that strays from the orderly street grid and navigating its puzzling geography will feel like home to European students. Make sure you check out the shops along Bleecker St. and Commerce St. – the most beautiful block-long side street in The Big Apple! Keep an eye out for famous faces, The West Village has a celeb-heavy demographic so don’t be surprised if you bump into a movie star while getting your coffee.

Stroll along the Brooklyn Promenade

Brooklyn Promenade

A morning run (or walk) along the Brooklyn Promenade is a great way to start the day in New York or an evening walk here turns the city into a dramatic spectacle of lights.. Along its 1/3-mile length you’ll be treated to sweeping views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and postcard-ready views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. It’s easy to forget that you’re standing atop the hectic Brooklyn-Queens Expressway while strolling along this esplanade. While in the area ramble through the handsome neighbourhood of Brooklyn Heights with its 19th-century row houses along tree-lined side streets, or head down to Brooklyn Bridge Park..

Boogie down the Coney Island Boardwalk

Coney Island

The 2.7-mile Coney Island Boardwalk offers an ideal summer respite from a hectic and steamy New York City but it’s also a great place to visit off-season. A constant feature of the Coney Island Boardwalk is its dance parties with local veterans spinning soulful house, disco, reggae, Afrobeat, Latin rhythms and more. With nearly 3 miles of sandy beaches, Coney Island also offers exciting recreation opportunities. With courts for beach volleyball, handball, and basketball as well as playgrounds and amusement rides, the beach and boardwalk can provide hours of entertainment. It’s home to the New York Aquarium and The Thunderbolt, Coney Island’s first custom-built coaster where riders can expect to reach up to 65 miles per hour. Whether you’re a beach bum or a thrill-seeker, Coney Island is the perfect getaway from the city.

Tread the High Line

The High Line New York

The High Line (also known as the High Line Park) is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. There’s something uniquely New York about this aerial park with its ingenious use of reclaimed industrial space in footage-starved Manhattan. The pathway takes you above the city while keeping you rooted in urban life. The vantage point of this once crumbling urban relic, different from that of any street, sidewalk, or park, never ceases to surprise and delight.  Take a stroll through a field of wildflowers, wonder at art displays or have picnic on a lush lawn… all while New York’s famous yellow cabs zoom along beneath you!

Partnership International offer language courses in New York City offering you the opportunity to improve your language skills while also exploring what this amazing city has to offer.

Visit www.partnershipinternational.ie/new-york-language-courses for more information.



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